Christoph Bartneck is on a mission to produce comprehensive and complete books for minifig collectors, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. This year he has published three new books including the one I'm going to take a look at now, The Star Wars LEGO Minifigure Catalog, 2nd edition.
I reviewed the first edition this time last year. The second edition is, of course, much the same, but includes the 2012 minifigures and numerous corrections and additions to others.
It's a 134-page paperback book, about A5 in size.
There are high quality photos of all 460 Star Wars minifigs and, where appropriate, photos of their backs and heads, as you can see from the sample page on the right. The data panel next to each minifig shows the number in Christoph's taxonomy, the BrickLink number, a list of sets the minifig appeared in and also a price guide for new and used examples, taken from BrickLink.
The book is organised by movie appearance (Clone Wars, Episode 1, 2, 3, 4/5/6, etc.) with a chapter for each. Within each chapter, the order appears to be random, mostly ordered by BrickLink minifig number (which is pretty random).
There are extensive indexes at the back of the book listing each figure in BrickLink number order and also, new for this edition, by name.
My main gripe with the first edition was that it was difficult to find particular figures, or all instances of a particular character. That has been addressed by the new name index, but personally I'd still rather see, for example, every C-3PO next to each other on the same page, rather than scattered across the book just because he appears in multiple movies.
It's an expensive book, no doubt about it, particularly compared to DK offerings, but it is unique and complete and a must buy for any avid Star Wars minifig collector.
The book is available from Amazon, where you can 'look inside' to see more example page spreads.
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