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Star Wars: The Blueprints Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Epic Ink Books; First edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160380191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603801911
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 24 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 30.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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As Yoda might put it: Forceful object, this is. --The New York Times

Wait no more. Star Wars: The Blueprints, an oversized hardcover from Epic Ink, collects the best of the original blueprints created by the UK production art departments during the making of the six movies, taken straight from the Lucasfilm Archives and reproduced in striking high resolution ...The talent of these designers is on display on every page. Each blueprint is presented as an original work of art, and some bear the imperfections of rips and folds present on the original technical drawings ... Star Wars: The Blueprints is much more than a collection of documents. --Star Wars Insider

There has been no shortage of amazing Star Wars coffee table books and great memorabilia over the years, but the new book, Star Wars: The Blueprints, looks like one of the coolest inside looks at the franchise ever. 95% of the content has never been seen outside of the production. --IGN.com

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“As Yoda might put it: Forceful object, this is.”
The New York Times

“Wait no more. Star Wars: The Blueprints, an oversized hardcover from Epic Ink, collects the best of the original blueprints created by the UK production art departments during the making of the six movies, taken straight from the Lucasfilm Archives and reproduced in striking high resolution ...The talent of these designers is on display on every page. Each blueprint is presented as an original work of art, and some bear the imperfections of rips and folds present on the original technical drawings ... Star Wars: The Blueprints is much more than a collection of documents. ”
Star Wars Insider

“There has been no shortage of amazing Star Wars coffee table books and great memorabilia over the years, but the new book, Star Wars: The Blueprints, looks like one of the coolest inside looks at the franchise ever. 95% of the content has never been seen outside of the production.”
IGN.com

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Born in Lakewood, New Jersey; grew up in Manhattan/NYC and Berkeley, CA. Fell in love with old monster films, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, as well as Robin Hood and other adventure movies. Presently executive editor at Lucasfilm.

He wrote and directed an animated short called Riddle of the Black Cat, which was shown at numerous film festivals, including the Montreal World Film Festival (available on iTunes and Kindle). "The Star Wars" graphic novel was a #1 New York Times best-seller. He is presently working on a novel.

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Great for any star wars fans.
lacamtech
Purchased as a gift, the packaging was protective and the book was in perfect shape.
Katie
It's a big, heavy, beautiful coffee table type book.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K. Dolen on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Superbly presented in a incomprehensibly large book, the blueprints are a fantastic look at how the sets were designed and constructed. However, not all of the blueprints have measurements on them. I found this to be disappointing and bizarre; how could a blueprints book not include all the measurements? Have they been erased because they don't want people to build them? It's quite odd.

Saying that, the majority do have measurements, but to fully appreciate and understand the scale it would have been nice if they all were covered.

Overall:

The presentation is second to none.

The accompanying photos are rare/interesting shots.

Obviously, with the CG fest the prequels were, there's not much there to be covered - only an eighth of the book; but who cares anyway :)

Would I buy it again knowing what I know now? Absolutely; it's stunning.

Is it perfect? No, but everyone will have their own opinion of perfect.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Beam Me Up VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you can afford this book, buy it.

Since STARS WARS first came out, it's produced an avalanche of licensed product taller than Jabba the Hut, including sumptuous art books. But this book, in size, towers above them all. A first-class example of book production, from its gorgeous tray case to the oversized book amply illustrated with blueprints and supportive text and photographs, this is the kind of book you'll show off to your friends and neighbors, and leaf through with a look of amazement.

In every possible way -- the oversized format, the printing on coated paper stock, the sturdy sewn signatures, the flawless reproduction, and the handsome tray case that protects the book -- this is a work of art, and for the author, a labor of love.

Limited to 5000 copies, mine was numbered in the 2000's, so based on that, the book is half sold out. (It may be that other vendors got copies with higher numbers, which suggests that readers with Jedi-like wisdom should buy sooner than later.)

At $500, it's admittedly a luxury. You can live without this, but why would your want to? At a time when trade publishers are cheapening books in every possible way, with crappy printing, glue binding, tiny type, printed on paper with the consistently of toilet paper, this book is its own best argument: Books can be, in themselves, works of art.

You don't have to be a STAR WARS fan to appreciative this massive tome. I imagine every mechanical engineer with a taste for fantasy and science fiction will find this book compulsively readable and viewable.

I should add that it comes boxed with an ingenious buffer-like cardboard insert that protects the fragile corners of the tray case from damage.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJK on February 24, 2012
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I work in the film industry as an art director and was fascinated to see this book on line. BUT of course when I saw the price tag I was reluctant to even consider purchasing another Star Wars book, why did I need yet another. As luck would have there was a copy on display at my favorite bookstore in NYC. I paged through it and drooled over the beautiful drawings. This was more then just another book. I had to have it! I went home and searched trying to find it at a lower cost but it costs what it does. A hefty cost but well worth it. The book is a true collector's item for anyone who loves film design and/or the Star Wars films. The draftings give you a real inside to how each set was realized. Since this sort of drafting is what I do for a living it was fascinating to see how these fine artists accomplished the look of these visually stunning films. The only fault of the book is that it is so stunning and only has certain key drawings of each set that I found myself wishing every single drafting done was in the book! Impossible I know but one can dream! I've sat night after night paging through the book (truly a coffee table book because it is way to heavy and large format to hold in your lap) looking at the beautiful draftings and reading about which every set happens to catch my fancy that night! The book arrives carefully packaged in double boxes and then the book is in a wonderful hinged slip cover. It was wondrous to open layer by layer until you finally reached the jewel of a book. A steep price but a true reward for whoever owns a copy of this limited edition book!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Taylor on July 15, 2013
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The good:
- Blueprints you haven't seen yet.
- Many of them big. The book is big.

The so-so:
- Some of them are on two pages, so something is lost in the fold.
- The blueprints haven't been photoshopily enhanced. They are original, yes, vintage... but they are also yellow. They aren't dirty or creased however.

The bad:
- It's incomplete! Yes it is. And without reason. For such a big book that calls itself THE blueprints, I expected completeness. But for example it doesn't have all of the 1977 "star wars blueprints" book blueprints. But it has most. So why have some been left away?
- Many important blueprints (mainly of Star Wars) were lost. This is sad and can't be changed. However I can find a lot of original blueprints in the web (e.g. of the ATST), which are not lost. They were only lost by Rinzler when he made the book.
- There is very few material of Ep. II and III. They say it's because everything is CG. I understand that: No props means no drawings for the propmakers. However many props must have been made (like Lightsabers) but have no blueprints? "they have been lost" doesn't count here, because if everything was done with CAD, they could simply have saved it forever on cheap, but durable, USB sticks.
- It's expensive. OK, this is not the 10-times more expensive limited Edition, but in my eyes it's still too expensive.

Conclusion:
I feel a little bit fooled. I expected so much more and I am dissapointed that this is, like so often, not THE final, THE complete, THE ultimate thing.
On the other hand, I'm happy that I bought it. For me as a hobby 3D modeler it is really a useful book.
For everybody who is 'just' a Star Wars fan, this book will not give you much. It doesn't feature all the sets and vehicles.
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