Rogue One : Topps Trading Cards

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards MilnersBlog Star Wars
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards MilnersBlog Star Wars

The release of Rogue One is getting closer and new images from the first Star Wars ‘standalone’ film continues to be released by Lucasfilm. This new crop of photos, debuting just days after the new trailer, gives us a look at some of the more curious background characters that will populate the film. They arrive courtesy of Topps trading cards, a preview of their first “base card” set for the film (the type cards that are guaranteed in each new pack.)

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Xwing pilot
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Xwing pilot

Rogue One: Topps Trading Card No:1  – X-Wing pilot
We begin with a badass female X-wing pilot. Her name: unknown for now, although fans may be hoping this is Evaan Verlaine, a fellow Aldaraanian and confidante of Princess Leia’s from the Star Wars Marvel Comics. The V symbols inside the array of yellow dots on her helmet stand for kill counts, each one tallying 20 enemy fighters. Whoever she is, she’s flown around the block a few times.

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Rebel Pilot
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Rebel Pilot

Rogue One: Topps Trading Card No:2  – General Merrick
General Merrick is a character we haven’t met before in Star Wars lore, although fans spotted actor Ben Daniels in the Rogue One behind-the-scenes footage from Celebration, cackling with glee as he settled into the cockpit to shoot a scene. One thing you can say for the Rebellion — their generals get right into the thick of battle.

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Moroff
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Moroff

Rogue One: Topps Trading Card No:3  – Moroff
Fans have only gotten a few glimpses of this Gigoran creature, an abominable snowman-looking being. (To me, he looks like an upright version of Falkor from 1984’s The NeverEnding Story.) Moroff breathes with the help of a respirator (the atmosphere back home must be different in some way) while hauling heavy munitions on his broad frame. In the behind-the-scenes clip, we saw his wispy fur wafting as he ran, and in the new trailer he can be spotted scurrying for cover in the midst of a firefight on the Force-sacred world of Jedha. Moroff likes trouble. He’s a mercenary, and trouble is where the money is.

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Mon Calimari
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Mon Calimari

Rogue One: Topps Trading Card No:4  – Mon Calamari
In Star Wars, planets come with only one environment (snow, water, desert, forest) but now it seems creatures of the same species can come in different varieties. We’ve seen the Mon Calamari before in the form of lobster-red Admiral Akbar — first introduced in Return of the Jedi and still fighting the good fight 30-some years later in The Force Awakens. These are the same type of being, except in a hue of pale blue. Hey, color is only shell-deep.

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Two Tubes Twins
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Two Tubes Twins

Rogue One: Topps Trading Card No:5  – Two Tubes Twins
Here we see Edrio Two Tubes and his brother (also known as an “egg-mate”) Benthic. Which is which … ? Edrio has the Darth Vader-looking chest plate. They’re mercenary pilots from the Empire-occupied world of Yar Togna, and they get their nickname (obviously) from the breathing apparatus that helps them breath human-friendly atmosphere.

Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Life on Jedha
Rogue One Topps Trading Cards Life on Jedha

Rogue One: Topps Trading Card No:6  – Life on Jedha
This card doesn’t reveal the type of being we’re looking at, but they are pilgrims on the Force-sacred world of Jedha, where those with special sensitivity to this supernatural power, and those who simply have faith in it, venture to connect with each other and the beyond. The Empire also has designs on this world, hoping to rip from it elements necessary for their continued conquest of the galaxy. The masks of this trio call to mind the unusual helmets of the Guavian Death Gang, the red-armored figures pursuing Han Solo and Chewbacca in The Force Awakens. The cloaks they’ve shrouded themselves in suggest something commonplace from our world – the cocoons of a moth or butterfly. Maybe their journey to Jedha is part of a metamorphosis.

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Rogue One Official Theatrical Poster

Lucasfilm has just revealed the new ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Theatrical poster and the promise of a new trailer that ILM have been hard at work on, which will debut on Good Morning America on ABC.

Most of you will undoubtedly get excited by seeing Darth Vader’s mask in the top right corner, and I suppose there’s some sort of nice overlaying artistry involved to visually blend Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso into the Death Star plans, but when you step back, it looks like a lot of the other standard ‘studio’ posters and doesn’t create the classic colourful themes of a Star Wars poster. Let’s hope the trailer will present us with some more compelling imagery when it arrives.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Hard to believe Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope will have its 40th anniversary next year, how time flies when you’re having so much geeky fun that the film inspired. At the New York Comic Con recently there was an exclusive sneak peek into the galaxy far far away and its future of Star Wars publishing and how they would be ramping up for promotion of the Star Wars 40th anniversary.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Logo HD Hi-Res
Star Wars 40th Anniversary Logo HD Hi-Res

It  seems Lucasfilm will be teaming up with the likes of Marvel, Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, and Hachette for anniversary publishing. One project that was teased (without real detail) that has Disney-Lucasfilm Press teaming up with Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, and Tom Palmer for a special 40th anniversary book. More information on this was promised in the Fall.


Hi-Res Star Wars 40th Anniversary Poster

The Spacecraft and Vehicles of Rogue One

I’m loving the new modified vehicles and spacecraft in Rogue One, especially the Tie Striker and AT-ACT, and Fathead have released some super hi-res images of these new ships and vehicles.
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This ‘New’ TIE Striker is new  streamlined variant of the TIE line starfighters used by the Galactic Empire for in-atmosphere engagements and the defense of important Imperial bases. Though designed for atmosphere, it can also function in space and accompany traditional TIE fighters. Equipped with advanced high-speed wings, it is faster than the standard TIE/LN starfighter and has an extra pair of laser barrels

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Next up is the All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport (AT-ACT) which is a larger version of the standard All Terrain Armored Transport combat walker which features a dedicated cargo bed for the transportation of heavy building materials or combat munitions. It is deployed at major Imperial construction projects, such as shipyards and sprawling research installations.

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But the ultimate Star Wars space ‘vehicle/ship/station’ is the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon: a moon-sized space station with the ability to destroy an entire planet. But the Emperor and Imperial officers like Grand Moff Tarkin underestimated the tenacity of the Rebel Alliance, who refused to bow to this technological terror…