/star-wars-episode-vii-sketch-reveals-new-stormtrooper-design/Earlier in the week, design artist Tom Hodges, known for his work on previous Star Wars projects, claimed to have seen one of the new Stormtroopers from Star Wars: Episode VII. He was unable to snap a photo, but he did draw a sketch that was quickly taken down by LucasFilm and Disney. Now, the official Twitter of the 510st Legion, the world's definitive Imperial costuming organization, who you may have seen gather as a large army of Stormtroopers and Imperial Guards at Comic-Con, have gotten their hands on what they claim to be a real Stromtrooper helmet as being used in director J.J. Abrams's sequel. The also have concept art for what is either a new Snowtrooper design or a Jungletrooper. Take a look:

The designs look as though they are paying true homage to the concept art of Ralph McQuarrie, who has been with the Star Wars franchise since it's inception. While the above photos do slightly look like Tom Hodges's sketch, there are a few discrepancies between the two.

The second helmet in the second tweet is believed to be the new design for the Snowtrooper helmet. It has also been identified as a Jungletrooper helmet. Indie Revolver, who debuted the above photos, had this to say about the new design:

The sequel Stormtrooper helmet feels like a natural continuation from the original, but there are distinct differences. The helmet is not symmetrical - there's only one breather/vent on the bottom near the mouth, on his left side. The black "mouth" area under the white nose plate appears to be a cloth/mesh (which you can better see in the detail shot below). The eye lenses are still separate, but set into a black frame to connect them and give the illusion of one single piece.

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While no official plot details have been released, it is believed that Han Solo and Chewbacca go on a mission to find a missing Luke Skywalker. This would presumable put them on many different types of planets, including a Jungle and Snow planet. Hoth's presence in the film has also been rumored in the past.

These photos have not yet been confirmed as the real thing, and it should be noted that the 501st are experts in helmet replicas. While they certainly look authentic, an unauthorized designer from the 501st could have easily constructed these. What do you think of the design? Would you have rather seen them bring the original '77 Stormtroopers back into action?

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