75192 Millennium Falcon is the largest LEGO set released to date, containing an exceptional total of 7541 pieces. Its overwhelming popularity and subsequent limited availability was perhaps only to be expected as a result, particularly given the enduring demand for 10179 Millennium Falcon.
I do not own the original model so have had high expectations for this set since rumours of a new Ultimate Collector's Series Millennium Falcon began to circulate during 2016. Its official announcement did not disappoint, demonstrating impressive attention to detail on the part of the designer and an appropriate use of the many new pieces which have been introduced since the previous version was released ten years ago. Hopefully the completed model will prove to be worthy of such fervent anticipation!
The sheer size of this model is among its most distinguishing features. It measures over 84cm in length and 56cm wide so looks absolutely tremendous once construction is complete, matching the scale of 10179 Millennium Falcon but including far more detail and offering a greater level of accuracy to the famed source material. The set fares very well in that respect as building at such a large scale removes some of the limitations and compromises imposed upon smaller versions of the vessel, although it presents a far greater structural challenge.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a remarkably sturdy model. A few of the smaller external details are somewhat fragile but the Technic frame is rigid, allowing you to pick up the set from underneath with two hands, as suggested in the instruction manual. It looks fantastic when viewed from a distance as the proportions of the Millennium Falcon have been recreated almost impeccably and the colour combination is striking, with a few dark tan, dark red and olive green highlights breaking up the grey silhouette.
The model is equally impressive when viewed from close range as incredible mechanical details cover every surface. Clips, bars, textured tiles and exposed studs are used to brilliant effect, precisely recreating many of the subtle details visible in the movies. I am particularly impressed by the acceleration compensators located towards the rear of each mandible and the printed 2x4 curved slopes on top look marvellous too. Round maintenance access bays show even more detail beneath the hull plating. These should be situated further outboard but doing so may risk affecting the shape of the mandibles so this is definitely a worthy compromise in my opinion.
The curvature of the cockpit access tube is recreated using rows of 2x3 curved slopes. These elements were introduced last year and fulfil a similar role in 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V, forming a rounded surface with impressive accuracy. I like the mechanical details lining the upper edge of the corridor but the point at which it bends looks rather untidy. The printed cockpit canopy, on the other hand, is superb. It is just the right size in relation to the rest of the model and matches the source material perfectly, as one would expect.
Removing the cockpit canopy reveals seating for four minifigures. It is a tight squeeze but they all fit and a reasonably accurate control console occupies the front of the cockpit. I like the printed 2x1 slopes and there is even an exposed stud on which you can place a porg, just as in the second trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! The rear wall is less detailed and I think this area could have been improved using a new printed tile or even a couple of stickers to ensure the utmost accuracy.
Docking rings are situated on both sides of the freighter. These look incredibly smooth, with the only exposed studs being those at the centre of the docking hatch and at each corner of the surrounding structure, due once again to the use of some 2x3 curved slopes. Ideally, the rings should narrow at a consistent angle rather than with an abrupt step but this would be impossible without the creation of a specialised piece. The boarding ramp extends from beneath the starboard docking ring and works very smoothly. A few studs on the upward facing surface would have been useful for display minifigures here.
A hidden Ax-108 'Ground Buzzer' blaster cannon is located on the starboard side as well, just underneath the cockpit access corridor. A sliding panel releases the weapon which can rotate all the way around and retracts into the hull fairly easily. Its dual barrels are not accurate to the source material but I am delighted to see this detail included and the landing gear looks superb too, featuring two simulated rams that closely resemble those from the film. They provide a sturdy base on which to display the model but can be removed if you wish.
The Millennium Falcon is further armed with two quad laser cannons which are fitted to the dorsal and ventral sides of the fuselage. They are identical and have an impressive range of motion, rotating left and right as well as traversing up and down. The way in which they are attached is faithful to the films and I love the viewports which are printed with a brand new design. The rounded panel on top is ingeniously constructed using bricks with studs on the side and brackets so relies upon just two stickers to create the intricate pattern and unusual shape shown in the image below.
The dorsal panel can be taken off to access the gunner station inside. There is an upholstered seat for a minifigure and a black bucket handle representing the control yoke, both of which line up nicely with the viewport. Unfortunately, there is no seat for the ventral cannon. Perhaps the circular panel could have been connected to seats at the top and bottom, thereby allowing you to slide out the entire assembly and place minifigures at both ends.
The angled surfaces of the Millennium Falcon's hull consist of eleven separate panels, some of which cover a very large area while others fill just a sliver of the surface. These are cleverly combined with details underneath to recreate missing armour plates and I like how the pipes crossing the surface often disappear into gaps in the hull. All of these minor details are based directly upon the design of the vehicle in the movie, far more so than was the case for 10179 Millennium Falcon from 2007.
A single sticker is used to depict some impact damage on the port side. I am sure this could have been represented using some black 1x1 round tiles but the sticker is easy to apply and does not really bother me. Nevertheless, you could choose not to apply this sticker without detracting from the appearance of the model and I am glad that most of the exterior detail is rendered using conventional pieces and superb building techniques rather than stickers.
Nowhere is this more evident than along the rearmost edge of the craft. The angular fuel drive pressure stabilisers are the perfect distance apart and I like the dark red pieces depicting worn paintwork. Best of all, however, are the tiny conduits running between the pressure stabilisers. These are individually angled so match the source material precisely and another row is situated on the underside, again demonstrating incredible attention to detail. Most of the ventral surfaces are not finished to the high standard of those on top but there are no unsightly gaps or incongruous colours to be found.
The enormous sublight drive exhaust dominates the rear of the model and includes two light bluish grey rigging elements to match those found on the original UCS Millennium Falcon. This is a reasonable approximation of the thrusters in the movie, although the gaps are actually far narrower than those between the bars on the rigging. Even so, this structure is very sturdy and I like the flexible trans-light blue tubing inside.
The Millennium Falcon made a triumphant return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, having undergone some considerable technical modification since the events of the Original Trilogy. This model can be adapted to reflect the design from either trilogy which is perfect for displaying it in a variety of settings, although I am sure that most fans will be drawn to its original design. Nevertheless, it is brilliant to have the option of using either.
Lando Calrissian destroyed the original rectenna while navigating the Millennium Falcon through the second Death Star's narrow reactor shaft. A new, rectangular, sensor dish was therefore introduced for the Sequel Trilogy and this set includes both versions. The circular rectenna is represented by a 12x12 dish with an attractive printed design on the concave surface and I love the light bluish grey conical hat which forms the receptor node at the centre. The rectangular dish looks splendid too, using a row of ingots and grilles to create some textured detail. Swapping between them is easy as both are built on a 6x6 round plate.
I think the alternative rectenna alone would have been quite satisfactory to distinguish between the two models but the designer has also chosen to include the enhanced tractor beam projectors seen in the Sequel Trilogy! This shows extraordinary attention to detail and the tips of the mandibles look superb with or without the additional assemblies in place, due primarily to the magnificent texturing on the front.
Reference books released in conjunction with Star Wars: The Force Awakens reveal a few more subtle external differences between the Millennium Falcon as it appears in the Sequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy but I think these two distinguishing features are more than sufficient. Of course, you can always make your own modifications depending on which version of the freighter you wish to display.
10179 Millennium Falcon is an excellent set on the whole but the absence of interior detail has been subject to criticism. 75192 Millennium Falcon therefore includes two of the most important rooms from the movies, both of which are hidden beneath four separate access panels. Removing these panels alone is sufficient to explore the interior but we have taken a few more off for the purposes of clear photography.
Perhaps the most well known of the rooms inside the Millennium Falcon is the main hold, used by Han Solo and Chewbacca as a living space. This features an array of authentic details, including a curved seating area, a dejarik table and an engineering station with a rotating chair. The dejarik table is represented by a printed 4x4 dish so is a little too large and the click hinge to which it is fitted tends to wobble so I would rather the existing printed shield from 75105 Millennium Falcon had appeared again.
Stickers are applied to the backs of the chairs and three more are used at the engineering station. These designs look marvellous in relation to the source material and I am even more impressed by how the designer has depicted the rounded hallways that are so recognisable within the Star Wars universe. A series of 2x1 slopes and tiles are used to form the doorway while a sticker on a 6x5 panel gives the illusion of depth and a continuing corridor. This technique is very effective but applying such large stickers is difficult so printed elements would have been preferable.
The rear access panels can be removed to reveal part of the vital engine room. Two opening escape pod hatches occupy one side of this chamber while the other includes a section of the hyperdrive and a diagnostics station. There is also a removable floor grate which is shown being used as a smuggling compartment in official images of the set, although it seems more reminiscent of the maintenance hatch used by Han during Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In any case, there is not enough space for a minifigure inside the compartment but you could store some accessories.
This area also includes a couple more doorways with stickered corridor panels behind them as well as a narrow maintenance bay in which you can recreate Han and Leia's first kiss while navigating the Anoat system in The Empire Strikes Back. I really appreciate how many details from the movies have been squeezed into such a small space and there are therefore plenty of options for displaying the minifigures included.
I had exceptionally high expectations for 75192 Millennium Falcon so am delighted to report that this set is nothing short of spectacular! The level of exterior detail far exceeds that of 10179 Millennium Falcon or almost any other LEGO set and the accuracy of the model is unprecedented within the Star Wars range. I love the sprinkling of colour and the inclusion of some interior detail is very welcome, as are the alternative assemblies used for switching between versions of the freighter from the Original and Sequel Trilogies.
However, this set is not without flaws. There are a couple of areas where the accuracy could perhaps have been improved, the corner of the cockpit access tube looks rather awkward and printed pieces would have been preferable to stickers. I think a couple more minifigures should have been included too, the most notable of which are Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb. That having been said, this is still an absolutely fantastic set and I think the price of £649.99 or $799.99 is reasonable given the sheer scale and quality of the model. It is definitely a worthy addition to any LEGO Star Wars collection and I hope it will be back in stock soon so others can enjoy this tremendous set, as I have.
I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the set in the comments below. You can read the earlier sections of our review as well as our interview with the set designer, Hans Burkhard Schlömer, here:
- Review: 75192 Millennium Falcon: Box and Contents
- Review: 75192 Millennium Falcon: Build #1
- Review: 75192 Millennium Falcon: Build #2
- Review: 75192 Millennium Falcon: Minifigures
- Interview with Hans Burkhard Schlömer, designer of 75192 Millennium Falcon
Thanks to Huw for the photos in this review.
This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.