"Man, what a fun set. My favorite thing about this model is the ballistics: Chewie's crossbow and the two front mounted lasers are AWESOME! Also a huge fan of the fact that the top is mounted on hinges, so that you don't have to "remove" a piece to access the interior.
I never owned the old Millennium Falcons (7965 or 10179), so I'm not someone who can compare this to the old model. Reading the old reviews though, I guess it's worth mentioning the landing gear on this version isn't retractable either.
I had a little bit of trouble with two things: 1. Getting the cockpit to stay attached: I really had to exert some pressure to get mine to stay on, but eventually got it to stay. It's a tight fit but I can fit two minifigs in there. 2. My trap door keeps falling off, but I probably skipped something in the instructions that. I ended up with too much space for a tight fit down there.
The bags are numbered (1 through 9) and the instructions are one booklet (don't you hate when they are divided into 2 or 3 parts! Ugh!) The only tricky part of the instructions for me was that, in the beginning, there's an unnumbered bag for "oversized" parts that you immediately need pieces from, and it took me a while to realize this. Otherwise, great instructions.
As a 27 year old adult working alone, this took me 5 hours to assemble, working at a leisurely pace.
I would absolutely pick this set up at this price; it's fantastic either as a display piece or toy, the minifigures are great (love the blend of old and new- and Han with grey hair!), and it's pretty sturdy- no weak stuff here!"