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LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
"DK Publishing's fan-favorite tome on the minifigures of LEGO Star Wars is back — with some Han Solo-worthy special modifications." — StarWars.com--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I posted a few pictures above to illustrate some of the amazing detail this book has -- also note the entire list of figures listed in the two page table of contents.
First off, the book is not too large, and could be easily carried around by a five year old. It is hardcover and the glossy pages are printed on thick paper. The colors in the pictures are lively and the layout of each page is very organized and easy to follow. The publisher/authors definitely put a lot of thought into the presentation of each lego figure. About 1/4 of the thickness of the book is taken up by a cardboard insert that holds the heroic scoundrel Han Solo. He looks pretty clean cut and is wearing the medal given at the end of Episode IV by Princess Leia. He even has Han's smirk on his face. This figure is an exclusive to this book, so if you want to add him to your collection, you need to buy this book.
Each individual figure is color classified into the episode they appear, as can be seen in the table of contents. The figures are printed quite large, around 7-8 inches tall, with exceptional detail. Droids are also included. A small descriptive blurb is in the top corner of each page. Then a "data file" box will tell you which year, lego set#/name, # pieces, and # of variants of manufacture. Lots of smaller white boxes point out all kinds of details about each and every figure, such as:
1) "Stolen imperial binoculars hang from Han's torso" p. 92
2) "On duty on Hoth, Leia wears her hair back in braids. This Lego hair piece is also seen on Leia in her Endor outfit (p.139)" p. 93
3) "Lando's exclusive cape is blue on the outside and yellow on the inside. It is a status symbol that distinguishes him as Baron Administrator of Cloud City." p. 111
4) "Yoda's head is made from rubber, like the Plo Koon (p.164), Kit Fisto (p.45) and classic Yoda (p.17) minifigures" p. 158
5) "Only one other Lego astromech droid has a blue status display, R2Q2 (p.201)" p.46
As can be read above, the book is quite good about cross-referencing pages to give the reader the ability to quickly find the same attribute in other figures. When appropriate, a nice colorful picture of the actual Lego set from the whence the figure originates is also included. Additional boxes also appear with pictures of variant figures including very rare figurines created for very specific events (like a bronze Bobba Fett). At the end of book, an index is provided that lists ALL the lego set#'s the figure has ever appeared in. You can then go to the Lego website to find the set (you must use the Holobrick archive, not regular search box):
I believe every single human, alien, and droid figure in the Lego Star Wars universe up to this point is included in this book -- even the obscure and very limited event specific ones. The way this book was put together, from the large high quality pictures, the fun descriptions, cross references, esoteric facts, figure variants, and lego set#'s makes this book truly encyclopedic. I was very impressed with this book... and I think my 5 year old will enjoy it too.
The book for kids is great because it has good amounts of call-out boxes with fun facts and stories about the characters as well as really pretty pictures with an amazing amount of detail of each of the minifigures. It really brought me back to the days when I was first getting into Lego when the first Star Wars sets were also just starting to come out.
The book covers all of the Prequels, the Original Trilogy, the Clone Wars cartoon, Rebels cartoon, and expanded universe characters (TOR, Force Unleased, etc.). I was surprised at the coverage of the universe. Another nice thing is the fact that all new figures, when a remake of an older style, have pictures of the previous figure as well so that you can compare where Lego design once was to where it is now.
Good book for anyone from young new padwans, to sage Jedi masters that is proudly shoved on my shelf between the previous Character Encyclopedia and the Lego Ideas book and considering the included figure resells for the same price as the book MSRPs this is a great "investment" to the Lego pile.
We bought this for him for a long car trip. He is getting into reading but I like that there are pictures to look at and he can read a page at a one without feeling daunted by multi page stories. DK is definitely one of our favorite publishers!
Was not given this product for free or at a substantial discount to write a review. I appreciate reviewers admitting when they do that, but Amazon should abolish that policy. It is unethical and contributes to falsely positive ratings.
It outlines how many variants there are of it, what set they appeared in, details on why its unique and some fun facts.
This is really for collectors or coffee table, but my son loves Star Wars and LEGO so it was a double win.
Goes great with the LEGO Marvel or DC Encyclopedia
Even includes a exclusive LEGO Minifigure in the cover.
Can't really go wrong