Book Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary

On sale now is Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, the latest iteration in this series of guidebooks from DK which accompany a feature film release. These thin hardcover books come in full color on glossy paper. The book weighs in at 80 pages and delves deep into the background of The Last Jedi, the minor characters, the costumes, the props and provides some additional information on characters, groups and technology from the movie.

I really enjoy these books for the looks they give us at the props in particular and small details that can set up future storytelling opportunities. A particular favorite from this edition is the Jedi Crusader medallion that Luke Skywalker possesses and which is from the fractured portion of a Sith lightsaber crystal.

The book follows a similar format for each sections with focuses heavily on photographs with complimentary text. The major characters get more in depth spreads. You can see a sample below.

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The only real knock I have on these books is that they don’t feel substantial enough. We got three big guidebooks released with The Last Jedi; The Visual Dictionary, Incredible Cross-Sections, and The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At 256 pages The Art of Star Wars is a great value at a little over $23 on right now. Whereas The Visual Dictionary at 80 pages currently is selling for $13.79 and Incredible Cross-Sections at 48 pages is selling for $13.78. So you are looking at two books that equal half the number of pages when combined selling for a higher combined price. DK really should be combining thin guidebooks like The Visual Dictionary and Incredible Cross-Sections into one larger book.

At full cover price the book seems even more thin for the price but on sale it is definitely worth a purchase particularly if you want to be able to reference back to minor characters or get a close look at a costume or prop piece.

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