Columbia Sportswear Launches Echo Base Collection Inspired by ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’

Columbia Sportswear Launches Collection Inspired by Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Limited edition jackets celebrating classic film for sale December 8

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Sportswear today unveiled three limited-edition jackets inspired by iconic characters in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The officially licensed collection will be available in limited quantities on www.columbia.com/starwars and at Columbia’s brand retail locations in the United States and select countries beginning Friday, December 8.

Inspired by the costumes worn by Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, the collection is named after the Rebel’s secret base on ice planet Hoth. In developing the Echo Base Collection, Columbia’s designers worked closely with Lucasfilm and the archives team to capture and incorporate the smallest of details of the original jackets worn in the classic film. The collection is constructed with Columbia’s “Tested Tough” promise, and delivers the brand’s industry-leading technologies to ensure that they stand up to the freezing conditions on planet Hoth, or other galaxies closer to home. Details on each jacket follow:

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Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars (7)

Melinda's Brew

Sometimes it can be … a bit challenging … to come up with information about a lesser-known Star Wars character to share with you in my march through The ABCs of Star Wars. That leaves the door wide open for me to speculate, of course. You see me doing a lot of that this time around [denoted by descriptions in italics]. My musings let my imagination take flight – and I’m all for that! 🙂 [I think George Lucas is, too. Look what his imagination created! 🙂 ]

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Force and Faith: From Farmboy to Hero to Jedi Master: 3 Steps to Fulfillment

Force and Faith Sabers SquareAs far as we know so far, in the life of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, we see a growth from farmboy to hero; from innocent child to mature adult.  The unspoken thing in each of those phrases is the path in between.  Luke went from moisture farmer to student to hero pilot.  He went from his innocence, through an awakening to a cause which resulted in a mature Jedi. A deep and true transformation of the state of his personhood, as well as his soul, was effected.  He went through a process of purification, illumination and union with the Force.

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Hallmark Announces 2015 Star Wars Ornaments and More

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Hallmark has revealed its line of Star Wars ornaments for Christmas 2015. Featured this year are Darth Vader, Luke and Yoda, C-3P0 and R2-D2, a Y-Wing Starfighter, and newcomer Zeb Orrelios from Star Wars Rebels.

You can see this year’s selection of ornaments below (click on each image for more info):

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Echo Three to Echo Seven

Becca's Chava Chat

  … “Han, old buddy, do read me?”-Luke ESB

Quite the scene, isn’t it? So isolated, almost desolate and the extreme weather conditions are greatly apparent, but almost inconceivable. Even for those who have experienced harsh winters.

                   HOTH: “There isn’t enough life on this ice-cube to fill a space cruiser!“-Han ESB

Hoth

Now this is an analogy, as of late, that I can relate to. Have you ever ventured out in the dead of winter, to be met with nothing, but pure silence? Just the howling of the winds in your ears and the ruthless nip of its chilly bite as it attacks the vulnerable skin that is left unprotected for the taking. Living my entire life in Western New York, you can say, I have been to HOTH and have lived to tell the tale.

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