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Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection Paperback – November 28, 2012

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"Steve Sansweet offers a new landmark accomplishment with this fascinating 352-page full-color tome."
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Stephen J. Sansweet is a world-renowned Star Wars collector and authority. He lives in Petaluma, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452111308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452111308
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By El Tonio TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2012
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The very first review I ever wrote for Amazon.com was for this book's predecessor: The Star Wars Action Figure Archive. I liked the original quite a bit, so I immediately pre-ordered this book when I first saw it. I have spent the last couple of days carefully reading some parts and an quickly thumbing through others (for now) so I could write this review and let folks know what to expect. All things considered, I think this book is as good as the the original in most ways and believe it easily deserves at least 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5 stars since fractions were not an option). Here's why.

First, this is a reference book and not a price guide (so, it contains tons of timeless information, but no prices that are quickly outdated). Second, it shows a picture of every figure released as off the time the book was set to the publisher, including most variations and many more obscure figures (with nearly 340 pages containing 6 or more photos each, I have no doubt the author covers at lest the 2300 figures mentioned in the intro). On a related note, all of the pictures are nicely sized so you can easily see the detail for each figure. For example, there are 54 Darth Vader figures covered over eight pages, and 89 Luke Skywalker figures covered over 11 pages. Second (at least for the vintage figures and probably for the rest, too, though I can't say for sure because I don't collect those), it shows each figure holding/wearing all of the weapons/accessories it originally came with. Third, it shows at least one still photo for a vast majority of the figures from the movies, TV shows, and/or comics (this is a wonderful way to see how the figures compare to the character they represent).
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This is a great reference for vintage and modern figures. Most of the figures in the book are modern, but they do include all the vintage figures. All the pictures in the book are of OPEN figures, nothing MOC. Please see my video review for details. Thanks!
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This book is everything a long-time fan, like myself, wants from a reference book about the Star Wars toy line. This covers the entire line, up to the present, with excellent photos showing figures with their accessories. Even though I am a reformed collector, this will have a space on my bookshelf for years to come.
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This weighty volume contains photography of all the 3 3/4" SW Action Figures, highlighting the best example of each with a larger photo and verbose description. A great reference for collectors as well as an entertaining book to review all the thousands of characters that Hasbro & Kenner have produced into figures over the years. Its 352 large pages are filled with images and highlighted features of interest for each figure. If you collect figures this will be a great reference for your collection. I thoroughly enjoy this masterpiece. Great job Steve!
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Tony the Toyman provides a great summary of the positive aspects in his review, "Does what it set out to do extremely well." However, as a serious collector and fan of Sansweet's previous reference book, The Star Wars Action Figure Archive, I was disappointed.

For starters, almost every figure is represented but many entries don't show all the accessories that came with the figure - this is painfully apparent in the "clones" section. You get one picture of each figure, no multiple angles and some of the special features aren't properly called out. Also, some figures that came packed together are never pictured on the same page making it difficult to grasp which figures came in a set - have I mentioned the "clones" section yet?.

The introduction section shows an example of the packaging for each figure series covered, but following sections never show the packaging for individual entries let alone the packaging of sets. None of the vehicles, playsets, or other toys that are part of the Star Wars action figure line are shown or properly discussed to help give context to certain figures - see "Snaggletooth (blue)" for example, it would have been nice to show a picture of the Cantina Playset the infamous figure came in. Also, some figures come with accessories that work with vehicles and playsets but that is never discussed because a lot of accessories aren't shown and vehicles and playsets are absent.

I also don't understand the book's logic for what qualifies as a figure for inclusion. Imperial Probe Droid from the 1980's Hoth playset qualifies but not the Dianoga trash compactor monster that came with the Death Star playset, let alone a Rancor or a Wampa.

Despite my negative review I recommend this book because it is a great reference guide and fun to browse, but it lacks the level of detail necessary to be truly helpful to the collector community.
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I bought this because I can't afford to actually collect all of these figures. Excellent coffee table and great little reference to the phenom that is Star Wars Action Figures! There are other books out there, but this one I found was just right for young and old to just marvel at the vast universe that Star Wars has created with their action figure line and guaranteed you will enjoy looking at them all! Fun book to read!
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