my first Star Wars figures but Galoob's Star Wars Micro Machines were the first Star Wars toys that I picked out and bought myself (or, y'know, asked my parents to buy me). I was really pumped for Force Friday last year when I found out that Hasbro was once again Star Wars Micro Machines but the actual product initially left me pretty cold. I kept an eye on things, though, and eventually decided to bite as prices have been dropping at places like Amazon (particularly if you can snag some sweet warehouse deals. Today I'm looking at the First Order Stormtrooper Playset that opens up into the Tuanul village on Jakku which is where the first scenes in The Force Awakens take place. Ready for a closer look at one of the first two Star Wars transforming heads Micro Machines released since 2000? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 inches tall (unopened)
Accessories: Poe Dameron and First Order Transporter
Non-Scalper Price: $20 (but shop around and find it for less)
Poe Dameron: 1 inch tall
First Order Transporter 1/2 inch tall, 2 inches long
* I do hate this ugly hinge on the front, though. It's quite visible and definitely ruins some of the clean aesthetic of the sculpt.
* The front and the back of the Stormtrooper's helmet folds down to reveal the village of Tuanal on Jakku. Not many of the old Galoob playsets opened like this (the Tie Fighter Pilot/ Imperial Academy is the first one that comes to mind) so it's kind of cool to get something different. There's a lot of space here for placing microfigures if you have a decent collection of them.
* There are a few pegs over here so you can plug the Atmospheric Assault Lander in, though, and make it look like it's hovering in place as troops disembark or load back up.
* The only actual play feature is this clear plastic "flight wand" that you can put the AAL to have it fly over the village. There's a rigged disk that spins the flightstick around, allowing the attached ship to hover over the battlefield. It works well but it takes up a lot of space and I just don't find it that exciting to be honest. And, unfortunately, nearly every playset in this new series of Micro Machines has the same darn feature.
* While it's smaller, the other side of the playset seems a bit more interesting. Maybe it's because it has Lor San Tekka's hut on the end.
* I wish the hut were larger, though, so that a figure or two could hang out in there. Heck, I wish the set had come with a Lor San Tekka figure as well.
I haven't reviewed any other Micro Machines on here yet, but I have reviewed figures of some of the characters included in this set such as the First Order Stormtrooper, First Order Stromtrooper Officer, Poe Dameron in his flight suit, and Poe Dameron in his jacket.