My Lego collection: 10179 UCS Millennium Falcon
This is, beyond any shadow of doubt, the ultimate centerpiece to any Lego Star Wars collection. Set #10179 has set the bar of excellence in the Star Wars series. If you don’t understand, keep reading. I’ll do my best to show you exactly what I mean.
UCS 10179 Millennium Falcon Specifications
As of this post, the UCS Millennium Falcon is the largest official set in terms of actual size, and second in the number of included pieces (surpassed only by the magnificent Lego Taj Mahal set introduced in 2008). It is also the most expensive official set that Lego has ever produced.
This set was discontinued in 2009, and finally sold out in 2010. Since that time, the value of a complete 10179 set has nearly quadrupled. It is one of the most sought after sets in Lego’s history. During the past year, there have been some rumors about the possibility of Lego re-releasing this set, or creating a new UCS version, but those rumors ended up as nothing more than a cruel April-fools’ day hoax. From time to time, new rumors surface about new versions, or re-release, but there is no basis of fact for any of them.
- Measurements: Over 33 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 8 inches tall.
- Number of pieces: 5,197
- Cost: $499.99 USD (msrp) over $1,800 actually
- Weight: 18 pounds
- Instruction Booklet: 17 inches x 12 inches and almost an inch thick, and weighs 4 pounds. Spiral bound, and 314 pages of instructions.
- Includes 5 minifigs: Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Chewbacca
I’m not going to show the box. It’s a bit larger in size than the box from the Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) or the Death Star II (10143), and all the fun is inside anyway! Keep in mind, though, that you need a large workspace to build this model… I mean… a really large space! I’ll try to limit the text to descriptions, and let the photos speak for themselves. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
The Building Process
The build starts with assembly of a robust internal frame that serves to hold nearly 18 pounds of Legos over the landing gear.
Believe it or not, the entire Falcon model rests on 7 “axle” type assemblies at the center of each landing gear. Personally this method seems risky, though I’ve never experienced any problems. I do, however, tremble every time I move the entire model.
At this point the model was beginning to get too big so I decided to move construction to the floor. I’m pretty sure I said it already: This set is HUGE!
All of the external parts on the bottom of the Falcon have to be ‘encased’ in the outer hull. This makes it necessary to turn the model over. To accomplish this, I recommend a blanket or something to help support the model when upside-down since the top of the model at this stage is not flat.
Once the bottom is complete, the model can be turned back over to continue building the top. You can find Luke sitting in the upper turret, and in the cockpit you’ll find Captain Solo, Leia, Obi-Wan, and Chewie.
And here you have it; the most famous Corellian smuggling ship ever. The iconic Millennium Falcon! It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs! Here, it occupies the prime spot in my room, as you would expect.
I can’t finish this article without showing another piece of art created by artist Francisco Prieto using 3D animation (we previously showed some of his videos in the Lego UCS Death Star II review):