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Not So Complete.
on 9 February 2008
With the Classic DK line up of previous books and high standard from them, you would expect the Complete Star Wars Visual Dictionary to be fully laden with information from all the previous books. Alas, this is not the case but it does include the Visual Dictionaries from Episodes 1 to 3 and a shorter version for Episodes 4 to 6 (original Trilogy). Having said that, it does have some extra information on R2D2 and the Sarlacc but misses out on the Y-wings, A and B-Wings as well as the Empire craft but since these are on earlier books it does not matter as much.
It is still great fun to read and to look at and a Star Wars fan will love it and it will get you in the mood to see the films again. I also loved the Cutaway of a Lighsaber and comparing the Lightsabers of Episode 3 and 4 (Obi Wan's and Anakin's with Luke's are the same and should be). I think that the same detail on the Trilogy would have made this more enjoyable but I am a purist in this matter. Even though the latter part has lost some of the information and the earlier is the same, you do get some extra snippets of information that were cut from the film at a later point (Luke watching the battle above his skies of the Blockade Runner being captured by the Imperial Destroyer). The Clone Troops and Stormtroopers info are very good, as well as the Characters but again you will not find out too much about Han Solo, Chewy or the Later life of Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi. In this book, you get to see the downfall of the Galactic Republic (it was already falling in Episode 1) to it's downfall and the rise of the Rebel Allience and final fall of the Empire.
If you can't get hold of the originals (or they are too expensive to buy sperately) then buy a copy today.