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"Star Wars": From Concept to Screen to Collectible

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (26 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811800962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811800969
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1998 Lucasfilm Ltd. STAR WARS, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI (TM) and THX and associated elements and logos are property of Lucasfilm Ltd. All content (e.g., clips, stills, designs, artwork, etc.) is protected by intellectual property laws and any use other than for private, non-commercial purposes is strictly prohibited. STAR WARS 1977, 1998 Lucasfilm Ltd.; The Empire Strikes Back 1980, 1998 Lucasfilm Ltd.; Return of the Jedi 1983, 1998 Lucasfilm Ltd. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen J. Sansweet has one of the world's largest and most complete private collections of Star Wars collectibles. The former Los Angeles Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, Sansweet is the author of two other books, including a photo guidebook to s Steve Essig is a well-known California commerical photographer whose work has appeared in hundreds of trade and other magazines around the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book tells the story from the idea to the reality of the Star Wars merchandising empire, showing how characters were developed to the most amazing international collectibles. A must for every Star Wars fan, young and old, who's collections range from a light saber to the full Ewok village. It is entertaining and informative and sheds some light on the success of Star Wars related products, including George Lucas' favourites.
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HASH(0x8e7fe270) out of 5 stars This book put Star Wars collecting on the map 1 July 2000
By Gus Lopez - Published on
Format: Paperback
Arguably, the most significant impact of Star Wars on popular culture was the merchandising of the movie into toys and collectibles with product far outgrossing the record levels the saga achieved in box office sales. Movie merchandise, and toys in particular, with long development times and short public attention spans were rarely seen as lucrative ventures throughout movie history. But in 1977, Star Wars changed all that. Steve Sansweet's book traces the development of the film into the most lucrative movie license in history, showing rare and unproduced toy concepts that were considered but abandoned. With beautiful photos from Steve's personal collection and rare photography from the Kenner archives, the reader sees and learns about the development of the property. When this book was released in 1992, it shook the Star Wars collecting world and still remains timeless today. I keep referring to and pouring through Steve's "Concept" book over and over again. Every Star Wars collector needs to own this book.
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HASH(0x8e8cfbb8) out of 5 stars A great history of Star Wars & Star Wars collectables 22 Aug. 2004
By El Tonio - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If I were to teach a class on the history Star Wars and Star Wars collectables, I would definitely use this as one of the textbooks. It is a very well written and interesting book. It contains lots of great pictures, including early drawings of movie characters made before the movies were ever created, as well as pictures of a variety of collectables (including both prototypes and finished products). Also contains lots of interesting factoids. This is not a price guide or a comprehensive guide to Star Wars collectables (so if that's what you are looking for, this is not the book for you). But if you want to learn about the Star Wars universe (literally from concept to screen to collectable), this will be a great addition to your library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e9e8ee8) out of 5 stars Now in its 9th printing, it's a classic! 9 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully photographed and expertly written and researched, this handsome book is a must-own for any "Star Wars" fan. The author is well-known in collecting circles for his remarkable passion for the subject, and his trusted expertise makes this a reference book that is full of facts, not just one man's opinion. A great book for holiday giving, the sophisticated, artistically designed cover looks terrific on any coffee table or book shelf!
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HASH(0x8e9804f8) out of 5 stars A sweet book by Sansweet! 2 Dec. 2004
By T. Bailey - Published on
Format: Paperback
A must own for fans of the collectibles spawned from the greatest space fantasy of all time. Sansweet takes you through the entire process that brought about the Star Wars experience and gives details about little known information surrounding the film's creation, collectibles and magicians who brought it to life. A nostalgic trip into the past to relive three great films accompanied by crisp, clear photos. Check it out.
HASH(0x8e80eedc) out of 5 stars Of the Star Wars books (non-novel) available, this ranks in the top 5! 20 Oct. 2008
By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith - Published on
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When I was a child, I used to be a collector of the Star Wars action figures and even owned several vehicles. "Star Wars" was not just a film but it was part of my childhood. May it be the toys, the comic books and it was one of the few times I can remember going to watch a movie with my parents (a movie that I actually enjoyed with them).

As I got older, I have managed to collect several lines of the Star Wars universe and for many collectors, they have looked to hardcore Star Wars merchandise collector Stephen J. Sansweet for his wonderful book with the "Star Wars Action Figure Archive".

But Sansweet hit a homerun with his Star Wars coffee table book with "STAR WARS: FROM CONCEPT TO SCREEN TO COLLECTIBLE" featuring an well-written and informative book covering the Star Wars trilogy. From it's original concept, it's artwork to the plans of creating the vehicles and how the popular films eventually led to a comic book series and also one of the most popular toy lines in the world.

According to Sansweet, the book came from nearly 40 hours of taped interviews with two dozen people who worked for Lucas film, Industrial Light & Magic, Kenner Products and 20th Century Fox Film.

The interviews were also backed up with extensive research through files and archives at Skywalker Ranch includin the photo library and prop archives.

What I enjoyed about this book is the many pictures showing the various merchandise including cereal, yogurt and popsicle boxes to International posters, shoes, socks, backpacks, skates, watches, you name it...there is so much featured in this book that as a Star Wars fan, you can't help but not be happy to own such an informative and well-written book.

For those who are wondering if this book features a lot of conceptual art and if it would benefit the artists who enjoy the Star Wars universe, I will say that there are plenty of conceptual books available that focus primarily on the art. This book is more or less a smorgasbord of information and pictures and focuses on many areas of the idea and creation of Star Wars but also in the merchandise/collectability standpoint.

This book is excellent! You can't go wrong with it because it's so fully of information and photography. Sansweet went all out in doing extensive research for the book and getting access to photography that just makes this book, one of the must-own books for "Star Wars" fans.

With so many "Star Wars" related books in the market, this is one of the must-own ones. Also, you can find it online for a great price these days! Definitely recommended!
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