Leave it to the toys for our latest big Star Wars: The Force Awakens reveal. An action figure prototype image offers our first look at John Boyega out of his Stormtrooper outfit. We also get a better look at Daisy Ridley as Rey, and Chewbacca, who is not sporting a bionic arm as previously reported. Best of all, we get to see new Sith Villain Kylo Ren in his Darth Vader-inspired helmet. They are all joined by the ever popular ball droid BB-8.
The site Chinese Star Wars is responsible for this latest image. While it hasn't been confirmed that this is, in fact, Kylo Ren, Indie Revolver, who has leaked quite a bit of concept art over the past year, confirms that this is the new Sith villain, rumored to be played by Adam Driver. They have a nice piece of concept art, which reveals the character's helmet. As you can see, Ren wears a flared dome underneath a hood not unlike his Sith predeccessor. While the character wears a cloak that is ragged and torn, it is not known if that is his signature style, of if he's suffered at the hands of the Jedi in this upcoming sequel. The lines on the helmet will reportedly not be yellow in the finished film, as seen here. And it is noted that the helmet is removable.
It is also being speculated that this may, in fact, not be Kylo Ren but the recently named Captain Phasma, rumored to be played by Gwendoline Christie. If that is the case, it's obviously a nod to Princess Leia's bounty hunter disguise as Boushh. What do you think about these action figure images leaking a full year before the movie is out? Will we see an 'Early Bird' kit from Hasbro reminiscent of the original Kenner release? That boxed set also included Chewbacca as one of four figures fans had to send away for before the figures were ready to be sold to the public.
Leaked image of 6" Star Wars: Episode VII action figure prototypes. Pretty cool stuff if you're a fan and collector. pic.twitter.com/moKEpZWb2h— Eddie Johns (@cooleddie_74) December 22, 2014
Kylo helmet. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/xDMtlBVgFJ— Anthony Mullins (@anthonyhmullins) December 22, 2014