Star Wars has yielded an incredible selection of iconic vehicles but none are more instantly recognisable or beloved than Han Solo's Millennium Falcon. This modified YT-1300 freighter epitomises the coarse nature of the Star Wars universe so it comes as no surprise that the Millennium Falcon has appeared in so many LEGO sets over the last seventeen years.
75192 Millennium Falcon has been released today and is perhaps the most impressive rendition of the vessel yet. Now therefore seems like an ideal occasion to retrace the history of this most renowned subject matter which has been represented on sixteen separate occasions and at a uniquely broad spectrum of different scales, culminating in the 7541-piece behemoth we see at present!
7190 Millennium Falcon (2000)
The LEGO Star Wars line began in 1999 but the earliest rendition of the famed Millennium Falcon was not released until the next year. This 663-piece model appears crude by the standards of today but makes good use of the large saucer elements which were prevalent at the turn of the millennium and therefore feels very representative of the era. In some respects I think this increases the appeal of the set as it serves to demonstrate a clear advancement in LEGO product design, resulting in the likes of 75192 Millennium Falcon!
4488 Millennium Falcon (2003)
A series of mini building sets were released in 2003 and 2004, among the first of which was 4488 Millennium Falcon. This set contains just 87 pieces but includes some impressive detail, due in no small part to the printed 8x8 dish forming the fuselage. Additional printed elements depict the docking rings on either side but the cockpit is unfortunately left plain, an issue which would be rectified in future miniature models.
4504 Millennium Falcon (2004)
4504 Millennium Falcon was released just four years after the original LEGO Millennium Falcon but represents a vast improvement over its predecessor. The large saucer components were withdrawn in favour of wedge plates which tessellate to form an attractive curved surface and can be opened using hinges to reveal the interior. A similar fuselage structure has seen continued use for over a decade but its stability has been improved considerably.
10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon (2007)
LEGO celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the Star Wars saga by releasing the 5197-piece 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon in 2007. This was the largest set ever produced at the time of its release and its superior size allowed the product designer, Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, to include far more detail than was possible on smaller versions of the YT-1300 freighter. The hull plating is especially notable for its accuracy to the source material and rests upon a sturdy Technic frame, recreating the Falcon's complex shape perfectly.
852113 Millennium Falcon Bag Charm (2007)
The largest rendition of the Millennium Falcon to date was swiftly followed by the smallest. This bag charm is glued together and attached to a key chain but features a printed 6x6 dish which looks marvelous. I particularly appreciate the inclusion of a printed sensor rectenna given the lack of room for a three dimensional representation at this scale.
7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon (2009)
The midi-scale range consisted of just two sets and sought to recreate the detail and authenticity of an Ultimate Collector's Series set at a more affordable price. 7778 Midi-scale Millennium Falcon was released in 2009 and includes a circular rectenna along with quad laser cannons on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces, just as in the movie. These impressive details are combined to good effect with a durable model but the line struggled to find an audience and it was brought to a swift conclusion in 2010.
7965 Millennium Falcon (2011)
2011 saw the release of the third Millennium Falcon designed to interact with minifigures and its design remained fairly similar to that of 4504 Millennium Falcon, including a row of hinged panels which fold outwards like the petals of a flower. However, the model was considerably upgraded to be far sturdier than its predecessor thanks to a Technic frame and it is therefore highly swooshable! The interior also includes some additional details such as smuggling compartments and the combat training remote used by Luke Skywalker.
7958 Star Wars Advent Calendar (2011)
LEGO Advent Calendars have been in production for nearly two decades but the first LEGO Star Wars edition was not released until 2011. The calendar contains a wide selection of minifigures and mini models depicting some of the best known characters and vehicles from the saga, including the Millennium Falcon. It is constructed using just thirteen pieces but its unique profile is instantly recognisable. The same model appeared in COMCON015 Advent Calendar which was available in exclusive packaging at San Diego Comic-Con.
75030 Millennium Falcon (2014)
The Microfighters series was launched in 2014 and is still going strong today. 75030 Millennium Falcon appeared in the very first wave and depicts the freighter with exaggerated features and a seat for the Han Solo minifigure included. The model is perhaps most notable for its excellent printed cockpit and evidently proved popular as an updated Millennium Falcon Microfighter is rumoured to be released next year.
75105 Millennium Falcon (2015)
The Millennium Falcon returned to the Star Wars saga with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its updated design was reflected by a brand new LEGO model. This rendition further improves upon the building techniques used in 2004's 4504 Millennium Falcon and is sturdier than ever, allowing you to lift the entire craft in only one hand! It met with exceptional success, winning the 'Best Boy's Toy of the Year' award from the American Toy Association and proving to be the best selling set of 2016.
75097 Star Wars Advent Calendar (2015)
Another miniature Millennium Falcon appeared in the 2015 Star Wars Advent Calendar. This example features the same light bluish grey 4x4 dish found in the earlier 7958 but with the addition of a jumper plate forming the port side docking ring and 1x2 grille slopes which create some texture, much like the mechanical details present on many larger sets.
SW911607 Millennium Falcon (2016)
The LEGO Star Wars magazine has yielded a tremendous array of mini models based on all kinds of different vehicles from across the Star Wars saga. The Millennium Falcon made an appearance with the January 2016 issue and its design borrows several features from the Microfighter model, albeit with a more appropriately scaled cockpit. The level of detail is excellent given the absence of printed parts and I find the forward floodlights fitted to the tips of the mandibles to be particularly delightful.
TRUFALCON Millennium Falcon (2016)
A similar model was released just a few months later as part of a Toys R Us in-store event over the May the Fourth weekend. This incarnation features a familiar circular rectenna and binoculars representing the quad laser cannons but lacks the heat vents found towards the stern of the Millennium Falcon. The black cockpit is also somewhat disappointing but this is easily replaced by the printed part from 75030 Millennium Falcon if you wish.
6176782 Escape the Space Slug (2016)
6176782 Escape the Space Slug contains the smallest rendition of the Millennium Falcon yet produced, consisting of just eight pieces! The set was initially given away over the May the Fourth 2016 weekend but has since been made available via a few fan media websites, including Brickset. The model is tiny but includes many pleasing details such as twin mandibles and the cockpit module as well as glowing sublight engines.
75184 Star Wars Advent Calendar (2017)
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars have covered almost every vehicle from the Original and Prequel Trilogies so have finally stepped into the realm of the Sequel Trilogy in 2017. A new era of films heralds a brand new Millennium Falcon, this time featuring a rectangular rectenna aas well as textured mandibles similar to those on the 2015 edition. I think it represents an improvement over earlier models, despite its tiny size.
75192 Millennium Falcon (2017)
75192 Millennium Falcon has been released today and represents the pinnacle of LEGO Star Wars set design in my opinion. The model features an astounding level of detail and its designer, Hans Burkhard Schlömer, has evidently focused the utmost attention on accuracy to the Millennium Falcon as it appears throughout the Star Wars saga, including authentic mechanical details on both the inside and out as well as alternative sensor dishes!
The Millennium Falcon continues to improve with each new model in my view and it seems very likely that yet another rendition will appear among the sets based on the upcoming Han Solo movie in 2018. I can only imagine how it might better the existing excellent designs!
Which is your favourite model of the Millennium Falcon to date? Let us know in the comments.