80s kids who didn't have Kenner's original Millennium Falcon toy often tried to build one out of LEGOs, but they never looked quite right until LEGO released the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon set in 2007.
However, the Ultimate Falcon set cost $500 when it came out and skyrocketed in price after going out of print, so no matter how bad LEGO fan Mike Marrocco of Bethesda, Maryland wanted the set he couldn't justify paying the price.
So back in 2015 Mike put together his own far more colorful version of the ship for about the same cost ($500), only he went out of his way to make his version the brightest LEGO ship in the toybox.
Here's how he put his psychedelic reboot Millennium Falcon together:
“The process went something like this,” Marrocco told us via email. “First I found the parts list online and counted up how many of each piece I’d need. Then I went on bricklink.com and bought everything while trying to select the brightest colors I could (cost permitting). I needed to buy from five or six sellers to get everything. Then I sorted all the pieces into containers and started building based off of the official instructions.”
So Marrocco got to work, and after the two months spent tracking all the pieces down, the build itself took him 25 hours.
“I just did my best to buy the cheapest bright colors,” he said. “Some people online have suggested painting it.” (He joked, “That’s out of the question” about that last bit of advice.)