Sunday, November 7, 2010

Review and Giveaway Contest! Star Wars Millenium Falcon YT-1300: A 3D Owner's Guide

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.
ISBN: 978-0-545-21038-6


  1. Wow! We are real fans of Star Wars.
    Please enter me.

  2. We have to pick a favorite movie? Agh. I've never been able to name a fav. It's between ESB and ROTJ. Let's go with ESB today.

    Why do I love Star Wars? Drama and adventure and romance and... lightsabers!

  3. Ohhh, my grandson would love this book! My favorite Star Wars is the first original Star Wars, the one that started it all. I love Star Wars for the life journey Luke makes. Plus the aliens (love the bar scene)

  4. I saw Star Wars when I was about 3 years old, at the drive ins with my parents. I don't remember going but I do remember insisting that everyone call me Princess Leia. Did I mention that I had my Gramma do my hair in buns and wore a billowing white shirt? I have pictures:)

    I can't possibly choose a favorite movie because my favorite is whatever one I am watching. I do like the original trilogy better, and not the ones that were fiddled with. Maybe ESB?

    The great thing about Star Wars is that the movies endure. My son, now 11, has been obsessed with Star Wars since he was about 4. He has dressed up like Anakin or a Stormtrooper for numerous Halloweens and we currently have a droid army ready for battle in his room (They are trying to beat the Marvel Universe guys). He's love this book!

  5. That book looks amazing!

    Let's see... my favorite of the movies would have to be Return of the Jedi. There's such a fantastic blend of humor and drama--I love the Ewoks, I love the happy ending, I love the *music*.

    Why Star Wars in general? I suppose you're looking for a deeper answer than "young Harrison Ford kicking butt in space" so I'll go with the adventure, the romance, and the Ewoks. :)

  6. Empire Strikes Back. Definitely...

  7. Harrison Ford kicking butt in space is a totally acceptable answer. My fave is Empire Strikes Back as well, for me it's the humor in it and the budding romance between Han and Leia. Oh, and hilarious Yoda! So many reasons to like that movie!

  8. I love books like this, looks awesome!

  9. That's east my favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back. I absolutely love the stuff with Yoda, and the Cloud city.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  10. I'm going to have to say Empire Strikes Back as well (hivemind). But I love all of them. I love Star Wars because of the culture it created, its huge following of contentious nerdy fans (nerds are sexy) and also ohmigod lightsabers. (Another good Star Wars movie is Fanboys.)


  11. I see a couple of people put an email address in their post and the rest didn't (at least as far as I can see). But here's mine to go with my post up above.

    kathybaug at aol com

    Hope it's ok to put this in a later post.

  12. My favorite was Empire Strikes Back.
    Why do I love star wars? Because it's STAR WARS! How could you not love it!?


  13. my fav was empire strikes back and love it for the adventure(s) - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  14. My favorite Star Wars film is Return of the Jedi. I fell in love with Star Wars as a child because of characters. They were all so weird and different from what I was used to seeing at that age.


  15. Sweet..I love, love, love ROTJ. I have a soft spot for Han Solo. :)

    This was one of the first movies my dad took me to see at the theater when I was a kid. I still love watching it now with my two kids.

  16. This looks great! I saw there was also a new Jedi book out. I hope they make sequels to the original trilogy eventually.


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