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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: 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”

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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.

Harrods to Showcase Original TFA Props

Just in time for Star Wars Celebration, the famous Harrods in London is joining the Star Wars bandwagon with its own exhibit!

The iconic department store is holding The Star Wars Gallery, which will feature authentic props used in The Force Awakens. 

Some of the original props include:

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  • Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber
  • Rey’s scavenger staff
  • Luke’s lost lightsaber
  • Chewie’s bowcaster

Also on display are full-size figures of Captain Phasma in her chrome armor, a First Order stormtrooper, Rey’s desert outfit, BB-8 and more, to compete with the Rogue One exhibit in nearby London Exhibition Centre.

If that’s not enough, the posh department store also has a full-size mockup of the Falcon’s cockpit, as well as the ship’s iconic holochess table and wraparound sofa.

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Of course, this being Harrods, even their Falcon sofa isn’t as rundown as the real Star Wars Episode VIII prop teased by director Rian Johnson today:

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A filthy sofa like this probably won’t get within 2 blocks of Harrods

But that’s not all. Fans with deep pockets can bring home a souvenir… and we don’t mean half-melted helmets or overpriced junk.

Propshop, the same outfit used by Pinewood Studios to create props for the new Star Wars movies, is on hand to offer something new: custom-made action figures.

For £1,595 (around $2,060), Propshop will do a 3-D scan of your body onsite using their “photogrammetry” system. The rig is comprised of 50 high-resolution cameras, the same technology used to capture the cast of TFA for merchandising. At that price, it isn’t just custom… it’s bespoke, as the British would say. It takes 12 weeks to create one figure.

The full-body scans will form the template for your very own action figure, around the same size of Jakks Pacific’s 18-inch Big Figs line. There are three TFA models to choose from: First Order stormtrooper, T-70 X-wing pilot, and TIE Fighter pilot. They come in male and female versions

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If that sounds a tad expensive, you can just ogle the exhibit like the freeloading scavenger you are. Entrance to the Star Wars Gallery is free, but on an appointment basis.

The exhibit runs at the fourth floor of Harrods London from July to August 21. So if you’re in the UK for Star Wars Celebration Europe, make sure to drop by Harrods and book your time slot!

 

Rogue One Lego Leak: The Raven

During our previous Lego leak, we were hit by multiple DMCA requests and two legal notices from Lego. Sadly, Stormtrooper Larry can’t repel firepower of that magnitude. This time, the photos will be hosted offsite.


Twice each year, Lego comes out with a catalog for the remaining half of the year. And like clockwork, the Lego Catalog for July – December 2016 came out a few days ago.

But the Lego catalog is not the same globally. In fact, there are tiny differences between each country. While Portugal and Spain get 140 pages worth of Lego goodness, the Aussies have to make do with just 100 pages.

While poring over each of the catalogs like the Death Star’s technical readout, we discovered something. For most countries, the Rogue One section contained only a brief teaser, like this one for the US catalog:

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However, the Italian catalog included the box set numbers:

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What’s more, it went BEYOND  the teaser and included the names for three of the Rogue One ships:

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According to the Italian Lego catalog, the names are:

Set 75154 – Raven Deluxe

Set 75155 – Unicorn

Set 75156 – Black Bird

Now let’s cross-reference them with our Lego leak from two months ago:

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Voila! Now we can match the set numbers with the names:

Set 75154 – Raven Deluxe is actually the TIE Striker

Set 75155 – Unicorn is the massive U-wing troop transport

Set 75156 – Black Bird is the mysterious black Imperial shuttle

We’re guessing these are just code names for the actual ship models.

After all, the Hasbro Black Series figures for Rogue One have names like “Seal Droid” (K-2SO), “Blue Seal Communicator” (maybe Riz Ahmed), “Shark Trooper” and “Green Seal Leader”. These are obviously placeholders for retail SKUs until the Disney marketing machine gives the green light.

Thanks to our source Just2Good, a renowned Lego insider, we even know the MSRP and brick count for the three ships:

Set 75154 – TIE Striker aka “Raven Deluxe”, 543 pieces, €69.99, £59.99, $69.99

Set 75155 – U-wing aka “Unicorn”, 659 pieces, €79.99, £64.99, $69.99

Set 75156 – Imperial shuttle aka “Black Bird”, 863 pieces, €99.99, £79.99, $89.99

We can see how the brick count and retail prices match with the box sizes from Lego:

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While our Bothan analysts pored over the catalog, the spies at Yakface found a corroborating piece of evidence. Two days ago, Entertainment Earth posted a new listing for Hotwheels 2-pack vehicles:

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Notice how the 2-packs pit opposing vehicles:

  • Star Destroyer vs. Mon Cal cruisers
  • Snowspeeders vs. Imperial walkers.

What goes against an X-wing and happens to match the Lego set number? The TIE Striker.

And why is it labeled “Raven Deluxe”? Because the normal “Raven” is probably the regular TIE Fighter!

And that concludes our Lego investigation.

Happy weekend!

Rogue One Photoshop Bonanza!

This week, Entertainment Weekly released a bunch of exclusive photos on Rogue One, as a reward for kowtowing to Disney.

While we loved the new images, they lacked a certain sophistication. Which is why we at Stormtrooper Larry took it upon ourselves to improve the Rogue One spread.

You’re welcome, EW!

Death troopers

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Did you know that the dreaded Death Troopers are NOT what they are? They’re actually the galaxy’s most famous heavy metal band! Don’t believe the Rebel propaganda, Death Troopers rock!

In fact here they are doing a shoot for Star Wars Super Soakers:

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And a holozine spread for Good Housekeeping’s Summer Catalog 2016:

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Support the Death Troopers, buy their album today!

Stormtroopers

This is the real reason for the Rogue One reshoot: it ain’t a Disney film without a song and dance number.

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Baze and Chirrut

 Allegedly, Baze is a heavy weapons specialist, while Chirrut is a blind warrior who follows the path of the Jedi. But there’s more to these two than meets the eye.

Baze is actually an enterprising businessman who diverts the Rebellion’s meager supplies for sale on the black market:

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What Baze doesn’t know is that his “blind” buddy Chirrut has a secret of his own:

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What a bunch of lowlifes. Truly despicable Rebel scum.

The Tech Guy

Every crew has a techie guy. For the Rogue crew, they have Weed Ahmed:

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“Going against a laser moon and a space wizard? That be crazy man! I’ll have what you’re smoking.”

The Death Star raid

According to Disney, this is one of the scenes that had to be reshot for Rogue One to get a PG rating. In this scene, Jyn Erso and an unidentified male lead celebrate in a trash compactor after successfully stealing the Death Star plans:

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“Dammit Larry, hurry up will you? We’re gonna get caught!”

“Im… almost… done… Jyn.”

Detective Krennic

Following the theft of the Death Star blueprints, the Empire sends its most capable inspector to track the suspects… Detective Orson Krennic.

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“A discarded disguise, counterfeit access cards, and a used condom… This was obviously the work of Stormtrooper Larry. All elementary, my dear Tarkin.”

 

Star Wars Episode VIII: Jedi History 1.1

When it comes to Star Wars Episode VIII, one of the more active followers is Ky10Rey.

This deeply entrenched Bothan has been obsessively covering the film production, like last month’s Ahch-To shoot in Ireland:

Last May 14, Ky10Rey tweeted this cryptic message:

Today, after a month, we finally get our first look at what Ky10Rey claims to be Jedi history 1.1 for Episode VIII:

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Analysis:

  • “Clear Horizon” is allegedly the code name for one of the shooting locations in Ireland. The scene was described as “involving a character observing the landscape from a cliff-top vantage point.”

These set outlines were posted by Ky10Rey on March 3, two months before the Ireland shooting. “Space Bear” is the working title for Episode VIII.

  • The tree is most likely the mystical, out-of-place looking tree in the Ahch-To set built in Longcross Studios, UK.

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  • The line “I feel pain… death. It has begun” might be the scene where Luke and Rey feel the peril being faced by Finn and Leia according to an earlier leak. Then again, it might also be the First Order attacking the Resistance base on D’qar, or the alleged invasion of the temporary Republic capital.
  • The final line “Rey if we are to _____ you have until sunset” hints at a pivotal choice by Rey. And since the deadline appears to be “by sunset”, this scene might take place just before the Knights of Ren begin their assault, which was reported to take place at dusk.
  • If this is true, it confirms the IMDB claim that Rey isn’t Luke’s daughter. We see her parents in this vision, along with a mysterious companion!

Stormtrooper Larry makes no guarantees on the authenticity of Ky10Rey’s Jedi history lesson. As always, take your intel with a grain of salt (and a healthy dose of Corellian ale).

If you’re hungry for more Star Wars, check out the Rogue One leak hilariously rewritten by a spambot!

Interactive Droid Spotted Testing at Disneyland!

Last week, visitors to Disneyland’s Launch Bay were treated to a new attraction: an interactive droid called Jake.

The small trashcan-sized droid is able to move on its own, interact with guests, and even sync with controls panels like R2-D2, triggering a pre-scripted sequence.

According to the droid’s handler, Jake is supposedly “100% independent and moves freely around” on his own. So does this mean we’ll get fully autonomous droids in the upcoming Star Wars Disney park?

Not quite.

There are two massive hurdles before we can get a feisty R2 that rolls on his own: cost and safety.

Cost

The reality is, having a remote operator is less expensive than developing a new autonomous system for the droid. While Tesla and Google are making huge strides in autonomous path-finding for self-driving cars (where there’s a HUGE market), Disney may not be keen to do the same for what’s essentially an amusement park prop.

There are two elements to costumed characters at Disney parks: the character itself and a handler. Notice how these pair of stormtroopers are followed by a low-key handler.

This setup is easily translated to a droid. Instead of being in costume, the “character” is a remote operator controlling the droid from a central station, while the handler ensures the safety of the prop as well as surrounding guests.

To reduce costs, Disney can even combine the operator and handler in one. Instead of controlling the droid from a remote station, the handler can use a concealed remote to “guide” it around. Rather than looking like a typical RC remote control with antenna, it could be similar to the remote for Spin Master’s upcoming BB-8:

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Safety

Back in 2008, Disney and Pixar debuted a full-sized WALL-E robot for amusement parks. However, the sheer weight of the 700 lb. animatronic, coupled with the feet-crushing potential of its its tank treads, didn’t make WALL-E a viable long-term attraction.

Since then, Disney seems to have learned. Jake’s small size and weight reduce the chances of bowling people over, while its Roomba-like design shields its wheels from crushed toe lawsuits.

However, the danger comes not from Jake itself but from guests. Little kids will want to hug, pat and roughhouse droids, so an autonomous droid must still be able to stop and handle these unpredictable interactions.


Having said that, how WILL a truly autonomous droid function? There are two ways:

1. Sensors – Jake and his future counterparts could be equipped with a suite of sensors to register interaction. A light / infrared sensor will allow him to “see” and navigate, an auditory sensor will pick-up sounds so he can react appropriately, and pressure-sensitive sensors on the dome and metal skin will register contact like pats and hugs.

Such sensors have long been used in Star Wars toys, like the Interactive R2-D2 and Storytelling Yoda from 2005.

2. GPS / pre-programmed navigation – Alternatively, Jake could be programmed with a virtual layout of the park. To get around, he could use either GPS to pinpoint his location, or sensors embedded in the surroundings to help him navigate. Such technology is being used in consumer drones like Parrot’s AR and DJI, enabling the drones to fly to a set of coordinates and return home autonomously.

Whatever the case, a moving, beeping interactive droid will surely make the Star Wars experience more fun and authentic. We can’t wait to see what Disney will come up with!

Meanwhile, Stormtrooper Larry will stick to his interactive R2.

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