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Star Wars The Last Jedi The Visual Dictionary Hardcover – December 15, 2017
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Canto Bight Police
Every law and regulation in this city is negotiable, depending on the wealth of the suspect or accuser. Corruption is rampant in law enforcement and as long as transgressions do not disrupt the resort's relaxing atmosphere, much can be ignored. Nevertheless, there are unspoken rules and lines that should not be crossed.
About the Author
Author Pablo Hidalgo, a resident Star Wars authority, is a creative executive within the Lucasfilm Story Group 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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Having seen the film I really wanted to learn more about Snoke and the Praetorian Guards (that throne room duel, amazing). If you're looking for confirmation that the Praetorian are the Knights of Ren, you won't find that here. Though I did learn there are 8 in all, 4 pairs of 2 with matching weapons and that they are as much a mystery as Snoke. Those looking for a backstory for Snoke won't find that here either. But there are some nice details, he is not Sith, just powerful in the force. His body is broken, he has a malformed zygoma in his cheek (which explains his face deformity) and that his ring is made of obsidian from under Vader's palace on Mustafar, which I think is fantastic to learn. His throne room aboard the Supremacy is where he projects his larger than life hologram across the galaxy to appear even more opposing, and has been seen in the flesh by very few. Online, people have been making fun of Snoke's Oculus viewing scope in his throne room, but I think it makes sense. Especially helpful most likely, in looking across the galaxy and it may have helped to bridge Kylo and Rey's minds.
Being a big fan of cartography, I loved the star map, which I did not picture so people can look forward to seeing that fresh. I love Star Wars ships, the Resistance flagship Raddus is awesome, named after Admiral Raddus who perished during the battle above Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Another complaint I've seen online is how the fuel /speed and shields of the Raddus seemed too powerful, but this book confirms that's true. The Raddus has an advanced deflector shield system and its speed cannot be matched by the Supremacy. It was also nice to see photos and details for the other doomed Resistance ships The Ninka, The Anodyne and The Vigil, they all aesthetically look at home in the Star Wars universe. As I though,t it was green milk not blue milk that Luke milked from the Thala-Sirens on Ach-To, a weird but great Star Wars scene. Though the Canto Bight scene didn't gel for me in the film, it's nice to get a better look at all the great aliens and creatures designed for that scene. I'm a big fan of the design of the Canto Bight Police, they look very much like Coruscant Police from the prequels mixed with Bespin Police from Empire.
Pablo Hidalgo is great with this kinda stuff, knowledge and lore of the Star Wars universe and he delivers here on some great things that deepens Star Wars The Last Jedi. Currently, this film is very divisive and fans on both sides love it or hate it. Personally I loved it, Luke, Kylo, Rey, Leia, a space chase adventure film that brought back some old forces with some new, it delivered. So I knew I had to get this book to delve deeper into the various worlds and creatures we saw in the film. I liked the Porgs, the Vulptex (crystal fox) and the Lanais caretakers of Achh-To, they reminded me very much of the creature creations from Jim Henson's muppets in the original trilogy. For fans of The Last Jedi, I think you'll be really pleased with this companion book. For those who are not fans, I'm not sure this book will offer you much. This book comes FULLY APPROVED.
The content it does include is surfacy at best, not revealing anything substantial and rarely giving background characters any real story like the Visual Dictionaries of old (or the R1 VD for that matter).
It's an okay book that I wouldn't pay more than $10 for. You definitely don't have to buy it today or even this year. Any questions you may have about the film aren't answered.
The worst part is that Pablo Hidalgo is an excellent SW author, his Visual Dictionary for Rogue One was among the best VDs and his Star Wars Propaganda book is my all time favorite in-universe source book!
Not sure if it's the editorial team, LFL, or both, but give Pablo some creative freedom to write and connect various characters to the larger universe we all love.
And please, just combine the Cross Sections and the Visual Dictionaries. Its insulting to make us buy both, especially since the Cross Sections quality has diminished considerably from the original Cross Sections books of Episodes 1-6.
The reason I didn’t give it 5 was because the author did way better on the Rogue One visual guide. But still great book!
This visual dictionary is a great guide to Star Wars the last Jedi. It explains almost everything you need to know about the movie. It even has locations on the island and has a map for the new planets. It explains what characters do and know and their personalities. They explain more about characters and their personalities, body, thoughts, etc that weren’t explained in the movie.
They explain a lot about Luke Skywalker in the book. They explained how he survives, his hut, what he eats, etc. They mentions the new characters and gives them a story worth reading. They explain the new weapons that the Resistance and The First Order have in the movie and describe very carefully about them.
I would recommend this to any Star Wars fan. If you hated the last Jedi but wanted to learn more about Star Wars then I would recommend it to you. I would also recommend it to people who loved the last Jedi and want more insight on the last Jedi.