I think most of the readers of this blog realize by now that I am a huge Star Wars fan. It might have been the Death Star pumpkin that gave it away, or the fact that I'll be dressing my dog up as Chewbacca for Halloween, or my near rant about the purity of the original Star Wars films. So, naturally I jumped at the chance to review a book exclusively about the fastest ship in the universe - the Millenium Falcon.
"Get the keys to the most famous ship in the galaxy! Explore the Millennium Falcon layer-by-layer, from the clandestine cargo bays to the highly guarded secrets to its speed. Not to mention all the laser cannons, cockpit controls, and circuitry bays you can handle—plus expert notes on those "special modifications" from the master of the Millennium Falcon himself, Han Solo. A must-have for any Star Wars fan."This book is a 3D owner's guide, and is formatted much the same as an owner's guide for a new car, with brief descriptions of all the important components, as well as recommendations on how to upgrade the ship while staying within 'Imperial' guidelines. Each page is a layer of the ship, each layered atop each other into a somewhat 3D version of the Falcon, if one were looking at the ship from directly above it.
There's lots of great little snippets of information about how the Falcon works, from hull plating to hyperdrive, to the Bacta tank that we see Luke in at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. There's often a bit of tongue and cheek humor in these information bubbles, such as an 'upgrade' bubble which says:
"Sensor-proof compartments were installed below floor panels. Compartments may be in violation of anti-smuggling ordinances."I'm sure Han's not worried about one little violation...or two...or three.
Most of the images are shots from the movies themselves, but there are a few illustrated images of the Falcon doing things we didn't see it do in the movies but is apparently capable of, such as a water landing complete with "optional pontoons." Other illustrated images offer readers an up close view of one of the coolest parts of the ship - the driver's seat. All those mysterious dials and switches and those things that look like DJ mixing equipment are drawn in detail, but there isn't much more information offered on what does what, save to say that there are "alternate flight controls" available, one would surmise, in order to accommodate different species.
The book itself looks pretty sleek, with thick cardboard pages and a layer of plastic within the cover to allow for a complete view of the Millenium Falcon through the front of the book. If you're into scifi technology, or are just a fan of the Falcon because of what it was and who its crew was, this is a great book for your collection.
Would you like to win a copy of this 3D Guide to the Millenium Falcon YT-1300? We have THREE copies available for giveaway (US residents only - sorry)! Enter by leaving a comment on this post letting us know what your favorite Star Wars film is and why you love Star Wars. The contest will run until Monday the 15th of November, and the winners will be drawn randomly from the list of comments. (Be sure to leave your e-mail address in your comment so I can contact you!)
May the force be with you, young padawans.
Written by Ryder Windham
Illustrated by Chris Trevas and Chris Reiff
Edited by Ben Grossblatt
Designed by Tyler Freidenrich and Stevern Walker
Publisher: Scholastic Trade Bookgroup, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.