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Tue, 7 Feb ’12

Book ‘Em, Watto: Jedi and Sith Tomes Bound for Glory

The Jedi Path and The Book of Sith offer artifacts to saber.

One of the most frustrating things about a saga as engrossing as Star Wars is that you’ll never get to actually visit the universe it depicts. Granted, you’re safe from being impaled by Darth Maul, but on the other hand you’ll never lift a starfighter with your mind either. Seeing The Phantom Menace in 3D this weekend will offer some immersion, but while that Gungan orb of peace may look like you can reach out and grab it, taking it home with you isn’t an option.

But with The Book of Sith, which comes out Friday, and previously released The Jedi Path, you can get your hands on the closest thing to owned objects from the galaxy far, far away. Both come in cases that open at the touch of a button. Inside, exclusive texts provide new details of Jedi/Sith training and even plot secrets (Ever wondered whether the Emperor’s “scarred” face or Palpatine’s more human visage was the “real” one? Read the book).

Then there are the artifacts (scrap of burial shroud, a doodle by Obi-Wan, a Sith lightsaber crystal and more). Since the texts were supposedly handed down through generations, we get handwritten margin notes from a variety of notables: Darths Bane, Plagueis and Sidious on the Sith book, while the Jedi notes come from the likes of Dooku, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Jedi may be forbidden from marriage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get “to have and too hold” anything cool. With your fingers on these, you can do that too. (If you prefer just the Force facts, a no-frills Jedi Path is available from Chronicle.)

Star Wars 3D week leads up to the release of The Phantom Menace 3D Friday, Feb. 10.