One of the world’s best-known toy brands, LEGO has been around making toys since the late 1800s but it wasn’t until 1947 that LEGO first started moving toward plastics.
Fast forward two years to 1949 and the plastic experiments morphed into a patented interlocking brick. As the company now produces hundreds and hundreds of new LEGO sets each year, kids (and adults) can let their imaginations run wild and build quite literally anything they can think of. There are sets for just about everything including Star Wars and Marvel to city building, castles for a princess, and so much more available for all ages.
As the company’s success has grown, so too has its desire to build bigger and better, and with that comes higher prices. LEGO sets generally range from a few dollars to several hundred dollars but sometimes they can get even more expensive.
So, what is the most expensive LEGO set in the world? The answer might surprise you: the Millenium Falcon. Let’s talk about it!
Where to Buy
As a high-profile LEGO set, availability for the Millenium Falcon is broad and it can be purchased at some of the most popular retailers:
- Millennium Falcon (Amazon) – $747
- Millennium Falcon (LEGO) – $849.99
- Millennium Falcon (Walmart) – $747
- Millennium Falcon (Best Buy) – $849.95
- 7,541 pieces
- Lego Ultimate Collector Series
- Includes Original Trilogy minifigures of Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and C-3PO, plus Episode VII/VIII minifigures of an older Han Solo, Rey, and Finn
- Perfect as a Star Wars movie collectible
The Millenium Falcon
The current record holder for the most expensive LEGO set in the world, the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon is available for a retail price of $849.99. For that price, you have to hope this ship can also make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, if you understand the Star Wars reference.
One of the most intricate LEGO sets the company has ever made, there are more than 7,541 pieces available. While that is not the largest number of pieces LEGO has ever put together for one set, it is currently the most expensive.
Along with the ship itself, you receive a few character inclusions with the original trilogies Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and C3PO. There are a few extra characters as well from The Force Awakens, including an older Han Solo, Rey, and Finn plus a few other surprises like BB-8, 2 Porgs, and a Mynock (from the Empire Strikes Back).
What’s most surprising about the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (LEGO #75912) is just how large the ship is once fully built. You will need a dedicated display area as the ship measures 32.6 inches long, 8 inches high, and 23.6 inches wide.
All this size means plenty of detail will be available, and that’s a good thing as the fastest ship in the Rebel fleet needs to be shown off in complete detail.
For the price, you are getting far more than just a display ship as LEGO has made sure there are plenty of functional areas of the Millenium Falcon set. The main hold includes a dedicated seating area, holographic game, engineering station with seating for one mini figure, as well as a combat remote training helmet.
The rear compartment of the Millenium Falcon set includes an engine room with a hyperdrive unit, hidden floor compartment, two escape pod hatches, an engineering console, and an access ladder to the infamous gunnery station. The gunnery station also contains another seat for a mini figure as well as a detachable panel from the hull of the ship to show off its rotating quad laser cannon.
On the exterior of the Lego Millenium Falcon, there are a few more removable hull panels including a boarding ramp that lowers, a four-figure minifigure cockpit with a detachable canopy, seven landing legs, interchangeable round/rectangular sensor dishes, and a concealed blaster cannon.
Inspiration for the LEGO Millenium Falcon
Even if you have never seen a Star Wars movie, the Millenium Falcon is likely a familiar design all the same. As one of, if not the most, famous spaceships in the history of storytelling (film or otherwise), it has long been the symbol of the Star Wars franchise. What may be surprising is that this is not LEGO’s first attempt at the Millenium Falcon as the company has produced six different Lego models since the year 2000. These include miniature model builds as well as a few mid-sized builds over the last two decades.
The last major release for Han Solo’s ship was The Ultimate Collector set released in July 2007, and was priced at $499.99 upon its release. At the time, this was one of the most expensive LEGO models on the market and included 5,195 pieces only to be eclipsed by this 2017 build-on model #75912 with its 7,541 pieces.
Once you’ve built the Millenium Falcon set, you can go back and see some of its special appearances in non-Star Wars over the last few years including Spaceballs, Blade Runner, and Star Trek: First Contact. If you want to see the real thing, you can head over to both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando where a full-size replica of the Millenium Falcon is currently part of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction.
How Long Does it Take to Build?
As the most expensive LEGO set in the world, you can expect that with 7,541 pieces, building the LEGO Millenium Falcon won’t be done quickly. In fact, building it has become such a noteworthy experience around the world that the Guinness Book of World Records has taken notice. According to their website, the fastest build time for this set including all 7,541 pieces was 10 hours, 21 minutes, and 43 seconds, set in December 2021.
Most Expensive All Time
While the Millenium Falcon may be the most expensive LEGO set on sale as of March 2023, it’s also one of the most expensive LEGO sets of all time. At one point, initially, after the set was released in 2017, their scarcity made for quite a big markup on eBay with sales going as high as $15,000 on more than one occasion.
Coincidentally, the most expensive LEGO sold of all time belongs to the Millenium Falcon where a signed and unopened box by LEGO developers was on sale for as much as $35,000 before selling for an unknown amount. As one of only 150 signed models in existence, it’s no surprise that its price went sky-high.
With almost 20,000 Lego sets released in the history of the company, it’s no surprise that some of the more elaborate sets have prices that match the difficulty level. The Millenium Falcon is not only a novelty piece for a home but it also evokes memories of one of the greatest movie franchises of all time and its most recognizable ships. So, if you have the means to do so, pick up your own Millennium Falcon LEGO set and see if you can beat the Guinness World Record.
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