Experienced LEGO collectors will be aware that displaying sets can be difficult, especially where larger models are concerned. 75192 Millennium Falcon presents a particular challenge, due not only to its enormous size but also its awkward shape which occupies a great deal of room.
Several different display solutions have been presented since the set was released last year, ranging from installing the model in a coffee table to building your own stand using Technic. However, acrylic display stands are available as well and Wicked Brick, the manufacturer of one such stand, has kindly sent Brickset a sample so that we can publish a review for you.
The display stand arrives in a cardboard box which contains a luxurious padded envelope. This provides considerable protection for the acrylic panels inside and they are individually wrapped in resealable bags to prevent scratches occurring during transit.
Instructions for assembling the display stand are available on the Wicked Brick website, although it only consists of five pieces so is fairly self explanatory. The components must be pushed together firmly and the tabs which secure seem very sturdy. I therefore anticipate no structural issues, even with the weight of 75192 Millennium Falcon to support.
The display stand is made from transparent acrylic so does not distract from the appearance of the set, instead blending into the background and the surface on which it is placed. A variant with a black base, which may be more suitable if you are intending to display the model on a glass cabinet or tabletop, is available as well. The entire assembly feels extremely sturdy and the acrylic is 5mm thick so there is very little risk of it cracking.
An attractive Millennium Falcon motif is engraved at the centre of the base along with a narrow line that runs parallel with the edge. I appreciate the comparative simplicity of these designs, both of which convey a tangible sense of quality but do not detract attention from the model itself.
The horizontal brace between the vertical supports is also engraved with the number for this set as well as its full name, 'Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon'. Unfortunately, this is almost entirely obscured when the Millennium Falcon is actually placed on its stand but such attention to detail is undoubtedly impressive.
Two landing legs must be removed from 75192 Millennium Falcon, thereby leaving space for a pair of support hooks which occupy the vacant landing gear bays. Considerable weight is placed upon these hooks but it is also distributed through the angled supports so I feel very confident in the ability of this stand to support the model.
Once the Millennium Falcon has been placed on its stand, the Ultimate Collector Series model looks absolutely fantastic. It rests at an angle of about seventy degrees so saves a great deal of horizontal space, although the craft is very tall in this configuration and is probably better suited to display on a lower shelf or table rather than a higher one.
This display stand accentuates many of the wonderful details that make 75192 Millennium Falcon such an impressive set, including the extensive mechanical detail on top. Furthermore, it provides a superb view of the craft's iconic silhouette and appears very dynamic, as though the freighter is manoeuvring through a narrow space like that inside the Death Star II.
A matching acrylic display stand for the minifigures and the information plaque is also available. This nestles in front of the primary stand and looks fantastic, whether displayed independently or alongside the Millennium Falcon. Once again, a line is etched around the edge of the base and the slots for each minifigure are labelled with 'Episodes 4, 5, 6' and Episodes '7, 8'. Personally I would rather the Roman numerals had been used but these Arabic numbers are a suitable alternative.
The seven minifigures each stand on two studs while BB-8 and the Porgs rest on one. Every character is aligned towards the centre which is an attractive design feature and the spacing between them feels perfect, leaving just enough room for accessories but also plenty of space for the central information plaque.
Finding a practical and attractive solution for displaying 75192 Millennium Falcon presents an incredible challenge, matched only by 10179 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon from 2007. This display stand is perfect though. Not only does it present a thoroughly impressive view of the model but it saves space by occupying a smaller area than the vehicle would when placed on its seven landing legs.
The display stand for the Millennium Falcon costs £49.99 while the minifigure stand is priced at £10.99. However, they cost £57.99 when purchased together and that certainly feels like a reasonable price as the stands really do accentuate the most appealing aspects of the set. I would therefore recommend this item, especially if you have found it difficult to accommodate 75192 Millennium Falcon given its enormous size.
You can purchase this display stand or find additional information at the Wicked Brick website.
This product was provided for review by Wicked Brick but the review is an expression of my own opinions.