Huw has completed his detailed assessment of the build so we are now turning our attention to the figures found in 75192 Millennium Falcon.
The focus of the set is most definitely upon the freighter, but it is complemented by an array of minifigures and creatures based on both the Original and Sequel Trilogies. Some collectors have expressed disappointment that a few members of the Millennium Falcon’s crew are absent from this set and I certainly share those sentiments, although those that are included look to be of the high standard we have come to expect in recent years as minifigure design continues to improve.
The Millennium Falcon would not be complete without Han Solo and it is pleasing to see two versions of the character included. The first is based on his attire as the vessel passes through the asteroid field during Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, featuring a dark blue jacket and dark brown trousers. These designs are fairly simple but they look great in relation to the movie and I particularly like the belt printed across the hips.
A unique hair piece was introduced specifically for Han Solo last year. It is used for a fourth time here and includes some lovely textured detail. The new head is similarly detailed, including a confident smirk as well as a breathing mask like that worn during Han’s brief excursion within the Exogorth. This is a fun detail which has not appeared on any previous Han Solo minifigures.
Princess Leia also sports a printed breathing mask along with an insulated jacket and a pair of gloves. It is remarkable that Leia has only appeared in minifigure form wearing this apparel twice before, despite its prevalence in The Empire Strikes Back. Past incarnations have worn tan jackets but this version is white which is an improvement in my opinion, although the true colour lies somewhere in between and is not represented in LEGO’s current colour palette.
The diagonal striped design looks brilliant, covering both sides of the torso as well as the hips and legs. I like Leia’s dark brown hair piece too and her wry smiling facial expression certainly seems appropriate as she succumbs to Han Solo’s charms while making repairs to the Falcon.
Here is a comparison with the previous version from 2011's 7879 Hoth Echo Base:
Chewbacca was updated for 2014’s 75042 Droid Gunship and his design remains the same on this occasion, featuring matted dark brown fur with medium dark flesh highlights. I think the colour combination works well on the whole, although perhaps a smattering of reddish brown printing might have improved the figure even further.
However, the detailed face and metallic silver bandolier are perfect, as is Chewbacca’s unique stud-shooting bowcaster which strikes a good balance between play and display value in my opinion. It would have been wonderful to see Chewbacca wearing a breathing mask to match Han and Leia, as he does in the film, although that would probably require a brand new element and is certainly not a necessity.
Like Chewbacca, C-3PO received a considerable update in 2014 so now features intricately detailed printing on both the torso and legs. This particular design was introduced in 2015 and looks superb, including bright yellow eyes and a row colourful powerbus cables which are visible within the droid’s abdomen section.
The silver right leg is a satisfying detail but it would have been nice to see this continued onto the foot and a dual-moulded component would therefore have been preferable. I was also hoping to see some arm printing which would distinguish this figure from others which have gone before but this is unfortunately absent. Nevertheless, I think C-3PO looks pretty good on the whole and the crew of the Millennium Falcon would not be complete without him. After all, he managed to isolate the reverse power flux coupling!
The Millennium Falcon model can be altered to reflect its appearance in either the Original or Sequel Trilogies and the set includes appropriate minifigures for both time periods. The older version of Han Solo sports a light bluish grey hair piece and a new dark brown jacket with a row of detonators in the breast pockets and an untidy shirt beneath.
This head has only appeared once before in 75180 Rathtar Escape and is printed on both sides with frowning and grimacing expressions. It looks splendid and I like the holster adorning the legs too, ready for Han’s trusty DL-44 blaster.
Rey has appeared in several Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets, always wearing the same simple attire which consists of layered fabric over a grey shirt. The torso and leg printing is perfect but it would have been nice to see dual-moulded arms, replicating Rey’s exposed shoulders in the film. However, the dark brown hair piece is absolutely perfect and I like the freckles printed on both sides of the head along with a smile and a frown. Rey is often equipped with a black staff but here she wields a pearl silver NN-14 blaster pistol, not shown.
Finn is equally detailed and wears a medium dark flesh jacket over a black body glove which covers the torso and legs. A splash of red on the right shoulder introduces some welcome colour and I like the zipped pocket on the left as well as the creased fabric shown on the back of the figure. The head is printed with two faces showing angry and determined expressions while the hair piece, which was created specifically for Finn in 2015, looks great, as ever.
BB-8 consists of two specialised elements which were introduced in 2015. Each one is printed with some orange and silver panels and the head is particularly detailed, featuring a black photoreceptor and a holoprojector. Four tool discs cover BB-8’s spherical body and each one is unique, just as they are in the movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens concluded with the Millennium Falcon landing on Ahch-To, an aquatic world inhabited by Luke Skywalker as well as a flock of inquisitive Porgs! Two of these little creatures are found in 75192 Millennium Falcon and both make good use of BB-8’s domed head, decorated with a new feathered design.
The printing looks great in relation to the source material and I like the tiny 1x1 quarter circle tiles representing their wings too. A unique element would perhaps have been more accurate but I find the brick-built figures quite charming. Hopefully they will soon appear in a smaller set so we can collect an entire colony!
A lone Mynock completes the selection of figures. This parasitic animal is constructed fairly simply around a light bluish grey video camera element but it looks marvellous, including two dark tan wings which are new in this colour along with a brown tail and a mouth which can fit into a studded surface. Displaying the Millennium Falcon with a Mynock attached looks great and I am glad to see one finally depicted in LEGO.
Note: I'm aware thast its beak/nose is connected the wrong way round in this photo.
The absence of certain characters such as Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb is disappointing but the quality of the minifigures that are included is impressive. The new versions of Han Solo and Princess Leia are perhaps the highlights of the selection, although I very much like the little brick-built Porgs too and look forward to seeing them in Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
Keep an eye on the Brickset homepage for the next section of our review in which I will discuss the completed model and provide my overall views on this enormous set.
Thanks to Huw for the photos in this review.
Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for review. The review is an expression of my own opinions.