Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Millenium Falcon of Unknown Origin
Few things in the galaxy are as awesome as the Millennium Falcon (it can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs). I picked up this awesome toy at Bookman's as soon as it hit the shelf. I think I only paid $5 for it, and it was worth every penny (or more likely, every bit of the store credit I used to buy it). I don't know who made this toy. The imprint on the bottom lists LFL (Lucasfilm Limited) and GTI (Likely Galoob Toys Inc.) but the Galoob Millennium Falcon is a Micro Machines playset that splits in half whereas this Falcon merely has many hatches. So I don't know where this toy comes from, what line it was in, or anything else about its origin other than the fact that it is officially licensed and was made in 1997.
As you can see in this picture, it has a lot of compartments. The back of the ship opens and a second hatch reveals the smuggling compartment, a nice touch. The turret in the middle of the ship opens and can seat one shooter, and the cockpit also opens to seat one. The landing gear is retractable, and both guns swivel as does the dish. There is a projectile which fits into the front of the Falcon, and a tiny button on the bottom of the ship releases it. When I bought this ship it had no projectile and came with the rebel pilot you see in the first picture. I don't know if the rebel pilot was shipped with this toy because it wouldn't make much sense. I know there are Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca figures in the same scale, so it's not unthinkable that this toy shipped with any combination of those figures.
Anyway, this toy is about as fully featured as you could ever expect for its size (7" from bow to stern and 5" from port to starboard) and I don't begrudge the missing pieces and/or personnel one bit. I got this sweet puppy for a song and have been glad to have it. I may eventually track down some of the figures that actually go with this ship, but I doubt I'll ever find the projectile on its own. Even so, I don't want it. I hate projectiles in toys. They always go off when you least expect it and never add to the toy ownership experience. So yeah, that's about it as far as this particular toy is concerned.