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LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – September 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 1120L (What's this?)
  • Series: LEGO Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Har/Toy edition (September 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756686970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756686970
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By AverageGuyShopper on September 18, 2011
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On a whim, I purchased this book for my son to enjoy reading about his LEGO Star Wars figurines. Upon receipt, I thumbed through the pages and was totally blown away with the detailed pictures and fun and obscure facts that the publisher had put together in this compilation of LEGO SW history.

I posted a few pictures above to illustrate some of the amazing detail this book has -- also note the entire list of figures listed in the two page table of contents.

First off, the book is not too large, and could be easily carried around by a five year old. It is hardcover and the glossy pages are printed on thick paper. The colors in the pictures are lively and the layout of each page is very organized and easy to follow. The publisher/authors definitely put a lot of thought into the presentation of each lego figure. About 1/4 of the thickness of the book is taken up by a cardboard insert that holds the heroic scoundrel Han Solo. He looks pretty clean cut and is wearing the medal given at the end of Episode IV by Princess Leia. He even has Han's smirk on his face. This figure is an exclusive to this book, so if you want to add him to your collection, you need to buy this book.

Each individual figure is color classified into the episode they appear, as can be seen in the table of contents. The figures are printed quite large, around 7-8 inches tall, with exceptional detail. Droids are also included. A small descriptive blurb is in the top corner of each page. Then a "data file" box will tell you which year, lego set#/name, # pieces, and # of variants of manufacture. Lots of smaller white boxes point out all kinds of details about each and every figure, such as:
1) "Stolen imperial binoculars hang from Han's torso" p.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nilbot on September 23, 2011
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This is a very nice book that is a great follow-on to the Lego Star Wars "The Visual Dictionary". "The Character Encyclopedia" includes the Han Solo minifigure complimenting the Luke Skywalker that came with "The Visual Dictionary" book. Great for collectors of the Lego Star Wars minifigs.

I bought this for my 10-yr old son who is a big fan of Star Wars and the Legos. He takes the Han Solo minifig out to look at it and then places it back into the book when he is done. The holder built into the book is designed so that you can lift up the plastic flap that contains the figure and continue using it as a holder. Make sure you release the tape from the bottom as the "hinge" is at the top.

The size of the book is smaller than the previous released DK books. It measures 7 3/8" wide by 9 3/8" tall. This is actually a really good size for the information contained on the pages of the book. Each page is dedicated to one Minifig in the Star Wars sets. Here are a few page features:

* A nice description of the character and their role/function in Star Wars
* Each minifig description is cross referenced to the sets which they appear
* Each minifig description has descriptions of any released variations (if any)
* A very nice photograph of the minifig taking up most of the page
* Bits of trivia regarding the design

The index also contains a nice reference for all the set numbers that the minifig can be found.

This first edition contains all the figures that are currently available in the 2011 Star Wars sets.

One interesting note is that this book is missing one of the promotional minifigs released earlier in 2011 year (or was it late 2010). That was the Shadow ARF Trooper which was a Lego Store promotion.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 20, 2011
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We started with the DK book on Lego Star Wars sets, that includes the Luke mini figure. My son loves it and 4 weeks later is still reading it nightly before bed. It was a 5 star product, especially at the Amazon price. This is now our 4th DK book as we picked up the Lego Harry Potter book and Clone Wars character encyclopedia in the last month as well.

This book is smaller in physical size then the other two lego books. It is the same size as the Clone Wars encyclopedia and like that book has about 200 pages. Also like the Clone wars book, each character gets their own page and the layout is very similar to that book. The mini fig is pictured in a large layout form and usually the set (or sets) from which it comes are pictured in smaller form. There are about 4-6 little trivia facts about details on the figure itself, that are perfect for my 1st grader to work on his reading. There is also a small trivia box about the set it comes from, another about the number it is assigned/year issued, and usually a bigger trivia box with an overview of the character.

Unlike his earlier DK book on lego star wars sets, this one just got released (september 2011) and is up to date on the figures and sets from 2011. My son has the Plo Koon star fighter and both Plo Koon, his Droid, and his ship are included. In the other book (which is still outstanding) his set is only mentioned in a timeline they updated in the front of the book, but not in the book itself. So if your little one wants to look up minifigs from something he just picked up a week ago, it would be in here. The only one I am aware of not in here is the "little Han" figure which came with the Walmart blu-ray release of the padawan menace last week.

I have reviewed all 4 of the DK books now and I think they are all great.
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