Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft

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Incredible Cross-Sections of Star Wars: The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft [Hardcover]

David Reynolds , Hans Jenssen , Richard Chasemore
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Editorial Reviews Review

Who knew proton torpedoes were so expensive? Apparently that's why Luke only had one pair when he set out to take down the Death Star. And that's not the only bit of trivia you'll bring away from this aptly subtitled Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Vehicles and Spacecraft. Whether you're looking for the bathroom on Jabba's sail barge or you just want to see where Boba Fett catches a few winks on Slave I, this is the book for you. In Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections, author-archaeologist David West Reynolds zooms out from cataloguing minutiae as he did in Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, and instead takes apart the big toys of Star Wars, from AT-ATs to X-Wings.

Full-color, exploded technical illustrations get you under the hood of every noteworthy ship in the Star Wars trilogy, from a grand tour of a Jawa Sandcrawler to a sprawling, four-page foldout of (what else but?) the Death Star. Detailed labels and realistic, miniature depictions of crew and characters roaming around each ship are so engaging that you may find yourself imagining you're on the Millennium Falcon giving Chewie a hand with the power couplings. --Paul Hughes

From Library Journal

Who would have imagined, 21 years after the initial release of Star Wars, that the Force would still be with us? And box office receipts in the hundreds of millions of dollars generated by the 1997 rerelease of the SW trilogy prove that interest in the series hasn't waned. This trio tell you everything you always wanted to know about Star Wars but were afraid to ask (or didn't know you should). Sansweet's Encyclopedia is an incredibly detailed A-Z listing of characters, creatures, gadgets, and gizmos gleaned from the films as well as the numerous novels and comic books they've spawned. It also offers a time line for the entire SW story and an introduction by best-selling novelist Timothy Zahn. The beautifully illustrated DK duo cover characters, costumes, and weaponry in Visual Dictionary, while Cross Sections dissects vehicles and spacecraft. Want to know how a light saber really works or what the interior of an Imperial Stormtrooper's helmet looks like? It's allhere. The most remarkable thing about the books is the amount of thought that's been expended on the workings of things that don't exist. Though the Encyclopedia is remarkably comprehensive, it will unfortunately become outdated upon the release of the first of the SW prequel films, The Phantom Menace, next May, making it a marginal purchase, especially at $50. The DK books are seriously cool and exceedingly browsable, making them solid items for libraries. Though they are aimed at kids, don't be surprised to see plenty of adults flipping through them as well.?Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


The space ships, fighters, and Death Star were big in the movies and this BIG (10- by 14-inch) book lets kids and grownups examine these crafts in great detail. The Death Star section folds out into a four-page spread that includes scenes from the movie as well as a look at the interior. Fourteen vehicles are portrayed, including the Sandcrawler, AT-AT (Imperial All Terrain Armed Transport), Snowspeeder, At-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport), and Jabba's Sail Barge. The minutiae are amazing. West has a companion title-Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. -- Marilyn Courtot - Children's Literature

From the Inside Flap

Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections uses DK's acclaimed cross-section artwork techniques to reveal - for the first time ever - the inner workings of the key vehicles and spacecraft from the Star Wars trilogy, the most popular movies of all time. Given unrestricted access to the famed Lucasfilm archives at Skywalker Ranch in California, author David West Reynolds has created the definitive guide to Star Wars vehicles and spacecraft. Fourteen large-scale "exploded artworks" - including a gatefold cutaway of the Death Star - combine with indepth text and dozens of annotations to present a unique and fascinating reference work. This is the first book ever to illustrate in stunning full color art work just how the machines of Star Wars operate as working systems. No Star Wars fan should be without it!

From the Back Cover

Entirely new, incredibly detailed cross-section artwork and exhaustive research reveal Star Wars vehicles and spacecraft as they have never been seen before. See Slave I's secret weapons systems; the snowtroopers and crew aboard a mighty AT-AT walker; Princess Leia's Blockade Runner at the moment of its capture. Discover the special features of Darth Vader's TIE fighter; how a proton torpedo works; the engines, hangars, landing bays, and weaponry of a Star Destroyer. Explore the vast interior of the Death Star; the internal layout of the Millennium Falcon and much more!

About the Author

Dr. David West Reynolds earned his Ph.D. in archeology at the University of Michigan. A lecturer, veteran of field expeditions on three continents and author of scientific archeological publications, Reynolds has also written X-Wing: A Pocket Manual, Tie Fighter: A Pocket Manual, and various Star Wars articles. He approaches the world of Star Wars like ancient Rome or Egypt, considering it a culture from another time and place to explore. Reynolds lives in Marin County, California.
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