More than 100 magnificent artworks bring the vehicles of Star Wars to life. New cross-sections, amazing detail, and comprehensive text make this the ultimate reference to the craft of a galaxy far, far away….
– Poe Dameron’s X-wing in action
– The terrifying power of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1
– Obi-Wan Kenobi’s fast and agile Jedi starfighter
– The inner workings of Rey’s speeder
– The advanced technology of the Rebel Alliance’s U-wing
– The devastating weaponry of the Death Star
– The famous corridors of the Millennium Falcon
– The brutal design of the Knights of Ren’s Night Buzzard
– The mighty and fearsome Final Order Star Destroyer
Authors: Pablo Hidalgo, Jason Fry, Kerrie Dougherty, Curtis Saxton, David West Reynolds, Ryder Windham
Artists: Richard Chasemore, Hans Jenssen, Kemp Remillard, John Mullaney
Published: 05 Nov 2020
While there’s never any great requirement to get too granular with the technical aspects of Star Wars – this is space fantasy, not science fiction – there are plenty of fans who desire some level of detail and exploration of the technology, worlds and locations of the saga so if lifting the hood and seeing what makes your favourite vehicles jump to lightspeed, start their engines or master the skies then this is the book for you.
The latest edition in the ever-evolving Complete Vehicles series, DK have collated and expanded by way of two new cross-sections the vehicular cast of Star Wars characters, covering every live-action area of the sagas (save for The Mandalorian, expect a standalone unique tome to cover the ships, swoops, speeders, capital ships and fighters from the series) and beautifully presented as always it offers us a look at vessels of all scales, from speeder bikes right the way up to the Death Star.
We’re delving right back into the past here with some of these cross-sections as we dip into books of the past going back to 1998 and the original Incredible Cross Sections book, and running right through the prequel and sequel era to 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker, and including vehicles from Rogue One (U-Wing) and Solo (Lando’s Falcon). With the big screen saga complete and the small screen about to explode with a docking bay of new projects and with it more vehicles, this is the best time to take stock and bring these ships together, behind a very handsome cover.
Looking at the ships in chronological order, and considering that the vessels of A New Hope were always the starting point highlights the devolution and evolution of those classic designs. With The High Republic about to launch and the vessels of that era about to be dug into (another book on the event horizon perhaps?) we will see even more clearly how vehicle design is dictated not necessarily by technological advancements but by aesthetics. Sure, there are increases in speed and manoeuvrability, weapons efficiency, etc but all are just tweaks, nudges and subtle improvements on tech that’s been around for thousands and thousands of years.
At the end of the day, the big question has to be is this book worth buying? If you’re a collector of Star Wars books no matter the content between the covers then obviously, yes. If you want all of this vehicle information in one handy tome, clearly indexed and easily accessible then again, yes. If you already own the books and the only potential attraction is the two new spreads then perhaps not, but to these eyes I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to grab this 264 page beast and display it proudly on your shelf. With the Skywalker Saga finished, big screen films a few years away and the realms of television now the primary location for Star Wars content these heavily detailed cross sections books essentially go back to the beginning, as they did in 1998 with The Mandalorian being the most likely first release before the other series following closely behind. With that in mind, this is the end of an era and one well worth grabbing before the next one starts.
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- Hardcover Book
- Hidalgo, Pablo (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 264 Pages - 11/03/2020 (Publication Date) - DK (Publisher)