Friday, December 15, 2017

Ornament Review: X-Wing Starfighter - Star Wars Storytellers - 2017 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Great sculpt and sound, interactive
Cons: It would be nice if more lit up.
The Bottom Line:
Light side represents
Luke in climatic battle
Storytellers piece

The Light Side Gets Power, Too

The third of Hallmark’s 2017 Star Wars Storytellers ornaments came out in October, and it was the first time we got a ship for the heroes, the X-Wing Starfighter.  It’s a great way to round out this first round of releases.

Of course, the X-Wings are the ships used by the rebellion in the original Star Wars movie.  And this ornament captures them perfectly.  We’ve got the long cockpit with the wings out the back.  The majority of the ornament is a grayish white with the proper orange highlights.

What the title doesn’t tell us is that this is Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing.  How do I know that?  It’s because of the sound we get when this ornament is plugged into the Power Cord (sold separately).  When you press R2-D2, who doubles as the button, you hear parts of the scene from the climatic battle against the Death Star.  All told, this scene lasts just under a minute.

Of course, the best part of these Storyteller ornaments is that they interact.  When you have all three of the Star Wars ornaments released this year, you get four and a half minutes of scenes from the original Star Wars movie, mostly from the climax, some of which you won’t hear unless you have all the ornaments.  We will get four more Star Wars ornaments over the next two years, which will add to the fun.

There is a light element to the ornament as well.  When plugged into the power cord, the cockpit lights up, and when this ornament is sharing dialogue, it flashes.  While I wish more of the ship lit up, at least it is in the front of the ornament so it is easy to see.

The wings of the ornament provide just enough of a lift to the ornament that the cord can connect to the bottom without making it tip.  However, you really want to add these to your tree, right?  As such, you’ll find that it hangs straight thanks to the well-placed loop sitting just behind R2-D2.

These ornaments truly are great, and they are something that can be enjoyed year-round.  While on the expensive side, Star Wars fans will love having the X-Wing Starfighter in their collection.

Original Price: $39.95

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