With many toys hitting shelves in advance of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Hasbro is doing its best to make something for everyone. And, the problem with that approach is that you sometimes end up with some lackluster toys. Unfortunately, that's where this very basic Tie Silencer falls.
First off, the box is a basic rectangle, which will stack or stand easily and features an artist's interpretation of the ship, as well as a photo of a kid playing with the toy. He's smiling the forced smile of someone not really having a lot of fun.
The back of the box has a description that says, "Kylo Ren inherited amazing piloting skills from his father, though he uses these abilities to pursue the Resistance from the seat of his unique, angular Tie Fighter." Maybe they were afraid of acknowledging his grandfather, Anakin's flying abilities because it would make Kylo seem like the most unstoppable pilot ever.
This is a 10-inch version of the ship that was revealed on The Star Wars Show earlier this year, and while it's a great looking starfighter, this version suffers from lack of play value beyond imagination. It also loses a few points because the smaller scale means it doesn't fit in with the 3 3/4-inch line. It's possible to make it fit through forced perspective if you want to make it seem like Kylo Ren is flying around near, but never gets close enough to attack. That sure seems fun.
This ship is age graded for 4 and up, but they'll likely want to upgrade to the 3 3/4-inch line or play with Galactic Hero toys that combine figure and vehicle play. This isn't a bad toy, but it does nothing to distinguish itself from the rest of the line.
This is probably a good toy for anyone you're not close to that needs a birthday present and likes Star Wars.
When you open the box, you'll have to connect the wings to the ship's fuselage. It's easy to do, but kids will likely need an adult's help. One thing to note, since the wings push in, but don't snap into place, they tend to fall off during play.
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