The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary

The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary

The definitive guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens™. Beautiful photography and clear, authoritative text by Lucasfilm insider Pablo Hidalgo names and explains all the details of costumes, weapons, and accessories. Includes three exclusive, specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model...

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Title:The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
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The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary Reviews

  • Art of the Film

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary" allows fans to study the characters, creatures, droids, props, and other elements of the film. Having owned and read all the previous Star Wars visual dictionaries, I was excited to get this. It's exactly the same as the others - each major character gets 2-4 pages, while minor characters and locations get 1-2 pages. Included in each profile is typically over a dozen images related to that character. For example, the pages on Rey include her

    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary" allows fans to study the characters, creatures, droids, props, and other elements of the film. Having owned and read all the previous Star Wars visual dictionaries, I was excited to get this. It's exactly the same as the others - each major character gets 2-4 pages, while minor characters and locations get 1-2 pages. Included in each profile is typically over a dozen images related to that character. For example, the pages on Rey include her outfit, speeder, survival satchel, blaster, staff, and more.

    After seeing the film and looking through this book, it's clear just how much the movie got right visually. The First Order uniforms, TIE Fighters, and stormtroopers are all very reminiscent of the Empire from the original films, but with slight differences that also make them unique. The same could be said for the Resistance, which shares many visual elements with the original Rebellion. As far as completely new creations go, I think BB-8 stands out as the greatest new character from a design perspective. I also really like the look of Kylo Ren's mask as well as his lightsaber, which looks more fierce than any of the others.

    The book will be great for kids, but also suitable for adults who want to delve into the visual aspects of the film. (However, if you're more interested in concept art, then the book to get is The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens). I love the layout of these books - the photos are scattered throughout the page; it's visually dense but never confusing. Brief paragraphs of text as well as captions provide context and insight into the characters and their props/wardrobe/etc.

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  • Tim

    Invaluable source for the new film. Explains a lot, but not everything (no Snoke or Luke). Gives a lot of characters their name, but not all of then. This is the one you need if you want to learn more about the film and characters.

  • fenrir

    Libro destinato solo ai veri nerd di Star Wars, dubito che gli altri ci troverebbero qualche cosa di interessante.

    Ottima la parte grafica, un po' meno per quanto riguarda le informazioni che sono poche e spesso non sono niente di nuovo rispetto a quello che sapevamo già (era necessario scrivere cose come che il generale Hux è pallido per via del tempo passato al chiuso o che Poe ha i capelli spettinati perché mette sempre il casco?). Sarebbe stato meglio avere una parte scritta più approfondita

    Libro destinato solo ai veri nerd di Star Wars, dubito che gli altri ci troverebbero qualche cosa di interessante.

    Ottima la parte grafica, un po' meno per quanto riguarda le informazioni che sono poche e spesso non sono niente di nuovo rispetto a quello che sapevamo già (era necessario scrivere cose come che il generale Hux è pallido per via del tempo passato al chiuso o che Poe ha i capelli spettinati perché mette sempre il casco?). Sarebbe stato meglio avere una parte scritta più approfondita, ma essendo un libro che si basa sopratutto sulla parte visiva direi assolutamente promosso.

  • Eric Hart

    This book goes way beyond what could seem like a mere cash-in, eye-candy for the fans. It actually does a great job of explaining the political background to The Force Awakens, in a better way than either the movie or the novelization. The status quo and organization of the New Republic, the treaty that ended the Galactic Civil War, the rise of the First Order and Leia's creation of the Resistance as a response to it - everything that's missing from the movie is here.

    Also, the item descriptions

    This book goes way beyond what could seem like a mere cash-in, eye-candy for the fans. It actually does a great job of explaining the political background to The Force Awakens, in a better way than either the movie or the novelization. The status quo and organization of the New Republic, the treaty that ended the Galactic Civil War, the rise of the First Order and Leia's creation of the Resistance as a response to it - everything that's missing from the movie is here.

    Also, the item descriptions are often humourous, tongue-in-cheek, with a knowing wink - such as when describing Han's gray hair or his new/old jacket.

  • Amanda

    Beautifully illustrated book filled to the brim with great information and bits of backstory.

  • Emily

    I admit to clapping with glee when this arrived in the mail yesterday, and it turns out that this is what I was really looking for when I picked up the terrible

    novelization. It carries the story outside of the movie and into the itty bitty details in a way that's cool and entertaining. I am mildly embarrassed that this book is intended for children--funniest giveaway? Explaining that Poe Dameron's hair is tousled from his helmet (lulz), but that aside it has all kin

    I admit to clapping with glee when this arrived in the mail yesterday, and it turns out that this is what I was really looking for when I picked up the terrible

    novelization. It carries the story outside of the movie and into the itty bitty details in a way that's cool and entertaining. I am mildly embarrassed that this book is intended for children--funniest giveaway? Explaining that Poe Dameron's hair is tousled from his helmet (lulz), but that aside it has all kinds of interesting expansion and explanation for the individual pieces of the movie. Do I really need to know that Maz knits her own socks? No, not really, but it didn't hurt to find out. I think what was most interesting is that they at least planned a scene with the New Republic Senate that was entirely cut. Those wounds from The Phantom Menace still burn, don't they? Anyway, if you're looking for a way to stay in the Star Wars universe just a little longer, I highly recommend this.

  • Mark

    Sumptuously designed, this is another in the line of Dorling Kindersley visual dictionaries set in the “Star Wars” universe . In general, I don’t tend to read these as this depth of backstory doesn’t particularly interest me (though the level of invention is amazing) but Dude wanted to read it and so I thought I’d give it a go. Well laid out, this works because there are plenty of wonderfully reproduced photographs throughout and I find it fascinating to look at the props and models in such deta

    Sumptuously designed, this is another in the line of Dorling Kindersley visual dictionaries set in the “Star Wars” universe . In general, I don’t tend to read these as this depth of backstory doesn’t particularly interest me (though the level of invention is amazing) but Dude wanted to read it and so I thought I’d give it a go. Well laid out, this works because there are plenty of wonderfully reproduced photographs throughout and I find it fascinating to look at the props and models in such detail (which you barely get to glimpse at the cinema), even if I sometimes skim the narrative. Clearly not designed for me, some of it is just silly (an arrow points to Harrison Ford’s head “Former brown hair now entirely grey” and Bala-Tik has a “ruthless gaze”) but then there are little sparks of nicely nostalgic touches to off-set it (current X-Wing pilots learn manauveres named after heroes of the Galactic Civil War, such as ‘The Skywalker Swoop’, ‘The Antilles Intercept’ and ‘The Porkins Belly Run’). If you want to know the difference between Kanjiklub members or Senate officials, this is the book for you but for everyone else, your mileage may vary. For what it’s worth, Dude really enjoyed it and I liked it.

  • Silvana

    Quite a nice collection of tidbits from the movie. Lots of aliens. Tech. Weaponry. It got too detailed when addressing some parts such as Poe's "tousled hair from wearing a helmet". Yep, complete with an arrow pointing to Poe's hair.

    I also smiled when reading Thane Kyrell's name here. I guess reading other canon materials has its usefulness.

  • Craig

    Well, it certainly makes some elements of the film make more sense...

    All in all, it is a fun little book that could have used a little... more. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Chronicles books from the first two trilogies, but I really feel this could have done with 25-30 more pages. It would have been cool to see images of all of the aliens in Maz's palace, for instance, but we are given less than half of them. I just feel that for the price, there should have been more content.

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