After what seemed like an eternity of rumours, teasing, more rumours and leaks, LEGO have FINALLY announced the return of the Ultimate Collectors Series (UCS) Millennium Falcon for 2017.
The original UCS Millennium Falcon developed a legendary status as one of the most coveted LEGO sets ever due to its sheer size, scale and rarity.
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This year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and the 10th anniversary of the original UCS Millennium Falcon, LEGO have gone all out with the 2017 UCS Millennium Falcon. LEGO have pulled out all the stops this time, crafting what is quite possibly the most intricately detailed Millennium Falcon ever that will surely delight any LEGO Star Wars fan.
The 2017 UCS Millennium Falcon weighs in at a whopping 7,541 pieces, making it THE largest LEGO set ever, eclipsing the Taj Mahal by 1619 pieces. This set truly deserves the Ultimate Collectors Series label, with an emphasis on ultimate.
The release date of 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon will be 1 October 2017, with early access for LEGO VIP members on 14 September 2017.
Here comes the fun part, the pricing of the UCS Millennium Falcon. Brace yourselves.
- LEGO 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon – US$799.99 [US]
- LEGO 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon – AU$1299.99 [AUS]
- LEGO 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon – GBP£649.99 [UK]
- LEGO 75192 UCS Millennium Falcon – CAD$899.99 [CAN]
Yup. The 2017 UCS Millennium Falcon will cost US$800 / AU$1300. I don’t know about you but that is a LOT of money and will surely be one of the most debated things about this set. I’ll share my thoughts on the pricing in a bit, but let’s take a look at the set in closer detail.
So I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m not a massive, hardcore Star Wars fan. I like Star Wars, but I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan, so I’m kinda not the target market for this set.
LEGO 75192 Millennium Falcon is a substantial upgrade to its predecessor, 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon. It improves upon every single facet of the older version.
The footprint of the set is the same, measuring over 8” (21cm) high, 33” (84cm) long and 22” (56cm) wide.
The details of the set is where the UCS Millennium Falcon truly shines – the designers went all out with the greebling, packing in an insane amount of detail, texture and nuance into the design.
The set also improves on the original by adding in some interior space, so you can recreate and re-enact your favourite moments from Empire Strikes Back or The Force Awakens.
Speaking of which, the set also features interchangeable radar dishes, so you can opt for the classic round one, or the newer rectangular version from The Force Awakens.
The UCS Millennium Falcon 2.0 comes with 7 minifigures, The Force Awakens crew of old Han Solo, Chewie, Finn, BB-8 and Rey, or the Empire Strikes Back Crew of Han Solo, Princess Leia and C-3PO.
Also included are 2 Porgs which will make their debut in The Last Jedi, and a buildable Mynock, one of those winged sucky bat things from Empire Strikes back.
It’s really difficult to not be blown away by the sheer awesomeness of this set. This is probably a dream come true for every single LEGO Star Wars fan out there, who missed out on the original and didn’t want to shell out thousands of dollars on the secondary market just to get ther hands on the Holy Grail of Star Wars sets.
In every sense, I can’t help but feel really happy for Star Wars fans, and the fact that this is a significant upgrade over the original in every shape and form is a big deal.
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That said, this set isn’t for me, and I suspect, isn’t for everyone. The price – US$800 or AU$1300 here in Australia is on a whole level of insane. Don’t get me wrong, I love LEGO but I cannot see myself ever paying so much for a LEGO set, no matter how well designed it is.
While this set is purely aimed at Adult Collectors and the AFOL crowd, and it will sell well, I don’t ever see how I could personally justify dropping such a huge amount on a collectible. I could buy myself a new phone for that price and I’d probably get way more utility out of it, but that’s just the sensible adult in me talking.
This set will sell like hot cakes, and LEGO will make an absolute killing from Star Wars fans who have been hungry for the long-awaited remake/re-issue of the UCS Millennium Falcon. I must commend LEGO for not holding back in any shape or form, and for going all out in creating what is undoubtedly the ultimate LEGO Star Wars set.
I don’t see LEGO topping this one any time soon, but it’s just not for me. I’m quite happy with my smaller Millennium Falcon so there’s that!
So yeah, now that it’s been officially announced, I’d love to hear what you think of the UCS Millennium Falcon! Are you going to get one? How do you plan to scrounge up the money for it? Is it worth risking your marriage for?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!