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Star Wars Classic Visual Dictionary [Hardcover]

Dorling Kindersley
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June 27 2002
The Visual Dictionary is an essential guide to Star Wars. DK's renowned Eyewitness style brings the characters, costumes, droids, and gadgetry of the Star Wars universe to life in astonishing visual detail. Highly defined, annotated photography shows and explains the culture, background, and technology of the Star Wars trilogy. Fans of all ages will enjoy detailed revelations of Star Wars secrets like how a Stormtrooper's equipment works, what the insides of a light saber look like, and what Sand People keep in their bandoliers. A visual glossary explains all the technical terms used in the trilogy. Together with Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections, these books comprise a definitive classic Star Wars reference library.

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Watch the Star Wars trilogy enough times and you'll find yourself straining to catch all the little details. Not the subtle plot points (Darth is Luke's dad, check; Luke and Leia are brother and sister, check), but all the cool gear and gadgets that keep flashing in front of the camera. Like what are those pointy things on Boba Fett's kneepads? And what's with all that ammo on Chewie's bandolier? And does an Imperial Probe really need that many legs? Finally, we've got some answers.

David West Reynolds, a boyish Ph.D. in archaeology who looks like he just rode in on the last Bantha, has catalogued the artifacts and inhabitants of the Star Wars universe with the same clinical thoroughness one typically reserves for studying Mesopotamia. His oversized, eye-pleasing picture book is packed with scrutinizing photos of actual props and characters from the movies, complete with systematic, scientific labels. And Reynolds's friendly, pseudo-academic style seamlessly blends new information with old. (In the Sand People description, you can't help but hear Alec Guinness's voice when Reynolds reveals that "Sand People ride in single file to hide their numbers.") In a few instances, the book shines an embarrassing light on the movies (Max Rebo is clearly no alien lifeform, just a poofy, blue elephant muppet), but the countless close-ups of thermal detonators, imperial blasters, and gaffi sticks more than make up the difference. --Paul Hughes

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Guaranteed to catapult Star Wars fans directly into intergalactic orbit, this pair of oversize picture books provide a galaxy full of details about the inner workings of George Lucas's mythical universe. Eschewing the standard "behind-the-scenes" look at the making of the movies, both books take a realistic, reference-like approach to the imaginary realm. Reynolds's forthright treatment helps to further meld fact and fiction: an archeologist, he notes that he views the world of Star Wars as "a culture from another time and place to explore." In glorious photographs, Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary spotlights each of the characters by turn, from the big three (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) to the next tier, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3P0 and R2-D2, as well as a vast supporting cast. Sidebars provide "back-stories" on many of the characters (Han Solo, for instance, was raised by space gypsies), and a close examination of clothing, weapons (including a cutaway view of Darth Vader's lightsaber) and equipment provides the answers to such questions as what does a Wookiee carry in his pouch. But novices be warned: Vader's true identity is also revealed in these pages. For Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections, Jenssen and Chasemore have created intricate drawings of the guts of such assorted craft as Solo's souped-up Millennium Falcon, the Empire's battle station Death Star (highlighted in a four-page gatefold), the gargantuan robotic quadruped At-At and Jabba the Hutt's sail barge. These two stellar guides (created with the support of Lucasfilm Ltd.) are sure to soar off the shelves. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Star Wars the Visual Dictionary is actually more than just a dictionary. It has excellent photos from the Lucasfilm Archives including a few from scenes that were cut. In a way, this book is similar to From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: the Best of the Lucasfilm Archives, but instead of being production notes, it treats the technical objects as if they were real. Arrows point to various parts of things like Boba Fett's armour. I wonder if some of the props were enhanced for this book because there are photos of the inside mechanics of a lightsaber and a stormtrooper helmet, which wouldn't have been neccessary for the movies. The layout of the book is much like the Eyewitness series with very clear individual photos of objects instead of just a rectangular, stale layout. A lot of information is packed into theh 64 pages and as far as I can tell, nothing was left uncovered. I've got to hand it to the research team who worked on this book. I deffinitely recommend it for kids or adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very awesome book! July 9 1999
By A Customer
This book was so amazing! It had everything u didnt know about starwars, things from cut scenes, backgrounds of many insignificant characters, such as chewey's age and family members. If you've always wondered how in the hell a lightsaber could work then now u can find out.... or how a droid like R2-D2 could fit all those gizmo's inside of him, that's in there too. David West Reynold's put so much thought into writing this book. It's amazing how there could be so much information about the insides of something that doesn't even exist, it was just completely thought up by a bunch of people...a definate must buy for any starwars fans... i also recommend buying INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTIONS, which was a very similar, terrific info filled book...to the fullest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll pick it up again and again Sept. 11 2000
By Erica
My son the nine-year-old spendthrift actually saved up for this book, and I must say it's worth every penny. It's filled with beat-up, blaster-lased equipment, cool musical instruments, weird details you've wondered about but thought you were too old to ask. When my son first got it, we fought over it!
It's also worth the money because it quickly becomes clear to the careful observer that much of the gear herein is reconditioned everyday stuff from the banal 20th Century. A musical instrument in the Cantina band, for instance, contains brass garden sprinkler nozzles! Spotting these details is what makes this book fun for us adults as well as the second generation of Jedi masters. Unreservedly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE LABOR OF LOVE Oct. 15 1998
It is nice to see new images of the costumes and props. They could have easily used an old picture of the cantinia band instead of taking the time to seach for the costumes or they could have used a drawing to show the inside of a lightsaber instead of taking the time and money to build one, but they didn't. They went that extra mile to be creative. It is not a rehash of old information. These are the problems I had with the Star Wars Encyclopedia. Do not be turned away by the fact that they have labeled this as a young reader book. I am a 29 years old Naval Officer and I thought it was great. A must have reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously cool volume on Star Wars gadgets Sept. 25 1998
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The beautifully illustrated DK duo cover characters, costumes, and weaponry in the Visual Dictionary, while the Cross Sections book dissects vehicles and spacecraft. Want to know how a light saber really works or what the interior of an Imperial Stormtrooper's helmet looks like? It's all in here. The most remarkable thing about the books is the amount of thought that's been expelled on the workings of things that don't even exist. The DK books are seriously cool and exceedingly browsable. Though aimed at kids, don't be surprised to see plenty of adults flipping through them also.-Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
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Although it has great visuals, some captions are not to be believed. Lots of technobabble on the blasters page and the lightsabre page has some statements that are contradictory to canon. Overall, it is worth having for excellent visual references, but keep in mind that it has a diluted boundary between canon and apocrypha. (Especially remember that the lightsabre cutaway is Dr. Reynold's design, it is not by definition what a real sabre would look like inside.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The FORCE is with this book Feb. 18 2001
This is my number 2 favorite book ever. And, it ain't just for the wealth of knowledge between it's covers. It has also had some great practical value.
I have alot of tattoos, and all are Star Wars related. This book was alot of help with the technical ones (X-Wings, Tie fighters, etc). But, ironically, it also helped in another place -- I based the head shot of George Lucas that is on my upper left arm on the picture that is in this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Fans of the Original Star Wars Trilogy Sept. 23 2003
This is an excellent guide for anyone who has seen and liked the trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away. The book is written like a non fiction dictionary as if the Star Wars planets and creatures were actually real. This is a must for die hard Star Wars fans and even those who are not huge fans will still get something out of this book. This book was also written before the terrible prequel movies so it only covers the three classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Short
This is a very illustrative book. However it is a little short for my convenience. Also, the quality of the book is excellent and the hardcover is very fine. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2011 by Marco Antonio Nieto
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice job
It is an amazing book related to Lucas' trilogy. It depicts all hardware used in the films. I have only a missing point: the starships are not all in the book and it would be... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2003 by Roque Maria Neto
4.0 out of 5 stars You May Fire When Ready...
The Visual Directory complements the Pictorial Directory and really gets into the characters of this famous trilogy. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by A. J. Cherrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
This is a superb book from the original and the special edtions of the Star Wars triogy! It has great details on every major character and everything else! Read more
Published on June 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The legend has its book
In this book we can see the items George Lucas could build for the classic series of movies, encompassing props, models, etc. Read more
Published on May 31 2002 by Roque Maria Neto
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Get Me Some of Those Props.
Great book for any STAR WARS fan. Lists and discusses just about every prop used in the original trilogy. Filled with information based both upon fact and fiction. Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by tvtv3
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool book chalk full of the props
This book shows just about every prop that they could have or did use in the Star Wars film. While parts of it are cheesy, it is a pretty solid book on those who want to know a... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2001 by Matthew J. Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book if you love Star Wars
This book is da bomb! It has great information in it. When I first saw it, I knew I had to get it so I could understand Star Wars better. Buy this book today!
Published on July 29 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great info packed book for the non educated fans
This book is the information center for the Star Wars Episode 1 Phantom Menace movie. If you want to know anything about the movie such as the rubee in the Queens hat or the... Read more
Published on July 2 1999
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