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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections Hardcover – December 18, 2015
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"[The Force Awakens Incredible Cross Sections] is just as awesome as its predecessors." — StarWars.com
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross Sections offers 12 full-color, geek-tastic detailed "cut-away" illustrations—and specs—of the weapons, spacecraft and other technology." — Parade.com
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Just like the earlier cross-section books, this is a large hardcover featuring the cross-section art of selected spaceships and vehicles from the new movie. Kemp Remillard's the artist for the artworks.
The art looks fantastic, painted and 3D at the same time. There are lots of details so printing them so big really helps. Parts of each vehicle are also labeled, just like an infographic. There are also descriptions explaining the mechanism and engineering aspects.
The vehicles featured are
SF Tie Fighter
It's really cool to be able to see the vehicles close up because their appearance on screen are fleeting. This book, together with Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary is a must-have for Star Wars fans who like learn more about every little detail from the movie.
If you have earlier books, you can compare how the X-Wings and Tie Fighters have been updated. Millennium Falcon is still included. Finalizer is on a 4-page gatefold. Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle is cool with the folded wings. The design sense is similar to other films, which can be a good or bad thing. Many of the vehicles do look and feel very familiar, but sometimes you wish they could have introduced more radical designs.
Not all the pages are filled with cross-sections. There are 7 double-page spreads of film stills.Read more ›
Of course, the Millennium Falcon is included - slightly different than when it last appeared in "Return of the Jedi". Also included are the First Order's TIE Fighter and the Resistance X-Wing. Again, the designs are quite similar to the previous incarnations of these fighters, with a few upgrades in both look and capability.
The book is only 47 pages in length and features 12 different cross-sections, but each one has a lot of detail and the image quality is extremely high. The introduction includes a quick primer on technology - including energy weapons, shields, and hyperdrives. The back of the book has a size comparison that allows you to see all 12 vehicles on a single spread. If you are interested in the vehicles of Star Wars, then you should consider a purchase.
That said, I'm a little disappointed in this one. I hadn't realized until reading this just how few ships we actually saw in The Force Awakens. I suppose they do need to include the updated versions of the X-Wing and TIE Fighters (both models), but did they really need to include the Millenium Falcon again? For new ships we get Rey's speeder, Han's freighter, Kylo's command shuttle, the new Star Destroyer, and the Resistance and First Order transports. We do at least see these up close, even if we never get a really good look at the exterior of Han's freighter. But they're so strapped for new ships that, in addition to the Millenium Falcon, we get two ships that were basically background props. The quadjumper was on screen for maybe five seconds. It was the ship Rey and Finn tried to steal before it got blown up. The First Order Snowspeeder wasn't even that visible. If it was on screen at all it was during that big Nazi rally on Starkiller Base. And then the book is padded out further with a lot of full page stills from the film.
I'm not that impressed with these new ships either. Apart from the two entirely derivative designs (which do still look cool) we get mostly flying boxes. That's basically all the two transports are. Han's freighter is pretty much the same, just a big box with smaller boxes docked into it. Neither of these will be remembered very fondly by fans. Then we get the evolutions on classical designs.Read more ›
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Super cool illustrations! I had the movie playing in my head over again as I looked at the pictures.Published 2 days ago by Nick