The Yoda Chronicles

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Special Forces Commander Special Forces CommanderThe Dorling Kindersley book The Yoda Chronicles has just been published and I received my copy yesterday.

To be honest, the book itself is not really what I was expecting given that the definition of chronicle is 'an extended account in prose or verse of historical events, sometimes including legendary material, presented in chronological order and without authorial interpretation or comment.'

I was therefore expecting a story of some sort. Instead, the book is really just about the Star Wars universe from Yoda's point of view: his allies, his enemies, what he does and so on in very simplistic terms. The photography and layout are as good as you'd expect for a DK book, although the majority of it is just stock imagery that has already appeared in their other books.

More of interest then for AFOLs, is the minifig that comes with the book: the Special Forces Commander. I am very happy to say that it's a genuine minifig (all but the helmet is made in Europe or Mexico) which is unusual for figures that come with DK books. It's very well printed on the front and back. Quite what it's got to do with Yoda I don't know. It does get a passing mention in the book but it's not really a key character, is it? Maybe in the cartoon it has some prominence...

In summary, kids will love the book and the figure. AFOLs won't find much to capture their interest in the book itself, but will buy it anyway to get this exclusive minifigure.

It's available from Amazon: £12 in the UK and about $13 in the USA.

17 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

Going to get this figure maybe a few books for him or just bricklink him!

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By in United Kingdom,

The page the link points to is empty for me (that is, it only contents the topic titles, there aren't any books there)
Safari 6.0.5. Edit: Not sure what "your Amazon" means, but I'm in the UK

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By in United Kingdom,

It's an interesting looking figure, but I've got to disagree about the printing. Though it may be a nice design, the detail looks really grainy close-up. Especially on the hips.

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By in Canada,

^^ Do you have an ad blocker installed? Disable it for Brickset.com and you'll be good to go...

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By in United States,

Just me, or is the detailing on the helmet half finished? At least add some shading to match the torso.

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By in United States,

That minifig looks incredible. I don't think I'll be getting the book and all just for the figure though, seeing as I'm not a LEGO Star Wars fan and... I honestly don't spend much money on LEGO anymore. I get a lot of sets from the Super Heroes line, that's about it.

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By in United States,

Wow, I did not have any idea that this book was even in existence! Anyway the figure looks great, though kind of ironic since I had just built a blue clone/storm trooper!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw, ah thanks! Makes sense now, should be some way to designate this as content instead of ads

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By in Canada,

^ They are ads, Amazon ads. But, I know you want to do the right thing and buy from Amazon etc. via our links, so now you can actually see them you'll be able to do so :-)

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By in United States,

Is that helmet made from the same mold as the standard Storm Trooper? They look really similar.

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By in United States,

I pre-ordered this when Amazon offered as a deal of the day for less than $10. I also got it yesterday. I paged through it and was surprised at how little I know of Yoda. My knowledge is purely from the original trilogy which only gets about 4 pages. I hope the fact that Yoda's hut is featured might mean a re-release or update of that set.

I think it would have been better if the minifigure was a special Yoda in a fun shirt rather than a clone.

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By in United States,

I was also disappointed with the book. I was expecting stories from Yoda... maybe driving a new cartoon series for the kids. Another disappointment was that some of the pictures in the books are grainy screenshots from the various LEGO Star Wars DVDs. Kinda made it feel like a bundling of old images to justify a new book. Glad I pre-ordered at the lower price...

@Huw - I thought the Jek-14 would have been a better minfigure since there was a page dedicated to him.

@D B - Yes, the helmet appears to be the same as the Storm Trooper... just printed differently.

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By in United States,

You would think there would be more coloring on the helmet to bring it all together. But I guess the designers thought this would look really cool with the outlining. And to be honest, it can look cool, but it stands out as unfinished compared to the colorful torso.

I don't plan on getting this book and I don't care about the figure, but that would be neat if there was another Yoda hut in the future.

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By in United States,

Aaaah; I love that helmet... it has such a sinister, inhuman look to it... if that's a reason to like a LEGO helmet! :P

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By in Canada,

^Agreed, although it could use more blue. IMHO

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By in United States,

I love it, too bad we can only get it with the book.

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By in United Kingdom,

Got my book today. As an adult I'm not impressed, certainly not as good as our other DK/LEGO books....but my young son likes it and we all like the figure, whether there's enough blue or not :-)

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