Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I was excited yesterday to see that the first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer was going to be released. I wasn’t disappointed this morning when I watched it – it’s 2 minutes of Star Wars goodness, wrapped in a dark shadow.
Rogue One is set in the time before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope and follows a young girl named Jyn Erso as she is captured by the Rebels and eventually is sent on a mission for them. The mission is to steal the plans to the Death Star so the Rebellion can discover a weakness and prevent this deadly threat from destroying them.
Overall, the trailer has a darker tone than we usually see, and there wasn’t a cute robot or CGI character in site. With The Force Awakens we had a fairly light-hearted trailer with BB-8’s comic relief right from the start.
We’d like to think we know how this turns out, but we may not. There’s a lot in this trailer that, in many way, doesn’t line up with everything we know. For example one of my favorite shots is the scale shot of the Death Star with dozens of Star Destroyers around it, and the focusing dish retracting into it. This could be the dish moving into it’s final position or it could be a different Death Star altogether. I hope it’s not, but if we believe it to be the same one, then this movie is taking place immediately before A New Hope – like within months it seems.
The Shadow Troopers, the stormtroopers dressed in black, are also something we don’t see in the first 3 movies which makes me wonder if the timeline isn’t different, or it’s one of those things we just have to accept as movie making & story telling has changed in 40 years.
What about the LEGO?
I know – we’re here about the LEGO sets we’ve been promised and teased. CapnRex101, over on BrickSet posted his breakdown of the trailer and what might correspond to the set information that was leaked. The sets are rumored to be released in September at a Force Friday event, while the movie is out in December, so expect a couple of minor spoilers from LEGO like they usually do.
From the article I posted a couple of weeks ago, we know this:
- 75152 – 385 pcs, $29.99/€39.99
- 75153 – 449 pcs, $39.99/€49.99
- 75154 – 543 pcs, $69.99/€69.99
- 75155 – 659 pcs, $79.99/€79.99
- 75156 – 863 pcs, $89.99/€99.99
Everything from here on is wishful thinking until we get another leak or LEGO officially announces the sets.
CapnRex101 believes that 2 of the buildable figures are easily identified, and I’m inclined to agree with him. He’s saying that 75119 is likely Jyn Erso (or 75121 since they’re more or less identical in terms of pieces and price), and 75120 is likely to be a Shadow Trooper or whatever they’re officially being called.
If this is even close to correct, then the figures are much more complex than the current line of figures. Poe Dameron and Finn’s figures come in around 100 pieces which includes their flight suits and weapons. Almost all of the other figures hit below the 90 piece mark, Rey, First Order Storm Trooper, Kylo Ren etc. The exceptions being General Grievous and Darth Vader who reach the 160+ piece mark but have higher price tags than shown above.
The third figure is a mystery, but it’s important to remember this 2 minute teaser trailer only shows the smallest fraction of the movie, cast of characters and overall plot.
The Bigger Sets
The 5 leaked building sets can hardly even be guessed at from this trailer, although many will try. One thing we know for sure is that if the piece count is correct there is no full Star Destroyer or full Death Star model in this release. That being said, we can’t rule out the possibility of a set for a pivotal location that we can’t yet identify.
In The Force Awakens sets we have Battle on Takodana and the Resistance Troop Transporter with piece counts that fit comfortably within the leaked information. The Battle on Takodana set certainly doesn’t encompass all of the castle, but just enough to give a sense of it, and some play value. I expect that we’ll see something similar with Rogue One’s sets.
Vehicles are always another option and we see a few great ones in the trailer. Obviously the AT-ATs are back but with the sets topping out at under 900 pieces, building a full AT-AT might end up underwhelming. We see the old school T-65 X-Wing fighters throughout the trailer and a size similar to Poe’s X-Wing from The Force Awakens would fit into the piece counts we see above.
There’s also an Imperial landspeeder seen for a moment that could be converted and popular if it’s in more than 1 shot of the movie. It looks a lot like the First Order Snowspeeder design with more weapons but it is a possibility.
In the end, all we have are some guesses based on leaked information and a short teaser for a movie over 8 months away. It’s more than we had last week, but like I said before, we’re going to have to wait for more official announcements or leaked information before we can be certain.
That said, the one thing I am fairly certain about right now is that I’m going to be buying a couple of movie tickets for December 16, 2016 when they go on sale. Also visiting a LEGO store in September to plunk down more money than I probably should.
What do you think? What sets would you like to see from Rogue One? What did you think of the trailer?