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Trooper’s Point of View: Trooping!

10733850_852462078118057_2004696549878913853_oIn previous columns we’ve talked about history with the 501st Legion, and joining the Legion.  After you’ve gone through all the hard work to build your costume you want to wear it.  This time around it’s the fun part: trooping at events.
To maintain active standing in the 501st you need to do at least one event a year.  These events can be almost anything from a convention, a charity event, a Lucasfilm event, or a parade.  There are many different types of events that we attend.  Here in Garrison Tyranus covering the state of Virginia, we prefer to do events that help promote Star Wars, have a charitable aspect or benefit children.  Personally I’ve trooped a wide variety of events from conventions, to Lucasfilm events such as movie premieres and the release of the latest Star Wars products, to charity events and hospital visits.

I can’t say I have a preference on the type of event, each one is rewarding in it’s own way.  Conventions are a lot of fun due to the looser environment and give us a chance to interact with a wide variety of people.  Charitable troops and hospital visits give a great feeling of giving back to your community and helping to make things brighter for others.

DSCN0815Each troop is unique and has it’s own set of challenges and rewards.  But, there are some things that are common to all events.

First, there is the problem of changing into our costumes.  Unfortunately I can’t yet drive while wearing armor so we need a changing area.  These can range from a bathroom or unused room at the event to a parking lot.  While most of the changing stays PG rated, the first few events can always be a bit awkward as spandex undersuits don’t leave much to the imagination.  You get over your modesty pretty quickly.  At one of my first events I had to change in the parking lot of a Chuck E. Cheese pizza.  It was a pretty surreal experience.

When we first enter into an event there is always a reaction.  No matter how much an event is planned, someone always seems to be caught off guard.  I love to watch the adults turn into children.  Immediately the pictures begin.  It’s funny that a lot of people just want a “Stormtrooper selfie” now.  We troopers love to pose for pictures and we will happily take photos as much as we can.  Just remember we can’t see or hear very well, so you may have to try and get our attention.

No matter how excited the adults get, it’s the kids who provide some of our favorite moments of any event.  Most kids are excited to see us but then there are those that get excited to see us from a distance, but change once we get closer.  They can’t decide how to react, they are excited to see us but also realize that we are the “bad guys.”  In some cases there will be a trooper who takes his helmet off to help assure the kids that we are not really bad guys.  It’s times like these that it helps to have a “good guy” costumer with us or someone who isn’t under a helmet.

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I’m excited for this year’s Star Wars Celebration.  Trooping at the conventions is always fun, especially when the con organizers work to make us part of the event.  It’s one thing when we have a table to ourselves, it’s another when we get to be a part of the convention.  Frequently larger conventions will use Stormtroopers as convention “security.”

Trooping is hard.  It’s physically exhausting.  The costumes are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.  We don’t get paid and frequently have to pay out of pocket for expenses.  All that goes away when you see the people’s faces and reactions, knowing that you helped bring some happiness into everyone’s life.

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2014 End of Year Feedback (Part 3) – SWBTF #156

GIVE-AWAY CONTEST, last minute year in review info, your feedback, your letters, your ponders, and more! All on the next Star Wars Beyond the Films. YOUR Star Wars discussion podcast! YOUR Podcast of Legends! YOUR ticket to that Galaxy far, far away!

This week true believers, Beyonders, Fanboys, Fangirls, respected aliens around the galaxy, The Champion of the Multiverse; Mark Hurliman, and your Count of 2 Continuities; Nathan P. Butler, sit down to discuss YOUR Feedback!. Strap in and tighten your crash webbing Fandom, Star Wars Beyond the Films is setting off on another rapid-fire trip into the galaxy far, far away!SWBTF Feedback

Feedback from Beyonders:

  • Greg Evans
  • Kenny Krawly Jr. (Multiple Emails)

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Rebels Review: Path of the Jedi

Rebels Review: Did “Path of the Jedi” Just Change a Historical Moment from the Original Trilogy?

Mitchell SteinIt feels good to be back and reviewing these episodes once again. After a fairly short winter hiatus, Rebels is back in a interesting new format. What I witnessed in this week’s episode was something that leaves me with mixed emotions. I found it entertaining certainly, but there are flaws that are just leaving me uncertain of what new direction the show is heading in.  Beware of spoilers ahead.

Like I said, Path of the Jedi is a confusing episode, not just in the story perspective, leaving you just as clueless as Ezra in the hallucination scene, but so much happened in this is episode, and ultimately at the end, not much of an actual outcome exists out of this episode, (or so we may think). So we get Ezra and Kanan going to a secret, ancient, Jedi base, yet another Inquisitor encounter (which actually doesn’t truly happen), and some confusing encounters that really just lead up to the one moment that the entire episode had me devote twenty-two minutes to getting the point across.

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Fangirls Around the Web

The following is a guest post from Tricia Barr, long time friend of the Star Wars Report who kindly agreed to share some of her findings about females in Star Wars recently, both in real life, and our fictional heroines. Thanks Tricia for being willing to share!

Each month at FANgirl Blog, I highlight fangirls and their heroines, fictional and real life, spotted across the internet. When Bethany Blanton said she wanted to shine a spotlight on female fans at Star Wars Report, I found some Star Wars heroines and fangirls to share.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy ranked #13 in the Power 100 of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 Women in Entertainment Power list. Let’s see where she is next year, after The Force Awakens.

Amy Ratcliffe shares her crafting skills on her blog Geek With Curves. This time it is pink and purple AT-ATs.

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Did you see the new solicit cover art for Darth Vader #3 coming from Marvel? Aphra is a raider of lost weaponry.

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At the Wookiee Gunner, Johnamarie Macias spotlights fanartists. These posts are always a highlight of my day.

Earlier this month Lucasfilm Senior Editor Jen Heddle asked women who wanted to write Star Wars to let her know. The response was amazing!

Independent Film’s Live Read of The Empire Strikes Back featured an incredible cast, including Ellen Page in the role of Han Solo. Check out a recap over at /Film.

The December episode of Fangirls Going Rogue featured a fantastic discussion on Hera and Sabine with guests Sarah Woloski from Skywalker Through Neverland podcast and Geek Girl Diva from EW Star Wars Rebels community. In an interview, Anne Neumann from Rancho Obi-Wan shared how her geeky career led to working with Star Wars.

Finally, each Fangirls Around the Web at FANgirl Blog compiles the latest Fangirls of the Day from Her Universe. We decided to share the last ten over here: Iliana, MaryRose, Kyra, Deleen, Rayna, Brigitte, Adalins, Paige, Rebekah, and Rachel. You can still submit your favorite fangirl.

Tricia Barr is owner/administrator of FANgirl Blog. Her novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. For updates on all things FANgirl follow @FANgirlcantina on Twitter or like FANgirl Zone on Facebook. At times she tries the Tumblr.