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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: 4.2 x 23.6 x 25.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 30.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 alternate Hardcover edition.

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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.

Have recently finished an animated short film, Riddle of the Black Cat, which will be showing at the Buffalo Int'l Film Festival this fall.

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Great for any star wars fans.
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I saw a copy of the Limited Edition in a book store in NYC, and almost bought a copy right there.
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I paged through it and drooled over the beautiful drawings.
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21 of 25 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By George Beahm 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bitterhof on October 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I skipped the limited Epic Ink edition which I felt to be too large and expensive. The original trilogy studio set blueprint reproductions we had access to during the last decades had been a set of selected Star Wars (ANH) blueprints and those featured in the artbooks of TESB and ROTJ.

This book reveals most impressively that there had been much, much more, and accompanied by many hardly or never before seen photos this is a must-own for the serious Star Wars collector and most definitely one of the top three Star Wars publications I've purchased during the last decade.

The book illustrates nicely the amount of planning and detailing of the various studio sets of which I hadn't been that much aware of previously, and apparently nothing was left to chance or improvisation, even the ice corridors of the Rebel's Echo Base are laid out in detailed side and top views.

And the book contains a few surprises. For the first time we see the enigmatic "Rebel Snowcrawler" (mostly deleted and hard to spot in the footage) from TESB which is identified as "cannon sled" (and was apparently a forerunner of the desert skiffs in ROTJ) and there's even an "in-universe" interior arrangement drawing of Echo Base (seems like "Inside the Worlds of Star Wars" could use a revision), which in general is featured with ALL its sets.

Pages 124 and 125 are rather intriguing as they seem to feature an early design for the Star Destroyers' main bridge consisting of only three windows (compare photo on page 126!).
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