Posted on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
This past Friday brought the first merchandise from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to store shelves. While the excitement doesn’t seem to be as high for Rogue Friday as it was for Force Friday last year, that’s to be expected since The Force Awakens had more excitement surrounding it as the first live-action Star Wars movie in 10 years.
Still, there were plenty of cool items to pick up at stores this weekend, including retailer exclusives that were only just recently revealed. Another one was shown on Rogue Friday with Walmart debuting an exclusive 6-inch Black Series figure for the Scarif Stormtrooper or Shoretrooper as they’ve also been called. To show off the exclusive action figure, they’ve released a quick, action-packed cinematic advertisement showing a squad of these Imperial troops in action.
Here’s the Walmart Rogue One commercial straight from the superstore’s YouTube:
This marks the first time we’ve seen the new Imperial AT-ACT as a fallen vehicle, and I’m glad that Walmart went with a practical set of this commercial. Presumably, the Rebels will take down at least one of these transports in the movie, so this might be a scenario we get to see play out on the big screen.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story might have the most varied Stormtroopers we’ve ever seen in a Star Wars movie before. In Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi we only got to see a couple of different kinds of troopers in each. There are the standard Stormtroopers in all of them, but then there were Sandtroopers in A New Hope, Snowtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back and Scout Troopers in Return of the Jedi. We could probably count the TIE Fighter Pilots as well since their armor is modeled after the Stormtrooper design
As for Rogue One, we’ve seen Death Troopers, Scarif Stormtroopers (Shoretroopers), Hover Tank Drivers and apparently Stormtroopers with jetpacks as well. Most of these will be seen on the beaches of Scarif (featured on the teaser poster), and the Death Troopers may have a more pivotal role since they’re some of the most elite Imperial troopers.
The skeptical side of Star Wars fans knows that all these different Imperial troops just allow Disney and Lucasfilm to sell more action figures. But at the same time, it’s cool to see the different armor designs that come forth from these various kinds of troops, especially when their armor has significant aesthetic changes from the traditional Stormtrooper armor.Cool Posts From Around the Web: