Star Wars: The Force Awakens – LEGO Millennium Falcon 75105 review and comparison with LEGO Millennium Falcon 7965
I just built the new LEGO Millennium Falcon from The force Awakens Star Wars movie. It shares some design features from the previous LEGO Millennium Falcon 7965, but there are several updates, some of which are very nice!
First, the mini figures:
- Han Solo with grey hair. Great print on torso, both front and back and front of his legs. Head has two expressions (wry grin and slight panicked look – both are trademark Solo looks and well done). Han has his proper blaster with scope.
- Chewbacca has an updated coloring which continues through his legs. Most interesting is his two-part crossbow which will now actually fire round single LEGO.
- Finn has printing both front and back on his torso. His legs are solid black. His face has two expressions, serious and what I would call mad. He comes with what I would call a standard issue rebel blaster.
- Rey has her desert clothes printing on front and back as well as her legs. She too has two facial expressions, serious and what I'd still call mad. Rey's gun is identical to Solo's but is silver in color.
- BB-8 doesn't have much to share, it is two parts: a head and body. It appears BB-8 is also available in Poe's X-Wing (75102). All other mini figures are unique to this set.
- Tasu Leech has printing front and back on his torso and the front of his legs. He also has two expressions for his face. His weapon looks like a flintlock from the 1800s. I'm sure in the movie it'll be a kick-butt throwback laser of some kind (as depicted on the box).
- The last figure is a Kanjiklub Gang Member (apparent associate of Tasu Leech). He has printing on the front and back of his torso and the front of his legs, but only one facial expression. However, that one facial expression has a very cool looking eye patch and is very unique. His weapon reminds me of an 1800's flintlock rifle.
Same or near same as Millennium Falcon 7965:
- It is the same size as the LEGO Millennium Falcon 7965.
- Cockpit pieces – Chewbacca is too tall to fit inside the cockpit.
- Landing gear is the same.
- Roof panels which fold open for play-ability (note: accent pieces are different).
- Dorsal and belly turrets are slightly different but basically the same as both rotate and bend up and down.
- The ability to place two characters “manning” the turrets is similar; however, lacking the “control levers” which the 7965 set has.
- The six round “vent” discs on the top stern are the same and still use stickers. See criticisms from LEGO 7965.
- Smugglers hold.
- Entry hatch.
- Blue exterior engine.
- The sides creating the round appearance.
New for the Millennium Falcon 75105:
- New sensor dish to match movie, but sadly it uses a sticker. Also, sadly, it is not attached to a rotating piece but is fixed pointing forward with a hinge so it can pivot from side to side (about 70 degrees).
- With exception of a 1x2 flat computer piece, all other computer pieces are stickers.
- The interior has much more detail, including the Dejarik (holochess) board, and replacing the brown chairs are LEGO with stickers giving much more detail to the area. There are also a lot more things all over the inside of the Falcon this time around.
- Addition of two spring shooters (one in each side of the bow) is an excellent addition. Much better than those flick-fire missiles in 7965. LEGO gives you one spare bolt, which I clipped inside the interior above the entry way.
- Related to the spring shooters, the holes on the top of the bow are no longer stickers! Although the back two have black pieces under them, the forward two are real holes and are the means to fire the spring shooters. Very well done!
- Chewbacca's bowcaster is now a two-piece weapon and has become a mini-shooter weapon.
- And although I dislike lots of stickers, the stickers add a great deal of detail to both the exterior and interior (18 stickers). And, if they are expertly placed, will add a great deal of value to your set. On a positive note, LEGO numbered the sticker sheet so you know exactly which sticker the instruction is calling for.
Thus far, I really like the set. There is a lot of play-ability and the set itself looks great.
I wish Chewbacca could fit inside the cockpit. I will say this, replacing the cockpit is a pain. There are only four connecting points, but getting all four to connect takes a bit of patience. Not to mention, placing two figures in the cockpit makes it more challenging but can be done (minus Chewy). Since the cockpit is the same as 7965 the Chewy issue is not a new complaint. Also not a new criticism is the stickers for the disks on the top stern of the Falcon. It would be nice to have a retractable landing gear similar to the Shuttle Tydirium, but this is the same as 7965 and doesn't really affect play-ability.
Although I'm not a big fan of stickers, they do add a level of detail not achievable with things like chairs. The Dejarik area is definitely a plus for this set and way ahead of previous Falcon sets. In fact, I would put it more in alignment with the Ultimate Collector's Edition Millennium Falcon.
Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of the mini-shooters (since you will inevitably lose the small round LEGO); however, Chewbacca's two-piece bowcaster is actually quite cool.
I also think the two spring shooters in the bow of the Falcon is a very nice addition. Using the holes in the top bow of the ship is very clever way of adding authenticity and play-ability to this set.
Probably my biggest disappointment for this set is the sensor array. I really wish it had been a printed piece. But more than that, unless the movie proves otherwise, I wish LEGO had given us a rotating piece like the dish has in every other Millennium Falcon set. However, if the movie proves the dish to be accurate, then well done. I mean, it is not like LEGO had this dish sitting around from other sets. It is unique to this LEGO set only!
For comparison sake:
LEGO 7965 released 2011 for $139.99 US with 1254 pieces. Six mini figures from Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
LEGO 75105 released 2015 for $149.99 US with 1329 pieces. Seven mini figures from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.
One might argue if you have a Millennium Falcon, do you really need another one? However, I suspect these figures are going to be unique to this set. And you��re definitely not going to find a better Dejarik area in any other Millennium Falcon, not even the UCS edition, in my humble opinion.
I hope this is feedback has been helpful for you.