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Playskool Millennium Falcon

Playskool is producing a terrific line of Star Wars themed kids toys.  The latest in the series is the huge Millennium Falcon set, and Greg Easton has stepped up to do a guest review - take it away, Greg!

 

Having picked up the previous Playskool Star Wars sets when they hit back in April, I, like so many others, have eagerly awaited the release of the Playskool version of the Millennium Falcon.  This set was well worth the wait, in my opinion.

 

Unlike the previous sets, there are no figures with magnets in their hands to affect some sort of ĎForce Actioní but itís not missed here. 

 

This set really shows off whatís possible in this new style and I certainly hope we see many more sets like this.  Maybe a Playskool scale AT-AT?

 






Packaging - ***
The box is bright blue and features an excellent view of the Falcon. The left side of the package is dedicated to a plastic tube housing the figures. A nice feature since some of the paint jobs on the Stormtrooper helmets were hit-or-miss and this allows you to pick through and grab the best one.

Sculpting - ****
The sculpts are flawless in their child-like representation of classic Star Wars characters Chewbacca, Han Solo, C-3PO, and a Stormtrooper.

Paint - ***1/2
This would have been a solid 4-star except for the aforementioned Stormtrooper. You will have to hunt for a set with a great looking one. The helmet may just have too much detail to be easy to paint in this format.

The paint on the Falcon itself is perfect in every way.

Articulation - **
With the exception of Chewbacca, who has four points of articulation (both shoulders and hips), none of the figures have any articulation of any kind. But, in this format, it really isnít necessary or missed.

Play Value - ****
These were designed for play. Once you install the 3-AA batteries and assemble the few loose parts of the Falcon this set really becomes a lot of fun. The turret on top moves and makes authentic sounds when pressed. There are lights, sound and voice clips tied to buttons inside the ship.

Vehicle - ****
This version of the Falcon rivals the version for the standard action figures. The cockpit actually is connected to the rest of the ship via a walkway (although, I donít think Chewie could fit through on his best day). The stickers are bright and colorful and are fairly easy to apply. The chessboard is superior to the one included with the Chewbacca figure about a year ago. The walkway is extendable. The landing gear are not, however. They need to be pulled off if you are simulating flight.

Value - ****
Four figures, lights, sounds, and big play area inside. Well worth the $27.99 I spent at Toy Works.

Overall - ***1/2
Flawless. Just flawless. Buy a few and introduce your kids, nephews, nieces, and the kids down the street to the universe of Star Wars.

Where to Buy - 
Kay Bees Toy Works is where I found them. They should soon be at the regular brick and mortars that you would usually find Star Wars toys in.  On-line:

- Entertainment Earth has the set for $35 plus shipping. (MROTW affiliate)

- Big Bad Toy Store has the best on-line deal I could find, at $29 plus $5 for shipping. 


Figure from the collection of Greg Easton.

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