I know a lot of people are having a hard time with the concept that the Empire exists during the Star Wars: Episode VII era. Well, it apparently does because Star Destroyers are in the film, Imperial looking sets are everywhere, and with that motif comes Stormtroopers. One source saw at least twenty in a single sequence on the Imperial looking stage involving a lot of pyrotechnics. “Exciting” is hardly the word I’d use. I’d say it was pretty “rad.”
Yep, Stormtroopers are back in Star Wars: Episode VII. These Stormtroopers are not the Stormtroopers you saw in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. They are slightly altered in their general dimensions. Various sources have described them as more “modern,” while two others called them more “advanced” looking. One source claimed the “IIO” on the back plate is smother and flatter as well. I have a feeling the devil is in the details and to most, these new costumes will seem like more of the same, but to us die hard fans, the minutiae of the changes will make them fresh and exciting.
A few things have made certain aspects of the descriptions hard to discern. For instance, one person said the costumes were made from rubber and there were differences between the new and old ones. It was said the shin pads buckled under the shoes, for instance. But it appears said costume this person observed up close was probably a stunt costume, which explains the lack of a fiberglass look and the usage of “rubber.”
Initial reports said the new Stormtroopers had capes and or ponchos with them. My first thought was back to the Clone Wars: Micro-Series where we saw Clones with ponchos. However, another source laughed at that idea and said the troopers covered with splash guards and tarps to keep them clean in certain sequences. Some people have said “capes” but it seems unlikely considering everything else we’ve learned. One person we don’t know that well, independently told us they were covering the armor to hide a change in the costume and I figured that possibility was worth noting.
These troopers are the standard types we expect to see in the film. I do not, at this time, think they pertain to the black and chrome sets and characters we described in a previous report. My general impression is these costumes are as drastic of a change as say a Clone to a Stormtrooper. The changes are much more subtle.
I think that’s everything we know about Stormtroopers in Star Wars: Episode VII.
A friend of ours has pointed us in the right direction, once again. The person who described some Star Wars sets at Pinewood on IMDB has listed some details of what they’ve seen regarding troopers for the new film. Thankfully the descriptions sound a little stronger than they are more advanced, but now I see what the people above were getting at a bit clearer, although the Vader homage is news to me:
- They have white helmets which flare out, which is weird but looks good. The eye is just one thin black strip, and it’s creepy.
- Sadly I only got a proper look at the helmets. The flare out, okay, I can’t describe it other than they look like Vader’s helmet in that respect, which I love. Obviously made in his image or something like that, which is interesting and a very clever way of keeping his presence in these movies.
- The thin eye strip was what got me, just looked creepy. Hope it looks the same on camera.
- Well, the helmets I saw were white. Maybe they’ll be painted, though I think they would have been made with black plastic instead if they’re black. The story elements suggested there do chime with the sets I’ve seen; the Imperial installation, Tatooine, Hoth and a tree dwelling (personally hoping that’s Yavin IV).
Interestingly, this lines up with what I’ve heard about the iconography of the villains to an extent.
Perhaps the new trooper is derivative of Joe Johnston Snowtrooper art? We’re not implying these are snowtroopers. The design could literally be retrofitted for anything if need be. Johnston experimented with Vader style samurai helmets on troopers for The Empire Strikes Back.
Or this Johnston early Boba Fett concept: