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Star Wars
Origami 2


Author: Chris Alexander
Publisher: Workman Publishing
384 pages
ISBN: 978 1 5235 0873 0
Publication Date: 24 September 2020

Combining the mythic power of Star Wars with the fun of origami, here is everything you need to create a collection of characters, creatures, Jedi starfighters, and special objects - like Kylo Ren and Rey's lightsabers - imbued with a galaxy of meaning. Ingeniously designed by origami master Chris Alexander, each of the 34 projects includes illustrated step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished model. There is also a primer on origami definitions, symbols, how to make the basic folds, plus 72 sheets of unique folding paper bound into the back of the book to bring each project to life: the lovable porgs, the unfathomably evil Supreme Leader Snoke, Lando Calrissian's Millennium Falcon... and so much more...

If you bought the first Star Wars: Origami book then you'll pretty much know what to expect with this second volume. That book had 36 projects... and you could be forgiven for thinking that 36 is enough to keep anyone busy... or that all the best items have already been included in the first book.

Book 2 offers another 34 projects and includes some impressive new models, like BB8, the Y-wing, Sebulba's Podracer, the A-wing and Kylo Ren's mask. There's even an index that groups projects by skill level - so you can start with the easier models and move up as your skill and understanding of the art form grows.

There's an introduction on how to fold and what the diagrams in the book's instructions mean. But the best (and worst) thing is that each project has its own printed page at the back of the book. It's the best thing because it means that your projects will look amazing with the proper illustrations in the correct place when you've finished your folds... but it's also the worst thing because it means you pretty much have to destroy the book (thankfully there are perforations to ensure you don't damage the spine). It's also a good idea to either scan the pages or print off copies (keeping the original) so that you can remake these whenever you want.

I haven't attempted origami since I was a youngster in the '70s/'80s and I have to say it's not as easy as I was expecting... at first. But there's not a huge amount to get your head around and once you know what you're doing it's quite good fun. It'll certainly keep the kids amused on a rainy afternoon.


Darren Rea

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