Caramel is a big Star Wars fan. In fact, he has already reviewed two books related to it (see his reviews of 5-Minute Star Wars Stories by LucasFilm Press and A Jedi You Will Be by Preeti Chhibber and Mike Deas). Today he revisits this imagined universe and talks about Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, written by Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Patricia Barr, Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, and Matt Jones, and published in 2019. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, I can see you are once again in one of your Star Wars stages.
Caramel: Yes. Actually I am always in that stage.
S: I guess you are right. You always liked anything Star Wars related. So this book, Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition, you have had this for a while, no?
C: Yes but I just realized we have not reviewed it. So we have to!
S: I understand. What Star Wars related show are you watching these days?
C: I just finished the first season of The Bad Batch. So I am not watching anything, just reading and rereading my book.
S: I guess that makes sense. You love that universe, so you want to be connected to it. So tell me a bit about this book. What is in it?
C: There are a lot of pictures, from the movies, all the way up to and including The Rise of Skywalker. That was the ninth movie. They also have a lot of photos from The Clone Wars, which is the series before The Bad Batch, but we have not seen it yet. Hint hint.
S: Well, I like the nine movies and I thought The Bad Batch looked interesting, but there are so many other Star Wars movies and series that I am losing track. Maybe we will take a look at The Clone Wars some day. But let us get back to the book. So there are lots of photos from the movies and so on, but I saw lots of text, too. What are those about?
C: Well, there are sections on characters–
S: And you know there are a lot of them–
C: Yes, of course. And many of them have a little bit about them. And then there are sections about all the different kinds of droids, all the different ships, and so on. There are specific pages for the places that you see in the movies and the series, and basically, it is the ultimate guide to Star Wars.
S: And thus the title, I suppose.
S: So tell me about your favorite droids then.
C: I like ID9 Seeker Droid. It is on page 274.
S: What movie does it show up in?
C: It shows up in one of the series, called Rebels.
S: How about the classic guys? C3P-O? R2-D2?
C: Yes, they are all in here, and I like them a lot too.
S: Did you notice that the book has a foreword written by Anthony Daniels, who is the actor who was C3P-O?
C: Well, I immediately dove into the book but then looked at the foreword once you told me it was C3P-O. I did know it was a real person inside C3P-O but I had not learned his name before.
S: Apparently he is also a mime actor, which makes sense to be so expressive with his body.
C: Yes, I agree.
S: So let us talk more about the book. I’m guessing it is full of Star Wars facts and trivia. Can you tell me something interesting you learned from it?
C: There is so much! I could say “I learned everything I know about Star Wars from this book. It is my Qui-Gon Jinn, it is my Yoda.” But I won’t. I did know a lot about Star Wars before, or I could say “I was already as knowledgeable as Sith Palpatine”, but I won’t. Still I did know a lot.
S: Okay, I think I get the point. So you learned nothing?
C: No, that is not what I am saying. I learned a lot actually. It helped me learn the connections between all the series and the movies, and the universe makes more sense now.
S: That’s really cool. Because I am quite confused actually.
C: Well, you can read the book from the beginning to the end then. Or like me, you can simply keep skipping around and reading whatever appeals to you whenever you want.
S: I think that means you are giving this book a very strong endorsement. Is that correct?
C: Yes. I think it is a pretty awesome Star Wars book. Any bunny who loves Star Wars would love it, too.
S: I can see that! So describe it to me in three words then.
C: Star Wars facts. But that is not enough to describe all the awesomeness of the book.
S: Okay, how about “Star Wars awesomeness” then?
C: Sure, that works.
S: Okay Caramel, I think this is already a long enough review, and I can see you are itching to go back to reading your book, so let us wrap it up. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!
4 thoughts on “Caramel reviews Ultimate Star Wars: New Edition”
I wonder if Caramel is familiar with these interesting Star Wars trivia items?
The line “I have a bad feeling about this” is in every Star Wars movie. It does vary slightly each time, but the sentiment is always the same. The expression was first uttered by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, and most recently by BB-8 in The Last Jedi. Han Solo said it more times than anybody else.
“I am your father” was kept a secret, even from the cast. One of the biggest cinematic reveals of all time was kept a very closely-guarded secret during filming. The infamous “I am your father” line was penned in the script as “Obi-Wan killed your father”. Both cast and crew believed this to be the real line, except for Mark Hammill, who was told literally moments before shooting the scene about the truth of Luke’s heritage.
Porgs actually exist for a good reason. The idea of the Porgs, found on planet Ahch-To in The Last Jedi, was conceived by director Rian Johnson to cover up a feathery problem. The filming location used for Luke Skywalker’s island of exile, Skellig Michael, is home to vast numbers of puffins. Removing them physically would have been a monumental task (also quite possibly illegal) and trying to erase them digitally would have racked up an incredible bill.
Yoda and The Muppets’ Miss Piggy are voiced by the same person. Frank Oz, an English-born puppeteer, actor and filmmaker was the voice of both Yoda and Miss Piggy, as well as other on-screen icons like Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.
Yoda was originally going to be played by a monkey. That’s right… a monkey. In a mask. With a cane.
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These are really neat facts, and Caramel says he did not know them before. Thank you for sharing!
I wonder why all the young bunnies around the world like the Star War movies? Exploring unknown worlds, or something else?
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Good question! For Caramel, it might just be the space ships and the robots / droids!