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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2009
I had been waiting for a guide to the Lego Star Wars collections and thankfully one has arrived that delivers in almost all areas. The guide itself is well illustrated and is very up to date (includes sets that were brought out in August 2009)
The 96 pages may not seem much considering the volume of lego sets/figures that have been churned out since 1999. However the pages are filled with each set, when it was released and its product ID. The layout is also by chronology (what sets were released and when) and by each film. it also provides a good insight (aka 'Brick facts') into certain characters.
This book is not for those looking for 'what is the most rare, the most collectible', nor does it go into detail on ALL of the figures available. It does however illustrate the sets that have been released, shows what some of them do, and obviously what figures come with them.
The books also includes and exclusive Luke Skywalker mini figure !
Overall a good overview, well illustrated, great for all ages. One cannot wait to see something similar for Lego Batman and Indiana Jones.......
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 30 September 2009
A book like this could have gone two ways. It could have been nothing more than a product catalogue for Lego, listing the sets they have made and telling you what they contained. Or it could have been yet another Lucasarts marketing tool - lots of glossy pictures of models of their iconic creation leaving you wanting nothing more than to go out and watch the films and buy more merchandise. Thankfully, the Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary manages to avoid both extremes while incorporating elements of both.

The book does work as a complete catalogue of all the sets in the Lego Star Wars line. There's a timeline in the first few pages giving pictures of every box and the date of its release. As you go through you'll find further details of each set (and variants) on the relevant pages. Every version of the Vaders TIE fighter that has been release is shown, for example, along with date of release, number of pieces, and minifigures included. Where a character has been represented multiple times, its more likely that only one will be shown, but details are given of variant editions - how many times Luke Skywalker has been released, what colour his hands were and whether or not his lightsabre could actually light up, and so on. Not a bad place to start then if you're thinking of hitting the auctions and carboot sales to build a collections then.

There are times however, when it feels as if some unseen editorial force has slightly hamstrung the production. Some of the Lego Star Wars models are quite huge and packed with little details to make them feel authentic. Why then, are these sets not featured in matching detail? The Ultimate Collector's Millenium Falcon for example - the set has thousands of pieces and loads of moving parts including a detailed interior. The pages dedicated to it are fairly brief though - only a few pictures, most of which are of the complete model. The UC Death Star gets similarly short shrift.

It feels as if the editors made a bad decision here - to steer the book away from being a Lego catalogue and try to keep it more like a straight visual dictionary. I wouldn't say they missed the point of Lego Star Wars - sets and their spirit are well represented - just a chance to really make the most of what they contain. The designers of these sets work hard for authenticity and this is sometimes underrepresented in this book. I get the impression other titles in the Visual Dictionary series are somewhat more detailed, its a shame they didn't keep up that quality here.

When you open your package from Amazon you'll think you've got a really nice, heavy, coffee table type of book. Unfortunately the truth is roughly half the book's thickness if made up of the 'free' minifig it comes with. Rather than being mounted on the front cover, the fig's casing is integrated with it meaning the book feels nearly twice as thick as it really is. The case is not easily opened and resealed - a warning to collectors!

So, overall, its a pretty good package. I don't know of any other product with such a comprehensive list of Lego Star Wars prodcuts. The details of pack sizes and differences in versions make it great for collectors. It could have been a lot thicker though - mounting the minifig on the cover would have left room for more photo's and more details.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2009
I spent a while online looking at all the Star Wars dictionaries for my 5 year old. I was soooo pleased with this book when it arrived - and my partner was equally as excited... and we are not adult Star Wars enthusiasts!

My son lives and breathes Star Wars and has recently got the hang of building intricate space ships with his older brother's lego cast offs. To a five year old who wants to know everything there is to know about Star Wars lego - this is the book! It is a great book visually, the flip sequences in the bottom corners of the pages are a nice touch - Luke with his light sabre and a Storm Trooper marching... very cool.

My son has not put this down since he opened it and it's really giving him a very good incentive to learn to read long words!!!

The Luke figure that comes with the book was also an excellent bonus.

Can't recommend enough. May the force be with you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2009
This is a great book for all small boys. It describes each piece of lego made in the star wars theme. My children have poured over it again and again. Have now bought another two of these for nephews and children's friends.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
My son Peter loves Lego & Star Wars so the PS2 game is a firm favourite. When he saw this book in a shop he was immediately captivated. The book itself is big, bright & features extensive information on the versions of Lego released along with "brick data" about the variations & anomalies. The pictures are big & bold & he's not put the book down in the two weeks since it was delivered. So it may not be enough to satisfy the Lego/SW 'experts' and may feature a few errors or ommissions (I couldn't tell you myself as I'm not a fan!) but as a book for a child with a huge imagination, you can't go wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2010
I purchased this book for my very knowledgeable children (how do they know so much about all this). They rate it as 10 out of 10. I have no interest in Star Wars but rate Lego highly. I have to admit that the book is brilliantly presented, nicely detailed and a genuinely good read. The 'exclusive' Luke Skywalker minifigure is a real treat although I understand that the one being supplied now differs to the one originally supplied in 2009 books (eyes).LEGO Star Wars the Visual Dictionary (Dk)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2011
This book was bought for my 7 year old who is Lego Star Wars mad. He loves minifigures and the fact that this has a limited edition one included makes it great value.

The pages of the book are good quality, with clear photos of minifugures and the sets. There is loads of information on the sets, with a timeline at the front of the book to tell you when they were released and a bit more in depth information in the chapters. The information includes how many peices in each set and which film they appeared in. There are also 'brick facts' on most pages, with some interesting facts which my son loves telling people. The chapters at the back include info on collectors sets and a Q&A style interview with the manager of the design team.

I've read some reviews saying that the information given is incorrect. I cannot comment on that, not being a huge Star Wars fan, but I will say that I this book is aimed at young children, aged seven plus. As a mother, I love the way it has encouraged his reading, most of the words used are easy to read, it's just the characters names which can be difficult. The photos and info are set out well and the minifigure is an added bonus. My son and his friends spend ages going over each page, reading and discussing. In all, I think it's a great, informative book for the young Star Wars fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2010
This is a MUST for any star wars /lego fan. It has certainly kept my 8 year old occupied for a number of weeks. Only downside is that he now wants every set in the book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2010
This book is brilliant for Lego Star Wars fans. Contains loads of information about every Lego Star Wars set. I really recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My son is five and we bought this for him last Christmas as he is mad on Lego and Star Wars. As the year has progressed he looks at it more and more - in fact, every night before we go to sleep - telling me that Father Christmas is going to buy him this set or that set...erm....how do you tell a five-year-old "you'll be bloody lucky"?!

I'm 46 and I can certainly see the appeal of Star Wars Lego - after all I was a fan of the original film way back when I was 11.

The book isn't quite as thick as you think - due to the packing for the minifigure, but is still immensely detailed and full of high quality photos and facts.

Can't recommend this enough for sons (and Dads!).
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