Oct 09

I got a book in the mail a few days ago and it has lived on my kitchen counter ever since. No, it’s not there because it’s a cookbook. It’s there because I can’t stop looking at it and the counter is the easiest, most accessible place to find it. More about the book in a moment, but first a little background.

I’m a LEGO fanatic. Always have been, always will be. I have wonderful memories of putting my LEGO Space sets together on the floor in front of the Christmas tree. (Buying my son his first LEGO set was a very happy day for me!) Also, having grown up in the 70’s and 80’s, Star Wars was a huge influence on me. I had all the action figures and saw the movies multiple times.

So imagine my thrill when I received LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia as a gift from a friend. LEGO first started releasing Star Wars sets in 1999. 190+ sets later, the line is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and this lavish book has been created to honor the occasion.

The book begins with a timeline of the sets, then goes into an in-depth look at each of them, with close-up photos, descriptions and facts and figures (the Millennium Falcon set has 5,195 pieces and a 311-page instruction manual!)

The book also includes an exclusive collectible LEGO minifigure of Luke Skywalker as he appeared at the end of the first Star Wars movie. Not only do you get an incredible book, but you get a toy too!

If you’ve got a Star Wars or LEGO fan in your life, you just found their holiday present.
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We encourage you to write down or print out the title information and shop at your local bookstore. Titles link to LibraryThing, a social networking site that allows you to catalog your home library. LibraryThing also links to various online purchasing options. Here are the books from this post:

LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft, DK Publishing hardcover

(all information is for the U.S. editions).

  • My son was in first grade when the first Star Wars movie came out, which was prime time for many happy years of Star Wars LEGO geekdom. Plus, he always loved a good DK book (at age 16, he still drags his favorites out every once in awhile). Thanks! He’s getting one for Christmas. He’ll be in geek nostalgia heaven.

  • My son was in first grade when the first Star Wars movie came out, which was prime time for many happy years of Star Wars LEGO geekdom. Plus, he always loved a good DK book (at age 16, he still drags his favorites out every once in awhile). Thanks! He’s getting one for Christmas. He’ll be in geek nostalgia heaven.

  • SQUEEE!!! We already have the Star Wars Visual Dictionary but the LEGO Star Wars VD?! WOOHOO! My son will flip out over this. 🙂

  • SQUEEE!!! We already have the Star Wars Visual Dictionary but the LEGO Star Wars VD?! WOOHOO! My son will flip out over this. 🙂

  • Oh wow, my family is full of (guys) who are fanatical fans of both Star Wars and legos. This is perfect, thanks!

  • Oh wow, my family is full of (guys) who are fanatical fans of both Star Wars and legos. This is perfect, thanks!

  • I grew up loving Legos and Star Wars. My boys love Legos now, too. This really does sound like a great book to have. Thanks!

  • I grew up loving Legos and Star Wars. My boys love Legos now, too. This really does sound like a great book to have. Thanks!

  • 3 dudes, 3 winter birthdays, this is a must have in our house – done.

  • 3 dudes, 3 winter birthdays, this is a must have in our house – done.

  • Thanks for this – it’s now ordered as Christmas gift for my husband. He’s going to cry with joy!

  • Thanks for this – it’s now ordered as Christmas gift for my husband. He’s going to cry with joy!

  • I have a Lego encyclopedia from about seven years ago all about the development and improvement of Legos. A pretty simple book (nothing as detailed as this must be) but a lot of fun to read every once in a while. This sounds pretty fun too… but it might just be because of the free figurine included…

  • I have a Lego encyclopedia from about seven years ago all about the development and improvement of Legos. A pretty simple book (nothing as detailed as this must be) but a lot of fun to read every once in a while. This sounds pretty fun too… but it might just be because of the free figurine included…

  • One of our local Borders sponsored a Lego Star Wars day this past Saturday. I took my boys, they LOVED it. They both had a light sabre battle with Darth Vader. Supposedly there is a blog with pictures of this “battle” posted, but I’m still searching for it.

    My oldest son takes the book to bed with him every night. I think we’ll have to get another copy in the future. Ours is already looking pretty worn!

    We’re all avid Star Wars fans; we were all born on years a Star Wars movie was released!

  • One of our local Borders sponsored a Lego Star Wars day this past Saturday. I took my boys, they LOVED it. They both had a light sabre battle with Darth Vader. Supposedly there is a blog with pictures of this “battle” posted, but I’m still searching for it.

    My oldest son takes the book to bed with him every night. I think we’ll have to get another copy in the future. Ours is already looking pretty worn!

    We’re all avid Star Wars fans; we were all born on years a Star Wars movie was released!

  • I’m so thrilled to hear that this will be a present for so many folks! They’ll love it!

  • I’m so thrilled to hear that this will be a present for so many folks! They’ll love it!

  • Only recently our son actually asked if I could purchase him some lego products for his birthday celebration, I’m shocked and also happy, it is a excellent learning toy.

  • Only recently our son actually asked if I could purchase him some lego products for his birthday celebration, I’m shocked and also happy, it is a excellent learning toy.

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