- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: IG1240L (What's this?)
- Series: Lego Star Wars
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: DK Children; Har/Toy Up edition (May 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1465419217
- ISBN-13: 978-1465419217
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 12.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 470 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded Hardcover – May 1, 2014
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This book was released to coincide with the 15th Anniversary of the Lego Star Wars theme. The first edition was published in 2009 (or on the 10th anniversary of the theme), and includes Lego Star Wars sets through 2010. A lot of new sets have been released since then, so this edition provides a much need update. The book includes lots of great things from the original (like the timeline), plus some wonderful new things (like the minifigure gallery) and updates. Here is a list of the key things I liked best about this new edition of the book.
(1) It includes just about everything from the first edition (so no need to go back and buy that book if you don't already own it unless you want that minifigure). Plus, it includes info on all of the sets released since then, INCLUDING everything slated for release in 2014 even if it was not out when the book was released (like the Sandcrawler 75059, Mos Eisley Cantina 75052, AT-AT 75054, and more).
(2) My favorite part is that it still includes the very helpful and chronological 8 page list of all Lego Star Wars sets ever released (with a picture of each box and broken down by episode/series/expanded universe).
(3) Another great part (and an awesome NEW addition to the book) is the 14 page minifigure gallery. It's a great way to see variations of each figure side by side, and also very fun to look through in general.
(4) Yet another great new addition is that it includes a Set Index at the back so it is much easier to find everything.
(5) It includes 100s of full color photos, and lots of interesting and helpful text and factoids about various sets and the minifigures that came with the sets. I know there can always be more pictures or more text, but given the size of the book and the amount of material they had to cover, I think they continue to do a very nice job overall.
(6) All that, and it includes a "retro" Luke Skywalker mini-figure that has the traditional yellow skin you see on most Lego minifigures (including the very first Lego Star Wars minifigures) rather than the more authentic skin color that has been used on Lego Star Wars minifigures since around 2004. I did not start collection Lego Star Wars sets until about five years ago, so this was a real treat for me. The only potential issue some people may not like is that this "exclusive" minifigure looks very similar to (if not the same as) the figure that was released in the original 1999 Landspeeder set (7110). If there is a differences between the two it is very small (it is disassembled and I don't plan on opening mine, so if someone reading this has that set please let us know for sure one way or the other by leaving a comment or by writing your own review).
In sum, the Force is strong with this one. It is sure to be a real treat for just about any Lego Star Wars enthusiast. If you enjoyed the original edition, then this one is definitely worth getting.
Plus there is the retro Luke Skywalker minifig that is exclusive to this release, which if past, out of print book release minifig prices continue to climb as they have, this book is a fantastic bargain, and for the serious collector you may want to purchase multiple copies for "safe keeping".
The minifigure that comes with this book is Luke Skywalker wearing a medal. Also the books thickness is half pages and half the board that is holding the minifigure. The covers are nice and thick and well made. The pages are huge and are easy and pleasing to look at. The font is fairly large as well and is easy to read.
Throughout the book you get information about the various sets and some cool facts such as 'how set number 7662 was the first set that had battle droid minifigures with turned hands that could hold a standard blaster' and things like that. The pages also point out various features of sets and some of the various details on certain minifigures.
Near the end of the book you also get to see some of the mini sets which was really cool, some older Lego Technic, and the ultimate collectors series. Also some of the sets get both pages dedicated to them so you can really see all of the features and information about them. Finally at the very end you get an interview with Jens Frederiksen, who is the Lego Star Wars Design Manager, about various things such as the design process, how long it takes, and other things. It truly is interesting and I really enjoyed having that in the book. Then there is a page about some merchandise they have had such as the Lego Star Wars watches, pens, video games, etc...
Overall this book was awesome and I really appreciated all the info and being sable to see how far they have come along throughout the years. I highly recommend this to any Star Wars and Lego fans.