Sunday, July 17, 2016

Check out "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" costumes display at Star Wars Celebration 2016!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is an upcoming American epic space opera film and the first stand-alone Star Wars Anthology film, and the ninth theatrical feature film in the series. Set in the Star Wars universe shortly before the events of A New Hope, the story will center on a group of Rebel spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire's new weapon, the Death Star. Rogue One will be released on December 16, 2016.

Star Wars Celebration weekend is officially underway at the ExCeL London Exhibition Centre! The Rogue One costumes are on display at the massive fan event!

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast as Jyn Erso alongside Mads Mikklesen who plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna stars as Captain Cassian Andor with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) as the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen as his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus, Alan Tudyk as the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed as the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, plus Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Ben Mendelsohn as the film’s main antagonist, Director Orson Krennic.

Star Wars is also about the troopers, the Imperial soldiers of the Galactic Empire. There are more people dressing up as Stormtroopers and going to conventions and parades as the Imperial Army than as rebel fighters. Why? Because they are many times cooler and look more badass than the rebels. The costumes on display at Star Wars Celebration 2016 include the uniforms and outfits of the Imperial soldiers. One of them is the Imperial Death Trooper. These elite soldiers are encased in specialized stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam. They serves as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic.

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There will also be Shoretroopers. Specialist stormtroopers stationed at the top secret Imperial military headquarters, Shoretroopers patrol the beaches and bunkers of the planetary facility.

And of course, we also have the Imperial Stormtroopers, the faceless legions of soldiers serving the Galactic Empire. Encased in white armor, stormtroopers are loyal Imperials who undergo rigorous training that strips them of any sense of individuality.

Costume belonging to Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). Putting behind a checkered past by lending her skills to a greater cause, Jyn is impetuous, defiant, and eager to bring the battle to the Empire. Used to operating alone, she finds higher purpose by taking on a desperate mission for the Rebel Alliance.

Costume of Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna): An accomplished Rebel Alliance Intelligence Officer, with combat field experience, Captain Andor commands respect from his Rebel troops with his ability to keep a cool head under fire and complete his missions with minimal resources.

Costume belonging to Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook: A former Imperial pilot, Bodhi has strong piloting and technical skills that he will put to use for the Rebellion. Ever practical, but highly anxious, Rook must gather his courage to bring the battle to the Empire.

Below is a picture of the cast in their costumes

Other cast members include: Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe. Chirrut Imwe is deeply spiritual warrior, and he believes all living things are connected through the Force. His sightless eyes do not prevent him from being a highly skilled fighter. Though he lacks Force abilities, Imwe has rigorously honed his body through intense physical and mental discipline. Jiang Wen stars as Baze Malbus: A freelance assassin who with the harsh reality of his Imperial-occupied home world, has hardened into a pragmatic soldier and a crack shot with his heavy repeater cannon. Baze has a bravado that provides a marked contrast to the spiritual centeredness of his best friend and moral compass, Chirrut.

Chirrut Imwe's costume shown below

Baze Malbus's costume

Can't wait to see these realized in 1:6 scale by Hot Toys.

In comparison, we don't see that many 1/6th scale Star Trek figures or costumes even though the films are just as entertaining and enjoyable. Food for thought...

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