It goes without saying that the Ultimate Collector’s Series (UCS) Millennium Falcon (10179) set has an iconic status with LEGO fans and arguably even pop culture. IGN lists it within their 10 LEGO Sets That Rocked Our World. The UCS Millennium Falcon was also once the biggest ever LEGO set.
UCS Millennium Falcon: A Collector’s Dream
The price that UCS Millennium Falcon (10179) fetches on the secondary market certainly reflects its status with collectors. This has raised some eyebrows, as Lisa Bonarrigo wrote about at AOL.com. Brick Picker lists the set’s all time high at almost US$5,000. That is 10 times what the set would have cost you upon its release. In the recurring lists of the most expensive LEGO sets ever Mashable, Business Insider, and The Telegraph have all featured it.
A Round up on the UCS Millennium Falcon Rumours
For some time now we have heard the whispers of the LEGO Star Wars theme getting a new version of this set. The Brick Fan first reported rumours about it in early January 2017. But this year’s frenzy really started back in April with a supposed screenshot of a new UCS Millennium Falcon (75192). I first read about this on Brickset, but was later confirmed to be an April Fools joke; with All About The Brick calling it “maybe the cruelest post” in a April Fools 2017 round-up.
April Fools Day even saw a LEGO Subreddit post showing a falsified LEGO presentation slide claiming to feature details of the new version. It’s interesting to note that in both instances the set number referenced was 75192, and this would stick with any future rumours.
The rumours and innuendo have not subsided since then. Brick Fanatics followed up right after April Fools Day. Then the Brick Fan reported in May that in the online LEGO Shop, users who searched for UCS Millennium Falcon were being shown a page that said: “Coming soon. You’re ahead of the game! That product is coming soon. Try again later!”.
Remember that Reddit post? Well Geek Culture stated in May that they had it on “good authority that the post is accurate”.
Things Start to Heat Up!
It all started to feel like a group of LEGO conspiracy theorists. Taking any possible clue and rationalizing it to justify a new ‘breaking news’ piece. In July on Brickset, LEGO designer Hans Burkhard Schlömer left a Bricklist note on the LEGO Star Wars set Republic Fighter Tank (75182). Based on this, Bouwsteentjes.info suggested that the official announcement of a new UCS Millennium Falcon might be made on September 1st, Force Friday.
On August 2nd, like someone throwing gasoline onto a burning flame, LEGO posted this on Facebook:
My Facebook feed exploded! Every LEGO, Star Wars, or LEGO Star Wars Facebook Group I was a member of had a small bunch speculating about it.
PromoBricks Connects the Dots
On that same day PromoBricks, in Sherlock-esque style, concluded that “the news about the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) seems to be over”. They reported that at the online LEGO Shop, holders of the LEGO VIP customer card would get access to 2 exclusive sets from 14th to 30th September. This lined up perfectly with everything else they had seen.
Now there hasn’t actually been a single mention of news directly from LEGO itself. So if this new release is coming, I’m sure they must be salivating and almost delirious with how the LEGO community is practically doing the marketing for them. On September 1st, Force Friday, it is safe to say that any further speculation will be laid to rest.
UCS Millennium Falcon: Yea or Nay?
It has been exactly 10 years since the Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon was released and it would be a fitting anniversary to release a new version this year. If the rumours are accurate, then it will be priced between US$600 – US$700 containing 6,000 – 7,000 pieces. That’s a hefty price tag for what will be the biggest LEGO set ever.
The prospect of this new release has me swinging between feeling either enthused or indifferent. Do we really need a new UCS Millennium Falcon?
This hasn’t been as straightforward a question to answer for me. But here are 3 arguments for both sides:
The Case for Yea
1. The Timing is Right
With the 40th anniversary of Star Wars and the recent movies, a new generation of fans are exploring a galaxy far far away. This has made the release of a new UCS Millennium Falcon more relevant and timely than ever.
2. Why Not the Millennium Falcon?
There have already been two Ultimate Collector’s Series for the X-Wing (7191 & 10240), Snowspeeder (10129 & 75144), and Death Star (10188 & 75159). Each of these were spaced out between 8 to 14 years. A decade is more than a reasonable amount of time to wait for a new UCS Millennium Falcon.
3. Solving a Fan Headache
The price on the secondary market, even for open sets, means it is well out of reach for fans who want to add it to their collection. For most, BrickLinking isn’t a very practical option either. Releasing a new UCS set will help solve this problem for hundreds if not thousands of fans.
The Case for Nay
1. Think of the Children!
There have been 5 versions of a LEGO Millennium Falcon (excluding mini building sets, midiscale, and microfighters): 7190 in 2000, 4504 in 2004, 10179 in 2007, 7965 in 2011, and 75105 in 2015. That’s a steady release about every 4 years. It is simply too early for a new set. More importantly this new generation of fans will mostly be kids. For them the price of a UCS Millennium Falcon set makes absolutely no sense.
2. Buyer Beware
At the rumoured price that LEGO intents to charge, we are all being taken for a ride. I’m sure LEGO is confident in the knowledge that a buying frenzy will ensue no matter how much the retail price ends up being.
3. What Happened to the Collectors Part?
‘Ultimate Collector’s Series’. Let that phrase sink in for a moment. It tells you that these sets should be complex and rare. Collectors will tell you that scarcity and the resulting prices come with the territory. Releasing new versions of an existing set in a collectors series defeats the entire point of the series.
So do we really need a new UCS Millennium Falcon?
My vote is Yea, in favour of a new Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon. But under one strict condition – the build has to be very different from the previous one.
My faith in the Ultimate Collector’s Series has been a bit shaken after the recent releases. I wasn’t a big fan of the Death Star and Snowspeeder as they weren’t fundamentally different from the original releases. And I think LEGO Star Wars fans would universally agree that Assault on Hoth (75098) was as big a mess as Jar Jar Binks was to the Prequel Trilogy.
“The model looks set to cover both Star Wars trilogies, original and sequel, with the accompanying minifigures rumoured to include Hoth Leia, Hoth Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, Rey, BB-8, old Han Solo and even a Mynock – the winged creature our heroes fought off in the mouth of the Exogorth space worm in The Empire Strikes Back.”
So I’m guessing we will see some level of customisation if it’s to cover both the Original and Sequel trilogies. But hopefully beyond just switching out the shape of the radar dish.
Bridging the past and new generations is a nice thought. Unlike Episode I to III, Episodes IV to IX features the Millennium Falcon as the main ship. As characters come and go, this ship remains to bare witness to all the adventures.
With all that said and wherever you stand on this matter, I think a new set is a foregone conclusion. On September 1st LEGO will announce the brand new Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon (75192). Here are 3 reasons:
1. Star Wars 40th Anniversary. LEGO will want to capitalise on this. The UCS Millennium Falcon was released 10 years ago, so a new set is an obvious move for LEGO.
2. A Smash Hit in the Waiting. The price on the secondary market combined with the Millennium Falcon’s iconic status means one thing. LEGO will almost definitely have a best seller on its hands.
3. Catering to the Adult Market. Recent years has seen LEGO steadily growing the product range that cater to adults. Series like Architecture and Creator Expert are evidence of this. A new UCS Millennium Falcon would be an easy way to reinforce this strategy.
Update: 8th August. Brickset have just posted a great article entitled ‘Return of the Millennium Falcon?‘. Give it a read!
Update: 16th August. This latest video by LEGO must surely settle the matter. Let the count down begin!
So do you think we really need a new UCS Millennium Falcon?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below. May the Force be with you!