Whilst at the Star Wars Celebration Europe the other month I came across the fine people at My Urban Funk, who have been kind enough to provide several of their products for testing and review.
Seeing as how Star Wars was where this started I thought it only logical that we kick these reviews off with the Millennium Falcon and Death Star 3D wall lights/decals.
Now, I kind of love the 3D wall lights we’ve been seeing over the last few years – if you’ve been around on various social media and blogging sites you’ll already be familiar with the Marvel lights that started the craze. At first you could only get them in US department store Target (and then for an extortionate price on eBay) and then slowly Thor’s hammer, Hulks fist, Cap’s shield and Iron Man’s mask started cropping up at conventions here in the UK. Now they’re a bit easier to find than over the last several years and, thankfully, the price has gone down. I own most of the original Marvel lights (along with the Spiderman’s face light, which creeps me out to no end) and have since been ogling some of the other fandom lights that have been produced recently. My Urban Funk do a good range of these lights on their site and I was impressed with the ones on display at the Star Wars Celebration Europe, although much like with the Spiderman mask light I am a little dubious about having the likes of Yoda or Darth Vader gawping down at me as I get ready for bed.
That’s why I was immediately drawn to the Death Star and Millennium Falcon lights; two of the most iconic builds from sci-fi or fantasy and no unsettling feeling of being watched! (I will note that this is just how I feel, there are millions out there who have no care about a face sticking out of their wall and would, in fact, love the Darth Vader and Yoda lights).
I love all of the star ships and fighters from Star Wars and am not ashamed to admit that I have bed sheets with blueprint like drawings of different ones from the films all over it (as you may be able to spot in some of the photos) So it was a real thrill for me to unbox these two lights and get to have a good old look over of them.
All the 3D lights come with a decal wall sticker that you can put behind the light itself, you really do need to follow the instructions before just whacking them onto you walls as although it’s relatively simply there IS a process to putting them on – which I have oh so helpfully not done because, as I found out from using one of those “like nails” sticky things, the painted over wallpaper in my bedroom crumbles away pretty easily. All the lights come with the right number of screws and screw brackets needed to place on the walls and if you do use the decal stickers they have clearly marked spots to show you where to hammer the nails in order to hang the lights. You can use those sticky pad things (like I did) if you can’t/don’t want to hammer nails into your walls, just be aware that pulling the lights off may cause some damage.
I started off with the Millennium Falcon as it looked to be the more detailed of the two. The Falcon is the only light I’ve seen that actually have some colours in the decal stickers, and that makes the “Crashing through the wall” effect look even better. The detailing of the light itself is pretty good – it’s not an in-depth, totally screen accurate replica, but I wasn’t expecting full detail as it IS a light and not a collectable model. However, it is still a fairly good reproduction with lots of small detail included on the body of the ship, as a lifelong fan of Star Wars I’m pretty pleased with how the light looks. I would have expected there to be some battle damage included on the ship, considering it’s supposed to be crashing through, mid-flight. Instead it is a rather pristine Falcon you’ll have adorning your walls, perhaps the old girl how she was BEFORE Han Solo got his smugglers mitts on it?
Dimensions: 40.1 x 9.3 x 23.0 cm Uses x3 AAA batteries, Lights are efficient LED bulbs
The Falcon does look impressive when it’s up on the wall and you can tilt and angle it to your heart’s content. It was difficult to get a decent photo of the ship when it was lit up, so I had to pop the hall light and some of the effect doesn’t translate into the photo, but both the front and back light details of the Falcon are quite bright – the blue tail lights illuminated quite a bit of the wall and the room, although not making things overly bright. The effect of the blue light in one corner of the room was pretty cool but I can see it being diminished somewhat if you had another 3D light next to the Falcon, or anything that would block the way. The front lights have differing brightness and I do feel that maybe the front two may be a bit too strong, as I was moving around that side of the room I did find the lights shining into my eyes on occasion and being a little blinded by them.
Overall, the Falcon is a pretty cool decorative piece and it would definitely fit in nicely with any fan’s collection or even just as an interesting feature/talking point for a casual fan of the franchise.
I do think that the light would benefit from having some more paintwork detail or some pin holes in the body of the ship to make it look like little lights on throughout the Falcon, but then again that would just be my preference. Because of the placement of the lights (front and back) the Falcon would look better on a wall with no other lights of decorations that would get in the way, plus the decal sticker is quite big so you do need plenty of space if you’ll be using it.
And now, the Death Star.
Dimensions: 31.9 x 16.7 x 31.3cm Uses x3 AA batteries and efficient LED bulbs
Guys, I LOVE the Death Star. Not the 3D light My Urban Funk sent me (well, ok I love that one too) but just the Death Star in general. When I was but a tiny Geek, unable to grasp concepts more advanced than “Oh, a Princess!” and “Droids!” or “Zzzzoom, zzoom Lightsabers!” when watching the films (no word of a lie, VHS copies Star Wars being put on for us to watch is one of my earliest memories) I recall the images of the Death Star being so striking to me; this gigantic, moon sized thing where Darth Vader stalked the hall ways and X-Wing fighters flew around mad made craters.
The 3D light is pretty standard at first glance – it’s not overly detailed, rather less so than the Millennium Flacon , and its decal sticker is the `crack in the wall` kind you get with most of the other lights, no suggestion of kinetic movement like with the Flacon.
Obviously being what is essentially a big, grey orb, the Death Star is not, at first glance, the most impressive of Disney’s 3D light range that they created for Star Wars but it is still pretty neat and large enough to be somewhat impressive. However, I must admit to liking the Death Star light more than the Falcon one, and that’s all to do with when you actually turn it on and then turn off the room lights.
It took me a moment to realise the full effect the Death Star has when illuminated in a dark room, I was admiring how it looked in of its self and happened to glance around to grab my phone to take a photo. The pin holes on the light its self creates the look of the whole room being strewn with little stars. It’s so nice to look at, it turned my room into a little galaxy and I couldn’t have loved it more. I am definitely enamoured with the Death Star light and look forward to making it a more permanent fixture in my home.
I really am rather fond of the 3D lights from My Urban Funk, the Star Wars collection all in all seems like a really fun way to decorate whether you’re on the side of Dark or Light.
GS Ratings: 4/5 for the Falcon and 5/5 for the Death Star
GS REVIEWER: Fia @madame_fifi