What's cooler than a paper airplane? How about a paper airplane that looks like your favorite Star Wars ship? Star Wars Folded Flyers, a recently released craft book from Klutz, attempts to explain how to recreate origami versions of the Naboo Starfighter, Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader's Tie Fighter, T-65 X-Wing, BTL-B Y Wing, and Jedi Starfighter. Even though there is a small amount of cutting and taping involved in completing the projects, this is a creative way to interest young Star Wars fans in learning more about origami.
Star Wars Folded Flyers can be found at most major booksellers or through the Scholastic book fairs held at your local elementary school.
Author Benjamin Harper has done a great job of explaining the principles of aerodynamics as they apply to origami plane making. The book's introduction is easy to understand and applicable to much more than just the Star Wars models featured in the book.
The illustrations in Star Wars Folded Flyers are quite impressive. The diagrams are more detailed than what I've seen in other origami books. Written instructions are included for each step as well, so you don't need to worry about trying to remember what all of the various symbols mean.
Star Wars fans are sure to appreciate the bits of trivia scattered throughout the book. My son was especially pleased to learn more about the Millennium Falcon.
The paper included to help you fold your flyers is beautifully done. It's lightweight, easy to fold, and full of all the detail you would expect to see on the actual Star Wars ships. When your origami creations are complete, they look like real Star Wars ships. They'd be wonderful decorations for a Star Wars themed birthday party or a great display for a young Star Wars fan's bedroom. Display stands are included for your convenience and are very easy to assemble. If you run out, you can order more online through the Klutz website.
My main issue with this book is the suggested age range. It's labeled as being appropriate for children ages eight and up. My son will be eight in a few months, but he's probably about two years away from being able to fold anything in this book on his own. Many of the instructions were a bit confusing to me the first time I read them. I wouldn't recommend buying this book for anyone under 13, unless you have an exceptionally patient child or plan on providing a lot of adult assistance. The addition of a DVD with instructions, similar to what you find in Trash Origami, would have made the book much more appropriate for younger readers.
Another area of concern for people interested in purchasing Star Wars Folded Flyers is that the book description is a bit misleading. It says you can make 30 ships. When I purchased the book, I expected to find instructions for 30 different ships. Instead, there is enough paper included to make 30 ships – five of each of the six designs that are explained. About half of the book is the paper to make the ships.