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The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak, foreword by Rian Johnson (book review).

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak, foreword by Rian Johnson (book review).

Please note, there are mild spoilers below for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, you have been warned! As the dust (salt?) settles on the latest ‘Star Wars’ release ‘The Last Jedi’, this is a great time to pick up Abrams’ latest concept art and design collection focusing on Rian Johnson’s masterpiece. ‘The Art Of Star […]

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About Time 8: The Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who (Series 3) by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail (book review)

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
About Time 8: The Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who (Series 3) by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail  (book review)

The only downside to Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail’s guides to ‘Doctor Who’, along with authors from previous volumes by Lawrence Miles and Lars Pearson, is the time it takes for each volume to arrive. It was a great delight to discover that ‘About Time 8’ was going to be published this year. As with […]

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Star Wars Art – Ralph McQuarrie: 100 Postcards by Ralph McQuarrie (postcard review).

October 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Art – Ralph McQuarrie: 100 Postcards by Ralph McQuarrie (postcard review).

If you simply can’t wait until December for more ‘Star Wars’ and given ‘The Last Jedi’ trailer, why would you, you can at least satisfy your lust for a galaxy far, far away with these new set of ‘Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie: 100 Postcards’ from the team at Abrams Noterie. Presented in a glossy, […]

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Star Wars Notebook Collection by Lucasfilm Ltd. (a lined book review).

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars Notebook Collection by Lucasfilm Ltd. (a lined book review).

Complete with a silver 40th anniversary sticker on the front of the packet, the ‘Star Wars Notebook Collection’ from Abrams is a set of three 192 page ruled notebooks for you to record your shopping lists, school notes or dark thoughts worthy of the Sith. You may well ask why Abrams, as a noted publisher […]

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Star Wars: Topps Classic Sticker Book by Topps Company (book review).

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Topps Classic Sticker Book by Topps Company (book review).

Abrams has been producing an excellent range of books based on the ‘Star Wars Topps Trading Cards’, developed through the 70s, 80s and 90s. To complement these, the publisher has also created a sticker book based on the sticker cards that were also found within the bubblegum packs. Like the originals, these stickers are also […]

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Running Through Corridors: Volume 2: The 70s by Robert Shearman and Toby Hadoke (book review).

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Running Through Corridors: Volume 2: The 70s by Robert Shearman and Toby Hadoke (book review).

‘Running Through Corridors’ is a series of books that detail a very special ‘Doctor Who’ marathon. Written by Robert Shearman and Toby Hadoke, the books detail the email exchanges between two friends and fans who watch one episode per day and write to each other about it in this double column length book. This second […]

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Chronicle Books Star Wars model in a box selection. (book/model review)

September 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Chronicle Books Star Wars model in a box selection.   (book/model review)

Yoda, Bring You Wisdom I Will (pub: Chronicle Books. 48 page paperback with figurine 48 page paperback, figurine and stickers. Price: £10.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-81187-470-0) Darth Vader, Together We Will Rule The Galaxy (pub: Chronicle Books. 48 page paperback with figurine. Price: £12.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-45210-850-6) check out website: www.chroniclebooks.com Fingers crossed my editor won’t […]

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Star Wars: Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Cards Volume One with an introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Cards Volume One with an introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

Following the success of the ‘Star Wars Galaxy’ trading cards series in 1993, Topps were looking for another new direction in which to take George Lucas’ franchise. In hindsight, the decision seems obvious given the proliferation of retail widescreen VHS. Topps decided that they were going to take a ‘Panavision look’ at the ‘Star Wars’ […]

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Star Wars: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire by Greg Stones (book review)

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire by Greg Stones   (book review)

In Greg Stones’ admittedly funny book of illustrations, ‘Star Wars: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire’, the Empire’s finest, the stormtroopers, are put through the wringer as a whole ninety-nine of them sign-up for duty. In a series of mishaps, rebel attacks and acts of plain old stupidity the numbers of the stormtroopers are whittled away […]

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Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book by Jeffrey Brown (book review).

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book by Jeffrey Brown (book review).

Jeffrey Brown’s cutesy yet adorable ‘Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book’ reimagines the Dark Lord of the Sith as a doting father of a younger Leia and Luke, whose ages range from toddler-size to teen. As with Brown’s other titles such as ‘Darth Vader And Son’, he draws a series of cartoon vignettes that show […]

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