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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CWK Show #100: “Stormtroopers, Star Wars Pinball, and Phasma” (194)

Dan Z is joined by Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor author, Adam Bray, and Rebels Reactions host, Aaron Harris. They start the show discussing Adam’s new book. Then, Zach Sharpe, the number one ranked pinball player in the world, discusses the new Star Wars pinball game. Tom brings us up to date on the news, and in the Coffee Chat, Dan Z talks about the end of Phasma, with chapters 33-44. They close out the show with email. This the podcast you’re looking for!

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Celebration Orlando Day One (157)

Here is our report from Day One of Celebration Orlando, with interviews with Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Tricia Barr of Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia. We also have audio of the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel, with audio from Harrison Ford, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and much more. Live from the Convention floor, this is the podcast you’re looking for!
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Star Wars Authors John Jackson Miller and Claudia Gray Coming to Chicago’s C2E2!

The Star Wars literary world will be represented at Chicago’s pop culture event C2E2 the weekend of March 18-20! John Jackson Miller (Kenobi, A New Dawn) and Claudia Gray (Lost Stars, Bloodline) will be joining Elizabeth Schaefer (Senior Editor, Del Rey) for an exciting Star Wars panel, along with participating in autograph sessions.

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‘Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know’ Nominated for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (by authors Adam Bray, Michael Kogge, Cole Horton, and Kerrie Dougherty) has been nominated in the category of Favorite Book of 2016 for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards!

Nickelodeon released the nominations for its annual Kids’ Choice Awards and Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated several categories, including Favorite Movie, Favorite Actress and Favorite Video Game. DK is pleased to share in this excitement with its Favorite Book of 2016 nomination for Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.

A USA Today, Indiebound, and Publishers Weekly bestseller, Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Q&As. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars, what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims, and more in this ultimate fan guide that The Washington Post calls, “captivating enough that it could be projected by R2-D2.”

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Book Review: Star Wars Rebels Visual Guide: Epic Battles

Star Wars author and aficionado Adam Bray returns with Star Wars Rebels: Visual Guide: Epic Battles, another stunning book capturing the essence of Star Wars Rebels, the television series that reveals the beginnings of the Rebellion. Set between Episodes III and IV, the series is about to start Season 2 with great anticipation amongst Star Wars fans, and this book serves an excellent companion piece to the series. Full of beautiful, full color illustrations, as well as factoids and information, Epic Battles is a tantalizing treat for both new fans, as well as those of us who experienced Rebels Season One.

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Book Review – Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

Star Wars Book Review – Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know

by Mediocre Jedi

Like Star Wars fans everywhere, I was very excited for “Force Friday” on September 4th.  In addition to toys and other merchandise, I eagerly awaited the new books coming out that day.  I found out that several of the authors of Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know would be at my local independent bookstore Mysterious Galaxy for the midnight unveiling.  This made my decision to attend an easy one indeed.

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Ultimate Star Wars, featuring Adam Bray and Tricia Barr (95)

DK Publishing recently released Ultimate Star Wars, and the book more than lives up to its name. At 320 pages, the comprehensive book is a detailed encyclopedia of the Star Wars galaxy that is also the first canonical resource for both old and new fans alike. Adam Bray and Tricia Barr co-authored this amazing work, and we are excited to have them return to Coffee With Kenobi to share their experiences writing the book. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Joliet Public Library to Host its 6th Annual Star Wars Day

Do you live in the greater Chicagoland area — or anywhere in the Midwest, really? Well, if you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re going to want to leave Saturday, June 6 open. Why? Easy — It’s the sixth annual Star Wars Day sponsored by the Joliet Public Library.

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Book Review: Ultimate Star Wars

DK publishing has released Ultimate Star Wars today, and, much like the title suggests, it is the ultimate book for Star Wars knowledge and information. This gorgeous, 320 page book is the most current, up to date resource for all things canonical in the Star Wars saga, and is a must have for any Star Wars fan. Not only does it answer many of your Star Wars questions, but invites fans in, both new and old, into the universe we all know and love so well. The layout is a visual splendor as well; if you are a Star Wars fan, this is the ultimate encyclopedia for you.

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