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An authoritative companion to the climactic final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy, this essential visual guide to Star Wars Episode IX explores the world of the movie in unparalleled detail. Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary features the fascinating characters, planets, vehicles, and aliens that the heroes of the Resistance will encounter in their battle to defeat An authoritative companion to the climactic final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy, this essential visual guide to Star Wars Episode IX explores the world of the movie in unparalleled detail. Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary features the fascinating characters, planets, vehicles, and aliens that the heroes of the Resistance will encounter in their battle to defeat the First Order. Produced in close collaboration with Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary delves into the backgrounds of the new characters seen in the movie, as well as providing in-depth, updated character profiles of beloved Star Wars heroes, such as Rey, Poe, and Finn. The book also contains a handy visual recap of the events of Episodes VII and VIII, and stunning cross-section artworks of key vehicles!


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An authoritative companion to the climactic final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy, this essential visual guide to Star Wars Episode IX explores the world of the movie in unparalleled detail. Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary features the fascinating characters, planets, vehicles, and aliens that the heroes of the Resistance will encounter in their battle to defeat An authoritative companion to the climactic final chapter in the new Star Wars trilogy, this essential visual guide to Star Wars Episode IX explores the world of the movie in unparalleled detail. Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary features the fascinating characters, planets, vehicles, and aliens that the heroes of the Resistance will encounter in their battle to defeat the First Order. Produced in close collaboration with Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode IX Visual Dictionary delves into the backgrounds of the new characters seen in the movie, as well as providing in-depth, updated character profiles of beloved Star Wars heroes, such as Rey, Poe, and Finn. The book also contains a handy visual recap of the events of Episodes VII and VIII, and stunning cross-section artworks of key vehicles!

30 review for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    This one is a good deal chunkier than the past visual dictionaries, with installments on most of the characters. I loved the focus on the side characters in this, and the timelines given for each one! As always, the fun facts are very appreciated.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    What a joy to take in all this beautiful and loving detail that adds so much to the movie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    As a former graphic designer, I've been loving these "DK" books since my first one back in the late 80's (either SHELL or SKELETON; can't remember which). Started off with their natural history titles, then got into the much larger regular history books (Civil War and both World Wars), travel guides, and finally their kind of oddball volumes (Explorers, Warriors, Mountaineers, Commanders - basically whatever looked cool on the Barnes & Noble bargain table). But for sheer enjoyment, it's hard As a former graphic designer, I've been loving these "DK" books since my first one back in the late 80's (either SHELL or SKELETON; can't remember which). Started off with their natural history titles, then got into the much larger regular history books (Civil War and both World Wars), travel guides, and finally their kind of oddball volumes (Explorers, Warriors, Mountaineers, Commanders - basically whatever looked cool on the Barnes & Noble bargain table). But for sheer enjoyment, it's hard to beat their movie/TV tie-ins, like Doctor Who and now the Star Wars volumes. I just saw "Rise of Skywalker," so found this both a fun and informative follow-up. It's at its best when highlighting the various aliens, ships and weaponry, but kind of drags when it gets into lengthy bios of background human characters - you've seen one Resistance pilot, you've seen them all. There's also a lot of extraneous backstory on both people and planets that I'm tempted to say Hidalgo pulled straight out of his ass - but seeing the humongous bookshelf at B&N devoted just to Star Wars fiction, I'm pretty sure every minor character and location in this whole book has had at least one story written about it. As with Doctor Who, there are a lot of unnecessary or downright dumb photo annotations - "hair coiffed to Hux's exacting standards," "determined gaze scans surroundings for dangers and opportunities," or simply "trigger," (with a helpful arrow pointing to the unmistakable trigger on a blaster pistol). But then spotting the silly amidst the interesting is half of the fun!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jose F. Martin del Pozo

    I always like these Visual Dictionaries - browsing one way and the other, examining the images, and reading the stories and data that Pablo Hidalgo creates/compiles. I cannot explain myself how they didn't detect a strange mistake: all types of stormtroopers are the same height (correct, up to here): 1.8 metres, 5ft 10in. But those two numbers are not equivalent! a) 5ft 10in is slightly under 1.78m; 1.80 is slightly under 5ft 11in b) when you give heights in meters, you always give two decimals, I always like these Visual Dictionaries - browsing one way and the other, examining the images, and reading the stories and data that Pablo Hidalgo creates/compiles. I cannot explain myself how they didn't detect a strange mistake: all types of stormtroopers are the same height (correct, up to here): 1.8 metres, 5ft 10in. But those two numbers are not equivalent! a) 5ft 10in is slightly under 1.78m; 1.80 is slightly under 5ft 11in b) when you give heights in meters, you always give two decimals, even if the last is zero. The same way nobody writes a check for $138.5 or €153.4, but $138.50 and €153.40, because you mean dollars/euros and cents, when you talk about height you give meters AND centimeters. So I guess these guys are 1.80m tall after all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Todd Stansbury

    If you enjoy getting into the weeds of the Star Wars Universe, then this book, like others in the series, is just perfect. A trove of background information it places the new movie in perspective providing motives and information that could not be brought forth in the movie without mountains of exposition. It might go a little too deep for the casual viewer, or even a diehard fan of the movies; does anyone really need to no more about Faddaff Davenspon? Still, anyone who enjoys the movies would If you enjoy getting into the weeds of the Star Wars Universe, then this book, like others in the series, is just perfect. A trove of background information it places the new movie in perspective providing motives and information that could not be brought forth in the movie without mountains of exposition. It might go a little too deep for the casual viewer, or even a diehard fan of the movies; does anyone really need to no more about Faddaff Davenspon? Still, anyone who enjoys the movies would enjoy flipping through the book and finding more about the background details that might have been missed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ron Turner

    Not bad. A little something for everyone. Some folks are really into the weapons and technology. Others just want a cute picture book for their kids. I like how the Visual Dictionaries provide backstories for the background characters and help fill in some of the gaps in the story. Although I'm annoyed that Rose gets a brief blurb while J. J. Abrams lil buddy got a two-page spread. And why did the folks who showed up at the end of the movie get left out? I was hoping to learn more about Wedge Not bad. A little something for everyone. Some folks are really into the weapons and technology. Others just want a cute picture book for their kids. I like how the Visual Dictionaries provide backstories for the background characters and help fill in some of the gaps in the story. Although I'm annoyed that Rose gets a brief blurb while J. J. Abrams lil buddy got a two-page spread. And why did the folks who showed up at the end of the movie get left out? I was hoping to learn more about Wedge Antilles and Wicket.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    As with other books in the series this is a great character reference (especially the obscure but fascinating background characters). Unfortunately it doesn't cover some of the major character developments and plot points of the film (too spoilery I guess). Also, the format is smaller than all of the previous volumes (save for the Solo Visual Dictionary) which is kind of annoying.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nisha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Detailed and lovely to look at, but I laughed out loud at the author’s valiant attempts to explain some of the gaping plotholes in the movie. I appreciated the effort. I would’ve liked to see how he explained Ben Solo’s TIE fighter getting to Exegol, since TIE fighters don’t have hyperdrives (forgetting how the heck it was in flyable condition to begin with).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Onkenhout

    The TROS visual dictionary is chock full of information. Maybe too much of stuff that’s not important and not enough of the stuff that is. But it definitely adds to the enjoyment of the film. Any omissions will probably be told in future stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    If you like Episode IX, then this is a must buy. It's called the Visual Dictionary, but it looks a lot more like the Visual Guides from 'Rogue One' and from 'Solo'. Compared to the other VD's, this one has a lot more to be read and it just covers more characters, ships and locations.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Always a great look into the back story of Star Wars films. Some nice information on the Knights of REN and Lando’s story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corey Bennett

    good info just shouldn't have to read just to understand the movie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alfred

    Silly facts and made up info with new connections to “the past” since the destruction of the EU.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fiction State Of Mind

    Like most visual guides this one deepens the understanding of certain events and characters in the film. I didn't enjoy this one as much as other visual dictionaries.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Krause

    The Visual Dictionaries are must haves for Star Wars fans. Not only are they filled with some amazing artwork and photographs, but will give fans a deeper understanding of the Star Wars universe.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grace Mueller

    closer to 4.5 bc I wish it had more about Rey's heritage, and Palpatine/Exegol. But the rest was absolutely excellent.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Henderson

    Where's all the Palpatine?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ross Warren

    These are always a treat, adding fantastic depth and interest to the lore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dominic

    These visual guides are usually a fun way to look at the props and designs in the film. The one for TROS has absolutely nothing about Palpatine or Exogol, which is a huge omission. I feel like this book needs an addendum to cover all that content.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matthias Noch

    The usual, detail-driven info package the movie-fan needs to read. I wish it would have contained a bit more info about the developing events and worlds, so not 5-stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

  22. 4 out of 5

    Howard

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sticks Phillips

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Lindsey

  26. 5 out of 5

    James

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kjetil

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve Long

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris Varnes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kiril Valchev

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