A dedicated fan built this LEGO model of the Millennium Falcon out of more than 7,500 bricks, which took more than a year to build, trumping even the official LEGO version.

The Millennium Falcon may be the most popular star ship in the entire Star Wars universe, an object of adoration from fans of the sci-fi series. Han Solo‘s fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy got fans more excited than ever when it showed up in the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, further pushing the hype surrounding the new movie. But while most were spending their time simply waiting, one fan went to work creating the ultimate LEGO Millennium Falcon.

That LEGO builder, who goes by the name marshal banana, has spent the last year building the slightly modified version of the Millennium Falcon that can be seen in The Force Awakens. It’s still instantly recognizable, albeit with a few tweaks, but is no less detailed. Oh, and it took over 7,500 bricks to build.

LEGO Millennium Falcon Back

The epic LEGO build was featured and detailed on the brothers brick blog wherein marshal banana shares all the stunning details. This miniaturized version of the Millennium Falcon is nearly three feet long and weighs about 22 pounds. To keep the model structurally sound, the builder had to reinforce the interior of the model with LEGO and wiring instead of creating a replica of the actual Millennium Falcon interior; however, it does have functioning lights for the rear engines as well as the top and bottom gun wells, a fully modeled cockpit, and a functioning boarding ramp.

In comparison to the official LEGO version of the Millennium Falcon, which is the biggest official LEGO set with the second most pieces (5,195), this fan version has about 50% more pieces. It also features a much more fully detailed bottom side as compared to the fairly bare bottom of the official LEGO version.

LEGO Millennium Falcon Engine Detail

Most will recognize the ship from The Force Awakens and not the Original Trilogy because of its rectangular sensor panel, which replaced the circular sensor dish that was ripped off on the attack of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi.

More pictures of marshal banana’s Millennium Falcon (as well as other Star Wars builds like a Sand Crawler and an X-wing) can be found on his Flickr page. In the meantime, those more interestied flying the Millennium Falcon in a video game instead of building one out of LEGO can get their wish in the new Star Wars: Battlefront.

What’s your favorite part of this epic LEGO build of the Millennium Falcon?

Source: the brothers brick, marshal banana on Flickr

tags: Star Wars