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Rogue One: Photoshopped Visual Guide Leak!

We have less than 24 hours before Star Wars Celebration and the next trailer for Rogue One!

So before the new trailer drops, it’s time we revealed exclusive Rogue One leaks from the official visual guide book, courtesy of Stormtrooper Larry!

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Click to expand the images. Enjoy!


The plot

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Between the ragtag Rebellion and the tyrannical Galactic Empire stands a mysterious figure known only as “Stormtrooper Larry”.

While his ultimate allegiance is unknown, one thing is certain. The mysterious person behind the helmet has incredibly good looks more devastating than the Death Star’s superlaser.

The villains

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As expected, it’s a bunch of people who loves masks and dress in either black or white. They also speak with a stiff British upper lip.

The sole exception is a mysterious Gungan with an annoying high-pitched Jamaican accent. Rumor is this secret apprentice of Darth Vader is even higher up than Director Krennic, and personally designed the Death Star’s exhaust port.

A new Imperial Walker

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Who cares about a boring cargo carrier? Check out the Emperor’s personal walker, the ACH-OUCH.

This 2-ton monstrosity is both too heavy and too cumbersome for practical use. In fact, it takes full mastery of the dark side just to lift the damn thing, and it’s the reason why Palpatine became a stooped geezer.

But the Emperor can’t be seen using just any old walker. It can only be the Imperial Walker.

The U-wing

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Before the Rebellion got their fancy Incom X-wings and Y-wings, they had to make do with cheap-ass starfighters. The U-wing is actually short for “Yugo-Wing”. Mon Mothma acquired a dozen of the shitty econo-boxes from Watto’s Used Ship Lot (as-is, no warranty).

The TIE Wheelchair

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Not to be outdone by the Rebellion, the Imperial Navy fielded an ever shittier starfighter. The TIE Wheelchair was assigned to whiny TIE pilots who complained about the lack of shields, life support and peripheral awareness in the regular TIE fighter.

TIE Wheelchair pilots had a 400% combat mortality rate. They were unable to take part in the Battle of Yavin after the whole corps was depleted in Rogue One.

The Imperial hovertank

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We don’t know yet if it’s really a tank or the Imperial version of a Humvee. But damn, that is one weird-looking tank trooper.

And yet, it’s still better than those idiotic Shoretroopers.

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Rogue One: What if it’s NOT a Hovertank?

We’re just 4 days away from Star Wars Europe, and what will surely be a Rogue One extravaganza!

So let’s take a look at one of the most anticipated vehicles this September, the Imperial hovertank from the trailer.

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A straightforward beast, right? Massive side guns, sloping front, and heavily armored to withstand cowardly attacks from rebel scum. Definitely a tank.

Or is it?

Last May, we brought you the leaked images of the Rogue One Lego sets. And from there we saw a full-body photo of the tank:

Lego won’t allow us to post the leaked image. Click the pic to view the unblurred version from a hosting site.

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Lego set 75152 turned out to be the vehicle in the trailer. However, it’s full-body appearance was different enough that people who didn’t see the trailer called it a speeder, instead of a hovertank.

In fact, before the Lego photos were leaked, we were able to obtain a description of the sets from noted Lego insider Just2Good. He described the set as an “Imperial speeder” a full three weeks before the photos came out.

Here’s a pretty good recreation of the Lego set, courtesy of Youtuber BrickWizard59:

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A cab, sloped front, and a flatbed. Do you know what that looks like to us? This:

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Heck, it’s even carrying cargo at the back: those mysterious orange crates that seem to be scattered all over planet Scarif!

Here’s another custom build, courtesy of brick fan Rebel Builder:

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Take away the side guns and what you have is the Imperial version of the Humvee. An armored pickup truck for carrying cargo and patrolling dusty streets.

So if it’s a light pickup, what’s their version of a “Deuce”, a 6×6 truck? That would be the All-Terrain Armored Cargo Transport, or AT-ACT:

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And if the AT-ACT is “just” a truck, what would the Empire consider as a main battle tank? Nothing less than this:

atat cross-sectionA frontline tank and APC in one

Remember, these are the same guys who build mile-long destroyers and moon-sized battlestations. So when it comes to the Galactic Empire, what might look like a tank to us could be nothing more than a Humvee. A heavily armed and floating Humvee.

And if it’s not a “hovertank”, it won’t be the first time we all got something wrong…

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Rogue One: The Mystery of the Orange Crates

Back in 2015, Hollywood gossip site TMZ got a juicy look behind the scenes of Rogue One. Specifically, they were able to get spy shots of the tropical planet set that Jyn and her crew will infiltrate:

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Apart from the First Order dropship-like ramp, one other thing stood out in this photo. Let’s take a closer look:

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Do you see it? There’s a bunch of orange capsules on set. They were also present in other set pieces for Rogue One:

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A closer look at the mysterious crates:

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These spy shots were taken in September 2015 in a soundstage in North London.

Then in April, we got the first trailer for Rogue One. And once again, the mysterious crates were present. This time they were stowed in an armored vehicle convoy:

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The Rogue One Lego sets leak last week confirmed that the hovertank thingy is carrying orange boxes:

rogue one lego hovertank leak orange box.jpgUnfortunately we had to blur out the rest of the pic lest LEGO come after Stormtrooper Larry’s ass again

So what’s in them orange boxes? Making Star Wars thinks it has the answer: kyber crystals. MSW’s source says the orange boxes were called “kyber crystal crates” on set, and they were being mined from a mountain side.

According to Wookieepedia, kyber crystals are rare, naturally occurring crystals “resonating” with the Force. They were famously used as the lightsaber’s power source by both the Jedi and the Sith, and getting one was part of a youngling’s initiation in order to become a padawan.

kylo ren lightsaber crystal.pngA cross-section of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. It had a cracked kyber crystal, resulting in an unstable beam and excess energy that was vented out in the crossguards.

More importantly, they were used as the basis for the old Sith Empire’s superweapons:

There were also larger, rarer crystals of great power and that, according to legend, were used at the heart of ancient superweapons by the Sith.

Interestingly, the Star Wars databank entry for the Death Star superlaser mentions kyber crystals as well:

Each of the Empire’s Death Stars were built around a terrifying weapon —  a superlaser array capable of destroying an entire planet. According to legend, the ancient Sith used massive kyber crystals to create superweapons; during the Clone Wars, the Geonosians revived the superlaser design.

Here we can infer two things:

1. The Death Star isn’t the first superlaser weapon, but the latest in a long tradition of superweapons by the Sith. They really love big lasers.

2. Like its predecessors, the Death Star’s superlaser is likely powered by kyber crystals.

This makes sense. Since kyber crystals were used to focus energy into a lightsaber’s blade, they’re also the perfect choice for focusing superlaser streams into a single, poweful beam that could obliterate an entire planet. In essence, the Death Star is one giant lightsaber, albeit one that unleashes its energy in one massive, instantaneous blast instead of a less powerful but steady stream.

So what does this mean for Rogue One? If the Death Star is indeed powered by kyber crystals, the Rogue crew would run into these orange crystal crates as they infiltrate the Imperial base and steal the plans.

If you notice, the leaked TMZ photos show what looks like an underground entrance. This fits in with MSW’s underground mine / mountainside theory of where the Empire gets the crystals:

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The crates themselves might be the plot device that would clue the Alliance in on what the Empire is building. After all, you don’t harvest shuttle-fulls of rare, laser-focusing crystals just for a lightshow in Coruscant.

Our guess is, that hovertank convoy in the trailer will be ambushed by Jyn’s crew. Then when the Empire gets tired of its crystal convoys getting blown by IEDs, it resorts to a new type of cargo carrier: the AT-ACT.

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Rogue One: Possible PLOT LEAK from a Production Insider!

Update: 24 hours after the promised deadline for proof elapsed, the Reddit thread was marked “Debunked”. See update at the end.


A few hours ago, a Redditor calling himself KeepR1Dark claimed to be involved in making Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you can’t tell from the username, he seems to have an axe to grind with the reshoots and the new direction the movie is going.

Interestingly, KeepR1Dark has offered to prove his credentials to the Reddit moderators. While we await their verdict, let’s hear the juicy (possible) intel that KRD has to offer.

As always, these leaks are not 100% confirmed. Read at your own risk! 


The plot

The Rebel Alliance has caught wind of a weapons test on a planet in the outer rim. Our hero Jyn Erso is caught trying to steal a rebel fighter and is taken into custody. When her background is revealed she’s given the choice of going on a mission to the planet to see what kind of weapons are being tested or being turned over to bounty hunters to be turned into the Empire for the substantial price on her head.

Unbeknownst to the other characters Jyn has received a transmission from a man claiming to be her father and telling her that the fate of the entire galaxy rests on whether or not she can find him.

The Rebels go on their mission and discover the Empire testing Imperial walkers and order an attack on the prototypes, but the Walkers are fully operational and now down the Rebel attack squad. Jyn escapes during the battle and resumes the search for her father and his mysterious warning.

The Death Star

… the Rebels are totally unaware of the Death Star’s existence. The weapons test they are concerned with is for Imperial Walkers. They only discover the Death Star because Jyn goes rogue and is determined to find her father.

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Jyn Erso’s father is alive but as a designer of the Death Star is on death row so as not to spill it’s secrets.

He’s had a change of heart at some point and has left the Death Star with a very small vulnerability, but a vulnerability nonetheless. He’s contacted his daughter to come and get the details of the vulnerability from him into the hands of the Rebel Alliance and chose his daughter specifically so he can apologize before his death for being an absentee father.

About Jyn

She remains loyal only to the idea of finding her father. She doesn’t care about the battle between the Empire and the Rebellion, she just wants to find her father. It is that love which uncovers the Death Star. The Rebellion would have been screwed if Jyn didn’t go rogue.

About the bacta tank scene

KRD claims it’s NOT a bacta tank, but a power core:

It’s not a tank. It’s a power core (for) the Death Star. The man kneeling in front of it is Jyn’s father having a “What have I done?” moment. The scene we are talking about is right before his arrest.

More on the aliens and the robot:

One is comic relief, one’s a serious ass kicker, and one is killed off much sooner than you’ll be expecting.

Do we see Vader?

Ohhhh yeah. In a night scene Vader absolutely lays waste to a Rebel ground Squad. Unfortunately this is one of the scenes we have to water down. We made it like something from the old slasher/horror films. Rebel soldiers who joked about a boogie man with magical powers and then minutes later are absolutely wasted.

Other OT characters

Just Vader and Leia and Tarkin and Mothma.

Cameos

Yes there’s a huge A lister who has one line but I don’t want to spoil it because we’re keeping that and it’s such an awesome “what the hell” moment.

Battle scenes

One big ground battle, 4 skirmishes, no space battles but there is a space pursuit of sorts.

On the original ending:

What we’ve created is not so far from the inspiration of the original films in that we styled it after WWII combat. The difference is that the original trilogy only used that inspiration for air fights. We invoke that same feeling in infantry scenes. There’s a beachhead scene that’s very much derivative of Saving Private Ryan, but in the Star Wars universe.  Imagine the Stormtroopers are Rebel soldiers and as soon as those ramps come down and they run off the transports they’re mowed down by enemy fire. That’s what we’ve made here.

I’ll put it this way: a lot of characters die in this movie right now, and that was supposed to be the whole point. You don’t name an entire squadron after a group that got a happy ending, no that’s normally in honor of a great sacrifice.

The ending will stay the same, but the crew’s fate will be implied, not shown. The reshoot a will be for our Normandy inspired beachhead scene and the Vader massacre, as well as a few other combat scenes.

(Disney) wants a movie that kids can watch too because that will net the most money. (Director) Gareth is livid.

What happens in the last 10 minutes?

MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS: Jyn Erso and crew beaming the plans aboard the Tantive IV before their ship is destroyed by an Imperial caravan.

The Alliance gets knocked around the whole film until the end. Remember when ANH starts the Rebels had just scored their first victory. (The sole victory is) literally at the very end of the movie.

So what happens at the end?

Only one of the heroes live: K-2SO is the only survivor.

Here’s our takeaway:

  • The Death Star is only discovered accidentally
  • It’s K-2SO
  • Jyn’s father is the one kneeling, and it’s a power core, not a bacta tank
  • The Rogue crew get their name from Jyn going rogue to find her dad
  • Princess Leia will make an appearance, likely in a brief scene or holo
  • Holy shit, that’s dark! Rogue Squadron is named after the rogue crew because they all died!

The Reddit mods will receive KeepR1Dark’s credentials for verification today. We’ll keep you posted, so be sure to subscribe!


Update (June 3, 2016): It’s been over 24 hours and KRD still hasn’t provided his promised verification to the moderators. As such, the Reddit thread has been locked and marked as “Debunked”.

Update (June 4, 2016): Pablo Hidalgo has a silent Twitter commentary and readers have poked holes in KRD’s story.

Analyzing the Star Wars: Celebration Europe Poster

Today, Disney released the official poster for Star Wars Celebration Europe, which is set to take place in London on July 15. Star Wars Celebration events are official Lucasfilm-sanctioned events, and it’s also where Disney releases more info about the upcoming movie.

Below is the official poster for Celebration Europe:

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And here is the larger, uncropped artwork posted on the official Star Wars Celebration website:

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So let’s put on our Rey goggles and analyze!

1. Director Krennic

Despite Disney’s claims of the Rogue One leak being “mostly incorrect”, we’re betting Director Krennic is the name of Ben Mendelsohn’s character. And we get our clearest “official” look at him yet in this poster.

Going by the old Expanded Universe, Director Krennic appears to have the rank insignia of High Admiral, based on the 2012 guidebook The Essential Guide to Warfare:

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High Admirals were just one rank lower than Grand Admiral, and were on the same level as Grand Moff (twelve squares). They were a step up over Moffs and Vice Admirals (ten squares).

So in Rogue One, it seems that Director Krennic and Grand Moff Tarkin are on par with one another, with none being subordinate to the other. They also sport the same belt buckle, which must be de riguer for military officials.

director krennic tarkinAnd either those are code cylinders, or both of them like to carry a bunch of pens.

2. The Scarab Trooper

Unlike the armored Death Trooper and regular stormtrooper, Scarabs dispense with the armor in the codpiece, thighs and upper arms. This makes them similar to the Scout Trooper.

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It also makes them nimbler, more agile and less cumbersome than regular troopers. Some guesses:

  • Scarabs could be the Empire’s equivalent of the US Marines’ QRF (quick reaction force) – lightly armed, but faster and able to deploy more quickly than a normal complement.
  • They could also be the crew of the Empire’s mechanized forces. We’ve already seen the hovertank in the trailer with a Scarab on top. In the real world, crew members of tanks and APCs wear lighter helmets and less body armor than their infantry counterparts, so they can easily dismount in case of an emergency (like a burning vehicle).

For example, this US Army tank gunner wears a Combat Vehicle Crewman helmet different from the regular PASGT helmets. He also dispenses with the cumbersome kevlar panels worn by US army infantry.

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3. Death Trooper

Nothing much to see here other what we’ve already seen in the trailer and Edelweiss leak. Some notes:

  • The body armor, not just the helmet, is definitely different from the regular stormtrooper. Previously, shadowtrooper variations in EU only colored the stormtrooper black without any difference. if you’re a 501st member, get ready for a whole new set of guidelines!
  • The green glow at the mic tips seems pretty stupid. While they look cool from a Hollywood perspective, it’s inconceivable why the Empire would light their special forces troopers like that if they’re supposed to be stealthy. Maybe it’s light leakage from their night vision system?

death trooper helmet.jpgOr maybe they are convenient hands-free lights, for reading maps in the field. How thoughtful of the Empire!

4. AT-ACT

We broke the news before that the Rogue One walker is different from the Hoth version. Here we can clearly make out those differences:

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  • It lacks the devastating chin blaster cannons, which are the AT-AT’s main armament
  • The AT-ACT’s head and viewport are less armored
  • The undercarriage seems to be different

It also has a striking tan panel on the side. Perhaps those are interchangeable modules and this walker carries cargo, with the tan panel being a pallet that can be easily swapped. Hence the “C” in AT-ACT.

5. Chirrut

Is it just us, or does his walking stick turn into some sort of gun / bowcaster thingy?

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You know the galaxy’s really gone downhill when “religious” guys carry a bunch of weapons.

And that’s it for now. Stormtrooper Larry needs to get back to work!

Massive Star Wars: Rogue One LEAK!

While the holonet has been full of Star Wars Episode VIII leaks, things have been suspiciously quiet regarding Rogue One.

Stormtrooper Larry is happy to change that today with this massive data dump —  the Death Star battle plans  full intel on Rogue One!

The intel comes from Edelweiss, a digital catalog used by booksellers and publishers. Someone, (an intrepid Bothan spy), uploaded the scanned content from an upcoming coffeetable book called Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide.

Not only does it include the full names of Jyn Erso’s rogue crew, it gives us the name of Ben Mendelssohn’s cloak-clad villain, as well as info on the Death Troopers, two new starfighters, and the predecessor of the AT-ACT.

For what it’s worth, the scans are marked not final. So proceed at your own risk. And as always, SPOILERS AHEAD!


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  1. The rogue band of resistance fighters

  • Jyn Erso
  • Rebel Alliance Captain Cassian Andor
  • Rebel footsoldier Bodhi
  • Freelance assassin Baze
  • The “spiritual warrior” Chirrut
  • The aliens Pao and Bistan
  • K-2S0, an Enforcer droid designed by the Empire but now under Rebel service

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2. Their Imperial foes

  • Ben Mendelssohn’s fancy-cloaked character is named Director Krennic
  • The black-clad troopers are confirmed to be Death Troopers, not Shadow Troopers
  • Notice how the text repeats itself, possibly as filler for the actual content to follow

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3. Two new starfighters

  • The U-Wing is a four-engined Rebel Alliance ship equipped with two laser cannons and two forward-facing S-foils that give it its name

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  • The TIE Striker sports high-speed wings that enable it to reach speeds of 1,500kph (the normal TIE fighter has a maximum atmospheric speed of 1,200kph according to Wookieepedia).

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4. The AT-AT’s predecessor

  • We noticed how the AT-ATs in the trailer differed from their ESB cousins. Pablo Hidalgo confirmed that they are “not technically AT-ATs”. That’s because they are AT-ACTs! Could they be All-Terrain Armored Combat Transports?
  • While we don’t have photos, the text also confirms the existence of AT-DPs (All Terrain Defence Pods), which are two-legged, two-man platforms used for patrol and scouting missions.

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5. The new droid

  • Look sir, droid! K-2S0 is a former Security Droid. He has the same “donut and two bars” back design as regular stormtroopers, but seems to have been reprogrammed by the Rebels. He will likely play a key role in infiltrating the Imperial base and letting our heroes in.

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6. More glorious spreads

  • Just for the heck of it, here are some more gorgeous photos that don’t tell us much. Although we do wonder what the T-70 X-wing from The Force Awakens is doing here.

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That new Hasbro playset  Imperial hovertank from the trailer

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The big mamajama itself, the Death Star

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And finally, a group photo of the whole shebang.

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The source itself, Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide, will be released on Jan. 24, 2017. This is why the leak is full of filler text and “Not Final” disclaimers. The final book will be 164 pages long and cost around $25.

Enjoy your Rogue One leak bonanza! Disney has promised we’ll hear more during Star Wars Celebration Europe in July, but for now it seems our Bothan spies have pre-empted the Disney Empire!

UPDATEDisney has asked several sites to take down the leak, calling it “unauthorized and incorrect“.


Can’t wait for the movies? In the meantime, check out this hilarious story how Ben Solo fell to the dark side!

The Rogue One AT-AT is Actually An Entirely New Version

Setting: a humid tropical planet.

Amid the swaying trees, Jyn Erso and her band of misfits have just blown up an Imperial landing craft. Dozens of stormtroopers lie dead, while their black-clad deathtrooper comrades race to the scene. The rebels fight back, and a firefight erupts.

And then…. walkers! The famous All-Terrain Armored Transport makes its first appearance in the Rogue One trailer.

But these are NOT your grandpa’s AT-ATs.

Take a closer look.

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Notice anything different? I’m not talking about the hilarious olive drab camouflage (as if the walking behemoths would blend with the trees).

The head (or cockpit) is actually different, and it lacks the massive chin cannons seen in Empire Strikes Back.

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One of the walking artillery pieces turns right toward the camera and fires a devastating barrage against Jyn and her hapless crew. This allows us a full-frontal look at the slight variations from the 1983 version.

Here’s the head-on view:

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And here it is side-by-side with its predecessor. Or in the Star Wars timeline, its successor:

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The ESB version seems to be a more heavily armored and up-gunned walker, which would make sense. Perhaps what we’re seeing in Rogue One is the older model.

In the real world, it would be like the M1A1 version of the Abrams tank from the first Gulf War, and the M1A2 version in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The hardware may look the same, but there’s a lot of subtle exterior changes (and much more on the interior) that is easily missed by the casual observer.

Our Bothan spies actually noticed this during our frame-by-frame lowdown of the Rogue One trailer. But we were just too lazy to note it at the time.

If you’re itching for more AT-AT action, here’s the GIF from that glorious scene.

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UPDATE: We received a number of comments claiming the Rogue One AT-AT is similar to the one from the Star Wars Rebels animated series. It’s not. Here’s a comparison of all three versions:

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We also have this interesting tweet from Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo:

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