I’ve long been a Star Wars geek, and proudly. I’ve written before about trying to figure out when and how to introduce my boys to the epic saga (I even participated in DorkDaddy’s brilliant white paper on the subject with other prominent geeky dad bloggers). As a family we watched the first film over a few weeks (and by “first,” I of course mean Episode IV, A New Hope) and my son liked it well enough, though he didn’t really understand it. He has an X-Wing fighter and a TIE fighter, and he enjoyed Star Tours at Disneyland. But I’ve yet to really see that spark of Star Wars love yet.
And so, when I saw that what I received was, in fact, a selection of Hasbro’s new Angry Birds Star Wars toys, I knew I’d found my gateway drug.
Because, really, what 21st century kid isn’t obsessed with Angry Birds?
The package contained three fun new Angry Birds Star Wars toys, aimed at different ages:
“Stack, launch, and destroy with the AT-AT ATTACK BATTLE GAME, which includes 21 blocks to create the signature AT-AT, a LIGHTSABER LAUNCHER and 12 ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS figures — including two that are exclusive to this set! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack.”
“Bounce into action with the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON BOUNCE GAME. Bounce three balls at the MILLENNIUM FALCON to knock down as many enemy pigs as possible, and land in the cockpit to score big! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack.”
I quickly decided that the Foam Flyer (we got Luke in X-Wing pilot gear, as pictured above) was going to Coltrane. I mean, the little guy is only 2 years old, and won’t be getting much out of the other two sets for a while, so I figure he gets the soft, squishy ball all to himself if he’d like.
The Millennium Falcon Bounce Game is suggested for kids 8 and up, so for the purposes of play-testing with my 4-year old (Tucker) while Coltrane napped, I opted to pull out the AT-AT Attack Battle Game and let him give it a go. With me, of course. No way I was missing out on this!
If you’re at all aware with how Angry Birds works in it’s digital form, you should have some idea of what is involved in these “analog” versions. You set up the pieces and piggies into some sort of tower, and you launch the birds at it in hopes of knocking the whole thing down. Pretty simple!
With Angry Birds Star Wars, the usual birds have taken on the roles of characters from the movies. For the AT-AT Attack Battle Game, the birds are dressed like Luke (in both Hoth pilot gear and Echo Base gear), Han Solo, a Rebel Trooper, and even a cute little R2-D2 egg figure. The bad piggies take on the roles of the AT-AT commander and pilot, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, and of course Dath Vader himself. If nothing else, these are adorable little rubber guys who will be a lot of fun to play with all on their own. The launcher is made to look like a lightsaber, which is pretty cool too.
Tucker had a blast with this. The set-up of the actual AT-AT is a little time-consuming and complicated for him right now, but the game is very forgiving in letting kids just set things up however they’d like. It took some time for him to get control of the launcher (there was a lot of overshooting, leading me to eventually put up some impromptu “walls” behind the AT-AT) but he got the hang of it and got great joy out of each successful hit.
I mean, just look at this smile:
Now, for the giveaway portion of our evening…
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Disclosure: Hasbro provided the toys for this review and giveaway on the Daddy Doctrines. The opinions expressed are mine alone. Well… and the opinions of my kids. But no one else got a say.