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Gus and Duncan's Guide to Star Wars Cast & Crew Items Paperback – August 5, 2012
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Duncan Jenkins started collecting Star Wars in the summer of 1977. As one of the last remaining completists, he has amassed one of the largest private collections of Star Wars memorabilia in the world. Duncan has shared his extensive knowledge of collecting in presentations at all six US Celebrations, Celebration Europe, Celebration Japan, and at various conventions throughout the world. Duncan is co-author of Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles and Gus and Duncan’s guide to Star Wars Prototypes. He is an editor for The Star Wars Collector’s Archive (theswca.com) and contributor to numerous articles on StarWars.com, in Magazines, books, and TV/ Radio programs. Duncan works as a Laboratory Manager for a drug screening company. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his amazingly understanding wife, Anne. Gus Lopez is a longtime Star Wars collector who specializes in Star Wars props, food items, toy prototypes, and cast & crew items. Gus has written numerous articles on Star Wars collectibles for Star Wars Insider. He is co-author of Gus and Duncan’s Comprehensive Guide to Star Wars Collectibles and Gus and Duncan’s Guide to Star Wars Prototypes. Gus created The Star Wars Collector’s Archive (theswca.com) in 1994 — the first Star Wars collecting website on the Internet. He has given talks on Star Wars collecting at many toy, sci fi, and Star Wars conventions in Europe, Asia, and North, South, & Central America. Gus ran the Star Wars Celebration Collecting Track for the six Star Wars Celebration events in the US, Celebration Europe in the UK, and Celebration Japan. Gus works at Amazon.com as Director of AmazonLocal Technology and lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Pamela.
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But that doesn't really affect the content of the book, which is lots of neat pictures of cast & crew items created during the production of the Star Wars films.
A lot of these things weren't designed to stick around forever (cards, invitations, even clothing) but its great to see a bunch of them collected here for posterity.
The items range from boring (just crew logos) to very inventive (the holiday cards) and it is fun to just browse the book to get a feel for the creativeness of the people who work behind the scenes.
That said,the content in the book is great and well worth checking out if you can get this at a discount. Some of the cast and crew items you'll have seen before from other Star Wars collecting books, but there are many items included here that I had no idea existed. Most all of the photos are in color with good descriptions of when and where they came from. It's a nice addition to their other two books that gives you insight into a rarely explored niche in the Star Wars collecting universe.
Sadly, I'm used to being price gouged for Star Wars memorabilia but I still can't get over the $40 price tag on this one. I'll give Gus and Duncan the benefit of the doubt that they didn't decide on the book's retail price and hope that it came from the publisher. Pick it up used or at a discount if you can.
Cast & Crew memorabilia is a niche market in the Star Wars collecting community. You won't find any toys and action figures in this book but that shouldn't keep the casual Star Wars collector from appreciating the items from a uniqueness and rarity standpoint. In fact, I've been a long time Star Wars collector and there's quite a few pieces that I didn't even know existed. Included in this book are crew t-shirts, holiday cards, screening invitations, stationery, and much, much more. Recommended for anyone who considers themselves a Star Wars Collector!