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Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary Hardcover – December 18, 2015
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"[The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary] gives some fascinating insight into the world behind the movie…" — io9.com
"Virtually every aspect of [The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary] is broken down into manageable bits. The book beautifully 'grounds the fantasy' and makes sense of even its most alien concepts." — StarWars.com
"[The] art is outstanding…" — GeekDad
About the Author
Author Pablo Hidalgo is a creative executive within the Lucasfilm Story Group, a resident Star Wars™ authority who helps ensure consistency across a wide array of Star Wars projects. He has written several DK titles including most recently the bestselling Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ The Visual Dictionary. He lives with his wife in San Francisco, California.
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After seeing the film and looking through this book, it's clear just how much the movie got right visually. The First Order uniforms, TIE Fighters, and stormtroopers are all very reminiscent of the Empire from the original films, but with slight differences that also make them unique. The same could be said for the Resistance, which shares many visual elements with the original Rebellion. As far as completely new creations go, I think BB-8 stands out as the greatest new character from a design perspective. I also really like the look of Kylo Ren's mask as well as his lightsaber, which looks more fierce than any of the others.
The book will be great for kids, but also suitable for adults who want to delve into the visual aspects of the film. (However, if you're more interested in concept art, then the book to get is The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens). I love the layout of these books - the photos are scattered throughout the page; it's visually dense but never confusing. Brief paragraphs of text as well as captions provide context and insight into the characters and their props/wardrobe/etc.
This book helped me understand what the Resistance was vs the Republic situation and how the New Order fits in.
-The page on the Political bodies gave me the one paragraph answer to questions I had on how everything worked 30ish years after ROTJ.
-great map that shows where the new planets are and Republic and New order space
-great background on how and why NewOrder Troopers are trained and purposes vs the Old Empire
-confirmed for me that Coruscant was not destroyed but the New Republic rotates their capital and it was on Hosnian Prime. (Something not covered at all in any dialog in movie beyond using the weapon on the Republic Capital)
-good coverage of Resistance staff and enhances that they really have little resources and have identified the New Order as a threat and are fighting a Cold War with Gorilla action against them.
-Supreme Leader Snoke is mentioned but zero pictures. We get spoilers like the Star Killer Base. I know heirs clouded in mystery but they should have included a photo of him from the movie and have a paragraph or bullet points about what we know (they talk about him in the book, but why no photo of a charcter more important than all the background characters)
- The map to Skywalker is not show or explained. This "map" plot device bugged me a bit, because Star Wars planets have coordinates. So really you just need to find out what planet Luke is on. I figured that map could be explained here that information references a series of jumps from various planets to get to a legendary planet that is the first Jedi Temple that Luke is suspected to be on. This dictionary had a chance to identify why a map was needed with all components and failed to address this major plot device that is revealed early and should be explained in this book.
-lack of Luke. The floating letters that are the first thing you see make reference that Like has vanished and this is not addressed at all. No map, no info on his final location. No pictures of Luke as a Jedi Master. I can understand the decision to have zero spoilers and not show Luke, but a page should have been given to what we do know about him going missing (like the map), and honestly the lack of showing the very beautiful planet Luke is on and Luke really lessons the completeness of this book.
So this is a great book. With the price on Amazon it has awesome value and answers a lot of questions. I gave it four out of Five stars because not referencing the map is a big failure to me and theSupreme leaders shown in they movie should have a picture since his name is used in the book and he had more screen time then half the characters in this book that get photos.
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