As a Star Wars Collector, the magnetic floating Millennium Falcon statue from the Egg Attack series is a must have for any Star Wars fan.
This statue recreates the scene where the Millennium Falcon is escaping the Empire’s attack in Hoth, and this is the only premium-ranged Millennium Falcon sculpted in a cute styled form-factor. Of course, this Millennium Falcon also lights up, and can levitate with the help of powered electro-magnets.
The retails price for this is on the steep side, at S$250, but check out that spin. Isn’t it mesmerising?
When you pick up the box, you will immediately notice the heft to it. This is no kid’s toy. The packaging has a flap to opens, for anyone to see the replica Millennium Falcon within, as well as to marvel some of its designs and main features. The flap is also a sign that Beast Kingdom, the company who designed this product, is confident of the paint job, to allow potential collectors to preview the high quality detailing. However, it is a slight pity that the packaging box itself fell apart pretty easily, as there was not enough glue to hold the heavy contents of the box together.
Thankfully, the internals of the box is very well protected, with plenty of bubble wrap and protective plastic. It is not the most elegant way to protect the internals, but it definitely does the job. The first thing I noticed was that the weight from the box actually came from the magnetic floating base for the Millennium Falcon. This matches with the other magnetic replica reviewed, the Death Star speaker. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that this collectible comes with its own power adapter. This is a great addition, as the previous levitating Iron Man replica ran on batteries. This omits the need to regularly change the batteries, or watch the levitating display fall off once the battery runs dry.
Sculpt and Paint Job
As part of the Egg-Attack Series, this Millennium Falcon follows the shape of an egg and has very exaggerated sized cockpit, radar dish and guns. The engine and forward mandibles have also been shrunken, giving the Millennium Falcon a very unique cute look. The paint job is impressive too, as they include the iconic engine oil streaks, weathering and panelling details. The only detail missing is the scorched blast marks behind the radar dish.
I was particularly impressed by the amount of details at the inside portion of the Egg Attack Millennium Falcon’s mandibles, which looks similar enough to the actual studio scale Millennium Falcon. Both top and bottom AG-2G Quad laser cannons are rotatable.
Flotation and Lights
The main selling point for the Egg Attack Millennium Falcon is that it levitates and lights up. This is also the main reason why this collectible is priced so high. I didn’t have any issue getting the figure to float. First, you would need to cover the base with the protective cloth. It is very important to lay the base with the protective cloth while floating the figure as if you miss the sweet spot, the Millennium Falcon might be pulled to the base by the powerful magnet and this could potentially scrape off the paint jobs (and simulate more battle damage).
You would need to support the sides of the Millennium Falcon with your palms, and gently lower it onto the powered base, and feel for the sweet spot. As you do this, you can probably imagine Obi-Wan’s voice telling you to “Feel the Force” in your head. Gently release the Millennium Falcon once you feel it floating without your palm’s support. Once you get the Millennium Falcon floating, it will start rotating at a preset speed. The geek in me wished that I could control the speed of the spin, or simply make the Millennium Falcon hover in a static position without spinning though.
One really nifty feature is that when the Millennium Falcon is detected to be above the lighted base, it also automatically lights up, without a need for wires or a switch. The engines, head lamps and landing gear come with tiny LED light, but the true feat is in the way that they lighted up the the iconic engine glow. Alas, a part of me wished that the cockpit was also lit up. This is one of the few editions of the Millennium Falcons which lights up the landing gears.
The Articulating Stand
Now, even with the power adaptor, it is impractical to leave it rotating 24/7. This is where the inclusion of the articulating stand fits in nicely. I was hoping it will be included when I pre-ordered this. In the case of a black out, or if the magnetic floatation mechanism overheats and shuts down, the stand provides an alternative for long-term display. Yes, this means that the product will not float or light up, but it is safe and secure without the hassle of wires running into the display shelf.
As Han Solo would say, “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.”
The articulating stand has 2 swivel points and 1 rotating point, which allows the Millennium Falcon to be displayed at your favourite angle. It attaches to the base in a slot that is revealed by pulling out a panel. The stand also raises the Millennium Falcon high enough to avoid the magnetic field from the base. The stud on the stand was a bit tight, and I had difficulty inserting it fully into the Millennium Falcon, but it still manages to hold this awesome piece securely on my Millennium Falcon shrine.