And aside from the new set number, that’s exactly what this appears to be: a straight re-release. From the box art, nothing seems to have changed in the new version of the 1,969-piece rocket.
Alzashop published the images on its website (h/t StoneWars), giving us our first glimpse at the new packaging. The box actually does appear to have changed slightly, but only insofar as its proportions. It’s a little bit stockier, wider and flatter. Otherwise, though, it’s exactly the same as 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V.
That means it hasn’t adopted the all-black aesthetic of this year’s 18+ sets. And the age range hasn’t changed, either: the NASA-inspired set still carries the 14+ recommendation. Had it been released for the first time this year, it’s a pretty safe bet that it would have slotted straight into the adult-focused range.
Here’s the full gallery of images for 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V:
The original Saturn V was one of the LEGO Group’s most popular sets of all time, so it’s no surprise to see it returning to store shelves. Whether it sets a precedent for other Ideas sets remains to be seen, but there are plenty we’d love to see make a comeback.
Of course, 21309 isn’t the only LEGO Ideas set that’s about to be reissued. 21313 Ship in a Bottle is also returning as 92177 Ship in a Bottle, though we’re yet to see images of that set’s new packaging.