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Robert Pearlman
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LEGO launches NASA Apollo Saturn V set

The countdown is finally over — LEGO fans can now build their own towering model of NASA's Apollo Saturn V rocket, thanks to the launch of a new toy set on Thursday (June 1).

...collectSPACE, in collaboration with Ars Technica and Space.com, put the LEGO NASA Saturn V model to test, assembling the set in front of a full-scale mockup of the moon rocket's upper stage at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas.

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posted 05-31-2017 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I called the Lego store at Mall of America today to make sure they'd have the Saturn V in tomorrow. They said they only received a small amount and expect to sell out of them right away. They advised me to order online.

I've now been trying to order one since it became available online about 40 minutes ago and the website keeps giving errors. I assume they're getting swamped with orders for this item. I've tried with two PCs and three browsers on each PC. I also tried from two mobile devices.

Has anyone else attempted to order this and run into any problems?

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I just ordered one from the Lego site at 9:45pm PT and after a lot of reloading and accidentally overloading my cart because it was lagging, I did manage to get my cart straightened out and order completed.

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I was finally able to get my order placed after a solid hour of trying. I, too, had duplicates in my cart several times due to lags with the site, but eventually it worked.

On edit: My confirmation receipt from Lego came about 18 minutes after my PayPal receipt. Looks like things are hopefully getting smoothed out after the initial rush caused some troubles.

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Had a similar experience... apparently their servers were getting crushed. After about 45 minutes of Ticketmaster-esque perseverance, I got my PayPal confirmation of two kits ordered and paid. No confirmation from LEGO yet.

EDIT: Order confirmed by LEGO.

*Borat voice* BEEG SUCCESS!

Robert Pearlman
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The U.S. LEGO Shop has now sold out of its first stock.
Backorders Accepted, will ship by June 19, 2017.
Update: Several hours later, the shop now displays:
Backorders Accepted, will ship in 30 days.

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posted 06-01-2017 04:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just like the Lego Shuttle "Adventure" (as well as "Expedition") is the Apollo/Saturn model is consider limited and has to be bought online, instead of buying it at Toys "R" Us?

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posted 06-01-2017 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just bought two on Amazon and it says more are in stock.

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Got mine on Amazon.

Michael ApolloJack
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I just hope they don't jack the price up for Australian buyers. $120 USD is around $180 AUS. All Aussie stores I have looked at are sold out.

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And mine is in the mail.

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Went to the local Lego Store here in town about an hour and a half after they opened and bought one of the last three available. I asked the counter guy how many they had sold — he said about 57; so apparently their initial inventory was 60.

I called after getting home and asked if they had any NASA Apollo rocket sets and they said that they had sold out in less than two hours.

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My order was confirmed by LEGO 5 minutes after placing the order (it took over an hour, a little after 1 AM). Today, 2 PM, I got an email that my order is back ordered.

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I planned on buying mine online, but they were already on back order when I went to buy it. So, I went to our local Lego store here in San Diego, about 15 minutes before they opened, and there was a line. Thankfully they had plenty.

They said they had about 50 and were only selling one per person. Pretty sure they are sold out now. I am just happy I got one.

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Shipped.

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Just got an email that mine was shipped, and the courier tracking states it should arrive by Saturday. Here's hoping!

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Already sold out on Amazon, except for third party re-sellers (who are offering them for $265!).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-01-2017 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those in the states, if your local LEGO Store is sold out, you might try your local Barnes & Noble. At least some stores, if not all, received a limited supply of the sets and had them in stock as of this morning.

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posted 06-01-2017 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't opened mine yet, but I am wondering does the production kit have the internal tanks as a part of the kit as they had in the prototype mockups?

Robert Pearlman
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The proposal for the inner tanks was not adopted by LEGO, probably to reduce the brick count and to bolster the internal support structure holding the stages together.

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Renderbricks video
We have a launch commit and we have a lift-off. The Eagle will land on 7.7.17.

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My wife ordered one for me through the Lego website for Father's Day but it's back ordered for 30 days so I will have to wait until July to get it. Bummer.

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The Eagle will land on 7.7.17.
Huh? Sorry but I don't get it. A LEGO LM? A Saturn V launch tower?

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It is a teaser for a longer animation featuring the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V — presumably a recreation of the Apollo 11 mission but in LEGO form.

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posted 06-02-2017 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!!

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posted 06-02-2017 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
...you might try your local Barnes & Noble.
Robert, the Barnes & Noble idea worked, thanks.

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posted 06-02-2017 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that we have them, is anyone planning any modifications for improved accuracy or detailing? Skylab shroud? Crawler and LUT?

I am not thrilled with the look of the J-2 engines on the kit.

Given the constraints of using existing Lego parts they did a remarkable job. Only a few deviations, the stage 3 aft interstage in particular. It's a very hefty and solid model, no fear of breakage when separating the stages from each other.

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I have tried B&N, Lego stores,TRU, Walmart, Target...all list it as out of stock, but none are allowing preorders. Lego online only allows "wishlist". I am thinking it is gone and there will be no more.

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You might call The Space Shop at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. As noted earlier in this thread, they announced about a month ago that they would be stocking it in July.

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I am at the Kennedy Space Center gift shop now, I'm here for the launch. They just got the models in at the same price $119.

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Definitely going to modify the fins.

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First modification, improving the J-2 on the third stage S-IVB. I think it look a little more realistic, but I had to figure out how to get past the two L brackets and 6x6 plate for another centimeter of depth to support it.

The second stage will be much more difficult.

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Well, I called the Space Shop at KSC, and left a message. I haven't heard back yet. Two Lego Stores I called both had it in stock, one in Orlando will not ship or hold, and they are 90 minutes away. One out of state would ship, just not out of state...

I am going to KSC next week, so I hope they still have one in stock then, if not, the Orlando Lego Store is on my way home from KSC.

Thanks to those who emailed with offers and advice!

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It would be very cool to score one, I'll admit. And Father's Day and my birthday are coming up... (Hint, hint.)

As someone posted before, check your local Barnes & Noble. They carry a lot of Lego stuff and sometimes, for stuff like this, they may not put them out to hold them for reserves. So ask information as they can look up what they have in stock. Just a thought.

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Back orders are shipping much more quickly than the Lego website says. I missed the original allotment due to a problem with my order, so by the time I got the order placed it was already showing back ordered. I got a shipping email last night.

Does anyone know if the build instructions for the original model as submitted with the internal tanks and other details left out on the production version will be made available? What about build instructions for the LUT shown in a number of photos?

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I got mine in the mail yesterday and started building it last night. I finished it this morning. It took about four hours total and was a thoroughly enjoyable build. Kudos to Lego for such a spectacular product!

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Originally posted by ELinder:
Does anyone know if the build instructions for the original model as submitted with the internal tanks and other details left out on the production version will be made available?
The prototype with the internal tanks was 2-4 studs wider than the production version, so I don't think it will be possible to build like that version unfortunately.

And as Robert said, if you were to attempt it yourself, it would likely weaken the structure, so it would have to be for display only and not any sort of regular handling.

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I received this reply from Lego when I asked when the set would be available:
It's a very popular set and we've had a lot more orders than we expected. We don't have any in stock at the moment, and we're working hard to make more.

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quote:
Originally posted by Liembo:
The prototype with the internal tanks was 2-4 studs wider than the production version...
I'm confused. Weren't both the prototype Saturn and the LUT in the photos built with stock available pieces for the initially submitted design?

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Yes, but Lego has the right to modify the design as they see fit for the consumer release to satisfy pricing and production needs.

The original prototypes are vastly different than the consumer version, even within the Updates page for the kit, the design of the rocket changed. Lego kept the idea of the original Lego Ideas concept but refined it as needed. The internal tanks were more of a nice to have than a must have, apparently.

It would be great if the plans and parts list for the LUT and crawler concepts were released for others to attempt to build on their own.


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