After This Star Wars Art Challenge, You'll See Vader In a Brand New Way

The Facebook group Brainstorm does a new art challenge every month, and this month's is a great one: Redesign Darth Vader and/or stormtroopers. It's a shame we'll never see any of these on the big screen. » 1/20/15 12:30am 1/20/15 12:30am

Behold Hot Toy's wonderful Shadow Trooper

Looks like I was wrong about assuming Darth Vader and Obi-Wan would be the next we saw of Hot Toy's fledgling Star Wars line - another Stormtrooper, but also the first figure from the now-defunct Expanded Universe from the toymakers renowned for their crazy details. » 12/03/14 3:03pm 12/03/14 3:03pm

John Boyega Responds To 'Black Stormtrooper' Criticisms

Actor John Boyega has the perfect response to anyone struggling to accept the inclusion of a black stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. » 11/30/14 3:15pm 11/30/14 3:15pm

Bandai are turning Stormtroopers into beautiful Matchlock Samurai

Earlier this year we saw Bandai's 'Samurai Taisho' Darth Vader, a Japanese take on a Western icon, at the Tokyo Toy Show. Now the Dark Lord of the Samurai is being joined by some henchmen in these wonderful Stormtrooper figures! » 11/05/14 1:17pm 11/05/14 1:17pm

Hot Toys' latest is the most beautiful Stormtrooper ever made

We were mightily impressed when Hot Toys revealed their Han Solo and Chewbacca figures, the first since they'd acquired the Star Wars license - but it might just be their next one that gets me to crumble and pick up something from them. Hot Toys' Stormtrooper is here! » 10/29/14 11:24am 10/29/14 11:24am

Photoshop Contest: Give Stormtroopers A Slick New Look For Episode VII!

The big Star Wars rumor swirling about the Internet this week is that some Stormtroopers will appear in Episode VII with a major makeover. Folks, we think you can do better. Use your image editing skills to dream up the Stormtroopers you'd like to see in the next movie. » 9/26/14 12:00pm 9/26/14 12:00pm

Are These Star Wars Episode VII's New Stormtroopers? [UPDATED]

Website Indie Revolver has shots of what may be a version of Imperial stormtrooper we'll be seeing in Episode VII. And the photos are very convincing. » 8/14/14 11:10pm 8/14/14 11:10pm

Nissan uses iconoclast Stormtroopers to shill their new car

In the west, we generally buy Star Wars things. In Japan, they use Star Wars to sell things. The Galactic Empire has shilled plenty of Japanese products over the years, and their newest campaign is this shockingly cool commercial series for the Nissan Juke mini-SUV. » 8/27/13 7:50am 8/27/13 7:50am

What if Boba Fett starred in Game of Thrones, Total Recall, and Stargate

For the upcoming As You Wish Project charity event, over forty Boba Fett and clone trooper helmets were redesigned by such luminaries as director Joe Johnston and artist Sandy Dhuyvetter, who both played a role in designing his original costume. Additionally, sculptors recreated the Mandalorian mercenary's headgear in… » 8/17/12 9:40pm 8/17/12 9:40pm

Samurai Star Wars characters, out of a movie too awesome to exist

Artist Clinton Felker has given some of the Star Wars universe's most iconic characters a bushido makeover. Check out his takes on Darth Vader, Yoda, the stormtroopers, and that notorious ronin Boba Fett. The only thing we're missing here is Oni The Hutt. » 2/09/12 11:10am 2/09/12 11:10am

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In Love Wars, gay Stormtroopers chafe under Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Serving the Galactic Empire comes with some murky moral questions: Is the Rebel Alliance really a terrorist organization? Is political stability worth the destruction of an entire planet? Should I serve in a military that doesn't even teach me how to shoot properly? As the short film "Love Wars" reveals, those… » 1/15/12 7:30am 1/15/12 7:30am

How a Stormtrooper helmet is made, from start to finish

Andrew Ainsworth built the original Stormtrooper helmet (and recently won a case against George Lucas to sell reproductions of said helmet in the U.K.). Here's a 13-minute video of Ainsworth building a mask — watch as it's transformed from an unassuming hunk of plastic to decorative headgear for Imperial cannon fodder. » 8/07/11 8:00am 8/07/11 8:00am

George Lucas loses lawsuit over stormtrooper costume replicas

You can't stop the Imperial Stormtroopers. George Lucas sued the original designer of the stormtrooper costumes in Star Wars, seeking to stop him selling replicas. But even though Lucas prevailed in a U.S. court, he lost in the U.K. » 7/28/11 6:30am 7/28/11 6:30am

Troopers takes you inside the life of a Death Star Stormtrooper

Want to know what it's like to be an Imperial Stormtrooper? Check out College Humor's brilliant new webseries, featuring two "stormtroopers" and Aubrey Plaza (pseudo-Princess Leia). It's pretty side-splitting. » 3/24/11 1:04pm 3/24/11 1:04pm

Evil toy mastermind The Sucklord and his "ghetto Star Wars" empire

Who is The Sucklord? He's a Boba Fett-masked supercriminal whose passion for creating bootleg action figures has penetrated the rarefied world of high art. io9 hit up his recent gallery opening in NYC and learned of all things Suckadelic. » 1/12/11 4:42pm 1/12/11 4:42pm

Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers invade the New York subway

It's a typical day in New York. Leia Organa's doing some light reading on the subway, when suddenly a cadre of Imperial trooper enters. One stop later, a Sith Lord is using public transportation. Yes, Improv Everywhere has struck again. » 7/14/10 4:13pm 7/14/10 4:13pm

Avatar + Star Wars = oh, sweet jeebus, no

Quite a few artists have contributed to the 501st TK Helmet Project — which raises funds for the Make A Wish foundation — but Denise Vasquez's Na'vi creation combines two things that maybe didn't need combining. » 6/14/10 1:00pm 6/14/10 1:00pm

Proof That The Internet Caters To All Tastes

Sometimes, there is no need for an explanation beyond the link: Hot Chicks With Stormtroopers, a blog launched yesterday to showcase... well, I think the name says it all. No, I don't know why, either. » 6/07/09 11:00am 6/07/09 11:00am

What a Stormtrooper Is Made Of

Over 4,000 people around the world are part of the 501st Legion, a group of costumed stormtroopers who attend conventions and charity events en masse. What inspires them to do it? » 1/26/09 1:46pm 1/26/09 1:46pm

The Greatest Art Featuring 6 Iconic Scifi Villains

Click to viewDarth Vader rocks out with the rest of the original Star Wars cast in this awesome painting by Hugh Fleming. Vader has starred in more than his fair share of offbeat and arresting artworks, but he's not alone — other classic science fiction villains have also inspired some provocative and clever art, from… » 6/25/08 9:17pm 6/25/08 9:17pm