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The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels (Star Wars) Paperback – March 19, 1996

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Every Star Wars fan knows that Slave I is Boba Fett's tricked-out bounty-hunting ride. But how many know about its short-lived successor, Slave II? And what average fan has ever laid eyes on an Imperial MT-AT walker? (Imagine a huge, arachnid AT-AT.) Heck, most SW buffs will even try to tell you that Vader's Super Star Destroyer is the biggest bad-boy this side of the Battle of Endor. Not likely: Emperor Palpatine's probably got bigger shuttlecraft on his 17.5-kilometer-long Eclipse-class ship.

Bill Smith's illustrated Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels--a veritable blue book for the Star Wars universe--lets you kick the tires on all these ships and more. Researching not just the movies, but also Star Wars novels, comics, computer games, et al., Smith tirelessly details 100 different ways to get around--and dish out destruction--in the land of sandcrawlers and speeders. Descriptions of familiar vehicles ("That's no moon... it's a space station!") blend seamlessly with the more obscure (can you name six kinds of TIE fighters?). This is one showroom-floor tour you won't want to miss out on. --Paul Hughes

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"THAT'S NO MOON! IT'S A SPACE STATION."
But it wasn't just any space station--it was the most famous battle station in movie history, the Death Star, just one of the dozens of high-tech marvels that are found in the movies, the books, the comics, the games, and everywhere the Star Wars epic continues.
STAR WARS(c): THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO VEHICLES AND VESSELS
* Features detailed data on the most important spaceships, vehicles, and
battle machines in the Star Wars universe.
* Describes the development and historical importance of each vehicle.
* Includes detailed illustrations with each entry for instant visual reference.
* Brings you up-to-date on the latest starcraft technology used by the New
Republic, its allies, and its enemies.
THESE ARE THE SHIPS USED TO TRAVEL, EXPLORE, AND CONQUER THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THE STAR WARS GALAXY.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: Essential Guides
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (March 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034539299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345392992
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is awsome! It tells you when it's made, which company made it and its functions. At the front, it even tells you all the companies in Star Wars! Everybody should have this!
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This book was written in 1998, prior to the release of the "prequels" so the information inside will be accurate only to the original 3 movies. There are a number of Essential Guides in the series, planets, droids, weapons and technology, characters, all of the original series were written between 1996 and 2000 and are still worth having if you need great information on the the first three movies Lucas released. They can be found here on Amazon starting at a penny plus shipping, so don't discount them based on their price; they are worth having!!

If you are a plastic modeler interested in scratch building Star Wars ships THIS is the first volume I would recommend. And of the cut-a-way books would be second but for external details and general information get this one first.
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This is the best of the essential guides. The text is reasonably thorough and compelling, the subject is interesting, and the drawings are magnificent. This is the perfect Star Wars reference book, that walks the fine line between believability and staying faithful to the Star Wars Galaxy. While you don't get a novel, you get a good, solid, text bookish read that should be present in a reference book. You also get great data, and drawings of your favorite ships from Star Wars.
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Classical star wars guide. I've read this guide too many times to count since I was little. It's a great guide for those who enjoy reading Star Wars fiction with detailed pictures and schematics of many key vehicles, especially from the Shadow of Empires series
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This was cool! I enjoyed reading about all of the ships inthis. I'll bet not very many people know what an MT-AT is, but Iknow. Most people probably don't know who it was that destroyed Executor, but I know. In other words, if you didn't know those, you need to brush up on your Star Wars facts, so I reccommend that you buy this.
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Purchased as a gift for a "new" Star Wars fan. Other reviews steered me away from an "updated" version, and I was very glad to find this one still available -- in great condition -- from a used book seller. Very comprehensive information, and excellent drawings for the fans who love to create their own images as close to the originals as possible.
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See all your favourite craft from your favourite films. All starships detailed in everyway. Find out how many types of Star fighters there are, and who they are made by. See how many tie fighters a Star Destroyer holds etc. I have read this book so much that you could ask me anything on it I would know what it was. The first book I got in the series and now I have the guide to Characters, Planets and moons, and Weapons and Tecnology. A must for Star Wars fans.
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While this book is an excellent resource which contains drawings and simple schematics of 100 ships in the Star Wars universe, it could have had much more technical information than was provided. The book concentrated much more on the historical aspects of the ships, and didn't say much about the vehicles and vessels actual abilities. However, that said, the book did provide some technical info, and it was still very informative, and I do recommend it.
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