Throwback Thursday: A Brief History of Junk

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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 The large saucer components were withdrawn in favour of wedge plates which tessellate to form an attractive curved surface and can be opened using hinges to reveal the interior.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.

 

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41 comments on this article

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By in Puerto Rico,

I understand the crazy fan base this ship has but why didn't Lego used this UCS spot for something original such as an AT-AT/AT-ACT or the Imperial Cargo ship from RO?
Edit: I am someone who has said it wants: Tie Bomber, a new OT AT-AT, AT-ACT (those two might take awhile due to the AT-M6 recently released) and the Imp Cargo ship Rogue One. Sorry if I look desperate but I missed the first Tie Bomber and I would love to get an updated design of the AT-AT (I have the one released on 2002/03).

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By in United States,

I never realized there were so many MFs.

My favorite has to be the newest one it far surpasses all others

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By in United States,

Reminder: there's yet another Falcon in 2015's year's Advent Calendar. There was also a 2015 freebie Falcon at Barnes and Noble which was similar to the Advent design, but featured saucers on both the top and bottom. https://m.imgur.com/nEZrGi4?r

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By in United Kingdom,

Those early Star Wars sets look pretty crude compared to their more detailed (but far more expensive) equivalents today. But that original 7190 Millenium Falcon looks worst of all. It really doesn't capture anything like the right shape.

Mind you, it doesn't look as silly as one of the later models with those roof 'petals' opened up. It would be far more dignified to just have the roof clip on and come off in larger sections.

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By in United States,

In my opinion, I think it's time for LG to take a break from the MF for a while and focus on other memorable SW crafts. I agree, the MF is probably one of the most iconic representation of Star Wars, with the Death Star being the other. But we've had several iterations, including UCS versions, of each. I think the Star Wars line has become a little stale. The newer sets for The Last Jedi will help for a little refresh, but it would be great to see attention given to a few of the other Star Wars icons. Personally, I would like a UCS AT-AT... yes, a little hypocritical as there have been multiple versions of this, but it has always been my favorite.

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By in Belgium,

Fun list and article.

There's also one in the advent calendar from 2015, #75097.

I'm know this since I tidied up my SW advent calendar models this well and I don't own the 2011 version so went to check :) I'm not a total fount of knowledge :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @ResIpsaLoquitur and @Snowhitie, I have updated the article to include the 2015 Advent Calendar model.

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By in United States,

I still think the first one if my favorite.

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By in Hungary,

Any idea why didn't find their audience those Midi-scale sets?

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By in United States,

@Anak,

Lack of detail, lack of minifigures, lack of play features.

Without the detail most collectors wouldn't really be interested. Most collectors are willing to put down more money for something impressive and they're just not. They don't have minifigures or play features that make them appeal to the other side of the spectrum either.

I wish the idea took on, but they really should have made more effort to either target the sets at collectors or target them at kids looking for something to play with. As they are they're not really good sets for either crowd.

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By in United Kingdom,

And that there illustrates why I was so disappointed to hear that the 'big set announcement' was yet another Millennium Falcon.
It would have been so nice to see something new!

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By in Canada,

Without being able to see the inventory for the new Falcon I still go with 10179, as it was built almost entirely out of (fairly) common pieces. Sure there was the specialized printed dish and boat masts in grey but you could replace them; everything else I found I had already in my collection (not necessarily the numbers). That's why I couldn't believe why people were forking out 1000s for it.

Have to agree with chdwlsn....where's our UCS AT-AT...it is almost as iconic as the Falcon. heck we've had a UCS B-Wing. I don't know too many people who consider it iconic.

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By in United States,

The title made me think this was gonna be about the history of the Chinese knockoff companies that clone Lego. Great article nevertheless.

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought now was a perfect time for a UCS Cloud City.

But TLG mostly know what they are doing and the market wants a UCS Millenium Falcon
for the new fans of Episode VII-iX.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really love that first Falcon. Suspect nostalgia glasses are at work here, but I remember having a lot of fun trying to re-create it using pieces from '97 UFO sets.

Those early Star Wars sets have a Lego-ness about them that I almost feel the latest sets have lost, in favour of more accurate models. They had lower prices too!

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By in United States,

Also, do you suppose Lego waited until 2000 to produce the first Millennium Falcon as that was the start of new millennium?

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By in United States,

7190 is the only Falcon set I have! I feel like the owner of a junky old car wondering if he should "trade in" and get 75192 instead :D

(No my 7190 is not for sale, it just looks very dated but I'd never part with it for nostalgia reasons).

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By in United States,

7190 is the only one I have, as well! It's pretty funny looking versus the other newer models, I have but for nostalgia sake, never gets old looking at it!

Want to hang it up on my ceiling!

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By in Malta,

The main problem with the system scale ones is the front mandibles are always the wrong length/shape. The midi scale got the shape spot on for such a small model.
Will be taking apart my 7695 as 75192 will be taking it's place.

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By in Russian Federation,

Cant see real difference between one in Escape the Space Slug and last released ucs.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think that, other than the new UCS version, the midi-sized one is the best interpretation of the craft.

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By in United States,

@Joefish, the original 7190 was a bit rough looking, yet my favorite feature of the set was the fact that the entire top could be lifted off as one structure. The only downside was that the top wouldn't fit back back on w/minifigures in certain positions. In addition to the 7190 I've also got the 4488, 7965, 75030, 75105, and all Advent Calendar versions. With that many MF's it's really hard to justify 800.00 on another one, regardless of how great it is, especially to my wife (who thinks they're all junk taking up too much space). Although if 75192 had a full complete interior I'd be tempted to take out a secret loan, and start donating plasma :)

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By in United States,

In my opinion, 75105 is definitely the best "play" version as those get better with each iteration. But it pales in comparison to today's release. I will soon have all the minifig scale MFs (I can't say no to this ship) and one of these days, I will have them all built at once for nice photo/video opportunity. Down side: that's many hours of grey Lego bricks...

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By in United Kingdom,

don't worry people - with the Han Solo spin off we will get one or more Falcons extra in the coming years...

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally I'm holding out for a triangular sensor dish.

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By in Brazil,

I still want the 2015 TFA version, this new UCS one is amazing but it will probably cost the same of a motorcycle where I live.

But, I hope that in 2027 (if the Star Wars line and Lego still exist) the vehicle chosen for the 50 anniversary of SW be either the Tantive IV or the Imperial Star Destroyer. If they make another MF, I would be disappointed.

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By in Bosnia And Herzegovina,

I love this amazing new version, I want to thank Lego people for listening and reading all our wishes concerning design of packaging, big number of bricks and amazing model. Definitely looking forward to the next years Star Destroyer UCS

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By in Australia,

Don't forget Han Solo's own film next year.

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By in United States,

Excellent summary of a famous ship and popular LEGO product. You covered it well, Capn!

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By in Denmark,

Forgot this one ;)

http://faberfiles.blogspot.dk/2015/09/flashback-lego-and-star-wars_14.html

This is what we could have had in 2000 if not the bean counters had interfered, sigh

Best minifig scale Falcon yet, imho. Does not have proper propertions, but then again NO Falcon, be it LEGO or made by ILM, actually have that (It's a darn flying TARDIS)

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By in United States,

The bottom of the new UCS MF leaves plenty of room for improvement. What with so many addition parts to add detailing, that the designer neglected to overhaul that part of the ship is disappointing.

At least I'll have an excuse to further improve an almost close-to-perfect version of this iconic ship.

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By in United States,

My favorite iteration definitely has to be the new 75192. There's no way around it; in this case bigger is better. The larger scale allows for more detail, and the amount of time LEGO has had between the original 10179 and the new model has allowed them to develop new elements and techniques to make the set more elegant and accurate to the film than ever before. From a distance, one could even mistake it for the "real" deal.

I was in my dark ages when the 10179 was in production, and it has been my greatest regret. I bought the 7965 shortly before it was retired, but it never filled the desire in my heart for a UCS Falcon. Keeping my fingers crossed that my order on S@H has gone through and I'll be able to experience a UCS Falcon soon!

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By in United States,

I wish this would be the last Falcon we get for next 5 years. I would love to see a UCS Darth Vader Castle, a UCS Jedi Starfighter (ep. 3), heck, I'll take a huge AT-AT over the 1,000th version of the MF. It's iconic but it's also hideous.

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By in Ireland,

A Brief History of Junk? I thought junk was referring to the LEGO website.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have the 2007 falcon!

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By in Poland,

The last UCS one beats them all... including 10179.

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By in South Africa,

I can't use the forums because I'm too young, but would you happen to know why Re-brickable won't accept my user details?

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By in United Kingdom,

No, why not ask there.

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By in Canada,

Great overview, certainly one of my favourite ships. I'm sure many more versions will follow considering its success. Loving the new UCS MF. A bit too much hype, but certainly worthy of a lot of attention. It is very probable it will make its way across the galaxy to my LEGO room...

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By in United States,

All of these sets are my favorite. I love the Millennium Falcon

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By in Belgium,

The midi scale, it was a lot of fun making those 2 vehicles

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