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Putting your micro Neil Armstrong at the base of the rocket gives a sense of just how massively large these rockets really are. Once assembled, the rocket fits the lunar lander above the third Stage. Unfortunately, the landed command module does not fit inside the finished rocket. The very top of the rocket is made up of the service module, command module, and launch escape system.
There are a number of changes here from the original fan model to the set, most noticeably on the launch escape system. The fan model used a 2x2x5 lattice support brick in white, which has been changed to columns of white taps here. The overall look is streamlined, and works quite well on the final model. Stage 1 uses four sets, while the other stages use two sets each.
Much of the most complicated SNOT work is used to put the clips into place in such a way they stand up to the force necessary to separate the stages. This is a big set, and I knew that after reading the press release, but nothing quite prepared me to stand next to the finished model. The large Stage 1 section stands taller than my cat. The shuttle has 1, pieces, and stands an impressive It includes the fuel tank and booster rockets.
Nevertheless, the shuttle looks tiny compared to its predecessor in manned spaceflight. After all, that giant rocket is merely the propulsion system for this tiny lander. The lunar lander is adorable and instantly recognizable. Smallest of all is the command module, floating in the ocean after returning to Earth. The whole thing uses just 10 pieces, with eight orange hinges for the floatation ring.
The ring simply rests snugly around the module with no official connection. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews. I love how engineered the build is. Any idea haha where to get it from on the 1st? Wonderful set! I prefer planes to rockets but… what a rocket!
My wife will be upset but I will buy it yo display in my office at work! Any idea if the piece count was intentional? The cover and some of the inner graphics appear to be modeled after the real Saturn V Flight Manual, whch is a neat touch. Definitely getting this set on the day of release!
The only gripe I have with it is that the S-1B fins are more swept than the original. A beauty! Nice review and those pics of the interior builds…just some genius stuff right there. Just wanted to fix a slight mistake in the article: The landed command module is not intended to fit inside the rocket. This allows you to connect the end of the landed command module to the lunar lander, as depicted on the back of the box.
Very excited to build this and give one to my Dad who is a Space Nut. Great review! Could you please tell me the approximate size of the box? My wife is traveling to the States and she wants to know how big is the box. I wish lego would only allow the purchase of 1 of these kits. These people buying 2 are all probably hoarders depriving people who just want to own one kit and not gouge others. For a set that celebrates the achievements of mankind and space exploration, the manual contains a wealth of information on the Apollo 11 mission and Saturn V rocket.
The educational aspect of the booklet is fantastic. This is something I really appreciate about this LEGO set — not only is it an excellent model, but its potential to be a useful educational tool on NASA, the Apollo mission and hopefully inspire future generations to pursue STEM-related fields, or even contribute to getting humanity further than it has ever gone before. The instruction manual strikes the right balance with technical details while being accessible at the same time and should be a massive hit with space and science buffs.
There are also sections devoted to the original project designers as well as the LEGO designers who had the task of adapting the LEGO Ideas project submission into a structurally firm model that would be sold on the shelves. I love it whenever we get an insight into how LEGO designers work, as well as snapshots like this where we see them act a little goofy.
Here are more diagrams of the Saturn V rocket in its various stages. The designer who worked on the manual deserves some sort of award. On to the build itself, which was such an exhilarating experience. I do enjoy encountering ingenious building techniques every now and then, but building for me is mostly therapeutic, and something I do to relax and unwind after work.
As you can see, the interiors of the Saturn V comprise of multi-colour LEGO elements which make it easy for builds to differentiate all the parts. You build upwards, horizontally and in all different directions, using all sorts of clever tricks to achieve the core foundation of the rocket, which allows the exterior plating to be snapped on easily.
There are also several sections that are precariously fiddly, and are borderline frustrating at times, all of which require razor sharp precision and patience as you try to avoid knocking elements out of the way. Minor mistakes can be quite hard to rectify and I had to learn the hard way when I got the alignment of some sections of the build wrong. That said, throughout the entire build, which took me a good 5 hours I also build at a gloriously glacial pace I never once hated any of it.
The build experience also helped me develop so much respect for the designers — not a single part felt out of place and the multi-coloured interiors does a fantastic job illustrating how everything fits together to achieve a specific focus. It was also surprisingly sturdy and well-built. The rocket feels solid for the most part and the use of wedges and curved slopes for the hull gives it a very smooth texture.
Designing curved shapes is a perennial challenge when it comes to LEGO, but the Saturn pulls it off particularly well. If you have sharp eyes, you can see that I accidentally made a mistake with the placement of the fins when taking the photos. One of the stunning design triumphs of the Saturn V is its almost perfectly formed curve, which is punctuated by very aesthetically pleasing details that give the model a very realistic look thanks to the light greebling and textures achieved by grills and cylinders.
Peering in between the engines, there are plenty of neat little mechanical details and you can spy nifty elements such as megaphones and those angled droid-arm-looking pieces which gives it a very sophisticated appearance. The black stripes are deftly executed, and I really love the printed curved slopes with USA printed on them.
Every single element with details is printed which is a dream come true for stickerphobic AFOLs. This set is also a hallmark example that LEGO can go all out with printed elements instead of stickers. It has more printed parts on it as well, including some nice tiles with United States printed on them. The third stage is next, and its at this point that the rocket begins to narrow.
The third stage is powered by a lone pearl grey engine. Sitting above the third stage is a conical compartment which houses the lunar module inside! The cone splits into two and can be easily removed to show off the lunar module comfortably perched inside. Lastly, this is the tip of the rocket which contains the service module grey bit , command module Columbia white cone bit and the launch escape system thin white spear at the top.
Here are all the different stages laid out together. One of the things I really liked about the Saturn V and is testament to the amazing design is just how easy the rocket comes apart. You can easily remove each stage, which is connected to one another by clips. Michael of course stayed behind in the command module which was flying around the moon. To ensure that this photo remained inclusive, I opted to include every single Astronaut, even the spare.
The mix of pearl and metallic gold elements for its feet are very true to the real module and look fantastic. The hatch is printed which is another really nice touch and there plenty of cool little details which give the model plenty of much-needed texture. The Astronaut microfigures are very well designed, with tiny details of the spacesuit being captured as well as the gold visor being prominently featured on their heads. The scale works well in this case and makes for a fun little Moon scene that was the true objective of the Apollo 11 mission.
Last but not least, we get a small scene where the command module splashed down into the ocean. The module is encircled by an orange floatation ring as well as yellow balloons. The stands, while simple get the job done brilliantly and have no problems carrying the hefty weight of the finished model.
This allows you to truly appreciate just how tall of a model it is! In the photo above which gives you a peek at my humble display shelf at home , you can see that the Saturn V has taken up residence next to my favourite LEGO set of all time — the Tower of Orthanc. The Saturn V model is beautiful and incredibly well constructed. It truly represents the best of LEGO Ideas — that something as uniquely designed like this can actually see the light of day.
It makes for a sensational display piece , mostly due to its sheer size and scale. One of the most underrated features of this set is its educational value. I highly recommend the Saturn V and this set easily gets my third perfect rating for This is one of those outstanding LEGO sets that absolutely delivers from every aspect — price, build experience, design, interactivity and just how damn good it looks on display.
Email Address. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. I have the Saturn V, and before this, though the Tower of Orthanc was a lot taller. But, as I scanned your Lego zone, I grew extremely jealous. Nice review Jay. Are you big on Jurassic Park lego sets, or have you found some from the old Dino theme?
Yes, I love all things Dinos! Check out my other Jurassic reviews here! I find it interesting that the lunar module is built into the bottom portion. Any ideas why or am doing it wrong? That sounds a bit weird. I wonder if you are mistaking the parts on the bottom right of page 21 in the building instructions book for the LEM?
That is just there as a structure component to hold things together and is not related to any real world part of the rocket. Page is where you start building the LEM after the rocket is complete. Have fun.. I remember how exciting it was to build the first time. Actually I stand corrected. Though I must say that the part almost resembles a lunar module. Hi Jay, thanks for the great review.
I wanted to build one more great model maybe my last to display in my house here in China. When I saw this, all the bells rang. My brother and I are big space fans since we were kids, so I bought two reissue kit and will mail the spare to him in Brisbane. It will a good Christmas, I will assemble mine then and get back to you. Again, thanks a lot for the solid review. Hey Jon, thanks so much and glad you enjoyed the review! I like this set and it was fun and challenging to build.
If it had been a Star Wars or Marvel kit, they would have not hesitated to go the extra mile. Looks awesome, I hope you can help. Whenever I get the four clops to mate, the four panel pieces pop out of place. Did you experience this? Did I do something wrong? Looking forward to your feedback. If the panel pieces pop out, it does sound like there might be parts that are in the wrong place — can you double check to see if there are any misplaced studs?
I spent a while looking at it after I posted this to you. That was exactly what it was. Moving them down one place made room for the second phase to snugly fit. It now sits perfectly together. Thank you so much haha, I had the same exact problem and was searching through the internet for the solution. Thank you for the review!
I just ordered this soon to retire set on Amazon. I see that it was Rather hard to get right, as i failed the 1st time, However it does present a Challenge just enough to be a Fun challenge. Just finished building this, and It looks amazing.
I am still amazed at how sturdy it is at 1m tall. The individual sections also connect in such a way that the fully assembled rocket is quite rigid you could easily grab it with one hand but come apart easily when you want them to. They used some really cleaver to techniques to give it this strength while matching the shape of the Saturn V remarkably well. It is also quite a good value part count to prise wise. This may go down as my favorite set of all time.
I was speaking to a friend the other day, and I really think that this set is worthy of being one of the best sets this decade. So much thought and care was given to the design and presentation. Brilliant review, Jay!! I bought THREE of these when it was first released, and now look forward to building my first one with the kids, who are about old enough to appreciate it. Thanks for your stellar review. I discovered your blog while looking for a pic of the first stage of building, as I forgot to take a photo myself.
That said I kept my Saturn boxed for two years, because I wanted to build it exactly in the 50th anniversary of the event. You feel in your hands the weight of that epic mission. Have a nice day. Have you gotten to the Lunar Lander yet? I just built mine a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for the image, very kind of you.
Well… a Google translator button, so you can guess the mess. So I like to change everything I think it could be improved by my point of view, of course. At the moment it already has four internal rooms. Nice review! Thanks Zach!
Magnificent spacecraft model for display · Relive the crewed Apollo Moon missions · LEGO® Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V · An intricate, rewarding build · Majestic. This Lego Saturn Rocket kit is a significant size and to reflect its vintage it has parts - also the year the rocket delivered the Apollo Lunar Lander to. A truly awesome lego set of one of the most iconic space ships of the 20th century. Apollo 11 launched in and that's how many pieces you get, which i.