The great unboxing of 2015 is finally over! It was 18 hours of straight up toy madness in anticipation of Force Friday, which kicks off across the country tonight, with a tidal wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise set to drain your pocket book. Now that we've seen the toys, we can get back to all the movie marketing materials, starting with a very cool international poster. It features the First Order Troops, lead by the new trio of villains, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and General Hux.
Though, it must be noted, some are saying this is a fan-made poster. If that's the case, it's an exceptional job. It appears to give us a new look at Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, one we haven't seen before. And one that is quite hard to fake. So, even if this has been cobbled together by some lonely basement dwelling future poster maker, it's still pretty awesome. And it teases the dark force rising, which will wash over our heroes on the big screen this December.
The First Order is a militaristic body made up of remnants from the old Empire. They rose from the ashes of the second Death Star, destroyed by the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Kylo, Hux and Phasma all work for this organization, which has modeled itself after the Galactic Empire that was once ruled with an iron fist by Emperor Palpatine. So far, these are the only three members of the First Order that we've seen highlighted in the promotional campaign, which, while it seems to be showing us quite a lot, isn't really showing us anything at all. More First Order characters will surely emerge in the near future.
The leaders of the First Order are surrounded by a huge army of Stormtroopers, who come in a variety of styles and flavors in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The traditional Stormtrooper has gotten a very cool upgrade that most fans seem excited about. And helping to push the action figure line are Snowtroopers, TIE Fighter Pilots and the very exciting Flametrooper. This latest poster shows them all on the snowy planet, once thought to be Hoth. This particular planet has yet to be identified by name, but it appears to be home to General Hux's Starkiller Base, so named after Luke Skywalker's original name in the first draft of George Lucas' Star Wars screenplay.
While not too much has been revealed about this holy trinity of bad guys, we do know that Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, hails from the Knights of Ren. And he's modeled his helmet after Darth Vader. Kylo is a Vader obsessive, possibly his biggest fan. He is also a collector of Sith and Jedi memorabilia. His most coveted artifact is Anakin Skywalker's blue lightsaber, thought to have been lost by Luke during his epic duel with Darth on Cloud City. Ren has a unique red lightsaber that features cross-guards. He is not a Sith, and his control of the dark side is thought to be unrefined. His backstory mirror's that of young Luke Skywalker, the yin to his yang.
Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux is one of the First Order's main leaders. His exact rank has not yet been revealed, but it is believed that Finn, an AWOL Stormtrooper played by John Boyega, used to be under his command. Hux is now obsessed with finding Finn. It is believed that the general is tasked with forming defense strategies against the new Rebellion, which is now known as the Resistance. Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie, is a Stormtrooper leader believed to be working directly under General Hux. She is tasked with finding and capturing Finn, who has fled to the desert planet of Jakku. Some believe she is a secret Sith Lord.
While we're sure to learn a little bit more about these characters as Force Friday unfolds, don't expect any great mysteries to be revealed. We've already seen all of the toys Hasbro has to offer. And there is nothing new aside from a couple of ancillary aliens and troopers and various other gang members who probably don't get much screen time. While we wait, take a look at this exceptional promo poster, which is very cool whether it was made by a fan or not. I say, put him on the payroll, LucasFilm!