As every Star Wars fan will know, there was a new film released last week in cinemas and with it came a whole load of new and exciting toys!
As part of the Hasbro Toy Tribe this month, we were given the opportunity to test out the latest Millennium Falcon toy; the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon with Han Solo action figure.
The ship is based on the brand spanking new Millennium Falcon of the new Solo: A Star Wars Story film, where Han Solo is shown making the legendary 12-parsec Kessel Run.
What’s in the box?
The Kessel Run Millennium Falcon comes with the ship in one solid piece measuring about 54 cm long by 34 cm wide, exactly as above.
There is a set of instructions, six panels to slot on, an escape craft, one 3.75 inch Han Solo figure with gun and some Coaxium which sits inside a special compartment.
It’s very east to put together, the panels snap on, slot in the escape craft and you’re done.
There are 25 stickers which you place on to give the ship more detail. They’re quite fiddly and about half of them go inside the cockpit.
How does it work?
There are 3 AA batteries included but these are demo batteries and may need to be replaced quickly, into a compartment on the bottom. This requires a screwdriver.
Out of the box, the ship will be in mode ‘I’ (demo mode) which means only the hyperdrive sounds and lights work. If you switch it to mode ‘II’ then all the sounds, lights and vibrations are activated.
There are three buttons, one on each side and one on the bottom of the Millennium Falcon.
If you hold the ship facing away from you with the cockpit on the right, the button on your left will make battle sounds; press once for a cannon and press and hold for a missile sound.
The button on the bottom will activate when the ship is picked up or put down making take off and landing noises.
If lifted up and moved around, the ship will make flying noises.
The best feature is the button on the right by the cockpit which activates the hyperdrive.
If the ship is in ‘flight mode’ (ie you’ve picked it up, are moving it about and it’s making flight sounds) then you can press the button once, twice or three times. On the first press you can see the Millennium Falcon light up, on the second it will vibrate and shake, and then on the third press the lights turn red (uh oh) and the panels will blast off transforming the Millennium Falcon from a mint condition ship into the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
What we liked about the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon.
The ship is a solid toy so I wasn’t worried about my almost-3-year-old Star Wars fan with it, although I knew he would instantly lose Han Solo’s teeny tiny gun so I’ve hidden this away! I think it will be very durable and last him many years.
It was easy to use and activate the sounds, even for a young child like him. The noises, lights, vibrations and blast-off panels are great fun and we love this bit of the toy!
It is instantly recognisable as the Millennium Falcon (albeit a newer one than he has seen before!) and the removable escape pod and the pop off panels which transform it into the ship we all know from the films. The panels go back on again fairly easily although I have to help with this bit.
There are three places big enough to hold 3.75inch characters; the cockpit, the escape craft and one of the storage compartments.
What could be improved?
The figure and the escape pod are both Force Link activated, which we thought would be great as we have a Force Link, however upon getting it all out we realised that it is not the 2.0 version, so is not compatible.
Somewhat annoyingly this new Force Link 2.0 can only be purchased together with the Han Solo figure which we now have, so we won’t be purchasing the new starter set and therefore won’t be able to use this or test it out.
The Millennium Falcon is, I’m told, smaller than the one my husband had in the 80s.
As a result, the classic 3.75-inch Han Solo figure is really too big; he only just sits inside the cockpit and there is no room for his co-pilot Chewbacca to sit at all. This seems like a big oversight as it does really detract from the playability.
Apart from the escape pod and one 3.75inch figure-sized compartment, the ship itself doesn’t open up, lending itself to play. For this reason I think it might slightly disappoint older children who want to recreate scenes from their favourite films and who want more than a space ship to fly around making noises.
However, for children as young as mine it is a great fun toy, and the lights and sounds as well as the durability will make it popular.
How much and where to buy
The RRP of the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon is over £100 which to me is a lot of money for what is definitely a children’s toy rather than a collector’s piece. In America, the same item is priced at $100 – available for less on Amazon – which is about £75 and this seems like a fairer price.
I would buy it for my children, but I would probably wait until it went on sale as although the lights and sounds are fun, there are other Star Wars toys that are cheaper and they will probably play with just as much.
You can purchase the Kessel Run Millennium Falcon with Han Solo Force Link 2.0 figure from large toy shops or via Amazon here.
We were sent Kessel Run Millennium Falcon to review as part of the Hasbro Toy Tribe. All pictures and words are my own.
Want to see some other exciting toys from Hasbro? Check out our Toy Tribe reviews here!