“She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”
– Han Solo
With these words we were introduced to the Millennium Falcon, the best known (and best loved?) starship in the Star Wars universe. Going back to the year 2000 in the real world, the Falcon has been brought to life in no less than 22 LEGO sets: ranging in size from the minimalist 13 piece Advent Calendar 2011 version, to the massive 7513 piece UCS (2nd edition) released in 2017. Let’s see how this latest copy adds to the legacy!
Available as of January 1st 2021, the LEGO Star Wars 75295 Millennium Falcon Microfighter is rated for ages 6+ and retails for USA $9.99 / Canada $13.99 / Europe €9,99.
This 101 piece set is quite simple: one Han Solo minifigure, and one micro Falcon. Let’s have a closer look at each.
“Why, you stuck-up half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!’”
– Princess Leia Organa
Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han’s roguish nature is well captured in this detailed minifigure, with wavy hair, vest with pockets, dark blue legs with gunbelt, and blaster. We’ve seen this particular version in three previous sets (75159 Death Star – UCS, 75205 Mos Eisley Cantina, and 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina), and it’s nice to see this premium-level minifigure made available in this more accessible set.
The head is dual sided, offering a choice of smile or determined look.
The rear view shows more vest and wavy hair detail – nice!
“She’s the fastest hunk o’ junk in the galaxy!”
– Lando Calrissian
This micro-scale ship is well rendered, helped by surface detail (aka greebling) that adds complexity and visual interest.
My one (small) gripe about this set is that the cockpit side feels unfinished to me – maybe a 1 x 2 modified plate with door rail would help?
In contrast, the rear view shows beautiful engine form and colour with the transparent light blue plates.
In addition, there are two functional dorsal-mounted projectile launchers – not my thing, but I’m sure others will enjoy this playful feature.
Behind the Scenes
Before concluding, I wanted to offer a behind the scenes look at the feature image.
I used a spare floor tile as a base, upon which I used river rocks to build a set inspired by the asteroid tunnel escape scene from The Empire Strikes Back. Lighting is provided by two LitraPro LEDs with soft boxes, mounted on Playpod gooseneck arms and Ultra tripod bases.
I created the starship floating effect using practical means: the Falcon is supported by a brick-built cantilevered arm held down with weights. I positioned and feathered my lighting, and used a black paper sweep, so that this base was hidden in the shadows.
Finally, I tilted the Falcon using a locking hinge brick with vertical finger, and positioned my lens so that the cantilevered arm was hidden behind the ship in my shots. I’m sure this could have been done in Photoshop, but I enjoy the challenge of practical effects. (also, I don’t have Photoshop…).
This is a fun little action set for the young, and a nostalgic one for the young at heart. The detailed Han minifigure is high end, and the Falcon design is attractive.
At this price point, I consider this unbeatable value and rate it 10/10!
Full disclosure: I purchased this set online at full retail price directly from LEGO. The opinions is this review are my own and have not been edited. At the time of writing, I have no affiliation or commercial relationship with any of the brands named and have not received any compensation for this review. All photos are mine and are presented in my preferred style – real life colours may vary.