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It was my sons 6th birthday in May and being Star Wars mad we had little choice but to get him a Star Wars toy for his main present.
Looking around on Amazon (I had some dooyoo vouchers hee hee) I came across the Revell Millenium Falcon kit. I knew my son loved this ship from the films and wanted a toy of it but was even more convinced he would really enjoy building his own version of it before playing with it.
The kit comes in pieces obviously with a top and bottom of the main ship already in one piece in halves though. Then you get two sheets with loads of little pieces attached to it by little plastic tabs. Looking at this initially I thought it would take hours to build but setting myself up at the table I found it actually took me about an hour and a half (my son was less interested than I had anticipated).
The time consuming part of it was actually finding the pieces on the plastic sheet. Although each piece has a number etched next to it, which has to be tallied up to the number in the instruction booklet, the pieces are not in numerical order but rather dotted all around in no particular order over the two sheets.
I found this to be extremely frustrating and whoever designed this kit must have been a little sadistic to be honest. You needed to check the instructions to see what number piece you needed next and then hunt all round over the two sheets to find the corresponding number on there. To make matters worse the numbers were simply etched into the plastic, the same colour as the background, so you really had to look hard to find the correct one. In my opinion it would have been much easier if the makers had put every piece in numerical order on the sheets and put the numbers in a different colour to the background plastic as well.
It states on the box and over the instructions that this kit can be put together without the need for glue or any other fixing solution and that all the pieces simply click together. I was extremely pleased about this when we ordered it, as I thought if my son was helping me to build it he would not want to start glueing and waiting for it to dry etc. However on putting it together I did find a few pieces that would have benefitted from being glued as although they did just about click into place it was a bit wobbly and glue would have given it that tiny bit of extra stability. It said in the instructions on various pages that you could glue if you wanted to but it wasnt necessary. In hind sight I probably would have chosen to glue a couple of the sections because although nothing has fallen off it, I do feel it is a little flimsy in some areas and would benefit from that extra security to ward off tears before bedtime!
Manufacturers state that the minimum age for putting this kit together would be five years but I would disagree with this based on my sons abilities and knowing what it takes to get some of the pieces to snap into place. I would suggest a minimum age of seven or eight to actually put it together and five would be fine to play with it.
Once finished however the overall ship is pretty impressive and a fairly good size. Because it is hollow it is very light and easy for kids to pretend to be flying through the air, but on the negative side of that the lightness does make it feel flimsy and delicate and it cant just be put in the normal toy box and has to have its own place on top of the chest of drawers in my sons room.
Overall I am satisfied with the finished product for what it is and my son has had enjoyment from it since I made it but not really as much as I would have hoped for. I think he feels it is slightly boring compared to the electronic versions out there, and in hind sight I may well have plumped for a sturdier version with more to do on it, instead of a kit form. The lack of noise and extra functionality has made it one of those toys that are played with for a short while and then forgotten about and for £30 and the work that went into putting it together this is a real shame.
If you are Star Wars mad then this may be a good adult model to have on the bookcase or somewhere but for a kids toy it is a let down.
Fully painted snap Model Kits. This Corellian tranporter is reputed to be one of the fastest and best-equipped ships in the galaxy. The Millennium Falcon may look old and broken down, but continual modifications have made it into something special. The crew has for years consisted of the reckless pilot and smuggler, now hero of the rebel alliance, Han Solo, and his co-pilot and technician, the trusty Wookiee, Chewbacca. The Corellian transport type YT-1300 played an important role in the destruction of both battle stars and is probably the most famous ship in the galaxy. Inside the ship there is a hyperdrive that gives it almost double the speed of any Imperial star cruiser. The heavily armoured Falcon has an illegal bank of sensors that can track distant Imperial ships before they are aware of its presence. The ship goes into battle with the most up-to-date Imperial deflector system, two quad laser cannon and two disruptors.