As a kid, some of my favorite Star Wars collectibles were Star Wars technical journals. While some of my other friends liked Star Wars and owned some action figures, I didn’t know anyone else who enjoyed reading these. That, I suppose, is when you know you’re a hardcore fan… a ten-year-old kid pouring over schematics of the Millennium Falcon.
I didn’t understand much of the technical language (I still don’t!), but these old journals hit at the very core of what I loved about Star Wars in the first place – imagination. I didn’t know of any other franchise that built a world as massive, intricate, and complex as Star Wars. I became hooked. I wasn’t just watching a movie or reading a book… I was entering a whole galaxy of adventure.
That is why I am extremely honored to have been given a review copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections by DK. I’ve owned several Star Wars DK books over the years and have always found them incredibly descriptive and knowledgeable.
As soon as I opened the cover, I was a kid again. Staring back at me was a intricately rendered overhead cutaway of the most famous ship in the Star Wars universe. I never understood why Luke referred to the Falcon as a hunk of junk; the ship is gorgeous, and Kemp Remillard’s artwork is phenomenal.
All of the new vehicles in The Force Awakens receive special treatment, as well, from Rey’s Speeder, to the First Order TIE Fighter, to Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle. Author and Star Wars fan Jason Fry provides interesting history and tidbits about each vessel, including specific data about ship size, crew capacity, and even the manufacturer of the ship.
Ever heard of Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems? This galactic shipbuilder provides the First Order with their new, sleek-looking TIEs and shuttles. Just how big is Han’s freighter, anyway? In what is probably my favorite cross-section in the book, the Baleen-class freighter is shown in full two-page detail, measuring in at 425.99 meters long and dwarfing the Millennium Falcon, which can be seen in the hangar bay.
The quality and attention to detail is incredible. I’ve always been impressed with the great care given to the science and engineering aspects of Star Wars, and this book provides a sense of realism, yet wonder, that brings me back to my childhood again. The pages are smooth, colors are vivid, and text is easy on the eyes. I can honestly say that it is a welcome edition to any Star Wars fan’s library.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections is authored by Jason Fry and illustrated by