Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hasbro Angry Birds Star Wars Fun - May the Fourth Be With You!

Just in time for the weekend I received a great package from Hasbro for review. It contained an Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce game, as well as an Angry Birds Star Wars Foam Flyer (Luke Skywalker in our case). Considering the popularity of both properties in this house of boys, you can perhaps imagine how stoked Little Boo was! Remember we reviewed the AT-AT Attack Battle Game before Christmas? He's even happier with this game.

The Millennium Falcon game comes with "some assembly required." There are a series of stickers for the ship itself, which Little Boo used the illustrations in the instruction sheet to place. Then there are a bunch of extra stickers you can use to decorate the inside of the box. The instructions recommend using the box as a back-drop for the game. It does catch most of the stray balls before they get too far.

LB was actually pretty excited just to have a Millennium Falcon toy of his own, even without the rest of the game play. See his proud smile after putting it together?

The instructions were basically easily to follow (this isn't a complicated process). But it wasn't clear to me which way the cardboard bottom of the Falcon was supposed to face, as each side was illustrated differently. After a little hmming and hawing we went with the more involved illustration facing up, as you can see it from the top of the ship. Here's our finished product, set up and ready to go:

The concept is quite simple, though there's definitely a challenge to the game. The cardboard pigs sit on and around the ship, and the players bounce the Angry Birds Star Wars balls at them to attempt to knock them over. Each knock-down scores 1000 points. You can score 3000 for landing your ball in the centre hole, and 5000 for getting into the cockpit. Total excitement if you get the cockpit while taking out a pig or two! The first player to 30,000 points wins.

We decided to play on the floor, to avoid too much aggravation with chasing stray balls. The balls are a hard plastic, so they have an interesting bounce. I have to say it took some practice to start hitting any of our targets! But, when it works??
(For the record, that was a 1000 point score - 6000 was his running count.)

Little Boo added a component to the game. He decided that after our 10th turns, if we got no points on a turn we would be allowed to bring in the "Mighty Luke Skywalker," i.e., the Foam Flyer we also received. I thought that was a pretty clever copy of the "Mighty Eagle" that can come to your rescue in the mobile Angry Birds game. For the record? He may be bigger, and does cause more destruction if he hits, but he's no easier to aim.

We had a blast playing this together and testing out different angles and speeds for bouncing the balls. I also like that this is a game he can play either on his own, or with any number of friends taking turns.

Here are the official descriptions of the two toys we received:

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 8 & up; Players: 1-2)
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.

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 5 & up)
Toss around these 3.5-inch soft foam, iconic characters for a new way to play ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS! Available in LUKE SKYWALKER, CHEWBACCA, DARTH VADER and STORMTROOPER. Each sold separately.

A Giveaway

In celebration of the annual Star Wars Day coming up this Saturday, May the 4th (be with you ...), Hasbro in the US is offering a Millennium Falcon Bounce game to one lucky Raising My Boys reader. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, May 8. Please note that this giveaway is open to US Residents only. Best of luck!!

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was offered or received. All opinions on the blog, as always, remain my own (or those of my family).

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