Book Review: The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars – Ships + Battles by Landry Walker

Author: Landry Walker
Publisher: Abrams Books
Formats available: Hardback
Pages: 144
Illustrations: Liftable flaps and gatefolds throughout
RRP: £22.99 (UK), $29.99 (US)
Release date: December 17, 2019


Go behind the scenes on the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker in this interactive book to see how favourite vehicles—from the Millennium Falcon to Imperial AT-ATs—were created and used in legendary scenes like the Battles of Endor and Hoth

Go behind the scenes of the biggest movie franchise of all time in this immersive and interactive book to see how the most iconic vehicles in the galaxy—from the Millennium Falcon to X-Wings and TIE fighters to AT-ATs and the Death Star—were created and used in the films of the Star Wars saga. This collectible book includes special interactive elements, including six-page booklets, accordion folds, and flaps that reveal the magic behind the movies with concept sketches, molds, digital imagery and more! Plus, get a sneak peek at some of the vehicles from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!

The Review;

Back in May 2018, Abrams Books teamed up with Mark Salisbury to bring us The Movie Making Magic of Star Wars: Creatures + Aliens and in time for the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Landry Walker has taken over the reins for The Movie Making Magic of Star Wars: Ships + Battles.

When this title was announced I did notice that this was going to be in the same format as it’s predecessor and as they say, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. I really enjoyed the format and feel it is well suited to this kind of book. Again, we have an embossed and embellished cover which really does give the book a feeling of quality when you first pick it up. This is something I think Abrams Books does well.

There is something within the pages for everyone. It is packed with pictures and illustrations of behind the scenes moments to famous and well-known concept art. I did find some behind the scenes pictures in there that I had not previously seen, so the dip into archives for content must have used a very long reaching arm and some persuasion.

Multiple leaf illustrations are again utilised to show production at various stages of the process. The layout of the pages is clear and functional with the addition of ‘Force Facts’ to give those extra little titbits for your delectation. The main body of written content that accompanies each section is informative and gives that extra bit of material to expand on what you are seeing.

If I must be critical of anything it’s possibly the timing of the release. Now Creatures + Aliens was released days before Solo: A Star Wars Story hit the big screen and this title does the same with The Rise of Skywalker, but I do wish they had waited until a month after the release date. The reason why, there is a section attributed to Episode IX, but it only has 3 frames where I would have loved an extra 10 pages or so featuring the latest instalment of the saga.

This book is marketed for the 10+ years age group, but do not let that fool you. Landry Walker, alongside Abrams Books, has produced a really special reference book which is as significant to a newcomer to Star Wars as to a stalwart fan of over 40 years.

I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover and I am excited to see what the subject of the next book in this series will contain.


The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars – Ships + Battles by Landry Walker is published by Abrams. It retails at £22.99 in the UK and $29.99 in the US and was released on December 17, 2019. It is available from Amazon and all bookstores online and on your high street.

Book credit;

The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars – Ships + Battles by Landry Walker and Lucasfilm Ltd (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
(C) & TM 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd.

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Steve Galloway
Steve was 5 years old when he saw Star Wars for the first time during its first UK cinema release. He considers himself a first generation Star Wars fan and in his own words is a ‘Child of 77’.