Welcome to the eleventh Star Wars ComLINKS! The purpose of this link up is to inspire fans to write/talk about various topics (which are assigned each month) pertaining to our favorite fandom. Each link up will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. You will be able to share a link to your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. on a widget below and also view other posts from fans.
The Topic for July is "Favorite Trooper" and begins today through July 27th!
There are several different Troopers throughout the Galaxy that all have unique armor and have undergone various types of training to carry out their specific duties. I don't know about you but I've been a "Trooper" girl since the very beginning! Choose a favorite (or two if you must) Trooper and talk about why they stand out to you. Which design or color scheme do you like best? Which Trooper has the best weapon? The most loyalty? Is there a Trooper that gets to have more fun than the rest? These are just a few prompts to help you get started. However you choose to share about why the Trooper you chose is your favorite is completely up to you! Get creative!
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2) Your entry must be family-friendly.
3) Please include a link to (or mention) "Star Wars ComLINKS" in your entry and don't forget to use the hashtag #starwarscomlinks when applicable!
After much deliberation, I was surprisingly able to pick one Trooper that I favor just slightly more than the others. It was so difficult for me because I'm such a huge fan of all the Troopers and their different personalities, armor, weapons, and areas of expertise. In the end, I decided that the Sandtrooper gets my vote (FYI: I realized I could've chosen Phasma after I wrote this entire post and I feel it quite necessary to mention I love them both equally). Although they are essentially the original troopers, they do carry extra equipment for the desert sands of Tatooine which include cooling units, a helmet sand filter, and a survival backpack which contains food and water for their arduous search of two droids we all know and love. These essentials combined with armor that looks like it's been bathed in dirt gives them a "ready for battle" vibe that unfortunately many of the Troopers don't exactly live up to. But it doesn't stop them from looking really cool.
I remember when the Special Editions were released and how excited I was over the fact that the Sandtroopers were given Dewbacks as travel buddies. I have since been rather obsessed with this man and beast combo and remember adoring the action figure set my brothers had. Overall, I enjoy everything about this scene though I wish that it was extended even further so that we could see just how long they were searching for the droids in that particular setting. But we all know how it ended, "Look sir, droids." Iconic, much?
My favorite of the Sandtroopers is the Commander with the orange pauldron. The various pauldron colors specify one's rank, which obviously is essential when you look like the rest of your squad. This, I feel, is important because they're all different and deserve to be recognized for who they are. We got to know many of the Troopers during The Clone Wars, but don't know much of anything about those in the original films. So, little details like the pauldrons make me happy because it gives us a very small taste of who they are. Speaking of which, I hope we get to know more about Finn's past in the continuation of The Force Awakens and I also hope that Rogue One highlights at least one of the new Troopers and their story. We need more Trooper love!
FUN FACT: When I was a child, I thought you couldn't be a Sandtrooper without the orange pauldron and I didn't find out the significance behind the pauldrons until much later in my adult years. In the words of Master Yoda, "How embarrassing, HOW EMBARRASSING."
Honorable Trooper mentions: Captain Phasma, Original Snowtrooper, First Order Stormtrooper, and the upcoming Death Trooper.
Which Trooper is your favorite?