Bandai’s long-awaited 1:72 scale Millennium Falcon is out, and boy, does it come in a big box…!
The level of accuracy is incredible at this scale.
Look at the interior cockpit window detail…!
Even the damaged sections are sculpted in!
And it comes with photo-etched parts…
…and all the necessary LEDs and wiring…
…a total of 285 water-slide decals…
…and a sixty-page instruction manual.
An objective comparison between the 1:72 FineMolds Falcon and the 1:72 Bandai Falcon isn’t really possible (seeing as they’re based oncompletely different filming miniatures), but comparing the included figures is perfectly fair… and the difference is startling:
FineMolds figures on the left, cast in grey; Bandai figures on the right, cast in off-white.
Note FineMolds Ep.4 Leia was sculpted in a standing position:
Also note FineMolds included additional display options, such as Ep.5 versions of Han and Leia, a standing Luke figure, and a couple of Stormtroopers as well (none of which are offered in Bandai’s kit).
FineMolds was the state-of-the-art twelve years ago, but we seem to have come a long way since then!
Bandai was wise, I think, to focus their efforts on reproducing the studio-scale 1:24 Falcon built in 1976 for Star Wars, rather than the 1:48 Falcon built in 1979 for The Empire Strikes Back; most Millennium Falcon reproductions to date (including the larger Master Replicas and DeAgostini kits) are based on the ESB studio model, so focusing on the original Star Wars version makes their release somewhat unique and different, while keeping the FineMolds kit relevant.
Personally, I’m ecstatic to have such an accurate reproduction of the original Falcon — infinitely superior to every studio-scale miniature or CGI model built since — and plan on reproducing its proportions as closely as possible for my own studio-scale replica…