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Model: TK-4625, Photo by: Jason Kreis

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Description: Stormtrooper - ROTJ
Prefix: TK
Detachment: First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment
Context: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Described as the Emperor's finest Legion, stormtroopers defended the defense sheild on Endor

Costume components:


01. Helmet:

White fiberglass, ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), or HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene). The ROTJ 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 flat or bubble green sufficiently dark enough to obscure the costumer's eyes.
  • The gray "ear" bars have four bumps, with a black outline.
  • Frown is painted black and overlaps 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: 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: These should be clam shell - or snowtrooper - style hand plates and not the trapezoidal design seen in A New Hope. The hand plates are mounted securely over the back of the glove.


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, with a molded lip around the outside edges.


10. Back: Back plate contains a "O II" design with little or no overlap of the kidney plate, with a molded lip around the outside edges.


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 black); buttons are approximately 7/16" in diameter and inverted compared to what is seen in A New Hope, and has a a molded lip around the outside edges. There may be a gap between the sides of the ab plate and the lower back plate.

Lower Back Plate

13. Lower Back Plate: The back plate is a single piece instead of a separate kidney and butt plate, with a molded lip around the edges. The top of the back plate should align with the bottom of the back plate.


14. 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, 2.5” wide. The color is be 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

15. 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.


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. 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.


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. Holster: Made of black leather or leather-like material, worn on the right and affixed via one or two white rivets behind the belt.

Costume Accessories:

BlasTech E-11 Blaster

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

Construction Notes:

Helmet Details

21. Helmet Details: Precise ROTJ Stormtrooper helmet details include:

  • Ears should no visible screws used per side.
  • The ends of the frown should be squared off, not tapered to points.
  • Correct 'hovi mic' aerator tips.
  • Traps/tears and tube stripes must be decals, no hand-painting.
  • Traps/tears should be ANH grey or a slightly bluer shade of ANH gray.

Armor Details

22. Armor Details:

  • Shoulder straps should not be attached with rivets, and should be securely fastened in the back.
  • Shoulder straps should not have a flat end at the ends of them, they should be entirely ribbed.
  • Shoulder bells are rounded at the corners.
  • There should be no visible straps that secure the shoulder bells around the the biceps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A holster may be omitted from this costume.

Blaster Details

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

  • Folding stock (does not need to function).
  • D-ring mounted on the rear.
  • Correct style scope.
  • No 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).
  • Two greeblies on the left rear area
  • Correct greeblies on the left rear area (door catch and two "hammers")

*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: Tuesday, 12 June, 2010 15:51

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