Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review for 2012

I love Star Wars and had the opportunity to buy the new Lego Millennium Falcon for my son (or should I say me?) so read on for my full review and thoughts on this awesome Star Wars Lego toy.

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review

The packaging looks so good I almost didn’t want to open it!  Perhaps if I hadn’t it might be worth some money in a few years time – hmmm, or maybe not?  Anyway, I get the Lego Millennium Falcon unwrapped and carefully place all the different parts out on the table.  This is what you get:

  • 6 Star Wars Lego Minifigures – Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Han Solo L
  • Lego Star Wars Weapons – 3 Lightsabres, 3 Blasters, and 1 Crossbow (for Chewbacca)
  • Complete Star Wars Lego Bricks including: Opening hull, rotating laser cannons, detailed interior aspects, twin flick missiles, and detachable cockpit cover so you can put figures in
  • 1,254 Star Wars Lego pieces in total
  • Lego Millennium Falcon Instructions and “How to Guide”

Lego Millennium Falcon Instructions and Build Time

My son is eight, and it took us around 5 hours to build the Lego Millennium Falcon from scratch.  I let him take the lead on most of the construction, and offered tips and guidance where appropriate, but the great thing is how easy the Lego Millennium Falcon instructions are to understand for a child of his age.

Plus all of the plastic Star Wars Lego parts are easy to identify because they have been separated and ordered into clear plastic bags which have numbers on them – and the numbers correlate to the instructions manual for ease of identification.

The Final Star Wars Lego Toy and How it Works

Once we had completed our build and assembly of the Lego Millennium Falcon I was actually quite surprised at how sturdy it was.  I guess there must have been some technical advances in Lego bricks over last twenty five years since I last used them.  A child can easily pick and play with the model as no parts seem to fall off – as long as you’ve pressed the Lego bricks together properly.

The attention to detail is also very impressive, and if you are a fan of the original Star Wars Trilogy films then you won’t be disappointed.  There are fold-out panels on the top of the Lego space ship that when opened show the inside of the model.  It’s then possible to re-enact all your favorite Star Wars Millennium Falcon moments using the mini-figs that come included.

You can detach the cockpit cover and put Han Solo or Chewbacca in their to pilot, whilst in the rear Luke Skywalker and friends can be discussing their latest attempts to destroy Darth Vader’s Death Star – or simply play their Virtual chess game (now that would be a cool toy in real life!).

The cannons on the top of the Millennium Falcon also rotate to give that extra bit of realism to the whole Lego model as does the hidden smuggler’s compartment which you should be familiar with from the original Star Wars film.

Lego Millennium Falcon 2012 Review and Thoughts

This really is an awesome Millennium Falcon Star Wars set, and I can’t really say anything negative about it apart from one thing: Where are C3PO and R2D2?  This Star Wars Lego set is meant to be from Star Wars Episode IV, Episode V, and Episode VI.  Yes you might get Darth Vader, but in the films he was only on the Millennium Falcon in about one scene if I remember correctly.

So a note to the Lego designers – if you release a new version in 2012 or beyond make sure you include the droids because they were a big part of the Millennium Falcon story in the films and were in loads of scenes with Luke Skywalker.

Conclusion on the Millennium Falcon Lego Toy Set and Where to Buy

If you love Lego and Star Wars then you won’t be disappointed with this toy.  Even more valuable is the quality time that it could offer if you have a son or daughter like me, and want to help them learn how to follow instructions – and get great pleasure from achieving something in a toy.

Lego is great because it is educational and the toys offer some degree of learning value, which can’t always be said about a lot of other toys on the market.  Check the best price out on Amazon today if you want to buy a cheap Lego Millennium Falcon set.

Article Credit: This toy review was written and compiled by Bob Tanta who regular contributes to toy and baby blogs.  Keep an eye out on the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition in the coming months as Bob is hoping to help contribute to their top 10 list of best Christmas presents for children..