Star Wars ComLINKS is a monthly link up by AAHA meant to inspire fans to write and talk about various topics pertaining to the galaxy far, far away.
November’s Topic: Rogue One Newcomer
My excitement for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been off the charts lately. There’s something about this time period between Episodes III and IV and this group of characters that really has me hooked. (Maybe it’s because it reminds me of Star Wars Rebels!) When Rogue Friday descended upon us in September, I went a tad overboard, purchasing all sorts of toys and clothing pertaining to my favorite characters. Some people tend to wait until they’ve seen the movie in order to gather a sense of who those favorites might be, but not me. I knew right away that Cassian Andor would be a favorite of mine, so I dove in expecting to collect anything and everything related to him. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was having a second favorite: the Shoretrooper (Scarif Stormtrooper). Before I talk more about this sand-colored trooper, let’s take a closer look at Diego Luna’s character.
Captain Cassian Andor is an intelligence officer in the Rebel Alliance. This alone makes me jump for joy because Ahsoka Tano also worked in the intelligence field as Fulcrum. In fact, we discovered in Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston that Ahsoka was one of the first to set up and run an intelligence network for the Rebel Alliance. She also stated that even though her sole job wouldn’t be to recruit people, if she did find good individuals along the way, she would try to bring them in. What if Cassian Andor was one of those people that Ahsoka brought in during her early days as Fulcrum? Cassian does say, “I’ve been recruiting for the Rebellion for a long time,” so chances are that Cassian either knew Ahsoka personally or may have heard of her at one point or another. The possibility excites me!
Not only that, but the character is portrayed by the talented Diego Luna. I’ve been a fan of Luna’s works for years, so when he was announced to be part of the cast, I remember experiencing extreme levels of joy. I never thought I’d see one of my favorite actors play a character in Star Wars. I’m even more thrilled to know that he’s going to have his natural accent in the film. All of that, to me, is a dream come true. Given the glimpses that we’ve seen of him, I’m desperate to know more about his origins, where he came from, what he’s been through, and where he’ll go next. That is, if he survives the events in Rogue One. Needless to say, if he doesn’t, I will be an inconsolable ball of emotions in the movie theater.
My love for the Shoretrooper went from “That is a really cool design” to “I need to own every single piece of merchandise featuring this character” in less than a few minutes. Within that span of time, I pre-ordered the Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys as proof of my newfound devotion! While I’m still collecting Cassian Andor merchandise, my main focus has shifted to also include the Shoretrooper. So far, I have over 10 pieces in my collection and I’m certain that number will continue to grow over the next year!
What truly captured my attention was the painted armor. It reminded me so much of customized clone trooper armor from Star Wars: The Clone Wars that I naturally fell in love with it. I don’t think we’ll see any of the faces behind the Shoretrooper helmets during the movie, but I’m hoping future stories and concept art books will shed more light on the design and the people wearing the armor.
Both Cassian and the Shoretrooper are the characters I’m most excited to see on the big screen, but what about you? Do you have a favorite Rogue One newcomer you already love? Share your answer in the comments below.