The Space.com team is full of "Star Wars" fans, but even we were left speechless when Lego announced this summer that its largest set ever would star the most iconic ship from a galaxy far, far away. With 7,541 pieces, the UCS Millennium Falcon (UCS stands for Ultimate Collector Series) is the biggest, baddest version of the Falcon in Lego form yet, but it's not for the faint of heart. We spent 36 hours over six days to build it so you wouldn't have to. Instead, you can watch the Falcon grow brick-by-brick in just 3 minutes and 15 seconds! [Lego's Biggest Set Ever! The UCS Millennium Falcon in Photos]
The Space.com team was joined by volunteers from our sister sites Live Science, Tom's Guide, Business News Daily and Laptop Mag to assemble Han Solo's famous ship. While building the engines, one frustrating missing piece threatened to derail the project, but we made it through with some extra pieces from my daughter's Lego collection at home.
I can say that the UCS Millennium Falcon is a more complicated build that most Lego sets. It is packed with tiny details to make the Falcon look like a well-worn space freighter, with some interior details (holographic Dejarik, anyone?) allowing you to re-create iconic scenes from the "Star Wars" films. The set also comes with four classic minifigures from the early films (Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3PO and Chewbacca), as well as three minifigures from the new movies (Old Han Solo, Rey and Finn). The adorable ball droid BB-8, two bird-like Porgs and a pesky Mynock creature round out the crew.
When complete, the ship weighs about 37 pounds and is 8 inches high and 22 inches (56 centimeters) wide. It's 33 inches (84 cm) long ― that's nearly 3 feet! Just finding a place in Space.com headquarters to build the thing was a challenge.
Lego unveiled the UCS Millennium Falcon in August and began early sales to VIP members on Sept. 14 (that's when we picked one up) before releasing it wide on Oct. 1 at Lego stores and online. It has a hefty price tag ($799), so it is one for collectors, to be sure.
We'll have deeper dive into the epic new set, its history and our own review later, but for now, enjoy the build. And may the Force be with you!