After being announced all the way back in June of 2016, set 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V has at last been revealed - and it doesn't disappoint. Based on the Ideas project by Saabfan and Whatsuptoday, the final model has been designed by Carl Merriam and Mike Psiaki and features several separating parts including the iconic lunar module, complete with a crew of adorable astronaut microfigures.
As stunning as the model itself is, what excites me the most about this set is its size - and no, I don't mean the part count being the same as the year of launch. At 1969 parts, this set is more than 2.5 times as large as the previous largest LEGO Ideas set, and I'm delighted to see the line taking risks and growing in size. Ideas is one of my favorite current LEGO themes simply because of how unique every set is, although many had theorized an unwillingness to create large and expensive sets under that banner. I'm glad to see that's not the case, and looking forward to seeing the next new set announcement.
Let us know if you're excited to build this set when it launches this June (yes, I apologize for using the same pun twice), and enjoy the full selection of photos released below.