Those who purchased 75192 Millennium Falcon during 2017 received an exclusive black VIP card, granting its holder access to various promotions this year. Unfortunately, some of the offers have been quite disappointing and have not matched the expectations of many LEGO Star Wars fans.
5005747 Black Card Display Stand was unveiled a few days ago and received slightly more praise than the other promotions, although there was a great deal of criticism too. Nevertheless, I hope this final promotional item will prove more interesting than it seems in official images.
The display stand is packaged in a translucent bag, much like SWMF-1 Millennium Falcon which was available at Target stores in North America last year. A proper box would have been preferable but the bag does feature a resealable flap so opening this set will not cause any damage. The instructions are equally plain.
An exclusive minifigure stands beside the black VIP card and features an attractive Millennium Falcon graphic on the torso, matching that shown on the card. Its black colour scheme is visually striking and I like the metallic silver printing, although this minifigure includes yellow hands which look awful. A pair of black hands should certainly have been included instead.
The announcement of this promotional item elicited speculation that the 1x2 tile in the minifigure's hand may be decorated to represent a black VIP card. In fact, it is simply a black 1x2 tile without any printing so the only unique element in this set is the torso.
The Completed Model
Ultimate Collector Series models frequently include black display stands and I presume this little frame is intended to replicate that simple style. Unfortunately, its monochromatic colour scheme looks rather drab and the black VIP card does not stand out against the surrounding elements. The stand comes with an additional VIP card which looks and feels similar to the standard card but lacks the holder's name or a barcode.
The card slots into a series of 1x4 sliding bricks, although it can only be accessed by disassembling a section of the display stand, as demonstrated below. There is enough space to place your other black VIP card behind the replica which is useful if you keep losing it, like me! A hinged base completes the model, displaying the VIP card and its associated minifigure at a pleasing angle.
5005747 Black Card Display Stand represents a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the black VIP card promotions in my opinion. Free promotional items are always appreciated, especially when they include a unique minifigure, but this example is not particularly appealing. The stand looks bland on display and the minifigure's bright yellow hands seem out of place to me, although I like the unique torso.
However, I am pleased that LEGO has produced something which is exclusively available to holders of the black VIP card. Brand new minifigures from the Original Trilogy such as Nien Nunb or Blount would have been fantastic but I understand why LEGO instead chose to release a product with limited appeal beyond owners of 75192 Millennium Falcon.
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