Sunday, November 12, 2017

Estes Saturn V - Discontinued?

Act fast, dear reader.

If you have had your eye on the re-release of the Estes Saturn V model rocket, don't delay. Get one while you can!

It appears the kit, which has only been out for little more than a year, is being discontinued!

I don't know if this will be news to many people, but I certainly haven't seen any chatter about it on the online forums, unlike the case with the much-missed Mega Der Red Max Pro Series II rocket. I'm curious to know if others have noticed this.

Two days ago, I was browsing the selection on the AC Supply website. AC Supply sells Estes rockets, engines, and launch equipment at 40% off. If you make a purchase of $100 or more, shipping is free, so it's a good source for Estes stuff.

While looking at the page for Skill Level 3-5 rockets, I saw that the Saturn V was no longer available, and listed as discontinued!

I thought this might be a mistake - AC Supply was out of stock, and had mistakenly listed the rocket as no longer available.

AC Supply often has OOP Estes rockets long after they're no longer available from the Estes website.

And, indeed, the Saturn is still listed on the Estes site. Additionally, I headed over to the Belleville Hobby site. I don't think Belleville and AC Supply are run by the same company, but they both offer Estes stuff at wholesale.

As of Friday, the Saturn was still on the Belleville site.

Yesterday, it was gone, and there was no listing for it left.

So, it looks like my chance to get 40% off on the Saturn is gone. Hard lesson I learned over the last couple years - if you really want that rocket, get it. I got a Mega Der Red Max just under the wire - they were gone the next day!


Estes still has the Saturn V. JonRocket has three left (they had four, but I just bought one). Other vendors surely have them as well, but who knows how many, and for how long?

Admittedly, this is speculation on my part. I could be wrong. But it looks to me like the Saturn V is going away, fast. I do believe it was a limited run, and looks like supplies are dwindling.

Still, the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is only two years away. Perhaps another re-release is in store.

Don't wait to see, though. Get one if you want one, or risk having to pay far too much on eBay later!

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  1. Hi Daniel,
    I think the kit will return. If Estes went to the trouble to have molds made for the new hard plastic fins they could justify the cost will be another run of kits. Probably like you mentioned for the moon landing 50th anniversary in 2019.

    1. I hope you're right. I've been trying to get my hands on one for a while now.