We’ve reported that Star Wars Force Friday II has been confirmed, where Disney and Lucasfilm have partnered for the second time around with leading manufacturers to create an awesome Star Wars experience for fans across the world in preparation for the theatrical debut of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Though this huge promotional is still seven months from now, the legion of Star Wars faithful is already looking forward to the event.
To add to the excitement, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson recently shared a tidbit of a teaser to whet the appetite of those looking forward to see what’s in store in the 8th instalment of the gargantuan movie franchise. We saw that Rey will be sporting a new look in The Last Jedi, and this time it’s the iconic foot soldier of the ominous First Order that will get a bit of a rehash. Johnson took it to Tumblr to share this photo of the new First Order Stormtrooper that will make their debut in Episode VIII as you can see from the image below.
Frankly, at first glance, there is not much of a difference between this newer version of the Stormtrooper to that of 2015’s version in The Force Awakens. It may not be noticeable for the casual observer, but a hardcore SW fan will be quick to point this out. Movie news website Slashfilms compared images of the 2015 and 2017 First Order Stormtrooper and noticed some very subtle differences between the two, particularly with their helmets. The one on the left is the Stormtrooper from TFA while the one on the right is from the upcoming TLJ.
According to Slashfilms, “It’s barely noticeable, but the black nose ridge that runs arches across the lower part of the helmet [of the Episode VIII Stormtrooper] appears to be slightly thinner than the older design. The eyes are slightly more triangular as well.” Other than the helmet, there seems virtually no difference between the rest of the trooper’s armor and accessories. The sleeker helmet design from the latter seems to give a more, villainous and indifferent look to these apathetic foot soldiers.
If you recall, the LEGO minifigure version of the First Order Stormtrooper as they debuted in The Force Awakens has a helmet design which is very similar to the image above.
Now, the question in every LEGO Star Wars fan is, will or has LEGO included these minute details in its upcoming Star Wars The Last Jedi sets? Other than the new look that we saw from Rey, will the First Order Stormtrooper be getting the same treatment? Though it highly unlikely that we will know the answers at the LEGO Booth in the New York Toy Fair, our best bet of confirming this is when Force Friday II begins in September.
So what do you think brick fans? Is this something that you’ll look forward to among the upcoming LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi sets? Let us know in the comments below and join in the discussion on our Facebook page.