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In true DK style, LEGO® Star Wars™:The Visual Dictionary elucidates, illuminates, and excites even the most discerning LEGO Group, Star Wars™, and minifigure fans around the world. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and more are brought to life with dozens of little-known facts and hundreds of photos, as are accessories, vehicles, weapons, and even the Death Star! Learn about the history, manufacture, and construction of the minifigures of the Star Wars galaxy, and come away a LEGO® Jedi Master.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick configuration and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2009 The LEGO Group. ©2009 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Production by Dorling Kindersley under license from the LEGO Group.

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Think of this Jedi-sized hardcover as a one-stop galaxy guide to the LEGO Stars Wars universe. In grand DK style, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary indulges your imagines with the combatants, spaceships, vehicles, creatures, equipment and minifigs of this LEGO playroom arsenal. With colorful two-page spreads, the editors invite you to explore every detail of the Millennium Falcon, the Jawa Sandcrawler, the Imperial Star Destroyer, and other awesome fleet vehicles. In addition, this ready reference provides a complete illustrated timeline of every LEGO Star Wars set ever produced, including the latest Clone Wars installments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756655297
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Pages: 95
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Simon Beecroft

How long did you work on this book?

I wrote a book plan in January 2009. Lucasfilm and The LEGO Group approved the book plan in February, and I started writing the manuscript text in March. Through April and May, I made lots of little changes, refining and adding info as the page designs were put together. There were further small changes from Lucasfilm and The LEGO Group. Finally, the finished book went to the printer at the end of May.

There are so many cool minifigures -- which one is your favorite?

I like them all! I love the simplicity of the designs: the way the LEGO® Star Wars® designers capture a character's essence in such an economical way. Particular favorites are Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Luke in X-wing outfit, Han in Hoth parka, TIE pilot, Rebel soldiers with goggles and the new Admiral Ackbar.

Were you a Star Wars fan growing up?

Yep. I saw A New Hope in the cinema in the UK in 1977; I was seven years old. I remember my dad bought me a fold-out poster in the cinema foyer with C-3PO and R2-D2 on it which stayed bluetacked to my bedroom wall for what seemed like my whole childhood! Me and my friends used to play Star Wars in the school playground. We pretended the white lines of the sports court were the Death Star trench and we'd run along them like we were flying X-wings.

How did you organize so much information into one book?

Oh, that's just secret editor's stuff. Though I should perhaps pay tribute to our consultant, Jeremy Beckett, who owns all the sets and photographed many of them for us. That's how we got so many of the sets in the book.

Which LEGO® Star Wars sets are your favorites?

I do love the Death Star set. It features so many details and iconic moments/locations from two movies rolled into one. It looks like great fun to play with! There's loads of vehicles that I especially love -- Slave 1, Luke's X-wing, AT-ATs... And of course the UCS Millennium Falcon.

If you could be one Star Wars character, who would you be?

Chewbacca. He's got a good heart. Or R2-D2 because he's totally loyal and also really single-minded.

Why do you think LEGO® and Star Wars go so well together?

It's the most amazing thing, but I can't really explain it. Maybe because they both work so well on many levels -- they both appeal to kids and older people, and adults, all of whom take from it what they want to.

What was your most memorable experience writing this book?

OK, a few things: Seeing for the first time the new minifigure the LEGO® Star Wars team designed specially for this book. That was a kick! Interviewing Jens Kronvold Frederiksen [design manager for LEGO® Systems] was a great privilege and pleasure. Coming up with the idea for a flip animation on the page corners- - something I've loved in books since I was a kid and always wanted to do in a book of mine. Also realizing how much our designer, Jon Hall, knows about Star Wars and LEGO® Star Wars. It was great working with him: I could ask him tricky or obscure questions and he'd always have an answer.

What was it like interviewing Jens Kronvold Frederiksen on this project? His job sounds so cool!

Jens was very supportive of the project from the start. He was generous with his time when I interviewed him -- we were talking for over an hour. His job is everything I was hoping it would be -- his designers really do come to work and play with LEGO® bricks to design new models; they really do work in a cool environment where even their pen holders are made from LEGO® bricks; his designers are all slightly obsessive Star Wars fans; they really do invite groups of kids in to test whether new models are fun to play with.

Which sets would you like to see LEGO® come out with next?

I'd love to see a full cantina set with some of the aliens or the Bith band. A Wookiee tree house would be cool too. I'm sure there'll be lots of the new vehicles from the Clone Wars TV series: Freeco speeder bikes, Weequay pirate ships etc. And though Jens says they'll never make a Yavin IV set, they've made a rough model (it's in the book) and it would totally work as a set.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    A no-brainer!

    If you or your kids (or your spouse!) are in to Legos, and you don't hate Star Wars, this is a no-brainer book to get. The pictures are wonderful, they encompass the entire line of Star Wars Legos, including some 'civilian' creations from Lego clubs and fans from around the world.

    It is everything you could hope for in a book like this!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    Perfect for your Star Wars Fan!

    * This is a terrifically comprehensive book on the subject of Star Wars lego. * My six year old son is obsessed with this book, poring over the pages himself and asking for it to be read to him constantly. * It is a cool book with a ton of information on Star Wars and Star Wars Lego "guys", another obsession in my house. ___________________________________________________________________ This book is positively captivating my young Star Wars fan - he literally can't get enough of it. The title is very apt, LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary is just that, a visual catalog of Lego Star Wars sets with movie-accurate details filling up every page. While this compendium is set up very logically for a Star Wars aficionado, I must confess it is all greek to me. My six year old suffers my ignorance as he tries, again and again, to explain it all to me. But I can tell you that the book is visually a feast, with photographs of the Star Wars Lego sets dating back to 1999; it is so tantalizing that said six year old begs for the $1000 Millennium Falcon Lego set that, at this point, can only be obtained on eBay. This is the perfect gift book for the Star wars fan and reluctant reader. As we say time and time again, text is text, no matter what the source. So, if you are pulling your hair out to get your young reader to pick up a book and Star Wars interests him, grab this book! Oh, and possibly most important, it comes with a Lego minifigure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    A cool book for LEGO Star Wars fans!

    Bought for my son's 9th birthday, he says, "This book has great details on all the LEGO Star Wars stuff--you can find out about all the characters, ships, weapons, droids too. It also tells you if you can still buy them, how much they cost, and when they were made. This book is fun to look at, especially with your friends."

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    Great Descriptive Book Leads Novices Or Pros Enjoyably Into The World Of Star Wars Legos

    I bought this book as a gift for my 8 year old son...a big Star Wars Lego fan. I highly believe in buying things to read that the kids are very interested in...this automatically leads to a desire to read on the child's part. He has read this book repeatedly for the last several months and does not grow tired of it. He knows an incredible amount about the Star Wars Legos series now and is able to better to plan his Lego purchases accordingly. The information in the book is divided into categories well...there is a chronological timeline of manufacture as well as a seperation into the different Star Wars series...Classic vs. The Clone Wars. You will not be disappointed with this book.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Lego Star Wars at its best!

    Absolutely fantastic! My fiancée and I love it and, of course, we aren't even children. It comes with a rare mini figure of Luke when he is getting a medal at the end of the first movie. Also the book gives all the set numbers so that I can look them up on e-bay and buy them if I want to. Most of the sets on the book are discontinued so I have to order them from the people who buy like a million sets at a time when they first come out. We give it an A+

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    My boys love this book!

    My boys will look through this book for an hour at a time and then share it with their friends when they come over. Each child will pretend to be different characters, on different ships, in different scenes. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves Star Wars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    the 6 year old loved it

    he walks around all day telling the stories of all the characters. who they are, what they do and who they do it with or to.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Love the book

    My 4year old loves this book. He can't read yet, but he loves the pictures of all the different Lego Star Wars toys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Great book

    MY son is a huge Lego fan. He loves this book. It is a great guide for any Star Wars Lego fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Lego Star Wars

    My husband has been a big fan of both Legos and Star Wars since he was a kid- and he has passed that love on to our 5 year old son. I bought the Lego Star Wars Dictionary for our son. We gave it to him while we were on a very long road trip, and he loved it. It kept him occupied and entertained. He enjoyed looking at the sets that his father has collected over the last ten years, and telling us which ones he wants to get for himself. He also took it to his class at daycare when we came back from our trip. They did a show and tell with it and his teacher said the kids (even the girls) actually really liked looking at the pictures. This was a great purchase- for both my husband and my son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    great for kids

    My son is a huge lego and star wars fan and this is one of the best books I have bought for him he is always with that book and refering to different things in it and making up his own characters with a little bit of each character of star wars he loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2010

    Review for Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary

    My kids love this book. They will pour over it for hours. Recommended for any Star Wars or Lego fan.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    MY 10 YEAR OLD SON LOVES THIS BOOK

    We gave my son this Star Wars Lego book for his 10th birthday. He loves it so much and he takes it to school to show his friends. My son does not like to read however, this book he cannot put it down. At bed time he reads it and falls asleep with a smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

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    A great book - everyone should try it!

    [Reviewed by 9 year old boy] It has great illustrations, nice writing, and I like the mini-figure that came with it. It shows you how many pieces come with each set, and mini-figures, and which episode it was in. It has vehicles: from speeders to space ships. My favorites are the X-wing and the Jedi Starfighters, because they are small and sleek and they have massive fire power. People who love Star Wars and Legos should read this book!!!

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    My Son Loves This!

    My son is eight and absolutely loves legos! He also loves Star Wars so the two together are a perfect fit for him! When I saw this book I knew it would be interesting for him and I was right. This is his first choice when I ask if he would like me to read to him, he reads it on his own, he looks at the pictures and forms a mental list of future lego sets he would like, and it goes on the bus with him everyday to school! I think the way the book is put together is great and it is interesting to see when the sets came out, if there are more than one release of a certain set and what the changes were. By looking at the pictures my son can also use the legos he already has to create new ships or speeders or whatever his imagination lead him to! Great resource for young Lego/Star Wars enthusiasts!

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Great photos

    Our son loves his new Lego Star Wars book. He loves all the photos and detailed info on his favorite characters. We bought this because of his affinity for the Lego Star Wars Wii game.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    This is great book!

    This has been the best book for my 9 year old. He loves Lego Star Wars and reads it everyday. His friends love it too and when he brings it in to a store or restaurant with him others will stop and ask us about it.

    The pictures are great and it offers a lot of information about Lego.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    neat introduction to Lego Star Wars

    My son loves this! Has not been able to put it down since I bought it!

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Great if you are a fan, learn something fun if you are not!

    My 5 year old son purchased this with his Christmas money after seeing some of his friends with it. He is a big Star Wars fan and has several other books on the subject. He absolutely loves it and will site for a ½ hour at a time looking through the pictures on his own or having me read it to him. His 10 year old brother, also a big SW fan and collector of many Star Wars lego sets, has started going through the book and looking for things to build from his "spare" legos. It is quite amazing to watch since there are no instructions just the picture of the end result. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Lego Star Wars phenomenon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Our Son said that this Star Wars Dictionary was Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Our 8 year old son just loves this book as well as the figure it came with. He enjoys any and everything Star Wars!! I find that this book is a great learning tool for reference and having fun at the same time. This book is read everyday and is brought to school on the bus ride there and back. Our son also enjoys sharing this book when there is freetime in class. This book has also been a great birthday gift as we just purchased this for one of our son's classmates. His mother was thrilled as he had just returned this book to the library. I am happy to report that the birthday present was a hit and the receipent was happy to have his own copy!!!!!

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