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LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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"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 alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.
I bought this for my 10-yr old son who is a big fan of Star Wars and the Legos. He takes the Han Solo minifig out to look at it and then places it back into the book when he is done. The holder built into the book is designed so that you can lift up the plastic flap that contains the figure and continue using it as a holder. Make sure you release the tape from the bottom as the "hinge" is at the top.
The size of the book is smaller than the previous released DK books. It measures 7 3/8" wide by 9 3/8" tall. This is actually a really good size for the information contained on the pages of the book. Each page is dedicated to one Minifig in the Star Wars sets. Here are a few page features:
* A nice description of the character and their role/function in Star Wars
* Each minifig description is cross referenced to the sets which they appear
* Each minifig description has descriptions of any released variations (if any)
* A very nice photograph of the minifig taking up most of the page
* Bits of trivia regarding the design
The index also contains a nice reference for all the set numbers that the minifig can be found.
This first edition contains all the figures that are currently available in the 2011 Star Wars sets.
One interesting note is that this book is missing one of the promotional minifigs released earlier in 2011 year (or was it late 2010). That was the Shadow ARF Trooper which was a Lego Store promotion. My son and I got one and I was interested in finding a description of it. It is interesting since the book mentions limited release minifigs such as the chrome gold C-3PO and bronze Boba Fett. I wonder if folks noticed any other missing figures.
Regardless, this is a very nice book and missing an obscure limited release figure doesn't detract from this book. It would give the publisher an opportunity for a 2nd edition in a few years when Lego releases even more minifigs.