The Visual Dictionary: Star Wars

 
9780773731134: The Visual Dictionary: Star Wars

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. Visual Dictionary, Equipment of the rebels and the Imperial Forces is shown up close and explained. Subtleties of rank, and previous battle experience is described in lucid text based on Lucasfilms background material.

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Review:

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 the Back Cover:

Exciting new photography and exhaustive research reveal previously onknown features of Star Wars characters, creatures, droids, and equipment. See: Cut-away views of a lightsaber and a stormtrooper helmet; C-3PO's inner workings; a wild cantina band perfomance. Discover: The names and functions of R2-D2's attachments; Boba Fett's secret weapons; all about the mysterious characters and creatures in Jabba's palace. Explore: The secrets of Darth Vader's armor; every detail of stormtrooper weaponry and equipment; and much more!

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Editore: Stoddart+publishing (1998)
ISBN 10: 077373113X ISBN 13: 9780773731134
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Descrizione libro Stoddart+publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 077373113X

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