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It’s a brisk and chilly Friday morning as I walk into work. A warm coffee battles the fog from my brain and my eyes open wide at the amazing costume assembled at my desk. With the speed of an SSP05 hyperdrive, I’m immediately taken to a galaxy far, far away. The situation looks bleak. The distinct cracks of E-11 blaster fire fill the air of a remote planet called Nevarro and a rag-tag group formulates a plan, a last-ditch effort to turn the odds in their favor. As the menacing Imperial troops encroach on our heroes besieged in a lonely cantina, I find myself inching ever closer to the edge of my seat. I am completely immersed in the story unfolding before me.
Harkening back to the epic shootouts of Western film, the tension of World War II battlefield politics, and the teachings of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”, few stories can capture the imagination of audiences quite like Star Wars. What was once considered a risky science fiction film during production has become one of the world’s largest multimedia franchises with some of the most recognizable heroes and villains in pop culture history. And who can forget the iconic and faceless henchmen of the evil Galactic Empire, the white armor-clad Stormtroopers?
Tales from the Prop House – Every month, our Entertainment catalogers report some of the amazing things they’ve seen in our warehouse. This month, Paul Bisnette writes about a complete stormtrooper costume from The Mandalorian, Julio Leyva writes about Brad Pitt’s cowboy hat from Thelma and Louise, Bradley Harding talks about Barbara Streisand’s iconic hat from What’s Up Doc? Macy Shackleford writes about Julia Roberts’ Tinkerbell costume from Hook, and Colin Tait writes about Dennis Hopper’s bomb from Speed.