A closer look at the early incarnation of the Hasbro Millennium Falcon
She’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy….
The iconic Millennium Falcon (originally conceived by Lucasfilm artist/Modelmaker Joe Johnston) has been synonymous with the Star Wars universe for well over four decades. Over the course of eight incredible movies, the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy has smuggled contraband, been captured by the first dreaded Death Star, facilitated the destruction of its half-built successor and has been stolen and reclaimed numerous times. Throughout her illustrious history, she has been modified many times, by numerous influential characters but, one thing has always remained the same…the freighter is quintessential Star Wars.
Its heritage has been the subject of debate for many years, with several potential points of origin considered, but this year will see the unveiling of the earliest incarnation of the famous craft when Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives upon our cinema screens on May 24th.
The incredible design team at toy manufacturer Hasbro have once again been tasked with the creation of the latest toy incarnation which is expected to arrive on our shelves within the coming weeks. The sleek new design, (obviously harvested from an era before the heavy modifications needed to make the Kessel Run were installed) was revealed during the spectacular first trailer for the movie and set the fan groups ablaze with excited and nervous chatter.
The mystery surrounding its design will soon be revealed when the movie hits our screens, but until then we can immerse ourselves in a pleasing first look at Hasbro’s efforts which appears to be smaller than past incarnations of the vehicle but is equally as incredible.
The sleek new Millennium Falcon comes with a host of screen accurate lights, sounds and vibrations which have been enhanced especially for Solo: A Star Wars Story. The vehicle comes complete with blast off panels and an exclusive Han Solo (Kessel) 3.75” action figure which is fully compatible with the Force Link 2.0 technology.
Here’s the official product description:
Make the KESSEL RUN in less than 12 parsecs with the MILLENNIUM FALCON! Relive the adventure and imagine flying through every obstacle like ace pilot HAN SOLO with speed and action. Fans will experience flashing lights and sounds as they pretend to race along KESSEL RUN. Press the button to pretend that the iconic starship kicks into hyperdrive with lights and sounds. Press the button a second time for accelerated lights and sounds as well as activate the rumble pack vibrations! Push the button a third time to pretend that your ship picks up even more speed and watch the panels pop off before rumbling to the finish line! Comes with an exclusive 3.75-inch scale HAN SOLO figure and removable mini ship.
Both the figure and mini ship are FORCE LINK 2.0 enabled, with phrases and sounds activated by the wearable technology, sold separately. Includes 1 vehicle (with a removable mini ship) and 1 figure. Requires 3 AA batteries, included.
The new look design has had its fair share of criticism since its unveiling, but as a passionately loyal Millennium Falcon enthusiast, I am super excited to bear witness the emergence of the earliest incarnation of the modified YT-1300 Corellian light freighter to date. I will happily be the first in line to secure my very own Falcon and add it to my ever-expanding collection. Modifications aside, she’s still the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy and the most beautiful vessel in the history of cinema, and the heart-stopping sequences from the exciting new trailer have done little to dampen my excitement.
So, what do you think? Will you be buying this new incarnation of the iconic Millennium Falcon? Drop us a line and share your thoughts with us.
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives May 24th in the UK.
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