The LEGO Group was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932. Originally producing wooden toys, the company advanced markedly and later began producing interlocking plastic bricks. By virtue of the company’s ingenuity and imagination, they continuously developed, consistently reaching new highs. This evolution aided in the introduction of third-party intellectual property partnerships.
One of the most prominent and valuable partnerships LEGO has established is with Star Wars. The pairing is beneficial for both intellectual properties, with the ever-expanding Star Wars universe complimenting LEGO’s creative ideas and brick configurations.
When people think of Star Wars, it is likely that the millennium falcon will also come to mind. It is one of the most infamous spacecrafts within the universe, and has had arguably the largest contribution to, or at least involvement in, the various battles over the preceding 45 years on-screen. It first appeared in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which was released in 1977. The ship was piloted by Han Solo, a smuggler – accompanied by his trusty Wookiee companion, Chewbacca.
We learn a little more about the early years of the millennium falcon through the Han Solo origin film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The ship was previously owned by Lando Calrissian, who lost it to Han Solo in payment of a gambling debt. Lando added a number of modifications to the spacecraft during his period of ownership. The main attraction of the ship, however, was its hyperdrive engine, which was renowned for being one of the fastest in the galaxy.
The following list will provide a brief overview of each set released, together with relevant details such as the recommended retail price, shelf life, piece count and number of minifigures. This historical data can be useful when comparing it with future releases.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 7190
Year Released: 2000
Millennium Falcon 7190, the first to be released in the collection, comprises 663 pieces and 6 minifigures, to include C-3PO, Chewbacca, Han Solo (exclusive), Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia (exclusive) and Astromech Droid R2-D2. The minifigures have a rather rudimentary printing design and yellow skin tones, although this is in line with the time period. Disappointingly, this particular set has a notably inflated price per piece value of 15.1c, which is the highest in this collection. Considering the period of release, it is well detailed and outlines the key elements of the ship.
Released on 1st July 2000 and retiring on 28th February 2002, this set had a relatively short shelf life of 1 year 7 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 4488
RRP: $7.00 | £6.99
Year Released: 2003
Millennium Falcon 4488 contains 87 pieces and 0 minifigures. This set is part of the mini building set sub theme, which, as the title suggests, depicts models in miniscule form. The sets are akin to the microfighter theme which exists today. LEGO has done well to encapsulate the essence of the vessel in a minute form. Conversely to the previously released set, this has the lowest price per piece value in the collection, equalling 8.0c. Ideal for a younger audience, the set has a sturdy foundation and the small configuration allows for modest playability. It also has several nice printed pieces which are welcomed at this low price point.
This set was released on 1st June 2003 and subsequently retired on 1st June 2004, giving it an immensely short shelf life of 12 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 4504
RRP: $100.00 | £99.99
Year Released: 2004
This set consists of a respectable 985 pieces and 5 minifigures, which include C-3PO, Chewbacca, Snowtrooper (exclusive), Han Solo (exclusive) and Princess Leia. This set introduces the transition from yellow skin tones to realistic flesh skin tones. This comprehensive build certainly set a high standard for future releases. The exterior has been well designed with a large cockpit, allowing for two minifigures. The interior is also well furnished and allows for fantastic playability. This set introduced stickers to the millennium falcon for the first time.
Millennium Falcon 4504 released on 1st June 2004 and retired on 31st December 2005, giving it a shelf life of approximately 1 year 7 months.
LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon 10179
RRP: $499.99 | £342.49
Year Released: 2007
Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon 10179 comprises an impressive 5197 pieces and 5 minifigures, which include Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi (exclusive), Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. This set is part of the Ultimate Collector Series (UCS) sub theme, which was established in 2000 as a collection that produces distinctly larger sets. It allows designers the wider scope, freedom and opportunity to capture the attributes of the particular model on a greater scale.
The minifigures used were appropriate to the build, however, there is a lack of detail comparatively to the sets today. This is to be expected, however, due to the various advancements in technology and engineering. Aesthetically, this set looks phenomenal and possesses all the components of the ship from the source material. As this is designed principally for collectors and display purposes, its functionality is consequently extremely limited. This is highlighted by its weight which stands at a considerable 10 kilograms.
This first UCS Millennium Falcon set was released on 1st October 2007 and retired on 31st December 2009, which provides for a shelf life of 2 years 3 months. In light of the sub theme and number of pieces, the aforementioned shelf life is relatively short.
LEGO Midi-scale Millennium Falcon 7778
RRP: $39.99 | £34.99
Year Released: 2009
This reasonably small set includes 356 pieces and 0 minifigures. Considering the price of this set, it is unfortunate that no minifigures are accompanying it. The spacecraft is extremely moveable as the structure is light, although it lacks functionality as there are no interactive or actionable movements available, nor is there any accommodation for minifigures. There are a number of interesting pieces used by the designer to compliment the ship. This includes the use of telephones, pipes and binoculars. For such a small set, there are a number of stickers which could have been printed in lieu.
Released on 1st July 2009 and retiring on 31st December 2010, Midi-scale Millennium Falcon 7778 had a shelf life of approximately 1 year 6 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 7965
RRP: $139.99 | £132.99
Year Released: 2011
This set contains a respectable 1254 pieces and 6 minifigures, which include Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo (exclusive), Luke Skywalker (exclusive), Obi-Wan Kenobi (exclusive), and Princess Leia (exclusive). Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are the standout minifigures in this set, both enjoying great printing detail and alternate faces.
The minifigures are particularly noteworthy, with the use of prominent characters and well-detailed prints at the time of initial production. The control panel is positioned in the middle of the spacecraft and opens up excellently for great accessibility. There are a number of riveting features for play, including a ramp to access the ship and a hidden smuggling compartment under the floor, which permits access to one minifigure at a time. It also boasts weaponry including flick fire missiles and rotating turrets.
Millennium Falcon 7965 was released on 1st June 2011 and subsequently retired on 31st December 2014, equating to a sizable shelf life of 3 years 7 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75030
RRP: $9.99 | £8.99
Year Released: 2014
Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75030 consists of 94 pieces and 1 minifigure – Han Solo. Whilst Han Solo is not exclusive to this set, the double-sided torso is well designed. This charming rendition is the first of three microfighter sets released in the collection. Notwithstanding the miniscule structure, it contains two flick fire missiles for some added functionality. The set looks accurate to its source material and is extremely sturdy. The printed cone part which represented the cockpit is a great inclusion.
This set was released on 1st January 2014 and retired on 31st July 2015, giving it a shelf life of 1 year 7 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 75105
RRP: $149.99 | £139.99
Year Released: 2015
Millennium Falcon 75101 comprises 1329 pieces and 7 minifigures, to include Chewbacca, BB-8, Kanjiklub Gang Member (exclusive), Tasu Leech (exclusive), Han Solo (exclusive), Finn and Rey. Despite the two exclusive minifigures, they all feel rather underwhelming. The Kanjiklub gang member does have an interesting design on his torso though, which carries over onto his legs. The technic supported foundation helps create a stable frame for the rest of the build, meaning it can be picked up and transported easily. The landing gear is non-retractable which detracts slightly from the playability. The printed Dejarik table is unique and helps populate the ample interior.
This set was released on 4th September 2015 and subsequently retired on 31st December 2017, which amounts to a shelf life of approximately 2 years 4 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 75192
RRP: $849.99 | £734.99
Year Released: 2017
This remarkable set includes a monumental 7,541 pieces and 8 minifigures. These include Chewbacca, BB-8, Finn, Rey, C-3PO, Han Solo (Old), Princess Leia (exclusive), and Han Solo (exclusive). The amount of minifigures and lack of exclusivity is underwhelming and depreciates the inherent value of this set. This set has been praised for its accurate and profoundly detailed portrayal of the millennium falcon. It is by far the most accurate within this collection. The build is also accompanied by a display plaque which outlines all the interesting specifications concerning the vessel.
Whilst the additional components are somewhat fragile, the foundations are supported by a technic base, similar to set 75105, allowing for a more robust feel. Considering the millennium falcon is a largely grey vessel, LEGO has done well to make it look compelling. The set possesses both the circular dish and the rectangular dish which replaced the former in the sequel trilogy. This highlights the tremendous attention to detail the designers have demonstrated.
Unfortunately, as is common, stickers have been incorporated into the build. At a price point of an unfathomable $849.99, you would hope that the necessary details would be printed onto the bricks. Notwithstanding this complaint, there are only 12 stickers included, with most of the detail being conveyed by interesting techniques and methods. The cockpit canopy allows for a total of four minifigures, which is superior to the maximum of two for previous releases.
Millennium Falcon 75192 was released on 1st October 2017, and is yet to be retired. This set has consequently been on shelves for over five years, which is a substantial amount of time. This is common, however, with the largest sets that LEGO releases.
LEGO Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75193
RRP: $9.99 | £8.99
Year Released: 2018
The smallest microfighter in the collection, this set consists of just 92 pieces and 1 minifigure – Chewbacca. LEGO has done well to utilise the small piece count to produce a delightful and recognisable model of the millennium falcon. The stud shooters have replaced the previously situated flick fire missiles, which allows for further range and more efficient functionality. This is a great introductory set for an inexperienced or younger builder. The use of angular pieces, wedges and grilles allow for a detailed depiction with limited pieces.
Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75193 released on 1st January 2018 and retired on 31st July 2019, which gives it a shelf life of 1 year 7 months.
LEGO Kessel Run Millennium Falcon 75212
RRP: $169.99 | £149.99
Year Released: 2018
Kessel Run Millennium Falcon 75212 comprises 1414 pieces and 7 minifigures, to include Qi-ra (exclusive), Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian (exclusive), Quay Tolsite (exclusive), DD-BD (exclusive), and Kessel Operations (exclusive). Five out of the seven minifigures are exclusive to this set and are all decently designed, with Lando Calrissian being the most significant. This set is based on the Solo: A Star Wars Story film, which is evidenced by the significantly conspicuous white and blue colorway. This does give it a unique perspective and it stands out amongst the populated releases. The escape pod is spacious and easy to detach and reattach. Unfortunately the hidden smuggling compartment was removed in this version, together with one hyperdrive which creates an awkward asymmetrical configuration in the interior. With the gaps on top of the ship (which is common across renditions) and the black floorboards, it leaves an unattractive contrast.
Released on 20th April 2018 and retiring on 31st July 2019, this set had a considerably limited shelf life of just under 1 year 4 months.
LEGO Millennium Falcon 75257
RRP: $169.99 | £149.99
Year Released: 2019
Millennium Falcon 75257 contains 1351 pieces and 7 minifigures. These include Astromech Droid R2-D2, Chewbacca, C-3PO, D-O, Finn, Lando Calrissian (exclusive) and Boolio (exclusive). This set depicts the spacecraft from the final film in the sequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This rendition has a number of pivotal improvements to the design, including fewer gaps between exterior panels, which creates a much more realistic feel and is aesthetically appealing.
A laser turret is positioned atop the vessel with great mobility. There are a considerable amount of stickers used on this build, however, which can detract at times from the desirability. Trans-light blue tiles have been used effectively to create refreshed sunlight engines.
This set was released on 4th October 2019, with a retirement date yet to be announced.
LEGO Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75295
RRP: $9.99 | £8.99
Year Released: 2021
This microfighter set is marginally larger than its sub theme counterparts, comprising 101 pieces and 1 minifigure – Han Solo – which regrettably is not exclusive to this set. Notwithstanding this, the Han Solo minifigure is well detailed, with great printing elements, particularly on the legs. A number of modifications have been made which have improved certain parts of the ship. The greater detail also makes it more appealing than the other versions, including the revised engine design. Akin to the previous microfighter release, the stud shooters add great playability and are typically favored over the flick fire missiles.
Millennium Falcon Microfighter 75295 released on 1st January 2021 and is yet to be retired. Based upon the historical data outlined above, it is anticipated that this set will retire on 31st December 2022.
In conclusion, the acclaimed millennium falcon has developed considerably since the production of the first set in 2000. Whilst the design of the spacecraft has remained accurate to its source material through the ages, the evolution of building techniques and pieces has enabled a more detailed and comprehensive depiction in each release. There are currently three sets available at retail at the time of this writing: 75192, 75257 and 75295, all of which are tremendous sets in their own right. The constant releases of this particular vessel make anticipating the future market value on the secondary market all that more onerous.
If you enjoyed reading through (and perhaps learning about) the various renditions of the millennium falcon, why not check out my article on every Slave 1 set ever released, or alternatively my article on every Y-wing set ever released.
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