Unlike Master Optician, I’ve never been a DIY kind of guy. The only experience that I’ve had with these kind of manuals is another fake repair manual (the Enterprise Haynes Manual). When this manual came out I was interested but not terribly anxious over it. References books are fun but I usually prefer a novel or a graphic novel any day (The Essential Guide to Warfare is a major exception). That was until I actually got a copy and started to flip through it.
This book is really well done. I loved the pictures spread throughout the book, as well as the diagrams and schematics. It’s a visual feast to pour over the diagrams of the Millennium Falcon and learn about the various systems of the ship, though there is more than just that to this book. The book details the history of this legendary ship, as well as the history of the YT-1300 Light Freighters. It’s a lot of fun to read about the origins of the Millennium Falcon. With this kind of detail the Millennium Falcon, always a constant presence in the films and EU, becomes a kind of character itself. There are flaws in the book, including some typos, but really nothing major. The book is a terrific reference guide for those of us who love the ships of Star Wars (my X-Wing model when I was a kid was one of my most prized possessions).
There are plenty of things here for everyone. The detail oriented fan and the casual fan will love it equally (I’d especially recommend it for fans of James Luceno’s novel Millennium Falcon). I don’t think that this book is an essential buy but there’s no denying that it’s a lot of fun. The range of this book is impressive with all kind of details (weapons & engineering, crew facilities, etc.) included. If you’ve got the money and the inclination, then this is the book for you.
Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual receives a 4 1/2 out of 5.