Ratings and Reviews for 10179-1: Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon

10179-1: Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon

Overall Score

9.80
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  • First Impression Does the set "WOW" you? 10
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 9.00
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 10
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 9.00
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 10
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 10
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 10
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 10
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 10
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 10
Review from: bens1858
Reviewed on: Aug 12, 2013
Join Date: 04/06/2013
# of Reviews: 4

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

When I first saw this set in the Lego catalogue, I knew I had to have it. I was stunned by the sheer size and detailing of the set; it seemed like it was the real thing from the movies! I saw the piece count and became very excited. Over 5000 pieces! I couldn't imagine something of that magnitude, and when I read the dimensions, I ran for the tape measurer to see just how large that was. It seemed so big it was almost unreal.

When I recieved the set, I saw how enormous the box was and decided to keep it. (At the time I didn't know how important the box was from an investment standpoint, not that I would ever sell this set!) Inside the box, there were so many pieces, it just seemed to go on and on. The pieces filled up the entire area that I built it in. Just a fantastic set that is an extremely fun build, and not repetitive at all like many Star Wars ships are.

The instruction book weighs more than most Lego sets do. Each instruction book page is massive, and there are over three HUNDRED pages in it. Just the instruction book alone is quite a sight.

I don't sort out the pieces when I build Lego sets. Instead, I just keep them in the bags. However, for those who do feel the need to sort out the pieces, I wish them luck, because the bags are not numbered and it would take hours and hours just to do that.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

10179 MF is the only Star Wars set that I know of that is to scale with the minifigures, something that I think is one of the set's best features. It features Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker. There aren't too many unique pieces to this set, but there is the big printed satellite dish, which is incredibly expensive now, over $100 on BrickLink.

The stickers are also very expensive, as is the instruction book.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

This is one of the best building experiences I have ever had. I spent multiple days, working on it for hours and hours each day and enjoyed every minute of it. There was never a dull moment during the build, because there was almost no repetition involved. Every part of the set is a new experience. 

As for playability, there is not much, but this is a display set. However, there are some functions that make this set even better. For example, the dish rotates, the boarding ramp opens and closes, and the turrets move. The top turret can be taken out to place a minifigure in and the top of the cockpit can be removed to put the minifigures inside! Most sets of this magnitude have no playability or functions whatsoever, so adding those were a real treat.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

$500 is a big turn off to most people interested because it is a large sum of money to put out for a Lego (the most expensive one at retail). However, in comparison to the other UCS sets, it is not that different. Let's look at the price per piece ratio for each of the UCS sets, shall we? (The following data is from Brickset.com.)

Set Name (Set ID) MSRP  Number of Pieces Price per Piece
Millennium Falcon (10179) $499.99 5,195 9.6 cents 
Death Star II (10143) $298.99  3,441 

8.7 cents 

Super Star Destroyer (10221) $399.99  3,152  12.7 cents 
Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) $298.99  3,096  9.7 cents 
Imperial Shuttle (10212) $259.99  2,503  10.4 cents 
R2-D2 (10225) $179.99  2,127  8.5 cents 
Darth Maul (10018) $149.99  1,868  8.0 cents 
Rebel Blockade Runner (10019) $199.99  1,747  11 .4 cents 
Red Five X-wing Starfighter (10240) $199.99 1,559  12.8 cents 
B-Wing Starfighter (10227) $199.99  1,487  13.4 cents 
Y-Wing Attack Starfighter (10134) $119.99  1,473  8.1 cents 
Rebel Snowspeeder (10129) $129.99  1,455  8.9 cents 
X-wing Starfighter (7191) $149.99  1,300  11.5 cents 
Vader's TIE Advanced (10175) $99.99  1,212  8.3 cents 
General Grievous (10186) $89.99  1,085  8.3 cents 
Yoda (7194) $99.99  1,075  9.3 cents 
Imperial AT-ST (10174) $79.99 1,068  7.5 cents 
TIE Interceptor (7181) $99.99  703 14.2 cents 
Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) $99.99  676  14.8 cents 
Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026) $39.99  187  21.4 cents 

Getting rid of the outlier Naboo Starfighter, the average price per piece ratio of all the Ultimate Collector's Series sets is 10.3 cents per piece, and the Millennium Falcon price per piece is less than the average. Having said that, most of the UCS sets (especially newer ones) are overpriced to a certain degree in my opinion. For example, the Super Star Destroyer (10221), which came out in 2011, is over $100 more expensive than the Death Star II (10143), which came out in 2005 and has almost 300 more pieces than the Super Star Destroyer. Also, Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) cost $99.99 as did Vader's TIE Advanced (10175), which has approximately double the pieces. It does not make sense to me, but these are the facts.

But getting back to the Millennium Falcon, it's price per piece is very good for a UCS set, but that is not saying that 9.5 cents per piece is a great deal. It's not. But considering everything unique about this set-- the size, the number of pieces, the theme, etc . . . --it is a fairly reasonable price, especially for a UCS set.

Today, however, this set is worth much more than $500, about $2,500 actually. That would bring the price per piece ratio would be approximately 50 cents per piece. $2,500 is an enormous amount of money to spend on a Lego, and I am happy that I was fortunate to get this while it was still available, because as much as I love Lego and as much as I love the UCS sets, I cannot see myself spending that much on one set, no matter how fantastic it is.

So, in conclusion, Millennium Falcon (10179) was an average value at retail for a UCS set, but in the secondary market, it probably is not worth it (even though this set is magnificent), but make your own choice.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

The Star Wars UCS line is very popular but hard to come by due to the exclusivity and price of the sets. Because of this, because it is the most iconic ship from Star Wars, and because it is an enormous set, the 10179 Millennium Falcon has appreciated magnificently since EOL, now worth thousands of dollars.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

This is a very exclusive set considering the theme and size, and since the price was so steep it made it even more rare to own. Nowadays, it is incredibly difficult to come by, unless you are willing to put out A LOT of money for it.

PACKAGING | Score: 10

The packaging was similar to any other large UCS set (like 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer, 10143 Death Star II, and 10221 Super Star Destroyer) . . . (also 10188 Death Star). In other words, the box is GIGANTIC, and I was so impressed by it that I decided to keep it (at the time I did not know how valuable the box would become). The box has some good shots of the ship on the back, including my favorite which shows the minifigures standing outside the ship next to the Millennium Falcon; it's quite a sight.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

This set deserves higher than a 10 for its growth over the years. Look at the following table of all retired Ultimate Collector's Series sets (data is from BrickPicker as of August 2013):

Set Name (Set ID) MSRP Market Value (New) Market Value (Used) CAGR
Millennium Falcon (10179) $499.99 $2622.00 $1733.87 31.81%
Death Star II (10143) $298.99 $1089.19 $534.20 17.54%
Imperial Star Destroyer (10030) $298.99 $1102.47 $631.04 12.59%
Imperial Shuttle (10212) $259.99 $354.69 $275.53 10.91%
Darth Maul (10018) $149.99 $727.33 $412.73 14.06%
Rebel Blockade Runner (10019) $199.99 $776.80 $417.13 11.97%
Y-Wing Attack Starfighter (10134) $119.99 $597.87 $317.07 19.54%
Rebel Snowspeeder (10129) $129.99 $901.27 $511.87 21.37%
X-Wing Starfighter (7191) $149.99 $793.47 $285.29 13.67%
Vader's TIE Advanced (10175) $99.99 $357.40 $204.60 19.96%
General Grievous (10186) $89.99 $150.32 $84.93 10.81%
Yoda (7194) $99.99 $349.07 $172.07 12.04%
Imperial AT-ST (10174) $79.99 $234.17 $148.00 16.58%
TIE Interceptor (7181) $99.99 $425.67 $175.00 11.79%
Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter (10215) $99.99 $95.83 $75.00 -1.41%
Special Edition Naboo Starfighter (10026) $39.99 $305.47 $128.00 20.30%

Based on this data, the Millennium Falcon has a CAGR that is more than 10% higher than any other UCS set. So, while most of the Ultimate Collector's Series sets have appreciated nicely, none of them even compares to the Millennium Falcon. Only two other sets (Death Star II and the Imperial Star Destroyer) have even broke $1,000 new, but the Millennium Falcon has reached over $2,500 new and is $600 more expensive used than the Death Star II and the Imperial Star Destroyer are new. Buying both the Death Star II and the Imperial Star Destroyer would not bring the total amount of money spent to the cost of the Millennium Falcon, and that is very impressive.

The average CAGR of all the retired UCS sets is approximately 15.22%, meaning that the CAGR of the Millennium Falcon is slightly more than DOUBLE that! That is a tremendous accomplishment.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

Having the second highest number of pieces (behind 10189 Taj Mahal) and being the biggest set in terms of size (approximately 3 feet by 2 feet), this Millennium Falcon is one of the gems of my collection. At such a large size, it is impossible not to admire it and get closer to it, at which point all the small details become even more apparent. There are details EVERYWHERE, even underneath the ship! It is very true to the ship in the original trilogy and whenever I see it, I forget that it is made of Legos. It looks great next to my 10030 Imperial Star Destroyer, but it outshines every other set in terms of impressiveness. Additionally, having the ship to scale with the minifigures makes it all the more impressive, because the minifgures seem almost microscopic next to it. It is just a fantastic model, but if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, make sure you have a place to let it shine, because it is enormous and will require an entire table to reach its potential beauty and impressiveness (it is so large and heavy I haven't moved it since I built it, I don't even know where to grab it from without little details falling off).

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

Overall, this set is, if not the greatest set of my collection, one of the top two. Its tremendous size, its great details, and its fun build all make this set hard to beat. I was stunned when I first saw this set, and my opinion of it has only increased since then.

The main characters of the original trilogy are included with this set as minifigures, which I think is a very smart choice. Even though most UCS sets do not have minifigures and I usually don't think they require them, this set was a must since it was made to minifigure scale, another great feature of this set.

While there are not many unique pieces in this set, there are a ton of pieces in general, so attempting to part out this set is probably not worth while, although if you have the time and are willing to investigate further, you can give it a try.

The playability of this set is higher than I would expect for a model of this magnitude. There are many small functions that are true to the real ship such as a descending boarding ramp, a rotating satellite dish, and rotating turrets. However, there is obviously no swooshing ability.

The build experience is one of this set's greatest attributes. There is never a dull moment during the build, because other than building the legs, there is almost no repetition. This is something that is very rare among the UCS sets. Not that it is avoidable in any way considering that many of the actual ships are symmetrical. But the Millennium Falcon is not symmetrical and the designers did a fantastic job of not making this a boring repetitive build.

While $500 at retail price may seem like a lot of money, it fits in with the other UCS sets in terms of PPP value. In the secondary market, however, this set is probably not worth that much, no matter how incredible it is.

10179 is easily one of the most impressive and large sets out there. It is incredible to have on display and I am sure everyone (even non Lego-enthiusiasts) will admire this set.

All in all, this set is a magnificent one, one of the best. If you can get your hands on one, take the opportunity because you are one of the lucky few. Just make sure you are willing to spend a lot of money.