Star Wars Trading Cards and Books Have you ever wondered why certain Star Wars characters always seem to enjoy gambling? Especially those Sith's, as I've seen quite a few of them having a quick turn over at BGO Casino Free Spins! Heck, even today, May the forth, also known as Star Wars Day, I saw this one chap -- tall, encased in black metal armor, and holding a glowing red lightsaber -- gambling with his life by dancing on a molten hot volcano. As for the rest of us, on the other hand, well, we care not for these things, do we? We'd rather check out the following four books related to the one and only, Dom, Dom-Da-Dom, Dom-Da-Dom, Dom-Da-Dooooommm. May the force be with you, my friends, and if not that, try and have a little luck at the casino.

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book

Publisher: Chronicle Books
Price: £11.99
Page Count: 200 pages
Format: Paperback
Size: 216x216mm
Age Range:
3 and over

Synopsis: Eisner Award winning artist and writer, Jeffrey Brown, has been able to re-imagine the Star Wars Universe for both film fan and young Jedi alike. I mean, just take a look at his new adult coloring book, as it features a number of carefully translated pieces from Jeffery's bestselling series, Darth Vader and Son, albeit in a larger format and printed on crisp white paper, complemented by nine new images from the aforementioned title.

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
What I Thought Of It: Now I'm not the sort of person who's usually into adult themed coloring books. By and large I find the concept surrounding them a bit too jovial for my own selective tastes, and sometimes they can be slightly too immature as well. But that said, after going through this book, page, by page, by page, I think that it may have been able to convert me. All in all I thought this was a surprisingly fun experience because most of the pictures were genuinely funny to follow. One of my favorite pictures in the entire book depicts Darth Vader sitting on a park bench with his two kids, Leia and Luke, with each of them coyly licking an ice-cream. The only drawback I found with this book, however, is that certain pieces were really difficult to color-in because of their complexity, particularly certain backgrounds. Also, to understand the humor behind certain pieces, you must have some prior knowledge about Star Wars and it's general mythos. Apart from that, though, overall I think this book would be great for Star Wars fans who -- yes, you guessed it -- enjoy coloring in.

Publisher: Abrams Books
Price: £16.99
Page Count: 
432 pages
Format: Hardcover with Jacket
Size: 140x181mm
Age Range: 5 and over

Synopsis: In 1995, Topps released the first volume of their Widevision series of trading cards, which were basically taller than the average Topps trading card but were twice as long, specially made to reflect the widescreen dimensions of the re-mastered films. So now, for the first time ever, every card -- promotional, limited, or otherwise -- will be reprinted in one deluxe hardback collectible edition. Essentially this new volume includes the fronts and backs of each card, and will showcase original storyboards, fun facts, filmmaker quotes, and behind-the-scenes photos, all of which will be complemented by exclusive commentary from Mister George Lucas himself. Also included are four bonus cards, some rare promotional images, plus an introduction by Gary Gerani, the original editor of the Star Wars Topps series, as well as an afterword by Star Wars collector, Stephen J. Sansweet.

Star Wars Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Card Series (Volume One)
What I Thought Of It: When I first clapped my eyes on this book I could tell in an instant that it was going to be pure class. And I wasn't wrong, not in the slightest. Even though the fonts used were a little bit too small for my own liking, on the whole this was a really good read as it had some fairly engrossing insights into the expansive Star Wars Universe. What I liked about it the most was how each neighboring page, both sides, displayed the same card, both front and back, and simply presented each side in a very clean way that was nice and easy to follow. I mean, why clutter up a page with useless designs and needless artwork when what needs to be displayed says it all? Great book, and a must have for any die hard Star Wars fan.

Publisher: Chronicle Books
Price: £10.99
Page Count: 240 pages
Format: Diary
Size: 216x152mm
Age Range: N/A

Synopsis:   To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, this distinctive collection of notebooks has been designed, constructed, and printed with a number of vintage posters and promotional artwork seen in the original movie. Each notebook, three in total, features lightly ruled interiors with quotations from the film that started it all, plus it also has some additional artwork on both the inside and back covers.

Star Wars: A New Hope Notebook Collection
What I Thought Of It: When you pick them up you can just tell that a lot of thought has gone into developing this collection of notebooks. For instance, the uniform size for each one is ideal if you go to school or require something to write on while at work. They're not too big, they're not too small, plus they each have a fair number of pages that I'm sure would last you (depending on how frequently you use them, of course). I have to also mention the amazing artwork and designs provided by Michael Morris, Del Nichols, Ralph McQuarrie, Tom Jung, and John Berkey, with each creator really stepping up to the plate and showing us what things might look like in a galaxy, far-far away. So go on, if you're a Star Wars fan, pick one up as I bet you a Wookie you'd go Jar-Jar over these. You can take that however you so wish, Ha!

Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book
Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book

Publisher: Abrams Books
Price: £8.99
Page Count: 72 pages
Format: Paperback
Size: 267x203mm
Age Range: 5 and over

Synopsis: When Star Wars first exploded onto the silver screen -- on the 25th of May, 1977 -- Lucasfilm decided to team up with The Topps Company so they could create the first ever series of tie-in collectibles, namely, a series of trading cards and stickers that have since become iconic in the field of memorabilia. Nigh on straight away this innovative gambit became a fan favorite, so much so that Topps released a number of trading card sets to coincide with The Empire Strikes Back, circa 1980, and Return of the Jedi, circa 1983. In 2015, however, Topps came to the realization that they wanted to do something a little different; that being to release a set of promotional stickers, 18 in total, as part of the Journey toward Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. This collection featured a mixture of classic characters from the original films and new ones from The Force Awakens, although, in this case, in the vintage style of the original collection of stickers. Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book is the first sticker book to collect a selection of these iconic stickers, many of which are reproduced in their original size, making this the perfect memento for fans of all ages.

Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book
What I Thought Of It: As soon as I opened up this book a feeling of nostalgia and history smashed me right in the Jawa. I remember as a kid asking my Mum and Dad to get me these Star Wars stickers so I could stick them all over my school books. But of course, me being the thrifty sort that I naturally am, even then, I always tried to collect them and keep them in perfect, pristine condition. Unfortunately, this never really panned out as I would have liked it to, simply because their was always someone, or something, that ended up making me stick these stickers to my clothes,  my bedroom walls, or, dare I say it, Lucky, the not so lucky family cat. Like some of us, I eventually grew out of this sticker collecting phase and then moved on into other forms of collecting (such as comic books and their like). Nonetheless, this was the one that started it for me, and I hope that it does a similar thing for you or your kin. Great book, amazing stickers, although I did find the fold-in posters rather cumbersome in retrospect.    


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