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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • Riz Ahmed talks about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with Stephen Colbert.
  • What, exactly, is in a droid’s name?
  • Take a closer look at the new Rogue One LEGO sets.
  • A new video goes into detail on the new voice changing Stormtrooper helmet.
  • Cameras are present when Riz Ahmed sees his Rogue One action figure for the first time.
  • Rogue One expansions for the X-Wing Miniatures Game are on the way.

Actor Riz Ahmed, who plays pilot Bodhi Rook in Rogue One, recently appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (via Star Wars News Net) to talk about his work on the HBO series The Night Of. And, of course, Star Wars was brought up. Ahmed doesn’t reveal too much, but he does touch on what we’ve been hearing for well over a year now – Rogue One will be very much a war movie:

It’s kind of different to the other Star Wars movies. It feels very immersive and it’s like a “boots on the ground” feel. We’d just do these really intense scenes and we’d do it again and again and again, without stopping, just again and again.

The whole film has a really intense energy, and partly that’s because of that process but partly because like we never got a break to go to the toilet in that process at all.

You can watch this portion of the interview at the 6:40 mark in the video above.

And while we’re on the subject of Riz Ahmed, Good Morning America had cameras present when he received the action figure version of himself for the first time and his reaction is surprisingly touching. After joking about how much better looking his plastic self his, he recounts how he used to play with Star Wars toys as a kid and how special it is to be a part of this. I’m not saying I’d tear up if they released videos of every Rogue One actor seeing toy versions of themselves for the first time, but I’m a dangerously easy cry. You can watch the footage for yourself at the 1:00 mark of the view above.

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But how will Riz Ahmed react to seeing a LEGO minifig version of himself? New images of the Rogue One LEGOs arriving later this month have arrived online and they’re mostly what you’d expect. There’s a U-Wing, a TIE Striker, and the Imperial tank seen in the trailer. However, there are few interesting surprises, like Director Krennic’s black Imperial shuttle, which looks like a cross between a more traditional shuttle and Kylo Ren’s ride in The Force Awakens. Oh, and there’s also an AT-ST set, which seems to suggest that the chicken-legged walker may see some action in Rogue One.

The Hollywood Reporter has posted a video offering a look at the new Black Series Stormtrooper helmet, which looks like the real thing and will change your voice to make you sound like you’re about to get shot by a plucky Rebel soldier.

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