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Review: 21309 LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V

On July 21st 1969 millions of people watched Neil Armstrong take a giant leap for mankind, but you may not know that Australians saw it before the rest of the world.

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The combination of a decision by Neil Armstrong and the time it took to put on the spacesuits meant that two Australian locations were in the perfect position to receive the signal from the moon – The Parkes Radio Telescope and the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station outside Canberra. As Neil took the first steps the signal was received by Honeysuckle Creek, sent to Sydney and split – one feed going to the ABC and the other to Houston. The international transmission introduced a 3 millisecond delay to the broadcast, which means that Australian audiences saw man walk on the moon before anybody else on Earth. After switching to the Parkes feed NASA felt it was so good that they stayed with that for the remainder of the 2.5 hour broadcast.

The Apollo program is one of the most fascinating achievements of the human race, and that crazy dream of going to the moon has now been immortalised in one of the most impressive LEGO sets I have built in a long time.

This is my review of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.

Be sure to read on for my exclusive photos of 21309 at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, and a huge gallery of photos at the end of the article.

Construction

The box for the Saturn V is huge, at least on par with a modular for size. This is a standard box rather than the thicker cardboard used for other ideas sets. For the part count it’s not a surprise that they went with a standard box.

As we’ve all come to expect from Ideas sets the instructions include a heap of additional information. There is a great blurb about the Apollo program with some fantastic black and white photos; information about the Saturn V itself including a breakdown of the various stages and again some real-world photos; a timeline of the journey to the moon, and interviews with the fan designers and LEGO designers. Even if you never get the set I suggest downloading a PDF copy of the instructions and having a read.

The set features 1969 pieces (a deliberate reference to the year Apollo 11 launched) across twelve numbered bags. The build follows the bags sequentially so you don’t need to sort out all of the pieces at once.

From pictures the set may look like a boring build, with it’s essentially monochromatic colour scheme, but it is actually satisfying and complex. By step 3 of the build you are already using brackets and SNOT techniques. The inner build is also surprisingly colourful.

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The early build features curved panels and I naively assumed that they were going to set the scale – only to discover that they simply form an inner core. The set itself is, for lack of a better word, thicker than I thought it would be.

Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results – Two New Sets!

The latest LEGO Ideas review results are in, and there is one successful set from the review and an older project that is finally becoming a reality. For anybody that likes to watch the announcements first, here is the video…

Firstly the set that passed in this review…

Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan

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This project is the sort of thing I love to see from LEGO Ideas – an innovative idea that is something you may not expect as a retail LEGO set. It will be fascinating to see how the LEGO designers refine the bottle part of the build.

Next is a project from the previous review that is finally getting the go-ahead…

Voltron – Defender of the Universe

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There were a lot of people frustrated when this set was left with a question mark, but now it is finally coming. This looks like it will be another high part count set.

Both of these projects are still in the LEGO design phase and won’t become official products until 2018. You can see the full lineup of projects that didn’t make the cut below.

Official Details of 21310 Old Fishing Store

The talk of LEGO Ideas might be the Saturn V at the moment, but there is another set that has been on it’s way for a while that looks very exciting too. After months of waiting here are the official details of 21310 Old Fishing Store

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This set is absolutely full of character and charm. The designers have done a fantastic job of taking the original idea and making a just a few tweaks. This really looks like the sort of building you’d find in a coastal town.

Included are 4 minifigures, a cat, 3 seagulls and even two lobsters. The set features a total of 2,049 pieces, including plenty of sand green tiles.

You will be able to purchase this set yourself from September 1st. No Australian RRP at this stage, but I have heard rumours it could be $249.99.

You can see additional box photos below.

Australian Price For 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

I know that there are a heap of people excited for this set, so the news of the Australian Price is highly anticipated. Well LEGO have finally added a product page for the NASA Apollo Saturn V and revealed the local RRP of $169.99.

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The price actually seems really fair. Let me know what you think in the comments.

You’ll be able to get your set from LEGO online on June 1st. Hopefully a retail release isn’t too long after that.

Via https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/LEGO-NASA-Apollo-Saturn-V-21309

Official Details of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

LEGO has a long history of working with NASA to produce some fantastic sets and the Apollo Saturn V Ideas set has been a hotly anticipated addition to the lineup. Now LEGO have used the Idea blog to share official details of the set.

The huge 1 meter high (approximately 1:110 scale) icon of space exploration will be available from the 1st of June, 2017 for a recommended retail price of just USD 119.99. With 1969 LEGO elements the 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V is the tallest LEGO Ideas set, as well as the one containing most elements.

21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V 01This set looks like an absolute must have for anybody with even a passing interest in the Apollo program or space in general. No Australian RRP at this stage but I will update as soon as I know. Read on for the official details and additional images.

LEGO Ideas No Longer Allowing Projects Using Existing IP

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The LEGO Ideas team yesterday published a new post on the Ideas Blog outlining some new rules for the site.

The super short version – from now there will be no new projects featuring existing properties LEGO has a licence for. This means that there will be no new Star Wars projects and no new Superheroes projects just to name a couple of themes.

There will be some people with planned projects undoubtedly annoyed by the change but I think it’s a good idea. The LEGO design team are always working on new ideas related to the IPs that they have access to, and this change prevents an idea that they are already working on hitting 10k.

Existing projects have not been removed but the rule change seems to imply pretty heavily that there is no chance they’ll pass review.

This change will likely result in less projects being uploaded but it may also help interesting and innovative ideas become more prominent.

The new rule works with a previous change that prevented follow-up ideas. For example you can’t submit a second Big Bang Theory set idea.

You can read more about the new rule here. LEGO have also provided a list of restricted licences here.

Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results

LEGO have just revealed the results of the latest LEGO Ideas review and there is one new set definitely coming, and a second still possible.

Passing the review is Women of NASA, a result that isn’t completely unexpected considering the success of the female scientists Ideas set.

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Australian Price For 21306 Yellow Submarine Confirmed

The product page for the latest LEGO Ideas set – 21306 Yellow Submarine – is now active, which means we now know the Australian price.

Getting your own LEGO version of the fab four is going to set you back $79.99 when the set becomes available November 1st.

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Via https://shop.lego.com/en-AU/Yellow-Submarine-21306

Official Details Of 21306 Yellow Submarine

The thing with LEGO Ideas is that there is usually a decent gap between when a set passes review and when it hits stores. That gap can lead to people forgetting sets are even on the horizon, which is the case with 21306 Yellow Submarine. I’d completely forgotten about it.

The next LEGO Ideas set is going to be popular with Beatles fans as it seems to capture the Yellow Submarine perfectly. The minifigures also look great.

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The set will be available online on November 1st 2016. I have also heard from online store Outer Rim Trading Co that they are expecting stock in December.

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You can check out the official details from the LEGO Ideas blog and the box art below.

The Latest LEGO Ideas Review Results Are In

The latest LEGO Ideas review results are in and it’s honestly a bit of a surprise. Of the 9 sets up for review I was skeptical that any of them would make it.

Shockingly the very impressive looking Old Fishing Store set made the cut.

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Many people, myself included, thought this would be far to big for an Ideas set.

The Old Fishing Store won’t be available for a while, but hopefully it will be some time in 2017.

You can check out the announcement video below and the projects that didn’t make the cut.