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Friday, September 30 2016 01:00

Review: Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships - Wave 1

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The folks over at Mattel made some waves this summer when they rolled into San Diego Comic-Con International with a fully-functional, life-sized "Carship" based on Luke Skywalker's "Red Five" X-Wing Fighter.  The real-world ride was to help launch the new Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships line, officially hitting stores now as part of the ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story product launch. These new vehicles are four-wheeled toys (cars) based on famous vehicles (ships) from a galaxy far, far away, and while there's been a total of nine cars revealed thus far (see my regularly updated checklist here), there's just four in the first wave. Instantly-recognizable to all-ages of STAR WARS fans, the first wave consists of vehicles based on some classic ships including Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett's Slave I, Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter, and an Imperial TIE Fighter. My youngest daughter, Finley, and I recently got our hands on a set, and here's what they look like in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ, complete with video...

Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Review

From a style standpoint, they really nailed the look when getting it placed into a four-wheeled version. While we love the themed "Character Cars" and Finn has plenty of the classic Starships, these allow kids the ability to get that classic Hot Wheels play with a STAR WARS spin on it. These cars are designed to be great on the track, and later this Fall there will be a huge Death Star Playset to go with them.

Indeed, when our family met Kylo Ren at Disney's Hollywood Studios earlier this year, Finn wasn't too happy - in fact, she was quite terrified of the former Ben Solo as he faced-off against yours truly. More looks at the Carships...

Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Review

Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Review

Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Review

Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Review

Want more STAR WARS? Check out THE ROCK FATHER Magazine's special content hub for the latest STAR WARS news, including Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story, Rian Johnson's Episode VIII, STAR WARS REBELS and more!

Bonus: Check out these STAR WARS Toys Checklists!

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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