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The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide Paperback – September 29, 2010
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Extremely well thought out, the authors draw parallels with animals found on Earth to make the creatures of the Star Wars universe realistically believable. For example, the size relation of the nuna's egg to the adult female is also found in the kiwi, and the multiple embryos coming from that single egg are similar to the multi-spawning eggs of some parasitic wasps. The similarities between banthas and elephants are copious, and the mouth-breeding behaviour of the opee sea killer will be familiar to any avid aquarist.
There are also many wonderful and enchanting "background" details in many of the drawings, like Bib Fortuna looking to purchase a Nightsister's rancor, an Ewok being carried off by a condor-dragon, and some Tatooine anoobas picking over the remains of the late podracer Teemto Pagalies (those are DEFINITELY his goggles).
The book is arranged in chapters by planet. (Naboo has three chapters for its various macroenvironments: terrestrial, deep aquatic, and swamp.) The ecologies of the worlds and the niches of the native creatures are all highly detailed and superbly explained. Great care and effort was put into expanding the range of Star Wars wildlife knowledge, using conceptual sketches and some apparently original animals to flesh out the bestiary to a fantastic extent. The images of the creatures themselves are -- and I have NEVER before used this term outside of describing food before, but it is now necessary -- sumptuous. The people responsible for the content of this book deserve to win awards. Lots of 'em.Read more ›
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This is a field guide to the wildlife from the Star Wars planets. It's organised by planets and the included ones are Tatooine, Hoth, Dagobah, Naboo, Bespin, Endor, Yavin 4 and Coruscant. There's a short introduction describing each ecosystem -- fiery, freezing, vaporous, etc.
The illustrations are sketches drawn with pencils and colour markers, supposedly by a zoologist in the field, but is actually none other than Terryl Whitlatch. They are all wonderfully detailed showing the creatures in their natural habitat, be it hunting, caring for their young, chilling out, or even on sale at some market on Coruscant. The attention to skin textures is very nice. You can almost get a feel just by looking. Beautiful colours also.
Besides the paintings are field notes filling in on information like feeding patterns, mating habits, herding instincts and defensive mechanisms of these fascinating beings.
I didn't know that the giant space slug is really that huge at 900 metres until I looked up the size of a blue whale for comparison, which is 33 metres. The space slugs gets nutrients from asteroids and you can see how the intestines work. Some of the designs you'll see are inspired by Earth animals. The Opee Sea Killer has characteristics from lobster (shell), frog (long sticky tongue), anglerfish (that glowing forehead tip) and the arowana (breeding little babies in the mouth).
Some of the designs might look a bit far fetch but hey, this is Star Wars, this is science fiction. I guess anything goes but many are believable for the most part, in art and concept.
This is a very good book for all fans of Star Wars and animal art.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
of the living creatures that inhabit the planets of George Lucas's Star Wars saga. Rendered beautifully in color and formatted in the style of a naturalist's field journal.
the book showcases animals seen in the films and (finally) gives
images to other creatures formerly only described in print.
Mating habits, social interractions, hunting techniques, and
life cycles of Banthas, Dewbacks, Rancors,and Kadus are shown.
As well as others who only made brief appearances or just named in print such as: Womp Rats, Nerfs, or that trash compacter Monster (Dianoga) which I finally saw what that eye belonged to.
Fauna are represented planet by planet and each new world gives
a brief but informative introduction on the ecosystem.
This lavishly illustrated and beautifully rendered book makes a
excellent companion to the Illustrated Star Wars universe. As well as the books of the conceptual art. For any fan this is an
essential volume and a most welcomed addition to one's personal
library. A pity that George Lucas does have an introductory
statement printed to acknowledge or at the very least give kudos to the splendid work Terryl Whitlatch and Bob Carrau have done in giving form and life to the creatures that inhabit his universe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My Son cannot put this book down and that is coming from a kid who generally doesn't like animals. I think pictures and diagrams read more like schematics to a robotic lab than a... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Doc of All Trades
I got this for my friend for her birthday and she loved it! The descriptions and pictures inside are beautifully done and any Star Wars nerd would love it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melissa Beason
My son loved this book because he has recently adapted an interest in the Star Wars area. This book goes through every known Star Wars creature and on top of this, it gives a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Asra Razzaque
the amount of awesomeness is overwhelming. There is animal anatomy bleed out when you place this book vertically.Published 1 month ago by pie
Wonderful book that really fleshes out my all-time favorite (before Disney got their greedy hands on it, anyway) universe!Published 2 months ago by Siobhan Weber
One look and I was hooked - it really brought out the kid in me! The perfect read for any "STAR WARS" family!Published 4 months ago by Happy in Honolulu
This book is full of great illustrations. I'm using it as a creature/monster resource for my Star Wars D6 campaign.Published 5 months ago by Adam