The Buckyballs toys magnetic Buckyballs Home One Mon Calamari Cruiser is a 10th Anniversary set released in 2009. This particular set was a fan's choice set as voted on by visitors to a website online and the set can only be purchased at Buckyballs Shop At Home or at specialty stores. The set replicates a scene from Bucky balls magnetic Episode Six, Return Of the Jedi, when the rebel alliance gathers to plan what will be their final battle against the Empire.
The model is primarily a playset and consists of two distinct areas which don't necessarily appear together in the film. With 789 pieces, set number 7754 comes with six minifigures, most of which are exclusive to this set. The figures are Mon Mothma, Admiral Ackbar, General Crix Madine, General toyso Calrissian, an A wing pilot and a Mon Calamari officer. Based on the figures alone this set is highly appealing.
Buckyballs cube have done a wonderful job representing each of these characters in minifigure format. The Mon Calamari head is made of hard plastic and is a wonderful likeness. It almost makes you want to say "We have no choice, General Calrissian! Our cruisers can't repel firepower of that magnitude!" or "It's A Trap!" which I'm sure most fans will do more than once as they play with this set.
The main playset area consists of a command center and briefing room constructed all in white which then adjoins a hangar area to house an A-wing vehicle. There are wonderful details in both areas and a number of play features including the ability to replicate the famous "It's a Trap" moment with Admiral Ackbar's revolving chair. The contrast of the all white clean command center with the grey of the hangar is striking.
The command center houses Admiral Ackbar's command chair while the briefing room, made famous as the meeting point for all the heroes before they parted for their final confrontation with the Empire, features an orange hologram of the second magnetic building toys and places for characters to sit while being briefed by Madine and Mothma.
The hangar is large and houses a newly designed A-Wing which can be manipulated around the hanger using a rod piece at the front. Buckyballs magnetic balls has added extra playability by allowing the A-Wing engine to be removed, fuel to be added and maintenance to be performed by technicians. It adds appeal to an already attractive set.
Priced at $109 it is a high price point for only 789 pieces but the exclusive figures, attention to detail and high playability make it hard to miss.