Friday, August 15, 2014

Behold the Star Wars VII Stormtrooper!

From indierevolver, The sequel Stormtrooper helmet feels like a natural continuation from the original, but there are distinct differences. The helmet is not symmetrical – there’s only one breather/vent on the bottom near the mouth, on his left side. The black “mouth” area under the white nose plate appears to be a cloth/mesh (which you can better see in the detail shot below). The eye lenses are still separate, but set into a black frame to connect them and give the illusion of one single piece.

A couple people have referred to this as a “Jungle Trooper,” but I have a few good reasons to believe that this is actually an update to the Empire Strikes Back’s Snowtrooper. This new helmet has a flared dome and a single thin horizontal eyepiece to it (as we first saw described at Making Star Wars) and appears to have a removable face mask.

As with the X-Wing that was highlighted in the Force for Change commercial, they’re borrowing heavily from the original trilogy production concepts of Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston with these designs.

They’ve slowly won me over more and more with each piece of information. Shooting on film instead of digital? I like it. Rumors that Drew Struzan is doing the poster? I’m listening. John Williams scoring? Keep going. Bringing back Han, Luke, Leia and Chewie? That has to make everyone as happy as it’s made me. After seeing these designs I am even more hopeful. It genuinely feels like Abrams is approaching Episode VII in way which respects both the fans and the original films themselves.


JPX said...

I absolutely love this design! I am getting more and more excited for Star Wars VII. The franchise seems to be in good hands.

Octopunk said...

I have to concur, in my own guarded way.

One of the many, many elements from the Original Trilogy that was unlikeably shoehorned into the prequels was the evolution from Jango Fett's helmet through Clone helmet and eventually to Stormtrooper. It's not the most offensive occurance by far, but this design here is much better. Real design evolution as opposed to that other thing.

I recall hearing there were designers from Tron: Legacy on SWVII and this would seem to confirm it.