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The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia Hardcover – December 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Box Upd edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 3.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Best of the Month, December 2008: Updated for the first time in 10 years, The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia is the closest fans will come to having access to the great Holocron from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Housed in a sturdy slipcase, the illustrated, three-volume hardcover set holds an A-Z overview of all things Star Wars--from the original trilogy and the prequels to the expanded universe of novels, comics, cartoons, and video games. Most entries on the three-column pages garner a few sentences while core characters and fan favorites like the family Fett spill over to multiple pages of data. As fans know, nearly everyone who appeared onscreen in the films has gone on to receive an entire backstory, but even die-hard fans will delight in the discoveries found on every page. Random, Magic 8 Ball-style browsing brought up head-scratchers like Malarian Alliance, Traest Kre'fey, Rybet, Lieutenant Colf, Guun Han Saresh, bruise-leech crawler, and Ion Alley. And did you know that the bug-eyed alien "dog" in Jabba's palace on Tatooine had a name--"Bubo"--and was in fact a spy and an assassin? According to Yoda, "size matters not," but this 10-pound box set will make a welcome addition to the serious Star Wars fan's bookshelf. --Brad Thomas Parsons

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He is an avid Star Wars fan.
Linda C.
Organized by letter much like a dictionary, I like the full page pictures at the beginning of each letter category.
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If you're looking for a guidebook or a fun read, look elsewhere.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Brian Pletcher on December 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just got this today First opinion is that it's nearly on par with the previous edition. The book covers All 6 movies gives a general overview of the Clone Wars. Then goes up to the last Legacy book Revelation along with a general overview of the Legacy era happening in the Dark Horse Comics that's still ongoing.

At 1200+ pages the information is amazing though some of the pictures they included are recycled images from the previous edition of the Encyclopedia. My main gripe is the fact they'll give a entry but unlike the last edition there are no refrences in the Enclyclopedia tracing back to the orginal source like the previous version did.

Other than that very impressed at the price from Amazon and compared to what we paid for the orginal the book was well worth it and a great addition to the refrence people who want a physical book to go back to. Otherwise I'd refrence to the online encyclopedia that theforce.net hosts.

This being an add on to my review now that I've had the opportunity to give the books a solid look through. All the above I hold to. Though this refrence runs into the same issue that you'd expect from a series that is ever expanding. You can get the hint at what point in the series where the authors got there sources on things that are ongoing.

A few of the entries seemed to go on and just abrubtly hit the brakes and end right there while other entries don't go into enough detail. The most notable locations of history and character development that are glossed over that I wish would have got more of an explanation are the Legacy (Dark Horse Comics current ongoing series based 130 aby) and the Force Unleashed storyline.

The Force Unleashed seemed to be lacking the most.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Erickson on January 11, 2009
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If you're looking for a guidebook or a fun read, look elsewhere. This book is exactly what it claims to be: an amazingly complete encyclopedia with alphabetical entries for every Star Wars subject imaginable. From the expected main heroes to side characters from videogames, hardly-remembered comic books and background aliens. Good stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kay's Husband on March 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My review may not add much to the other 14 here, but as a person who has seen only some of the Star Wars DVD's but has recently acquired a couple dozen Star Wars hardcover books, I needed a source where an abundance of Star Wars information was available. Just before Christmas, 2008, my attention came upon this set of books and decided to treat myself. This set is just what I need to make some sense of the Star Wars material of which I know very little. In both words and pictures my numerous questions now have answers awaiting them with in these 3 books.

These information filled volumes offer character portraits, peoples and customs, thumbnails on both Sith Lords and Jedi Knights, a time line of most major events. There are many other items within these volumes so much so that it will no doubt take months or years to gain a grasp on it all. It's a complete research bureau in itself.

If any who read this review are new to all this, the Star Wars DVDs as well as the Star Wars books, then accept my advice that you will need to take a look at these three exceptional volumes.

Semper Fi.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Rodriguez on January 11, 2009
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I gave these encyclopedias to my nephew as a Christmas gift since he is a fan of all the star wars movies, cartoons, action figures, etc. I think he was expecting a gift card (the old stand by), but I'm glad I made this switch. Not only was it a surprise but a difinite hit as a gift. Would recommend only, though, to those die-hard fans of the s.w. world.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This set isn't for everyone. If you're just looking for a reference, most of the information here is available for free on the Wookieepedia site, the Star Wars wiki. Not only that, but Wookieepedia is up to date, more extensive, and provides sources. Thus, all you really need is a web browser.

On the other hand, if you just want to explore the Star Wars universe a bit, this isn't a bad set. You can flip through and find aliens and peoples you never even knew existed. The best parts of the book are the side-by-side comparisons, such as the different styles of lightsabers.

Basically, Amazon allows you to download a free pdf of several of the pages, so you might as well see for yourself whether or not you like the format and information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee A. Copalman on January 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia This book is an updated version of the old Encyclopedia, a one volume set that tried to cover a large Universe of subject mater and material. The new expanded version is much more comprehensive and covers the entire series. It is not perfect but it can get you through any question that should arise during the reading of the material. After all it does cover an entire Galaxy and hundreds of worlds, life forms and history. Not an easy task for any encyclopedia. It does a great job for it's size and scope. A must for any serious Star Wars Buff. I give it 5 stars even though I never get enough from any Star Wars in depth research book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Enthusiast on February 8, 2009
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I have not read this from cover to cover yet, but I have been using it as a very handy reference source for when I run across terms/situations/characters that I am not familiar with in the Expanded Universe books I read.

This is the first version of the Star Wars Encyclopedia that I have ever read or owned, so I have no way to compare how it stacks up to previous versions, but I am not unhappy at all with the information I have found in it. And unlike similar resources that you can find online, it is easy to stay focused with what you are looking for. There is nothing that I have wanted to look up that I have not been able to find in its pages.

As a side note, it would be interesting to be able to to see what media or titles the entry can be found in.

I would reommend the Encyclopedia to anyone who has an interest in the Star Wars Universe beyond the movies. If your gut reaction is that this is too much information or that you would not find it interesting, then you are probably right. If you are thinking that this is just up your alley, then you too would be right.
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