Playskool Star Wars 

I was out for Midnight Madness, and spent the whole day on the 23rd hunting down various Attack of the Clones figures.  But none of them held a candle to the cool new sets from Playskool.

Playskool is a division of Hasbro, so it's no real surprise that they finally incorporated the Star Wars license.  This set of figures and vehicles are in the All In One Adventures series, similar to the Jurassic Park figures they did last year.

There are two large sets with vehicles, and two smaller sets of just four figures.  I also believe that there's a Millennium Falcon set out, but I haven't came across it yet.  I found these at Walmarts and KB stores so far.

The Duel with Darth Maul set includes Maul, Obi-Wan, a Droid and the young Anakin, along with Anakin's ship.  The Obi-Wan figure has a magnet in his hand to push back the Droid.

The X-Wing Adventure includes an X-Wing, Luke, R2 and Darth Vader.  The Luke has a magnet in his hand, although he doesn't effect anyone in this set.

The Endor set has two speeder bikes, a Luke, Wicket the Ewok, and a Stormtrooper.  Both the trooper and Luke ride the bikes perfectly, and Luke has a magnet in his hand that pushes the Stormtrooper back.  The magnet can also be attached to the back of a speeder bike to make it appear as though he's hanging on for dear life.

The Hoth set has the Wampa (Stompin' Mad!), Taun Taun, Luke and Han.  Luke has a magnet in his hand, and when it comes close to the Wampa's chest, he's eyes roll back and he gets 'confused'.  

Packaging - **1/2
There's nothing particularly exciting about the packaging, and actually, it's surprisingly dull considering the desire to appeal to the under 6 crowd.  But at least there are NO twisty ties involved!

Sculpting - ****
The sculpting on both the figures and the vehicles is excellent.  Think Star Wars meets Tiny Toons.  Each of the characters - Han, Luke, Vader, Maul, etc. - look like they are little kids.  Even the doe eyed Taun Taun looks like some sort of alternate universe version.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops were clean on most of the figures, and the vehicles are excellent.  There's a fair amount of detail as well, even for this style of figure.

Articulation - **
Although I love these figures, I can't give them too much on articulation.  Most of the figures are basically big PVC's, although all the Jedi have one twisting wrist, and the Wampa has an arm sweeping action.  The Wampa's other arm has a basic cut joint as well.

Play Value - ****
These are terrific toys, not collectibles.  They are designed for kids to play with, and connect with the films at a much earlier age.  While some collectors will be turned off by the 'immature' nature, I think these are some of the coolest Star Wars toys to come out in a long time.

Vehicles - ****
The two larger sets come with excellent vehicles.  Both are designed so that a figure can fit inside the cockpit, and the X-Wing even has a button to snap the wings open.  R2 fits in back perfectly, and the design is simply excellent.

Value - ****
I paid only $12.77 for the big sets at Walmart, and $8 for the smaller sets at Kaybee.  You should be able to find the smaller sets at a cheaper price at other outlets, and these are a terrific value.  Fisher-Price toys in the same style tend to be a bit more expensive.

Overall - ****
If you're looking for a great toy for your kids, that can bring them into the universe of Star Wars, then these are for you.  They are a ton of fun, well made, and well designed.  This is one of the best ideas Hasbro has had in years, even if they are just copying Fisher-Price's similar success with this style figure and vehicles.

Where to Buy
Bricks and mortar stores are just putting these out.  I found them at Walmart and Kaybee so far, but on-line you can try:

- Entertainment Earth, where they've been for awhile. It looks like they are currently out of stock, but you can pre-order the Falcon set. (MROTW Affiliate)

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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