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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.

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:

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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!

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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..

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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.