Toy Review: Marvel Super Hero Micro Mashers

These Marvel Super Hero Micro Mashers are pint-sized versions (2.5″) of the standard sized Mashers line (6″). Hasbro’s Mashers line, which are where Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers action figures that are designed to come apart anb be combined to create cross character and property mash-ups.

The Marvel Super Hero Micro Mashers come in 2-packs, and we received two sets – Hulk vs Loki, and Captain America vs Iron Skull (Red Skull with armour).

As you can see, there are only male characters in these sets. In fact there are only male characters in the entire Hasbro Mashers line.

The lack of female Hero Mashers could be because it was deemed troubling to mix male and female characters in mash-ups; Perhaps excluding female characters was seen as making it easier to market the line to boys; Maybe the female characters were deemed to not be popular enough? Whatever the reasoning, the lack of female figures in all of Hasbro’s Hero Mashers line is obvious and unfortunate, as they are missing out some great characters.

Marvel Super Hero Micro Mashers
The Marvel Super Hero Mashers Micro series – like their larger counterparts – only feature male characters. This could be because it was deemed troubling to mix male and female characters in mash-ups, or another reason. This doesn’t preclude little girls from playing with them.

The look of the Marvel Super Hero Mashers Micro figures is very cartoony, but overtly inspired by their big screen MCU counterparts. My daughter hasn’t seen The Avengers movies yet, but has seen the first Thor and Captain America ones. She also has a few clothing items with the characters on.

While she also hasn’t seen the Hulk in any of his live action or cartoon versions – he is still probably one of her favourite characters. She plays with a few of my old Hulk collectables, and she has had a large posable Hulk on her wall since she was a baby. Green is also her favourite colour.

So he was the most important character draw to her. While she had some fun pulling the apart and recombining, she mostly enjoyed putting them back together the way they should be.

The figures lack most points of articulation, and the playability comes from being able to swap parts – which are basically the hands and heads, as well as some accessories. The only parts that move are at the joins with the removable parts.

Some of the Marvel Super Hero Mashers Micro figures come with specific accessories, such as Captain America’s shield, or Loki’s staff. The packs also include what I can only describe as additional action limbs, such as Cap’s shield with some energy around it, Red Skull with a Hydra weapon, and Hulk has a large translucent green fist. While these add a little interest, they are so oversized that most of the figures can’t stand up properly with them, because they are so imbalanced. It’s likely that these are intended for use more with the standard Mashers line (as these Micro Mashers are compatible).

Who are Marvel Super Hero Micro Mashers for?

If you or your kid like pulling your dolls and figures apart, and creating mash-up characters, these could be the toys for you. However, my daughter’s biggest criticism was that the legs don’t come apart like the arms – and in fact don’t even move at all.

That’s one of the drawbacks of this budget Micro line – they might be ok as mash-up fodder, but offer limited playability as action figures. And no matter how creative your mash-ups are, you still won’t be able to come up with a female character.

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If you or your kid like pulling your toys apart then these Marvel Super Hero Mashers Micro could be the toys for you

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Disclosure: We were given these toys free of charge for the purposes of this review.

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Review: Battle Action Millennium Falcon from Star Wars The Force Awakens

The Battle Action Millennium Falcon toy is full of great features and should please any young Star Wars fan – with one important addition.

(MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

While it’s great to see favourite characters returning in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for me the most glorious returnee is the Millennium Falcon.

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Probably the most beloved ship of the entire saga, Han Solo’s Corellian freighter has blasted it’s way through childhood intergalactic adventures for decades.

I had an original Millennium Falcon in 1979 or thereabouts, or possibly around the time of The Empire Strikes Back. Ever the hoarder, I never got rid of it (other than a temporary loan to my now 18-year-old nephew). Dusted off, my daughter has been playing with it for the last couple of years.

But not any more. The first thing she said when she unwrapped this new one was “This is MY Millennium Falcon, not daddy’s.” We  can’t help but compare it with the Millennium Falcon 80s toy – and we agree the newbie wins.

Both toys are designed for use with the standard 3.75” Star Wars figures (this set includes 3 characters – more on that later), and they share many features including a cockpit for two figures, removable rear roof to reveal playset inside, and revolving radar dish – though this Falcon has the new rectangular one since the round dish was lost in Return of the Jedi.

But this is not just a Millennium Falcon. This is the Battle Action Millennium Falcon!

The Battle Action Millennium Falcon Nerf Cannon and Gun Turret
At the push of a button, the Millennium Falcon is ready for Battle Action. Pew pew!

It makes sounds. Lots of wonderful authentic sounds. When you lift off or land it makes the appropriate whirring. When you tilt it to fly, it makes a whooshing sound.

It has a pop up gun turret (with room for a figure) with more sounds and led lights blaster action. Most distinctive of all a pop-up Nerf gun turret (by same toymaker Hasbro) that fires Elite darts. While the Nerf cannon is not strictly Star Wars canon – it is tremendous fun to play with.

Battle Action Millennium Falcon Hyperdrive
Finn: “Punch it!”

There’s also a lever to engage the hyperdrive – with the interplanetary vroom, or the forlorn clank it made in Empire when the hyperdrive motivator was damaged.

The removable roof is also part of the playset, upturned and connecting to the back of the Falcon. All these new interactive elements make this a very cool Star Wars toy.

My daughter plays with it daily, enjoying hours of fun with it – from flying the ship, staging parties, acting out bathroom breaks for her figures (a popular play theme for preschoolers), as well as various Star Wars adventures. Not having seen The Force Awakens yet, she is convinced it begins with Luke shooting General Leia by mistake, and her being treated onboard the Falcon.

The moving parts also offer another element of play. My daughter is currently enjoying figure flinging!

The Battle Action Millennium Falcon in Action:

My daughter has discovered a great activity with her Battle Action Millennium Falcon 🙂

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But where’s Rey?

For me there is a Supreme Leader Snoke sized omission in this Battle Action Millennium Falcon – Rey.

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The Battle Action Millennium Falcon comes with a trio of figures from Star Wars The Force Awakens – Chewbacca, Finn, and BB-8.

Star Wars sets never came with figures when I was a kid, so it’s great that it includes Chewbacca, Finn, and especially BB-8. But missing are the characters who actually pilot the ship in the movie – namely Han Solo and Rey.

Rey’s flying of the ship is one of her, the Falcon’s, and the film’s biggest scenes, so her exclusion from this set seems especially unfortunate.

This may simply be a classic way to get consumers to buy the figures separately. As I mentioned, there’s no Han either. I’ve also read talk of spoilers, though I can’t see how including her would spoil anything, just like Finn and BB-8. Her inclusion would’ve gone a long way to counter the #WheresRey blowback.

At least this was easily fixed for us. I had already raced out and bought my daughter a Rey figure immediately after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so now Rey takes her place in the Falcon’s cockpit as she should.

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Hasbro’s Battle Action Millennium Falcon doesn’t come with a pilot. FTFY.

If this Battle Action Millennium Falcon had included Rey, this set would’ve been a complete slam dunk. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great toy for any young Star Wars fan (and us old ones as well). Just be prepared to get a Rey figure too, so your little one can recreate the new Millennium Falcon’s biggest scene, the escape from Jakku, authentically – with Finn on the guns and Rey at the helm.

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Battle Action Millennium Falcon Toy has an RRP of £119.99, and is available from Amazon and other retailers.

Star Wars © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Disclosure: I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review.

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Electronic Chewbacca Mask with Moving Mouth review

TL:DR – this Chewbacca Mask with moving mouth is awesome!

There have been scores of Star Wars masks over the years. Those based on characters with helmets tend to be the best realised – such as Darth Vader or Stormtroopers. The detail is usually pretty accurate, and there are additional features such as voice changers in Vader or Kylo Ren that can elevate them above the usual run-of-the-mill dress up masks.

But this Chewbacca mask is probably the best Star Wars children’s one I’ve seen so far. It’s made of a hard durable plastic, has a good cartoony likeness of the lovable Wookiee, and is a comfortable fit (for a child) with secure straps.

But what really makes this so great is that is has a hinged lower jaw, so the mask’s mouth opens when the wearer’s does – and doing this triggers Chewbacca’s distinctive howls and roars.

There are a number of distinctive Chewie sounds that those familiar with the films will recognise, with different ones being triggered by how much the jaw is opened.

My daughter is really enamoured with it, and the overall effect is pretty theatrical.

Check out the Chewbacca mask with moving mouth in action:

Adorable eh? And as you can see, it’s perfectly paired with a Dorothy dress 🙂

This is a great addition to my daughter’s dress up box, and she really enjoys terrorising  friends and family with it.

As with many of the toys available in this new wave of Star Wars merchandise, I would have loved this as a kid too.

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The Star Wars The Force Awakens Chewbacca Electronic Mask has an RRP of £29.99.

  • Movie-like appearance
  • Open mouth slightly to hear Wookiee howl
  • Open it wider, and Chewbacca’s roar gets louder
  • Adjustable straps

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Disclosure: We were gifted this item free of charge for the purposes of this review.

 

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