This is a very nice book that is a great follow-on to the Lego Star Wars "The Visual Dictionary". "The Character Encyclopedia" includes the Han Solo minifigure complimenting the Luke Skywalker that came with "The Visual Dictionary" book. Great for collectors of the Lego Star Wars minifigs.
I bought this for my 10-yr old son who is a big fan of Star Wars and the Legos. He takes the Han Solo minifig out to look at it and then places it back into the book when he is done. The holder built into the book is designed so that you can lift up the plastic flap that contains the figure and continue using it as a holder. Make sure you release the tape from the bottom as the "hinge" is at the top.
The size of the book is smaller than the previous released DK books. It measures 7 3/8" wide by 9 3/8" tall. This is actually a really good size for the information contained on the pages of the book. Each page is dedicated to one Minifig in the Star Wars sets. Here are a few page features:
* A nice description of the character and their role/function in Star Wars * Each minifig description is cross referenced to the sets which they appear * Each minifig description has descriptions of any released variations (if any) * A very nice photograph of the minifig taking up most of the page * Bits of trivia regarding the design
The index also contains a nice reference for all the set numbers that the minifig can be found.
This first edition contains all the figures that are currently available in the 2011 Star Wars sets.
One interesting note is that this book is missing one of the promotional minifigs released earlier in 2011 year (or was it late 2010). That was the Shadow ARF Trooper which was a Lego Store promotion. My son and I got one and I was interested in finding a description of it. It is interesting since the book mentions limited release minifigs such as the chrome gold C-3PO and bronze Boba Fett. I wonder if folks noticed any other missing figures.
Regardless, this is a very nice book and missing an obscure limited release figure doesn't detract from this book. It would give the publisher an opportunity for a 2nd edition in a few years when Lego releases even more minifigs.