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Model: TK-2886, Photo by: Terry Chui

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Description: Stormtrooper - ANH Hero
Prefix: TK
Detachment: First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment
Context: Episode IV: A New Hope
Stormtroopers are the backbone of the Galactic Empire. Renowned for their tenacity, stormtroopers served as the main garrison on the Death Star.

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.
  • Rear traps and tears have vertical black lines.
  • Lenses are bubbled green or smoke sufficiently dark enough to obscure the costumer's eyes.
  • The gray "ear" bars have three bumps, with a black outline.
  • Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. Six 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: Securely mounted in front and free floating in the back.

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 are enclosed, non-textured.


09. Chest: Chest plate overlaps the abdominal plate.


10. Back: Back plate contains a "O II" 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: The ab plate has a button area that matches the color pattern shown (3 blue + 6 gray); buttons are approximately 7/16" in diameter. The ab plate and kidney plate should match together at the sides with no gap, just a seam line.

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 belt consists of three parts:

  1. Belt face is made of plastic (TK ammo belt). There should be three square buttons, one centered in the middle and one on each end.
  2. 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.
  3. The drop boxes dangle from the sides of the plastic front belt via white straps and are aligned under the plastic tabs of the ammo belt.

Thermal Detonator

16. Thermal Detonator: (a.k.a. O2 canister) attaches to the back of the belt. This is a gray cylinder 2 to 2.5" in diameter with white end caps and a white control panel pad, with controls closest to the right end cap.


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

Lower legs

18. Lower legs: Greaves close in the back. The trapezoid knee plate is affixed to the left greave.

Note: Diamond knee plates or the absence of a knee plate is not canon approvable.


19. 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.


20. Holster: Made of black leather or leather-like material, worn on the left and affixed behind the belt via four rivets.

Costume Accessories:

BlasTech 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.

BlasTech DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle

22. 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.


23. BlasTech SE-14R: The SE-14R blaster was only seen on promotional pictures. It should have a correct scope if carried in lieu of the E-11 for informal events.


24. Stromtrooper Lightsaber: Prop as seen in illustrations for the story SW:Two-Edged Sword.

Grappling Hook/Comlink

25. Grappling Hook/Comlink: Grappling hook and comlink (the grapling hook and comlink should be substituted as a set in place of the thermal detonator, not worn in addition to it).

Construction Notes:

Helmet Details

26. Helmet Details: Precise ANH Stunt Stormtrooper helmet details include:

  • Lenses are bubbled green or smoke sufficiently dark enough to obscure the costumer's eyes.
  • Ears should have two screws used per side, one above the ear bar and one at the base of the helmet.
  • Ear bars should have three bumps only, not four.
  • Correct 'hovi mic' aerator tips.

Armor Details

27. Armor Details:

  • Shoulder straps should not be attached with rivets, and should free float in the back rather than being permanently attached.
  • 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.
  • Thermal detonator should be attached via metal clips approximately 1 inch wide, and should be all gray without silver stickers or silver paint.
  • Belt drop boxes should be closed in back.
  • Hand guards should be latex or latex-like, painted white, affixed to rubber gloves in lieu of plastic hand guards.
  • Holster should be attached to the belt from behind instead with no loops covering the outside of the belt.
  • The holster will be affixed with four fasteners in a square pattern, two each on the top and bottom of the belt. These may be rivets, snaps, or Chicago screws.
  • 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.
  • Belt should be canvas or canvas covered instead of leather or vinyl.
  • The cod may be separated from the rest of the ab plate, but this cut line should not be visible from the front.

Blaster Details

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

  • Folding stock (does not need to function).
  • A real or replica ammo counter - based off of a Hengstler counter - should be present.
  • D-ring mounted on the rear.
  • Correct style scope.
  • Two power cylinders on the magazine.
  • Scratch-built, resin cast, Hyperfirm rubber cast blasters should have a 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).
  • No ESB/ROTJ greeblies on the blaster are allowed.

*Some costumes sold as licensed costumes may require modifications for approval into the 501st Legion. Please see the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment for rules on modification of these costumes.

Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2010 0:30

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