What do you reckon is the best book on Star Wars collecting ever published?
I think most will agree there are several legitimate contenders for that title.
Undoubtedly, most will also agree that there's no correct answer to this question: Opinions will naturally differ as to which publication is superior.
But what if I modify the question slightly?
What if I ask not what is the best book on Star Wars collecting, but instead what is the most impressive?
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Well, I'm just one guy with an opinion, but for me that's an easy one.
Upon seeing the new book put out by British collectors Gianni Venturini and Gregory Armstrong, there was little doubt in my mind that it's the most impressive publication ever devoted to the subject of Star Wars collecting.
Measuring 15 inches by 12 inches, and weighing 10 pounds, Star Wars Toy Guide, Volume One: Kenner Action Figures, has the heft and sumptuousness of a limited-edition product from a publisher like Taschen. Leafing through it is a sensual experience: The weight of the paper and beauty of the graphics contribute to an effect that is immersive; you want to dive into the thing.
In fact, it's so sensually compelling that while leafing through it you may almost forget to scrutinize its information.
But don't worry: Its informational content is just as ace as its aesthetic appeal.
Covering just about everything touching on Kenner's vintage action figure line, it's a treasure-trove for beginners and experts alike. Cogent and photo-rich elucidations of loose figures sit comfortably beside data-spreads treating tough-to-pin-down topics like two-packs and accessory variations. Even the large-size action figures are covered.
Forgive my resort to cliche, but there's really something here for everyone.
Because I was so impressed by the volume, I invited Gianni and Greg to sit for an interview concerning their process and future plans. I hope it'll serve as a good introduction to them as well as an endorsement of their future efforts.
If you don't already have a copy, I wholeheartedly recommend signing on to the proposed second edition (see below for details). If you have any interest in Star Wars toys, you won't regret it.