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LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded Hardcover – May 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1240L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lego Star Wars
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Har/Toy Up edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465419217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465419217
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As with everything LEGO Star Wars, the Visual Dictionary is a lot of fun and is a recommended purchase for all Star Wars fans, not just those that happen to also be fans of LEGO." – TheForce.net

"[T]he brick-tastic guide to a galaxy far, far away." – StarWars.com


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I'm the author of The Jupiter Pirates series, published by HarperCollins. In the first book, Hunt for the Hydra, we meet Tycho, Yana and Carlo Hashoone. They're crewers above the privateer Shadow Comet, siblings and competitors. Each wants to be the next captain of their family's starship -- but only one of them will be chosen.

The Jupiter Pirates is part high-seas adventure and part space-age epic -- I've had a blast writing the series and can't wait to share it with people. Officially the Jupiter Pirates books are for kids 8-12, but readers far older than that will enjoy them too.

As for me, I'm a writer, editor, and occasional journalism consultant based in Brooklyn, N.Y, where I live with my wife Emily, my son Joshua and about a metric ton of baseball cards and Star Wars stuff. I've written more than two dozen Star Wars books and short stories for publishers including Random House, DK, Scholastic and Disney Books. Before striking out on my own as an independent writer, I spent more than 12 years at The Wall Street Journal Online, where I wrote the Real Time column about technology and co-wrote The Daily Fix, a daily roundup of great sportswriting. I co-write Faith and Fear in Flushing (www.faithandfearinflushing.com), a blog about the New York Mets, with my friend Greg Prince.

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Whether you're writing about a far-off galaxy, a nearby baseball team or the promise of technology, the path to becoming a successful writer is the same: Write every day, learn from other writers and from good editors, push your writing to make sure it's as clear and engaging as possible, and value every form of writing you get to do. And be nice.

For more on the Jupiter Pirates, drop by jupiterpirates.com. For more about me, see my personal page at www.jasonfry.net or visit my Tumblr at jasonfry.tumblr.com. Thanks for reading!

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Then once May hit I finally got the book which is awesome.
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I bought this book for the small library I keep for the grandkids and it has been a huge hit.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By El_Tonio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2014
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I am an avid collector of Lego Star wars sets and minifigures, and was big fan of the original edition of this book. So, when I found out about this updated and expanded edition I preordered right away. I got my copy today, and I'm happy to report that this beautiful and fully expanded edition is as good or better than the original in every way.

This book was released to coincide with the 15th Anniversary of the Lego Star Wars theme. The first edition was published in 2009 (or on the 10th anniversary of the theme), and includes Lego Star Wars sets through 2010. A lot of new sets have been released since then, so this edition provides a much need update. The book includes lots of great things from the original (like the timeline), plus some wonderful new things (like the minifigure gallery) and updates. Here is a list of the key things I liked best about this new edition of the book.

(1) It includes just about everything from the first edition (so no need to go back and buy that book if you don't already own it unless you want that minifigure). Plus, it includes info on all of the sets released since then, INCLUDING everything slated for release in 2014 even if it was not out when the book was released (like the Sandcrawler 75059, Mos Eisley Cantina 75052, AT-AT 75054, and more).

(2) My favorite part is that it still includes the very helpful and chronological 8 page list of all Lego Star Wars sets ever released (with a picture of each box and broken down by episode/series/expanded universe).

(3) Another great part (and an awesome NEW addition to the book) is the 14 page minifigure gallery. It's a great way to see variations of each figure side by side, and also very fun to look through in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beth E Byars on May 25, 2014
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The book alone is worth the price, as it covers every single LEGO Star Wars release up to the current 2014 sets. In this edition, there is also the inclusion of a minifig gallery that was sorely lacking in the previous edition of the book.

Plus there is the retro Luke Skywalker minifig that is exclusive to this release, which if past, out of print book release minifig prices continue to climb as they have, this book is a fantastic bargain, and for the serious collector you may want to purchase multiple copies for "safe keeping".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary’ prepared by Simon Beecroft and Jason Fry is an updated and thicker edition of the best-selling book that since 2009 was one of the most common choices for those in love with Lego and The Force.

The original book was released on the 10th anniversary of the Lego Star Wars theme, this one on the 15th anniversary and given how great add-on this book will be in each fan collection we can only guess what awaits us after 5 years.

But back to this book - it is a very good full-colored work that can certainly be recommended to all the fans of Lego Star Wars who still have not bought older edition, but also to those who have the older edition because this is not an example of a book that just wants to draw extra money from fans, being even better than the original.

Book includes all the updates that happened in period of past 5 years such as new sets or some cool updates such as gallery of mini figures which presents on 14 pages all the figures released – a great way to compare figures, realize variations and providing nice help for future purchases. And not to forget, you’ll get Luke Skywalker figure that looks kid of retro, which is great news for collectors.

Of course, you still can find inside all included in 2009 edition such as timeline, list of all released sets together with extensive breakdown of each set and accompanying picture and wealth of useful facts and trivia about the Lego Star Wars Universe.

Also speaking about nice new things, one that was strangely missing from the original was index, which is now included offering an easy way to find quickly what you need.

Overall, with ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary’ updated edition you just cannot miss – a great new release that manages to raise the bar of quality even further by making us to impatiently await the next 5 years to pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VHPFAU on May 20, 2014
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a wonderful update of the dictionary, but by far the best is the minifig gallery...a must have for any LSW collector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 9, 2014
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It's a great book. My favorite part is the new Luke that came with it. What can I say, I am a sucker for stuff like this.
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A must have if you love Lego and Star Wars. We had the first edition and liked it so much we got this new one when it came out. Plus, you can't beat the Fett cover.
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By Big Apple on July 14, 2014
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A must-have guide to Star War Lego collecting. I agree with some of the other reviews that the freebie miniature is too generic. Also, the book is rather short. Not exactly an encyclopedia. I would have liked to have seen more details, facts and figures included. But still a cool book and a nice addition to any serious Star Wars collector's library.
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By Charmaine on July 14, 2014
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11yo son purchased this as a gift for a friend -- he says it's great and includes much interesting info.
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