A Stormtrooper straight from the 'Star Wars' films invaded the high court in London today.
The sinister figure stood glaring towards the judge as a multi-million pound battle began over the costumes used in the series of sci-fi films which chronicled intergalactic wars.
George Lucas, the creator of the films, is suing prop designer Andrew Ainsworth who made the first helmets and suits for the original 1977 film and is now selling replicas made at his studio in Twickenham, south west London.
Michael Bloch QC, representing Lucasfilm, looked at the armour and helmets surrounding him and told Mr Justice Mann: “The gentlemen sitting in front of me and around me, who are known throughout the world, are the subject matter of the entire case.”
The judge, looking at the white armour of the Stormtrooper in front of him, asked: “Will they be there for the entire case?”
Mr Bloch continued: “You will hear a lot about helmets and armour.
“As far as we know they are half human and half non-human and are known as Stormtroopers. What we are dealing with are characters of the imagination.”