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Artist shares sketch of new stormtrooper design from Star Wars: Episode VII

Aug. 12, 2014by: Alex Maidy

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is still a long way away, but like our earlier story regarding set photos, we will take what we can get. The latest story making the rounds involves the redesign of the iconic stormtrooper gear.

Design artist Tom Hodges somehow has gotten a glimpse of the new stormtrooper from someone involved in the production of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Having not been on set nor having signed any sort of contract, Hodges sketched out as close as he could what the newly designed helmet looks like. He shared the image below via Instagram but it has since been removed. This being the internet, the image lives on. Take a gander.

While the design does seem to be close to the classic we have become accustomed to, it does provide a sleek new face to whatever the Empire has become in the three decades since RETURN OF THE JEDI. The question is, will fans react well to such an overhaul of a time worn design that has been seen everywhere from action figures to Halloween costumes? Much like the prequels introduced the clone trooper costume, this is part and parcel of a new film series. And, personally, I like it.

Here's hoping Disney pulls the stick out of their ass and we get to see the real deal. Soon. STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits theaters December 18, 2015.

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7:48PM on 08/14/2014
7:48PM on 08/14/2014
5:09PM on 08/13/2014
he looks like Quagmire. what a nothing story.
he looks like Quagmire. what a nothing story.
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8:56AM on 08/13/2014
Raybans and a schnoz you'd normally find on an Anti-Jew Nazi propaganda flyer. That is a terrible design. Just take the original stormtrooper armor and invert the colors. There, something new and old, ready to use.
Raybans and a schnoz you'd normally find on an Anti-Jew Nazi propaganda flyer. That is a terrible design. Just take the original stormtrooper armor and invert the colors. There, something new and old, ready to use.
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5:13AM on 08/13/2014
Not overly excited by this design, it's a shame they chewed through 3 great designs for the prequels rather than just introducing the one design to carry through all 3 films. The ROTS version for example would have made an excellent sequel version.
Not overly excited by this design, it's a shame they chewed through 3 great designs for the prequels rather than just introducing the one design to carry through all 3 films. The ROTS version for example would have made an excellent sequel version.
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4:58AM on 08/13/2014
Cooltrooper = shite. When do we get to see the fucked up design of Darth Vader's clone?
Cooltrooper = shite. When do we get to see the fucked up design of Darth Vader's clone?
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4:54AM on 08/13/2014
That really looks like [link] on a paper bag.
That really looks like [link] on a paper bag.
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2:59AM on 08/13/2014

WTF

Wrap around Raybans? Seriously?
Wrap around Raybans? Seriously?
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8:57AM on 08/13/2014
I had the same thought.
I had the same thought.
1:12AM on 08/13/2014
They SO need to bring back the line, "I can't see a thing in this helmet!"
They SO need to bring back the line, "I can't see a thing in this helmet!"
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9:36PM on 08/12/2014
It's essentially Ralph McQuarrie's original design.
It's essentially Ralph McQuarrie's original design.
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8:45PM on 08/12/2014

Sigh

HAHAHA. It looks more like a Ninja Turtle than a Ninja turtle. Please no. Between this and "The falling hand from outer space", I'm still gonna hold out Hope, I guess.
HAHAHA. It looks more like a Ninja Turtle than a Ninja turtle. Please no. Between this and "The falling hand from outer space", I'm still gonna hold out Hope, I guess.
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7:57PM on 08/12/2014

What--Ray CHarles is in this??

--some cool Oakley troopers I hope... ha!
--some cool Oakley troopers I hope... ha!
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7:10PM on 08/12/2014
I'm almost certain he was trying to draw from memory a variation on this design: [link]
Since the film's visual style appears to be heavily influenced by McQuarrie's original concept art.
I'm almost certain he was trying to draw from memory a variation on this design: [link]
Since the film's visual style appears to be heavily influenced by McQuarrie's original concept art.
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6:50PM on 08/12/2014
iStormtrooper
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6:06PM on 08/12/2014
To be honest, it's kind of "meh". Just a lot of the same old, same old.

I was expecting something really different just to shake things up. But this seems like they're playing it safe.

Don't get me wrong, still excited for this. But right now, Stormtroopers are not the biggest draw for me based on the above picture.
To be honest, it's kind of "meh". Just a lot of the same old, same old.

I was expecting something really different just to shake things up. But this seems like they're playing it safe.

Don't get me wrong, still excited for this. But right now, Stormtroopers are not the biggest draw for me based on the above picture.
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