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Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels [Anglais] [Broché]

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30 septembre 2003
Text by W. Haden Blackman
All new full color illustrations by Ian Fullwood
From the beat-up landspeeders that whisk travelers between desert towns on Tatooine to Jabba the Hutt’s luxurious sail barge and the elegant Naboo Royal Starship, the vehicles and vessels in the Star Wars universe have captivated millions of delighted fans.

In light of the ever-expanding saga, the New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels features completely updated entries that cover more than 150 ships, along with brand new, full-color illustrations by dazzling artist Ian Fullwood. This new volume encompasses craft from all five movies, the bestselling novels of the New Jedi Order, comics, TV specials, and games. Inside you will find:

• Detailed profiles and vital statistics for each vessel, including data covering the vehicle’s construction, size, maximum speed, and its role in Star Wars history
• A revealing Layman’s Guide to Technology, covering common terms applied to each class of vehicle
• An outline of engine technologies that drive the craft across the Star Wars galaxy, and of the unique weapons they boast
• Schematics for each vehicle, providing the reader with instant visual reference
Discover the modifications Han Solo and Chewbacca made on the Millennium Falcon to make it one of the fastest vessels in the galaxy; the secrets of the Imperial All Terrain Armored Transport Walker, possibly the most formidable military vehicle ever assembled; the reasons the Tribubble Bongo Sub is the chosen way to navigate the watery depths of Naboo; and the unique and lethal properties of the Yuuzhan Vong’s living starship, the Coralskipper.

Skiffs, cargo haulers, shuttles, podracers, gunships, sandcrawlers– if it flies, glides, drives, or speeds in the Star Wars galaxy, you’ll find it in The New Essential Guide to Vehicle and Vessels!
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Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 224 pages
  • Editeur : LucasBooks; Édition : Subsequent (30 septembre 2003)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0345449029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345449023
  • Dimensions du produit: 27,6 x 21,5 x 1,3 cm
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Avec des livres comme celui-là, le monde de Lucas prend forme, devient presque tangible... Toute la série est à posséder !
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pretty, but Otherwise Average 7 juin 2004
Par Yu-Jin Chia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I was quite excited upon learning that an update was in the works for one of my favorite Star Wars books of all time. The original Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels was (and still largely is) a one-of-a-kind work. Prior to that, most of the ships of the expanded universe appeared only in printed text- not illustrations. Doug Chiang and Troy Vigil really added life to the ships of the Star Wars universe.
The New Essential Guide is something less than new. The full color illustrations are the best part of it- especially those that depict vessels not shown in the previous work. Additionally, there's some background on vehicle manufacturers, famous battles, and comparisons between vessel sublight and hyperspace speed.
Other than this, however, the book falls short of its previous incarnation. The schematics largely tell you things you could have inferred just by looking at the picture (The ship has a hull?! No way!) and the text is watered down for a younger audience. There's not as many hard facts or numbers, including no comparison at all of shield or hull strength (something I, a long-time SW space sim player, was hoping for). There is a simple explanation of the basic technologies at the start, appropriately titled 'A Layperson's Guide to Technology.' It seems the author and publishers aren't aware that most kids nowadays are more familiar with technical jargon than adults.
Aside from these minor complaints, there is one major issue I have with this book. That is, only a handful of new ships are shown, and most of these are from the prequels. Frankly, other books like the Incredible Cross Sections series have covered these vehicles better than the Essential Guide could hope to. There's also the issue of beating a dead horse. If you don't know what an X-wing looks like by now, you probably won't be buying this book. Why recap material that's been published a dozen times already? There's a whole load of new ships in the New Jedi Order series alone (i.e. the Bothan Assault Frigate, Star Defender, Ranger Gunship). Why not present those?
The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels does have some cool features, but aside from the updated color illustrations, it is less than 'new' and hardly 'essential.' I would recommend the original Essential Guide over this one, and advise those that already own it to check out other guides first.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing... 29 octobre 2003
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Lately, the Essential Guides have all been very good and informative, The Essential Chronology and The New Essential Guide to Characters being probably the best. The older guides were also generally satisfying. But unfortunately this book is a real let-down.
I've been eagerly waiting for a new vehicles guide for years, and the high quaility of each successive Guide only made the wait more tantalizing. The new look of the Essential Guides, starting with the new charcters guide by Daniel Wallace was excellent. The book was full of not only full color illustrations, but useful, new information. Dan Wallace seems the perfect writer for this job.
And to the New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels... Some good, some avarage quality pictures, and that's about all. Lots of very important vehicles and ships were omitted, while page after page was wasted with already well known things, such as the Sandcrawler, Luke's landspeeder, snowspeeder, Virago, etc. Where are the important vehicles newly introduced, such as the Bothan Assault Cruiser, all the New Class New Republic capital ships and various other new ships from the EU? Where is the Pulsar Skate? Why mention Hound's Tooth and IG-2000 again, rather than this time around including the Mist Hunter and Punishing One?(not that they are very important ships)
The existing entries are also bland and empty. Apparently Haden Blackman got lazy and added almost no new information. The Naboo ships still lack names. Almost no history and background to the vehicles. There are some funny quotes from the peoples of the galaxy about those ships, but that's about all, and some of the quotes are pretty stupid. The Star Destroyer entry is terrible, all the SD types stashed into two pages. Likewise for the Mon Calamari cruisers. No details about all the new X-wing classes, such as the XJ and XJ3 models; they are only briefly mentioned. One wonders where the hell is their third proton torpedo launcher... It seems we'll never know. Haden Blackman's writing style is also pretty dry, it seems he copied most of his information from the old vehicles guide and Incredible Cross-Sections books.
And I wonder who edited this book, or if any editors were involved at all. The book is full of typos and mistakes. In the small(and inadequate) schematics below each page, a lot of the numerics were wrong or didn't correspond to the said item. In the Interdictor entry, it says the New Republic ''confiscated the remainin Interdictors after Thrawn's defeat.'' What nonsense. A-wing's affiliation is Galactic Empire(!), and at the end of the BTL-S3 Y-wing entry, almost as an afterthought it's added that ''there is also a two-seater version''. Well, BTL-S3 is THE two seater version! And so on, so on...
My advice; look at the pretty pictures in this book, and then put it back on the bookshelf. Not worth the money, get yourselves a copy of the old Essential Guide to Vehicles&Vessels if you don't already have it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great compendium tarnished by key ships omitted 23 novembre 2003
Par Excellence - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels has been eagerly awaited by countless fans, and at $60 Aust dollars, a hefty swallow without Amazon's cheaper alternative. With scores of potential new entries from the prequel movies and dozens of books since the first guide, colour and better spec info add value over the previous EGVV, with a wealth of new and unexpected ships to find out.
The first guide featured an outline schematic and pencilled illustration of each ship or vehicle. The NEGVV has each entry in full colour and textured detail that wonderfully brings them to three-dimensional life. Not all entries have optimal camera angles, and some weren't positioned too well at all. A single standardised view looking down at each ship would have afforded better detail and more to look at.
The entry specs was a welcome improvement over the sparse information the first guide had. Knowing the length of a ship is what these guides are all about, but when applicable, even the height was added. Good stuff. Some quotes were creative, others just bland, while the max speed was initially confusing, as the "G" at the end looks very much like a number, seemingly adding an extra digit to the speed! The NEGVV finally names the Chiss clawcraft and Republic Cruiser, which does have you wondering why no one has bothered to give them a simple name till now.
The guide features a short summary on what looks like every SW manufacturer in the galaxy, complete with their own individual insignia. A nice touch, though Kuat's is reminiscent of Zelda's Triforce because it is. Important ships systems and functions are also explained, in case you aren't aware what turbolasers, navcomputers and hyperdrive are. The inclusion of a speed and hyperdrive rating bar was commendable, which is always pertinent for the true fanatic. The battle maps were useless. Most buyers are movie fans who already know the major battles of the movies, and a flat map doesn't present anything new.
But hype only excites so far, and beneath the shine and sparkle lurk enough small but serious mistakes to grease a Hutt uphill that have cost this NEGVV the quality it could have had.
Only the most popular and used ships are given entries, so where was the Bothan Assault Cruiser? Its absence was the biggest disappointment of all. A single entry collectively describing the new warships of the Black Fleet Trilogy would have been nice. The A-wing was not developed by the Empire, it's doubtful that the Techno Union's starship would be unarmed, the TIE Defender's tractor beam was still omitted, as was the weapons complement of the Super Star Destroyer, only that it has "over a thousand weapons", and why the hell the Naboo N-1 fighter still has no name is criminal. The XJ3 X-wing with all its new modifications over the original was ignored, and the Naboo Royal Cruisers have no name, as if a monarch would not name their own royal flagship. Still no Golan battle station or Floating Fortress.
The Vong warships of the NJO series has hardly been given any detail in 19 books, and just like their one-dimensional people, here too there is no detail. Readers rarely know how long they are and their armament, but that doesn't change here. The Vong have just four entires, all of them just as light in detail and depth as the books. Many more Vong ships are found in the appendix, equally obscure. The coralskipper was glossed over. If the dovin basal gravity creature controls both propulsion and shielding, how many grav holes can it generate? The fighter has just a single gun? Why no mention of its communications deficiency? Or its unique way of being flown? Or how everything allegedly becomes transparent to the pilot?
Overall, this is still one slick present and well worth getting by any legal or otherwise means. An enjoyable read, just one that could have been sharpened better.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not the best reference. 26 janvier 2007
Par Joseph F. Kohn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This book isn't comprehensive enough to be really valuable to a Star Wars fan. It's interesting, but the vast majority of the entries are things that you don't really want or need to know or see.

I want to be able to see what a Katana fleet Dreadnaught looks like, or find out about a Carrack-class cruiser, but no. The only valuable entries were specific people's personal ships, like the Lady Luck or the Wild Kaarde. Everything else was vague, and sometimes just wrong.

Also, some of the positioning and angling of pictures was just plain bad.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Deeply flawed 13 novembre 2006
Par J. Bongiorno - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Far too many missing entries to justify the purchase of this book. Considered one of if not THE worst of the essential guides.

SW fans, save your money and wait for a proper and truly "essential" guide, especially one of the comprehensive ones written by Dan Wallace (and Abel Pena), guys who really KNOW the Expanded Universe from '77 to '07.
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