With the Star Wars celebration coming up tomorrow, the door to official Star Wars: The Force Awakens news is about to swing wide open. Expect to see a brand-new trailer – probably featuring actors from the original trilogy (Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, maybe even Mark Hamill) – and a poster, as well as a number of other items we’re not even aware of yet.
One of those things will be a full look at the new Stormtrooper armor. Now, just a few hours before the event kicks off, an image of the suit from the event planner has leaked to the Internet.Check it out below, courtesy of The Star Wars Underground:
We’ve previously seen part of the new Stormtrooper outfit in concept art, leaked images, and, perhaps most prominently, in the teaser trailer. As you can see, the design is much the same as the one from the Original Trilogy, though it’s updated, sleeker, and a bit more streamlined. It also vaguely resembles Ralph McQuarrie’s Stormtrooper concept art from way, way back in the day.
Basically, it’s an appropriate mix of old and new. Even the rifle blaster looks to have been given a slight upgrade, with some chrome mixed in with the black.
Obviously, the armor and weapons are going to change – it’s been thirty years since the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. On the other hand, J.J. Abrams and company likely didn’t want to stray too far away from the original look – after all, the Prequel Trilogy already did that with the Clonetroopers. Not that those guys looked terrible or anything, but this new Sequel Trilogy is expected to return to the classic look of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.
One thing about the armor worth mentioning is that it definitely looks more durable than the plastic stuff from 1977. Maybe now it’ll actually protect the wearer from laser blasts instead of just being decorative. Seriously, what’s the point of wearing all that stuff if it doesn’t do anything?
What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you like the look of the full Stormtrooper armor? Or do you think it’s too different (or not different enough)? Drop us a line in the comments.
The Star Wars celebration kicks off tomorrow @10am Pacific Time with a panel featuring J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. The event will be live-streamed on StarWars.com.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18th, 2015.
Source: SW Underground