What Star Wars books or print media did you guys have as kids? For myself, I remember having the St Michael (Marks and Spencers own brand) Return of the Jedi storybook, as well their versions of the Empire and Jedi Marvel adaptations. What did YOU have?
Funnily enough I don't remember having any Star Wars books as a kid. Not before the 90's anyway. My mum did have the sets of Ralph McQuarries concept art prints for Star Wars and Return of the Jedi (which got plastered over my bedroom walls to be fair), and a well-worn copy of the final book in the Han Solo trilogy (damn good series). Otherwise I can only remember having the Marvel ongoing reprinted in the back of Zoids (I think)?
A year or two after we moved back to the UK from Hong Kong in '92 Mum joined the old BCA book club and got me a complete set of Timothy Zahns superb Thrawn Triogy - Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command - and not telling a lie those books changed my life. They hooked me into the old, pre-Disney Expanded Universe and are part of the reason I can read as well & as quickly as I can today. True the quality could be variable on occasion but for near 20 years the team at Lucas Licencing worked with a vast team of authors, artists & publishers across different formats to craft a cohesive universe beyond the two Star Wars trilogies that treated EVERYTHING as canon (yes, even Jaxxon). I've an especial soft spot for the RPG sourcebooks put out by West End Games in the 90's for their Star Wars Role Playing Game that became hugely useful resources for authors for the minuatae they covered in terms of technology and the structure of organisations (for example the Spec Force Sourcebook that not only broke down the Rebel Spec Force - otherwise known as those poor bastards on Hoth and Han's Endor strike team - but a vast array of specialty Storm Trooper units as well - Rad Troopers, Sea Troopers, Storm Commandos and more). Quite proud to say I've quite a few of these volumes still in my collection, as well as all of the material Wizards of the Coast put out after they got the licence. Although these lack some of the flavour and rougher edges that made the WEG books so much fun.
(funnily enough though, I've been doing that whole "Build The Millenium Falcon" partworks and the latest issues of the magazine it comes with has actively referenced the WEG Star Wars RPG's in-universe guide Platt OKeefe and PLatt's Smugglers Guide. An unexpected - but fun - nod to the past)
"Dumbass questions in. Wiseass answers back out." Cpt. Jefferson Clay, I-War
There's one particular storybook I had, which I rather want to replace as it got included when I sold a bunch of my Star Wars toys some years back. It was "The Ewoks Join The Fight," a fairly short book telling the story of the Battle of Endor purely from the perspective of those on the surface. Lovely painted artwork on every page.
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