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The Art Of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Book Review

“The Art Of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Book” is your new favorite SW art book.

You knew it was coming but now the Disney Parks Star Wars themed land officially has its own hardcover art book from Abrams. Written by Amy Ratcliffe (who also provides an intro), ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ contains written content about Galaxy’s Edge formation, research that went into everything, details about the visual designs and world building of Batuu/Black Spire Outpost and behind-the-scenes stories about the rides (“Rise of the Resistance” and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run”) along with the cantina and shops. The book also contains a foreword by Scott Trowbridge (Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering), a piece on other Galaxy’s Edge tie-in books, and an index and acknowledgments. Of course, given that this is an art book, readers can expect hundreds of sketches, backgrounds, concept art, illustrations, character, costumes, ship and creature designs, and more. You’ll even get a sneak at the forthcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser in Florida.

For those who have been fortunate to experience Galaxy’s Edge at the Disney Parks or are Disney Parks enthusiasts, this is a great tie-in release. For those who have yet to see it in person or are longing to see it (like myself), well, this will probably make you want to go even more than you already do. 

Although there are plenty of details about Galaxy’s Edge as it is now, the biggest selling pont here is seeing all of the alternate designs and learning about the evolution of the rides and stores. I was personally blown away by the amazing concepts that didn’t make the cut such as (SPOILERS AHEAD) the Bounty Hunter Chase Ride (seriously, why didn’t we get that?), the fish tanks in various spots, the droid junkyard and foundry designs, the cave room for Savi’s Workshop, the practical Elee creature, and the Rebel Base Star Destroyer wreckage designs by artist Stephan Martiniere for those (END SPOILERS). Even though the Park is a work of art, it’s always fun to see what was being considered or what might have been. Heck, it’s even cool to see alternate Coke bottle designs!

Whether you want to see stunning and detailed pieces of art or want to learn about things such as Ralph McQuarrie inspiring Galaxy’s Edge, there’s something in this book for every Star Wars and Disney fan. 

“The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” hits stores April 27, 2020.

April 22, 2021 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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