View Full Version : Star Wars Chronicles: One of the BEST SW reference books!

08-25-2001, 10:38 PM
As a repeated (and long-winded) contributor to these forums, I wanted to take a moment to bring to the attention of all fans one of the single best reference books out there for Star Wars. It is "The Star Wars Chronicles" (I believe from Chronicle Books). This HUGE hardbound volume is chock full of photos and insights from the entire series. Both film stills and behind-the-scenes images abound as well as a myriad of information. One of the most compelling features is a multiple page section with large fold-out pages that starts with characters and creatures and works its way up to ships and all the way to the two Death Stars in a size comparison format. There are tons of images of obscure characters as well and tons of character names.
But be prepared, this gem of Star Wars reference books is NOT cheap. The cover price is a stagering $150.00. I just checked and Amazon.com still has them at $105.00 and you may be able to find them cheaper elsewhere. This is a great hardcover book that is huge and comes in a hard slipcase. Check it out if you can. There is never enough good I can say about this book and it is well worth even the cover price.

08-25-2001, 11:07 PM
I must agree, I got my copy in trade from my brother (he had pretty much destroyed the spine from too much use and bought a new copy). I don't even bother trying to keep it in it's slipcase on the shelf anymore, since I use it on a daily basis. Pretty much the best Star Wars reference book ever!

08-26-2001, 07:23 AM
I saved up for ages to buy this book having heard how good it is. Cost me an arm and a leg but I finally got the big mutha. My only disappointment was the amount of pages devoted to the tauntaun but apart from that I love it. I hardly ever use it though as the clasp on the front has busted which I've heard is a common problem. And I also dont want it to get ruined after spending so much on it. It's also a little unwieldly in size which means it's a little hard to sit and browse. but the pictures are great. I found reference to characters I'd only glimpsed in the films and now I have big glossy pics to scan... exept the book is too big to fit in a scanner.... :( :p Col info on cut scenes though. And the size guide to all the ships and vehicles is cool. For those of us who didn't manage to find the behind the magic CD ROM it's a nice addition to the collection.

08-26-2001, 11:23 AM
I totally agree with this thread, this is a fantastic book! The slipcover's velcro unglued from one side, the cover of the book is being rolled apart from itself thanks to the slipcover grabbing it, and I love every page! This and the Illustrated Star Wars Universe and "Incredible Cross Sections" books are my favorite Star Wars books by far.

08-27-2001, 06:53 AM
There's this Japanese Bookshop chain that operates here carry 3 copies of this gem. But it cost US$239 each!!!! Thanks heaven that among the 3 copies, one was opened for browsing (can you imagine, a book at that price opened for browsing??) and I have managed to flip this book everytime I visited this bookshop. Want to buy it but at this price, its steep.
Well, the 3 books remain faithfully on the shelves for close to a year now and I suppose nobody here in Singapore will be spending that kind of money on one.
But I should agree that this book is really worth owning for all self respecting SW Fan. Maybe, I will try Amazon one day.

08-27-2001, 10:44 AM
Humsup, are those the original Japanese versions, or the rewritten in English versions? The English version of the book was written based on the Japanese one, I hear there are a few differences.

El Chuxter
08-27-2001, 11:48 AM
A $150 book with reviews this glowing? I must check this out. Thanks for the recommendation--I'd never have known this was worth it otherwise.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-27-2001, 06:41 PM
Star Wars Chronicles: One of the BEST SW reference books!
It had better be, for $150! I'm waiting for the soft cover version, like they did with From SW to Indiana Jones. I have heard many good things about this book, but one-hundred fifty dollars? "No reward is worth this!"

08-28-2001, 09:23 AM
I absolutely agree. This book, From Star Wars to Indiana Jones, and the Visual Dictionary (which should have been three times larger), are my primary sources when it comes to OT info. That, and the trip to the Magic of Myth exhibit at the Smithsonian. When is Lucas going to open up a Lucasfilm Museum??!? Heck, I'd live there!

08-28-2001, 03:13 PM
Bel-Cam Jos, bad news I'm afraid. You will be waiting a long time. The Star Wars Chronicles came out about six years ago or longer. Chronicle had the SC copy of Star Wars to Indianna Jones out in less than a year following the HC. I too held out hopes, though I was able to buy my first copy at a steal of a price, I bought a second one at about $90.00 when it was obvious that they were not going to make a softcover version. Of course you have to bear in mind the book itself is about two feet tall and a foot wide and has a couple of hundred pages at least. I don't have it at hand to confirm, though.

El Chuxter
08-28-2001, 03:36 PM
So it doesn't cover the Special Editions? :(

08-28-2001, 05:48 PM
Nope, El Chuxter, it only covers the OT pre-Special Editions, the Holiday Special (with a nice page of stills from the Boba Fett cartoon), and even a couple pages on the Ewok movies. 315 pages of classic goodness.

It is still most definitely worth it, ask Santa for it. :)

I also forgot to mention my other mainstay Star Wars reference - the incredible "Art of..." series. I spent hours upon hours poring over those books back in the day - especially the Ep IV one.

08-28-2001, 09:04 PM
The main reason the Star Wars Chronicles does not cover the Special Edition is that it predates the Special Edition. The English language edition is based on a Japanese volume that predates even the English version.

Rollo Tomassi
08-28-2001, 11:14 PM
I flipped through this sucker at Barnes and Noble months ago, steeling myself to plunk down the 150 bones it cost to take it home with me, but when I finally decided to go for it, some cracker had bought it out from under me!! :( I will buy one from amazon.com one of these days...

04-07-2002, 01:35 AM
I'm bumping this thread up in case any recent forum members are interested in this book.

This topic came up recently in Chuxter's "Waldenbooks" thread (in the comics and books section) because Amazon was running a clearance at $50. Last week I placed an order but had it refunded the next day because it was out of stock.

But there do appear to be other online retailers selling this at huge savings. I plan to keep searching, partly because of the reviews it got from SSG members. :)

Rollo Tomassi
04-07-2002, 09:37 AM
As a recent purchaser of this fabulous book, I heartily hope you find it! Amongst the other things I noticed (which I have brought up in the other thread and shant repeat here.) is the size ratio of the Skiff to the Sail Barge. It is disheartening to anyone who wants an accurately sized Sail Barge toy. The thing is freakin' HUGE!

04-07-2002, 02:43 PM
I'm crossing my fingers here, because I just ordered from a different member of Amazon's marketplace. It's called Powell Books, they have a rating of 4.7 out of 5. Now, the book is in the "used" section, I'm hoping it's just got a fair amount of shelf wear. But in the long run I'm sure I will give the book a hefty workout, so at a discounted price I am not too picky on the condition. It was the cheapest one available, at $39.98. I payed an extra $1.50 for expedited shipping ($4.99 total), I should get it by next Monday, the 15th.

The lowest price I could find on a new one was nearly $20 higher, I figured I should save that for a 12" AOTC fig in 2 weeks. :D