LEGO has produced numerous renditions of the celebrated Millennium Falcon and these models have commonly incorporated repeated building techniques. They have proven successful before but the latest design deviates fairly dramatically from previous examples.
75257 Millennium Falcon features fewer narrow gaps between bodywork panels than its predecessors and the shaping has been significantly improved, particularly towards the front. This model appears accordingly accurate and some attractive minifigures accompany the Millennium Falcon, including several exclusive designs.
Many familiar characters have returned during the Sequel Trilogy and Lando Calrissian has elicited notable excitement. This rendition of the charming smuggler appears very reminiscent of the younger minifigure from Solo: A Star Wars Story, wearing an elaborate cape with blue and black surfaces. The collar is unusually large when compared with the source material but I think it looks good.
This double-sided head features determined and smiling expressions which seem appropriate for the the hero and I like his greying facial hair. The hair piece is similarly appealing and has only appeared once before in black. Moreover, the yellow shirt includes exceptional detailing across the front and that continues onto the reverse, even though it cannot typically be seen beneath the cape.
While multiple different versions of Lando Calrissian have been produced recently, Chewbacca has remained reasonably consistent since 2014. The combination of dark brown and medium nougat hair corresponds with the films, although I imagine arm printing would be particularly effective on Wookiee figures so hope that might be introduced in the future.
However, the metallic silver highlights which distinguish Chewbacca's bandoleer are perfect and I like the facial decoration too. His white teeth appear particularly striking, providing some expression to the minifigure and reflecting the onscreen character.
Chewbacca carries his traditional stud-shooting bowcaster which was designed for 75105 Millennium Falcon. Lando's blaster appears equally interesting, featuring a light bluish grey tread link that loosely resembles the polarising rods on Chewbacca's bowcaster. An elegant cane is also included, following appearances with Lando Calrissian in promotional images for the upcoming movie.
Finn minifigures have remained relatively unchanged since the Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets became available. However, this example features an attractive hair piece with much greater texture than the earlier element and the double-sided head looks fantastic, returning from 75176 Resistance Transport Pod. The cheerful and frightened expressions both seem suitably exaggerated too.
The torso and legs appear similarly detailed, featuring metallic silver highlights and realistic creasing. However, I think the accuracy of these colours could be improved as Finn's jacket seems quite bright when compared with the film and the dark tan shirt underneath should be slightly darker. The reddish brown satchel is an excellent inclusion though and I love the colourful stripes on Finn's shoulder!
Limited information has been announced concerning Boolio, an alien character from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This minifigure includes an exceptionally detailed head that comprises olive green plastic and dual-moulded flame yellowish orange horns. Subtle dark tan blemishes are printed across his skin and the bulbous eyes look absolutely magnificent, featuring orange highlights.
Boolio wears medium nougat overalls, therefore resembling Resistance maintenance personnel from the previous films. The orange straps and intricate dark bluish grey streaks match the source material and the corresponding mechanical equipment attached to Boolio's chest also appears accurate. I look forward to learning what role this mysterious character might occupy during the movie.
Comparable intrigue surrounds C-3PO based upon promotional material for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This minifigure seems relatively unremarkable though, featuring superb detail across the torso and yellow eyes. The metallic silver lower leg is disappointing though as this should be entirely gold to reflect the protocol droid's refreshed appearance during the Sequel Trilogy.
Remarkably, previous sets based upon the Sequel Trilogy have not contained R2-D2. However, he accompanies C-3PO here and features some authentic tool panels which correspond with the films. Printing on the reverse remains absent, unfortunately, but these dark blue highlights around Artoo's domed head are marvellous.
D-O has been associated with BB-8 during trailers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but seems equally comfortable beside R2-D2 and C-3PO. This little droid features some outstanding detail and appears accordingly faithful to its onscreen counterpart, although the head cannot move. However, I appreciate the stud on the back of D-O's head and hope this component might be used elsewhere in subsequent sets.
The Completed Model
7190 Millennium Falcon established an appropriate scale for renditions of this famous vessel, almost two decades ago. That model and its successors have always offered adequate space for minifigures inside but may be carried with ease too. The latest example definitely conforms to those requirements and seems more authentic than previous designs, capturing the proportions and shape of its onscreen equivalent very closely.
Comparing this model with 75105 Millennium Falcon reveals various differences, the most notable of which are probably the closed gaps across the top. Similar triangular structures have been employed on the majority of Millennium Falcon designs since 2004 but the latest iteration features larger panels which eliminate many of the existing gaps. Furthermore, the cockpit seems far more accurate and the entire model is shorter, measuring 44cm in length while the version from 2015 is 47cm long.
That difference can be attributed primarily to the mandibles which have been shortened and widened slightly. They now include the 4x6 wedge plates that were introduced earlier in 2019 and the resultant shape looks great. Moreover, I love the contrasting light bluish grey and dark bluish grey maintenance hatches but they should be located nearer the centre. The hidden spring-loaded shooters are splendid though.
I am similarly impressed with the smooth integration between these mandibles and the circular hull. Small gaps are visible but the mechanical detail around the edge looks brilliant and I like the impact damage which is formed using a sticker. The rectenna has been updated too, returning to its classic circular design after the rectangular version was destroyed during the Battle of Crait.
Wonderful detail continues towards the starboard side, including some dark red highlights which also appear on the original vessel. The varied shades of grey are effective and several stickers are placed along the cockpit access tube. This structure is accurately angled so looks more accurate than earlier designs. However, there is an unsightly gap beside the cockpit which has not been evident previously.
Moving the cockpit backwards slightly ensures greater fidelity to the movies than historic Millennium Falcon sets have achieved. This adjustment has also created the aforementioned gap, unfortunately, which is necessary to accommodate the cockpit section. Nevertheless, I expect this could have been filled to some extent and intend to experiment with some modifications myself.
Despite the neighbouring cavity, the cockpit looks marvellous. Its distinctive windows are replicated perfectly and the interior provides space for two minifigures, although seating Lando is quite difficult given his large cape. D-O also fits inside on the dark tan 1x2 jumper plate behind the seats. Another sticker and a printed element form the control consoles.
An excellent quad laser cannon turret is positioned on the exterior and can rotate all the way around. The viewport sticker underneath looks nice and dark bluish grey ski poles represent the laser cannon barrels which seems reasonably effective. In addition, these appear fragile but feel remarkably robust and connecting the barrels to the turntable using a small ball joint enables elevation.
Opening the circular hatch on top reveals seats for two gunners to control both laser cannon turrets. These seats slide into position smoothly and black 1x1 rounded plates with clips represent targeting computer consoles which is ingenious. Some superb mechanical detail appears here too, especially behind the gunner stations.
The ventral quad laser cannon is attached to another ball joint which provides extensive articulation. Otherwise, the underside consists almost entirely of jumbled Technic components that look awkward but strengthen the whole vehicle. Four landing legs are positioned underneath. These should provide ample support but the model would feel more stable if the legs were situated further forward.
Heat vents are positioned towards the back of the Millennium Falcon, corresponding exactly with the original freighter. Their design has remained absolutely consistent since 4504 Millennium Falcon was released during 2004 but an update is unnecessary because their proportions are excellent. The light bluish grey paint rollers which form conduits behind the vents are similarly attractive but their position varies between official images and the instruction manual. I have connected them in accordance with the manual.
Another section of this model which differs from its predecessors are the sublight engines. Trans-light blue tiles placed over white plates create an appropriate colour and the texture looks fantastic, closely reflecting the source material. I like the curved light bluish grey pipes and dark red highlights, although viewing the model from this angle reveals narrow gaps which inevitably result from redesigning the hull panels.
While their structure has been substantially updated, opening each panel to access the interior feels somewhat familiar. There is plenty of room for minifigures inside, perhaps recreating the final scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I am particularly delighted with the upholstered chair, from where Han Solo famously dismissed belief in the Force, while the large computer terminal looks wonderful too.
Unfortunately, that terminal is reliant upon three stickers and six additional stickers are applied to the neighbouring seats. These certainly appear accurate when compared with the movies but the central section is not fitted rigidly. Swapping the 2x2 turntable underneath for an alternative 2x2 jumper plate will rectify that issue. The printed dejarik table is marvellous though and an accessory can be clipped behind the seats.
The generous internal space continues towards the stern. Further mechanical detail decorates the central walls, perhaps representing the circuitry bay from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, while two beds are situated beside the hyperdrive. These are ideally designed for minifigures which can connect to the exposed studs on each bed.
However, the hyperdrive itself seems slightly disappointing when compared with previous Millennium Falcon models. I love the circular design and trans-light blue Technic wheels that represent individual charge planes, along with the excellent sticker on top. The surrounding frame lacks detail though and could easily be improved by including some grille tiles or other mechanical parts.
Smuggling compartments have appeared on several iterations of the Millennium Falcon at this scale, although their exact position sometimes changes. The latest example has been integrated effectively below the floor beside the hyperdrive so could represent an engine maintenance bay. There is ample space for minifigures inside but the Technic supports could probably have been hidden or disguised.
White pieces distinguish the kitchen area which appears relatively simple, although that corresponds with the Millennium Falcon during the Sequel Trilogy. It certainly offers greater play value than further storage space that has occupied this area in past models. The hinged boarding ramp remains almost unchanged though and looks great but there is little room for minifigures to walk beneath the freighter.
Continued improvement is integral to successful LEGO Star Wars sets and 75257 Millennium Falcon undoubtedly accomplishes that task. This model includes much greater detail than other designs and its proportions appear more accurate too. The integration between the mandibles and the circular hull seems particularly impressive as that connection has looked awkward in the past.
Furthermore, I appreciate the updated bodywork panels and the external detail is excellent, although some areas of 75105 Millennium Falcon include more intricate texture. This vehicle feels significantly sturdier than its predecessor from 2015 though and these minifigures are wonderful, despite C-3PO's minor inaccuracy.
On that basis, I would recommend this rendition of the Millennium Falcon to those who have missed previous examples. It seems particularly appropriate for play as this vessel can be flown around with ease and there is extensive internal space. The price of £149.99 or $159.99 seems quite reasonable when compared with other renditions too, hence I think LEGO Star Wars fans will enjoy this set.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.
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