How do you fancy a model build so frustrating and fiddly and badly planned out that it challenges your opinion of the entire franchise? Interested in banging your head against the desk in frustration when the model keeps falling apart so you’re just going round in circles? Well congratulations, this is the book for you.
In principle this was nearly great. The card is thick and bold, and the principle quite an honourable one- and a very nice change from everything being plastic.
But in practice, it’s a pain in the backside. There are genuine mistakes in the printing- for example piece ‘P’ is labelled as piece ‘Q’, and the piece marked as ‘U’ in the instructions is completely different from the piece that actually has the letter ‘U’ on it. The instructions are black-and-white line diagrams, which when it comes to nearly symmetrical pieces, gives you no indication of which is the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’- which is a crucial mistake when you’re several steps further on and realise that a piece was meant to be the other way up. It’s hard to tell because some pieces have to be wedged into holes you’ve already used, some don’t. The diagrams are really weak and make you really, really wish that Disney had managed to sequestrate somebody who worked for Lego and who could show them how toy construction diagrams are meant to be done.
The 32-page book at the front is fairly nice, circa 8-year-old level Star Wars material consisting of story recaps centred around the Falcon (for example details of all the planets that the Falcon is seen visiting in the movies), some maze puzzles, and a page left nearly-blank for you to draw your own spaceship (rather a cheapskate way to fill a page…). However the book can’t be detached from the building sheets, meaning that if you want to hang on to the front bit, you have to keep the whole thick hardbook book- even though most of it’s now empty and could have been recycled.
In principle I really wanted to love this model. But the instructions are so genuinely bad that I was gritting my teeth in genuine fury, and I’m a grown-up who’s supposed to know better. If you’re thinking of buying this, maybe wait until the second edition when they’ve fixed the instructions.