Star Wars: R2-D2’s Droid Workshop by Katrina Pallant and Szokolai Dergely (book review).

January 28, 2015 | By | Reply More

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On New Year’s Eve, prior to a glass of champagne, I sat down with my nephew, Freddie, and attempted Egmont’s fun ‘Star Wars R2D2’s Droid Workshop – Build Your Own R2D2’. This is a neat Star Wars activity book with plenty to entertain any young fan of the Force.

My nephew is seen and so he enlisted my help to build R2. Now a word to the wise, the instructions for building R2 were located in the middle of the other activities in the book. I didn’t find these to start with and consequently improvised a bit when it came to building the droid.

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The pieces that make up R2 are made from strong, thick, shiny cardboard. This is exactly the sort of robust material needed for a sturdy model like R2 and withstand the forcefulness of enthusiastic young hands. They are scored well, making folds easy to identify and manage.

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Each part is numbered and clearly indicates where parts should slot into other parts. Even if you don’t find the instructions, both kids and adults should be able to make a start on putting R2 together.

Overall, it probably took my nephew and me around forty-five minutes to piece the droid together. Some of the folding needs holding in place so I would recommend a temporary paper clip to help the pieces fit.

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The rest of the activity book features games, mazes and quizzes which my nephew enjoyed looking at while I worked on the droid’s trickier parts. The results though, I think, speak for themselves.

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I would recommend the ‘Build Your Own R2D2’ as a great activity to be shared between adults and kids or should keep older kids amused by themselves on a wintry afternoon indoors. I guess we wait and see if Egmont will be releasing a BB8 version this December…

John Rivers

January 2015

(pub: Egmont. 38 page large hardback. Price: £14.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-4052-7579-8)

check out website: www.egmont.co.uk

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