Star Wars: Alien Archive

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There are so many alien species in the Star Wars universe, how can you possibly tell them all apart? From the aquatic to the desert dwellers, from the Force-sensitive to the Force-suspicious, from the ambitious to the cowardly, from the infamous to the rarely seen, the list of possible races to recognize is endless.

Star Wars: Alien Archive accepts this ambitious challenge, combining unique artwork and brief writeups of the dozens upon dozens of alien races that populate the galaxy George Lucas created. Presented as a combination of scholarly archival information and the scribblings of a well-traveled raconteur who is happy to share his anecdotal commentary, this book is an awesome in-universe throwback to the sourcebooks that made the West End Games edition of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game so much fun to read. Keeping the whole thing specific to the universe (and not referencing film titles or anything non-canon) was a great touch.

Alien Archive provides a look at the many sentient species in the SW universe, as well as many of the beasts and nonsentient creatures that call the galaxy home. The art is topnotch, wonderful stuff that evokes feelings of Audubon books and other old-school publications about animals that are accompanied by personal artwork. The Hutts are suitably grotesque, while Yoda’s race is well-drawn, but remains frustratingly unidentified. It all feels very true to the Star Wars galaxy as we know it.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 160 pages
Publisher Disney Lucasfilm Press
Publish Date 2019-04-30
ISBN 9781368027359 Buy this Book
Issue September 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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