How Apple inspired the design of Force Awakens’ new stormtroopers

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When designing stormtrooper armor, ask 'What would Apple do?'
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Apple’s influence on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens extends far beyond Kylo Ren’s ugly crossguard lightsaber.

The Force Awakens costume designer Michael Kaplan has designed costumes on movies like Blade Runner and Fight Club, but when it came time to redesign the new stormtrooper armor for director J.J. Abrams, Kaplan said he looked to Apple as his biggest inspiration on how to perfect the stormtrooper’s white, plastic-y armor.

Surreal photos capture Stormtrooper’s life on Earth

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Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

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Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Photo by Darryll Jones

Eric is a Stormtrooper who escaped the exploding Death Star and wound up on Earth.

Now he wears jeans, enjoys lavender-scented bubble baths, drinks Johnnie Walker whisky and sings a song about his tomato allergy.

No longer a member of the Galactic Empire guard, Eric serves as muse to British photographer Darryll Jones, a self-described 39-year-old child who has turned his fondness for toys — especially Star Wars action figures — into a Force on Instagram.

“I have always loved toys,” said Jones, a food and lifestyle photographer who does work for the Tesco supermarket chain when he’s not taking pictures of toys. “I recall quite vividly setting up little dioramas in my room or in the garden and playing out the scenes in my mind, imagining that the little plastic figures could come alive.”