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The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary

(Star Wars Disney Canon Reference Books)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,451 ratings  ·  126 reviews
The definitive guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens™. Beautiful photography and clear, authoritative text by Lucasfilm insider Pablo Hidalgo names and explains all the details of costumes, weapons, and accessories. Includes three exclusive, specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model mak ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published December 18th 2015 by DK Children
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Neil R. Coulter
Feb 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
Reading this now that the whole trilogy and a couple of other movies are complete is disappointing, because some of the information is already out of date. (We know, for example, that Han Solo has not been carrying the BlasTech DL-44 “since before the Galactic Civil War.”) With “everything is canon,” and each new movie adding to or outright contradicting previous movies, books like this have a very limited shelf life.

What’s stranger is how much of The Force Awakens itself is absent in this book.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Invaluable source for the new film. Explains a lot, but not everything (no Snoke or Luke). Gives a lot of characters their name, but not all of then. This is the one you need if you want to learn more about the film and characters.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I admit to clapping with glee when this arrived in the mail yesterday, and it turns out that this is what I was really looking for when I picked up the terrible Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization. It carries the story outside of the movie and into the itty bitty details in a way that's cool and entertaining. I am mildly embarrassed that this book is intended for children--funniest giveaway? Explaining that Poe Dameron's hair is tousled from his helmet (lulz), but that aside it has all kin ...more
Eric Hart
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book goes way beyond what could seem like a mere cash-in, eye-candy for the fans. It actually does a great job of explaining the political background to The Force Awakens, in a better way than either the movie or the novelization. The status quo and organization of the New Republic, the treaty that ended the Galactic Civil War, the rise of the First Order and Leia's creation of the Resistance as a response to it - everything that's missing from the movie is here.
Also, the item descriptions
Quite a nice collection of tidbits from the movie. Lots of aliens. Tech. Weaponry. It got too detailed when addressing some parts such as Poe's "tousled hair from wearing a helmet". Yep, complete with an arrow pointing to Poe's hair.

I also smiled when reading Thane Kyrell's name here. I guess reading other canon materials has its usefulness.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love every new little piece of information I can get about Star Wars so all of these guides are super cool 🤷
Art of the Film
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary" allows fans to study the characters, creatures, droids, props, and other elements of the film. Having owned and read all the previous Star Wars visual dictionaries, I was excited to get this. It's exactly the same as the others - each major character gets 2-4 pages, while minor characters and locations get 1-2 pages. Included in each profile is typically over a dozen images related to that character. For example, the pages on Rey include her ...more
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: film, sci-fi
Sumptuously designed, this is another in the line of Dorling Kindersley visual dictionaries set in the “Star Wars” universe . In general, I don’t tend to read these as this depth of backstory doesn’t particularly interest me (though the level of invention is amazing) but Dude wanted to read it and so I thought I’d give it a go. Well laid out, this works because there are plenty of wonderfully reproduced photographs throughout and I find it fascinating to look at the props and models in such deta ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, it certainly makes some elements of the film make more sense...

All in all, it is a fun little book that could have used a little... more. Maybe I'm spoiled by the Chronicles books from the first two trilogies, but I really feel this could have done with 25-30 more pages. It would have been cool to see images of all of the aliens in Maz's palace, for instance, but we are given less than half of them. I just feel that for the price, there should have been more content.
Jessamyn Leigh
I'm complete trash for these books. ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated book filled to the brim with great information and bits of backstory.
Chloe (thelastcolour)
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
great little book that taught me a few things i didn't know about tfa. highly recommend for any star wars fan. ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must have coffee table book for Star Wars nerds everywhere. Pablo Hidalgo may know more about Star Wars minutiae than George Lucas himself! Just about every background and side character gets a name and a story in this book. Plus, the pictures were amazing. I loved it!
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't purchased any visual dictionaries before, even though I've been a fan of Star Wars for a while. Needless to say "my trilogy" is the prequel trilogy which came out when I was 15, perhaps I wasn't quite as invested in it as I am now. After watching Episode 7 I read a lot about it and came across this so I had to get it straight away.

It's full of interesting facts and some trivial ones (or at least they seem trivial now). It was really fun to read it after watching the movie for the first
Pretty unremarkable, though some of the labels are especially funny (Finn's expression describes how he is fiercely dedicated to his new friends, a droid has legs so it can walk to where it is needed). There is some information that actually would have been really nice to get from the actual movie, but Star Wars has for years been a franchise obsessed with giving us very little information in the core texts and expounding on it ad nauseam in additional books, video games, tv shows, etc. There's ...more
Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent visual guide to Episode VII by Pablo Hidalgo.
There isn't any cohesive organization to it but the Index at the end is serviceable for quick searches.
Some of the entries give further insight into the events of the film, which I greatly appreciated.
I loved reading a little more about Maz Kanata (though was annoyed by the book's refusal to name her species), the Guavian Death Gang, Kanjiklub, Kylo Ren, etc.

The visuals were crisp and beautiful and demonstrated how subtle yet ima
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: visual-art
Provides enough information for typical fan, but lacks exploration of elements of the movie.
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
This was really helpful after and before you've watched the movie because it helps to explain all of the little details that you didn't have time to dwell on while watching the movie. Took me a while because there's pictures and words all over the page in no particular order. Great read though. May the Force Be With You! ...more
Winston Crutchfield
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: print-library
The author and publishers clearly put far more thought into the gear and aliens of the movie than the creators did. On some level, I realize that Kylo Ren's lightsaber has side ports because, "it looks kewl!", but it's nice to have a technical explanation. Wonderfully developed and very involving in the building the flavor and implied history of the movie. I love this book. ...more
Richard Rich
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great detailed book!
Only downside- no info on Supreme Leader Snoke, or Luke Skywalker. I understand that they're trying to keep info about them to a minimum but at least a picture of each character with "information unknown" next to it would've been better than nothing at all.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, art-and-visual
A nice overview of the characters, planets, aliens, and technology. Read if you're interested in the little details of The Force Awakens. ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Give this book a peak if you had a lot of "WHO IS THAT?" "WHY ARE THINGS THIS WAY?" "WHY IS THERE A RESISTANCE STILL?" type questions.

This pretty much cleared up 99% of my mundane questions.
Davis Grayson
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great resource to see who all the different ha rafters are in the Force Awakens.i have the previously ones and this one did not disappoint me in the least.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Loved this book. A bunch of awesome information for fans to eat up. I really loved the map of the galaxy.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting tidbits and cool pictures. Star Wars is so rich in lore you could go down the rabbit hole nearly forever!
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
For the avid lover of Star Wars! I am totally geeking out!
Michael Menges
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm a nerd so..... I liked it. ...more
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it shows you all the things (NO LUKE OR SMOKE) in Star Wars The Force Awakens.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is another companion book to The Force Awakens, much in the same way the Cross-Sections book was. However, this one is much more effective in its exploration of the greater galaxy surrounding the movie, as it discusses characters and locations, which allow for much more relevant (if still not really required) information that surrounds the movie. The vehicles are interesting for their pseudo-scientific jargon, but getting the actual names and a brief glimpse of the back-story of some of the ...more
Found the related The Rise of Skywalker: Visual Dictionary helpful in better following the overall Star Wars saga, so thought I'd read the others for the final trilogy. As with the other book, it at its best when focusing on the various aliens, droids, ships and weapons - could just use less bio on the endless unimportant human characters (bad guys, senators, Resistance pilots, etc.).

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