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Star Wars: The Blueprints Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 15, 2011

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As Yoda might put it: Forceful object, this is. --The New York Times

Wait no more. Star Wars: The Blueprints, an oversized hardcover from Epic Ink, collects the best of the original blueprints created by the UK production art departments during the making of the six movies, taken straight from the Lucasfilm Archives and reproduced in striking high resolution ...The talent of these designers is on display on every page. Each blueprint is presented as an original work of art, and some bear the imperfections of rips and folds present on the original technical drawings ... Star Wars: The Blueprints is much more than a collection of documents. --Star Wars Insider

There has been no shortage of amazing Star Wars coffee table books and great memorabilia over the years, but the new book, Star Wars: The Blueprints, looks like one of the coolest inside looks at the franchise ever. 95% of the content has never been seen outside of the production. --IGN.com

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“As Yoda might put it: Forceful object, this is.”
The New York Times

“Wait no more. Star Wars: The Blueprints, an oversized hardcover from Epic Ink, collects the best of the original blueprints created by the UK production art departments during the making of the six movies, taken straight from the Lucasfilm Archives and reproduced in striking high resolution ...The talent of these designers is on display on every page. Each blueprint is presented as an original work of art, and some bear the imperfections of rips and folds present on the original technical drawings ... Star Wars: The Blueprints is much more than a collection of documents. ”
Star Wars Insider

“There has been no shortage of amazing Star Wars coffee table books and great memorabilia over the years, but the new book, Star Wars: The Blueprints, looks like one of the coolest inside looks at the franchise ever. 95% of the content has never been seen outside of the production.”
IGN.com

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Epic Ink Books; First edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781603801911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603801911
  • ASIN: 160380191X
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 24 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 30.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,095,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Dolen on September 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Superbly presented in a incomprehensibly large book, the blueprints are a fantastic look at how the sets were designed and constructed. However, not all of the blueprints have measurements on them. I found this to be disappointing and bizarre; how could a blueprints book not include all the measurements? Have they been erased because they don't want people to build them? It's quite odd.

Saying that, the majority do have measurements, but to fully appreciate and understand the scale it would have been nice if they all were covered.

Overall:

The presentation is second to none.

The accompanying photos are rare/interesting shots.

Obviously, with the CG fest the prequels were, there's not much there to be covered - only an eighth of the book; but who cares anyway :)

Would I buy it again knowing what I know now? Absolutely; it's stunning.

Is it perfect? No, but everyone will have their own opinion of perfect.
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If you can afford this book, buy it.

Since STARS WARS first came out, it's produced an avalanche of licensed product taller than Jabba the Hut, including sumptuous art books. But this book, in size, towers above them all. A first-class example of book production, from its gorgeous tray case to the oversized book amply illustrated with blueprints and supportive text and photographs, this is the kind of book you'll show off to your friends and neighbors, and leaf through with a look of amazement.

In every possible way -- the oversized format, the printing on coated paper stock, the sturdy sewn signatures, the flawless reproduction, and the handsome tray case that protects the book -- this is a work of art, and for the author, a labor of love.

Limited to 5000 copies, mine was numbered in the 2000's, so based on that, the book is half sold out. (It may be that other vendors got copies with higher numbers, which suggests that readers with Jedi-like wisdom should buy sooner than later.)

At $500, it's admittedly a luxury. You can live without this, but why would your want to? At a time when trade publishers are cheapening books in every possible way, with crappy printing, glue binding, tiny type, printed on paper with the consistently of toilet paper, this book is its own best argument: Books can be, in themselves, works of art.

You don't have to be a STAR WARS fan to appreciative this massive tome. I imagine every mechanical engineer with a taste for fantasy and science fiction will find this book compulsively readable and viewable.

I should add that it comes boxed with an ingenious buffer-like cardboard insert that protects the fragile corners of the tray case from damage.
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At first I was delighted to open this book and discover exactly what I was looking for (and I'm sure many other Star Wars fans have been looking for) for years. The holy grail of Star Wars, the ACTUAL blueprints used for producing the actual props, models and sets. Terrific I thought. Also comforting is the fact that the majority of the books content is thankfully devoted to the original trilogy we all know and love and this makes sense as episodes 1,2 and 3 where CGI festivals of the highest order.

Then I started to delve deeper into the tomb and read all the very interesting details. What I discovered annoyed me. First, yes, you get actual blueprints but sadly, NOT ALL OF THEM. For example R2-D2 get's just 2 of the alleged 4 blueprints sheets printed in this book. (What happened to the other 2???). Many of the set designs in particular one that will be of great importance to Star Wars fans who enjoy building props and sets, will discover a lot of the X-wing fighter blueprints missing? What about blueprints for making your very own studio scale AT-AT?

Perhaps this book is more about the art of the design more than the actual hard core design dimensions but honestly I thought I was getting a complete tomb of Star Wars blueprints, not a random scattering featuring mostly general details and missing the complete sets. Personally I found this rude and believe many of the reviews presented here on Amazon illustrate that fans may not have read the book from cover to cover yet.

Star Wars already has umpteen dozen books on the art(of which the ones that highlight Ralph Macquarie are the best), but it's never had a detailed set of the fantastic blueprints used to construct props and sets until now.
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The good:
- Blueprints you haven't seen yet.
- Many of them big. The book is big.

The so-so:
- Some of them are on two pages, so something is lost in the fold.
- The blueprints haven't been photoshopily enhanced. They are original, yes, vintage... but they are also yellow. They aren't dirty or creased however.

The bad:
- It's incomplete! Yes it is. And without reason. For such a big book that calls itself THE blueprints, I expected completeness. But for example it doesn't have all of the 1977 "star wars blueprints" book blueprints. But it has most. So why have some been left away?
- Many important blueprints (mainly of Star Wars) were lost. This is sad and can't be changed. However I can find a lot of original blueprints in the web (e.g. of the ATST), which are not lost. They were only lost by Rinzler when he made the book.
- There is very few material of Ep. II and III. They say it's because everything is CG. I understand that: No props means no drawings for the propmakers. However many props must have been made (like Lightsabers) but have no blueprints? "they have been lost" doesn't count here, because if everything was done with CAD, they could simply have saved it forever on cheap, but durable, USB sticks.
- It's expensive. OK, this is not the 10-times more expensive limited Edition, but in my eyes it's still too expensive.

Conclusion:
I feel a little bit fooled. I expected so much more and I am dissapointed that this is, like so often, not THE final, THE complete, THE ultimate thing.
On the other hand, I'm happy that I bought it. For me as a hobby 3D modeler it is really a useful book.
For everybody who is 'just' a Star Wars fan, this book will not give you much. It doesn't feature all the sets and vehicles.
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