Millennium Falcon: The Completed Model

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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!

Original Trilogy

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Sequel Trilogy

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.

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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.

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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.


Interior

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Overall

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.
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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:

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.

 

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46 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Any good ideas of how to display this? I'm having trouble trying to make a vertical stand due to the size.

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By in United States,

Great review!!

This is a fantastic set that I, as well as most others, will never have...

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By in United States,

@TheBrickPal, you should get the new SSD. Q1 of 2018, allegedly...

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By in United States,

^ Perhaps, if I had the money for sets other than the ones I am already planning on getting... and also if I collected UCS! ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

£650 and it's covered in stickers is a disgrace.

It also looks like it's falling apart on the rear.

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent review and great photos! I was lucky to pick this up at the Cardiff LEGO store on release day so am now just waiting for my VIP card. Hopefully that will allow access to a polybag containing some of the missing figures in 2018.

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By in Germany,

First of all, thanks for the review (all chapters of it)!
I feel really disappointed and let down that LEGO could not supply enough of this awesome set. My plans for the Christmas shutdown was to build it and start making a coffee table to store it, but the set is unavailable.

I refuse to give secondary market people additional money just that they used their connections to get their hands on the set and now try to charge more for less lucky ones.
To be honest, I despise these people, taking away the opportunity from those who really wanted to get one.

I hope that by spring I will be able to buy one and build it, but this is the first time I feel let down due to LEGO Group's incompetence on a hyped product's supply.

Nevertheless, it's a fantastic set and it will be the centerpiece of my SW collection - that's for sure. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@RonnyN Thanks, should check this out, hopefully it isn't too expensive

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By in United States,

@grimdrag I feel exactly the same way. It's truly atrocious how bad Lego let us down. I believe my falcon shipped into my local store, but I was lucky. I hope lego learns from this, and I wish you the best of luck on getting yours.

@RonnyN where did you see rumors of a SSD? I had heard the UCS was going to be a Y-wing. I hope this isn't a distracter for those who missed out on the falcon. I expect Taj Mahal was for that purpose as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

For anyone who has this set - is it actually fun to build? It looks bit too big and grey for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

@JonMarten - Absolutely, it is packed with brilliant building techniques and switches between large sections and tiny details from one step to the next so remains enjoyable throughout.

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By in Netherlands,

On the side profile pics, it looks like the rear bottom half is drooping down and I don't think it's supposed to be like that. Is it fragile there or was it built incorrectly?

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By in United States,

How long to set becomes available to buy?

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By in United States,

@Gvh, rumors of an SSD are on Reddit by a reputable (so far) person.

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By in United Kingdom,

Now I promised myself not to be so negative when commenting. It looks superb of course, incredible even. I also had exceptionally high expectations for 75192 Millennium Falcon. I really hope everyone who purchases this to own is satisfied with it and enjoys it hugely.

I can not remember many reviews reporting poor value for money. I suppose it is all down to individual perception. Excellent article and photos as usual.

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By in United Kingdom,

@mickywrx There are about 10 stickers, hardly what you’d call covered in them!!! One is for the info stand, most are interior stickers so not using them wouldn’t affect the overall appearance anyway. Of course everybody would prefer printed parts throughout but I don’t really find the few stickers there are too objectionable. The structure is very sturdy and not falling apart, the top panels are “loose” on purpose so you can easily remove them to access the interior.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's fantastic to finally see this article and I'm pleased to see a couple of movie details were spotted that I hadn't noticed. I too think the biggest oversight was actually the size of the Dejarik table - it's big enough to serve a family dinner around!

I count myself lucky every day I see another Millenium Falcon comment posted, that I was fortunate enough to get hold of one within its first few months of production - but then also that I happened to have a flat surface big enough to hold this beast.

I'm not sure who to feel for more - the ones that got a MF but don't have enough space to display it and are losing interest in building it - or the ones that might have the room but don't have the model (yet). Then of course to be fair there will many that choke at the sky-high price tag too. This model will command attention for years though - judging by the giddy glass-gripping of the MF display box in the Leicester Square store yesterday. The set would have been planned to go on sale for a long time though originally - so we should be seeing more online in the new year.

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By in United States,

@mickywrx I know the feelin'. At $800 bucks usd they couldn't print the plaque? To be fair, I have stickers on sets that are still nice for about 9 years while some that are a couple years old have cracked and are peeling off.

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By in United States,

I see these pictures, and keep thinking they are photographs from the TLJ full-scale set model. The entrance ramp picture, especially. The Lego group really outdid themselves with this masterpiece.

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By in United States,

I was on the waiting list at the LEGO Store and they called me earlier this week saying I could finally pick it up. Now I don’t know what to do with it considering it’s a lot bigger than I thought I have the box sitting in my garage.

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By in United States,

So if the star destroyer rumor is true, isn't it a little early to release another massive ucs set? It's supposed to drop in february, and then the y wing in may. I would have hoped they would have saved the star destroyer for september, like the falcon this year and the death star last year. I want the snowpeeder, and I just can't keep up.

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By in United States,

Given the price, I think any stickers are too many. All should be printed. If Mega Bloks can do it, Lego should be able to as well. The interiors, what few of them there are, look pretty shabby, too. Even if I had the room, I wouldn't pay that astronomical sum for this imperfect model.

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By in United Kingdom,

@RogueSquad If you don’t know what to do with it you can always send it to me. I don’t mind having 2 lol!!!

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By in France,

A beauty for sure, and if I could find issues in it, it would be just because it's far too expensive for me and that I will never be able to get it. But if I had enough money, when could I purchase it? It's now about three months that it's sold out on [email protected], and still "coming soon" when unlogged and "temporary OOS" when logged with VIP. So nice, detailed and pleasant review, which could give me more and more will to put my hands on this... It could have been such a marvelous Christmas present for many of us (ultimate Christmas present) lego and SW fans, and I was sure that TLG would carry stocks back in time for Christmas... So it's somehow a good thing that I cannot afford it, so no frustration.

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By in United Kingdom,

A stand u could make a stand that makes it on its side and make it look like it’s flying!!

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By in Austria,

I would love to have one but didn´t order it in the small window I was able to. For many people this model is more a speculation object than anything else. How do I get this impression? In my department alone there are two people that bought at least one from secondary market because they have heard that they could make money with it within the next years. Both have no relations to collecting bricks or symphazise with building nor they have kids that play with Lego. This brings me to the point that they only bought them because it was in some kind of news. 75192 is TLGs own Bitcoin...

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By in Germany,

I'm glad to own both versions. For me, to old one has the advantage that there are much more exposed studs visible, the new one almost doesn't look like Lego from a certain distance. On the other hand, the new one off course is much more detailed. I'm also uncertain what to think about the new cockpit piece, the way the old cockpit is done is much more Lego-ish than the new bulky zwo-piece sollution. But i realy like that the cockpit tunel is now round and i don't mind that the corner looks a bit awkward. In fact, that's very Lego-like :-)

BTW: I use the box to display the completed model. The overall footprint is larger but all 7 landing gears fit on the box.

j.

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By in United Kingdom,

Having been quick enough off the mark to get one back in September it is still sat in its box as I don't have a big enough table to build it or anywhere to display it yet.

However, I have found a new dining room table (needed one anyway) and a coffee table that is large enough to fit one of the bespoke puredisplay cases on top.

Hopefully if I can get them all before Christmas that will mean I can get going whilst off work over the festive period.

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By in Germany,

That cockpit access tube really is ugly. The bend could indeed have been better executed, but what I find even worse is the fact that being the only larger area of smooth surface on the otherwise completely studded hull of the ship makes it stick out like a sore thumb. I really find it offputting; in fact it ruins the look of the ship for me to the point that I actually don't have much desire to own it. Great gift for a sausage fan though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw one of these on display a few months ago and the transition from the upper panelling to the top of the mandibles looked really nasty? Is that the case in hand, or was the one I saw just built incorrectly?

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By in United Kingdom,

Considering how badly Lego prints light colours onto dark (just look at Lady Iron Dragon's face in Brickset's recent review of the Quake Mech) do people REALLY want their UCS plaques printed?

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By in Venezuela,

The BEST LEGO set ever made!!!

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By in Romania,

@grimdrag, "the secondary market people " just decided to give you this set with a big discount from the RRP, but as always the people with bigger needs and voices here, have no "contact " option on their accounts .

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By in Germany,

"I saw one of these on display a few months ago and the transition from the upper panelling to the top of the mandibles looked really nasty? Is that the case in hand, or was the one I saw just built incorrectly?"

If you look at a top view of the model you can see that the main fuselage should be a perfect circle but, it isn't. Same is true for the old version, maybe it couldn't be done better.

j.

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By in Russian Federation,

This was... scarce. I'd really love to see more of the escape pods - are they removable? Do they even have an interior? Do the hatches open?

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By in Australia,

What a piece of junk!

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By in United States,

I will finish my Falcon tomorrow, each day I did a set of bags so tomorrow is day 17. My main negatives were the use of stickers and the ugly gap behind the cockpit. I was half way on assembly when I realized that I would never take this set apart, it would be a nightmare. Now that I’m almost done I don’t think it’s worth $800, but that’s water under the bridge now.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yeehaa!!! MF VIP card turned up today. Can't wait for those diluted potential savings that TLG may throw my way!!

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By in United States,

Really well done review. You guys did a fabulous job writing up all the different parts of the ship. I was also hugely impressed with your photography. I look forward to further discussion on these sorts of flagship sets and their added value to both the collector and the builder.

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By in Sweden,

"Removing the cockpit canopy reveals seating for four minifigures. It is a tight squeeze but they all fit" - it should be noted that the minifig behind Chewbacca can't sit because of Chewie's protruding "fur", but has to stand up. This wasn't the case with 10179.

While the exterior is very impressive indeed I must say that the interior feels like a missed opportunity, with lots of space remaining unused and no seat for the bottom quad laser cannon (that seat should be black rather than white btw).

Great to finally see this part of the review, a good read but I'd wished for some photos of the minifigs placed inside the cockpit etc.

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By in Australia,

Fantastic set, and looking to get my hands on it next year if it is available.

Have talked enough about how poorly Lego operationally have been with this set, always huge demand, then hyped and marketed it, but the operational team fell asleep at the wheel.

To the actual set, it really is the use of stickers than prevent me from calling it a masterpiece. You should never have stickers on display pieces, and certainly not at this price.

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By in United States,

Great review. As mentioned above, what kills it for me is Lego's inability to make this set available to us.

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By in France,

To all : the Millenium is back on the shelves of shop.lego.com in France... Hurry up for Christmas

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