Review: Millennium Falcon, Star Wars Builders

My lad has been waiting for .. what seemed to him like forever...until we could build this lovely kit that came our way via Raincoast Books.   Little did he know I had an agenda.

First... work through his Apologia Astronomy book and read through the book on Pluto. Now admittedly he's not completely done with the apologia study (but he's close), but he's got a cold, it's a blah rainy day and I thought.. why not today!  So that's what we did. :)  We opened up the kit Star Wars Builders Millennium Falcon.  Oh my, did the lad have fun!

What do you get?
This kit comes as a complete unit, a box attached to a book.

A clear direction sheet that has instructions on both sides. One to show the numbering, the other to show how to put it all together. 


The book is a nice one with good quality paper and full colour pictures throughout.  The text appeals to a variety of ages.   64 pages of good information for the Star Wars fan. 

The build is made of cardstock that is very thick and sturdy.   It has layers in it, but they are held together well and do not separate when putting it together.  One piece buckled a little when being bent to form the curved lines...but that was more a learning how much pressure needed to be applied.  It did not affect the integrity of the finished product.
An easy to put together 3-D puzzle.   Follow the instructions or it won't go together well.

My Thoughts
I have to admit that it was hard to not want to do the build myself or to offer help.  I contented myself with reading parts of the book out-loud to my lad and asking him how he thinks it reflects real life (as movies are supposed to reflect life right?).   It was enjoyable to listen to his thoughts.

New Horizons is a real spacecraft from Pluto Mission
Concern:
 
I can't say the box is very sturdy as it came to us ripped although it was in secure packaging and taped closed. None of the pieces were damaged as they were tightly packed, a good bit away from any damage to the box.  So I can't say the damage was really worth anything, just spoiled the initial look of the kit is all it did.
My Son's Thoughts:
My son loved this.  Oh my!  He had fun building it.  He thought it was one of the best builds he's ever done.


Kit Synopsis: 
Discover what makes the Millennium Falcon the most famous ship in the Star Wars galaxy with this awesome master builder kit! Featuring a 64-page book detailing out some of the ship's most daring adventures and introducing members of the crew, Star Wars fans will enjoy learning more about one of the most legendary starships in the galaxy. When fans finish the guidebook, they can follow the included instructions to build their own to-scale replica Millennium Falcon with the included cardstock model pieces. It's everything Star Wars fans need to begin an adventure in the galaxy far, far away. 

Where can you find it?

 Amazon.ca - Star Wars Builders: Millennium Falcon

 Amazon.com - Star Wars Builders: Millennium Falcon

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16 comments

  1. Awesome. My son would totally love this :) Thanks for telling us about it!

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    1. this was a very cool build. GET IT! :)

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  2. What in the world! That "quiz" was hard. I didn't know half the answers in your picture. I am shamed.

    ;)

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    1. you did the quiz? Oh my! Never thought anyone would do that... you should be ashamed for not knowing the answers.. so do what you need to.. WATCH MORE STAR WARS!!!! :)

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  3. What fun! Happy boy indeed :) My guy is a Star Wars fan, too.

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    1. it was a fun kit to put together. :)

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  4. How fun! While I am not a Star Wars fan (I don't mind it but it is not one I'd choose one my own), this looks like it was lots of fun. So glad you had a fun kit for him on an otherwise blah day.

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    1. REALLY? AH!!!! She doesn't like Star Wars!!! AH!!! (it's okay, I like it when it's playing but not glued to it like the boys). but the kit... it was great!

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  5. What an amazing project for a Star Wars loving kid!

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    1. It was a great project Kym

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  6. I had a kit like that when I was a kid! I loved Star Wars and had all the play figure dolls... (that probably dates me :) )

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  7. Oh, that looks like a great way to spend the day when you're not quite feeling up to par! What a cool kit.

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  8. My son would love this as well! He is a huge Star Wars fan. I'll have to check into this!

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    1. I'm guessing he'd be able to. Directions were easy, follow them and it works well.

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