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#1 dunamis

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 08:28 AM

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Hello everyone!

By now many excited LEGO Star Wars fans have started receiving their UCS Falcon.  Some of us here enjoy writing reviews and sharing our thoughts.  I mentioned to Yoda that I was planning on doing a review of this set but it would likely take me a few weeks (of 1-2 hours per night) to finish building the set.  Yoda suggested that I do the review as I go so everyone could see the progress of the set.  What a great idea!

So, here is the first entry.  Feel free to comment along the way.  I will try to post photos and updates every night on the build then wrap up the review when I complete the set.  If you have any specific questions or photo requests, please be sure to ask.

UCS Millennium Falcon Reviewed by Dunamis
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The Box:

Obviously, this is a box like no other.  First of all, it comes in its own shipping carton.  Inside of that, there is a standard LEGO carton.  Finally, inside the LEGO carton, we have the actual Millennium Falcon box and a nice little letter thanking you for buying the biggest LEGO set ever.  

Shipping box (Naboo set provided for scale)
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LEGO Carton and letter
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The Millennium Falcon box is really quite nice.  There are lots of photos and it does a good job of �selling� the set.  There are 8 individual pieces of tape that keep the lid on the box.  The limited first edition comes with a seal on the lower left corner.

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Millennium Falcon Box (Naboo set provided for scale)
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Lifting the lid straight up reveals one compartment of several bags on the right.  On the left, we find a thin, square box (like a pizza box) that contains the official certificate of authenticity, two sticker sheets and one enormous manual!  Under the pizza box, we find two more compartments each filled with several typical LEGO bags.  The box weighs 24 pounds!

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Stickers
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Pizza Box
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Pieces in compartments
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Not quite sure what the little 30th anniversary sticker is for yet.  The Certificate of Authenticity is on heavy paper and is suitable for framing.

More to come tomorrow.  It's late here.
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 08:36 AM

Good idea to make this review while you build the set.
I'll be monitoring your progress and feedback.
The box so huge! Impressive!

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 08:42 AM

Nice review. I'll be watching and waiting for the rest.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 08:51 AM

Will follow this impatiently  ;-)
Really like the start of the review  *y*
You always seems to pull it of nicely,
in comparission with the exasperating  *yoda*   X-D  :-P

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:18 AM

Many tks Dunamis for doing that, its really great and I can't wait monitoring your progress on the beast  8-

Like it was mentionned in another thread, the box looks less gigantic than I thought - remember the ISD box !! That was a huge box !!

Is the instruction book in the pizza box ? How big is it ? I'm sure its really big and I hope for our sake that the colours are clearly marked  X-D  If you know what I mean  :-D !!

Tks againand I'm so looking forward to your next post !!

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You always seems to pull it of nicely,
in comparission with the exasperating  *yoda*   X-D  :-P
what what what  >:-(  Have you stopped your medication once again  X-D

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:31 AM

Excellent beginning. Our numbers are very close, but I haven't the luxury of space to build it, so I'll be enjoying it by proxy through you. Enjoy! *y*

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#7 Ras 74

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:17 AM

View Postxwingyoda, on Sep 27 2007, 11:18 AM, said:

what what what  >:-(  Have you stopped your medication once again  X-D
No actually Im out of fly agaric.
But now its that seasson to go out in the forest and refill the stock of those babys.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 01:10 PM

Wow that box is big but i somehow thought it would be even bigger, still it looks like for once lego are actully using all the space inside and not just a fraction like with other sets.

Cant wait to see more dunamis.....you lucky megablok ;-)

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 09:51 PM

What a wonderful idea, and how nice from you....  *sweet*
And.... Go, Killer, Go!!
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 12:57 AM

Thats awesome man! Lucky that you got it! I want it so badly... and it has a huge box too!

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 04:17 AM

View Postxwingyoda, on Sep 27 2007, 09:18 AM, said:

Many tks Dunamis for doing that, its really great and I can't wait monitoring your progress on the beast  8-

Like it was mentionned in another thread, the box looks less gigantic than I thought - remember the ISD box !! That was a huge box !!

Is the instruction book in the pizza box ? How big is it ? I'm sure its really big and I hope for our sake that the colours are clearly marked  X-D  If you know what I mean  :-D !!

*yoda*


Interesting question regarding the size of the box vs. the ISD.  Here ya go:

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Also, I'll be posting more on the size of the manual a little later.  I'm going to be building for the next few hours...   *sweet*
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:34 AM

Tks for that comparison pic Dunamis  ;-)

OK the box is big !! I pictured it a tad smaller though !!

I know what I don't like, its the fact that it has the regular Lego Star Wars logo on top with Vader. UCS sets should have a different iconography like they did in the past. Sure its a trivial detail but it adds to the fact of owning something special !! After all its the most expensive set ever as of now  ;-)

Happy building !! And we'll wait patiently for some cool pics later on  :-P

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:08 AM

The Manual:

The gigantic manual measures 17 x 12 and is almost an inch thick.  It is spiral bound with a cardboard like front and back and it is 314 pages.  Interesting decision not to break it up into multiple manuals.  It is almost unwieldy at this size and thickness.  Unfortunately, the manual is not available electronically from the LEGO website.  Hopefully, it will be soon.

Missing were the little instructions at the beginning telling you to not build this beast on shag carpet and to sort out the 5,000+ pieces before you get started.  I guess they figure if you got $500 to spend on this thing, you can build it however you want.

As usual, we get the regular LEGO manual features:

- Piece call outs for each step
- Parts inventory at the end of the manual
- Page numbers
- Photos of all the other 2007 sets at the end of the manual

Manual (paperback book provided for scale)
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Various manual photos (8x8 plate provided for scale)
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I'm about 2 hours into building and sorting.  I'm trying to stay a day ahead in my posting.  The build has been easier than I thought so far.  Despite the massive number of pieces, it has not been too hard to sort and find what you need.  Build photos will start appearing in tomorrow's entry.
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:34 AM

Very expecting indeed.

Waiting for your kind photo ...

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:14 AM

My gawd that manuel is huge!!!!! That's enough to put a sane man off of buying this set.......Thank gawd none of us are sane thats all i can say X-D

Just how many technic pins does this monster need??? 8-  Judging by that one pic theres gotta be a lot in this set.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:30 AM

Wow I never thought I'd be impressed by a box but I certainly am now. Any chance of seeing all 5000 bricks in a big pile?

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My gawd that manuel is huge!!!!! That's enough to put a sane man off of buying this set.......Thank gawd none of us are sane thats all i can say X-D

Too true, never had I imagined thinking about buying a 350 Lego set before....Christmas is soo close yet soo far.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:56 AM

Nice idea, reviewing the set while constructing it.

This is the top of the bill for any lego-collector (also financially speaking..) and I like the look of all those thousands of pieces.
The manual is incredible, I thought I had a really thick manual coming with set 8479, but this one exceeds it with ease...

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:03 AM

View Postxwingyoda, on Sep 28 2007, 07:34 AM, said:

Tks for that comparison pic Dunamis  ;-)

OK the box is big !! I pictured it a tad smaller though !!

*yoda*

I don't have the UCS ISD but from the pic i can see that it is about the same thickness, slightly shorter but much wider than the MF. So this leads me to believe that dimension-wise the UCS MF is more compact.

Also, notice how in the content, the parts fit in just nice without additional spare space for anything else. Strange isn't it that when TLC is responsible for the shipping, we see optimum usage of box spaces.  X-D  imagine if all boxes were this efficient. $4.99 sets would be no bigger than a match box!  X-D  X-D  the MTT would be reduced to 1/4 its current size!  X-D  X-D  X-D

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 11:24 AM

good review. *y*  Me, I can't build it before Saturday. :'-(
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Posted 29 September 2007 - 06:14 AM

Great review so far!  I am looking forward to additional posts!

As for the number of pins - from the Peeron inventory for the set, there are over 400 technic pins of various lengths!

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Posted 29 September 2007 - 09:00 AM

The Build:

The build is going quicker than I thought.  I am sorting as I open the bags that I need.  Some bags are in multiples so it is easy to pick them out.  The build is a tad repetitive as the framework of the ship is somewhat symmetrical.  Here are some progress shots:

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Note that two plates (1x4 and 1x8) are stacked in between Technic beams.  Then the part below is assembled to hold the structure together.

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This took about an hour of sorting and building:
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I'll post another update tomorrow.
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 08:43 AM

The Minifigs:

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As you can see, the minifigs are really nice.  They even throw in an extra fleshie head!  No doubt these will fetch quite a bit on the Bricklink and Ebay markets.  Im keeping mine.


Continuing the Build

This photo shows how well this model is put together.  Notice that they use four of the three-hole beams per side to hold this together.  I remember reading that you can hang this model from the ceiling.  I dont doubt it.

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These right angle Technic pieces are used to reinforce the structure of the model.  

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You can see them used here:

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I was shocked at how many light gray plates are in this set.  I have TWO tubs full of these:

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The infrastructure is now complete:

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I got hung up for about an hour looking for one of these:

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Turns out, LEGO gave me an extra left wedge and shorted me a right wedge.  So frustrating!  I had to stead one off my 6211 Star Destroyer.  It is not a very common piece by the way
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 09:42 AM

Hey nice review, im up to about the same point as you (page 70 to be exact) , tho i didnt have that missing piece thankfully! I think lego have done a much better job at packing the lego this time, i remember it taking me much longer to find pieces on the UCS ISD build

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 11:57 AM

So I see they even do mistakes on these  |-/

That beast looks really sturdy !! That is great !!

Are these yellow parts new ? I am not a Technic fan and never saw these before.

Another question for you: is the instruction book easy to follow, especially regarding the colours. Does the black rally stands out comparing to the dark bley and so on ? I sure hope so  ;-)

Can't wait to see moer hehe

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 07:34 PM

View Postxwingyoda, on Sep 30 2007, 11:57 AM, said:

Are these yellow parts new ? I am not a Technic fan and never saw these before.
You dont have the building crane 7905 either?
Same color, same shape there: piece no. 32555 (four of them included)

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