Update: A physical photo the helmet has shown up and can be seen HERE.
Indie Revolver has photos of the actual Stormtrooper designs for Star Wars: Episode VII. And there are two! Sounds to me like something we have mentioned before. We have heard about these details over and over again for the new trooper designs.
Indie Revolver says:
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..
A couple people have referred to this as a “Jungle Trooper,” but I have a few good reasons to believe that this is actually an update to the Empire Strikes Back’s Snowtrooper. This new helmet has a flared dome and a single thin horizontal eyepiece to it (as we first saw described at Making Star Wars) and appears to have a removable face mask.
Jason EDIT: The “Jungle Trooper” as mentioned has been spotted on a few different sets at Pinewood. I believe they’re calling it that because it appears in the sequence which take place at the “tree house” set and Puzzlewood exteriors.
I have to be honest about the John Boyega Stormtrooper stuff. We’re slightly confused right now on our front. It appears he is a Stormtrooper of some kind. But we can’t ascertain if that’s backstory and he’s already defected by the time the film begins or if he defects from the Empire on screen itself. The background in the first pic makes me speculate that might be the type of costume John Boyega’s character would wear if he’s still in a Stormtrooper.