There is truly nothing better than starting your work day by unboxing a brand new toy from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The latest licensed Star Wars merchandise made its debut last week on “Force Friday.” It is estimated that the merchandise will bring in $5 billion dollars worldwide, with $1 billion coming from the United States alone. We here at Modis were more than happy to contribute to that figure. We placed an order for a number of different toys, and the first to arrive was the Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad (quite the name). We took it for many spins around the office, and in attempts to make it appear that we weren’t totally blowing off work, we decided to write a review for you, our loyal readers!
Air Hogs did a great job replicating the look of the Millennium Falcon. It features four rotors that are concealed in the body of the ships that allow it to soar throughout office spaces. Although we must insist that you please check with your upper management before trying it out. The Falcon also has built in LED lights and authentic flight and laser cannon sound effects. Much to our surprise, the ship appears to be made out of a styrofoam-like material, which gives it a very lightweight feel. However, our primary concern would be that this design choice would leave the ship easily susceptible to wear and tear. But just like Han notes in A New Hope, “she may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.”
If you’re ever flown a remote controlled airplane or drone of any sort, particularly one that is made by Air Hogs, you should have no trouble at all piloting the Millennium Falcon. For unexperienced users, it’s dual joystick controls make it very simple to get up to speed quickly, especially for anyone who has ever attempted to play a video game of any kind. The ship has 2.4 Gigahertz of communication, which enables you to control the drone up to 200 feet away. This was very impressive for the many people in our office who had never flown one before. The remote control requires 6 double A batteries which are not included with the package so be sure to have some on hand so your ship won’t be marooned on Cloud City, so to speak. We had to make use of the batteries from several of our very generous coworkers’ computer mice. The Millennium Falcon itself comes with a USB plug, allowing for an easy charge.
We purchased our Millennium Falcon from Wal-Mart’s online store for $88.84. It is still currently available on their site and they are still offering it at the lowest price.
We certainly enjoyed having this toy flying around the office, but we’re not so sure we would purchase it again, at least at its current price. The ship itself seems far too flimsy for something that costs upwards of $100+. A couple bumps into our walls and crash landings have already left damage marks on our beloved Falcon. It’s a fun toy, but it doesn’t seem like it’s made to last.
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