Initially christened a “piece of junk” by Luke Skywalker, the modified YT-1300 Corellian light freighter from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (USA, 1977) – better known as the Millennium Falcon – went on to become one of the most beloved vehicles in cinema history.
Record title: Largest commercially available LEGO® set (7,541 pieces)
The Millennium Falcon is a cargo-transportation ship made by the Corellian Engineering Corporation and helmed by smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca. It has appeared in six Star Wars films, including a brief cameo in Revenge of the Sith, playing a key role in the Rebels’ fight against the Empire.
The Falcon owes its design to effects artist Joe Johnston, who created it in just four weeks after the original model was deemed too close to the Eagle Transporter in the TV show Space: 1999.
The Largest commercially available LEGO® set is the 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon (set number 75192), which was launched by the Danish toy manufacturer at one minute to midnight on 13 September 2017.
When completed, the Star Wars spacecraft model measures more than 20 cm (8 in) high, 84 cm (2 ft 9 in) long and (56 ft (1 ft 10 in) wide. LEGO has released various versions of the Falcon. Its previous set – part of the Star Wars “Ultimate Collector’s Series” – contained 5,195 pieces and was itself the largest set upon its release in 2007, until it was beaten by the 5,922-piece Taj Mahal in 2008.