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Star Wars: 1000 Collectibles: Memorabilia and Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away [Paperback]

Stephen J. Sansweet , Anne Neumann
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2 Nov 2009
The ultimate collection of "Star Wars" collectibles. Filled with facts, anecdotes and lore about the rarest and most desirable objects in the "Star Wars" universe and written by the man with the collection everyone wants to see. "Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles" presents a different way of looking at the Star Wars experience, taking the reader on a journey through cool and kitsch, from toys to costumes to life-size statues made of LEGO bricks to otherwise - ordinary consumer goods such as sweets, clothing, toothpaste - and much, much more. A record and appreciation of 1,000 collectible "Star Wars" objects from the largest private collection in the known universe, this stunning collection of photos and colorful anecdotes mixes fun with nostalgia, delighting the casual fan and providing the serious collector with indispensable reference material. Here for the first time is a comprehensive field guide to the constantly expanding, all-encompassing, often surreal lifestyle of collecting "Star Wars".

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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (2 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972919
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen J. Sansweet is the author or co-author of fourteen books (twelve of them on the Star Wars saga) and the director of content management and head of fan relations at Lucasfilm. He was formerly the Los Angeles bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. Over the years, Sansweet has amassed the largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world, which he houses at a place called Rancho Obi-Wan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am a huge star wars fan so was interested to see what is out there that is classified as 'collectible' given the sheer volume of star wars merchandise. This book (mostly through pictures and footnotes) provides a good overview of what the author has collected over 33 years.
One could argue he brings a new meaning to geek as he has so much that the normal collector would never have known about but at least we have a detailed respository of what is out there and some interesting facts to accompany it (eg I never knew about the jawa figure with the vinyl cape, as opposed to the cloth, making it very rare). Only question I have is how on earth he managed to finance such a massive collection ?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I recieved this book for Christmas, and was pleasantly surprised by its contents and the scope of diversity of collectables on show within the book.
It is written by the world's alledged owner of the largest Star Wars colection, and covers in little text, but lots of colour pictures the range and depth of the Star Wars collectable universe; with anecdotal notes on each picture by the author/owner.
While not for the curious, it is a good addition for an aspiring collector, or die hard fan of the Saga.
However it does not cover everything in intimate depth, as this tome would've had to be at least four times as large; merely it gives you an insight into the complete and large world of Star Wars collecting.
Worth buying if your a fan, or a collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 22 Feb 2011
just awesome.

you have to be a geek, you have to love star wars.

if you do then take a fantastical history lesson in star wars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Star Wars collecting books ever written 28 Oct 2009
By Gus Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
I picked up Star Wars: 1000 Collectibles and read it cover-to-cover the day I got it. This is one of the best Star Wars collecting books I've ever read. It's a first person account of anecdotes, success stories, mistakes, and adventures in assembling author Steve Sansweet's collection, the largest private Star Wars collection in the world. The book covers rare one-of-a-kind items, unusual folk art, classic Star Wars collectibles, and some very funny stuff. Really an enjoyable read! Anne's photography is top notch. Definitely a must-have for the Star Wars collector's bookshelf.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with a less interesting mid-section 21 Jan 2010
By Jeff W. - Published on Amazon.com
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Sansweet has written several books on Star Wars collectibles and I always enjoy them. Although this book contains a lot of fun facts and pictures, I found myself getting bored when it veered into a long section on clothing, patches, soft goods etc (yawn). I found the first third, which is devoted to Star Wars toys, to be the most interesting. I would still recommend this to collectors, but I would encourage you to flip through it in a store so you really know what you're getting. A minor complain; a cardboard strip inexplicable surrounds the front and back cover, which makes the book awkward to read. I was constantly worried that I was going to tear it whenever I picked up the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for SW Fans! 30 Oct 2009
By S. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
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I received my copy of Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles today and already took in the stunning imagery and diverse look at literally hundreds of unique Star Wars collectibles. If you began your collection before 1977, or are starting it today, it is a thrilling read for fans who wish to see what these amazing films have brought in the form of merchandise. In every Star Wars Insider, they offer glimpses of strange collectibles according to a certain theme, and if you love looking at that section of the magazine, this is a perfect item for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat book of toys 28 Nov 2013
By Jeff Snell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so cool. Pictures and stories are really neat. A must for any fan or even someone interested in toy collecting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Drool Worthy 15 Aug 2013
By Doug Brunell - Published on Amazon.com
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I you grew up on the original Star Wars trilogy and remember all the hype that went with them ... and those are fond memories ... then there is no reason for you to not own this book. As I write this it is going for $14. It is a steal at double that price. There is so much information and so many photos here that you could spend days trapped between its covers, and if you think you know everything there is to know about Star Wars collectibles, think again. You are, quite simply, wrong.

I'll admit to being a Star Wars fanatic. I'll admit to even like "The Phantom Menace." For a person like me, reading this book is like stepping into a pop culture museum. Admittedly, some of the items are ridiculous, but you marvel at them nonetheless. And some of them are works of art in their own right.

Amazing book. Buy it now.
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