on May 20, 2012
My boys got this as a gift. I was leery since they are 5 and 6 1/2; I thought it might be too difficult for them. Our 6 year old can do all his own folding, but just needs help with the directions. Our 5 year old needs someone near by to help with the folding. But both boys made excellent finished products. Decent scissor skills is helpful, or have the adult cut out the pieces first. Honesty, I was surprised at how easy these are to put to together.
What I like most about this book is that you can make several of the same ships so we have three X-wing fighters flying around our house right now. So if you have several kids at home that would like this, one book will do you. A word of advise, make sure you have a roll of tape before beginning. Tape is really how these ships come together and stay together.
Our boys love the detail on these. The printing is good and the finished product has detail like the ships in the movies. It's not generic like I thought they would be. The X-wing fighter has an R2 riding along! We have made 3 different ships and both our boys completed (with help with directions) without any frustration!
on January 29, 2013
At our house, this is a two-man (two-kid) operation. It's especially good if Grandpa is here -- he's very good at folding.
One kid pulls the pages out of the book and slowly reads the directions. The other kid folds and tapes and figures the thing out. Then they switch. There are enough papers in the book to make multiples of each flyer.
And oh, yes. They do fly.
on February 14, 2015
My 9-year-old received this but his 12-year-old brother is equally enthusiastic about it. During the first two days they've had it, they've spent hours making the starfighters and flying them. The preprinted paper for the flyers is just the right weight and texture, and the designs are beautifully detailed. And they fly really well! An unexpected but added bonus: the book is much bigger than we expected; each of the six models has a couple of pages highlighting the model's pilot (Luke, Anakin, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, etc.) as well as the specs of the actual starfighter in the films, which made for entertaining reading. They even included a page of pre-cut tape pieces, making this a great travel item since it's all included. A lot of work and care went into the development of this book; this is the second Klutz kit we've bought and we're very impressed with the high quality and the sheer joy of creative fun which shines through the company's products.
on August 6, 2012
This book was awesome. It has pull-out pages with 30 amazing airplane -, actually, 30 spaceships from the Star Wars movies. Each one has a few information pages about the specific ship, the pilot and the ship, weapons and defense, and how it does in battle. Then there is a series of pages showing how to create the ship. It will be awesome fun for young and young at heart. The ships you will create are:
Naboo N-1 Starfighter
You have pull-out pages to make 5 of each of the ships. This book will provide hours of fun.
on July 17, 2012
Some of these are a little more complicated than others, but my 6 year old can usually do them alone. There is cutting involved, but the finished flyers are awesome. They have all the cool star wars detail, not just the shapes. Lots of fun for indoor crafts that don't make a big mess.
on May 24, 2013
My son suddenly developed a fear of flying in so far as he didn't think something as big and awkward as a jet passenger plane could actually fly. Nevermind the fact that we live close enough to LAX for him to see airplanes taking of and landing at least once a week when we drive past the airport. So I got this book of paper airplanes to see if making a flat sheet of paper fly could change his mind back in time for a decent summer vacation. He's 5 and his sister is 7 and they both loved the paper planes in this book. The star wars designs are pretty cool, and the simpler models they could each fold on their own with a little help from me. The more complicated ones, like the Falcon and TIE Advanced, I ended up doing most of the folding and cutting, but the kids still enjoyed playing with them.
As far as my son's fear of flying, I have no idea if the book did the trick or what, but he wants to get on a plane now.
on January 13, 2013
We bought this for our resident 8-year old Star Wars fan, and I will not gloss over the fact that making these flyers, at least for him, requires the active "assistance" of an older person. In reality, that means that I am the actual one making the flyer and that my son is the assistant (he's in charge of cutting and the dispensing of tape, as needed). So, you ask, Why should I get this for my kid? Simply put, it's a great way to spend some one-on-one time with your kid, that doesn't actually involve staring at a TV screen or playing video games. Sure, at first, I inwardly grumbled to myself about having yet another thing to do, in addition to my normal parent/family job. However, once we got going on the first flyer (X-wing), we became really absorbed in it through making sure the folds were just right, the cuts were just so, and that the tape went on the right spot, all the while with each flyer my son is learning to hold back and wait for his job, and for some of the easier folds, he actually gets to do those, too. He looks to me with a degree of admiration, not that I was seeking that, for having helped him make these really cool flyers to aid in the creation of his own Star Wars battles, and the beauty of it is that we have another tool to bond closer together.
Star Wars Folded Flyers is not origami, although, as the name indicates, folding is involved, as well as cutting and taping. The instructions and graphics are quite clear, and do require close scrutinization for accuracy, otherwise, the planes won't fly very well. Some of the folding, even with the aid of a recommended ruler, requires some hard pressing when folding multiple layers of paper. Accurate cutting skills is also required. There are pages at the back of the book that tear-out, and are imprinted in such a way that they come to look like the ultimate finished ship, and a bonus is that there are more than one of the flyers to make, so that more can be enjoyed as they get bashed flying around, or in case you mess-up on the construction. The end results are some pretty cool paper airplanes to fly around the house.