For those who might have missed the adverts on television, at least in the UK as I can’t speak for the rest of the world, there is a second edition of ‘The Official Star Wars™ Fact File’ out.
My first reaction when seeing it was, ‘I’ve got that.’ The first edition ran out of steam or material before the third film was released, so when presented with a contact, I asked is whether this new edition would have anything different.
The most significant addition is that the new collection fully integrates the content from The Clone Wars TV series that began in 2008. This includes the sixth season, which is yet to be screened. The new content is featured as part of the continuous chronology in Battles & Events, which includes wholly new fact files never seen before. Similarly, important Clone Wars characters, locations and technology all have their own new fact files.
Another significant change is that we have taken the opportunity to adjust the balance between the Original Trilogy and all three prequels – as Episode II was released during the production of the first Fact Files and Episode III was only released at the very end of the run. There is additional Episode III content to reflect this. Looking to the future, we are also working closely with Lucasfilm to ensure that the collection will be fully compatible with the new Star Wars Rebels series and all known future developments.
Finally, the entire collection has been edited and redesigned to reflect the latest Star Wars canon, and any new images that have become available since the original series was created. For example, this includes newly created sharp computer-generated images alongside original archive photos.
I have to confess that I can’t help feeling that unless Disney keep releasing new ‘Star Wars’ at a regular rate, this Fact File will just run and run but would hope its publishers would consider supplements for people like me who bought the first edition.
Issue No. 1 is currently on sale at the introductory price of 50p, with Issue No. 2 in stores from 15th January 2014 at the regular price of £2.99, with a free specially designed Star Wars Stormtrooper binder. There are 120 issues in the collection.
More information can be found on the official website www.starwarsfactfile.com, the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/starwarsfactfile and on Twitter at @StarWarsFiles.
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