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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker The Visual Dictionary: With Exclusive Cross-Sections Hardcover – 20 December 2019
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Your definitive visual guide
A must-have for dedicated Star Wars fans both old and new, this is the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Character, locations, and more
Packed full of in-depth character profiles on Rey, Poe, Finn, Kylo Ren and more, alongside up-close imagery of the weapons, droids, vehicles, and locations from the final instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
With exclusive cross-sections
Inside the book, discover five exclusive cross-section illustrations of vehicles from the film; a fan-favourite feature appearing for the first time in DK’s Star Wars Visual Dictionary books.
|Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary||Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary||Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary||Ultimate Star Wars - New Edition|
|Key Feature||The authoritative and definitive visual guide exploring the characters, vehicles, locations and more of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in unparalleled detail||The must-have visual guide to the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology of Star Wars: The Last Jedi||The essential visual guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens||An updated and definitive Star Wars encyclopedia, featuring every significant character, creature, location, battle, droid and vehicle from across the Star Wars saga|
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|Author/Contributor||Pablo Hidalgo||Pablo Hidalgo||Pablo Hidalgo||Foreword by Anthony Daniels|
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About the Author
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0241357691
- ISBN-13 : 978-0241357699
- Reading age : 12 - 18 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 43,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This 200 page hard cover book is a great read and a reliable companion in the vast and rich Star Wars galaxy.
The previous DK reference books where not as sizeable in page count so this book represents good value for money. It’s filled with great, detailed pictures and images, and a copious amount of little facts. This already makes it worth the purchase. Furthermore our collection of DK Star Wars reference books is much cherished by all the family. My youngest son continues to pull them from the shelves, with care, to look up stuff and to immerse himself.
The book fits in neatly with the rest of my collection of DK Star Wars picture books. It’s larger, taller in size again than the odd-sized Solo DK picture book. Somewhat unusual this book has quite a few pages (30) as an introduction on what happened so far in the sequel saga. This somewhat duplicated previous volumes though it does not seem to be straight copies of pages and material. However this introductionary addition is quite curious given that topics about key elements of the movie are missing. The fact that the book isn’t a complete guide probably has to do with a combination of issues. First of all, everyone who has seen the movie, might agree that ROS is overflowing with a wealth of new characters, spaceships and locations – more so than the other movies probably. So it would have been hard to capture everything. Secondly, it is well known that parts of the movie were only completed at a late stage, too late probably to be included in the book. So the book lacks information on new types of Tie fighters/ interceptors, cross sections, new star destroyers. Ect. Most importantly, there is nothing on the main antagonist. I was quite curious on his whereabouts, his current appearance, how he has passed the time ect. And a further explanation on his circumstances and his many followers would have been welcome, in particular as on this subject I have quite some recurring debate with my gang of junior fans. That's why I rate the book with 4 stars only.
To conclude - what are my 'colours'? - I should say that I’m not the greatest fan of the Rise of Skywalker movie. But my 6-year old, who was loudly cheering, standing on the cinema’s seats a few days ago, has a very different opinion. So as an wrinkly day-one fan my opinion on Star Wars is biased and twisted. For example I would rank the much-hated Phantom Menace among my top 3 films in the series so far - just to point out that you should disregard the opinion of so called hard core fans. Star Wars is like politics or football; everyone thinks he/she is right and has an opinion.
Probably being saved for the expanded version which will add on 5 or so pages. Sigh.
It's got a hefty chunk dedicated to the preceeding films, which is OK. The rest of the book focuses on The Rise of Skywalker in some detail.
Turning the pages to near the end of the book, I was waiting to read about the main baddie and how he came to return. The planet he's on is there. The imperial Fleet. Sith troopers. Then.... Nothing! The Emperor DOES NOT FEATURE AT ALL (sorry if that's spoiled it for you). The one character I wanted to read more about and see pictures of what was going on is missing. A shocking omission from an otherwise fully featured book and an omission that breaks the whole feel.
I don't want to be made to pay for an updated edition in the future. The content should be there.
Plus. At a starting price of £25, I ordered last week at £17 and its now £14.55. Will we all get refunded the difference?
In the ROSVD, Pablo creates wonder after wonder in astonishing detail and consistency, based on character, creature and vehicle designs with little or no prior backstory. He supplies a lengthy and unified history of all the existing SW films and retrofits ROS tit-bits among long-established historical details. Pablo also creates many new supporting character backstories that are far more exciting and well-considered than any of the films' leading characters, and I'd love to see the former see life in future SW TV series and films, not the boring and overt analogues to OT heroes and villains forced upon disappointed audiences since The Force Awakens.
Due to risk of spoiling ROS events, critical materials are absent from this book - sadly, Emperor Palpatine is only mentioned in a historical context and there is no information, Sequel Trilogy backstory or even photos of him, which is ridiculous considering the ROSVD was released when Palpatine's ill-conceived return is common knowledge and ROS is showing on many cinemas. We also do not learn that General Organa dies in the course of ROS, or that Kylo Ren turns away from the Dark Side. Rey's fate and inheritance are also absent. I was also disappointed that such a detailed book omits nearly all the ships of the unbelievably huge 'rebel' armada which emerges from literally nowhere to combat the Sith Fleet.
In summary, ROSVD is a superb sourcebook (minus the omissions listed above). Pablo's text is bursting with facts and figures and he succeeds in painting a picture of a film that is far superior than the drivel we have been splashed with in the cinema which is a monstrous hack-job and insult to very patient and forgiving Sequel Trilogy fans and just about all fans of the entire saga. I seriously and sincerely recommend purchasing the ROSVD; watching the actual film is done so at the viewer's own peril.
And funnily enough, even though there's a lot (and I mean a LOT) of information that tries to tie up the three sequel movies (as if they had been planned all along), there's someone missing from the book: Palpatine. There's a whole lot about Exegol and the cultists and the Final Order... but no Palpy. Huh. Weird, considering that he's supposed to be the main baddie. These kinds of inconsistencies, along with stuff like trying to avoid mentioning that Lando appear on Passanna (but then doing so anyway during the last few pages... wtf) make the book seem a little rushed an desperate.
Don't get me wrong. What we *do* get is quite interesting and detailed and very well written; after all, Pablo Hidalgo has always been very good at this stuff. And even though I do enjoy the sequels, do you know what would've been better? A consistent trilogy, and a series of movies planned from the start.