Star Wars Galaxy is a collection of the original Topps trading card series, and this small but perfectly formed book collects together all three series of cards in one new volume.
What you get is over 200 pages of illustrations by almost as many artists and covering a vast range of moments and ideas from the original Star Wars films. With this much material, anyone with a passing interest in the art of the Star Wars universe is bound to be fascinated and will readily while away time browsing the book’s contents.
Of course, not every illustration will appeal to every fan, and favourites will change every time you browse; some of the ones that grabbed our attention include the twelve images of the main characters by Joseph Smith (known for his poster for Ben Hur), a tremendous Obi-Wan Kenobi by Mark Chiarello, Mark Nelson’s scene showing Darth Vader paying homage to Emperor Palpatine, and Don Punchatz’s Princess Leia packing a blaster. The list is (almost) endless and changes with every reading.
If you are at all interested in the art of Star Wars, and don’t overlook how important it was in establishing the brand back in the 1970s, this book will be a welcome addition to your collection and by virtue of being almost pocket-book sized is not at all expensive. It even comes with a set of four limited edition cards all of its own, which includes the weird levitating Yoda and Drew Stuzan’s Tribute to George Lucas.
Don’t wait for a copy at Christmas, get one now while you wait for The Force Awakens to be released on Blu-ray and DVD!
STAR WARS GALAXY / AUTHOR: GARY GERANI / PUBLISHER: ABRAMS BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW