Hasbro came calling again. And, of course, I didn’t say no! This time they wanted me to review some Angry Birds Star Wars merchandise. They are rolling out some new Telepods technology! So, yeah, I had to get in on some of that action. Because, you know TECHNOLOGY!
This is from the Hasbro site:
CHOKING HAZARD-Small Parts and Small Balls. Not For Children Under 3 Years.
The Angry Birds Star Wars app comes to life! This line of Hasbro toys captures all the launching and destroying fun of the app in physical form and features your favorite Star Wars characters re-imagined as high-flying Angry Birds and villainous pigs! You can stack, launch and destroy the Death Star with the blocks, figures and launcher in the Death Star Trench Run set. Put your Luke Skywalker Bird figure in the X-Wing Starfighter launcher and pull it back on the ramp to launch it at the cannon turret on the blocks. Can you topple your exclusive TIE Fighter Pilot Pig figure? Destroy the Empire, then set the blocks up and destroy it again!
Set includes 1 X-Wing Starfighter launcher, 2 figures, 1 Telepods base, 1 ramp, 8 blocks and instructions
Ages 5 and up.
Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.
Now, ON TO THE REVIEW!
This is similar to the other Angry Birds Star Wars items I’ve reviewed in the past. You stack up little plastic ‘tetris-style’ blocks then use the birds to knock them down. Simple enough. But it’s not just an expansion on the existing franchise, so much as a re-imagining, if you will.
The birds are the same. (Mostly, but we’ll get to that in a minute.)
The blocks are the same.
But they’ve taken the mechanics and flipped it around some. You see, the original sets had a lightsaber-style slingshot you used to fling your bird to knock down a rather large construct. The original was fun, if not a little time consuming. So, here’s how they’re different now!
The plastic construct isn’t as involved as the AT-AT set I got last time. This is a good thing. My kids are impatient and it was a nightmare spending ten minutes stacking and balancing the set only to have one of my sons knock it down in 15 seconds. This set is quick set-up for quick knockdowns. The boys loved it.
My biggest complaint about the previous sets was the packaging. Everything fit in the box when you got it…but when you put the toys together, they no longer fit in their boxes. We had to go out and get a bin just for “Angry Bird” stuff. Not tragic…but highly annoying. This time, they seemed to have learned from previous mistakes, and everything fit right back into the box we pulled it out of. WIN.
Last but DEFINITELY not least, you can use your birds and pigs IN THE APP on your phone or iPad! I went out and downloaded Angry Birds Star Wars II just for this experiment. (While I won’t be reviewing the video game, I will say, it’s got all the stuff I loved about the first Angry Birds Star Wars and then some. The character list is amazing.)
Let me first say, I was skeptical about the pull-back X-wing. I’ve got two boys and am no stranger to pull-back cars and the like. Most of them are underpowered, at best. This is not one of them. It’s got a little zip to it, which adds a certain amount of challenge in aiming. This is a good thing. I’ve got an action shot for you!
My sons and I played on the floor for quite awhile with each of them ‘patiently’ waiting while the other took their three shots. This works on the tabletop, or if you have a hard floor. Tile will throw your shot off, but that’s to be expected.
Now, the bonus action:
In each of the packages there’s clear plastic column. Fire up Angry Birds Star Wars II on your preferred device. (Note: It needs to have a forward facing camera to work.)
I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S4, running Android. I was worried because the camera on the front of my phone is near the edge of the case, but it worked just fine. Turns out, they use tiny little QR codes on the bottoms of the figures, and the base has a magnifying glass that allows your camera to see it large enough to load up your bird or pig. (Yes, you can play the Pork Side in the new game.)
It adds a new level of functionality that I find pretty darn cool. And so does my son. He’s constantly adding new birds to his game. So this iteration of the Angry Birds Star Wars line is finding a bit more replayability than its predecessors.
And now: THE GIVEAWAY!
I’m giving away an Angry Birds Star Wars playset and a couple of extra characters. All you have to do, is drop a comment below telling me WHICH Angry Bird is your favorite. (It can be from any game, because there’s a LOT of birds to like!) I will then draw one random comment on Nov. 16.
I’ll start, my favorite is Chewbacca Bird from Angry Birds Star Wars:
The giveaway will run until Nov. 6th. It’s open for US citizens only. (Sorry, guys! It’s the best I could do.) One entry per person.
Disclaimer: This is a product review, of a product that was given to me by Hasbro. The opinions expressed within, are mine, and mine alone…well, and my kids’. They had a say in this too.