NASA Apollo Saturn V revealed!

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NASA Apollo Saturn V

NASA Apollo Saturn V

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After a new teaser every Friday for about a month now, Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V has just now been revealed.

Check out the descriptions and photos from the Ideas blog after the break.


The wait is over! After a year in development we're incredibly proud to unveil and present the first official images of the LEGO Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V designed by LEGO Ideas members Felix Stiessen (saabfan) and Valérie Roche (whatsuptoday).

You'll be able to find the 1 meter high (approximately 1:110 scale) icon of space exploration in stores from the 1st of June, 2017 for a recommended retail price of just USD 119.99 / EURO 119.99 / GBP 109.99. With 1969 LEGO elements the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V rockets its way into LEGO Ideas history as the tallest LEGO Ideas set, as well as the one containing most elements.

Here is the official description:

Make history with the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V, the first rocket to put people on the Moon! Build the 3 stages of this stunning meter-high rocket and display it on the stand or launch into orbit. Offload the S-IC and S-II sections, dock the lunar lander with the command service module, and complete a successful Moon landing mission!

The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures 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.

Felix and Valérie's collaboration was guided by a shared passion for space exploration

Despite never meeting in person, space and LEGO fans Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche beat the odds with their wonderfully brick built version of the iconic Apollo rocket. It was a collaboration that tested their skills in numerous ways but, as it turns out, the long-distance collaboration also proved to be a significant benefit to their project, as Felix states "there were often times when one of us abandoned the project for a few weeks and came back to it later; however, thanks to the fact that it is a collaborative project, it was always the case that one of us continued making progress on the project and re-motivated the other".

Felix and Valérie's collaborative spirit was tranferred to the LEGO design team as well, who took over the project once it was approved, in order to ensure it lived up to LEGO quality standards. Two designers, Michael Psiaki and Carl Thomas Mirriam, motivated by their enthusiasm for space, teamed up to bring the final model to life. "We were actually not asked. I was so excited when I heard that the project was potentially going to happen, and told Carl about it because I knew he was also a space fanatic. We decided it would be really cool to work together since it is such a big mode, so we approached the Ideas team about helping develop the product", Michael said.


Here's the press release:

LEGO Apollo Saturn V Rocket Set 21309

Available June 1, 2017.
Ages 14+. 1,969 pieces.
$119.99 USD

Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon!

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 microfigures 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.

• 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, removable S-II second rocket stage with rocket engine details, removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft, plus 3 stands to display the model horizontally.
• The Apollo spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter.
• Also includes 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures.
• Great for display and role-playing the manned Apollo Moon missions.
• Includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this set.
• This set includes over 1,900 pieces.
• Measures over 39″ (100cm) high and 6” (17cm) in diameter.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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132 comments on this article

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By in Bulgaria,

I love the part count of 1969. Perfect.

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By in United Kingdom,

Fantastic, will look great next to the shuttle!

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By in Australia,

Stunning.

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By in Australia,

Absolutely amazing! There might even be a VIP early release. Now to find somewhere to put it....

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By in United States,

Beautiful!!

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks incredible. Dammit Lego stop releasing so many cool lookin sets. I will be brokenat this rate.

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By in Germany,

Oh no :-/ The Carousel yesterday, and now something else to add to my growing Want list!

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By in United Kingdom,

Initially I thought it looked OK. Then as I worked through the images and saw all of the features I was more and more impressed. I love the fact that it splits and you can display it laying down in it's 3 parts. And the micro figures!!!! Really great job.

Definitely on the list to buy!

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By in United States,

WHOA. That's simply an outstanding LEGO set. 1969 pieces is kind of brilliant, I wonder how much finagling they had to do to arrive at that number.

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By in Czech Republic,

My jaw went right to the floor.

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By in United Kingdom,

Amazing. Ideas goes from strength to strength

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By in South Korea,

Woah! Tile between 2 studs! Never thought that was a legal connection

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By in France,

When Lego announced this as the winner i was not really interested. However now I am totally won over. Awesome looking set.

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By in United Kingdom,

That seems incredibly good value - especially for an Ideas set. No brainer purchase at that price. I'd been thinking this was going to end up being yet another £200 set to add to my wishlist.

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By in Norway,

I don't need it... I don't need it... I NEED IT!

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks fantastic! I didn't even notice the 1969 part count...

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By in United Kingdom,

I see no mention of stickers. Does anyone know for sure?

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By in United Kingdom,

IDEAS don't usually have stickers but this may be an exception. If all printed then this is great value!

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By in United States,

Wow, awesome!

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By in United States,

I was sure this set was going to be 200+, so to see it at only 120 is absolutely amazing, especially with that piece count. On top of that, the fact that it has all the various sections of the rocket and modules, and that they actually split apart and come back together to show every phase of the mission is simply fantastic. I will have to get at LEAST 2, and maybe more for nieces and nephews that won't be able to play with it for half a decade at least, just because it's so great.

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By in Canada,

I was concerned about the number of stickers, but it's better than I expected.
I love that everything is at the same scale, and that they were able to fit the the moon landing vehicle inside the rocket.

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By in United States,

Wow. The finished model, the size, the piece count, the details, the price - all great.

Easy decision on this one.

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By in Ireland,

Looks brilliant. Well done all concerned.

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By in United States,

Great looking set. I was also interested to see an "illegal" piece connection.

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By in United States,

Only one word comes to mind: "WOW!" Ok, several words: amazing, brilliant, genius, beautiful.... you get my drift. Now to aproach my wife and see how she feels about me signing my paychecks directly over to Lego. If you all don't hear from me after this, well then you'll know how the conversation went.

PS. Just looking at that unbelievable level of detailed printing on pieces so small (the lander and recover module, the microfigures)... beyond impressed. Lego budget be damned, I must own this. And a good selling point to the Mrs. "the price/piece ratio makes this a super great deal and think of the educational value for our children! For God's sake think of the children!"

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By in United States,

I'll be honest that I didn't really have any interest in this until now. First 2x VIP or promo special at Shop at Home and I will be picking this up.

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By in United States,

Similar to others, I was ready to pass on this one and just wait for the Old Fishing Store. But I am just totally impressed by this set. I think my favorite detail is the recovery module!

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By in United States,

WHOA!! AWESOME!! The tiny astronauts look amazing!

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By in United States,

I am thoroughly impressed and can't wait to build this. Congrats and kudos to all involved in designing it and bringing it to fruition.

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By in United Kingdom,

Now that is the best bit of kit I've seen in a very long time from Lego. It just seems to be really nicely detailed in all areas, even the little blue stands are the business. But literally topping the whole piece off are the exquisite command and lunar lander modules! Now, without sounding greedy, wouldn't it be great to see a range of these space pieces? Soyuz, ISS, Sputnik & Voyager, etc, etc the potential to document history and inspire future generations seems huge.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Looks amaizing and other than the fact that it has 1969 pieces (that someone pointed out) this opens the door for bigger IDEAS projects.

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By in Germany,

Day 1 (or rather night 1) purchase for me. I see a high risk of being sold out quickly. (Or maybe they know it and make sure enough are available. Either way, I'm not risking that!!!

Good timing that I stopped buying little sets this year (due to space issues) so I have enough money for the bigger sets. Damn. Saturn V, Merry-Go-Round, Fishing Store and the Christmas set later this year.

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By in United States,

They have had some exceptions to the tile-between-studs thing. The desk in the Ghostbusters Firehouse did it, if I recall, but it was safely ensconced inside the structure so you can't easily knock it off. The thing with the flag here is not part of the main structure. I like it; how else would you do a nanofigure-scale flag?

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By in Canada,

This is what Lego Ideas should be (sans IP free). Though its not truly and an original idea and based on a real life vehicle; it's been executed brilliantly. It's been a while since I've been this excited for asset.

Thank you Felix and Valérie; I hope Lego has kept the aspect of this set up to your standards (original model); it certainly looks like it.

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By in United States,

@Brickeric I don't think any of those are stickers. The only widely released Ideas set that has used stickers was the Big Bang Theory, and even then only around three of the many decorated bricks used stickers.

Anyways, this is probably the most exciting Ideas set I've seen in a while (last one that comes to mind is Wall-E). It looks even better than I imagined. Love the little details like the astronaut figurines and different configurations for the modules. Even the box art looks amazing.

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By in United States,

@Roobot: I always thought the reason it was illegal was because a tile/plate was too wide to be wedged between two studs without pushing them apart/straining them -- I could be wrong, though. I agree, however, that it's hard to think of an alternative way to have a flag at that scale!

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By in United States,

I wouldn't be surprised if all of the decorations in this set are printed. The only decorated parts here that have never been printed in a previous set are the 2x3 curved slopes used for the American flag decorations and USA patterns on the lower stages. Even if there are stickers, it's nice that none of them are STAMPs like they were in the original proposal.

Overall, I had high hopes and am still blown away! The detail and accuracy is incredible, the piece count is EXTREMELY generous for the price point (plus a clever reference in and of itself!), and it seems as playable as it is display-worthy! A lot of Ideas redesigns have been controversial in one way or another for taking liberties from the original projects, but this is one that seems to go above and beyond the project that inspired it. I feel like this one is definitely going on my wish list!

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By in United Kingdom,

Uuuhhh.... this is absolutely gorgeous, but between this, the carousel, Slave I and still saving for the Falcon, I'm gonna have to win the lottery.

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By in United States,

This is amazing. I have the Space Shuttle expedition set and the older Lunar Lander set already. Adding this to the collection is fantastic. Such a great set. I was sold when I saw pictures of the little module alone.

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By in Canada,

Can't wait! Its great to be able to finally see the final result of this project. Looks like it will make a fantastic display piece.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wanted it when it got given the green light. Nothing will stop me having it now! Wow, and a great price - much less than I thought it would be.
Do you think it will stand and remain stable? Just thoughts of kids running past the cabinet and it wobbling about - 100cm high but only about 10cm footprint.

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By in United Kingdom,

The US flag appears to be shown as the 1:1 piece call-out on the box, so that's got to be printed.

Glad I just bought the Temple of Airjitzu as I'd have kept the cash for this instead. Will just have to start saving up again!

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By in United Kingdom,

Now on my wanted list. Tallest LEGO set ever?
Who will be the first to model the whole Saturn V - crawler - transporter (with power functions)?

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By in United States,

Nice!

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By in United Kingdom,

Is the pieces count just an amazing coincidence that it's the same as the year of the moon landing?!?

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By in Belgium,

Love it! Jeuj!

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By in United States,

Personally I was hoping for something focused on the last stage of the rocket and the lander. Something playable and minifig scaled.

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By in Poland,

I'm absolutely schocked how brilliant it is!!

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By in United States,

Looks absolutely stunning and possibly the best LEGO Ideas set to date.

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By in Sweden,

It looks so round, clear and intricate. I'm totally buying this.

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By in Australia,

Almost no play value, but I expect a fair few adults will put this on display at work or home

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By in United States,

WOW! This really exceeded my expectations! The best Lego set in a long time! After so many horrible Lego Ideas sets, this is just fantastic! And just to think: it might even get better when old fishing store is released

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By in United States,

Wow. Well done Lego, well done. Very tempting to buy (as well as the Carousel).

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By in Australia,

6c per piece in USD. Unprecedented (and not unwelcome)

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh no, this was the year I was reigning back buying sets and concentrating on MOC'ing - now we have this and the Carousel, and maybe even a large hunk of junk later on....

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By in Belgium,

This is an amazing set, if only for the price vs pieces ;) But not only that, it's definitely rivaling the Carousel for best set of 2017 ... :o

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By in United States,

Amazing! I cannot wait!

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By in Sweden,

Is this the biggest lego ideas set get? Anyway, a very cool ship.

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By in Denmark,

What kind of box is to be expected?
An Ideas type of box or just a plain normal box?
To me it looks like a normal box, assume it is too big for an Ideas type box.
Also, the orientation of the printing does not suggest an Ideas type of box.

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By in United Kingdom,

Stunning, clever and after a year of underwhelming releases (market square aside) this and the carousel show LEGO in all its glory. It was a surprising win in ideas and continues to surprise even now.

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By in Australia,

Wow...wow.....wow......for someone who is pretty much Star Wars only, this is a must buy for me

UCS Snowspeeder
This
Looking like AT-AT and Star Destroyer for the Last Jedi sets
if there is a new UCS MF later this year.
I could.....well......looks like the family will be only eating toast for a month

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By in United States,

Was iffy, but at that price? How can I say no?

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By in United Kingdom,

Micro figs! this is a must get!

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By in United Kingdom,

Day one purchase for me!!! I am an amateur astronomer and huge space fan so this was always a no brainer for me.

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By in United States,

OH MAN!
I GOTTA HAVE THIS!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

It doesn't quite take the record for the tallest set produced, that still belongs to 10181 Eiffel Tower at 108cm but it's not far off!!!

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By in United States,

Yes! YES! My Precious...

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By in United States,

Seeing how well they did this, it's definitely making me excited for the fishing cabin.

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By in United States,

Yeeeaaahh. My LEGO budget just went out the window. The only issue I have is that the fins are the wrong shape, but everything else about this set more than makes up for it. Here's to hoping there's enough stock for everyone!

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By in Netherlands,

Wow! What a great set. A day-1 purchase as far as I'm concerned. :-)

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By in United States,

Wow, Mike Psiaki has been a busy guy. He's the designer of the new Carousel (10257), and he's credited as one of two who refined this Ideas prototype for release. He has been doing some amazing work in the last few years and designed some of my favorite Creator sets (Blue Power Jet, Ferrari F40, Vacation Getaways).

Well done Mike!

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By in Canada,

Via the FB page on Lego Ideas they have confirmed as expected that all pieces are printed.

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By in Canada,

WOW!!!!!

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By in United States,

Beautiful! A must get! Can't wait to build this puppy!
Love the price on this too. Not bad atall.

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By in United States,

Amazing! Definitely buy 2 and save one. This is a no brainier set to resell in a couple years.

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By in Germany,

"One of these days, Alice. Bang. Zoom. Straight to the moon."

Great stuff! The Lego of the future :-).

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By in United States,

Fantastic...just fantastic!

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By in United States,

WANT!

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By in United Kingdom,

When it was announced, I wasn't that interested but OK it looks pretty cool.

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By in United Kingdom,

I had zero interest in this until I saw it. Don't know where I will put it, or even if I will build it. Just owning it may well be enough.

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By in United States,

Its crazy that they got that part count. And that price. Feel the same way as ^ @deephorse now

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By in United States,

This will be my late birthday present to myself.

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By in United States,

Awesome, the size is pretty fabulous. I couldn't have asked for more with this set!!

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By in United Kingdom,

"all pieces are printed." Excellent, this is a dead cert buy.

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By in United States,

would be nice if astronauts were, Buzz Lloyd, Jim Pruett, and Clayton Stone (with two extra astronauts, Ted Dougherty and one Cosmonaut).

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By in Ireland,

What's the opposite of meh? Fabulous looking I want several (funds may make me stop at 1!) - will the box on this be fliptop like other ideas?

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By in United States,

Amazing. This shows what LEGO can do when they match budget to concept, and nail the execution.

2017 has already been a HUGE improvement on 2016 at the $100 plus price point, and we have half a year to go still

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By in United States,

Now we need a LEGO Skylab that the command module can dock to!

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By in United States,

^
that would be nice.

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By in United States,

I am very impressed with this set! The detail is tremendous! And I can't believe they got the piece count to be 1969! The year Apollo 11 launched! O_O

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By in United Kingdom,

Ooh sweeeeeet. Very nicely priced too so I guess I'll have one and give one as a pressy. Now to find a Buy button.... :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I must have it.

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By in United States,

@Brainslugged: Good spotting! Fortunately I doubt people will whine about those like they did about the barrels on the Exo-Suit's arms.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is far more than I expected! It wasn't on my list, but it just made it! What an incredible model.

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By in United States,

Wow...

If this set does indeed have all printed parts and no stickers, I daresay it could be the PERFECT set :D

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By in United States,

This might be my new favorite Lego Ideas set!

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By in New Zealand,

Impressive set and a must buy. I will probably get several and try to make an Atlas, Gemini and Skylab versions.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aanchir - the exosuit arms were the first thing I thought of as well!

Interesting that 100% of these 100 comments have been very positive. That must be almost unheard of. Combine that with the incredible price point and Lego has got a serious winner on its hands.

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By in United States,

Wow, looks great! Time to sell some non-Lego stuff to get some more $$$ to spend...

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By in Australia,

Confirmation on printed pieces, yet again another win for this set.
Take note UCS designers, that is how you handle a premium product.

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By in Australia,

OMG
That set is amazing!

Best part...when I showed my wife, she was also like "OMG!" which means it will be a day 1 purchase for me ;)

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By in United States,

My level of excitement is totally off the charts!!

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By in United States,

Absolutely fantastic. Probably my favorite set of all time.

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By in United States,

1969 pieces =)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not usually in favour of buying Lego for investment purposes but this may be an exception, this set will only rocket in value (pun intended!!!). I really can't wait to build this beauty.

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By in United States,

this is going to be an online purchase as soon as it is on sale i expect this to sell out fast. just like the mars rover of a few years ago. i cant wait. the Lego budget be da..ed.

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By in United States,

I'm stoked to see this as a LEGO Ideas set. Just last week I was in Huntsville Alabama and got to see an actual Saturn V standing on end at the Rocket center. This is an absolute must buy!

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By in United States,

That price is so awesome, as well as 1969 pieces.

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By in United States,

OMG another great set for my space port.

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By in United States,

Meh. I prefer 1977-84 Lego Space, but I'm happy for the designers!

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By in United Kingdom,

That's awesome

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By in United Kingdom,

I'll see if I can bricklink a yellow one, like the one in the picture in Thunderbirds (kyrano mentioned that Jeff Tracy went to the moon in it).

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By in Norway,

Leonard says: This is definitivly a buy!

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By in Sweden,

After a long and healthy period of no interesting sets to buy, then TLG releases first a new Carousel and then this beauty!!
I am glad I am not in line for buying the new Snowspeeder (which looks great!), that had been too much...
Just a bit afraid that the coming "Fishing Store" will also end up on this "Wanted-list" that I suddenly have!

Feels like TLG is gearing up compaired to 2016!

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By in United States,

I had zero interest in this when it was picked by IDEAS.
Now I must have it. It's just that good as a set!

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By in Venezuela,

This hurts. LEGO is getting so great now, and my country's politic and social-economic life sucks.
I am about to cry now. We are witnessing the crowning of LEGO Ideas. This is what CUUSOO was made for, and the designers' game is getting real good now.

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By in United States,

It's a must have!

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By in Germany,

I was born when they landed on the moon, so for this reason alone it's a must buy for me.

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By in Germany,

Wow. This just made my day. I knew from the start that I was going to get this set, but was expecting something between 150 and 200 Euro. This is an absolute bargain.
And 1969 pieces - that's just plain awesome.

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By in United States,

Buying two of these the first day available.

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By in Canada,

Great looking set, and I will be getting one or two, but what's the deal with that gap between the rocket engine nozzle skirt and the service module? It just looks goofy.

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By in Canada,

Can't wait for this item to come out. I grew up in thar era of the Apollo space program. I even have signed photographs of the astronauts that travelled with the Apollo space program and was fortunate enough to travel and see the space museum in Cape Canaveral in Florida. I would most definitely build this set and display it along with my pictures of the brave men who travelled in this rocket.

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By in Canada,

Mic drop!

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By in Germany,

I guess there has never been a LEGO model, I wanted that much!! (Except perhaps for the UFC Millenium Falcon! ;-) )
And in an affordable price range!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

£185 on Ebay already - lol!

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By in France,

It's now visible on lego shop site, Ideas. 119,99€, 1st June. It will be a long time to wait!

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