Monday, October 24, 2011

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Hasbro's Operation Star Wars Edition Game

My husband is a Star Wars fan through and through.  I have also enjoyed the movies since I was a child.  I am unsure whether a love for all things Star Wars is a hereditary trait, but if you base this theory on our children, then it is definitely possible.  For example, out of the infinitely vast selection of Hasbro board games in existence, the Operation Star Wars Edition game is one of the ones our oldest son was most excited about.  There is also a Star Wars version of the board game Trouble out for 2011, but I think the Operation game has a much higher Star-Wars-geek-coolness factor.

I had not tried my hand at Operation since I was a child and, if I recall correctly, I was especially unskilled at it.  I was mentally prepared for our 7-1/2 year old son to beat me, but the outcome was very different from what I had expected.

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The object of the game is to remove the faulty parts from R2D2 with C3PO by his side.  Some of the parts that needed to be removed are a Hiccupping Princess Leia Hologram, a Cranky Crank Shaft, and an Overweight Glob of Grease that bears an uncanny resemblance to Jabba the Hutt.  The coolest part about this game is the realistic sounds that come straight from the Star Wars films, such as R2D2's high pitch scream and C3PO's  offering use of his own parts to help his friend.

Although this game is recommended by Hasbro for children ages 6 and up, I agree with what is recommended on ThinkGeek's website, which is 8+.  Our son is great manual dexterity, but he struggled with not touching the sensors with the tweezers.  I, on the other hand, was quite surprised that I only touched the sensors with the tweezers on a single occasion.  I already saw much improvement by the end of the game from our son, so I am sure he will continue to improve with a little more practice.

Hasbro's Operation Star Wars Edition game retails for $29.99.  It does require four AAA batteries, so keep that in mind if you are buying this game for a gift.  You can find this game and tons of gifts for geeks on

Thank you to ThinkGeek for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing a gift certificate for our contest prize.

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