We review the Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon - could this be the ultimate Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages?
Lego Millennium Falcon Review
Attention to Detail
Lego + Star Wars = FUN!!
Demanding to build, but then the results are worth it. This is a genuine Lego masterpiece.
Warning for all Dads out there. Do not – repeat DO NOT – buy the Star Wars Millennium Falcon LEGO set if you are counting on spending a few relaxing, post-Chrimbo dinner hours with your son and daughter.
The Star Wars Millennium Falcon has an eye-watering 1329 pieces in total, so you’ll need to put aside 2 or even 3 days of intense construction to get this old bird space ready. And lay off the brandy sauce too, some of the finger-work gets really fiddly.
But like the best things in life, the hours spent building the Millennium Falcon will be repaid with a deep sense of satisfaction and achievement, on which more later…
Get it out of the box
First things first. The Star Wars Millennium Falcon comes in a very large box. So big in fact that you’ll need to add an extra fiver onto the price just for the wrapping paper and Sellotape. Of course that means it will look mightily impressive when stashed under the tree on Christmas eve, so it’s all money well spent in our book.
Once your child has carefully unwrapped and folded away the wrapping paper and delicately opened the box, you will find yourself presented with 9 numbered bags containing the aforementioned 1329 pieces of Lego, a set of stickers and – most importantly – the 104-step construction manual. Note: most of the Lego pieces are made of approximately 3 shades of grey, so don’t put this together on a grey carpet.
Also in the box are 7 lego figures: a grey and grizzled Han Solo and an unchanged Chewbacca along with newcomers Finn, Rey and BB8. Making up the numbers are the obligatory bad guys: Taslu Leech and one of his anonymous and dispensable gang members.
It’s worth pointing out that the fine detail in these mini figures is delightfully observed, from Han’s hangdog smile/grimace to Rey’s multilayered ponytail, you’ll find there’s much to merit close attention.
Assembling the Falcon was relatively straightforward in an organised, sober and distraction-free environment. If you went at it flat out you’ll be ready to pilot your ship down the Kessel Run after around 6 hours of methodical work.
As someone who was sceptical about modern Lego, it was pleasing to see that many of the model’s parts were not bespoke and could be interchanged with classic bricks from the past 70 years, although there are quite a few of the more recent Technic bits and bobs scattered around.
Once complete, the Lego Millennium Falcon is quite the Christmas party piece. Kids will love the ship’s front-facing armaments: a pair of spring-loaded ‘blasters’ that can fire their double-barrelled salvos a good 2 metres in distance. These complement the rotating dorsal cannon on the top and bottom of the ship which don’t fire anything but the kids’ imaginations and ability to make Star Wars sound FX.
Grown ups, meanwhile, will appreciate the little touches such as the 3D holo-chess table where Luke and Obi-Wan once locked horns, and the fact that the model Millennium Falcon has its own smuggler’s hiding place, just big enough to hide one of the mini figures. Feel that warm glow of nostalgia wash over you….
We’re also happy to report that despite its considerable size when assembled – it measures 47cm by 32cm by 14cm – the Millennium Falcon feels sturdy and secure enough to emulate some of the aerial acrobatics it performed in the movies. Yes the odd bit may drop of here and there (she is the Millennium Falcon after all) but the ship itself is unlikely to disintegrate during normal play.
A Lego model of this size and detail doesn’t come cheap, but 1 year on from its debut, you can pick up the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. Indeed John Lewis, who supplied our review sample, is also offering an unbeatable bundle deal which includes the Millennium Falcom and an X-Wing for a very reasonable £129.99.
For that you get many hours of concentrated fun putting the thousand-piece puzzle together and then a brilliantly and intricately detailed toy cum conversation piece that will keep kids and adults delighted for months, if not years. A Lego masterpiece.