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Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« on: January 14, 2008, 05:19:57 PM »
Han Solo: Han Solo. I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're looking for passage to the Alderaan system?

Obi-Wan: Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.

Han Solo: Fast ship? You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?

Obi-Wan: Should I have?

Han Solo: It's the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs!

And so I bring you my first ever review anywhere…
My review of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (ESB)

NOTE: You can click on all images to view them at a larger size.




Luke Skywalker: [on first seeing the Millennium Falcon] What a piece of junk!

Han Solo:  She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself.

First introduced in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (ANH), the Millennium Falcon is the personal ship of Han Solo, won in a game a Sarbacc from Lando Calrissian. The Millennium Falcon is a Corellian Engineering Corporation YT-1300 light freighter which has been heavily modified and was primarily used as a smuggling ship by Han Solo prior to ANH. Armed with quad laser cannons and concussion missiles, the Falcon is a force to be reckoned with, especially with Han and Chewbacca piloting her. In the filming of ANH, a 5 foot model of the Millennium Falcon was constructed for use in filming exterior scenes.

In a very memorable scene in ESB, Han escapes the planet Hoth with Princess Leia following the invasion of Echo Base by the Empire. During the escape from Hoth, while being trailed by Star Destroyers and TIE Fighters, the Millennium Falcon is unable to jump to hyperspace as the hyperdrive is damaged. To escape from the Imperials, Han flies the Falcon into an asteroid field.


Leia Organa: What are you doing? You're not actually going into an asteroid field?

Han Solo: They'd be crazy to follow us, wouldn't they?

They’d also be crazy to use a 5 foot Millennium Falcon model to try to film this!  Since the ANH 5 foot model was too unwieldy to be used to film these intricate scenes, the model builders needed to build a new Millennium Falcon model for ESB. They used the ANH 5 foot model as a template to build a smaller, more lightweight version of the Falcon which proved to be far more maneuverable when mounted to a computer controlled model mover. This model of the Millennium Falcon, the 32” ESB model, is the one Master Replicas chose to produce as both a Limited Edition (LE) and Signature Edition (SE) prop.

Master Replicas Millennium Falcon Information:

Millennium Falcon LE 
Edition Size 1500
Product # SW-155
MSRP $2199.00  - I thankfully paid nowhere even close to this  :D

Millennium Falcon SE
Edition Size 500, Signed by Harrison Ford
Product # SW-155SE
MSRP $2799.00

Top View


Side Views



Cockpit, Engines, Quad Laser Cannon, and Sensor Dish


Cockpit in the Dark, Running Lights (Dark Shot), Running Lights (Light Shot), and Thrusters



Review

First, let me first say how grateful I am to Amy Blanchard of Master Replicas. Without Master Replicas Trivia I would NEVER have had the opportunity to purchase a Falcon LE.  Second, sorry to everyone that it took me so very long to get this review together. The Falcon does not come with an acrylic cover like the other Studio Scale models from MR do. It took me a large amount of time to have one fabricated relatively cheap and to find a good table to display the Falcon on. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay more for the acrylic cover than I did for the Falcon!

That said, this Studio Scale model by MR is absolutely beautiful. The attention to detail is outstanding, especially all of the blast marks and dents in the hull. The paint job is spot on and the cockpit looks fantastic (but I think I’ll need a scale Han and Chewie!). This beast is VERY heavy as well, making setting her up on the stand a bit of a chore. The shipping weight for the Falcon is 76 pounds and the ship itself must weigh at least 30 pounds of that.  Pictures don’t really do it justice either. I’ve seen TONS of pictures of the Falcon LE and from having it here in person this Studio Scale model has well surpassed my expectations. I only wish I had the SE! The running lights and light-up cockpit are a great added bonus. The Millennium Falcon is one of my favorite Star Wars vehicles because of the character of the model. This is a hodgepodge of parts that’s not pristine, she’s seen a lot of damage over the years and it shows with her rough exterior. It’s this aged character that I love and I’ll bet Han Solo feels that way too. This Studio Scale from MR captures this character very well. Every time I see the Falcon in the corner of the room I can’t help but smile as I’m reminded of a Galaxy Far, Far Away….

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 05:27:01 PM »
Wow you have me drooling over here.  That just looks absolutely amazing with the lights.

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2008, 05:36:06 PM »
GRRRRRR!!!

I want it!


That looks soooooooooo cool Biggs

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2008, 05:51:26 PM »
 :o :o :o

wow man I must say what a piece of art you have here my friend!!Congrats!! 8)

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2008, 11:11:15 AM »
:o :o :o

wow man I must say what a piece of art you have here my friend!!Congrats!! 8)

Thanks Ben!  Now I just Need eFX to produce an X-wing to go along with it!

Also....Just got in the Master Replicas Jedi Blueprints set today (#1105) that contains the Han ANH blaster, Luke ROTJ saber, and Obi-Wan AOTC saber. Got a pretty good deal on them too!

 I'm going to mount those framed prints near the Falcon. I'll post some pics of my new display corner when it's all up!

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008, 04:16:06 PM »
 :D :D

I did not think of that!!You're right!!A x-wing would be in order lol ;) :D

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2008, 11:05:09 AM »
you realize, every time i look up to see my hasbro falcon hanging from my ceiling by fishing wire, i'm just going to be envious now...  :(

but THANKS! for this sweet exclusive and rather intimate review of your cherished falcon. she is indeed beautiful. i like this ship for all the same reasons you do. infact, i had a 1986 toyota corolla GTS i felt was pretty much a real-world falcon (minus the frieghter capacity, of course!). i would regularly beat on it when it wasnt cooperating.  :D
when i had to sell her in '05 i actually cried. missed her every day since.
it was almost the exact same feeling Han got in ROTJ.

Leia: Hey, you alright?
Han: Yeah. I just have this feeling, like I'm never going to see her again...

 :'(

anyway... THANKS for the neat pics! definitely worth of being the centerpiece of anyone's collection!
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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008, 06:08:44 PM »
Thanks for all the nice replies!

Well...the Jedi Blueprints set #1105 showed up so now I've got the beginning of a display starting to come together:



Maybe I should try to get all my mini helmets, mini blasters, and mini lightsabers out on display.....

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008, 06:12:04 PM »
You make me jealous  :'(

As if the Millennium Falcon wasn't enough...Now you have blueprints too! :'(

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2008, 06:23:48 PM »
You make me jealous  :'(

As if the Millennium Falcon wasn't enough...Now you have blueprints too! :'(

Best part is...got BOTH very cheap.

Millennium Falcon - $349.10
MR Blueprint Set - $72.00
Finally Getting a Display in my Home - Priceless!
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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2008, 06:24:43 PM »
You only paid $350 for your falcon?!?  :o :o

Dude, that's a STEAL. Even I could afford that  ;D

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2008, 06:33:38 PM »
Actually got VERY lucky (And I am VERY VERY Grateful to both MR and Amy Blanchard for this).

 ;)

Normally it is 2199.99$

It was on sale that particular week for 1499.99$

With my 10% off CS membership, that brought the price down to 1349.10$

About 6 months ago I won a CS only trivia round over at the MR forums. That month over at MR it was "forum appreciation month" and part of the trivia win for those of us who won as a one-time use only per user code (so no one else can use it) that was random. I got $1000 off the falcon. I'm also aware of at least one person who got a 600$ off of the enterprise code. There were also 50$ off codes for spending over 100$.

The 1000$ was applied POST 10% CS discount too.

And...since there's free shipping on LEs....

That brought my grand total to $349.10
« Last Edit: January 22, 2008, 08:00:02 PM by BIGGS DARKLIGHTER »

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2008, 07:37:20 PM »
That's a sick price and an amazing piece there Biggs.

Great deal.

Congratz,  you bought the least expensive MF LE ever!!  (except for the free ones of course)   :D
That really gives you braggin rights!!!

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2008, 08:54:13 AM »
That's a sick price and an amazing piece there Biggs.

Great deal.

Congratz,  you bought the least expensive MF LE ever!!  (except for the free ones of course)   :D
That really gives you braggin rights!!!



Thanks R2!

Yeah...Hedji over on the MR/RS/RPF forums will always have me beat on that one with his "free" Falcon  ;)

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Re: Millennium Falcon ESB Studio Scale Review
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2008, 09:02:39 AM »
That is sooo cool looking.  Awsome detail and stuff

I like the lights too