"The New Essential Guide to Characters," by Daniel Wallace, Michael Sutfin [Del Rey, 2002]

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"The New Essential Guide to Characters," by Daniel Wallace, Michael Sutfin [Del Rey, 2002]

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  1. dp4m Chosen One

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  2. dp4m Chosen One

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    [image=http://www1.theforce.net/jc/images/bookcovers/negtc.jpg]

    Summary:
    The Star Wars universe is expanding faster than ever before, and Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters has received an exciting new face-lift-with completely updated text and more than a hundred brand new, full-color illustrations by extraordinary new artist Michael Sutfin.
    This all-new Essential Guide features detailed profiles of more than one hundred and thirty characters from across the Star Wars galaxy, including all of your favorites-such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and Mara Jade-as well as, from Episode II:

    ? Jango Fett ? Count Dooku ? Anakin Skywalker ? Zam Wesell

    And the key players from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace:

    ? Queen Amidala ? Qui-Gon Jinn ? Mace Windu ? Darth Maul

    Here is complete, updated coverage of the novels from the incredible New Jedi Order and all of the classic movies, books, comics, TV specials, games, and the rest of the Star Wars universe.

    This must-have book describes the essential history and personal data for each character-with vital statistics, homeworlds, and political affiliations.

    More characters, more information, brilliant artwork-the Essential Guides are hotter than ever!
  3. The Gatherer Jedi Youngling

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    Aug 2, 1999
    star 6
    Fantastic Essential Guide!

    Loved the text by fellow SWFA member Daniel Wallace, and the full colour artwork is aweomse!

    Also, first Star Wars publication that I got an acknowledgement in! :)
  4. TIEPilot051999 Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2002
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    Also, first Star Wars publication that I got an acknowledgement in!

    Where?

    Anyways, it's a good book. And FAR better than the original which, while good in 1995, isn't exactly the type of book that would work in the SW universe of the 21st Century.

    10. :)
  5. The Gatherer Jedi Youngling

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    Aug 2, 1999
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    Where?

    In the acknowledgements section! (Michael Potts).
  6. TIEPilot051999 Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2002
    star 7
    Oh. Guess I didn't recognize it because it wasn't "The Gatherer". :p

    Anyways, may I ask how you were involved in making this book?
  7. 4thBG5thBTL Jedi Knight

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    Feb 28, 2003
    star 1
    it's way better than the last one. it got a few small details wrong and it's missing some of my favorite characters like Ganner, Nen Yim, Tenel Ka should have a bigger part, so should Tahiri and Danni, it's missing Cal Omas and Kenth Hamner and Tionne....but of the ppl they did include i like it very very much! i learned things i didn't know about my absolute faves.


    4thBG5thBTL
  8. The Gatherer Jedi Youngling

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    Aug 2, 1999
    star 6
    If I recall correctly, as Daniel explained it, it was in recognition of the hard work that Chris McElroy and I have put in with Timetales.

    I think that Daniel used Timetales to corroborate some of his dates, etc...
  9. TIEPilot051999 Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2002
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    Gatherer: Coolness! :)

    it's way better than the last one. it got a few small details wrong and it's missing some of my favorite characters like Ganner, Nen Yim, Tenel Ka should have a bigger part, so should Tahiri and Danni, it's missing Cal Omas and Kenth Hamner and Tionne....but of the ppl they did include i like it very very much! i learned things i didn't know about my absolute faves.

    IIRC, the reason that they weren't included was because their characters were not fully developed at the time the book was being made to warrant inclusion.
  10. evanchester Jedi Knight

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    May 25, 2002
    star 2
    I gave it a 10. It was almost perfect as far as essential guides go. I especially like the color illustrations. Hopefully we'll get another one after Episode 3.
  11. 6-6-6 Jedi Knight

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    Oct 24, 2002
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    For what it was, it was great. It was nice to finally have the info fit together and work with the continuity, and it was refreshing to see that the NJO and EpII were included.

    It could have used another hundred or so pages, and I was confused as to why certain entries were there (They included Kam Solousar and Ric Olie, but not Wes Janson or Tenel Ka) Also, much of the information was outdated by the time it was released, and several of the character profiles seemed to stop on cliffhangers, instead of waiting another two or three months for the next NJO book to be released and then filling in the gaps in the profiles. A second NEGTC is definately already overdue, and I would like to have seen more information about already established characters who were not even included in the appendix.
  12. tendra_217 Jedi Master

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    Jul 13, 2002
    star 4
    It is a good book. Wonderful illustrations. It would be better if everyone in the appendix had their own entry.
  13. SirLancelot Jedi Master

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    Jun 10, 2002
    star 4
    i liked the full color and large DB. the only real problem is it leaves out a bunch of characters, both minor and major. i would liek to see a complet guild sometime.
  14. ReconSEAL Jedi Knight

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    Feb 3, 2003
    star 2
    very good and comprehensive.
  15. redleader92055 Jedi Youngling

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    Feb 9, 2003
    star 2
    i gave it a 9 because it was good but there is no biggs in it
  16. jedishellyskywalker Force Ghost

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    Oct 3, 2002
    star 4
    Unfortunately, I haven't got it, cos I live in Ireland! (Boo hoo)
    Is Jag in it? If so can someone PLEASE post an illustration or something? Thanks!

    Shelly
    :D
  17. Leia_Fanatic Jedi Youngling

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    May 26, 2003
    star 3
    9. I would have given it a 10 if a picture had of been provided for Tahiri Vheila.
  18. Kwenn Force Ghost

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    Mar 30, 2001
    star 5
    It's a great, interesting book, but it isn't 'Essential'. It favours a few obscure characters with a whole page, while Shmi Skywalker, Bail Organa and other important characters are relegated to one paragraph at the back.

    And yes, Jag's in it. He has a little picture and a paragraph of info.
  19. Krash RSA Emeritus

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    Oct 11, 2000
    star 5
    first Star Wars publication that I got an acknowledgement in!
    ((bows before The Gatherer))
    Very cool!

    I held off on the original edition, because with so many EU books coming out...they would have to update the main character biographies, plus add new ones.

    GREAT BOOK!!! While there are characters I would liked to have seen included, I think the offered a balance between films/and all aspects of EU. And I like the artwork in this edition, because the color adds more "life" to the depiction.
  20. jada_marnew Jedi Grand Master

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    Feb 22, 2003
    star 5
    Great but I can't wait for an updated one. Already there are characters missing!
  21. Saint_of_Killers Jedi Youngling

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    Feb 18, 2001
    star 5
    It was good, but not perfect. Didn't have enough Rogues and Wraiths for my taste. They could have at least done a collective entry for each, like they did with the Jedi Council and the Jedi at the Battle of Geonosis.

    And there was no Mirax :(
  22. Corran10584 Jedi Grand Master

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    Oct 8, 2002
    star 5
    9 - Good sequel to the first Essential Guide to characters. The full colored pictures were great, and the new additions really expanded some of the newer characters we've come to love. I would have given it a 10, but the picture of "Runt" Ekwesk in the back is pretty disturbing.

    ~Corran
  23. CaesarSteiner Jedi Padawan

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    Oct 29, 2003
    Wait, no Mirax AND no Janson? Bah, I give it the one!

    Okay, not a one, but I'd just like to point out that whoever forgot to put Janson and Wedge's pseudo little sister in there needs a severe beating with Hobbie's bacta-soaked body.
  24. xoliver Jedi Knight

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    Aug 3, 2001
    star 2
    Thoroughly researched, entertainingly written, with some nice additions by DW. Doesn't exactly match who I'd have chosen for big entries, but so what?

    Wes Janson's (and Poggle the Lesser's) NEGC entry is in Insider #59.
  25. Mavrick889 Jedi Master

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    Feb 27, 1999
    star 4
    I got an acknowledgement too, so I was pretty happy with it :)
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