The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

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THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE GUIDE TO A SPACE FANTASY PHENOMENON

The Star Wars universe, much like our own, is constantly expanding. In the ten years since the publication of the Star Wars Encyclopedia, a lot has happened in that galaxy far, far away: four new feature films, a host of official original novels, comics, video games, and more. Now, thirty years of information on all things Star Wars–ranging from science and technology to history and geography, culture and biography to ...

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Overview

THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE GUIDE TO A SPACE FANTASY PHENOMENON

The Star Wars universe, much like our own, is constantly expanding. In the ten years since the publication of the Star Wars Encyclopedia, a lot has happened in that galaxy far, far away: four new feature films, a host of official original novels, comics, video games, and more. Now, thirty years of information on all things Star Wars–ranging from science and technology to history and geography, culture and biography to ecology and cosmology–has been supplemented with an entire decade’s worth of all-new material. Abundantly illustrated with full-color artwork and photos, and now in a new three-volume edition to accommodate its wealth of detailed entries, the Star Wars Encyclopedia encompasses the full measure of George Lucas’s creation.

Here’s just a sampling of what’s inside:
• character portraits of both the renowned (Luke Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Darth Vader) and the obscure (Tnun Bdu, Tycho Celchu, Bib Fortuna)
• the natives and customs of planets as diverse as Tatooine and Hoth, Dagobah and Kashyyyk
• the rituals, secrets, and traditions of Jedi Knights and Sith Lords
• a timeline of major events in Star Wars history, from the Clone Wars and the inception of the Empire to the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker and the invasion of the monstrous Yuuzhan Vong

Scrupulously researched and written by leading authorities Stephen J. Sansweet, Pablo Hidalgo, Bob Vitas, and Daniel Wallace, this landmark work is the must-have centerpiece of every Star Wars library.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345477637
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 1224
  • Sales rank: 246,008
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 3.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2008

    Great for a Star Wars fan.

    I recently got this encyclopedia as a present and I love looking through the pages. It is much better than the first encyclopedia since it covers the entire Star Wars Universe rather than the last half. The information, while not as detailed as the separate guides (like Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species), has just enough information to satisfy my nerdiness. The encylcopedia is very durable and hardy; the volumes are hardcovered and kept together by a box, so they won't get ruined any time soon. Each lettered section in the encyclopedia is separated from the previous one by a full page photo, which is a nice touch. It contains a large variety of photos in general on every page which, like the first encyclopedia, makes the book more fun to look through. It is also MUCH heavier than it looks, so be aware of that when pulling it out of the shelf when you go buy it, if you do. It is, in my view, well worth the price.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Best encyclopedia set EVER!

    This is by far the most in depth Star Wars encyclopedia set ever up to and including the transformation of Jacen Solo to Darth Caedus. It has references to everything in the Star Wars universe including TV specials, comic book stories (current and from the 80's), the Clone Wars, and even non Lucasfilm authorized books! Wow! A must for any die-hard fan! My son loves to bring me his figures and we look each one up and read about that character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Excellent Reference, but it could have been more

    The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia was more or less as-advertised. It was a thorough compilation of the Star Wars Universe, including the 6 feature movies, TV movies (Ewok movies), comic series, and the extensive Star Wars novel collection (I'm not certain whether the cartoon series 'Droids' was included). My biggest complaint...it could have had many more visuals. Typical encyclopedias have large photos as well as smaller pictures. Yes there were many small shots, head shots of characters, etc., but very, very few large photos. The page of various lightsabers and another featuring various sith lords were excellent, but there were very few others included. More head-to-head comparisons of starships, or planets, or aliens, or weapons would have been much appreciated; instead, more of the info was presented more piecemeal, with a small photo and paragraph of info for every starship, every planet, etc., making it tedious to make my own head-to-head comparisons because I had to bounce between the three books. Also, inclusion of more behind the scene info would have been nice (like info from the Star Wars RPG), the military hierarchy of the Old Republic, the Empire, the New Republic, etc. They did incorporate quite a bit of info from video game sources. Huge biographies of key figures like Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker were excellent, but big features were, again, too few. All in all, I'm glad I purchased the book set, but I wish there was more inclusion of other, more visual, Star Wars material.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    An excellent and concise encyclopedia of the complete Star Wars Universe.

    I bought this for my son and he loves it. This is one of those encyclopedias that will get your child reading more. It is laid out with the adult in mind however so I find it suitable for both of us and a fun challenge for my boy always stimulating questions and interesting enough for him to read more.This will expand his vocabulary ten fold.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia

    What a great resource for the truly dedicated Star Wars fan! Not only great information from the movies, but also additional background from the novels. Worth the investment!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    Nice addition

    The Encyclopedia is full of Star Wars facts and pictures that weren't available before. It's a must have for the hardcore Star Wars fan, but the price is a bit high.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    GOOD FOR BROWISING CHARACTERS

    I gave it to my Grandson for Christmas, he is a Star Wars fanatic. He carries the books wherever he goes. He loves reading and browsing through it. In other words HE LOVES IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Perfect for die hard Star Wars fans

    I bought this for my husband as a Christmas present. Not only is it massive in size and information but it's an amazingly beautiful collection. It will definitely keep the reader mesmerized and occupied for hours. It's a great set to have part of your permanent book collection. It's the perfect gift to give for Christmas, birthdays, etc.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    all of star wars

    This book contains all the star wars information that you will need. It has all the characters, weapons and vehicles from all 7 movies. It also has included from the computer games Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Academy and Force Unleashed. It even has some information the the new TV show Star Wars the Clone Wars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2008

    PreOrder review

    I am looking forward to reviewing this book just for the notable Star Wars history it covers and the updates (hopefully it includes the new TV Series).<BR/><BR/>GREAT WORK B&N.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Excellent reference book-fantastic detailed illustrations--great value

    This is an exceptional compilation of Star Wars information---very detailed and for anyone who loves Star Wars, they will be thrilled. Very good buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    My husband loves it!

    Purchased this set as a gift for my husband who is a huge Star Wars fan. He loves the set!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    This is a definite must have for Star Wars fans.

    The book tells about the Star Wars universe and on how the films were made.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2009

    Awesome

    Great for any Star Wars fan.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    The most useful books for the hard core Star Wars fan

    Theres books have every thing ever taked about, seen or even touched apon in the Star wars universe. They are great for finding anything you would want to know about anything Star Wars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Great Collector's Set Editions

    This set is so nice and makes great rainy day reading. Any Star Wars fan would love to have this set of enecyclopedias to skim through regularly with its amazing artwork and photographs to its detailed explanations of everything Star Wars. Very happy with this purchase!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    up to date and informative

    This set is extremely up to date and very well informed enabling me to also me very well informed. Thanks!

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