Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor

Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor

Foreword by John BoyegaJust 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, videogames, novels, and pop-culture.Star Wars:...

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Title:Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor
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Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor Reviews

  • Mario

    An incredibly engrossing non-fiction book that guides you through the evolution of the Star Wars troops, chronologically from the design of the first stormtroopers and variations of the original trilogy, then to clones for the prequels and the new stormtroopers of the First Order.

    All with facts, recollections, notable in-universe stories, outstanding merchandise and fantastic images, including fold-out double pages and a few reproductions of cherished items, such as a Kenner figure card and a st

    An incredibly engrossing non-fiction book that guides you through the evolution of the Star Wars troops, chronologically from the design of the first stormtroopers and variations of the original trilogy, then to clones for the prequels and the new stormtroopers of the First Order.

    All with facts, recollections, notable in-universe stories, outstanding merchandise and fantastic images, including fold-out double pages and a few reproductions of cherished items, such as a Kenner figure card and a storyboard from Return of the Jedi.

    Ryder Windham and Adam Bray have created a wonderful book that must be a part of your collection!

  • Cherei

    If you are looking for that perfect gift for your Star Wars lover.. Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Last Jedi) is a must have books for their library! A total delight!! Oh, and it has some hidden gems tucked away!! I knew George Lucas was fairly young when he first filmed the first “Star Wars” movie. But, I didn’t realize just how young. I enjoyed reading all that he had to do to get his dream from his head to the screen!

    If you’re like me.. you’ve

    If you are looking for that perfect gift for your Star Wars lover.. Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Last Jedi) is a must have books for their library! A total delight!! Oh, and it has some hidden gems tucked away!! I knew George Lucas was fairly young when he first filmed the first “Star Wars” movie. But, I didn’t realize just how young. I enjoyed reading all that he had to do to get his dream from his head to the screen!

    If you’re like me.. you’ve seen every Star Wars movie since it was released and are sitting on pins and needles awaiting, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi”! To be honest.. I always thought the stormtroopers were clones with genetic tweaks. But, that’s where there is a huge misconception. There were no longer clonetroopers after the death of Jango Fett. Without Jango’s genetic material.. there just wasn’t a way to make more clones.. so, they started recruiting stormtroopers from all over the galaxy. I remember how shocked I was when Finn removed his stormtrooper helmet. After watching the movie.. I had to get home and do some quick google searching to figure out where and when I’d missed a key piece of information that my Star War’s history trivia was lacking. How I wish I would have had this book then! Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor is chockful of colorful photographs, stories, trivia, and many other assorted surprises!

  • Jon Guenther

    See the Dec. 2017 issue of SFRevu.com.

  • Lisa

    Review Pending

  • Janelle

    Wonderful book for any Star Wars fan!! Highly recommend!!

  • RumBelle

    This book was a detailed look at one of the most iconic characters in film, TV and books, the Stormtrooper. Told chronologically, but from the order the movies and TV shows were made in, this book showcased what went into the crafting and creation of these soldiers of the Empire. From how costuming was done, to the challenges of different filming locales, to how the image of the Stormtrooper evolved and changed throughout each new edition to the Star Wars universe, we saw how they fit in. Highly

    This book was a detailed look at one of the most iconic characters in film, TV and books, the Stormtrooper. Told chronologically, but from the order the movies and TV shows were made in, this book showcased what went into the crafting and creation of these soldiers of the Empire. From how costuming was done, to the challenges of different filming locales, to how the image of the Stormtrooper evolved and changed throughout each new edition to the Star Wars universe, we saw how they fit in. Highly informative, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Christopher

    As a self-admitted Star Wars geek, I loved this book. The amazing amount of detail that went into writing about how the stormtroopers and following variations came into being was excellent. It really showed the metamorphosis throughout the years from the original to the latest. There are lots of photos and side stories that makes this a mandatory read for any SW fan.

    I think the best part of the book though is the story behind the 501st Legion and you quickly realize that no book on stormtrooper

    As a self-admitted Star Wars geek, I loved this book. The amazing amount of detail that went into writing about how the stormtroopers and following variations came into being was excellent. It really showed the metamorphosis throughout the years from the original to the latest. There are lots of photos and side stories that makes this a mandatory read for any SW fan.

    I think the best part of the book though is the story behind the 501st Legion and you quickly realize that no book on stormtroopers would be complete without them.

  • Jessica (Books: A true story)

    I wasn't sure what Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor was about. How could you write an entire book about stormtroopers? Stormtroopers act robotic like droids except I would argue that droids have more personality. So I was surprised to find that this book is more of a history about the making of Star Wars with a stormtrooper focus that gives a story line to that huge amount of history. That focus helps make it interesting, but it suffers from listing a lot of things (mostly toys and how

    I wasn't sure what Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor was about. How could you write an entire book about stormtroopers? Stormtroopers act robotic like droids except I would argue that droids have more personality. So I was surprised to find that this book is more of a history about the making of Star Wars with a stormtrooper focus that gives a story line to that huge amount of history. That focus helps make it interesting, but it suffers from listing a lot of things (mostly toys and how many versions they came in) for the sake of accuracy which made it tedious to read sometimes. Overall, I came away from Star Wars Stormtroopers with lots of fun facts and insights that I didn't know before. Here are some of my favorite facts from the book:

    -They released comics and novelizations before the first movie which wasn't a common way to market movies back then.

    -Boba Fett was first a super trooper stormtrooper design. It was so cool to see an all white Boba Fett. (The pictures in this book are great by the way).

    -They based the AT-AT walkers movements on elephants.

    -History of the stormtrooper toys released in the entire franchise (some of which seemed really cool and I kind of want them.)

    -Fun details about Daniel Craig as a stormtrooper.

    -Some hints at the end about the new stormtroopers coming up in The Last Jedi.

    Stormtroopers are a blank slate and given the right setting they can be comical. There's a great picture of toy stormtroopers posed on a lunch break at the office that made me wonder, are stormtroopers really that scary? Getting to know one stormtrooper when we have always seen them as this massive entity was such an interesting twist which makes Finn one of my favorite characters. John Boyega, who plays Finn, does a great introduction for this book. In 1995, there was a short story about the stormtrooper who had found the droid parts in Episode IV who becomes a spy for the rebellion. The book doesn't go so far to say that Finn was inspired by this story, but I think it's interesting how similar the stories are.

    I was surprised that I hadn't read that stormtrooper story before. In 1991, Lucas Licensing started publishing new stories called the expanded universe. This was my Young Adult fiction as a teen and I read every book they had at the library. I was beyond excited when in 1994 they announced that they were making more Star Wars movies. I felt like a part of history.

    History is only boring if we don't know why we should care about these names, dates, and facts. Context helps you care about those things and this history book (I know it's about a movie, but still) could have used more context. Like on pg 74, it says about a video game that "Stormtrooper voices were all performed by Denny Delk." Was this significant in some way? Should I know who that is? Or is it just a random fact that they've crammed in here so the nutrition label can say "complete facts for your 2000 calorie Star Wars diet"?

    Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor is part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi series and it'll help get your Star Wars fix while we are all waiting for the next movie to come out.

  • Tammy

    I've been a

    fan since waaaay back when I saw

    with my parents, and it's amazing to look back over the years to see the influence George Lucas has had on our popular culture. When I was asked if I'd like to check out Harper Design's newest book,

    , I was very excited! These days I'm more into fiction than anything else, but I love "behind the scenes" books that explain the creation process, and this book was fascinating! The book itse

    I've been a

    fan since waaaay back when I saw

    with my parents, and it's amazing to look back over the years to see the influence George Lucas has had on our popular culture. When I was asked if I'd like to check out Harper Design's newest book,

    , I was very excited! These days I'm more into fiction than anything else, but I love "behind the scenes" books that explain the creation process, and this book was fascinating! The book itself is gorgeous, a beautifully designed and made, over-sized hardcover that starts at the very beginning and tells the story of the Stormtroopers from concept to design to realization to the final movies, all in full color with plenty of text to go along with the photos. I'm including several photos I took of my copy, but believe me, these do

    do the book justice at all!

    The book opens on a personal note with a Forward by actor John Boyega, who plays the part of Finn in

    . He tells about how he found out he'd been given the part, the first days acting on set in Abu Dhabi, and the excitement of attending fan events. It's a great opening that sets the stage for the next part, where George Lucas hires artist Ralph McQuarrie to create concept art of what the Stormtroopers should look like.

    I was surprised by the long process of creating the Stormtrooper "look" from a concept on paper, to three dimensional models, to designing the costume. That look changed many times from those first attempts to the finished product that we're all familiar with. Costume designers worked long and hard to make sure the many pieces of the costume would be able to fit many different sizes of actors, and they eventually settled on a costume that could be put on in about five minutes.

    Developing and designing the Stormtrooper helmet was a completely different process, and over the years the helmet was adjusted to become more comfortable for the actors who had to wear them for hours. Authors Ryder Windham and Adam Bray give the reader lots of behind-the-scenes tidbits, and include movie stills like the ones in the photo above.

    Of course, any fan of the

    franchise is well aware of the toys created from the movies. Many of those toys celebrated the Stormtroopers themselves, and if you're a die-hard toy collector, you may even have some of these items!

    There is plenty of information about

    toys, which I won't go into here, but rest assured if that is of interest to you, then the chapters on toy collecting will not disappoint you!

    The other interesting thing I wanted to touch on here, something I was not aware of before I read this book, is that there is a big group of Stormtrooper cosplayers who call themselves the 501st Legion, who show up in force at

    events and even visit children's hospitals and participate in charity work. Members come from all over the world, and each one proudly wears the Stormtrooper costume when they attend public events. I personally have never seen this group in action, but apparently they've been in the Pasadena Rose Parade, attending Comic Cons and movie premieres, and much more. For movie fans, it seems like a wonderful way to participate beyond the borders of the big screen.

    The last thing I wanted to mention was that in the back of the book is an envelope with removable items! Sort of an interactive part of the book. There is a reproduction of a storyboard, a bit of a

    comic, a Stormtrooper toy backer card and more. It's just one more detail that the publisher added to make this book even more special.

    I've barely touched on everything between the covers of this book, but I hope I've whetted your appetite to check it out for yourself. Since we're deep into the holiday shopping season, this would make a wonderful gift for your favorite

    fan!

  • Khairul Hezry

    The evolution of the Stormtroopers from concept art to the finished product. From the first Star Wars movie to The Last Jedi (for now), with a slight detour via the comics, games and animated series. If it's about the troopers that began with sharpshooting clones to the duck-faced First Order troops, then it's in this fascinating book.

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