The Lego Millenium Falcon collection is the result of what started way back in 1999, when the Lego Star Wars theme was launched with the model 7140, Lego X-Wing. This was just the first release of what was soon to become a huge part of the Lego brand. Star wars was actually the first intellectual property to be licensed by Lego. They started by launching a few sets based on the original trilogy just as The Phantom Menace was released in theaters. Then they continued to release new Lego Star Wars sets every time a new movies was about to be released.
Here is a detailed history of the whole Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon collection:
The first ever model of the legendary Han Solo’s ship was released back in 2000, the Lego 7190 Millenium Falcon. This set is part of the Lego Star Wars Classic line. It has 659 pieces, is 12″ across and comes with 6 mini figures, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Like Skywalker, R2-D2 and C-3PO.
The second set of this precious collection was released in 2003, the Lego 4488 Mini Millenium Falcon. This set is a lot smaller, and contains only 87 pieces. It comes with extra parts that allows you to build a Y-Wing Fighter when combined with parts from sets 4489, 4490 and 4491. As Lego describes it, it might be small, but it’s still the fastest ship in the galaxy!
The third Star War model released was the Lego Millenium Falcon 4504. Also in the Classic Star Wars line, the Lego 4504 set was released in 2004. It has 985 pieces, has several movable parts, includes a Hoth version of the ship, as well as 5 minifigures, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Snowtrooper, C-3PO and last but not least, Han Solo!
The next release is a real special one, the Lego 10179 Ultimate Collector’s Millenium Falcon! Released in October 2007, it is one of Lego’s largest sets ever produced, measuring a whopping 33″ long by 22″ wide and 8.3″ tall, yet it still scales fine with the mini figures (most other sets in Ultimate Collector Series don’t). with it’s 5195 pieces, and a manual of over 300 pages, this is more than a simple toy, it is a really special collectible for any true Lego StarWars fan. Note that the Lego 10179 is now very rare as it was discontinued on the 24th of June, 2010. But from my research is it still possible to find, yet not easy. This UCS set has an incredible 5195 pieces, and comes with 5 minifigures, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker!
Then in August 2009 was released the Lego 7778 Midi-scale Millenium Falcon, a Star Wars 10th Anniversary Line set. This model is the first of what is supposed to be a new generation of “midi-scale” Lego StarWars sets. It is large enough to challenge advanced builders and to show a good level of details, yet too small to really support minifigures. This set has few moving parts, and is mostly layered pates rather than the traditional bricks. Unlike the Lego 10179 Millenium Falcon, this 356 pieces set is a good balance between play and display.
One of the latest sets, released in July 2011, is the Lego 7965 Millenium Falcon. Straight from the Death Star escape scene of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, this 1238 pieces vessel mesures over 15″ wide and 4″ tall, and features several moving parts such as rotating quad laser cannons, missiles, hull plates that open and a removable cockpit cover. With the Lego 7965 you also get 6 minifigures, Darth Vader (with several weapons), Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Ben Kenobi.
Look out for my other posts where I review in great detail every single one of these models, making this the official site for everything you need to know about the Lego Millenium Falcon sets!