Hasbro’s long-awaited “Legacy Collection” Millennium Falcon toy (known to Star Wars collectors like myself as the “BMF”) has finally arrived on the shelves of our local Toys ‘R’ Us, which means there’s finally one in my collection!
There was only one on the shelves when I bought it, and I wasn’t about to wait until I could come back with my wife’s car this time… so I actually brought it home on the back of my bike!
Contrary to reports to the contrary, however, it sucks.
Obviously, scale matters as little to Hasbro as it did 30 years ago, since this new Falcon toy has all the same problems the original toy had:
– the ship’s less than half the size it should be, and the proportions are all wrong
– accuracy has been deliberately compromised to accommodate “play features”
– the cockpit’s comically oversized, giving the ship a “super-deformed” profile
– the rectenna dish is pathetically undersized
– the boarding ramp is absurdly steep, because the ship sits much too high on its “landing gear”
– the cockpit access tube is missing
– the lower gunner station is non-existent
– the interiors are grossly out-of-scale, and too small to fit the figures properly
Oh, it’s an improvement over the original Kenner toy from the ’70s, assuredly, but not by much… and it also costs nearly ten times as much. I’m quite happy with it myself, though, ’cause it suits my super-deformed “Kubrick” Star Wars figures perfectly!
Ironically enough, what Hasbro again failed to do — produce a Millennium Falcon to scale with their action figure line — had already been done by Attakus, a French company that produces limited-edition metal dioramas. While it’s ridiculously heavy and expensive, it shows how accurate and detailed a 1:18th Falcon could’ve been…
…whereas the only room that’s properly scaled to the action figures here is the upper gunner station. It’s not the right shape, exactly, but it looks pretty good when lit from above, and it fits the pack-in Han Solo figure well.
If only they’d included a second gunwell for Luke this time…