somewhat underwhelmed to overtly hostile. Today I'm looking at the Millennium Falcon playset which transforms into a somewhat generic Jakku scene. Seriously, other than a few parts that resemble the Millennium Falcon's interior, there isn't much here that can be matched up with the film. As someone who hung on to all of my Star Wars Micro Machines from my childhood and has continued to collect these into adulthood, I'm pretty well versed with most of what this series has had to offer. I'm trying to both judge these on their own merits and as successors of the Micro Machines brand. So, how does the Millennium Falcon stack up? Join me after the break and find out...
Dimensions: 2 inches tall, 10.5 inches long, and 7 1/2 inches wide
Accessories: Radar dish, First Order Flametrooper, and the Millennium Falcon micro vehicle.
Non-Scalper Price: Originally around $30 but you should see it now for around $16 dollars.
Millennium Falcon (Jakku dessert paintjob)
First Order Flametrooper
* The First Order Flametrooper is a decent little microfigure that stands well, has a few well placed paint apps, and is in an action pose. Like most of the other Hasbro microfigures, the Flametrooper doesn't stack up with the best of what Galoob produced back in the late 90's and during the Episode 1 era, but he's better than their earliest efforts. Mostly.
* It turns out that in this set of the Millennium Falcon you get... a micro Millennium Falcon! Is there an even smaller Millennium Falcon hidden inside here? Considering that my 2 year old is intent on trying to open up this little ship, she must think so. The paint apps on the ship are nice and I like the sandy texture. It's a bit overdone but it works and nicely differentiates the ship from other Millennium Falcon releases.
* The engines of the Falcon get a bright blue paint app that I just love to see! What I'm not so fond of is the weird bent look to the Falcon. It looks kind of warped, perhaps due to Hasbro using a softer plastic on these. Warped Micro Machines isn't a new thing but this ship isn't even blister packed. What's the excuse here?
* Here's the playset all folded up in ship mode. What's kind of neat is that this actually looks like a Millennium Falcon that's fairly in scale with the micro figures (the Galoob playset always felt a bit too large). It looks pretty decent and has a few scattered paint apps over the surface. Nothing spectacular but acceptable work for this kind of toy I suppose.
* When you pop this sucker open, I think you'll at least be impressed by how much space is here. This is a fairly large set with a lot of space. If you collected Micro Machines back in the day, you'll certainly be reminded of the Double Takes Death Star playset that transformed into a Tatooine playset. The transformation works really well and is fairly easy to open and close.
* Another think that leaves me scratching my head here: What exactly is this set showing off? It just feels like a generic Jakku scene mixed with parts of the Millennium Falcon. The sticker of the Stormtrooper in the corridor: Is that supposed to be the opening ramp of a landing craft? The detail is nice in places but it feels like Hasbro designed this to be as non-scene specific as possible, something that really feels like a weakness.
* Here's the Millennium Falcon's cockpit. While there's a sculpted console the sears are just a sticker. Considering neither Han Solo, Finn, Chewbacca, or most significantly Rey (who flies the ship off of Jakku) come with this set, what's the point here? And a sticker rather than a sculpted seat? C'mon Hasbro!
* Like every set in this series, the only play feature you get is a flying vehicle. This set features a flight rod that can spin a ship around the center of the playset when you push a button. It actually works pretty well and does kind of mimic the Falcon's escape from Jakku as seen in the film.
* There is a lot of space and a lot of cool junk setting around in this set, something which is kind of fun for waging your own battles. Although it's not like Hasbro is selling sets of First Order troops for kids and collectors to add to their existing sets. In fact, is there even a basic First Order Stormtrooper in this line? I haven't seen one yet. That's not really this set's fault, though. It's more of a problem with this entire line.
* At least Hasbro included one recognizable element: The Dejarik (holochess) table from the Millennium Falcon. There's no paint here but the sculpt is recognizable.
* That's about the only play feature on the Falcon side, though. There's some grating, but you can't open it up to hide any figures inside. You know, something basically every Millennium Falcon has been able to do since 1978. By the way, I feel like a really old, crotchety man right now. Just saying.
* The instructions do show you how to store the figure and vehicle they give you which is a welcome feature. Of course, storing one Micro Machine micro figure in a playset this size really isn't much of a feat but it's nice that this is pointed out in the instructions just the same.
I've reviewed two other Hasbro Micro Machines sets on here:The First Order Star Destroyer Playset and the First Order Stormtrooper Playset.
I've also reviewed a First Order Flametrooper from the 6-inch Black Series line.
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