This comprehensive visual dictionary is the perfect Star Wars book for exploring the galaxy from afar.
Packed with over 1,500 stunning images, it showcases major and minor characters (such as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker), creatures, vehicles, weapons, accessories, and tech items in unparalleled detail. Beautiful photographs and captivating texts written by Star Wars experts examine the intricacies of Padmé Amidala’s costumes, showcase Boba Fett’s range of weapons, study Darth Vader’s armor, and reveal lesser-known background stories to many. many characters. Find out who Poe Dameron’s idol is, learn about the technology behind the BB-8’s rolling motion, and much more! Fully updated to include the latest episodes of the Skywalker Saga – Star Wars The Force Awakens and Star Wars The Last Jedi – this invaluable reference guide incorporates all of the latest stories and characters. The definitive companion to the Star Wars movies, Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary is a must-buy for beginners and die-hard Star Wars fans alike.
Writer: James Luceno, David West Reynolds, Ryder Windham, Jason Fry and Pablo Hidalgo
Special productions by: Robert E. Barnes, Don Bies, John Goodson, Nelson Hall and Mike Verta
New photograph by: Alex ivanov
Publication type: Reference, Fiction, Young adult
Number of pages: 352
ISBN: ISBN 9781465475473
Retail price: 40 $
Release date: September 18, 2018
When these “finished” Star wars Visual dictionaries come out, it’s easy to think of them as just a compilation of the visual dictionaries of the individual movies tied together. And that’s certainly the foundation of it since the writers aren’t starting from scratch, but care has been taken to update the descriptions and include new images. As tempting (but exhausting) as getting drawn into a side-by-side comparison between this, the previous Complete visual dictionary, and the visual dictionaries of individual films, it is necessary to consider them but also to take the current dictionary as its own entity.
The cover hints at the presentation and layout of the book’s content, featuring characters, creatures, and objects with their respective labels. The larger and more centered image is that of R2D2; to his right is a little Kylo Ren with a burning saber, and to the left of R2 is Obi Wan’s lightsaber. Above the droid floats Luke’s helmet, a Vulptext, a diplomat’s blaster and a Y-Wing. It shows how reading this dictionary is almost like stepping into a film exhibition and seeing everything up close and personal, out of its original context.
The dictionary is divided into eras: Prequel Trilogy Era, Original Trilogy Era, and Sequel Era. Based on the number of pages alone, there is a bit of an imbalance, with the Sequel Era getting the most pages, the Prequel Era the second, and the Original Trilogy Era getting the fewest pages allotted to it. . Maybe there’s the assumption that we’ve had more time to explore the details of the era of the original trilogy or maybe it’s a fluke.
The Prequel Era section is preceded by a “Galaxy Snapshot,” and the front page of this release features the logos of the various agencies that have ruled the galaxy and those that have resisted such a rule. The other side of the broadcast features selected planets: Coruscant, Naboo, Jakku, Tatooine and the Starkiller base. I don’t know what the criteria were for presenting these planets and excluding others like Hoth, Crait and the moons Endor and Yavin 4, but I think a section describing all the planets and moons in the galaxy would be fantastic good. that it would take many pages.
Following these pages is a section titled “Special Technology” which describes the technology of the Lightsaber, Blaster, and Droid. It illustrates the key or most impactful technological advancements in the galaxy, minus the spacecraft. But I’m not sure the value of this section since weapon and droid technology is detailed in other sections of the dictionary. Maybe a Skywalker timeline or family tree would have been a better use of that space.
Oddly enough, and to my delight, the details of Solo and Thief one open section The era of the original trilogy. I don’t see them as part of that era since the “trilogy” refers to three films, but there is an intriguing blur of the lines between the films. For example, in the broadcast “imperial leaders” blurs the lines between Thief one and New hope with Krennic appearing alongside Admiral Piett and Moff Jerjerrod. Likewise, the pages on Darth Vader contain scenes from A new hope, the empire strikes back, and Thief one. It provides an overview of these characters and their place during this time.
Sure, some pages look almost identical to their initial appearances in the individual movie’s visual dictionary, but they’re not quite the same. In the case of Kylo Ren, some images and texts by Visual Dictionary of Force Awakening have been rearranged and placed next to new images and information. However, the images and layout of The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary is duplicated, but the text of paragraphs and captions has been updated.
And the ban on saying “Ben Solo” is no longer, as it is mentioned five times in this dictionary in the sections on Leia, Han, Rey, Snoke, and Kylo Ren. I was hoping to find out more about him, like maybe the image of the flashback scene where Luke confronts him at the academy and more about his calligraphy set which appears on the opening page of The era of the sequel section (as well as in the index of The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary). But maybe that’s because I’m obsessed with Kylo Ren.
I LOVE that the pages on Snoke, Kylo Ren, and The Praetorian Guard are the only ones in the book that are black with white text. The dark side stands out – as it gloriously should! – the rest of the pages, which are white with black text.
The introduction states that “this revised and expanded guide sheds light on even more nooks and crannies of this distant galaxy.” One of the nooks and crannies that intrigued me is the food in Star wars. I bring authenticity to a fictional world. I imagine there would be an incredible assortment of traditional dishes that represent the different cultures of the galaxy, as well as some incredible innovations in cross-cultural, interplanetary, and inter-species fusion cuisines. I was hoping for details about the meal Darth Vader had hosted in Cloud City, but no luck. The sections on Dexter’s Diner, Yoda in Exile, and Maz Kanada provide the most details. Disney should adjust these recipes for palates on earth and serve them up at their theme parks – I’d love to try Dexter’s Diner Sliders and Sic-Six Layer Cake!
Some might think that this book is part of a colossal cash raid by Disney as there are other “complete” visual dictionaries as well as those published for individual films. Of course, they want to make more money. Yes, there is information that is repeated from previous dictionaries. But you have to consider that this could be the first Star wars visual dictionary that someone is reading. And, just like the English language, the Star wars the universe is constantly evolving and additions and modifications are necessary, so like our language dictionaries, the Star wars dictionaries need to be updated.
Each of these pieces from the movies has its own story and, as the book explains, it comes from the making of the movies as well as details in the novels, comics, and video games. It adds layers to the characters we think we know so well and dimensions to the details that only appeared briefly in the movies. It offers people like me who haven’t been into novels, comics, and video games a way to deepen their movie experience. It is also reminiscent of the immense imagination and great care taken in creating a film, which inspires others to take us even further into this favorite galaxy, far, far away.