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Star Wars DK brings the fertile imagination of George Lucas to
life with two in-depth books about the original movie trilogy. Produced
under the aegis of Lucasfilms from Skywalker Ranch archives, the books
feature new material and data on the characters and vehicles. Cross
Sections Vehicles and ships are illustrated in exploded 3-dimensional
views. Learn about the secret firepower of Boba Fett's bounty ship, see
the floor plans of the Death Star, and more.

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5

Jun 16, 2012

This book took me some time to go through, mostly because I was devouring every tiny detail in it. And there was a ton of detail to cover.
It is an epic look at all the films, from the real beginning, not the 80's version I originally knew of, with every part or detail you can think of.
Awesome shots from the movies accompany interesting facts that will have you turning each page only after you have read each description.
I actually learned some new things, and I was an avid fan, so that was a huge This book took me some time to go through, mostly because I was devouring every tiny detail in it. And there was a ton of detail to cover.
It is an epic look at all the films, from the real beginning, not the 80's version I originally knew of, with every part or detail you can think of.
Awesome shots from the movies accompany interesting facts that will have you turning each page only after you have read each description.
I actually learned some new things, and I was an avid fan, so that was a huge bonus in my reading adventure.
I have to say, I don't know if young kids age 7 would really "get" the information... there would be a lot of, "wow, cool" moments, but actually absorbing of the information, I doubt it. I would say this is geared for pubescent teens, probably mostly boys too, but they would get a kick out of the action and adventure in it, and still understand the information given.
A great book for adults too who are fans of the films. It's really cool to see it laid out from Anakin to Luke and their adventures they have, but in book. I think a lot of fans would appreciate the layout greatly. ...more
5

Jun 12, 2014

Authoritative, Thorough and Entertaining ...

This proved to be an excellent and much-appreciated birthday gift for my 8 year-old daughter who a short while ago began exhibiting a growing interest (and understanding) of all-things Star Wars.

I saw the first Star Wars movie back in the 70s and even though two more sequels were produced several years later, I never knew the original plan was to produce several prequels and (eventually) another sequel. My interest in these movies was more seasonal in Authoritative, Thorough and Entertaining ...

This proved to be an excellent and much-appreciated birthday gift for my 8 year-old daughter who a short while ago began exhibiting a growing interest (and understanding) of all-things Star Wars.

I saw the first Star Wars movie back in the 70s and even though two more sequels were produced several years later, I never knew the original plan was to produce several prequels and (eventually) another sequel. My interest in these movies was more seasonal in that I enjoyed seeing the movies as they were released, but my interest in the story-line never lingered. With so many DK-published books on almost every facet of Star Wars, I chose this one as it seemed to deliver on almost every front rather than detailing a specific aspect of the series (like vehicles).

In true DK fashion, the STAR WARS COMPLETE VISUAL DICTIONARY offers a stunning visual reference on anything/everything STAR WARS. Organized in a Star-Wars chronological manner starting with the 1st prequel of the series and continues through the end (now considered the “classic” era of Star Wars). As each movie chapter is introduced, the characters, vehicles, environments and significant events are meticulously documented/explained and gloriously illustrated. As a casual Star Wars fan, I found this accumulation of data and accompanying visual component both fascinating and addictive. This book’s a real page-turner and has the ability to keep children and adults alike occupied for long periods of time. The intricate detailing of an enlarged image of R2D2 that points out all of its components and abilities is just one example of the thought/care put into this book … it’s got everything in it!

I wanted a “complete” reference guide on Star Wars and the STAR WARS COMPLETE VISUAL DICTIONARY is exactly what I was hoping for.
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Oct 11, 2013

At 271 pages this book offers a huge amount of information both in a visual and written format. As you flip through the pages you will be stunned at how much the publisher covered in the book, and with six movies that changed the world of science fiction, covering all that the movies offered must have been a serious challenge. The book opens with covering the various characters in Episode I. Sidious, Windu, Yoda, Obi Wan, and the whole Jedi council are depicted. But that is not all. The book At 271 pages this book offers a huge amount of information both in a visual and written format. As you flip through the pages you will be stunned at how much the publisher covered in the book, and with six movies that changed the world of science fiction, covering all that the movies offered must have been a serious challenge. The book opens with covering the various characters in Episode I. Sidious, Windu, Yoda, Obi Wan, and the whole Jedi council are depicted. But that is not all. The book goes even further listing the Neimoidians, the droids, the starfighters, Queens Amidala's outfits, weapons, ships, species, technology, locations, politics and events. This theme continues throughout the book and the rest of the five movies. All pages are in a high gloss format that add an extra quality to the presentation.

The shear mass of information is impressive, but I did found some of the accompanied information to be a little lacking. Although the information is useful it wasn't very deep. Basically, the added written descriptions that fit to the pictures are a narrow look to what the picture depicts and offers little in the form of history or impact to the reader.

Recommended for casual or fanatic fans. ...more
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Oct 03, 2010

I got this book for Christmas one year, I think it was in 7th grade but I'm not completely sure. This is a fun book to flip through and it has all of the characters from the Star Wars movies excluding The Clone Wars (which I'm perfectly O.K. with because I thought that The Clone Wars was extremely stupid and I refuse to watch the movie or the T.V. series).
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Oct 07, 2019

This is essentially a combination of all the Star Wars visual encyclopaedias which is great to have access to so much information. The level of detail included in this is remarkable; I feel like every time I read it, I'm learning something new. This can be enjoyed by die-hard Star Wars fans or casual fans on their own. The detail included is incredible, as a Star Wars fan, it's an incredible resource for me.

It covers from The Phantom Menace all the way to the end of the Original Trilogy, which This is essentially a combination of all the Star Wars visual encyclopaedias which is great to have access to so much information. The level of detail included in this is remarkable; I feel like every time I read it, I'm learning something new. This can be enjoyed by die-hard Star Wars fans or casual fans on their own. The detail included is incredible, as a Star Wars fan, it's an incredible resource for me.

It covers from The Phantom Menace all the way to the end of the Original Trilogy, which is great that all of the information is provided here. ...more
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Jun 24, 2019

This was a pretty detailed read. I am not sure I have read a bigger Star Wars reference book than this. I enjoyed the nods to larger canon in this and it had great pics with lots of awesome tidbits of information. As Star Wars grows, they are just going to have to build a giant online visual dictionary so that it can stay updated with new entries. Nonetheless, I enjoy reading all these great DK Visual Dictionaries and this is another great Star Wars reference book for your shelf.
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Sep 10, 2019

Interesting. Loved the short/brief descriptions of the various groups, planets, characters. I glossed over some of the detail about the weapons, droids but overall it is a great reference for Star Wars fans. My book came to me via the second-hand store and it was compiled in 2006 so only covers the the first 6 films. I loved the refresher course & am now eager to rewatch the movies.
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Sep 29, 2018

i hope we someday get a composite visual dictionary of every bit of canon. like from all the movies and tv shows and even books and comics. it could work!
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Dec 20, 2017

Ok kinda boring..like way to much technical detail into parts of outfits, weapons and other stuff.
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May 04, 2012

Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary features characters, weapons, tools, creatures, droids, uniforms and places from the world of Star Wars. It allows the reader to see, discover and explore those items all in one place.

I loved this book! It's beautifully presented book with wonderful large photographs, including some from the movies, as well as interesting, informative text. The book is a compilation of four previously published books/dictionaries and is organized into the following Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary features characters, weapons, tools, creatures, droids, uniforms and places from the world of Star Wars. It allows the reader to see, discover and explore those items all in one place.

I loved this book! It's beautifully presented book with wonderful large photographs, including some from the movies, as well as interesting, informative text. The book is a compilation of four previously published books/dictionaries and is organized into the following sections: Episode I, Episode II, Episode III, Episodes IV-VI.

I was a little disappointed that much of this book deals with the first 3 episodes of the Star Wars saga. Episodes IV-VI are grouped together in one section at the back of the book, while Episodes I-III are presented separately and have many more details. The good news is that this book has expanded sections on R2-D2 and the Sarlacc.

Because of this book is a compilation, there's a little repetition in characters. For example, Anakin Skywalker appears at least three times in different sections. First as a Tatooine slave (page 52, Episode I), then as a Jedi Apprentice/Padawan (page 82, Episode II), and later as Jedi Knight (page 134, Episode III). Of course, he appears two more times as Darth Vader. This repetition is true for other major characters whose roles extend over more than one movie. It's ok the way it is, but I would have preferred it if the authors consolidated information like this and put it all together in a section by itself. In the case of Anakin, it would have reinforced his dramatic changes.

The other thing that I found odd was that other than grouping the information by episode, there didn't seem to be an order to the items. The "dictionaries" that I've encountered in the past have all been alphabetical. This one appears to present the items a in random fashion. It might mean something to someone, but not to me. Either an alphabetical order or an explanation for its present order would have been nice.

A few of the pages in the book stood out as my favorites:
page 30-31 - Queen Amidala's gowns. Stunning!
page 128-129 - lightsaber combat - Interesting.
page 212-215 - heavily annotated and labelled photographs of C-3PO and R2-D2. I love these guys. It was nice to learn more about them.
page 266-267 - Expanded photograph of R2-D2 with tons of extra details. Awesome!

The book contained an extremely detailed table of contents, which I always love to see. The index, however, was less than adequate. I couldn't find everything I wanted to. The glossary, too, was a little sparse for a book this size. This book is pretty much a huge glossary anyway, so that doesn't matter as much. The cover is just terrific! Go wrong with Yoga, you can't.

Highly recommended, this book is. ;)

For more information about this book or to browse inside, please visit DK's website.

I'd like to thank those nice people at DK Canada for this review copy.

Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary by David West Reynolds, James Luceno and Ryder Windham, Dorling Kindersley (DK), ©2006. ISBN 9780756622381(Hardcover), 271p.

This review can also be found on my blog, Daisy's Book Journal. ...more
5

Sep 29, 2016

One of the background books written before the Star Wars universe was "rebooted," I found the Complete Visual Dictionary to be well-written & interesting. Full of little tidbits, the book seems to be a compilation of the all of the previous SW visual dictionaries, which gives it a heavy focus on the prequel trilogy, as there were 3 of them and only one for the original trilogy. There is an overall consistency to the data presented, including hints of the now "Legends" aspects of the Expanded One of the background books written before the Star Wars universe was "rebooted," I found the Complete Visual Dictionary to be well-written & interesting. Full of little tidbits, the book seems to be a compilation of the all of the previous SW visual dictionaries, which gives it a heavy focus on the prequel trilogy, as there were 3 of them and only one for the original trilogy. There is an overall consistency to the data presented, including hints of the now "Legends" aspects of the Expanded Universe. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the book and finding additional details to the SW movies, 1-6. ...more
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Mar 31, 2016

I loved Star Wars since I was a child and still do (the 4th, 5th and 6th episodes, haven't seen the 7th yet) and I also loved DK visual books since I was a kid. so this book looks perfect. I bought it and was disappointed by two things: one, most of it (70%) is about the 1st, 2nd and 3rd episodes and like the majority of all Star Wars fans, I don't like those movies. so if you like those movies this obviously a positive thing not the other way round. Secondly, the author of the book insist of I loved Star Wars since I was a child and still do (the 4th, 5th and 6th episodes, haven't seen the 7th yet) and I also loved DK visual books since I was a kid. so this book looks perfect. I bought it and was disappointed by two things: one, most of it (70%) is about the 1st, 2nd and 3rd episodes and like the majority of all Star Wars fans, I don't like those movies. so if you like those movies this obviously a positive thing not the other way round. Secondly, the author of the book insist of coming up with loads of explanations for everything! for example, Han Solo's blaster is actually a refurbished Mauser C96, and an arrow pointing to the screw holding the grip panel says: "low power pulse warning"! it's clear that it's been made up on the spot! the whole thing is fictional of course but it doesn't mean that one could throw any stuff about anything!
So basically I would have gave it five stars if it had more material on the first three movies, not a bad book though, if you like the newer movies. ...more
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Aug 24, 2008

I love the Star Wars movies (I'm not a raving fanatic), and I'm a visual person, so this book was of interest to me.

I like the all-in-one-ness of this title. But it definitely has much more information on episodes I-III than on IV-VI. I-III get very thorough treatments, whereas IV-VI are covered more sparsely: I was somewhat disappointed with that (hence the middle rating). I don't have any of the other Star Wars visual dictionaries, so I can't say if the difference is because there just wasn't I love the Star Wars movies (I'm not a raving fanatic), and I'm a visual person, so this book was of interest to me.

I like the all-in-one-ness of this title. But it definitely has much more information on episodes I-III than on IV-VI. I-III get very thorough treatments, whereas IV-VI are covered more sparsely: I was somewhat disappointed with that (hence the middle rating). I don't have any of the other Star Wars visual dictionaries, so I can't say if the difference is because there just wasn't as much material available about eps. IV-VI or what.

The pictures and Star Wars lore are thoroughly enjoyable, but you may already know everything that's in this book if you're a die-hard fan. There are snippets of backstory to go with some of the more obscure characters. ...more
5

Dec 29, 2009

One of the best books about the Star Wars Universe that I have read. It is a great starting point for someone that has a crush on someone that loves Star Wars. The knowledge in the book is laid out in a very simple way so that person can "score points" and impress their heartthrob.

So read this book and take notes if your love interest is really into Star Wars. Because who really knows that the IG-88 is part of a set of five assassin droids that killed it's creators immediately upon activation One of the best books about the Star Wars Universe that I have read. It is a great starting point for someone that has a crush on someone that loves Star Wars. The knowledge in the book is laid out in a very simple way so that person can "score points" and impress their heartthrob.

So read this book and take notes if your love interest is really into Star Wars. Because who really knows that the IG-88 is part of a set of five assassin droids that killed it's creators immediately upon activation and that Boba Fett had destroyed 3 of these 5 assassin droids.

This book covers all six movies. Episodes 1 - 6. An excellent source of basic and intermediate knowledge of the Star Wars Universe.

Thanks Meg for the book! ...more
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Nov 22, 2016

Awesome collection.

Got this as a birthday present from my sister who knows that I love Star Wars and couldn't be more proud. Basically this Visual Dictionary takes the collections of Episodes I, II, III and the Original Trilogy Visual Dictionaries into one book. This makes for a pretty nice collection... only now thanks to the new trilogy its not the comprehensive collection.

The book itself is pretty nice with detailed pictures and very nice descriptions of such technologies, species and other Awesome collection.

Got this as a birthday present from my sister who knows that I love Star Wars and couldn't be more proud. Basically this Visual Dictionary takes the collections of Episodes I, II, III and the Original Trilogy Visual Dictionaries into one book. This makes for a pretty nice collection... only now thanks to the new trilogy its not the comprehensive collection.

The book itself is pretty nice with detailed pictures and very nice descriptions of such technologies, species and other various tidbits of the Star Wars Universe. It can get a bit dry but its still very good.

B ...more
5

Apr 22, 2009

To begin with I believe that this is the finest Star Wars reference book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Having said that, I do feel the author focused mainly on the three newest movies and kinda lets the reader just revisit the original movies. I understand that though because there is so much out there availible on the original movies. The photographs are outstanding and the information the author reveals is just so amazing. This is a great coffee table book. Every library should have To begin with I believe that this is the finest Star Wars reference book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Having said that, I do feel the author focused mainly on the three newest movies and kinda lets the reader just revisit the original movies. I understand that though because there is so much out there availible on the original movies. The photographs are outstanding and the information the author reveals is just so amazing. This is a great coffee table book. Every library should have this book in their collection. ...more
5

May 03, 2015

Exhaustive amount of detail and information on our favorite galaxy far far away. Minute details and great photos and drawings make this a must have for every Star Wars fan. The history of the original trilogy and the planned and now future plans are all covered in great detail with an objective and fair eye. A must for fans of all ages.
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Aug 04, 2010

I absolutly loved it!! It is the coolest Star Wars info books out there.
I was blown away by all the detail; elabroate costumes, hundreds of weapons, character backrounds.
Lucas has an amazing imagination.
5

Apr 04, 2012

Really fun reference book that has pictures and little bits of backstory over a staggering amount of Star Wars characters, places and stuff.

Got this for my kids, but I ended up liking it as much as they did.
5

Mar 29, 2008

I am always going back to these book for drawing reference and little perks about each character. These type of books are fun and easy to read, and the name itself, "Visual Dictionary," implies exactly what you can use it for, quick and easy access to many different Star Wars facts and figures!
5

Feb 20, 2015

In depth detail about characters, places, vehicles and more. This is one of the best reference guides.
4

Feb 09, 2008

Excellent book in DK style, lots of great pictures, not a lot of words for the number of photos. Great coffeetable book for fans and children to pore over for hours!
4

Jul 24, 2011

this is a book that is a descriptive resource of information about the people, characters, cultures, and creatures of the worlds of Star Wars.
5

Jan 16, 2016

Asher (8yo) devoured every word of this book. Of course he knew every part of Star Wars already, but he still liked reading through it all.
4

Jan 16, 2013

I think the "back stories" are amazing...like Queen Amidala's gown at the celebration in E1 is suppose to look like the flowers that grow near her home village once every 88 years.

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