When we proclaim that LEGO has outdone itself, that is covering some pretty damn serious ground. When it comes to the Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon, that feels like a woeful understatement.
For starters, let’s put this collection’s sheer scope in perspective, shall we? The 2011 LEGO Millennium Falcon playset included a then-incredible 1,237 pieces. Spanning a phenomenal 7,541 components, the upcoming Ultimate Collector Series edition is now the largest official LEGO set in the brand’s history. The fully assembled vessel measures a tremendous eight inches by 12 inches and is utterly flush with dedication to detail, from the quad laser cannons and hidden blaster to its seven landing legs and removable hull plates that open up to various interior sections recreated with equally faithful care. You can even alternate between two sensor dishes respectively matching those equipped in the original trilogy and 2016’s saga continuation, “The Force Awakens.”
This updated playset updates LEGO’s homage to modern sci-fi cinema’s most iconically recognizable vehicles with an expanded set of minifigs honoring the two generations that bookend the Star Wars universe. The new lineup includes Princess Leia Chewbacca, C-3PO, a mynock and a porg representing the classic original trilogy; Rey, Finn and BB-8 as the crew introduced in “The Force Awakens; and, of course, two versions of Han Solo – the infamous roguish smuggler and the aged, weary veteran of the Rebellion. For good measure, Leia and the younger Han can both rotate their heads to display alternate breather-mask looks appropriate for recreating their asteroid scenes from “The Empire Strikes Back.”
If you think the exterior devotion to letter-perfect replication seems admirably obsessive, just wait until you peek inside. In addition to the cockpit’s seating for up to four minifigs, the main hold is equipped with not only an additional four seats but an engineering station and Dejarik holograph. The rear compartment contains a secret floor compartment, a pair of escape hatches, the gunnery station’s access ladder and a rear hyperdrive-monitoring compartment. Last, but not least, a detachable hull panel stores a rotating quad laser cannon.
Star Wars fans won’t have long to wait for this epic set. The LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon will hit shelves Oct. 1 priced at $800, just in time for Christmas.