Are These the New Stormtrooper Designs in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

August 15, 2014
Source: Indie Revolver


Following a potential tease of Luke Skywalker's robotic hand in Star Wars: Episode VII and a look at Mark Hamill on the studio lot of the set of the film, we might have another look at something new from the sci-fi sequel. There's been rumors about the story circulating online, with a plot point that includes the iconic Imperial forces known as Stormtroopers, and now we may have an idea of how the army of the Empire has changed slightly over the 30 years since Return of the Jedi as an untested source has apparently gotten ahold of a couple images showcasing two of the new Stormtrooper designs from Episode VII. Look!

Here are the potential new Stormtrooper designs, unveiled by the untested source Indie Revolver:

Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: Episode VII

The first design definitely looks like a slightly retooled design that would make sense in the Star Wars universe, but it's just as easily the kind of thing a talent fan could create, and it's not clear where this photo comes from. However, there is this additional prop image that popped up to back them up, so maybe this is real? The second image seems to be a reworked version of the Snowtroopers from The Empire Strikes Back, which would make sense since we've heard rumblings of a snow planet making an appearance in Episode VII that isn't Hoth. Nothing too revelatory here if these images are real, but that's probably for the best. We likely won't know if these are real until we see some official first look images. Thoughts?

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  • TheOct8pus
    They're cool looking, but it could be more fan art. If they are authentic, I wonder how they'll bring back stormtroopers, as the Empire has fallen by the end of Episode 6.
    • Well the Emperor has fallen. But there was still plenty of the Empire left at the end of Jedi.
      • TheOct8pus
        True. Still, I'm interested to see how they bring them back....and who is in charge of them.
        • Andrew
          I want to answer with stuff that happened in the books but sadly that's not relevant :(
          • Steven
        • axalon
          They probably don't have to be brought back. If someone took out Washington D.C. the American military would still exist. Yeah the Death Star got destroyed but there's probably millions of troops scattered around the galaxy. I'm guessing Max von Sydow's character who was in his 50s when the events of RoTJ took place probably took over and is an admiral or something in Episode VII.
          • He would be fantastic as an Empire admiral. I rather see him on the bad guys side...such a great actor.
  • If they are the new designs, I dig them. They have a cool retro-futuristic look to them that's perfect for the Star Wars universe.
  • steve
    I like it but wish they'd use the clonetrooper designs from Episode II and III
    • No thanks. Everything and anything prequels, please let em be. Didn't like any of it.
      • TheOct8pus
        I'm with you there. Besides, those clonetrooper designs were based on the stormtrooper designs with a little bit of Boba Fett mixed in. It wouldn't make sense to go "retro"
  • Xerxexx
  • Avi
    first one is cool the second sucks!
  • shane willett
    possible since they may need to spend time on the Hoth like planet, so i see a better re-breather on the helmet... makes since it's like 30 or 40's yrs later - so even though the Emperor is Dead and Vadar burned to a crisp. Doesn't mean there wasn't a 3rd Sith in command, I know they work in teams of 2, but maybe there was a new appointed team, since Vader knew he was going to die ????
      I think for the most part the story will be new, and not try and connect it too hard with the older films.
  • Brian Sleider
    Would the remnants of the empire really spend resources on armor designing after such a thorough defeat?
    • avconsumer2
      With the way they crumbled back then... seems like that would be first priority! (along with new strategies - think multiple mini-Death Stars.. & obviously ray shielded exhaust ports)
  • avconsumer2
  • txJM
    Is this title and header image ripped straight from Slash Film? Yep. Again, and again, and again.
  • Steven
    I swear the second looks like something from the original concept art for the original trilogy, same as that new X-wing is based on earlier stuff.
  • Akirakorn
    These are not the stormtroopers you are looking for. Move along.
    Looks very TRON LEGACY. I think it looks quite nice, but do indeed like fan-art concepts.
  • Butchy Butch
    The only thing I'm sure of is that I don't want EVII to be another collection of old but revamped ideas and designs. I don't need "new" stormtroopers, triple bladed ligtsabers, XYZ-wings, geen Darth Maul and even more improved Artoo (this time he can teleport!) I need fresh exciting ideas I could fall in love with. As for the designs, I hate the first one. It looks exactly like fan art. Cool for fan art. Not cool and not enough star wars for Star Wars. Looks more like a Trek stuff to be honest. Hope it's a fake.
  • Terry Craig
    I really dig the second one's design, it's got this WWII-military-inspired look from the original films, while the first one is the exact opposite. It also looks like CGI, while the second one looks like an actual photo, so I hope and think at least the first one's fan art.
  • cobrazombie
    As long as they don't all have NZ accents (no offense)...




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