Monday, May 2, 2016

Read, You Must: Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

On bookshelves now from DK Publishing is the newly updated Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. The cover should make it clear that this edition contains plenty of information on characters and situations from The Force Awakens.

The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia gives one full-colour, individual fact-sheet for over 220 characters. Whether they are pivotal to the Star Wars Saga like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, or very obscure “blink-and-you-miss-it” background aliens like Sarco Plank or Bobbajo, everyone and everything is equal here.

For this edition by Simon Beecroft and Pablo Hidalgo there are over 35 completely new characters profiled. Many more have been updated like General Leia Organa and Han Solo too. Even characters not appearing in The Force Awakens have been updated (like Jango Fett) to reflect new information or clarifications.

There are many pages that are nearly identical in the previous edition, but there are so many new characters here that this book could almost be called Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Volume II

No single book could possibly include EVERY Star Wars character, and this one sticks to only on those from the movies. Characters only seen in The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels do not appear in here (The Clone Wars has its own character encyclopedia). Despite it being very clear on the cover this is a The Force Awakens-focused update there is one notable character not here – the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke. Why no Snoke? It would probably be a frustratingly blank page!

Will there be a Rogue One version coming soon? Hard to tell but that movie certainly will introduce many new, exciting characters to Star Wars.

The Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is for fans wanting a quick overview of many characters in an easily accessible format. If you’re looking for in-depth details, you’ll want to dive into Ultimate Star Wars, The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary and other great reference books. (Publisher's Recommendation: Ages 7 - 10 years)

Also still available & full of great info

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