LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309 Building Kit
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- Features a meter-high (approximately 1:110 scale) model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V with a removable S-IC first rocket stage with main rocket engine details with removable S-II second rocket stage
- Includes removable S-II second rocket stage with engine details, removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket, plus 3 stands to display the model horizontally
- The Apollo spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter
- Includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this set
- Measures over 39 inches (100cm) high and 6 inches (17cm) in diameter
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Display and role-play with this majestic meter-high LEGO brick model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. Packed with authentic details, it features 3 removable rocket stages, including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut micro figures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.
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But... the retail price of this item is $119.99. It is a new release and very popular, sold out on Amazon and the LEGO site as soon as it was available. It should be in stock at the regular price again once they catch up to demand, so don't shell out extra money to these third party "marketplace" sellers unless you have money to burn and don't care about wasting it. And even then it's good idea to pass and not reward these sellers... they are the reason the set is out of stock, they buy them all up so they can turn around and gouge you!
Build took 3 hours 18 minutes (see my unboxing, speed build and review video) and was challenging - not one for the younger kids. Pay careful instructions to the manual as mistakes made early on can be painful to replicate (note the use of pliers in my speed build). The finished result is an unbelievable masterpiece of LEGO engineering and a fitting tribute to the pioneers that took one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Check out my video review to see every aspect of the set reviewed in detail.
1. Very realistic. Not too many nubs visible on the final product
2. Solid construction. You can play with it.
3. Each stage is designed to come apart like the original rocket
4. The lunar lander is ingeniously designed to fit into the upper rocket stage.
5. Mini figures give you a sense of scale
6. No stickers! The lettering is printed on!
7. It's bigger and heavier than you thing it will be.
First impressions of the completed build: CONS- just a few minor details that would have thrown this set over the top for me. The main command module has no printed details like a hatch or window while the splashdown command module does. The launch escape tower is not easily detached as it would have been in real life. Would have been cool to have room inside the command and lunar modules for the minifigs to be stored - the Lunar module set up would be fine for 2 of the 3 figs to be displayed but the third can't be accurately displayed as the 3rd astronaut would have remained in the command module. I plan to display this with the individual stages separated so I will need to devise a way to make more stands - the three provided are a little disappointing. PROS - very detailed and nearly spot on to the real deal. Challenging but fun build. Amazing how stable and solid the finished set is, well thought out construction. Loved that the build was broken up into the actual stages of the rocket and that the stages are easily separated once completed. Also fun that the service, command and lunar module can be taken out and docked together. The lunar module can also be separated into its decent and ascent stages. And the most interesting detail of all that no one seems to have mentioned in any of the reviews that I've read....could it be a coincidence that the piece count is the same as the year of the first moon landing - 1969?!? I think not.
I swore this would be my first and only Lego set but I saw that there may be a similarly scaled space shuttle released soon. Hmmm...
My only wish is that they'd include more stands. The rocket splits into major parts - and I'd love to have it displayed separated out. I'll have to construct my own stands as a result.
Regarding "LEGO Ideas" as a whole: I really like the idea of crowd-sourcing ideas and creating the sets based on those results. Keep it up!
Would recommend to anyone who enjoys LEGOs and space/history!!