Posts by Gentry Boeckel
Gentry Boeckel

Gentry is an Inbound Marketing Specialist at Halloweencostumes.com. His favorite costume of all time was his attempt at a Clint Eastwood “Man with No Name.” He found out that ponchos aren’t just good for the dusty West, but come in handy in the cold of a Minnesota October. With the new Star Wars movies about to be released through Disney, he is looking forward to seeing the amazing new helmets, sabers and all-around awesome cosplay based on the galaxy far, far away.

What We Know about the First Order Stormtroopers (So Far)

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When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first announced and images of a black Stormtrooper hit the internet, there was some grumbling about how the Empire would never allow for that. “All Stormtroopers are clones of Jango Fett!” they said. “The Empire was racist, they would not allow diversity in the Academy!” they said. Many of these early complaints were based on the misnomer that all Stormtroopers since The Clone Wars were actual clones. The truth is that the clone army was phased out after the era of Revenge of the Sith.


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Wrestling for your Heart: 15 Printable WWE Valentine's Day Cards [Printables]

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When you think of professional wrestling, your mind might not automatically turn to hugs and kisses. While the form of “sports entertainment” known as professional wrestling is noted for loud slaps, hard falls, and bulging muscles, it’s also about friendship and alliances. Few WWE superstars can make it on their own, they’ve got to have a partner in their corner who always has their back. And that’s not even mentioning the many, many storylines through the years that have revolved around one wrestler stealing another wrestler’s wife/girlfriend. Love and hate coexist in a weird space in any given wrestling match or backstage promo. For the pro-wrestling fan in your life, give them the gift of a highly specific WWE Valentine’s Day card, featuring their favorite wrestler, past or present.

 

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Signature Moves: The 11 Greatest Finishers in WWE History [Infographic]

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There is no greater evidence of professional wrestling as “sports entertainment” than the use and effectiveness of finishing maneuvers. Finishers, as they are often called, are signature moves used by wrestlers, often near the end of the match, to finally secure the pinfall and win. What makes finishers so fun (and infuriating) is that in the hands of one superstar, they are simply another traditional wrestling maneuver, but when categorized as a finisher, they become overpowered, unstoppable moves that no one can kick out...

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The Bounty Hunter: Evolution of Boba Fett [Infographic]

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Besides the dark, sloping helmet of Darth Vader, there are few things more villainous and iconic in the Star Wars universe than Boba Fett. Officially introduced in the second film of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, the rollout of Boba Fett to the already ravenous fandom in the late 1970s was a carefully orchestrated affair. Before the film, Fett appeared in cartoons, action figures, and even in a small-town parade. Lucasfilm clearly intended for Fett to be a memorable character. There is no stronger evidence to this fact than the many revisions the character went through before his debut in Empire. See how the galaxy’s most fearsome bounty hunter arrived at his influential look with this evolution of Boba Fett...

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DIY Bob's Burgers Costumes

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If a cartoon can make it to a third season, that is a good sign it has connected with an audience and found syndicated success. The Simpsons, Family Guy, Adventure Time, these are all the rare success stories that have made it far past this mark. Bob’s Burgers, a relatively young animated television sitcom on the Fox network has made it far past its third season, and is now into its sixth! It was even recently announced that the show had been renewed for two more seasons.

What has made Bob’s Burgers so successful are the characters. No matter who you are, we are sure you can find someone in the Belcher family to identify with—whether it’s precocious Louise, silly and musical Gene, awkward Tina, loyal Linda or passionate Bob. Whether you have a full family to accompany you in your Bob’s Burger costume adventure, or are simply going alone (we’d suggest Tina if you are going solo), we have put together this fun and easy DIY to help you out.

 

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Rebel Starfighters & Imperial Crafts: The Ships of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron [Infographic]

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When Disney acquired Lucasfilm, and in effect, the entirety of the Star Wars universe, it quickly went about consolidating the enormous number of canon and non-canon stories. What was known as the Extended Universe (EU), featuring books, comics, and other media based on the Star Wars universe, was re-categorized as “Legends." The official Star Wars canon was narrowed down to the six official films, the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons, and some new illustrated and written media. Of all the EU media delegated to Legends status, none was more loved and admired by the fandom than the stories surrounding the famous starfighter squadron led by Luke Skywalker and Wedge Antilles.

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