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TFNY 2015: Star Wars Toys From Bladez Toys To Yomega Corp.

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Toy Fair 2015 had its highs and lows during its opening weekend at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The low being Hasbro and the lack of discussion around Star Wars: The Black Series and Star Wars Rebels. A variety of other exhibiting manufacturers and distributors displayed numerous toys and products, many of which have plans to expand upon collections as we get closer to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Going in alphabetical order, this post gathers up the best tweets, photos, videos, and other content related to this year’s Toy Fair.

Bladez Toys, Inc.

International company Bladez Toys, Inc., specializes in designing, developing, and distributing licensed products, including jumbo radio controlled inflatable toys. The following samples of Yoda and Darth Vader are hints of what’s to come soon from Bladez Toys. Yodasnews.com also has a video of the inflatable toys in operation and R2-D2 can be seen in a picture taken by the Collector’s Cantina. Continue reading

A Trooper’s Point of View: Under the Helmet

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The costumes of Star Wars are iconic.  They are some of the most recognizable costumes in the history of cinema.  Even those not familiar with the movies recognize the costumes.  They have made an indelible mark on pop culture.  Wearing the costumes, on the other hand, is a completely different experience.  First and foremost the costumes were designed to look good on the big screen.  They were designed to be archetypal, at a glance the audience could easily tell the good guys from the bad.  The costumes were not designed with normal human movement in mind nor were they meant to be worn for long periods of time.

We have to take this all into account when talking about actually wearing the costumes as a member of the 501st Legion.

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The iconic and ubiquitous Stormtrooper becomes far less menacing when you realize the field of vision is so limited that they can’t see something right in front of them, or that movement is so limited they can’t pick up something at their feet.  We wont even bring up the true enemy of the mighty Imperial forces, stairs.

As I said these costumes were designed to look good in a movie.  There is nothing about them that works in reality.  I’ve nearly fallen trying to go down one 8″ step.  The costumes are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.  There is almost nothing about an armored costume that I would call comfortable, there is only ways of minimizing your discomfort.

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Let’s start with the helmet.  A Stormtrooper’s helmet first can not just be taken straight on and off.  Because of the shape which is more of a flattened oval than a circle, you have to do a “corkscrew” method to take the helmet on and off.  You start with the helmet at an angle and turn it as you pull down.  Once the helmet is on, your vision and hearing are limited.  Imagine you are holding a pair of binoculars in front of your face, that is how much we can see in front of us.  Our peripheral vision is completely gone.  Needless to say we have to be very careful and aware of the area around us.

Some interesting things do happen once we put on the full armor and helmet.  Every part of your body is covered so you get a great feeling of anonymity.  This helps the first few times you wear the costume out in public.  No one knows it’s you and it can be very freeing.  Conversely people act differently when they can’t see your face.  In some ways it can dehumanize you and some people will forget that there is a person inside the armor.  Thankfully our negative experiences are few and far between.

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The body armor limits your movements in a variety of ways.  The shape of the pieces and how they fit together prevents a lot of movement.  If we drop an item it’s almost impossible to pick it back up.  Something as simple as sitting in a chair becomes a complicated ordeal.  I still have no idea how Harrison Ford managed to sit with his feet up and legs crossed.  The most impressive feat I’ve managed is being able to sit in a car (not driving) wearing most of my armor.

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Then there are the armor bites, or armor kisses as some call them.  These happen when two pieces of the armor come together in places like elbows or knees, the skin gets caught between the plastic and pinches.  It feels just as pleasant as it sounds.

We can’t see.  We can’t sit.  The armor pinches and limits our most basic movements.  You must be asking why we subject ourselves to such torture.  It’s the smiles.  For many of us it’s something we have dreamt about since we were kids.  The first smile we see is our own in the mirror as the costume comes together.  Everyone always seems so happy to see us that in the end it’s all worth it.

TFNY 2015: Updates Leading Up To The Big Weekend

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Toy Fair NY 2015 kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, February 14, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Several toy announcements and updates have been made regarding future Star Wars toys and merchandise. Here is a small collection of news to keep you up-to-date with the latest.

Underground Toys Announces New Star Wars Themed Homewares Collection

Underground Toys is a leading manufacturer and distributor of licensed products, offering a variety of homewares and decor items. According to their press release, more items inspired by Star Wars are on the way! Continue reading

Roundup: Merchandise Pre-Orders, New Products, and More!

Every second Wednesday of the new month, I will publish a roundup that gathers the most prominent news related to Star Wars toys and merchandise, from figures to fashion. My goal is to catch you up to speed and bring to you whatever you might have missed the previous month. I know what it’s like to fall behind, so my roundups here at Star Wars Report will be your reliable source to make sure you’re on the same page as everyone else.

First up, February 14-17 is going to be a big weekend in New York City with the NY Toy Fair in town. Stay tuned for reports and updates here at Star Wars Report, since I will be attending the event as a member of press. In the meantime, check out 4lomkuss.com’s “NY Toy Fair ’15 — What to Expect” and Jedi News‘ LEGO update at UK Toy Fair.

New Fashion Items Inspired By Star Wars

her-universe-imperial-love-hoodieAshley Eckstein’s Her Universe recently added a new item to the Star Wars clothing collection. The Imperial Love Hoodie is both soft and comfortable. According to its description, “This top has more of a uni-sex fit. If you want this top to be fitted, go down one size. If you want it a bit loose, order your regular size.” As with any article of clothing, make sure to measure yourself properly and follow the sizing chart in order avoid mistakes. The Imperial Love Hoodie is priced at $40.00, and for a limited time, get the light side/dark side Hoodie Bundle for $65. Continue reading