News from Leicester Square

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In a matter of hours the largest LEGO set ever, 75192 Millennium Falcon, goes on sale in Leicester Square.

This is the scene outside the store now. Already there's a huge queue building: by the time midnight arrives it could be snaking round whole square!

The current situation is that there are now more than 150 in the queue so if you're thinking of coming later you'll be out of luck as the shop only has that number.

However word is that 600 will be allowed into the shop at midnight and those not able to take one home with them will be able to buy it and have it shipped to them. They can be signed if wanted.

We'll be posting updates throughout the evening from the press event and the store on Twitter (@brickset) and Facebook, and there's a discussion in the forum on the event so stay tuned for all the latest news and goss.

36 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Is the Brickset team in the queue already, or will you guys receive a "press" copy?
Really looking forward to the Brickset review.
I'd wish everyone a good time at the event, but standing in a queue for 6 hours doesn't sound like my idea of fun.

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By in United Kingdom,

I see that the police van is still there. They obviously don't believe things will stay peaceful as the night wears on! Still, I'm gutted that I'm not there! :(
Instead, I will be ordering mine online at 7.30am sharp! Hopefully they will manage to ship it to me within a week. :)

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By in United States,

6 hours of standing? No thank you!

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By in United Kingdom,

So people are seriously going to queue until midnight to order it online!

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By in France,

Hope it's not pouring down like it is here in Paris!

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By in United Kingdom,

It won't be available until 7.30am online.

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By in United Kingdom,

how many people in queue now?

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ But all those after no.150 are going to be doing more or less the same as those ordering it online in the morning. Just without a good nights sleep!

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By in United States,

If I were allowed to trade my current Millennium Falcon in exchange for the new one, I would seriously fly all the way to London to do so. Sadly, that is not the case, because Lego is smart.

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By in United States,

I think @yuffie meant are people willing to queue just to order something that will need to be shipped to them later. Might be worth it to some though to still have the box signed, they just won't have the satisfaction of seeing it signed in front of them (or knowing who 'really' signed it).

BTW, are those birds on the frieze made out of lego?
What's their significance?

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By in United Kingdom,

About 200

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By in South Africa,

Pity I'm so far away... feels like a galaxy away.. a falcon would help getting there ??

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By in United Kingdom,

So, I managed number 131. They are giving out numbered cards in the queue and wrist bands.

There are way more than 150 now!

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By in Switzerland,

This is great news as if mf sells like crazy, it's secondary market price will plummet later :D

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By in United Kingdom,

And sales are down?

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By in United Kingdom,

@darkstonegrey

They are part of the frieze around the whole building and shows the different stages of avian flight.

EDIT: Found something: https://www.insitearts.com/blackbird/

TL;DR it's an artwork commissioned by the architects of the complex the store is part of.

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By in United States,

@DutchGuard : Thanks for that link! Very cool installation.

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By in United Kingdom,

I trust that there will be plenty available online as they are allowing 3 per customer. I'll be online at 7:30, I just hope the website doesn't crash!!! I hope they've anticipated demand and we won't have a repeat of the ongoing Saturn V fiasco. I seem to remember when 10179 was launched you could pre order the set and they also came with a certificate of authenticity and letter from the Lego gaffer, this time it just seems to be first come first serve. There is no way I'd stand out in the cold for hours on end to end up ordering online!!!
One thing though, if this is going to be as popular as what it seems to be any slump in Lego profits will soon be corrected!!!

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By in Netherlands,

Hi Huw, are you sure of the 7:30 AM tomorrow? And that is UK time so 8:30 AM European time?

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By in United Kingdom,

It says early access for VIPs at 7:30am on 14th September on the UK [email protected] site.

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By in United Kingdom,

@noppekop if you change the location on lego.com to UK, you will see it shows 7.30am initial purchase for VIP. No other site including Australia appears to have any 'time mentioned' on the 75192 page only UK.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not sure about different timezones. 7.30 is stated on the MF page on the UK store. See what it says for NL.

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By in Netherlands,

On de Dutch site even when I log in as a VIP member it still says 1st of October...

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By in United Kingdom,

What's the latest to anyone on site, I am almost finished work and was hoping to make my way over, but fear that there is no chance of being one of the first hundred?

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By in Australia,

Not sure if i want to walk around London advertising that I just bought and now wheeling around a very pricey toy at midnight tho. Discrete packaging available?

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By in Czech Republic,

to thehornedrat: I dont think that "discrete packaging" would help you out.. the very fact that there is some store in the centre of London, being opened not just at midnight - but having such a queue lined up - would definitely ring a bell to any possible thief / robber "hey.. this is huge..!"

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By in United States,

Geez, how many UCS Millenium Falcon articles have you guys made? It's cool and a big deal and all, but I think it's time to just review the set and move on.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a prime example of when Lego, and indeed some of its followers, forgets about creativity, play and imagination and focuses more on brand, status and material wealth.

Kids: build your own, it will fly and play much better.

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By in Canada,

Wow!!!! Looks like the launch of an iPhone....

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By in United Kingdom,

^ more popular than the launch of an iPhone

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By in United Kingdom,

The UCS falcon is so much better than any iPhone!!! For example,

The falcon can make the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, can the iPhone X do that?

Han Solo has made a lot of modifications himself to the falcon, has he modified the iPhone X?

Does the iPhone X have a hyperdrive?

The millennium falcon can out run Imperial Starships, not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big corellian ships now.

Just seen the first unboxing video on YouTube, 4 huge white boxes inside, huge spiral bound instructions manual, 17 sets of numbered bags. I am ready!!!

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By in Canada,

I think this is where my relationship with Lego as a fan fizzles out. That's a lot of money for a singular lego set. I love advanced builds, I love the MOCing community in general and there's no doubt that this would be an amazing model to own, but cripes, the level of consumerism freaks me out a bit.

Also as someone mentioned above there is a clear bend toward SW articles on the site right now. I hope it's just due to the pending release of the falcon, and that the other themes don't get lost in the shuffle further down the road.

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By in United States,

@Matt Z. That's like saying you're no longer a fan of Honda because they came out with the NSX, which has a lot of advanced technology, aggressive styling, and is priced far higher than any other models in their lineup. LEGO makes products that are intended to appeal to all builders. It's not like they're discontinuing the rest of their sets overnight and only making larger, more beautiful, more detailed sets.

I don't understand how there is more "consumerism" at play here than with any other business. At the end of the day, LEGO is still a business; it needs to generate profit to stay afloat. The relation between a business and a consumer is one of mutual benefit. It's not about the company trying to screw over the individual. It's an exchange of two or more items of value. The currencies have changed from bartering to paying with money, but the core concept is no different from how many species have coexisted since the dawn of time. This event is just about LEGO making a connection with their fanbase. They could just sell the 75192 as-is with no designers present at the store to sign boxes, no exclusive VIP card with special offers, and price the set even higher, but they didn't.

There is a lot of focus on Star Wars right now because Force Friday just happened, so a lot of new Star Wars sets from The Last Jedi were just released, the largest LEGO set ever made, which happens to be from the Star Wars theme is about to come out, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Star Wars film. LEGO has been making products based on Star Wars for nearly two decades now. I don't think they are losing their way. Am I a bit disappointed we can't get events like this in the United States, but it's great that LEGO is doing it at all, and I'm certainly not going to whine about it.

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By in United Kingdom,

And already 5 signed sets available on eBay.co.uk!

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