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My other half is a massive Star Wars fan and on a recent trip to the toy store to get some 'Santa' gifts for our kids, he picked up one of these Star Wars fighter pods four packs. They were reduced in Smyths to £4.99 and my hubby wanted one with an R2 D2 figure in it. Luckily, they come in clear plastic domes, so he was able to find the exact one he wanted pretty easily. The figures available seem to come from all 6 of the Star Wars live action movies, as well as from the Clone Wars animated TV series.
Inside the box are four tiny rubber figures and two plastic balls, that come apart in half so as you can put the figures inside. The figures have little holes on the bottom so they attach to a little spur inside the ball to hold them in place. I understand from the packaging that they are used in some sort of game, that seems to involve using the balls to knock down opposing figures. Kind of like an intergalactic version of marbles or skittles. The box is pretty vague on the details of how the game is played.
To be honest, nobody in my house uses them in this way. My husband kept the R2 D2 figure he wanted, which he can now display on one half of the little pods, by attaching it to the little spur. The other figures in the pack were given to our four year olds - I feel that they are suitable for my sons to play with, though with younger children they would be a choking hazard, as they are very, very small. My sons play with them in much the same way they play with any action figures, and I'm quite pleased with this as it encourages imaginative play and they are happy enough acting out scenes from the movies with the help of some other Star Wars toys they own. The sculpt on the figures is very good, and the attention to detail was impressive enough to pass muster with my husband, who has been buying and collecting Star Wars figures for years and has spent a lot more than this on them. They are cute versions of the characters rather than realistic.
I don't think I would have necessarily bought this set for my sons, but I was surprised at how much enjoyment they got out of the little figures - it turns out that they don't always need lights and sounds to keep them engaged! However, they seem expensive for what they are, even at the reduced price, and appear to be more of a collectible than anything else. The 'game' aspect is pretty poorly thought out, with little in the way of details on the packaging about how to play. I had to go to the website to find out how to do it, and I don't think that's something I should have to do when I buy a new toy! My husband would have me give them 4 stars as he is pretty pleased with the purchase (but agrees the game is rubbish.) I, however, not being blinded by a love of Star Wars, can't really justify that fourth star. Maybe if they were cheaper I'd feel more positive about them, but as it is, I feel like I'm paying for the Star Wars branding more than anything else.
My friend had been asking what my son may like for his birthday and what immediately came to mind was a pack of the Star Wars fighter pods which he had seen on television and been going on about ever since. My friend purchased two of the four packs for my son and this is my review of those.
What is it?
The Star Wars fighter pods are basically mini Star Wars figures which can be attached to a clear plastic pod which can be spun and so they "fight".
The toy comes packed in a relatively small pack which features a clear plastic domed front so that you can see the pods and figures inside which is a good idea as there are a few different sets and so obviously you want to know what you are getting in each one to avoid duplication. In the four pack set you get four mini figures and two pods.
Inside the pack each figure is stood in its own little section and so they stand nicely in the pack and make it look appealing to the eye, especially for a young child I would think. The fact that cartoon style figures of Star War characters and the Star Wars familiar name feature on the pack makes it even more attractive to the eye in my opinion.
The Star Wars fighter pods are made by Hasbro and so a well known and in my opinion trusted toy manufacturer and so I was sure that the quality of the toy would be high and considering that a four pack of the small toys costs £6.56 on amazon and more probably in some other stores I was fully expecting a good quality toy.
As soon as my son's friends left after his birthday party he was keen to open the gifts that they had brought and when he opened the Star Wars fighter pods his opinion was clear to see as he had a huge grin on his face and wanted to get them out straight away. I only wish that this pleasure had been more long lasting as he began to play with the toy!
My first reaction, I have to say, was how small the toy was for the money and really how little that you actually get for your money. I realise that this seems to be the case for many toys these days especially with something with a branded name but I was still a little shocked. Despite this as long as my son was going to be happy playing with the set I wasn't too concerned.
My son got all of the little figures out of the pack and assembled the two fighter pods as well. The clear plastic pods just slot together very easily as they come in two halves and so this wasn't tricky for my son to do at all. The pods also can be used to either store a figure in or when split in half can be used as a stand for the figures as well to keep them safe. The actual figures have a hole in the bottom and so they can sit on one of the little spikes on the pods and be quite secure on there.
At first my son tried to play with the pods on the carpet but as you need to spin them, almost like a spinning top, this didn't really work well on the surface. As such he went in to the hallway where we have laminate flooring and played with them there. Whilst they did move better on the laminate floor my son struggled to make them battle with each other and became a little frustrated. I then suggested perhaps if he used the figures from the other pack too to create a good side and a bad side he could use the spinners to try and knock them down and see which side won. This seemed to please him more as he felt like he had some focus to his play but it was short lived in all honesty and he soon became bored.
The Star Wars fighter pods have been played with just a couple of times since my son's birthday and it seems such a shame that my friend paid around £13.00 for the two sets and he just hasn't really had any fun with them. I am not even sure if he had a whole lot more mini figures he would like it any more as he has used the pods with his Lego figures as part of the armies and he still doesn't really get much more than five minutes enjoyment at a time from the toy.
I can't really recommend this toy as my son just doesn't get enough enjoyment from them to warrant the price and they are just shoved in a drawer for the most part. They are well made and the little figures have some nice detail it is just the whole concept of the game which doesn't work too well for my son as he finds it soon becomes boring and is almost not worth getting them out for such a short amount of time.
Thank you for reading my review!