Hasbro's NYCC Panel Just Revealed Never-Before-Seen 'Rogue One' Movie Characters!
It's that magical time of year again: New York Comic-Con! With Rogue One coming up this December, we wanted to get a jump on any new Star Wars reveals, including the toys. It's become common knowledge (and it may say something about Lucasarts, Disney, and the whole Star Wars franchise) that fans can rely on the associated Hasbro toy line to be a strong source of sneak peeks and spoilers, even more so than the trailers. And this year was no different: Hasbro's Fall preview gave some cool, exclusive looks at new characters and even plot points from Rogue One ahead of its release!
Two disclaimers: the photos included below are not professional, and the names of the characters may not have the correct spelling, since official announcements of some of the characters have not been released.
Here are the highlights:
Imperial Ground Crew
This is one of the new figures in the Imperial trooper 3.75'' line. Meant to be a commander of Stormtrooper ground forces, the Imperial Ground Crew conveys commands from higher-ups to the rank-and-file. A different version of this figure has been released, but this one is special. During the panel, it was shown that (beneath the helmet) the figure was actually Jyn Erso!
It was confirmed by the panelists that the Imperial outfit Jyn wears in the trailers is the uniform for an Imperial Ground Crewmember. This gives a pretty substantial hint at how Jyn sneaks into the Imperial facility to steal the Death Star Plans: impersonating the enemy and possibly smuggling herself aboard an Imperial ship.
Forest Whitaker's character has been partially shown in photos, but always from the waist up. The action figure reveals something never before seen: a mechanical foot! Whitaker's character, Saw Gerrera, previously appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but it's not been revealed how Whitaker's version will differ from the TV version.
According to the panelists, this character has not yet been revealed outside of the Hasbro toy line. One of the upcoming additions to the 3.75'' Rebels toy line is the blue Mon Calamari Admiral Radiss
According to the panelists, this character has not yet been revealed outside of the Hasbro toy line. This character appears alongside the rest of the Rebel 3.75'' figure lineup, and was revealed by the panel to be a Tongathian
According to the panelists, this character has not yet been revealed outside of the Hasbro toy line. He is described as a mechanic and a "Donatello"-type character with an affinity for machines. The backpack he wears helps him repair vehicles, along with an extendable hook.
So there you have it! Three new Rogue One characters and two new reveals about Saw Gerrera and Jyn Erso! We'll be keeping an eye out for these characters and more details in the next couple weeks!
Other highlights from the panel and Fall preview include:
The Rogue One Rebels Team
Here we have Baze Malbus, Chirrut Imwe, Body Brooks
The Scarif Trooper Commander
A slightly higher ranked version of the previously revealed Scarif trooper. Note the different blue stripe across the chest plate-it denotes a higher status.
An extremely detailed 6'' figure of Ben Mendelsohn's character, Director Krennic, was created by actually scanning the actor's face.
The Definitive Episode IV Darth Vader
Based off of the original props from Episode IV: A New Hope, the Hasbro team claims that this is the "definitive" Darth Vader of all the versions they've produced so far. Lovingly detailed, with "no gimmicks," it has the original red-tinted eyes and Vader's saber.
Thanks to everyone on the panel, NYCC 2016, and all the folks at Hasbro!