Friday, January 8, 2016

John Boyega's Finn costume and Stormtrooper armour from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on display...

One of the fresh ideas presented in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was some of the inner workings of the Empire, or First Order as they're now known. Not only did we see updated and different designs for Stormtroopers, but we also found out what they wore under their armour, at least FN-2187, or the hero renamed by 'Poe Dameron' after his rescue as 'Finn'.

Original Star Wars: The Force Awakens film costumes and props
Star Wars Force Awakens Finn movie costume
Star Wars Force Awakens film costume exhibit
First Order Stormtrooper costumes Star Wars Force Awakens
The original costumes from the film were designed by Michael Kaplan and were photographed on display at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on January 4, 2016, where they'll be through February 7, 2016, for you to see when you buy a ticket to watch the movie.


Once again, I'm sure most people have seen the movie already, but if not SPOILER ALERT from here on.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie billboard
Finn Star Wars Force Awakens movie billboard
As we now know, 'Finn' was stolen from his parents as a child, raised and trained to be a Stormtrooper (rather than the First Order using a Clone Army). He rebelled after seeing a village on Jakku slaughtered by his compatriots and helped 'Poe Dameron' escape so he could pilot a Tie Fighter and flee from the First Order.
Original Finn costume worn by John Boyega
in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
John Boyega Finn costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Finn costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Finn jacket detail Star Wars Force Awakens
Finn jacket Star Wars Force Awakens
Finn shoes Star Wars Force Awakens
Shot out of the sky and crashing on the desert planet of Jakku, he grabs Poe Dameron's jacket from the downed Tie Fighter (thinking he's dead) before it sinks in the sands and explodes. As he tries to find civilization he sheds pieces of his Stormtrooper armour (the version on the right below) as he wades through the sandy landscape, revealing a black cotton, nylon and polyester shirt and black cotton trousers underneath (no wonder he was hot).

Interestingly in the film the red shoulder and breast accents on the classic Star Wars looking nubuck leather jacket look stronger in some scenes than others (maybe down to filters?) and it certainly doesn't look as red in person.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper costumes
Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper armour
Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper costumes
Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Flamethrower Stormtrooper costume
First Order Flamethrower Stormtrooper costume detail
First Order Flamethrower Stormtrooper armour
First Order Flamethrower Stormtrooper helmet
First Order Flamethrower Stormtrooper armour
Star Wars First Order Flamethrower Stormtrooper armour
Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper armour
Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper costume
First Order Stormtrooper armour
First Order Stormtrooper armour
Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper helmet
The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper costume
Star Wars Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper costume
Apparently the inspiration for the new-look Stormtroopers came from simplifying their iconic design and thinking about what would Apple do to make the soldiers armour sleeker and updated.

It was cool to see these Stormtrooper costumes up close (there must have been hundreds made for the movie), but it's a shame that the flamethrower trooper's weapon was missing.

I've seen the movie three times now and could easily watch again, just like with the original trilogy, so it really has reawakened my interest in Star Wars again.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens cinema standee
Star Wars Force Awakens cinema standee

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