Ultimate Collector Series 75192 Millennium Falcon released back in 2017 as the largest and most expensive LEGO set ever, with its instant popularity catching the LEGO Group off-guard, as it sold out within minutes of release, and was scarcely seen in stock until the early months of the following year. Ever since and even at a record-breaking, eye-watering price-tag, LEGO Star Wars fans have not been able to get enough of 75192 Millennium Falcon, and for good reason.
Capturing an iconic ship from the galaxy far, far away in unrivalled size, ambition and detail, this is a 7,541-piece behemoth that also celebrates all that is unique and wonderful about LEGO as a creative medium.
It won’t be around forever (it may retire as early as December 2020), nor will it be a set we’ll all be fortunate enough to afford, but whilst it is still available and we can all still dream, let’s take a detailed review across this masterpiece.
— Set details —
Price: £649.99 / $799.99 / €799.99 Pieces: 7,541 Minifigures: 7
— Build —
A great deal of UCS 75192 Millennium Falcon’s appeal comes in its ridiculous piece-count and what that comes together to create. The LEGO Group’s largest ever at the time of its release (right up until something rumoured to surpass it arrives in November 2020), 7,541 pieces goes a long way in a LEGO set, particularly when built at minifigure scale. Any of the seven minifigures included with the set are absolutely dwarfed by its imposing length, height and breadth, and the continued posts online of people turning their Falcons into coffee tables aren’t for nothing – this is the size of a coffee table and then some, and finding space for it is an exercise in itself.
The scale of the final model creates a wow factor both instant and long-lasting. There’s nothing that the LEGO Star Wars team or indeed wider LEGO Group has really produced that visually compares to 75192. Whilst this amazing size has downsides too – it looks and really is unplayable as a ship to swoosh around, due to its weight and a design that includes some loose panels across the top – for how much detail and wonder is caught across such scale, it’s a constant marvel when sat on display.
The build process is – as all those many, many time-lapse videos on YouTube that went around at the end of 2017 demonstrated – fascinating, varied and immensely time-consuming. If released today, the LEGO Group would talk to you about the ‘opportunities’ such a build has to be enjoyed over several days, or with a group of friends. However you approach the task, importantly, it’s a building experience that does not grind at any stage, in spite of a predominantly grey colour scheme. That’s thanks to the unique structure of the Falcon – there’s very little about its asymmetrical design that needs to be done multiple times. Each section that you put together takes a long time, certainly, but you work through it knowing that the next section will look and feel very different to the previous one.
As mentioned, there are some loose panels across the top half of the ship, in part to achieve the unique slopes and contours of the Millennium Falcon and in part to allow for access inside. There are many areas where 75192 Millennium Falcon compares highly favourably to its UCS predecessor from 2007, 10179 Millennium Falcon, but the most notable is in the interior, inasmuch as there is one.
Key areas familiar to Star Wars fans across the original trilogy and sequel trilogy are captured within a select few sections of the model’s interior, offering further display potential and – importantly where its size otherwise prohibits this – potential for play. You can also see where perhaps the design team’s budget was cut short, as there’s a large, empty area inside towards the back that has more than a hint of creative potential for anyone looking to add even further authenticity and play to the ship.
Four minifigures can fit within the elegantly built cockpit, designed so as to perfectly capture one of the Falcon’s most notable features. The cockpit and the exterior of the tube-like corridor, though, serve as just one example of many across the model, that demonstrate just how such unusual shaping has been skilfully recreated in LEGO bricks. Indeed, that’s where the size of the model has been embraced and explored in such great lengths – the 7,541 pieces have come together to create this amazing final masterpiece, but, through the construction of numerous sections and sub-sections each as detailed and complex as any other single LEGO set. Taking in 75192 Millennium Falcon in all its might is quite something, but there’s plenty to also explore as your eyes move across the model’s various panels and changes of direction.
— Characters —
There are seven minifigures included with UCS 75192 Millennium Falcon, capturing four characters from the original trilogy in Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO, and three from the sequel trilogy in Rey, Finn and older Han Solo. There also comes BB-8 and what was at the time the first appearance of the minifigure-scale Porgs and a buildable Mynock.
The designs all add a level of authenticity to the LEGO set and cleverly so across two different eras.
— Price —
UCS 75192 Millennium Falcon was the most expensive LEGO set ever released when it came out in 2017, but that didn’t stop it selling out on day of release and on every instance it popped into LEGO stores during the first few months. Whilst it remains the joint-most expensive set still today, it continues to sell consistently well for the LEGO Group.
£649.99 is an exorbitant amount of money to anyone, in any circumstance, and it does not compare favourably when measured against most things, from the list of other LEGO sets you can get for the same amount, to any number of the every-day costs of living.
Yet, if you find yourself able to save up for this, and to resist the urge to spend any money on other LEGO for half a year, a year, or however long it takes, 75192 Millennium Falcon delivers a one-of-a-kind build experience and final model that offers detail, mastery of the LEGO medium and true Star Wars authenticity at a size and scale otherwise unimaginable. The price is like nothing else and demands serious consideration before committing to, but, the set delivers in every way you’d hope spending such an amount of money would.
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— Summary —
75192 Millennium Falcon is incomparable. There was a previous UCS Millennium Falcon released 10 years prior (10179). There have been hundreds of LEGO Star Wars sets released over more than two decades. There have even been any number of several-thousand-piece masterpiece LEGO sets released across plenty of interesting and engaging themes. But, nothing comes close to what 75192 Millennium Falcon represents, as the height of what the LEGO Star Wars design team can offer in ingenuity and authenticity and for what a truly unlimited budget and imagination can produce with LEGO.