With Lucas’ epic story of “the galaxy far, far away” complete, fans of the original movies (Episodes IV-VI) and its prequels (Episodes I-III) can enhance their collection with Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, a comprehensive overview/guide to the Star Wars saga. Its main purpose is to equip fans and newcomers with everything they would need and want to know about the highest-grossing movie series ever. Chock-a-block full of interesting facts about the world of Star Wars merchandise and fandom, the grand space opera has never looked as good and interesting on paper.
Eight years on since its original release, the Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide continues to grow and expand alongside the Star Wars universe. The enduring mythos continues with new characters, new technology, new gaming platforms, new stories and new adventures.
The history of the force is wonderfully captured in the latest updated edition, which boasts more than 1,000 images from movies, cartoons, animations, comics, novels, TV series, video games, merchandise, behind-the-scenes photography and more. Ryder Windham’s extensively researched guide uncovers the full millennia-spanning history, dating back to pre-Phantom Menace, even before the discovery of hyperspace travel. It continues and even encapsulates the events of that occur after the movies. Nothing is left out or forgotten.
The book starts off with the galactic history, which shows a timeline highlighting important dates throughout the Star Wars history. It then continues to name all the planets in the galaxy (their colonies, regions and routes). From there it continues to explore the Star Wars technology (lightsabers, energy shields, holoprojectors, hyperspace travel, droids and more).
Things start getting really interesting when the origins of the Jedi and the evil Sith are explained. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide quickly moves on to the Old Republic, providing information on the wars and rise of the dark lords. It is here that more familiar characters are introduced – Yoda, Qui-Gon and Mace Windu. From there on we are overloaded with stories that intertwine with the movies, the video games, the novels, the Clone Wars and continue right up to the rise of Luke Skywalker’s New Jedi Order.
The honest truth is that I probably haven’t even mentioned half of the information available here. The book is simply breathtaking and perfectly suited for your coffee table.
Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide is an essential purchase for any real fan. I was completely blown-away!