Re: What functions do the Storm Trooper armor serve?
After seeing the shot-gun like circular stun blast that felled Princess Leia in A New Hope, as a kid, I immediately jumped to the conclusion that the stormtrooper armor protected against stun blasts.
By which I mean, to make the literally minded less unhappy: "Good wankage!"
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