LEGO Star Wars - The Visual Dictionary

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LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

Typical isn’t it? You wait ages for a decent LEGO book to come along and then three arrive all at the same time!

The third DK book released this month is LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. It’s a little larger than The LEGO Book at 260mmx310mm, and also a lot thicker because the inside front cover has a box attached to it for housing the exclusive minifig. It’s 96 pages long and consists of an introduction and four chapers: Movie Saga, Clone Wars, Specialist Sets and Beyond the Brick.

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

I’ll discuss the exclusive minifig first because that alone will be worth the purchase price of the book for some. Apparently called Throne Room Luke, it has printed dark brown legs and a yellow torso. It’s not particularly exciting but given that you won’t find it anywhere else, if you collect Star Wars minifigs, you’ll need to buy the book!

The book itself is typical DK in its design and layout (what a surprise!) so as usual it is a joy to flick through. Also the design and content is very similar to DK’s other Star Wars Visual Dictionaries.

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

The introduction consists of a time-line from 1999 to 2009 and does appear to be complete. It’s bang up to date and includes the mini sets (30004/5/6) recently available in the UK with the Daily Mirror newspaper and the yet-to-be-released 20010 Mini Republic Gunship. When you see them all laid out on 3 double-page spreads like this you realise just how many sets there have been.

The first chapter Movie Saga makes up the bulk of the book and is arranged by topic. So for example, there’s a page about Anakin Skywalker, another about Jedi Knights, one about Wookies, Bounty Hunters and so on. Each illustrates relevant sets and minifigs. The second chapter is much the same but covers the Clone Wars figures and sets. The Specialist Sets chapter covers mini sets, Technic and Ultimate Collector sets.

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

In these chapters, in most cases where a particular model has been superseded by an updated one, the later model gets a large picture and the old one a much smaller one, as you can see on the Bounty Hunters page shown here with Boba’s Slave I.

The final chapter Beyond the Brick features an interview with the LEGO Star Wars design manager, and pages on merchandising and the LEGO Star Wars community. The latter features two models by fellow Brickish Association members photographed by our very own bluemoose!

Running throughout the book, the bottom corners feature ‘flick animations’ of Luke waving his light sabre and marching Storm Troopers.

Try as I might, there’s nothing negative I can write about this book. For the subject matter it covers it’s just about perfect and because the subject matter is much newer than that covered by The LEGO Book/Standing Small, it is virtually complete too. (Although don’t expect to find pictures of every minifig variation).

It should appeal to everyone who has an interest in LEGO Star Wars and I suspect it will prompt some people who are not already collecting this theme to start doing so.

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary is available for the ridiculously low price of £11 in the UK and $13 in the USA. It’s shipping already in the UK and should ship within the next week or so in the USA and elsewhere.

You can order/preorder your copy from Amazon: UK | USA | Canada | Germany | France.

19 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Awesome review! *Claps* BTW, the "flick animation" in the bottom left corner are on Clone Troopers, not Storm Troopers!

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By in Canada,

Great reveiw Huw, I want this book just for the minigure, I am going to order it, and the lego book form amazon right away!

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By in Canada,

Thanks Alemas: they all look the same to me :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

this book is fantastic, got mine yesterday, pre-ordered it about 3 months ago...defo worth the money..and yes the luke medal fig is great

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By in Germany,

@Huw: No problem! BTW, can you buy these books at Waterstones and their shops?

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By in Canada,

I'm sure they'll be in 'bricks and mortar' shops soon enough but you'll probably have to pay the full price of £16.99 so if you can get your parents to order it (or get it for your Christmas!) you'll save £6.

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By in Canada,

Only 13? I might just get this! The only thing that bugs me is how some of the stuff is always labeled 'Clone wars' when it could be catagorised into other episodes, EG. the Gunshiip.
Huw, can you check if the Canadian price is the same as American? And when does it come out?

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By in Ireland,

Its also available at www.bookdepository.co.uk for £11.57. For non-UK customers it might be cheaper than Amazon.co.uk because postage is free.

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By in Australia,

The minifig looks like the POTF2 action Figure "Luke in Ceremonial Outfit" with Medal of Valor. The book can also be ordered from Dymocks in Australia for AU$39.95, not sure how that compares to other places price wise. Thanks to Huw for the recent reviews on this and the other Lego Book without seeing them I wouldn't have bothered with the books.

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By in Canada,

@ARC170Dinofighter, click the 'Canada' link above to see price and availability :-)

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By in Sweden,

I think I might get it just for that torso... I can think of lots of possibilities for its use in vignettes. Great review!

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By in Germany,

@Huw: Erhum... I doubt my parents would buy a book on LEGO... I hope I'll convince them...

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By in United States,

I'm pretty sure the fig is supposed to be Luke at the end of episode four (y'know, the part where Leia's giving them all the medals and R2 is all shiny and new). It looks cool. This will definitely be on my Christmas list.

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By in United States,

I really want that ceremony Luke fig!

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By in United Kingdom,

Have to confess that I got three copies from amazon and have taken the minifigs from two of them to add to my collection, the second minifig will be converted to han solo. The third book goes onto the Lego bookshelf. I have left one of the 'gutted' books in the tearoom at work and gave one to friend who said he only wanted the book.

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By in Canada,

Okay. Here it will be anywhere from 10 to 17.

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By in United States,

Wow. Looks awesome! I need to get this!

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By in United Kingdom,

There are currently three reviews of this book on Amazon UK, one of which is pretty negative. The review says that the book is full of errors, that it is missing a lot of minifigs, and that the book is clearly aimed at children under 10.

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By in United States,

I can't wait to get this book!

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