Disney and Lucasfilm are getting ready for the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in just a few short months. That being the case, a bunch of merchandise for the movie has recently surfaced on the web. Not only do these toys look cool, likely for both kids and adults, but they also reveal some important story elements and give us a better idea of what we might be able to expect in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff.
EW unveiled a look at a handful of the new toys coming out in honor of the release of Rogue One, and not surprisingly, there is a heavy focus on Felicity Jones' character Jyn Erso. While many aspects of her character are still a mystery, one of the new toys gives us a big clue about Erso. The toy is an Imperial Ground Crew figure, which seems innocuous enough on its own, but the outfit is an exact match to the one that Erso was wearing in the final shot of the first Rogue One trailer that dropped back in April. So, we now know that Erso will be impersonating one of these Imperial workers at one point in the movie.
While perhaps less telling, there is also going to a be a Jyn Erso action figure included in the AT-ACT playset. The set also, of course, comes with an AC-ACT walker that fires Nerf darts. The set also includes an Imperial transport driver, as well as the newly revealed Imperial droid C2-B5, which essentially appears to be an evil version of R2-D2. Rogue One will be the first time we see a droid of that kind featured in a Star Wars movie. For what it's worth, the set retails for $300.
Several other characters that have been teased in various marketing materials for Rogue One are also getting toys made in their likeness, and the information we got about the toys clears some things up. In the behind-the-scenes featurette that was released during Star Wars Celebration, there was a big, white creature resembling a Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back. That creature will be included in a toy set with a Scariff Shoretrooper (a Stormtrooper who will do battle on the planet Scariff) and is called a Moroff. It is also said to be a Rebel-friendly creature. There is also a solo figure for Alan Tudyk's Droid K-2S0, and another two pack, featuring a Death Trooper and an alien Rebel soldier named Pao.
Not surprisingly, there are going to be plenty of LEGO sets themed around Rogue One. One of the sets features the Imperial Assault Hovertank, which was featured in the trailers and in the behind-the-scenes featurette. That set includes a LEGO version of Donnie Yen's character Chirrut Imwe. Additionally, there is a set that features the new TIE Fighter class, the TIE Striker. The set includes several various Imperials and one lonely Rebel. There is also an AT-ST walker set, as well as Director Krennic's Imperial Shuttle, who is being played by Ben Mendelsohn. There are also full LEGO figure sets for K-2S0 and a Death Trooper.
Even though we have never seen a Death Trooper in Star Wars movie before, they appear to be a massive part of Rogue One. They have been included in much of the footage we have seen for the movie up to this point, a ton of the photos and many of the toys coming out include Death Troopers in them. Several new images that surfaced also feature another great look at this imposing new class of Stormtrooper. Not only that, but Hot Toys recently unveiled their 1 / 6 scale collectible version of the Death Trooper. It is a gorgeous figure, with a ton of attention to detail, which we have come to expect from Hot Toys. But it is more evidence that Disney and Lucasfilm are anticipating on the Death Troopers being a big hit. While the specifics of what make these Death Troopers so important have been kept under wraps, it is becoming very clear that they are not just going to be an ancillary aspect of this movie.
Outside of that, a couple of new photos have also surfaced, showcasing Jyn Erso in handcuffs, looking rather upset about the fact that she is in handcuffs, as well as another image showing Orson Krennic in the foreground, with some Death Troopers in the background. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16. Be sure to check out all of the new toys, which will be available starting September 30 as part of Force Friday, and images for yourself below,