Star Wars Action Figure Photography Weaves Tales from the War ZoneDecember 4th, 2015
Matthew Callahan is a US Marine Corps combat correspondent. He recently started a photo series that he calls Galactic Warfighters. Set in the Star Wars universe, Galactic Warfighters features action figures of ground troops, specifically the clone troopers. Each picture is accompanied by a brief quote from the subject or a sober description of the scene, as if from a journalist.
Speaking with io9, Matthew said that the accompanying texts are based on real stories: “The vignettes I write about these photographs reflect a myriad of experiences and hardships real men and women I’ve known in the service have encountered before, no matter how big or small.”
At the same time, Matthew also means for Galactic Warfighters to be an extension of how, as children, we tend to inject life to our toys when playing with them. With the series’ matter-of-fact perspective and mundane or profoundly sad topics, Matthew intends to further add depth to these fictional characters, who are often portrayed as awe-inspiring warriors. You can follow the series on Matthew’s website or Instagram page.
A recreation of an iconic image made by combat photographer Lucian Read out the battle of Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal being carried by his Marines out of the “Hell House.” #marines #starwars #toyphotography #usmc #fallujah #iraq #clonewars A photo posted by Matthew Callahan (@galactic_warfighters) on
Fast Rope: Clone troopers with the 212th Attack Battalion conduct fast rope drills alongside the 501st battalion ahead of a six-month deployment to the Utapau system. The Battalion will be assigned to the 5th Republic Army Battle Group to conduct combat operations against separatist forces. #toyphotography #starwars #military #gunship #deployment #clonewars A photo posted by Matthew Callahan (@galactic_warfighters) on
Combat Camera Troopers: To provide senior Republic government officials with a directed imagery capability in support of strategic, operational and planning requirements during wartime operations, Galaxy-wide crises, contingencies, joint exercises and xenomentarian operations. #starwars #clonewars #combatcamera #military #toyphotography #meta A photo posted by Matthew Callahan (@galactic_warfighters) on
Backblast Area CLEAR! Advanced Recon and Airborne Commandos fire a Mk 153 shoulder-fired multi-purpose assault weapon during joint weapons system familiarization training. The projectile explosive weapon is used to bust tanks and bunkers for light infantry. The troopers worked together as gunners and assistant gunners to get used to operating in the same environment together for future operations. #starwars #clonewars #toyphotography #SMAW #Marines #dyegb #specialforces
Portrait of a galactic war fighter: The men fighting next to me are literally the only family I have. They’re the only family I’ve ever had. I think that’s liberating. #starwars #clonewars #toyphotography #portrait #sideshowtoy #sideshow A photo posted by Matthew Callahan (@galactic_warfighters) on