I was thrilled when The Lego Group decided to reissue this set as I was really disappointed that I had come back to Lego too late to get it. It had been on my "want list" for a while and in the end I decided just to take the plunge and get it. I hadn't realised that it was not just the Saturn V rocket model but also included a small Lunar Landing Craft and the Landing Capsule which are nice little builds in their own right.
The rocket itself uses some build techniques that were new to me and highly effective. I was worried in the early stages as it does look as though the exterior is made from tall curved pieces but these are merely internal structure and the outside uses tiling to create the heat panel effect. ALL of the detailing is via pre-printed bricks so NO stickers which is definitely a bonus.
Build Time on this was extended because I got over confident and did not read the instructions properly so had issues connecting Stage Two in to Stage One and it took me a while to realise I had a 1x4 out of place which was why they would not connect. The connections are really secure and yet allow you to break the rocket apart easily should you wish to display it in stages rather than one huge rocket. When I say huge, I mean HUGE. Yes, the decription tells you it is just under 39.5 inches tall but somehow until you have built it the true size just doesn't compute. There are 3 "braces" included in the build so you can display it on it's side - good job too as that is pretty my only option at the moment.
As a final touch can we just talk about the piece count? 1969 - just how cool a detail is that!
Number Of Pieces: 1969
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.06
Build Time: 5.5 Hours
I thought about buying this set for years until Lego quit producing it and I thought that was that. It was a great surprise to discover that this was back in stock so I didn't hesitate so much this time and bought it for myself almost instantly.
It was a satisfying build as always with bigger Lego sets, but even after finishing this I still have some questions about some parts of its instructions. I wrote about this to the customer service, but I didn't get a reply, so I just mention this here again: what is depicted on page 94 (instruction No. 156), seems to be unachievable since there just isn't space for a brick combination placement like this. Maybe Lego can review that part of the instructions?
That step is also the one thing that made me put this set on hold for almost 3 weeks, because due this I encountered problems with instruction No. 236 and 237 on pages 130 and 131, respectively. Sure, I found out that had missed a brick in each of these brick combinations and was trying to place them in a wrong way at first, but even after correcting it, I still am not completely satisfied with the result of the relevant part of the set. Doesn't look as neat and flush with the surface as it should be.
Then again, anything isn't loose and it is a great set for displaying. Its length is crazy impressive.
When I heard LEGO was releasing this set again I jumped for joy as I had missed out previously. This ship is an awesome set when fully assembled and really quite large!! I really loved everything about this especially the box art and history of the Saturn V in the instructions. This made it extra fun as my 5 year old has a keen interest in space so being able to show him the actual photos and the way it seperated on the way to the moon before we even started building was a bonus. The build itself was great with lots of new techniques I haven’t seen before. As others have said lots of x2 or x4 repeated parts but to see this monster grow at each step is totally worth it. Great job LEGO on a fantastic and educational set
I loved building it so very much but when it came to the mini lunar lander ( I recommend building the big one as well). On step 313 the picture showed putting a piece all the way in and in doing so I broke my first lego piece after building so many sets. I love building that please don’t let that sway your opinion on getting this set. By far my favorite build.
Response from LEGO SHOP
January 5, 2021
Sarah, LEGO® Customer Service
We're so glad you liked the build, but we're sorry you broke a brick! Visit LEGO.build/BricksPieces-BV to replace that broken brick.