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Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary - The Ultimate Guide to Characters and Creatures from the Entire Star Wars Saga Hardcover – September 25, 2006
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"For SW fanboys, The Complete Visual Dictionary is a little slice of heaven. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal
About the Author
Ryder Windham is the author of more than sixty Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide. He has written junior novelizations of Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies and scripted numerous comics. An occasional freelance cartoonist and storyboard artist, he is an instructor and Certificate Program Advisor for Comics and Sequential Art at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education.
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This book is mostly a rundown of characters. Major characters are offered two pages and/or cutout sections, while more minor characters are given very decent amounts of page space. Besides characters, you learn a great deal about every single weapon and ship used in the six movies, as well as costumes, other equipment, planets visited and more. I never knew such high level of deatil existed on the character backgrounds and weapons, let alone having been studied. It is amazing to know the exact equipment set of each storm trooper, clone trooper, Jedi, as well as R2-D2, vulture droids, you name it, and you will find it.
I have never been a huge fan of the expanded Star Wars universe, so I very much appreciate the decision of the authors to concentrate on the canon movie trilogies. You see some tidibts as part of the elaboration of character backgrounds that contain information from expanded universe (for example, Boba Fett having survived the Sarlacc pit), but this is never over-done, and there appears to be a principle to keep most everything within the canon universe. It is chock-full of information and therefore takes a while to finish, but it is a great read, with fun information and very high-resolution photos. Highly recommended and addictive!
This book is essentially collecting the pages of all four previous Star Wars Visual Dictionaries into a single volume. Great way to save space on the bookshelf or coffee table, that's for sure. Also a great way to save a little money for you first time buyers by getting just one book instead of three. The one thing about the book (or rather books, as they did it too) is that some characters are on every chapter. Mainly R2-D2... he gets these giant splash pages on every chapter. I mean I love the little, but c'mon!
Now between you and me there is more to this collection than reprinting the four previous books into one. There is extra information in here too. Now the chapters covering Episodes one and two are identical to the previous books with the exception of losing the pictures that were on the inside cover and title page. The chapter that covers episode three has an additional 12 pages on top of all the original pages (again... minus the side-photos). Now I never got the original Dictionary on the original trilogy, but I can confirm there are at least four additional pages of content from that section.
I'm sure this volume has ticked off devoted fans who bought the previous books, but if you ask me it can still be a worthwhile investment. I'm not just talking about the 16+ extra pages, but the smaller shelf space as well. Think of it this way. Most of you had a few years to enjoy those other Dictionary books before this came out so in the words of an accountant you have already built value from the depreciation. Even if you bought a previous book or three this would still be a great buy (sell your old books, save that book space).
I had three of the four previous books and I am glad I have the new volume. This book is a good buy no matter how you slice it.
- Content: I do not have the other visiual dictionaries related StarWars, however what I have read from the other reviews as well as what I have seen from this one; it has considerably brief and extensive content, in my humble opinion it is rather sufficient for the dictionary which comprises "Entire StarWars Saga".
- Quality: I found the cover of it rather remarkable as well as its pages (It has also got an additional external cover.).
- Price: Perfect-worth (However it might be relative depends on the percentage of what level it meets your expectations.).
What is the answer of our question? "What hides Yoda at his back?": Sort of treasure, however, you are the best to answer it. 5 stars from me.
(For further read to get deeper information, I would like to suggest The Complete StarWars Encyclopedia.)
After he opened it up at his birthday we sat there for hours looking through it. And I'm told he looks through it constantly. So much to look at and read.