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Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary Hardcover – Oct 5 1998
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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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!
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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now i have the book of the original trilogy, i complete all book of this sagaPublished 2 months ago by jawa74
I bought this for my nephew last year, I looked inside before wrapping it up, Very neat book! lots of great picture and lots of descriptions of star wars objects, light sabers,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nick
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 morePublished on Nov. 16 2011 by Marco Antonio Nieto
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 morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Roque Maria Neto
The Visual Directory complements the Pictorial Directory and really gets into the characters of this famous trilogy. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by A. J. Cherrington
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 morePublished on June 10 2002
In this book we can see the items George Lucas could build for the classic series of movies, encompassing props, models, etc. Read morePublished on May 31 2002 by Roque Maria Neto
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 morePublished on April 19 2002 by tvtv3
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