rogue one packaging

Take a good look at that toy packaging above. You’re going to be seeing a lot of it over the coming year. This will presumably be the template that all of the boxes for Rogue One merchandise will follow: TIE Fighters, AT-AT Walkers, and, of course, a prominently placed black armored Stormtrooper (or “Death Trooper” or member of “Death Squad” or whatever they’re supposedly called).

rogue one poster

Speaking of things you’ll probably see around quite a bit, that is the official and completely underwhelming teaser poster for Rogue One. To be fair, this exists simply to raise awareness and to start burning the title and logo into the minds of ordinary people. A more colorful poster filled with characters and action will arrive eventually.

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Meanwhile, Making Star Wars claims to know the name of Diego Luna’s character in Rogue OneCassein Willix. Granted, this could be fake placeholder name used to throw people off the right scent (Rey was “Kira” for a long time during the production of The Force Awakens), but we shall see. In any case, I’m personally glad that it’s not a familiar name – the Star Wars universe often feels too small, so the fact that Rogue One‘s characters don’t have direct connections to the main heroes of the saga makes the galaxy feel so much larger.

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The trailer for Rogue One offered us our first look at Forest Whitaker‘s unnamed character, but he was shot mostly in close-up so we couldn’t make out much of his costume. However, it did appear to be some kind of bulky suit and Making Star Wars has a few more details about it:

  • Whitaker has a “Power Suit” in the film.
  • The suit is green.
  • It is lumbering in size and sort of evokes a Buzz Lightyear vibe.
  • His cape is the same style as Boba Fett’s cape.

For the record, this description was published shortly before the trailer arrived, so the details that do directly connect to what we see on screen lend credence to those that we do not.

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