The Zelda Box set releases on November 26 and production of the books and all of the box set elements is well underway.
- The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D
- The Legend of Zelda™: Spirit Tracks
- The Legend of Zelda™: Phantom Hourglass
- The Legend of Zelda™: The Wind Waker HD
- The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess
- The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword
Each of these Zelda books are hardcover collector’s edition guides with foil stamped covers and gold gilded pages. Today we reveal some never-before-released behind the scenes photos of the guide manufacturing process to show you how the Zelda books get made.
The Zelda collector’s edition guides are printed on high quality, 80 pound, thick matte paper. The paper rolls used by the printer weigh over 2,400 lbs each and stand nearly 7 feet tall.
When a book is printed, it is split into sections called signatures. For the Zelda books, these signatures are 16 pages each. The printer prepares the book files to go through the printer in large signature sheets (this process is called impositioning).
As each signature of the book is printed, the paper goes through the press at more than 1,000 feet per minute!
It's a good thing the presses move so fast, because between the 6 collector’s edition guides, there will be over 2,100 pages in the Zelda Box Set; a total of 133 signatures.
After all the signatures for a book are printed, they are gather together and bound into a book block.
The super-shiny gold gilding is added to each book block.
But what's a book without a cover? Printers call the covers of hardcover books “cases.” At first, the cases are quite plain.
Once the printer adds the gold foil stamped edging and iconic Hyrule Crest, the covers reveal their true beauty.
Finally, the printer marries the gilded book blocks with the hardcover cases and the book takes its final form.
These books are now ready for the box set.
Have you preordered your copy of The Zelda Box Set? Supplies won't last, so preorder your copy today. The Legend of Zelda Box Set is available at these retailers: