Saturday, May 04 2013 01:00


Written by
  • While all content is editorially chosen, articles may contain affiliate links which may generate revenue for the site when a purchase is made.

A few weeks back, the folks at Hasbro asked if we'd like to check out some new offerings from their ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS line here in the state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ. Being quite the STAR WARS fan, there was no way to refuse the request of The Empire. A few days later, an Imperial Courier arrived at HQ in a large, brown speeder. His package? A box loaded with fresh toys and games to check out.

Truth be told, I didn't get into the ANGRY BIRDS craze until earlier this year, and it was STAR WARS that pulled me into it. After getting a Windows Phone back in January, one of the first apps I downloaded wasn't an app at all, but a game: ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS. I wasn't even familiar with the basic gameplay and mechanics until then, and now - having played it extensively (though still awaiting the Cloud City upgrade!) - I'm pretty well-versed. In fact, I ended up snagging the ANGRY BIRDS: SEASONS game as well. It's a fun way to pass the time while visiting The Emperor's Throne Room. 

Knowing the games, I wasn't sure how they'd translate into physical toys. Now I have the answers...

WP 20130428 004

College kids and bar patrons might know this game by another name... Beer Pong. Alright, maybe it's not quite Beer Pong, but the mechanics are the same. A player takes one of three included balls (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker) and has to bounce it once off of the table before hitting a target in or near the Millennium Falcon. A booklet of point values is included for 2-player action (first to 30K points wins) with various values assigned to things like knocking over an enemy, landing in the middle, or landing in the cockpit. 


DSC 0661Speaking of the cockpit, there's a design flaw here - the front piece seldom wants to stay locked onto the body of the Falcon (pictured left). It can get annoying to have to keep putting it back in place. Additionally, the game has to be fully disassembled to fit back in it's box properly.

Overall, more fun for me than for the little one (though she does enjoy it). I'll admit, the simplicity of it makes it one of those "addictive" games. I've found myself playing it Solo (like Han) well after the family is in bed.



DSC 0602

Now this captures the spirit of ANGRY BIRDS and feature's something that kids love... DESTRUCTION! A fairly big set with a $40 MSRP, AT-AT is sort of the Cadillac of ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS sets.  In the spirit of things, I got "big" AT-AT down from his perch in my office to join his Bad Pig Imperial Walker cousin for some playtime in the kitchen. With 12 "figures" included, my little one has been having a blast blowing AT-AT to smithereens. A true-to-life duplication of a level in the actual video game, AT-AT is built of blocks that need to be knocked out of place by the rebels. With a spring-loaded "lightsaber" launcher, the battle is on. Really, it's not much of a "battle" because the kids just set it up to knock it down - just like most blocks. The Angry Birds become super-fast flying projectiles, so some caution should be used. 


Setting up AT-AT can be a bit of a challenge as it takes a steady hand and requires balance (sorta like JENGA). Though I don't actually let my daughter play Angry Birds on my phone (not into giving the kids too much tech), she still gets it. I've spoken to a few friends that have this game and the thoughts have been pretty mixed. In our house, it's a winner.




Something that was included as a bonus, the FOAM FLYERS are a very NERF-esque foam "ball" in the shape of a character's head. While we only received one (a Bad Pig Stormtrooper), there's four available... and this is THE BIG WINNER here. As happens very often, the simplest toy of the bunch is often the most appreciated. This little guy has already traveled in the car... played in the backyard... and visited the park. He reminds me a lot of those "Madballs" that were for sale in the 1980s. I'm not giving this guy an official rating, but he's very well-loved. I've had some fun with him as well...

Lomogram 2013-04-28 11-49-0

Are your kids into ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS?

FTC Disclosure: A selection of ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS toys and games were provided to The Rock Father for the purpose of review consideration by Hasbro. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children. The Force is Strong With Them.

For more rock delivered daily, including the latest in great music, cool toys, and fun for the whole family - "like" The Rock Father on Facebook.
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.

Learn more here

Connect with James on Facebook or Twitter.