Behold the awesomeness of my Empire Strikes Back stormtrooper armor!
“What makes it ‘Empire Strikes Back’,” you ask? A few things.
First off the frown is black. The stormtroopers in ANH (A New Hope – the first Star Wars movie in 1977) had gray frowns. The ANH stormtroopers also had hand painted “tube stripes” and “traps” on their helmets. In Empire Strikes Back those were all decals. The ESB troopers also (for the most part) got shorter, silk gloves with the new “snowtrooper” rounded hand plates. And they moved the holster from the left side — with it permanently attached to the belt — to the right side and looped over. That’s not all of the differences, but those are some of the are some of the major ones.
I’m pretty proud of this armor because I was awarded both the “EIB” and “Centurion” awards by the FISD (First Imperial Stormtrooper Division). Meaning it’s really, really close to looking just like it did on screen.
Here are some pics…
This armor is made by “Troopermaster” and is some of the best, most screen-accurate armor available. If you’re looking for stormtrooper armor I can not stress enough not to by “Rubies” or anything else you find online. The good stuff isn’t available like that. The first thing you need to do is get on the FISD and start reading and doing research. Read, read, read and then read some more. Then ask questions… then read some more. You can also get on the 501st Legion’s website… because if you’re doing this chances are you’re going to want to join them. If you’re local in Albuquerque and/or New Mexico you can get on our local Garrison website here. Good luck!
Update: in October 2012 I sold this set of armor.