The Mystique of Stormtroopers

Stormtroopers in Formation

Dan Zehr recently asked patrons of Coffee With Kenobi, “What makes stormtroopers so cool?” He asked his question in conjunction with a giveaway of 99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire by Greg Stones. I answered with a few of my observations about stormtroopers, but the question got me thinking about stormtroopers in general. Stormtroopers are indeed popular. Go to almost any comic convention, and you will find the 501st Legion, the costuming group featuring the Empire that raises money for charity. Many, if not most, of the 501st’s members costume themselves in the white armor of the stormtroopers. Fans flock to get their picture taken with the stormtroopers. So, what it is about stormtroopers? What is the public perception of them? Why are they so popular. Here are some of my own thoughts on the subject.

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Introducing the Limited Run of Star Wars Death Trooper Replica Armor Kits from Anovos

News from Anovos:

The elite soldiers of Imperial Intelligence, Death Troopers are encased in specialized armor with a dark, ominous gleam. Our new Star Wars Death Trooper Armor Kit will be a limited run of just 300 units! These do-it-yourself kits are for costumers who enjoy building their own armor for a custom fit. Pre-order yours today and save 10% with discount code SDCCSTARWARS until July 23.

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Hasbro SDCC 2017 Convention Exclusives Pushed Back to September

Hasbro has updated the online availability of their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. Originally slated for August 14 on HasbroToyShop.com, the three convention exclusives will now be available at some point in September.

These include the Black Series 6-inch Grand Admiral Thrawn figure, the Black Series 6-inch Luke Skywalker with X-34 Landspeeder, and the Black Series 6-inch Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) and Rey (Jedi Training) 2-pack.

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Her Universe SDCC 2017 Fashion Show — Images and Winners!

The 4th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show strutted its stuff yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con, and thanks to friend of Coffee With Kenobi, Brian Sims, we have a wealth of images from the event. It’s almost like being there! Out of 25 amazing fashions, three winners were chosen in the categories of Judges Pick and Audience Choice.  The winners will design a Disney Princess Fashion Collection alongside Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein. The designs will be available at Hot Topic in 2018.

Check out the images, and find out the winners, below:

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At Fan Convention, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Co-Screenwriter Shares Insights Into the Gig

A Guest Blog by Rhett Wilkinson

Appearance by wordsmith Gary Whitta headlines a Salt Lake City comic con heavy on Star Wars storytelling and continuity

Star Wars was a significant swath of Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanX 2017, with multiple panels, including one that featured Gary Whitta, co-screenwriter for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

At the panel Inside Rogue One, Whitta spoke about writing the first standalone film among the Star Wars films. Other panels on the event’s Saturday included The Interconnected Star Wars Universe and Full of Sith. They saw Lucasfilm Story Group executive Matt Martin and Full of Sith podcasters Bryan Young and Holly Frey answer questions from each other and attendees that usually had to do with the *story* of Star Wars.

(And, on the off-chance that you haven’t seen Rogue One yet, spoilers follow.)

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Star Wars: It’s About Family

Star Wars has many themes, and one of them is family.  It’s relatable.  It’s honest.  And that’s powerful.

Since the very first film, Star Wars introduced us to a new family, the Skywalkers.  A family that lives in a galaxy far, far away, but at the same time, that family feels like home.  Sometimes, it feels or has felt more like home than home.  At one time or another, we were Luke.  A dreamer.  We were Leia and Padmé.  A strong leader. We were Shmi.  A nurturer.  And yes, even Anakin.  Fiercely loyal and yet tried and troubled too. After all, what family is not all these things and more?

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Introducing Luke Skywalker’s Kid-Sized Landspeeder by Radio Flyer

It’s probably the dream of every kid at some point — to own your very own landspeeder, just like Luke Skywalker on his home world of Tatooine. (Honestly, it’s the dream of most adults, too.) Now, that dream can come true with Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Radio Flyer — “The First Kid-Sized Landspeeder You Can Drive!”

Find out more below:

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‘Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Book Details, Plus ‘Canto Bight’ Novel Announced

Entertainment Weekly has the scoop today on details of the “Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi” series of books coming our way in the next few months, and how they will fit in with the film when it’s released in December. Also announced is a collection of four short stories about the newest location in the Star Wars universe, Canto Bight.

From EW.com:

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Funko’s SDCC Shared Star Wars Exclusives Now Available

Can’t make it to San Diego Comic-Con, but would love to get your hands on some of Funko’s convention exclusive Star Wars Pops? Here are the shared exclusives, available today (7/20). They’re sure to go fast, so don’t delay!

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CWK Show #77: “A bonanza at the D23 Expo”, with Cory Clubb and David Modders (173)

Dan Z is joined by Coffee With Kenobi co-founder & co-creator, Cory Clubb, and Star Wars superfan and frequent Rebels Reactions co-host, David Modders. The D23 Expo takes center stage as they begin the show with initial reactions to all of the Star Wars news from the Disney convention. Jason Brame helps break down Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the announcement of the Star Wars Disney World resort hotel. Tom gives the news, with a look at The Last Jedi character posters, and in the Coffee Chat, they discuss the behind-the-scenes video of the next Star Wars film. They close out the show with email. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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