How are you going to get your Star Wars action figures around the galaxy? How about in brand new Star Wars vehicle playsets? The Mandalorian Imperial Troop Transport and The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett's Slave I bring iconic vehicles from the Star Wars saga to life for 3.75-inch action figures. Each one, sold separately, is part of The Vintage Collection, and as such, comes packaged in throwback packaging featuring the Kenner logo.
Straight from the live-action Mandalorian TV series on Disney+, the Imperial Troop Transport is an imposing mode of transport used to move the Empire's soldiers from location to location. The toy version has wheels on the bottom to easily roll it along. Six bays on the sides can hold action figures, which are sold separately, and two of the bays have opening doors. There's also a swiveling turret on the top, as well as an opening hatch. For easier access to the Transport's interior, just remove the entire roof. Inside you'll find four fold-down seats (and two that are just for show), plus a weapons rack for hanging accessories. The rear door also lifts up. Two doors on the front open up to reveal a cockpit that seats two action figures, with swiveling control panels for each. This vehicle also has really nice detail to make it look weathered and worn, as well as textured parts that mimic the look of metal and electronic components.
From The Empire Strikes Back, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, there's Boba Fett's Slave I vehicle. This is the vehicle that transported Han Solo in carbonite to Jabba the Hutt. And this toy version even includes a Han Solo in carbonite piece. Other realistic features include an opening cockpit with a seating area that locks into place when the vehicle is in landing mode, but lift up the vehicle and move both wings to flight mode to unlock it. Looks like there's space for three action figures. There are two projectiles at the bottom of the ship, and they are very hard to launch. The buttons on the sides of the ship are easier to push, and these launch two pretend missiles. There's also a pull-down ramp so the action figures can pretend to board the ship. And if you pull down on a lever above the ramp, you'll be able to put Captain Solo in the cargo hold. There's also another accessory that looks like a coffin, and this is the piece that the instructions show going into the cargo hold. But you can play however you want. The ship's side panel also opens up for access to the ship's interior. This is a big vehicle, standing between 18 and 19 inches tall, and it includes a display stand so you can show it off in your collection when not playing with it. The ship does not include any action figures.
These ships have such great detail that older Star Wars fans and collectors will appreciate them. We especially like the display stand for the Slave I because it definitely helps to show off the awesomeness of the ship. Lack of action figures isn't a problem because we're sure that hardcore Star Wars fans already have plenty at home that will work with these ships. There's a lot of playability for the younger fans.
However, we were a little disappointed with the way pieces fit together on the Slave I. Some parts didn't open very smoothly or were hard to close all the way. And for both ships, it would have been cool to hear movie sound effects, especially when considering the higher price tags.
Both of these Star Wars vehicles are for ages 4 and up. They'll appeal to fans and collectors.
On the Imperial Troop Transport, it was a little hard to open the cockpit doors.
Assembly is required for Boba Fett's Slave I. Figuring out the stickers was a little tricky. Some of the Slave I's parts didn't open or close very well, and it was really hard to launch the projectiles.
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