Check out this mouth watering Lego Millennium Falcon which, was not only conceived of and executed by a fan, but makes the official Falcon Lego sets look like pieces of junk...
The designer behind this 7,000 brick masterpiece is the gloriously named Marshall Banana, and his version makes both the 1329 brick official The Force Awakens tie in Millennium Falcon and the 5,000 brick ($6,000!) Ultimate Collectors Series sets look like, well, garbage!
I haven't built a Lego set in years, unless you count the odd Police Car at Christmas go a patient niece, but I'd be willing to cough up the hundreds (but certainly not 1000s!) of £s required for Marshall's set.
My first thought is Lego need to hire Marshall Banana and license this version of the Millennium Falcon, I met just look at the stunning images below and tell me this isn't exceptional model making, Lego or not! Then I got to thinking, isn't there are market place for this builds? Couldn't Marshall issue a list of required parts that enthusiasts could use to gather the required brickage and then make their own? If Marshall were to put together instructions for builders to follow, and then offer them in exchange for donations perhaps?
The answer is there was a service that would allow people to design their own Lego sets digitally in an application called Lego Digital Designer. You can find some Millennium Falcon LDD's here. There is also a service from Lego called Pick A Brick which allows enthusiasts to purchase Lego bricks one at a time. So if you needed say, 7,000 mostly grey bricks for a custom build, that's where you'd go.
Frustratingly, back in 2012 Lego closed a service that allowed Lego builders to designer their own sets and then order them! Lego had concerns over quality and experience, and I guess I can understand that, especially when you factor in a high profile brand like Star Wars. Consider this though: if Lego were to reboot this service, in tandem with the existing infrastructure, they could run a Kickstarter (Brickstarter© anyone? Copyright Talk Star Wars!) style program. So a designer of Marshall's calibre could design and build his Millennium Falcon, complete with digital plans and required brick list. This could then be approved by Lego and the Star Wars people and Brickstarted© for enthusiasts to purchase. There'd be little marketing costs, minimal packaging and zero distribution and no retailer to inflate the costs! They'd simply sell the kits as ordered, bespoke!
Ok, what started as celebration on Marshall Banana's wonderful Lego Millennium Falcon has become a Dragons Den style pitch, but I think it's a great idea. What do you think? Would you like to be able to buy a custom Lego set like this? Should Lego invest in establishing such a service? Should they hate me to get it done? Ok, ignore that last one. Also if you've built any custom Star Wars Lego sets, I'd love to see them. Send images to TalkStarWarsINFO@gmail.com.
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