LEGO Millennium Falcon Review

During this year’s spring breaks, the family visited LEGO land Deutschland and since it’s overlapped with my birthday, I’ve brought home a Millennium Falcon™ model (7965).

It takes around 3–4 hours of easy-going fun to assemble the set. Below you can see milestones and some functionalities that facilitate playing (instead of collecting dust on your shelf). The set features all main characters that inhabited the vessel at some point sans Lando (Desert Skiff set), C–3PO (Droid Escape set) and R2-D2 (Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter and Anakin’s Jedi Interceptor sets)

The model includes all key areas: the cockpit (seats two), the Dejarik board and chairs (the “Let the Wookie Win” scene), the main ship console, the floor hiding compartment, the rotating quad laser cannons which Han and Luke used to fight back TIE fighters and the bed where Luke was resting after Leia picked him up after the duel with Darth Vader in the Cloud City on Bespin. Hence, the model is a great companion for the StarWars movie weekend with kids.

The major drawback is the short landing gear. Despite the functional entrance hatch, it’s impossible to play underneath the ship or for characters to enter through the main ramp. Inability to detach the cockpit arm to access the hallway, especially if a minifigure got stuck in there can be quite annoying. To keep in mind if you’re about to contribute with your design in the future.

The base is quite solid.

The base is quite solid and sturdy.
The furniture and key areas.

The furniture and key areas.
The walls

The walls.
Main passages. Top of the picture, the ramp. Bottom on the picture, the smuggling compartment

Main passages. Top of the picture, the ramp. Bottom on the picture, the smuggling compartment.
The roof…

The roof…
… can be opened.

… can be opened for easy access.
The cockpit and the noses attached.
The cockpit and the noses attached.
Everyone was invited to celebrate the grand opening.
Everyone was invited to celebrate the grand opening.
Minifgures in our house can travel dimensions, so you can see a Borg, Batman, Emmet from the LEGO Movie and girls from Friends series.

Minifigures in our house can travel dimensions, so you can see a Borg (design by Luka D.), Batman, Emmet from the LEGO Movie and girls from Friends series. Also, everyone are friends, so no need to surrender their weapons.
Little known fact: Wildstyle is a big fan of the Kenobi / Vader duel at the Death Star in The New Hope, so they re-acted some of that scene key shots for her.
Little known fact: Wildstyle is a big fan of the Kenobi / Vader duel at the Death Star in The New Hope, so they re-acted some of that scene key shots for her.
In real life the Mandarin and Tony Stark are great friends, even so that the Mandarin is Tony’s life coach and psychiatrist.

In real life the Mandarin and Tony Stark are great friends, even so that the Mandarin is Tony’s life coach and psychiatrist.
Flash helps Obi-Van with levelling up Luke’s abilities.
Flash helps Obi-Van to level up Luke’s abilities.
Emmet terrified by a close encounter with an opposite sex.
Emmet was terrified by a close encounter with opposite sex.
Ironman discusses the latest advancements in clean energy.
Ironman discusses the latest advancements in clean energy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little review. Let me know if that’s of any use and we might review some of the other sets as well (e.g. the upcoming purchase and assembly of the Death Star).

Marko Dugonjić is a designer specialized in user experience design, web typography and web standards. He runs a nanoscale user interface studio Creative Nights and organizes FFWD.PRO, a micro-conference and workshops for web professionals.

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