The Star Wars universe is absolutely packed with iconic vehicle designs and the Millennium Falcon is probably the best known of all. The release of 75193 Millennium Falcon Microfighter does not therefore come as a surprise because this set is bound to prove popular, despite its similarity to 75030 Millennium Falcon from 2014.
However, a number of changes have been made to its design, reflecting that of the Sequel Trilogy craft. In addition, Han Solo has been replaced by Chewbacca on this occasion which could be a considerable draw as the Wookiee has not appeared in such an inexpensive set previously.
Chewbacca first appeared in 7190 Millennium Falcon and a nearly identical minifigure remained in use until 2014, when the character was redesigned. This version features dark brown fur with medium dark flesh highlights so is accurate to the source material but there should perhaps be some additional medium dark flesh hair around the Wookiee's midriff. The metallic silver bandolier across the torso looks superb though.
The face also includes impressive moulded and printed detail, featuring a shiny black nose and eyes as well as bright white teeth. Chewbacca is armed with a pearl dark grey crossbow which looks good, although I think the stud-shooting bowcaster introduced in 2015 would have been even better as that element is more accurate to the weapon in the films.
The Completed Model
This rendition of the Millennium Falcon is structurally very similar to its predecessor, using wedges and curved plates to form the mandibles and fuselage. The details on top are distinctive though, including a couple of dark red markings, round maintenance access bays and heat exhaust vents towards the rear. Printed 1x1 round tiles would have been wonderful but I think the black tiles look pretty good too.
Chewbacca sits just behind the cockpit and is protected by a comically tiny windscreen. I always enjoy the absurd scaling of Microfighters sets which this is particularly apparent here given the unusual height of Wookiee minifigures and the shallow seat. Han Solo was more enclosed in 75030 Millennium Falcon as the side of the cockpit extended further around his legs. A dark bluish grey 1x2 bracket is used on this occasion and I think this works quite well, although the exposed studs look rather odd.
The cockpit itself is represented by a printed 2x2 truncated cone, just as on the 2014 Millennium Falcon Microfighter. However, this one features dark bluish grey windows rather than black ones. Either colour looks good to me and I like the reddish brown 2x2 plate with two studs at the base of the seat. The twin stud shooters on top are also a new addition to the model, replacing flick-fire missiles on the original model.
Furthermore, the round rectenna has been swapped for a rectangular design that matches the Sequel Trilogy vehicle. The 1x2 jumper plate looks great, although it is a shame that the dish can no longer be angled up and down as it could in 75030 Millennium Falcon. I wonder what kind of rectenna will replace that lost on Crait during Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
A row of trans-light blue cylinders and 1x1 plates line the rear of the model, depicting the sublight thrust drive. This design is quite effective and the fuel drive stabilisers, represented by 1x1 slopes, look superb too. It is a shame that there is not room for a fourth but I am impressed that the designer has included any given the restrictive scale of Microfighters.
75030 Millennium Falcon is among my favourite Microfighters released since 2014 and I am equally satisfied with the new 75193 Millennium Falcon Microfighter. Many of the original model's most vital features are also present here and the stud shooters are a considerable improvement over flick-fire missiles in my opinion.
The addition of Chewbacca is also very welcome as this version of the Wookiee hero has not appeared in a set costing less than £24.99 or $29.99 until now. I would therefore recommend this set to anybody who does not already own Chewbacca or 75030 Millennium Falcon as I think it offers good play value and the price of £8.99 or $9.99 seems fair.
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