This comprehensive and wonderfully-detailed encyclopedia explores the characters, creatures, locations, vehicles, technology, and more found throughout the entire Star Wars™ galaxy.
Ultimate Star Wars is an in-depth visual guide that details storylines and players from the complete Star Wars galaxy, including Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ and Star Wars Rebels™.
Paste Magazine says, "You'll want to own this masterpiece." It's packed full of information about key characters from Luke Skywalker to Darth Maul, popular vehicles such as the Millennium Falcon, and all the important events that make up the Star Wars universe.
Ultimate Star Wars is the ideal go-to resource for fans who wish to brush up on their Star Wars knowledge, and for a new generation of children eager to start their journey into a galaxy far, far away....
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About the Author
Ryder Windham is the author of more than sixty Star Wars titles, including Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide. He has written junior novelizations of Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies and scripted numerous comics. An occasional freelance cartoonist and storyboard artist, he is an instructor and Certificate Program Advisor for Comics and Sequential Art at Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education.
It is estimated that there are more than 125 million Star Wars® books in print. Why do you think there is such a strong connection between the movie storyline and fans wanting to explore it through book format?
Ryder Windham: Star Wars® movies present countless things and background characters that are never identified by name or explained in any detail. Fans are naturally curious about all those things, so they look to the books for information.
Adam Bray: One of the beauties of Star Wars® is that George Lucas created a “used universe.” Every character, location, or piece of technology we see lends itself to a rich backstory, without actually telling us what that history may be. Books give fans of Star Wars® a place and time to explore these wonderful tales that aren't fleshed out in the movies or TV shows.
Tricia Barr: When you're watching the movies, it is apparent that the Star Wars® galaxy encompasses an incredible amount of world-building, from the details on the costumes to dialogue that references planets, places, people, and events. Books allow fans to stop and linger on those interesting morsels, and then go back and enjoy the movie even more the next time around.
Daniel Wallace: The Star Wars® universe is one of the most interesting, evocative fictional universes ever created. It goes all the way back to the original movie in 1977, when Luke enters the Cantina. Who are all these aliens and what planets do they come from? The movie doesn't say, but creates just enough interest for fans to want to learn more. That's where books come in, filling in the gaps in the galaxy far, far away and giving fans the opportunity to discover at their own pace.
How do you think fans will react to the book's foreword written by See-Threepiohimself, actor Anthony Daniels?
RW: It was my idea to have Anthony write the foreword because I knew the fans would enjoy his contribution. We met over 20 years ago, when I asked him to write the introduction for a collected edition of Droids stories published by Dark Horse Comics, and we subsequently collaborated on a script for a Droids comic. He's a talented writer as well as an actor, also a good friend.
AB:See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo are the only two characters to appear in all six films (and also both The Clone Wars? and Star WarsRebels?), apart from the duplicitous Anakin/Vader. It could be argued that they represent Star Wars® more than any other personalities. Anthony Daniels has become an ambassador for Star Wars® off-screen through the generosity of his time. His foreword bestows a landmark quality to this book that all fans will immediately appreciate.
TB: I had a chance to interview Anthony Daniels in Seattle recently and we talked about his long history with Star Wars® and its fans. Even in discussion his eloquence and intelligence shine through. Mr. Daniels has the utmost respect for fans and their passion for the franchise; undoubtedly that will shine through in his foreword.
DW: It's an honor to have Anthony Daniels provide the foreword. Not only has he played See-Threepio in all six movies to date as well as the upcoming The Force Awakens, but he has been hugely involved with conventions and fandom gatherings for years. Anthony is in many ways the heart and soul of Star Wars® .
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For a complete review and photo gallery of this book, visit movieartbook(dot)com. Ultimate Star Wars is a great book that will appeal of fans of all ages and interest levels. One of the authors, Ryder Windham, has worked on many great Star Wars books previously and does a great job compiling detailed information about the movies and their components. In his introduction, he begins with an interesting point: think of Ewoks, or Lobot, or the Slave I. These are never mentioned by name in the films, yet most casual fans are aware of them and know their names. That means they somehow absorbed that information from another source - perhaps the internet, a video game, a novel, an animated series, or maybe even an encyclopedia like this. The book is organized by topics - the first half of the book is Characters and Creatures, and then the second half of the book covers things like Locations, Technology, and Vehicles. Appearing at various points throughout the encyclopedia are "Key Events" (the Duel on Mustafar, Training on Dagobah, etc.) The book is full of detail... each major character gets a biography, important events which they were involved, and sometimes other tidbits of info such as their wardrobe, their weapons, etc. Important characters like Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi get a full 2-page spread, while smaller characters like Poggle the Lesser or Jek Porkins only get a fraction of a page. But its the inclusion of these small characters and creatures (who may only be on screen for a few seconds) that make the encyclopedia useful and comprehensive. Each section also includes a "timeline" and a "behind the scenes". So for example, the section on vehicles will have a Vehicle Timeline that covers the major events in the saga involving ships and transports - the Boonta Eve podrace, the Battle of Yavin (which destroyed the Death Star), etc. Then there will be a behind the scenes page that shows an AT-AT miniature, an early TIE fighter and X-Wing concept sketch, etc. For those wondering what canon is used for the encyclopedia, it seems to be the six Star Wars films as well as the Clone Wars TV series. In looking through the book, I could not find any included subjects that were strictly EU and did not appear in the films/animated series. I should also mention that the book includes a nice foreword by Anthony Daniels, who briefly discusses the complexity of the saga and admits that despite his involvement in the saga over 30 years even he doesn't know all the facts. Overall, this is a highly-recommended product. The casual Star Wars fan will likely learn a lot; and even the most die-hard fans should learn something obscure that they did not know before.
As a Star Wars fan from the beginning, I'm always interested in new books about the movies. Ryder Windham has written quite a few books related to Star Wars, and he knows his topic very well. This book covers all the movies plus the two TV series, Clone Wars and Rebels, so it's very comprehensive. Also, DK Publishing books always have excellent photos and illustrations. This is a fine book for people wanting to know more about Star Wars or fans like me who just enjoy reading about our favorite galaxy.