Epic Ink; Downtown Bookworks
Splurge: "Star Wars: The Blueprints," $500 or $1,000, available at http://www.theblueprintsbook.com
"Star Wars: The Blueprints" by J.W. Rinzler is a gorgeous, 336-page volume that would make a lavish gift for a serious "Star Wars" collector. The book draws from Lucasfilm archives and contains the original blueprints and first concept drawings for ships and other locales, including the Millennium Falcon, Jabba the Hutt's palace and the Death Star. All 5,000 copies of this limited-edition book from Epic Ink are hand-numbered. The first 125, which retail at $1,000 instead of $500, are also signed by the three surviving Academy Award winners for best art direction, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley and Roger Christian.
Bargain: "My First Superman Book: Touch and Feel," $9.99, available at Amazon.com
Super-babies can learn about DC Comics heroes in "My First Superman Book: Touch and Feel" and companion books about Batman and Wonder Woman. These board books by David Katz feature a glow-in-the-dark Bat Signal, Wonder Woman's shiny gold cuffs and a furry Krypto. There's even a tab that pulls Clark Kent into a phone booth as Superman flies out.
-- Noelene Clark and Emily Rome