So, by all accounts this morning's launch of 75192 Millennium Falcon in London was a huge success.
I attended the press event beforehand where Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, Director of LEGO Star Wars Design and designer of the original UCS Millennium Falcon, and Michael Lee Stockwell, Designer Manager on LEGO Star Wars, answered questions from around 20 people from various blogs, magazines and YouTube channels. I'll try and post a transcript, or at the least provide a link to a video of the session, in due course.
That ended at about 10:30, at which point I had to head home. However Brickset's very own forum members DarthMorl and Legoboy were number 20-something in the queue and documented their experience in the forum.
I've reproduced it after the break for your convenience:
After the store closed at 10pm staff inside started stacking the boxes along the walls.
Once in, we were ushered upstairs to the tills to make our purchase. Our entry card was stapled along with the receipt to one of the new MF brochures. In the bag went the exclusive VIP card for the first 100 along with its case and a free caveman set.
Having left the tills we were handed a scratch card where one lucky person would win a Falcon. Another Falcon. It's a shame the scratch cards came after the purchase as of course now someone would have to lug two Falcons back. I won a mystery prize which turned out to be the R2 poly.
From there we then went back downstairs and stood in line to have our set signed.
Fortunately, DarthMorl and I remembered to take our 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon boxes to have signed by Jens, its creator. When I opened the shipping box his eyes lit up and he screamed out "OHHHH MY BABY!! MY BABY!" The store stopped dead. It was such an amazing moment and something I will cherish forever.
As we left the shop we were offered a cab back home if we wanted, but as we had driven and parked next to each other in a nearby car park, 'Clara' stopped us at the door and offered to help us back to the cars with our 'luggage'.
The atmosphere was fantastic the whole day through despite the incremental weather and the LEGO staff were amazing throughout. The only single thing I would have changed would be that it wouldn't have been so hard to match up the VIP card numbers with the entry cards, but they didn't. I entered with number 23 and came away with VIP card number 88. LEGO could easily have paired them up and it seemed to be a common gripe shared amongst many of those waiting in line.
Thanks to DarthMorl and Legoboy for the pictures.
What a great event and Kudos to LEGO for such great organisation!