Aspiring English actor caught on social media pretending to be man behind Star Wars mask, played by veteran stuntman Liang Yang

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Daily Mail UK (by Jaber Mohamed and Mark Nicol):

It was every young actor’s dream to land a starring role in the new Star Wars film.

But Alex Rolt bit off more than he could chew when he claimed he had played a stormtrooper who has become a fans’ favorite in the latest box office record breaker.

The 23-year-old hitherto unknown actor from West Sussex became an internet sensation when he revealed he had played the masked stormtrooper who shouts ‘traitor’ in an intense fight scene with John Boyega’s character, Finn.

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But Rolt was forced into a grovelling apology last night after he was unmasked as a fantasist who only had a bit-part as an extra in the hit movie.

Fans were impressed when Rolt said he had played the stormtrooper in an interview with his local paper.

The drama school graduate claimed he had been chosen to face off against Boyega because of his fencing experience.

He said: ‘They got me in the stormtrooper outfit but the prop didn’t have a clip or anything on the uniform, so I had to hold it in a certain way then deliver the line: “Traitor!”

Lucasfilm revealed the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was really played by veteran stuntman Liang Yang (above)Lucasfilm revealed the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was really played by veteran stuntman Liang Yang

The interview was picked up on social media, and Rolt was lavished with praise from fans around the world.

He tweeted: ‘Response I’ve had to playing this character has been phenomenal, thank you.’

But the young pretender was exposed by the film’s production company Lucasfilm when it revealed the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was really played by veteran stuntman Liang Yang.

Rolt apologized on Twitter, saying: ‘Sorry for doing this to all the fans.Was a joke that got out of hand. My career is tarnished.’

‘Star Wars’ x Medicom Toy (Japan) 400% & 100% Stormtrooper “Chrome” Bearbricks

Rounding out Medicom Toy’s limited edition Star Wars releases for Medicom Toy Exhibition ’15 is a “Chrome” edition of the Stormtrooper Bearbrick. Like the “Chrome” Darth Vader Bearbricks that are debuting this summer, these sport a metallic sheen, but otherwise retain the same aesthetic as past Stormtrooper Bearbrick drops.

Appearing in both 400% and 100% form and retailing for ¥8,000 JPY (approximately $67 USD) and ¥1,500 JPY (approximately $13 USD), respectively, the “Chrome” Stormtroopers are due out June 20.

The dark side of The Force featured at the Sapporo Snow Festival with gigantic Star Wars sculpture

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Last week, we took a sneak peek at the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival by checking out an icy rendering of an idol trio from hit anime Love Live! Freaked out as we were by their unfinished yet crazed expressions, it turns out Umi, Honoka, and Kotori aren’t the most intimidating characters showing up at this year’s event.

That title goes to the massive snow sculpture of fallen Jedi Darth Vader, who rolled into the largest city in Hokkaido with the sort of backup that’d you’d expect from the Supreme Commander of the Empire’s space fleet.

The installation is being exhibited in Sapporo’s Odori Park, and thanks to its huge size and outdoor venue, photos of the work-in-progress had been trickling in from local residents over the past few days.

Those aren’t rebel resistance fighters staging an attack on the giant-sized storm troopers, though. Seen in the pictures above is the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s 11th Brigade’s 1st Snow Sculpture Squad.

▼ This shot of the scaffolding they assembled gives a good impression of just how tall the sculpture is.

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The amount of care and detail that went into the project makes us think that at least a few of the squad’s members have seen the classic science fiction films. That’s not to say this is just a case of large-scale, high-grade fan art, though. The sculpture is officially endorsed by Star Wars production company Lucasfilm, as part of the festivities surrounding the 2015 release of the seventh film in the franchise. What’s more, the design itself was carried out under the supervision of parent company and distributor Disney.

 

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Vader isn’t just a dangerous opponent in single combat, though. His lofty position in the Imperial hierarchy means he also has hordes of minions at his beck and call. As such, he’s joined in the sculpture by three storm troopers, a TIE fighter, and even the Death Star.

 

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At 15 meters (49.2 feet) tall and 22.6 meters (74.1 feet) wide, the Star Wars snow sculpture is one of the largest ever to be exhibited in the park, and required a month’s worth of effort from a team of 2,000 working with 700 truckloads of snow. Not only was it a sight to see once finished, the 500-some attendees who braved the -3-degrres Celsius (26-degree Fahrenheit) weather of the nighttime opening ceremony were graced by an appearance from Vader and the three storm troopers themselves.

The displays are lit until 10 p.m. Odori Park is open around the clock, though, meaning that visitors can see all of its sculptures, including the Star Wars one, at any time between now and 10 o’clock on February 11, assuming of course that some cocky kid doesn’t stick a light saber into it and melt it before then.

 

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“Ashigaru Stormtrooper”: Bandai to release Samurai Stormtrooper collectible action figure

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Bandai has unveiled official images of its upcoming Ashigaru Stormtrooper, and the collectible looks unabashedly badass.The 7-inch figure will launch in May 2015 and come packaged with an old-school E11 blaster rifle and an even more old school Katana. The Samurai connection makes sense when you consider that filmmaker George Lucas took inspiration from Akira Kurosawa epics like Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress when he first developed the script for the original Star Wars.

Retail for the Ashigaru Stormtrooper is listed at 9,504 yen (around $65).

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Bandai   Samurai Stormtrooper Action Figure

Artist Profile: Japanese artist Makaon’s aluminum can sculptures of pop culture characters

Aluminum Can Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

 

Laughing Squid:

 

Japanese artist Makaon uses aluminum cans to make delightful figure sculptures of characters from video games, movies, and other pop culture sources. He has more aluminum can sculptures on his website and blog.

 

 

Aluminum Can Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

Aluminum Can Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

Aluminum Can Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

Aluminum Can Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

photos via Makaon

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Star Wars x Medicom Toy Bearbrick 1000% “Stormtrooper”

 

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Reminding us all for next year’s movie release of Star Wars Episode VIIMedicom Toy teams up with the Star Wars franchise yet again, but this time for a much larger 1000% version of the Stormtrooper. Coming in at a height of 700mm, the Bearbrick is identical to the 400% released in 2011.

Slated for a release on June 21, the Stormtrooper will be priced at ¥32,000 JPY (approximately $315 USD) and can be found at the 2014 Medicom Toy exhibition. No word yet on if they will be releasing a 1000% Darth Vader.

 

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Star Wars x Medicom Toy Bearbrick 1000% “Stormtrooper”

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Star Wars “Cos-Me” hangers now on sale in Japan

 

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A few weeks ago, online shopping site Run@Town began selling a series of special edition Star Wars themed notebooks. Although they were basically just a standard-issue school notebooks with jackets featuring images from the original three films, they sold out in the blink of an eye, and there are people still waiting for new stock to arrive. This week, the same online store announced another Star Wars tie-in, this time offering wooden hangers featuring busts of YodaC-3PO, a Stormtrooper, and villain Darth Vader.

The best part is, by slipping them over the hanger, you can have the cast of characters wear your clothes, allowing you to create all kinds of weird mash-ups. And would you believe some of them actually look pretty cool? We have a feeling these are going to be Run@Town’s next sell-out item.

The Star Wars “Cos-Me” hangers come in four different designs:

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▼ Yoda and C-3POhanger2

They’re made of pretty study materials, too…

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What’s cool about them is how well they work with everyday clothes. We always see Darth Vader striding around wearing his long, flowing cloak of doom and Yoda in his modest robes, but surely they don’t wear the same gear all day, every day? What happens when a jedi wants to kick back at home, puts his feet up and watch The Walking Dead and House of Cards? What would they look like wearing a hoodie or a stylish leather jacket?

As it turns out, surprisingly awesome.

 

 

▼ Vader about town

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▼ Classic casual

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▼ Jumpsuit C-3PO

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▼ This Stormtrooper just came in from milking the cows

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▼Yoda, meanwhile, is apparently quite the Sailor Moon fan…

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The hangers, along with a whole lot more Star Wars goodies, are on sale now over at Run@Town, and cost 3,240 yen (US$31) each.

Judging by the speed those Star Wars notebooks sold out, if you’re in the market for some “Cos-Me” hangers, you’d be wise to get a few in your shopping basket as soon as possible!

Photos: RocketNews24

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A Bathing Ape and Medicom Toy collaborate with Star Wars STORMTROOPER & DARTH VADER vinyl collectibles

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Medicom Toy has released its latest set of Vinyl Collectible Dolls, this time tapping both Star Wars and A Bathing Ape for the aesthetic.

Featuring two of the most iconic Star Wars characters — Darth Vader and the all-white Stormtrooper — the duo of vinyl figures both feature removable helmets that lift to expose a colorful BABY MILO.

Priced at ¥9,975 JPY (approximately $106 USD), the characters are now available here.

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A Bathing Ape and Medicom Toy collaborate with Star Wars STORMTROOPER & DARTH VADER vinyl collectibles

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