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Model: TD-8800, Photo by: Juan Arvizu

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Description: Sandtrooper
Prefix: TD
Detachment: Mos Eisley Police Department
Context: Episode IV: A New Hope
The sandtrooper is a desert terrain stormtrooper equipped with modified armor and gear to better withstand missions in harsh arid environments. While their armor is superficially similar to that of the standard stormtrooper, advanced cooling systems in both their helmets and suits offer these troopers protection from the relentless heat.

Costume components:


01. Helmet: White fiberglass, ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), or HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene). The ANH Stunt helmet is distinguished by the following details;

  • Traps (trapezoids on dome of helmet) and tears (area beneath the corners of eye lenses) are gray.
  • Unlike other Stormtrooper-based helmets, there are no vertical black lines in any of the traps or tears.
  • Lenses are a flat green sufficiently dark enough to obscure the costumer's eyes.
  • The gray "ear" bars have four bumps, with a black outline.
    Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. Eight total teeth on the frown are cut out.
  • Tube stripes are medium blue, numbering between 9 and 15 per side with the curve bends extending backwards.
  • Vocoder (vertically ribbed chin detail) is painted black
  • Aerators (cylinders on either side of the vocoder) are black.

Note: While the FX helmet is considered to be deprecated (to be avoided) it is acceptable for Legion acceptance.

Neck Seal

02. Neck Seal: Black with horizontal ribs, fitted to the wearer, and extending from the base of the neck to the top of the Adam's apple.

Shoulder Straps

03. Shoulder Straps: Sandtrooper chest and back are attached from within via soft straps. Ribbed shoulder straps are discouraged.

Shoulder Bells

04. Shoulder Bells: One on each shoulder with little or no overlap of the bicep armor. The shoulder bells are considered effectively symmetrical; they may worn interchangeably on the left and right shoulders.


05. Biceps: Biceps are fully closed.


06. Forearms: Forearms are fully closed.

Hand Plates

07. Hand Plates: Roughly pentagonal in shape, the hand plates are mounted securely over the back of the glove. As an alternative to plastic, these may be made out of latex or latext-like material.


08. Gloves: Black rubber, nomex, leather, or leather-like material, with no visible straps or logos. The fingers ar enclosed, non-textured.


09. Chest: Chest plate overlaps the abdominal plate.


10. Back: Back plate contains a "O I I" design with little or no overlap of the kidney plate.


11. Undersuit: Black Non-textured material, either one-piece or two-piece construction with no visible zippers or logos.

Ab Plate

12. Ab Plate: Left side ab plate has a minimum of three and maximum of four buttons painted white. Right side ab plate is blank square and does not contain buttons found on the canonical Stormtrooper armour.

Kidney Plate

13. Kidney Plate: Kidney plate sides should line up with the ab plate leaving no gaps, just a seam line. The top of the kidney plate should abut the bottom of the back plate.

Butt Plate

14. Butt Plate: The top of the butt plate should below the bottom of the belt, with minimal gap between it and the kidney plate.


15. Belt: The Sandtrooper belt bares these points of consideration:

  • Belt face is made of plastic. There should be three square button, one centered in the middle and one on each end.
  • Belt proper is made of canvas, canvas covered material, leather, or vinyl, 3 to 3.5” wide. The color is be white to off-white.
  • No drop boxes (small rectangular parts attached seen hanging from Stormtrooper belts, above the thigh.)
  • No thermal detonator.
  • No holsters.


16. Thighs: The thigh armour is closed in the back. The ammo belt is installed on the bottom of the right thigh.

Lower legs

17. Lower legs: Greaves close in the back. Diamond Knee plate - six sided (hexagon) mounted onto a five-sided "diamond" shape, with a point on the bottom - is on the wearer's left knee.

Note; The built-in knee plate of the Stormtrooper or the absence of a knee plate is not canon approvable.


18. Boots: White leather or leather-like, above ankle height, with a flat sole, and small U-shaped elastic sections on both sides of the ankle with no buckles or laces. Jodhpur-type boots or an equivalent style.

Note; Elvis or Mariachi boots are not not canon approvable


19. Pauldron: Pauldron (Black, Orange, or White) made from vinyl or leather. Gray or other non-canon colored pauldrons are not approvable.


20. Ammo Pouches: Two or three in total, made of black leather, canvas or vinyl. Worn either at the hips or left shoulder, opposite of the pauldron.


E-11 Blaster

21. BlasTech E-11 Blaster: Based on a real or replica Sterling sub-machine gun, scratch-built, or a modified commercial toy Stormtrooper blaster.


22. BlasTech T-21 Light Repeating Blaster Rifle: Based on a real or replica Lewis Mark I machine gun. For this prop the magazine disk and bipod of the original gun are left off. A ribbed length of tubing is installed over the front of the gun barrel. The weapon is supported by a canvas, leather or nylon sling..


23. BlasTech DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle: Based on a real or replica MG-34 machine gun. A DTL-19 is an MG-34 with T-racks on the barrel, ejection port cover added, and a small disk on left side.


24. BlasTech RT-97C Heavy Blaster Rifle: Based on a real or replica MG-15 machine gun.

Desert Backpack

25. Desert Backpack: Styled after the ANH sandtrooper packs. A loose interpretation is allowed, but screen accuracy is encouraged. (This is optional because we're aware that not all Sandtroopers had backpacks.)


26. Macrobinoculars: Styled after those used in the Special Edition.

Dewback Prod

27. Dewback Prod: The prod is a black pole, approximately 96" long, with metal details at both ends. (Many opt for a shorter length.)

Cheese Grater Handplates

28. Cheese Grater Handplates: "Dimpled" or "cheese-grater" style handbacks. These were worn by several troops in ANH, and are approximately rectangular, and have a pattern of "pill-shaped" indentations. There remains much debate if these were formed parts or last-minute replacement parts made of unknown materials.

Construction Notes:


29. Dirt: Dirt, accomplished by a number of painting techniques. Most common and accurate being a multi-layer treatment of either tempera, or matte acrylic paint, followed by one or more layers of fuller's earth. Other methods include, but are not limited to; Spray paint & sanding (usually multi-layered), application of sand or actual dirt in place of "Fuller's earth" and other types of dust, charcoal, etc.

Helmet Mods
Helmet Mods

30. Helmet Details:

  • Correct 'hovi mic' aerator tips.
  • Lenses should be flat green only.
  • Ears should have three screws used per side, one above and below the ear bump and one at the base of the helmet.
  • Unlike other Stormtrooper-based helmets, there are no vertical black lines in any of the traps or tears.
  • Ears should have four bumps only, not three.

Right Side
Left Side

31. Armor Details:

  • Armor side gaps should be closed. This should be done by adding a shim or shims of material that must be of similar material and color as the ab and back plate. Shims should fit flush and may have seams. Ideally they will be seamless if possible to the ab and/or back plate, resulting in a single seam between the ab/back rather than extra seams for where the shims are joined.
  • Hand guards should be latex or latex-like and affixed to rubber gloves in lieu of plastic hand guards.
  • Rivets on the left side of the ab/kidney plates: a total of six rivets with three on the ab and three on the kidney plate, equally spaced out along the depth of the armour and about 10mm from the edge. They may be painted white, or not.
  • One snap on the top right hand side of the ab plate: back of male side of snap should show on outside of the ab plate.
  • Belt should be canvas or canvas covered instead of leather or vinyl.

Blaster Mods

32. Blaster Details: A screen accurate ANH BlasTech E-11 blaster should have the following:

  • Folding stock (does not need to function).
  • D-ring on the rear.
  • Correct style scope.
  • T-racks should be 6 or 7 as follows:
  • Scratch-built, resin cast, Hyperfirm rubber cast. Total of 6 T-racks on blaster (leaving the lowest row on the Hengstler side un-covered).
  • Popular commercially available toy Stormtrooper blasters have a total of 7 T-racks (if you cover all the rows of holes) or 6 T-racks (if you cover the "open row" of holes on the Hengstler side. Below this, you must grind off the lower T-rack and drill a new row of holes).
  • There should be no ESB/ROTJ greeblies on the ANH blaster.

*Some costumes sold as licensed costumes may require modifications for approval into the 501st Legion. Please see the Mos Esiley Police Department Detachment for rules on modification of these costumes.

Last Updated: Friday, 25 February, 2011 17:29

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