Rumors have been circulating the internet about a special type of troopers in the upcoming episode VII but so far production has remained tight lipped on the subject. Today though, images have finally been released on this variant of Stormtroopers. These images come to us courtesy of Indiereporter.com. See the images below:
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It’s refreshing to see that he’s not simply a shiny black metal version of the standard-issue Episode VII Stormtrooper. While the overall contours are again in line with the classic design, this helmet has clearly evolved on a different path.
Rather than squared tubes along the cheeks, the bottom of this helmet flares out into a fairly sharp-edged arc. Where those contours end at the front of the helmet, there does not appear to be an aerator or vent on either side.
Once again, we see the appearance of a connected band across the eyes. This is a complex shape, flaring downward at the cheeks and back up towards the temples at the ends.
There’s a seam edge similar to the Episode VII TIE pilots and Forest/Snowtroopers along the mouth. If any of these faceplates are actually removed in the film, it will be interesting to see if they are a window to the character’s face or an access panel for maintenance.
The site mentions that a couple sources have mentioned that the chrome troopers are a private security force for Adam Driver’s character a “silver mercenary rent-a-cops rather than true Imperial Forces for Adam Driver’s character”. Though no source has officially confirmed this, the most abundant rumor about Driver is that he’s a wealthy aristocrat with an interest in Sith artifacts.
What are your thoughts on the new variant of stormtroopers and what, besides their armor, will distinguish them from the rest?