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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (October 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345395352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345395351
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

You can find countless guides to the many gadgets and gizmos in the Star Wars universe--Bill Smith's Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, which covers everything from ship-mounted turbo-lasers to combat remotes, is just one example. But what about all the characters in Star Wars? Look, a good book about remotes is one thing. A good book about the living? That's something else.

Lucky for us, Andy Mangels has pored over all the movies and the collateral novels, comics, and computer games to put together this illustrated guide to the major and minor characters of the Star Wars universe. As would be expected, many pages are lavished on the likes of Vader and Solo, but bit players like Salacious Crumb (Jabba's cackling monkey-lizard pet) and Lobot (Cloud City's cyborg majordomo) aren't forgotten. An impressive survey in both depth and breadth, this guide fills in the gaps on some of Star Wars' most well-known personalities (who knew Luke's nickname was "Wormy"?) while revealing characters you may have never heard of (like Han and Leia's twin kids!). --Paul Hughes

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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE EMPIRE! RESEARCH THE REBELS!
*Features detailed profiles of all the most important characters in the Star Wars universe
*Covers the movies, the books--classic and new--the comics, the TV specials, the games, and the rest of the expanding universe of Star Wars
*Describes the history and personality of each character, with vital statistics, weapons of choice, and vehicles used
*Includes photographs and original line drawings--with multiple illustrations of most characters for better visual reference
*Brings you up-to-date on recent characters and events if you've been away from the Star Wars universe for a while.
THE UNIVERSE OF STAR WARS IS EXPANDING FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE...
WITH THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CHARACTERS IN HAND, YOU'LL NEVER LOSE YOUR WAY.

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They are a wealth of information and very interesting.
Peter Mckay
The Essential Guide to Characters is a great guide of all the characters from the original trilogy and the expanded universe.
Jess
The illustrations are great and the character bios are excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has hundreds of characters from the Star Wars universe. It has characters from each of the comic books, books, movies, and spin-offs. It's a definite must-see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
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This book is great, I mean you finally get to see the characters you read about in books! Tendra wasn't in here, but she is in the planet guide, so that makes up for it. This is definately a must for any fan of any age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
A very good book and fairly complete guide of the characters it has, but it is missing a few biggies, such as Zorba the Hutt. Also, for some reason it has Lak Sivrak but not Dice Ibegon, which are an almost inseparable pair, at least in terms of character descriptions. And also, I believe that if there is a reference to a character in another character's description, that character should be in the book. And lastly, as was said in another customer comment, a lot of Star Wars books have been written since 1995, making this guide seem not so complete because it doesn't have the now familiar characters Dash Rendar, Prince Xizor, and Guri. A good solution would be making an updated sequal to this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
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If you're mega into SW then this book is for you.
Each character reviewed gets at least a page of text, with info and background. Major chars (ex: Luke, Leia, Vader) get several pages chockful of info info info!
* However, it needs some updating, since stuff has happened since '95. But a great source for fans anyway. ^_^
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess on March 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Essential Guide to Characters is a great guide of all the characters from the original trilogy and the expanded universe. It's a greate resource for anyone who wants to know about specific characters, and for fanfiction authors who are interested in getting to know the history of a character they want to include in their fanfiction. It's definately great, and would be a great addition to the collection of someone who considers themselves a know-it-all, or someone who enjoys writing in the Star Wars universe. The only thing that takes away from the rating is the fact that all the images are black and white.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2003
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The Essential Guide is a very good guide to the characters of the Star Wars universe. Unfortunately, this book was written before the release of the new Star Wars prequels, so you won't find any info on those movies in this book. If you're an avid fan though, I highly recommend you buy this book anyway, since it has in-depth descriptions of key players in Episodes 4-6. Good buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
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Fantastic information on all of the main characters up to the book Darksaber. I have read it over and over again and it really puts you into the heart of the Star Wars universe! Lets hope they bring out a second edition of the characters in the newer books! Buy it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I only checked this book out from the library because there was one character I wanted to know more about. But the more I read the more I wanted to know, it's like they say on A&E's Biography, "Every lfe tells a story". It also gives you the fine details about major charaters,things like what Han Solo was doing between Star Wars and The Empire Stricks Back that prevented him from paying Jabba, to the lives of characters seen only for a moment in places like Jabba's palace and the canteena. If this book has a failing it in the fact that it is a little outdated, perhapes with The Phantom Menace being released an updated version will be sold.
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