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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 12
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 15444th edition (June 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756682533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756682538
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Pernikoff on June 29, 2011
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This delightful little book features just about all of the recognizable characters from all six "Star Wars" movies, including droids, creatures, and certain groups (like the Gamorrean Guards, Stormtroopers and X-Wing Pilots, for example). Even characters who I recognized but didn't even know the name of are featured.

Of course a few appear more than once, where their identity changed (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, etc.). About the only omission are the individual Podracers, who (aside from the dastardly Sebulba) are all featured on one page. And some entries are on pages with a black, rather than white, background (and not necessarily signifying evil vs. good), which makes them a bit harder to read.

No matter; this is an indispensable reference to "Star Wars" fans, young and old. But it only applies to the six movies of the saga; characters from "Clone Wars" are featured in their own book, and characters from the "extended Universe" are not here, either. But if you want to know more about General Grievous, Sy Snootles or Zam Wesell, they're all in here!
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My kids love Star Wars. They play Star Wars. Frequently they role play one or another, and now, now, they can be 'authentic'.

Yep, authentic is a word that only describes a 'real' Star Wars character that is true to the film or books. In this case, this is 200 pages of detailed research complete with pictures, and basic character data such as homeworld, affiliation, species, height, appearance and references. A brief character bio accompanies each page. For some of the entries, one paragraph is more than enough, while others it is too little.

I appreciate the format, size, and intent of the book.

Back to my kids, for anyone wishing to learn more about who inhabits the Star Wars world, or wants to role play with accuracy, this is the real deal.
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What a great encyclopedia of all the main characters in the Star Wars universe! My son bought the paperback version of this recently. Parents may want to check out the entries for the characters "Lyn Me" and "Oola". You may recall that they're dancers from Jabba's palace, most notably (although briefly) seen in "Return of the Jedi". They're fairly scantily clad, and Oola's picture leaves little to the imagination in her chest area. "Greeata", another dancer, has a similar outfit, but her alien costume is so all-encompassing that she looks more like a muppet than an exotic dancer.

You may have no problem with the depictions of "Lyn Me" and "Oola", but I just thought that parents of young children (young boys in particular) might want to know.

Otherwise, this is a great book!
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I got this book for my 8-year-old son who didn't really care about reading at the time. As soon as he got this book he starting reading it all the time and his reading score at school went from 2.8 (2nd grade, 8th month) to 9.1 (9th grade, 1st month) within a few months. His teacher couldn't believe the improvement. This is probably the best gift I have given him so far!
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Has all of the characters except the new one. hard cover and pages do not feel cheap. Good buy. I got this as a gift for my lil bro who just loves the franchise. Once we started looking inside of it we noticed that we were able to sort of rediscover certain characters and even find out stuff about other characters that we did not know about. I cannot spoil anything so I wont lol. Some of the characters in this encyclopedia were not even noticeable until we watched the movies again and paused at certain scenes. Really a great book if you want to know all about the characters and where they come from as well as weapons used or even for drawing characters. This gives you a good up close and personal feel.
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Being a fan of DK Publishing, their format is perfectly suited to this book's subject. DK publications are of very high quality visual orientation, whether photographs, illustrations, diagrams, instructions. This book has good quality color photos of the characters with descriptions and details. Purchased as a gift for young Star Wars fans and they will likely be very pleased. As the purchaser, I was pleased with the quality and comprehensive coverage of the subject. I'm not a Star Wars expert but it looks like it will please those who are!
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My 11 year old daughter had seen a boy with this at school and decided she wanted to get it for her 6 year old little brother for Christmas because it looked so good. He loved it, but I also enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane. It is a nice hard bound book that contains over 200 characters. Each character gets a full color page devoted to them with essential information, cross-references to other characters, and little known tidbits.. All your favorites are there as well as all the favorites you've forgotten ever existed- R2D5 anyone? Every human, creature, or droid that makes an appearance in Episodes I-VI are represented here. Just note that this was published before "The Force Awakens" so those characters are not in it. Any Star Wars fan, young or old, will enjoy this.
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By al on June 2, 2012
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i also got the marvel and dc one. the three are great and discriptive. it tells you the species, home planet, how many movies they are in, there alliance and more. i recommend to any one.
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