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Rogue One: 1st Wave of Titanium Vehicles Revealed

Historically, one of the biggest sources of Star Wars leaks has been merchandising. For Rogue One, we’ve already had the Edelweiss book leak, the Lego constructs, and the even juicier Lego ship sets (for which Lego’s legal team actually contacted us).

Today, we have yet another leak, and it comes from Stormtrooper Larry’s favorite toy line: the Hasbro Titanium series.

The Titanium line are 3-inch diecast models of Star Wars ships, all the way from the Original Trilogy to last year’s The Force Awakens. For 2016, we’ve received intel on what the first wave of Rogue One Titaniums will be.

These are:

The U-wing

This is the combination gunship / troop carrier of the Rebellion, similar to the old Republic LAAT

The TIE Striker

For this ship, the retail codename is “Raven”. However, since the Hotwheels 2-pack version is labeled “Raven Deluxe vs. X-wing”, our source may be wrong. The Raven may actually be the regular TIE fighter, while the TIE Striker might be under the codename Raven Deluxe

The black Imperial Shuttle

.This shuttle is NEITHER the old Lambda-class, nor the huge black ship that gets blown up in the trailer. It appears to be a totally new design we haven’t seen officially yet.

Codename “Vulture”

No further information

Codename “Owl”

No further information

Interestingly, this is the first time we’ve heard of the “Vulture” and the “Owl”, since neither were included in the leaked Italian version of the Lego May-Dec 2016 catalog.

During the prequel era of the 2000’s, the first Titanium leaks came from Hong Kong and China, as Hasbro’s partner factories sold the product prototypes on eBay. So if you’re looking for the first glimpse of a Rogue One Titanium, go eastward!

Update:

We’ve just received intel that toy manufacturer Mattel is cracking down on their similarly sized Hot Wheels Starships. The first mention of the “Raven” came from a product listing of Hot Wheels 2-ship packs, which had “Raven Deluxe vs X-wing” among the case.

US retailers have reportedly been told to scrub the product from their online listings. According to our source, 4-case shipments will now be comprised of:

2x Slave I vs. Jedi Starfighter
1x Star Destroyer vs. Mon Calamari Cruiser
1x Ghost vs. TIE Fighter (Rebels)

If this is accurate, they doubled the “Slave I vs Jedi Starfighter” packs to replace the “Raven vs. X-wing”. Or it may just be a smokescreen to shield the Rogue One pack that will be included in the 4-pack case.

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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:

rogue one spy photo

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

rogue one spy photo 2

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

rogue one spy photo 3

A closer look at the mysterious crates:

rogue one orange boxes.jpg

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:

rogue one crate

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:

spy photo rogue one set.jpg

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.

at-act rogue one.jpgTry stealing the crystals now bitches!

Rogue One Lego Update: PHOTOS LEAKED!

Update (June 2, 2016): We received the following notice from LEGO:

“We have become aware that non-released, confidential and copyrighted LEGO® building instructions have been published on your website. The publication of this copyrighted material has not been authorized and we must therefore request that you immediately remove and delete the content from your website.”

2nd update (June 3, 2016): While Stormtrooper Larry slept, LEGO got impatient and filed a DMCA notice with WordPress. Hence, the images were removed. Please scroll to the bottom to find the link to the images.


The other day, we brought you a description of the upcoming Lego sets from Rogue One. The report came from Just2Good, an established Lego insider and reliable source of brick intel.

Today we get our first look at the leaked images of Rogue One’s Lego sets!

Rogue One minifigures

Scroll down to the bottom for the image link.stormtrooper larry

Besides the Rogue One crew, we see:

  • Director Krennic, still with his vain cape
  • A Death trooper
  • The Shore Trooper
  • A hovertank crew
  • A Rebel pilot (perhaps the captain of the U-wing?)
  • A Death Star gunner
  • An Imperial Navy foot soldier
  • A black Rebel infantry man

Some observations:

  • Jyn is now in a Rebel outfit with goggles, similar to her look in the Celebration Europe poster and Lego buildables leak
  • The soldiers crewing the hovertank are different from the Shore Trooper

Rogue One ships

LEGO filed a DMCA notice with WordPress and took down the images. So we used our sophisticated photo-editing skills to recreate the sets:

rogue one lego set leak

The numbers match the report from Brickset.com last April 7:

75152 {Unnamed Imperial Landspeeder} – 385 pieces – €39.99, £34.99, $29.99

This turned out to be the hovertank

75153 AT-ST – 449 pieces – €49.99, £39.99, $39.99

Until we see the onscreen counterpart, we can’t see how different it is from the Hoth version

75154 TIE Fighter – 543 pieces – €69.99, £59.99, $69.99

 AKA the TIE Striker

75155 Rebel Starfighter – 659 pieces – €79.99, £64.99, $69.99

The rumored big blue white ship, AKA the U-wing gunship

75156 {Unnamed Dropship} – 863 pieces – €99.99, £79.99, $89.99

This is a new ship we haven’t seen yet, and different from the exploding black shuttle in the trailer (that one had four wings, and looked to be as big as the old Sentinel-class lander)

rogue one shuttle.png

A closer look at the Hovertank

rogue one lego hovertank leak 1“Nothing to see here, move along (to the bottom of the post where the link is)”

Based on the box art, the set will come with two tank troopers (different from the Shore Trooper) and Chirrut. Will there be a confrontation that leads to the trailer scene where Chirrut kicks ass?

The vehicle seems to be carrying one of the orange boxes from the leaked set photos last year:

rogue one crate

What if it’s not a tank, but a heavily armored cargo carrier / pickup? It even has a cab and flatbed at the back!


Update: LEGO is mad as hell. Their Boston, MA-based law partner Day Pitney LLP has been filing DMCA takedown notices left and right to scrub the leaked images from the net. We received a takedown notice on June 2, 12 pm EST. While Stormtrooper Larry was sleeping, WordPress took down the images. It seems we can’t repel a legal notice of that magnitude.

Multiple websites that used to carry the images now show 404 pages, including the original source (a LEGO-centric website). From the 30+ sites that jumped on the LEGO leak yesterday, only 1 or 2 still have the photos up.

The leaked images can still be found here. You’re welcome!

Meanwhile, check out the latest Rogue One plot leak from a supposed member of the production crew!

 

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