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Rogue One: Rumored Lego Sets for U-Wing, TIE Striker, Huge Shuttle and Unknown Speeder!

Update (June 2, 2016): The photos of the Rogue One Lego sets have leaked!

Update (June 1, 2016): A Bothan spy from Denmark provided additional intel about the Rogue One sets. The new Lego information is appended at the end.

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with the leak of Rogue One‘s buildable figures from Lego. Today, Stormtrooper Larry gets the scoop on even better toys: the Lego sets of Rogue One vehicles!

The leak comes from Just2Good, a Lego lover and good source of Lego insider info. Just2Good was the first to leak the new Ghostbusters HQ Lego set in September 2015, a full two months before Lego officially announced the playset. J2G also has a substantial following on Youtube, boasting nearly 80,000 subscribers, and a long history of scooping Lego intel, outing everything from future Scooby Doo sets to Minecraft tieups.

With that out of the way, let’s go to the leak itself. Last May 27, Just2Good posted on the Lego-centric forum Eurobricks.com:

Saw very brief glimpse of Rogue One sets. Remember that poster from a while back? Yeah, the minifigs are basically the same, except coloring is off on a few. I remember a (MUCH better/sleeker looking) First Order Snowspeeder-like vehicle, big blue white ship, an all black Imperial Shuttle like vehicle, new TIE Interceptor like vehicle and the AT-ST. There’s alien figures too which make me super happy!

Will see them again soon and I’ll take notes, so if you have any questions I can try answering them now or observe and answer once I see it again, I’ll probably do a detailed video on my YouTube as well.

Here’s the official Lego poster he’s referring to:

rogue one lego

Let’s examine the intel:

Snowspeeder-like vehicle

This is the first vehicle that we haven’t seen anywhere so far, whether in the trailer or the Visual Story Guide leak. Since it looks more “finished” than the First Order’s, it could be a fast-response vehicle like the Naboo Flash or Gian speeders. No word on the affiliation though.

Big blue white ship

Trivia question: Of all the leaked vehicles we’ve seen so far, guess what’s big, white and blue?

u-wing rogue one

To be clear, this isn’t a sure shot answer. For all we know, Rogue One has other big blue and white ships. But the U-wing is the ship that best fits the bill to date.

An all-black Imperial shuttle-like vehicle

Like this, only less explody?

rogue one shuttle

This AISV (All-black Imperial Shuttle-like Vehicle) combines elements from the Lambda-class shuttle, the Sentinel-class landing craft from the old Expanded Universe, and the ominous presence of Kylo Ren’s command shuttle.

Is it just me, or are the officers who use these rides compensating for something?

New TIE Interceptor like vehicle

Most likely the TIE Striker:

rogue one tie striker

I wonder how Lego will reinforce the chassis to keep the wings from sagging. Either it will have beefed up wing braces, or the wings themselves will be made from a single, lightweight piece.

The AT-ST

Sounds like the chicken walker will return. This makes sense.

Since the AT-ACT were revealed to be cargo carriers, those walking trucks will need lighter and nimbler patrol escorts in the form of two-legged walkers. They also appear to be different from the Hoth and Endor versions (see more below).

Some other tidbits from Just2Good:

Q: Do you remember any minfigs other than the rebels? Rough estimates of minfig counts for each set?

A: There’s an alien with new mould, main girl is only in the second biggest set, and the Death Troopers are only in the biggest set (I’m sure we’ll get a Battlepack next year with them, however)

Q: Does the AT-ST look enough like the OT version to be displayed with the Ewok Village or any Hoth set?

A: It does look different, but I think you can get away with it.

Q (A long-ass one): Minifigures: Are there rebel troopers in the classic OT styles? (Ala rebel naval trooper with the big white helmet, rebel commando like the ones on endor)

Are the aliens new (such as the ones apart of the rebel team that were recently announced) or are there classic OT aliens as well? (Duros, Bith, Ithorians, etc…)
Is there a figure of the white uniformed Imperial Officer?

Is Darth Vader or some other sith inquisitor in any of the sets?

Vehicles: Is the AT-ST the same as the ones from the OT? Does it look good and better then previous Lego renditions?

Sets: What is the mini figure count and distribution?
How many and what kind of figures do we get with the AT-ST?

I’ll answer with what I remember now, with questions about if a character is OT or not, please provide pictures of the whichever you’re referring to from the OT. :grin:

A: 
– I don’t remember any of these aliens from OT
– No Vader or Sith but there’s a guy in white, I think that’s the Imperial Officer
– The AT-ST IIRC is a little different from the OT, looks better than previous ones
– Two small sets have three I think, two big ones at least five, middle I think four
– All I remember is AT-ST had the only black guy of the whole wave, I think Forest Whitaker’s character? Which had a cool new military helmet mould!

Q: Do you remember which set the guy in white was in? If not no worries :wink:
These are the troopers I mean (pic of OT Rebel trooper from Tantive IV)

A: No none of those troopers! There’s like a Rebel soldier with Captain America/Hawkeye’s Civil War face. White guy is in the biggest set. He’s not even really that cool looking. I have to say, the minifigure lineup here for Rebels are pretty mediocre in terms of new faces and moulds, there’s not much; however, the two aliens look awesome (I believe one has like a funny screaming face, the other is moulded), the new troopers have new moulds and look awesome though.

Oh! And the droid guy looks cool, new body/head mould that I think is one piece, and I remember new long droid legs! I might be wrong about the legs, they looked different from the regular battle droid ones though. Also the TIE Interceptor-like set has a Death Star Trooper.

Q: Were the figures prototypes or were they finalized? And if so how do you feel they compared to the high quality of the Force Awakens figures?

A: 100% final, I’d say a little less since a LOT used old prints and moulds, but still there were some great minifigures.

So what’s our timeframe for these toys? Last year, the Lego sets for TFA started leaking in July 2015, even though they wouldn’t be on store shelves for 3-6 months.

Given this precedent, we’ll likely see leaks between now and Star Wars Celebration Europe in July. There will be more leaks by August, when shipping starts and retail stores stock up. The Rogue One vehicles themselves should have their official reveal in three months time come Force Friday.

So for our future Lego lineup, it looks like we’ll have a bunch of fighters and speeders, a huge Rebel troop carrier, a massive Imperial shuttle, and of course the big momma of Rogue One: the inevitable AT-ACT.

Star Wars Lego lovers should prepare their wallets for September!

UPDATE (June 1, 2016):

Bothan spy “BrixBat” from Denmark alerted us to a 2-month old post by Brickset.com. As early as April 7, the post accurately predicted the Lego Buildables set that leaked last week, so it can be considered reliable.

Here’s the intel that corroborates Just2Good’s report:

  • 75152 {Unnamed Imperial Landspeeder} – 385 pieces – €39.99, £34.99, $29.99
  • 75153 AT-ST – 449 pieces – €49.99, £39.99, $39.99
  • 75154 TIE Fighter – 543 pieces – €69.99, £59.99, $69.99
  • 75155 Rebel Starfighter – 659 pieces – €79.99, £64.99, $69.99
  • 75156 {Unnamed Dropship} – 863 pieces – €99.99, £79.99, $89.99

2nd UPDATE (June 2, 2016):

Photos of the Rogue One Lego sets and minifigs have leaked to the Holonet! You can see the leaked pics here.


Special shoutout to the following:

Djmangunz of the Eurobricks forum

Just2Good for the Rogue One intel (visit his Facebook page here)

BrixBat for the Brickset.com intel

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Rogue One News: Donnie Yen to Return for “Additional Photography”

First update: One of our Chinese-speaking readers says the original interview seems to suggest that Donnie Yen is returning to the UK to fill gaps in the movie.

Second update: It’s confirmed: Yen is returning to London to reshoot scenes for Rogue One.

With less than 6 months to go before Rogue One, a principal actor has revealed that he’s not yet done with the film.

Actor Donnie Yen, who plays one of Jyn Erso’s dirty band of rogues, says he has to return to London to do “additional photography”. In a local interview last week, the Hong Kong-based actor was asked if he’ll be spending Father’s Day with his kids:

“I can’t. My wife and I will be flying to Japan in two days for a project. After that, I’ll be flying all over the place for some more work. I’m going to have to go back to London soon too, to do some additional photography for Rogue One.”

London is currently the production epicenter for both Rogue One and Star Wars Episode VIII. Rogue One began shooting last August 2015, even as Disney was hyping up The Force Awakens.

So what does this mean for Rogue One? Some possibilities are:

  • Principal photography is not yet done, and Yen was just on break
  • The cast may have been called back for reshoots
  • Filming is done, and Yen is flying back to do promotional material (such as photoshoots, spreads and merchandising).

According to Redditor ArlonDarke, who speaks Cantonese, “From the original interview, Donnie seems to be suggesting that the reshoot, rather than just being for promotional material as suggested, (has) to do with filling in some gaps in the movie. Maybe Gareth Edwards decided to expand Chirrut’s role a little. In any case, he’s probably involved in some new shots.”

In the case of The Force Awakens, principal photography ended in November 2014, over a year before the film’s release. The rumored reshoots at Skellig Michael as late as September 2015, just 3 months before TFA hit theaters, turned out to be false. It was actually the preparatory shoot for Episode VIII.

If anything, Disney seems to be planning very well ahead. So ongoing production or even a reshoot at this stage for Rogue One would be unusual for the franchise, but not out of the ordinary in the filming industry.

Donnie Yen was the first to leak photos of the Death Trooper and Shore Trooper helmets on his Instagram and Facebook page, as early as August 2015. They were quickly deleted within 2 hours. His wife Cissy Wang may also have accidentally leaked a key detail when she posted this on her IG last March:

The original caption was “So cool, it looks just like the one on set when I visited hubby!” Although with the release of the Edelweiss leak, she may have been talking about a mockup of the U-wing, whose cockpit looks similar to the T-47 snowspeeder.

The actor has been as busy as a mouse droid since September, being involved in Rogue One as well as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. Both projects have kept him flying back and forth between Hong Kong and the studios for the past 9 months. In fact, he just finished shooting XXX last May 20.

donnie yen chirrut rogue one

When he was asked if he would turn down Hollywood films to spend more time with his family, Yen revealed his motivation for appearing in Rogue One:

“It was never really about the money. I picked up those jobs because they were a rare opportunity. I did Rogue One because my kids are huge fans of Star Wars.

In fact one of them, 7-year old James, is a budding Sith lord:

He seems to be a pretty cool guy. As the lead star of Ip Man, Yen does his own martial arts fight scenes, having knowledge of taekwondo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and judo. He’s also one of the few Star Wars characters to incorporate martial arts in his role, alongside Darth Maul actor Ray Park who was an expert in kung-fu and wushu. Anyone as deadly as Maul in hand-to-hand combat is alright in our book.

Donnie Yen will appear as Chirrut, a “spiritual warrior” in Rogue One. As one of the few melee characters in Star Wars, I hope Hasbro turns Chirrut’s awesome blaster stick into a toy for Donnie’s little kids!

chirrut

Thanks to rebel spy Cherry Wong for translating the interview, and to Reddit user ArlonDarke for the additional intel!


 

Hungry for more Rogue One intel? Check out our in-depth analysis why the U-wing isn’t a starfighter!

Rogue One Analysis: The U-Wing is NOT a Starfighter!

Update (June 2, 2016): Yep, the U-wing is not a fighter. See the leaked pic of the Lego version here.

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the controversial news that the security droid from the Rogue One leak is actually named K-2SO, not K-250.

Today, Stormtrooper Larry brings you another tidbit: the U-wing is NOT a space fighter like the X-wing, despite what Wookieepedia, Yahoo News, the Inquisitr and other sites say.

It’s actually a combination gunship / troop transport, like the old LAAT gunship of the Clone Wars!

First, here’s the leak again from Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide:

rogue one leak rebel fighter

Looks like a sleek T-47 snowspeeder married to a pair of scissors right?

What most people don’t realize is, they’ve actually seen this craft way before, in the concept images of Rogue One!

u-wing

That’s the U-wing. Notice how much larger it is than an X-wing or Y-wing? It hides a big belly which might be a troop compartment.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a clearer shot with the hatchway open:

u-wing dropship

Actually the answer was right in the leak. While we gawked at the pretty colored photos, the bulging troop compartment in the diagram could be easily missed:

rogue one uwing

If that’s indeed the troop section, I hope those aren’t massive windows at the front. There’s a reason why real-world armored personnel carriers like the Bradley and M113 are windowless: they envelope the passengers in an armored cocoon so they reach the battlefield unharmed and combat-ready.

In fact, nearly all APCs are windowless boxes — only the driver gets an outside view out of necessity. Any windows in the troop compartment are limited to gunslits and firing ports.

Could Jyn Erso be staring out of one such window in the trailer?

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Here’s some leaked set photos from TMZ. Those distinctive engines look familiar, and the ship seems larger than an X-wing:

uwing crashed

EXCLUSIVE: A burnt out ship and dead Storm Troopers can be seen during filming of Star Wars Rogue One.

It could even be the crashed ship in the portion of the trailer where Admiral Fancycloak  Director Krennic strides through the water. Look at the distinctive windows, engine placement and lack of S-foils..

rogue-one-uwing-crash

To summarize what we learned so far:

  • The U-wing is the Rebellion’s equivalent of the Republic LAAT, being a combination gunship and troop transport.
  • Lucasfilm doesn’t have to build full-size props. In this case, they mocked up the crashed engines of the U-wing, while the body and wreckage will probably be added in post-production. If there’s a cockpit or troop compartment mockup, it’s inside the closed doors of Pinewood Studios.
  • Between this and the new AT-ACT, we can expect large playsets (or at least impressive Titanium ships) come Force Friday!

So if the Rebels had U-wings, why didn’t we see them in the original trilogy? Maybe they existed off-screen. After all, the Death Star trench run didn’t call for gunships, and the evacuation of Hoth couldn’t have depended on U-wings alone (that’s what the Rebel transports were for).

Disney seems to be rectifying this by quietly inserting dropship references in new books set in the Rebellion era. For instance, the novelization of the video game Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, mentions Rebel dropships several times. That dropship could be the U-wing.

By the way, those leaked set photos were taken in September 2015, three months before the screening of The Force Awakens. So the U-wing may have been in physical, mocked up existence for far longer than everyone knew!


Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage of the Rogue One leak. Meanwhile, check out this mind-boggling insight about Poe Dameron and The Force Awakens.

EXCLUSIVE: The Rogue One Droid is NOT K-250, it’s K-2SO!

Yesterday, Disney announced the Rogue One leak was “unauthorized and filled with incorrect information.” While we wonder what kind of leaks are actually “authorized”, our Rebel spies worked around the clock to find the “incorrect information” in the leak.

Today, we found one of the incorrect info Easter eggs: the name of that security droid is NOT K-250.

Let’s examine the leak again:

rogue one k-250 enforcer

The droid spread is pretty straightforward, right? The big bold letters announce his name as K-250. This is why the entire Internet, from major sites like Wikipedia, IMDB, Yahoo News, to dedicated fan sites like Making Star Wars, Wookieepedia, Slashfilm, and Screenrant, are all calling him K-250 (K-two fifty).

However, look closer — his name is actually K-2SO (K-two ess oh).

rogue one k2so.jpg

But which is which, K-250 or K-2SO? We believe it’s the latter, K-two ess oh.

  • When it comes to accuracy, the text content of the leak isn’t trustworthy. Content is repeated for the villains page, and even copy-pasted from the Star Wars databank for the AT-AT page. This is because they are merely filler text, used to plot the layout.
  • Keeping that in mind, take a closer look at the title — it actually contradicts itself. The header says “K-two five ZERO” (number). Then the smaller header below it says “K-two five OH” (letter). It might be because it’s filler text hastily typed in. On the other hand, that diagram took a lot of time and couldn’t be the result of an accident.

k250 k25o k2s0

  • Schematic-wise, the “S” in K-2SO couldn’t be a stylized version of “five”. If you notice, it looks exactly the same as the letter S in “Classified” just above it.

k250 k2so k25o

  • The big K-2SO also couldn’t be a stylized “five”. Notice how the number 2 has a straight edge. If the letter S was intended to be number 5, it should have a straight edge as well. And again, this was thoughtfully drawn out, not hastily typed in like the filler title.

k-2so

  • K-2SO follows Star War’s naming tradition of letter-number-letter-letter. Take a look at C-3PO. He belongs to the 3PO series of protocol droids. Guess what rhymes with him? K-2SO. A 2SO series not only follows the naming convention, perhaps K-2S0 was also built by the same company that made Threepio’s family of droids (Cybot Galactica).
  • In addition, one of the Rebellion’s protocol droids in Hoth during The Empire Strikes Back was named K-3PO. So the choice of K-2SO may be a nice throwback by the Rogue One team.

k-3poHan Solo used to call him “that big white rod”. 

If you search Google for K-2SO, only our site calls him as such. Everyone else thinks it’s K-250. You heard it here first!

So the next time you see another site proclaiming K-250, tell them K-2SO is an enforcer droid, not a Keurig coffee maker.

k250 droid

UPDATE (June 23, 2016):

Entertainment Weekly has just revealed the official character names.

Told ya :p