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solid snake said on August 31st, 2009 at 10:22 am

Now I know why I cannot tolerate the people who dress up as Sturmtruppten, uh I mean Stromtroopers. Of their own choosing, they dress up as freaking space Nazi infantry, who also cannot hit anything they fire at. Also it warms my heart to know that I am not the only who hates the Soup Nazi guy. The people who want has autograph should be forcibly prevented from ever breeding. Maybe at the next convention he can hire the Stormtroopers as his security, after all they are the same pathetic people.

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Hey…I like Mighty Muggs…

I too was at Fan Expo. It was hectic.

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Think of the Stormtrooper guys (apparently they are called the “501st Legion”) as the equivalent of waiters in costumes, like in Party Down. They’re not there exactly as “fans” — they are sort of space opera window-dressing. The people who benefit from seeing the comically inept space nazis of the future (or distant past, as the Crawl suggests) are not the people wearing all the plastic. They are uncomfortable and have limited visibility. It’s the crowd attending the convention who otherwise would just see a bunch of cartoon color-spatters from the latest unintelligible anime that they don’t recognize. They find the presence of familiar characters comforting.

Even if they are plastic space nazis.

Though I will point out that it’s Ralph McQuarrie who designed the look of the Stormtroopers. You know, the NASA illustrator who made all the technology in the original Star Wars movies look cool, back when you liked them? Back when almost everyone did? He designed a consistent Imperial aesthetic, part of which are their comically-inept troopers.

So they look cool, the OTHER fans enjoy that there’s at least some futuristic ambiance at what is otherwise a somewhat dreary trade show. I’m pretty sure the guys in the costumes are attending not as fans, but for their benefit.

And doing a bit of research, they don’t just show up. Somebody requested them.

http://www.501stlegion.org/request.php

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I personally prefer the flocks of Hogwarts students when it comes to my cookie-cutter cosplayers, but what do I know?

(Of course, nothing is as neat as the large groups of people who agree on a theme and all design individual costumes to fit that theme. There is a total frission of “cool” that comes from seeing the entire Legion of Super-Heroes walking down the halls at DragonCon.)

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I thought very deeply about Han’s spirited defense of stormtroopers.I weighed all the pros and cons. I factored in the P.R. and the joy it brings some and I came to the conclusion that Star Wars is still lame.

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I think MGK can prove Flapjacks wrong on his last point by asking him if he and 2-3 other of their friends would be willing to spend a weekend playing boardgames…

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If forty different people showed up dressed as Darth Vader, or as a bunch of variations of someone with the last name Skywalker, even they would admit it’s mega lame.

You can’t have a giant crowd of one-off characters. That would be like walking into a crowded room full of Batmans. Just… kinda awkward.

But storm troopers! There’s the sort of thing you can do where, if you and ten of your friends show up as storm troopers, and you run into ten more storm troopers, you can all just be – like – Hey! Wassup! And, if you’re really lucky, you can find some guy dressed like Han Solo and chase him down a hallway.

I mean, I admit, I wouldn’t mind seeing a bunch of folks show up as Rebel commandos, as it doesn’t have quite the same negative connotation. But the Rebellion didn’t have a whole lot in the way of uniforms. So I can understand the Empirical default.

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Shreddies said on August 31st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Hey, I saw the Bloodshot guy too. He kept pointing his toy gun at everybody, making me vaguely uncomfortable.

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The girl in the three-piece suit with the fangs, the weird lock of hair shaped like an upright candy cane, and the ginormous rifle.

Rip van Winkle from Hellsing. Just so you know.

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Shit. My Rip van Winkle fighting the supernatural story is taken. Eh, I’m relatively certain there are enough differences.

MGK, how did you do in the competition?

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Is it just me, or is Flapjacks getting smarter? Or at least more self-aware?

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Joysweeper said on August 31st, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I’m trying to decide just how much geeky I want to put in this post, and the answer is “not too much”, so…

Written by Timothy Zahn, stormtroopers are unspeakably badass. I mean, the Hand of Judgement? So awesome. And then you have the 501st Legion of the Empire of the Hand, who… I would totally cosplay as a stormtrooper from Aurek-Seven. In a heartbeat. They are awesome.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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bwahaha, I’ve never heard of Bloodshot before, but I’m loving his wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodshot_%28comics%29

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GuyIncognito said on September 1st, 2009 at 12:48 am

Considering I’m about to fly to seattle for PAX and am largely looking forward to playing boardgames (most of which I already own…), that last exchange hits a little close to home for me.

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Stormtroopers also have an advantage in that you don’t have to be good-looking to look good in the costume. In fact, all you have to be is not-obsese. Trust me, that’s a big factor when it comes to cosplay.

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>>In fact, all you have to be is not-obsese.

Still eliminates 90% of con attendees from cosplaying…

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I loved the post, but I was surprised to see it after I read this other one:

http://mightygodking.com/index.php/2008/07/23/why-i-dont-go-to-cons/

What made you decide to go to this one?

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What made you decide to go to this one?

Mostly the big boardgame tournament. I like going to gaming cons (smell aside). That, for me, was a reason to go. Like I said: I don’t go to panels. I don’t buy tschotkes. I don’t bother with the corporate booths. I don’t get stuff signed for the most part.

(I did find a copy of the Absolute Edition New Frontier for about $40, and I got that signed with a small sketch by Darwyn Cooke, but that was because the line was really short and because, come on, Absolute Edition with Darwyn Cooke sketch? I like sketches. I just wish I had asked for a Rex The Wonder Dog sketch, but he looked busy and tired, so I didn’t and instead got a nifty profile of Hal Jordan. Which – yeah, Hal Jordan, but at least Darwyn Cooke’s Hal Jordan.)

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