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Star Wars: Smuggler's Starship: Activity Book and Model (Star Wars Construction Books) Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016
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The model kit uses foam board that slots into each other. So there's no glue or little plastic pieces. I don't profess to be any good at making models, but I found the instructions easy to follow and the model pieces fit together well. It can get a wee bit fiddly, but nothing too frustrating. As you can see from the photo it looks pretty good on completion. You could even use a bit of glue to secure pieces together for display.
Overall this would be a great to take on holiday as something for kids to do. There's enough to keep them quiet for quite a while. Even better if they're Star Wars fans as the final model looks really good.
It's a nicely made package with lots of Star-Wars-related games and facts, plus of course a small model Millennium Falcon to make, out of reasonably strong cardboard.
To avoid disappointment, do note that, as per my heading, while I expected this to be A4-sized (ie the size of a normal piece of office paper), it's actually A5 (or half the size).
To be fair the Amazon description does say that its dimensions are 13 x 2.4 x 18 cm, but that's easy to miss or not read properly.
Still i think for the price it's worth it.
Note I haven't built the model as we've got it for a very early Christmas present, but it looks nicely designed, and sufficiently detailed and also robust.
If you have Star-Wars mad kids and want to get them something with simple but fun activities, this seems a fairly-priced deal.
UPDATE - our friends' son loved it, not jsut teh model but the puzzles as well - was a real hit :-)
The illustrations in the Activity Book are simple but attractive, in full colour. It's nice to see a mention of Nar Shaddaa aka "Smuggler's Moon" in the introduction to the Lando's Lot game. In fact this mention is more entertaining than the game, which consists of counting the different types of vehicle.
Elsewhere there's a logic puzzle based around a Sabacc tournament, anagrams to unscramble, Chewbacca-inspired Sodoku, dot-to-dot puzzles, mazes to explore and codes to unravel. You get the idea. This is a nicely-designed book and model with high production values, but which didn’t appeal to either me or my son.
Here's your chance. OK so it it's made out of sturdy pop-out-and-slot-together cardboard but it'll
give you and the kids something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon without breaking the bank.
When completed and mounted on its stand it measures 5 1/2" from nose to tail and 5 1/4" across.
It's housed in a hardcover folder which also contains a Star Wars activity book and assembly
instructions which do not require a degree in aeronautical engineering to complete the task!
May The Force Be With You!
There is a small booklet at the front with a selection of activities - various simple puzzles, basically - and in the middle are the instructions you’ll need to put together the model which actually makes up the bulk of the activity book.
The model itself is very small, consisting of pre-cut parts in six sheets of paper-covered foam. Push the parts out and using the instructions provided you’ll have a Millennium Falcon of sorts in just a few minutes.
On the one hand this is a nice idea. On the other hand there is probably only a couple of hours of entertainment to be had out of it, the model is small and rough-looking, and for what it is, the price is just too high.
I would imagine this would suit an 8-12 year old Star Wars fan, and maybe make a long car journey enjoyable for the child. And the adult driving ;-)