Friday, April 13 2018 08:31

Hands-on with Hasbro's Star Wars Galactic Heroes 2-in-1 Millennium Falcon Vehicle Playset

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This Solo: A Star Wars Story toy feature presented in collaboration between The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth...

As modern Star Wars fans, we're pretty spoiled in that since 2015 we've been getting new films every year. We've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and this year we've got Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). And, as J.J. Abrams preps to shoot the Untitled Episode IX (2019), there's a new series of films from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, a new Trilogy from Rian Johnson and a live-action television series from Jon Favreau all starting to take shape on the horizon. With each new film comes a new range of toys and collectibles, and in recent years we've seen that skew largely toward grownups - the "big kids" who were once little kids when the Original Trilogy (1977-1983) was released, or even stranger to me - the kids who grew up on the Prequel Trilogy (1999-2005). Along the way, I think that sometimes what gets lost is the fact that while many Star Wars toys are being purchased by collectors, there's always new generations who are just experiencing the Saga for the very first time. With that in mind, Hasbro is peppering the release of their new toys from Solo: A Star Wars Story with some new offerings from their Galactic Heroes line geared toward the youngest fans - ages 3-7. And like all the new product launches, there's not only characters from the latest film, but also those from the the past... or "a long time ago... in a galaxy far, far away." My friends at Entertainment Earth sent over one of those new toys - the Star Wars Galactic Heroes 2-in-1 Millennium Falcon, and we're going hands-on in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father™ HQ!

If you've followed the Galactic Heroes line for a bit (I still think of it under its former Playskool branding), you might be thinking "they've done the Falcon before" - and you'd be right. Hasbro has released several versions of the Millennium Falcon under this line, but not like this. Taking a cue from what they did with 2017's BB-8 Adventure Base, this new Falcon opens open into a full-blown Command Center playset, quickly collapsing back into vehicle form to head out on another adventure.

Galactic Heroes 2-in-1 Millennium Falcon Review

If you've seen the trailers (or the other toys), Solo features the Millennium Falcon in a sleeker form, with the Corellian Freighter bearing a much different look that we're used to seeing. For this playset, however, it's fully based on the classic "piece of junk" that audiences first fell in love with back in 1977, depicting the ship with its open panels and exposed wiring. There's a ton of fun lights and sounds including quotes from the film. There's a moveable blaster cannon and radar dish, a falling walkway, "secret escape route" and more. The ship includes Chewbacca with Power-up Arms and R2-D2. The odd thing here is that we have a Millennium Falcon that doesn't include Han Solo, but does include R2-D2, so that's a bit of a head-scratcher for an otherwise great set.

Galactic Heroes 2-in-1 Millennium Falcon Review

Elsewhere in the Galactic Heroes line is the new Solo: A Star Wars Story Smugglers & Scoundrels 5-pack. This new set features younger versions of Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca (looking great for 190 years old), along side a pair of new characters - Enfys Nest and the Imperial Range Trooper. You can pick that up from Entertainment Earth as well.

Galactic Heroes Smugglers and Scoundrels

When my generation was little, we jumped right into the Kenner 3.75" action figure collection, and Hasbro still offers that scale as well. But if your kids are a little younger, definitely give Galactic Heroes a look. There's some really creative and fun sets out there, and they're affordable, too!

Buy Solo: A Star Wars Story toys from Entertainment Earth! 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, 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 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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