New metal models of iconic "Star Wars" figures can be assembled without glue or tools, though they do require a solid chunk of time.
What you do is pop out the metal pieces and fold them up to create one of four models: an AT-AT walker, the Millennium Falcon, R2-D2, or a TIE Fighter (boo-hiss). Even though the models are tiny (R2 is 2.5 inches by 2 inches by 3 inches), they have truly impressive detail thanks to laser etching.
The kits, which use a fold-and-slot design and retail for $14.95 each, are officially licensed and come from Metal Works, which has put out similar models of items such as the Eiffel Tower, the Titanic, and an old-fashioned ferris wheel.
Although the models can be assembled using nothing but your hands, the manufacturers say they've "found that a pair of pliers or tweezers can make precise assemblies a tad easier." They also say that each model takes "a few hours" to put together. So make yourself a slice of Darth Vader toast or some other "Star Wars"-themed snack and get busy.
Here's a video about metal models. Although the video was made before the "Star Wars" set came out, it will give you a good idea about how they work. And don't ask me what the deal is with the horse heads.