Review by AJProDie-Cast
Time is a weird thing. You turn around and months have passed, summer has expired, and you have little to show for it and no reviews in a loooong time.
This review is of the Code 3 Millennium Falcon. It was bought after an exhaustive search post-release and found brand new and never opened online for below MSRP!!!. I knew I wanted to review this baby, but I put it into a closet eight months ago and then with summer almost over I finally broke it out.
It comes in the typical dark black and graphic box of the other Code 3 items I have reviewed. If you need some context for the line you can see the Rebel Gunship, Darth Vader's Tie Fighter, X-Wing, and Slave I for the whole series.
The Code 3 Millennium Falcon lies in the typical styrofoam tray with a certificate (with patch), accessories case, acrylic and pewter plated base, and a felt stand.
It is around twelve inches long, over 80% diecast (all the Code 3 items weigh a ton), and finely detailed. The exposed areas can be left or can be covered with diecast plates.
It has a grooved stand that the ship can rest in at a "flying" angle.
Each plated is not only metal but finely detailed. The quad laser cannon cover has a clear plastic window, a black swivel gunner seat, and a 360 degree turning turret. The radar dish also has a full range of movement.
The cockpit area is wonderfully detailed and the cockpit (plastic, unfortunately) rests on top.
The other panels are all metal and lock in place with a combination of gravity and magnets.
Another cool feature is that you can swap either flat panels or landing gear for the Falcon.
You can display the Millennium Falcon in either stationary (I love the down ramp!) or flight looks.
I am not a huge fan of the clear plastic back for the engine exhaust (would have liked red).
That is a minor annoyance, however, in an otherwise great piece for my collection. I did add my little diecast guys for the last touch in my displaying it.
It is a high end collectible, no "playing" involved and very pricey. Around 295.95 MSRP. and now can go all the way up to 400 dollars (never mind shipping... the box is huge and the thing is very heavy.)
For me, it is everything I love, an icon from my childhood, finely detailed and crafted, and (of course) mostly wonderful and glorious diecast. The Code 3 Millennium Falcon is not for everyone, but for me it is one of the gems of my collection.
|Posted 26 August, 2012 - 22:34 by AJProDie-Cast|