Sunday, July 23 2017 12:38

Review: Star Wars Hot Wheels Collectors Special Edition Millennium Falcon

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When it comes to the rides of a galaxy far, far away, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more legendary vehicle than the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Indeed, the Millennium Falcon is the most famous example of the Corellian Engineering Company's YT-1300 Light Freighters - albeit a heavily-modified ship that managed to consistently defy the odds under Captain Han Solo and his Wookiee companion, Chewbacca, along with Lando Calrissian and most recently, Rey. To celebrate the legacy of this ship during the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, the folks at Mattel have issued the Hot Wheels Collectors Millennium Falcon Special Edition - a highly detailed Metal/Metal fully-diecast version of the ship as it appeared in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

HWC Special Edition Millennium Falcon Review

Limited to just 5,000 pieces produced worldwide, the Hot Wheels team sent one to Rock Father HQ for review, and immediately presented a conflict - albeit a brief one: to open or not to open? It's a question that will forever pester collectors, but as most know, we open the majority of toys and collectibles here at Rock Father HQ, and the do get played with. For those who prefer to keep their toys packaged (and yes, the artwork is both beautiful and simplistic), Mattel ships this in a custom clamshell protector, allowing you to protect the card from damage, while removing it to handle. 

HWC Special Edition Millennium Falcon Review

Unfortunately, if you do want to free the Falcon from its plastic bubble, you will have to cut into the blister in order to do so as the standard packaging is not intended to be resealable. But, to truly appreciate the craftsmanship of this piece, you really have to see it out of the package, and placed upon the included display stand.

HWC Special Edition Millennium Falcon Review

Compared to the standard edition Millennium Falcons that are out there as part of the Hot Wheels Star Wars Starships collection, there's some real weight to this - and the detail just blows the others away. That fact alone makes this stand out not just as a piece for hardcore collectors of both Hot Wheels and Star Wars, but a fantastic gift idea for Star Wars fans who may not have a massive collection, but who would appreciate a definitive version of the Falcon as a display piece for home or office.

HWC Special Edition Millennium Falcon Review

With the holiday season approaching alongside the release of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which is set to bring the Millennium Falcon back onto theater screens this December), now is the perfect time to grab one of these now. Individually-numbered on a holo-foil sticker, they're available now for just $19.99 direct from Mattel's Hot Wheels Collectors website while supplies last.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly 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. 

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 PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, 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 the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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