I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hasbro. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
See the link at the bottom of this post to enter to win these toys. But please read my review first, because I worked very hard on it and I just know you will love it.
One of my earliest “cool kid” memories involves the “talent show” at Teacher Kimmy’s house in SE Portland. I was 5-ish, and kindergarten was treating me kindly. We got snacks on a schedule, the playroom walls were lined with the fake tree wallpaper that almost makes you think you aren’t in a stale basement, and there was a big train set that we were allowed to look at but not touch.
What a time to be alive.
Teacher Kimmy put on a “talent show” that year (hard emphasis on the quotes, because the talent was lacking in 1985), and I did what any other classically-trained vocalist would do:
I “sang” the Star Wars theme song.
There are no words, which I’m sure you already knew.
So I stood there on a “stage”, “singing” this “song”.
But that doesn’t matter. The point is this: I have been a Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember, and I cannot wait until STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS debuts in theaters on December 18. I already have three different dates set up to see the movie.
THREE DIFFERENT DATES.
As a Star Wars fan, I geeked out over the new Hasbro toys that celebrate the classic Star Wars characters and moments. When I had the opportunity to get my hands on them, I suddenly became the 5-year-old me, standing on a stage surrounded by “trees” (cheap wallpaper), singing the Star Wars theme song.
I was lucky to have most of my family over to play these toys with me, and what a family game night it was. With me, my daughter, my wife, my brother, my sister, my nephew, my niece, and my mother in the same room, the basement was really rocking as we enjoyed these three toys.
Electronic Catch Phrase: STAR WARS Edition Game (Ages 13 years & up; Players: 2 teams; Approx. Retail Price: $24.99; Available: September 2015 at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com)
This toy, which is very fun, is also VERY HARD. Even with the setting on “Apprentice”, the answers to a random game were: Levitate, Holster, Box Office, I’ve Lost R2, Retreat, Elevator, Bowcaster, and Bomber.
Those are not easy words to guess, especially when you can’t say any part of the word! But, with a decent Star Wars background, you should get a good portion of them.
But either way, the game was fun for me because I know a lot about Star Wars, and not fun for my wife, who has only seen parts of some of the movies. I won 17 straight games, skunking her in 12 of them. That’s what you get for not obsessively watching these movies as a child and young adult, Meg!
STAR WARS LOOPIN’ CHEWIE Game (Ages 4 & up; Players: 2-4; Approx. Retail Price: $24.99; Available: September 2015 at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com)
This is one of the greatest toys I have ever played. It’s hard to explain what I love about it, but I’ll do my best.
First of all, the name is incredible.
Second of all, Chewie is an absolute party animal.
I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, “I party that hard, and perhaps even harder sometimes.” But do you ever party that hard atop the Millennium Falcon?
I didn’t think so.
Third of all, kids love it. My nephew really enjoyed setting it up, as well as the whimsy of Chewie as he flipped and flew around.
He also loved taking the stickers off of the coins, which gave me a great opportunity to talk to him about not ruining Uncle David’s toys.
BOP IT! STAR WARS R2-D2 Edition Game (Ages 8 years & up; Players: 1 or more; Approx. Retail Price: $14.99; Available: Fall 15 exclusively at Wal-Mart)
It’s hard to even talk about another toy after playing with Loopin’ Chewie. Everything else pales in comparison, especially when it comes to the name. Toy makers, take notice: if your toy doesn’t have Loopin’ or Dodgin’ or Duckin’ or Skiddin’ in the name, I may not pick it up. Perhaps I’m spoiled by Loopin’ Chewie, but if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
However, with that being said, this is my favorite toy of the bunch. It takes far less patience than Loopin’ Chewie (love you, Loops) and WAY less brainpower than Catch Phrase. I love the combination of simplicity and complexity in this game. The game is simple: the R2 unit tells you what to do (in the voice of C-3PO), which involves bopping, twisting, or pulling a part of the toy. As simple as that sounds, it gets hectic as the speed picks up. So far I have a record of 37 points, which is incredibly good compared to my daughter’s score of 2.
She will be 11 months in a week.
The only downfall is that it is only available at one retailer, which may deter people from experiencing the true joy this toy brings.
In the end, these toys make for a great family game night. But if you’re anything like me, you will require your family to watch this original theatrical trailer before AND after you play the games.
And now, the moment you have been waiting for: your chance to win a Loopin’ Chewie toy of your own.
*I-C will randomly select 5 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.