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My son loves this
on 3 November 2013
While understanding the cash cow nature of the franchise, my 6 yo son loves these things so getting this set was pretty much essential. The pieces are sturdy and the launcher seems like it is capable of withstanding a decent amount of use. The actual Star Destroyer is a little complicated for smaller children to construct as there are no real instructions and you have only the picture on the box to go by but with a bit of help it comes out quite impressive looking. My boy soon after started making his own designs so there are enough blocks to make a variety of constructions to knock down.
The birds themselves are made of a slightly softer rubber than those pre-telepod ones for those that are familiar with them, which makes them less likely to scuff or dint. The details of the characters are painted on a bit haphazardly compared to earlier editions, with a bit of paint run here and there, but the important thing is that my boy doesn't care and is actually amused by the more 'organic' slightly melted look of the characters that brings out more personality.
The use of the characters with the Angry Birds Star Wars II tablet game can be a bit fiddly depending on the nature of the tablet used. Using the special base, the character was quite easily recognised by an IPod Touch 4th gen, and this version even has a guide as to where to place the base, but on a larger Android Acer Iconia 510 tablet, it took a little more work(the tablet isn't listed as being supported but it works)as there is no guide and one needs to shine a bit of light on the base so the camera can pick up the symbols and incorporate the character into the game.
Finally, there isn't all that much educational value to this set, except to develop the usual skills that come with creating things out of blocks and working out the physics necessary to launch rubber creatures at the creations to knock them down. But judging by my son's reaction this thing is a lot of fun and the fact that 6 of the 10 characters are unique to this set pretty much keeps all parents with children who are into collecting these, somewhat captive regarding whether to get this or not.
Recommended toy for real Angry Birds fans.