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Millennium Falcon 75105 Thoughts
Please move/merge if necessary. Wanted to take a moment and give my thoughts on the new Millennium Falcon set, 75105. Purchased this afternoon and just finished the build.
This is my first ever build of the ship, so I cannot compare to previous models- however, I found it to be quite enjoyable. I usually stick to modular buildings and the like, as I typically find ships a bit boring. Not the case here. Plenty of interesting techniques are used (albeit, they could've been used in the last model), and quite a bit of detail. My favorite part of the ship is the tail end- they nailed the blue glow that we all have come to love.
Not a fan of the number of stickers in the set- would've at least liked to have seen the new radar dish come as a printed piece. In fact, the only printed pieces to note are the windscreen of the cockpit and the chess board. A bit of a let down for such an expensive set.
Another small annoyance is the size of the cockpit. I could barely squeeze two minifigures inside- and even then, Han wasn't thrilled to be so close to Chewbacca...
The minifigures are great, but it's tough to love them since we know so little about the actual characters.
Just wanted yes to get a conversation rolling on the new Falcon- it's a great set overall, with a few annoyances here and there.
What at do you all think? Would love to hear how it compares to the old models.
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a silly questions:
is there any difference ship wise compared to the others? Not talking about building techniques or designs, more story wise. I mean if I decided to use it as a Millenium Falcon stand in with Luke and other characters and ships from New Hope does it look the same?
I'm not aware of any other differences... You could probably even bricklink the round radar dish from the last release of a Lego MF.
On this topic:
@CM4S posted a link to a review with lots of pictures of this new MF. It has I believe more details and maybe also play-features than the previous one. I like it a lot. The way two minifigs slide into the gunner stations. I don't know if the previous MF also had a central cannon attached to the bottom of the hull, but it looks great. It has the hidden smuggle compartment, beds, a really cool looking chess table.
If you don't like the square satellite dish just replace it with a round one, if you have or can find one in light grey.
The six (or seven if you like) minifigs look really great, the only thing I find a little disappointing are the archaic (pirate theme) flintlock muskets. I mean com'on dude! What is up with that?! Star Wars is the biggest licensed Lego theme; would it have been too much to ask for TLG to design a couple of extra new sci-fi, SW, fantasy, steam/cyberpunk gun moulds. They do this so often for the CMF series why not now for SW!?
I really like all the seven new sets, what I don't like is how terribly expensive they are.
And the MF really doesn't look much different. Except for space pirates with Bard's hair carrying laser muskets...
Otherwise, in form, the exterior of the new (LEGO) version is almost identical to #7965 except for the "mandibles", which have been expanded to accommodate spring-loaded missiles. Other than a few extra bars, the greebling on the exterior is basically the same.
The main differences are in the interior, and I feel this is probably a matter of preference. The only part of the interior I like better on the new version is the hyperdrive; it was pretty plain in #7965. The engineering station looks worse to me and while the Dejarik table itself is nice I think the seating is overdone.
#7965 has all of this, as well.
My major criticism of #7965 is the size of the "mandibles" at the front, which look too small relative to the rest of the ship. The new version seems to have addressed this; I think they're longer by about two studs but it's difficult to tell. Since the ship looks to be built the same, it's probably possible to retrofit the new sections.
I think the new model looks amazing. From the pictures it seems a little slimmer but that may just be to do with the turret on the top. I'm not sure about the new dish either, but again if the film turns out decent and the Falcon has a good part to play I may well warm to this too.
The prices are pretty steep. At an average of nearly 10p per piece that's almost twice as much as Wall-E, for example, that I purchased the same week. Let's be honest though, second hand prices of all things Millennium Falcon are pretty high these days and after watching a few #7965 sets sell for over £130 on eBay, I was quite happy to pay retail for the new one.
I haven't had chance to build it yet but hopefully a few child free hours today should get the ball rolling. I'm looking forward to it!
I like it. Think its better then the previous falcons. They seem to be using interesting building techniques and I also can spot a few tiles on the outside,thats always a good thing.
Not a big fan of the big printed parts,i don't like them. Would prefer is they could somehow make the texture with lego. It feels a bit to big. I love printed tiles in other lego sets but there its just one tile. Here almost the whole outside of the cockpit is printed. The cockpit still looks nice but there is also printed texture on the radar dish and some other parts of the outside.
I do hope they wont continue with this trend of printing lots of texture for bigger surfaces,it does not feel like lego to me,but maybe I am getting old.
Still nice set,am actually considering getting this one. Would be my first falcon.
SPOILER: The two guys with the muskets are the Solo twins!
The older #7965 does look 'cleaner' with the more uniform colouring, but let's not forget that 30 years have passed since we last saw this 'hunk of junk' and who knows what trials it's been through in that time. I would hope that the new model is a good representation of the way it looks in episode 7.