Star Wars Book Review: ‘Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor’ by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray

Official Synopsis:

Features a Foreword by John Boyega

Just in time for the next blockbuster, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this unique and beautifully designed compendium with removable features traces one of the franchise’s most iconic characters—the stormtrooper—from initial development through all nine Star Wars movies to their many iterations in TV, comics, video games, novels, and pop-culture.

Star Wars: A New Hope, the very first installment in the beloved science-fiction series, introduced the Imperial stormtroopers—the army of the fearsome and tyrannical Galactic Empire. Charged with establishing Imperial authority and suppressing resistance, these terrifying, faceless, well-disciplined soldiers in white have become a universal symbol of oppression.

Star Wars Stormtroopers explores these striking warriors and their evolution in-depth for the first time. Ryder Windham and Adam Bray trace the roots of their creation and design, and explore how these elite troops from a galaxy far, far away have been depicted in movies, cartoons, comics, novels, and merchandising.

Filled with photographs, illustrations, story boards, and other artwork, this lavish officially licensed book comes complete with removable features, including posters, stickers, replica memorabilia and more, making it an essential keepsake for every Star Wars fan, as well as military, design, and film aficionados.

Review:

Honestly, I was never one to give too much thought to stormtroopers. Which is one reason why I wanted to read Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray. As a Star Wars fan of a certain age (ahem), I try to explore all aspects of the saga when chance arises, especially ones I never really looked into before. Much to my pleasure, Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor examines every iteration of the iconic trooper, from Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept up to the present day, in an engaging and informative manner.

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Core Worlds Couture: Sperry Topsider A/O Darth Vader Review

Core Worlds Couture with Jay Krebs

Welcome back, Core Worlders!

Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of Sperry Topsider’s new Darth Vader A/O boat shoes. These shoes are truly exquisite. The attention to detail is impressive (most impressive), and the quality is exactly what one would expect from a pair of Sperry shoes – top-notch!

Check out my unboxing video for all the specs and details, and also read on for more information about these shoes, as well as the others in the line, which was launched December 7, 2017.

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Melinda’s Brew: I Give You The One & Only, The Enchanting BB-8

Melinda's Brew

What is white and orange with a touch of silver and black, rather roly-poly, and resembles a figure 8? [Like you need me to answer that question for you. 😉 ] That just happens to be the character who stole the show when The Force Awakens hit movie screens a couple of years ago – BB-8, who happens to be my favorite character from the new trilogy of Star Wars films. Off and on over the past year and a half, I’ve been naming my favorite characters from TFA and explaining why they have struck a chord with me, and now that the next installment is set to hit theaters in a mere two weeks [can you feel the electric excitement coursing through the air? I can!], it is only fitting that I reveal who caught my eye and touched my heart most of all.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars #39

This review of Star Wars #39 contains minor spoilers.

The damage on Jedha looked bad from above the moon. It’s even worse on it.

As the “Ashes of Jedha” arc continues through Marvel’s flagship monthly Star Wars title, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca have stocked #39 with a mix of powerful prose and imagery, along with some much-needed yet not over-the-top levity.

Indeed, the crux of the second part of this story arc is the admission of damage done to the moon during the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While viewers saw the roiling rock and dirt and rising spire of dust, debris and death, it’s in the pages of the comic that we see its toll on those residents left behind and Saw Gerrera’s surviving Partisans.

It’s not pretty. It’s not hopeful. It’s not optimistic.

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Announcing the ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ Soundtrack Vinyl Box Set

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE SOUNDTRACK VINYL BOX SET COMING DECEMBER 1
ANNOUNCING A 3-LP DELUXE RELEASE FEATURING A 48-PAGE HARDCOVER BOOK, HAND-ETCHED HOLOGRAMS, AND MORE.

Walt Disney Records announced today that a special vinyl collector’s edition of the remastered original motion picture soundtrack for Star Wars: A New Hope will be released on December 1. Created in celebration of the 40th anniversary of John Williams’ classic score, the 3-LP set, made with 180-gram vinyl, features a 48-page hardcover book and a special feature that would delight even the Emperor: a 3D hologram experience with the Death Star on disc 3, side A, and the Star Wars 40th anniversary logo on side B. Both were hand-etched by Tristan Duke, who crafted the vinyl wizardry of Jack White’s Lazaretto.

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Walmart Launches Four Exclusive Funko Star Wars Movie Moments

Funko has announced a new series of exclusives that will be available at Walmart stores and online this month. The Funko Star Wars Movie Moments line captures some of the most iconic scenes from A New Hope. They’re not only great additions to your collection, they’re also a fun way to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.

Find out more below:

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Some of Luke Skywalker’s Most Memorable Moments in ‘Star Wars’

Throughout the generations, Star Wars has captured the imaginations of fans and creators alike. Forty years have passed, and yet, Star Wars’ themes still ring true today. Hope, family, love, heroism, and redemption are as relatable now as they were in 1977 and one of the many reasons why Star Wars has remained timeless, becoming a cultural phenomenon.

A recurring theme is the Hero’s Journey and Luke Skywalker is one of the most iconic examples of this monomyth. Even if you have never watched a Star Wars film, most likely, you know the name Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who became a Jedi like his father before him.

So, in honor of the fortieth year of Star Wars and to gear-up for the upcoming film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ I thought it would be fitting to go back and recap some of Luke’s most memorable moments from Star Wars.

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George Lucas Named One of the Best Screenwriters of All Time

Vulture recently asked 40 of the top screenwriters currently working in the industry to name their selections for the ‘100 Best Screenwriters of All Time.’ Star Wars creator George Lucas placed sixteenth on a list that also includes the Coen Brothers, Billy Wilder, Francis Ford Coppola, and Lawrence Kasdan, to name a few.

Here’s what they had to say about The Maker himself:

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And They Came In Threes

Star Wars, since its inception, has had an affinity with trios and more commonly trilogies. Recently while listening to some audiobooks at work (how lucky am I?) I realized just how many trilogies of Star Wars material appear together and are able to be put together. Obviously there are the original trilogy, prequel trilogy, and now the sequel trilogy of films, but there are plenty of other trilogies that can be put together to create their own story arcs. I’ll go through some of the ones that are more commonly known of while exploring a few I put together on my own.

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Ruminations: Rogue One Changes Everything

It started with the Death Star, with the jolt that went through me the first time I saw it over the horizon of the then still unfamiliar Scarif. I couldn’t quite push the image from my mind. Immediately, I knew that things would shift in the Star Wars galaxy with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; I didn’t yet know that for me, the shift would be drastic.

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