92176 LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V. Out of this world building with the LEGO Ideas Apollo Saturn V set. The NASA Apollo Saturn V was an engineering marvel that helped make mankind’s dream of exploring the moon a reality. Standing at a towering height of 363 feet, it was one of the largest and powerful rockets ever built. It consisted of three stages, each powered by its own cluster of rockets. Launched between 1968 and 1972, the Apollo missions brought twelve astronauts to the surface of the moon, making history and inspiring generations to come. As the flagship of NASA’s Apollo program, the Saturn V was responsible for launching every manned lunar mission and remains a symbol of human ingenuity and perseverance. The Saturn V was not only capable of taking humans to the moon but was also instrumental in launching the Skylab space station into orbit and helped the crew of Apollo Soyuz Test Project in 1975 to unite with Soviet cosmonauts in space. It’s no wonder that this rocket has become a symbol of our technological achievement and ambition to venture beyond our planet.
If you would prefer to explore new galaxies and universes without ever leaving your living room, then a range of LEGO® space themed sets is your way forward.
Released in 2020 and now retired, LEGO set 92176; LEGO® NASA Apollo Saturn V is packed with genuine details from the iconic rocket. Reaching up to a meter high, it’s built to a scale of approximately 1:110. Included in this set are intricate details of the main rocket engines on the removable S-IC first stage, built alongside the removable S-II second stage and removable S-IVB third stage. At the very top of the whole spacecraft you’ll find the Apollo spacecraft with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter, accompanied by a rescue rocket, making this set a collector’s dream. To display it horizontally, you’ll find three stands included. This amazing set also features three brand new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for any Moon landing fan, and an informative booklet about the development of the real-life manned Apollo missions, while giving credit to the designers who brought this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set to life.
While the set may reach for the stars in its design and build quality, is the investment potential out of this world? Read on to find out!
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Let’s be honest Space always stimulates our imagination, I think in many ways similar to the LEGO sets we love to build. We have seen some great sets over the years that have offered spectacular build quality and are often great display models. As well as being a great theme much of the financial supporting data looked strong also so it made sense to look closer at a model that could be close to retirement the LEGO Icons Nasa Apollo Saturn V.
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There are currently some great LEGO Icons sets, and this is clearly a theme we expect to produce some great investments that are likely to outperform the themes historic performance of 7% growth. Some of our favourite retired sets include LEGO Big Ben and LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5.
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We have looked at the previous NASA based LEGO Icons sets and, on the surface, it looks a very strong sub-theme which we would happily recommend an investment from. The LEGO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover (21104) is clearly the pick of the bunch with over 1000% total growth at a rate of 32% a year! LEGO Hayabusa (21101) also has stellar performance with over 600% growth at 27% a year.
But, and it’s a big BUT, this set is a direct remake of a previous model, NASA Apollo Saturn V (21309) that was retired in 2019 before this model was launched in 2020. As is usually the case, a replacement model stunts the growth of the previous one and that is clearly seen here with it having grown just 24% in 3 ½ years since retirement. And sadly, we don’t see any reason that the replacement model will do any better when it retires either with it expected to perform very similarly.
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A sub-theme we would be happy to recommend future investments from based on the performance of most of the retired sets, but the main decider or us is that this is a replacement model, and the original has seen next to no real growth since it was retired, and this set was launched. We think this is a high-risk investment with quite limited upside.