The DK encyclopedias are staples on my shelf. Earlier this year I read Star Wars The Visual Enclyopedia and over the past week I’ve given the Ultimate LEGO Star Wars book a whirl and loved it. It’s a must-have for all the Star Wars obsessed brick builders out there.
The Ultimate LEGO Star Wars book is the definitive guide to the LEGO Star Wars universe, featuring every set, minifigure and vehicle ever released. This is 18 years of LEGO in one gigantic book. It takes readers behind-the-scenes to look at early concept models from the late 1990s all the way to present day sets and even includes the Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon. If anyone has an extra $900 CDN sitting around let me know, I’d love to buy this beautiful set.
The world of LEGO minifigures changed forever back in 1998. While we were all busy playing Pokemon Red and Blue, LEGO was working overtime to produce the first ever licensed theme products by the LEGO Group. They inked a deal with Star Wars in 1998 and by 1999 the first ever Star Wars sets were on the shelf alongside Episode 1. Despite what you think about the Episode 1-3 Star Wars LEGO was a massive success. Fans couldn’t get enough. Star Wars LEGO paved the way for video games, animated shorts, books and so much more. 21 years after LEGO started they had finally gone to a galaxy far, far away.
The X-wing Fighter Jet is one of the very first LEGO Star Wars sets ever made.
The Ultimate LEGO Star Wars book is unlike any of the previous LEGO Star Wars books. It’s arranged thematically, with all variants of a model or minifigure (Including both Classic and Clone Wars) shown alongside one another. This allows readers to compare and contrast different versions of the same characters, vehicles, and locations.
This Gungan Sub from 1999 was one of my very first LEGO Star Wars sets. While Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan man pilot the ship, Jar Jar Binks takes in the scenery. The sub splits in two behind the front cockpit, and the engine compartment opens to reveal a spare engine that can be added to the smaller front sub. The model uses specially printed TIE fighter canopies for the windows, and its internal compartments store extra propellers.
I just recently bought the Carbon-Freezing Chamber that depicts the climactic scene in The Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader freezes Han Solo. The set includes three minifigures and has a variety of play features.
I love flipping through this book and marking all the sets I one day would love to own. Cloud City, Death Star Final Duel, The Death Star, Jabba’s Place…. the list goes on and on.
The book does not contain any sets from the upcoming The Last Jedi so don’t worry about spoilers or any surprises. This is 300+ pages of history that will please both old and new fans alike.This isn’t just a children’s book. This book was clearly written with fellow adult LEGO enthusiasts in mind. It’s got a ton of LEGO Star Wars history in there as well as fun pictures for kids to look at.
Ultimate LEGO Star Wars is available now.
Review Disclaimer: This review was carried out using a copy of the book provided by the publisher.