Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Incredible Cross-Sections (2017) – Jason Fry and Kemp Remillard

Star Wars: The Last Jedi blasted its way into the theatres this past weekend, and delighted viewers all over the globe, this one included. DK Canada has released books to celebrate the film’s debut, and our further exploration of not only the Skywalker Saga, but the story of hope which runs through it all.

The first book I dug into was the delightful Incredible Cross-Sections book that features stunning artwork as it allows the reader to take a look at the new vehicles – starships, ground vehicles, fighters and transports.

Fry’s text accompanies Remillard’s amazing art, created from the actual models and production design used in the creation of the film.

New fan favourite, the V-4X-D Ski Speeder is given a gorgeous spread, and connects it to other ships in the Star Wars universe, looking like a grounded B-wing fighter (there’s a reason for that).

All the new ships are here, Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer… larger than I thought… DJ’s luxury cruiser, The Libertine, as well as the ships that comprise the diminishing Resistance fleet.

It’s a lot of fun, and the attention to detail in this thing is unparalleled. One would think we are talking about actual vehicles, and creations. It definitely lends a deeper sense of reality to the images that fill the screen.

My favourite pages came at the end, when there is a size comparison of all the ships seen in the new film.

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It’s fascinating to see the changes that have been affected to the AT-ATs to transform them into the new AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six). But, also of interest are the ships that are now becoming familiar to us over the course of the past two film’s the First Order Command Shuttle and TIE fighters, the revamped Star Destroyers.

There are tons of vehicles to see from the Canto Bight section of the film, which is good, because I didn’t catch a lot of them, but seeing them in the book, they definitely look like they fit within the Star Wars universe.

Of note on the Resistance side of things is a look at the always enjoyable A-Wing fighter, as well as an in depth study of the new bomber, the MG-100 StarFortress.

Each item has its own data file, breaking it down by manufacturer, model, class, dimensions, crew, weapons, and their affiliation.

I delight in books like these, because when I was kid, and the Original Trilogy was doled out an episode at a time over the course of one every few years, I would have devoured these books even more so than I do now. I’d learn every fact, every facet of the ships, know what to expect from them not only in the films, but in my own imaginary play.

Books like this have always helped me to take a “first step into a larger world.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Incredible Cross-Sections is available from DK Books NOW!! (Just in time for the Holidays!).

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