Most adults now seem to take two paths when it comes to Star Wars. The first enjoy it when they are younger but eventually lose interest and remain passive regarding the series, enjoying it for its nostalgia but not really going any deeper than the movies. The other path goes way deeper than the movies and I will leave it at that. The thing is there really aren’t products out there that seem to straddle in between the two paths. It become even more difficult for adults, it seems most Star Wars products are geared toward children and teens or for hardcore fans.
The Complete Vader by Ryder Windham and Peter Vilhmur, appears to have successfully bridged many of those obstacles I just described. The coffee table size books, appeals to the hardcore Star Wars fan while providing enough interesting bits and pieces even to let a novice fan or even just some who enjoys pop culture follow along easily. The book mines the depth of the creation of Darth Vader both in Fiction but as well as a part of the movie/popular culture phenomenon that took the 70’s and early 80’s by storm. The book narrates the beginning sketches of the Vader character as described by its creator George Lucas to the toys and figurines the Dark Lord of the Sith spawned as his rose in the ranks as one of the greatest fictional villains of all time.
The book itself is full of drawings and pictures of Darth Vader’s evolution. I think of The Complete Vader as a pop-out book for adults. Scattered amongst the pages are pull out posters and stickers as well as replicas of documents, such as script notes for the first actors dawning the famous black suit. These little additions add a bit of a twist to the whole coffee book concept. Also, let’s face it, there aren’t that many coffee table books for Dad or teenage boys. The Complete Vader is published by Lucasbooks and can be found at most book retailers and is current selling for $60.
Disclosure: We received a review copy of the Vadar book for review purposes but no other compensation. My post is my unbaised opinion on the book.