Are These the New Stormtrooper Helmets for Star Wars: Episode VII?

Are These the New Stormtrooper Helmets for Star Wars: Episode VII?

New images reportedly of the Stormtrooper and "Jungle Trooper" helmets have surfaced online. Is this what the Imperial Forces will look like in Star Wars: Episode VII?

Website Indie Revolver has recently posted "very reliable information" that show what appear to be the new Stormtrooper helmets for Star Wars: Episode VII. As you can see, the helmets are a bit more streamlined from the previous incarnations, and, as pointed out by Indie Revolver, the helmet is asymmetrical with a single breather/vent on the bottom, left side of the helmet. The black "mouth" area underneath the white plating also appears to be a cloth mesh. Another slotted vent appears on top of the helmet's dome.

A second image was also posted, which some have dubbed the "Jungle Trooper" helmet, though Indie Revolver sees more in common with the Snow Trooper line of gear from Empire Strikes Back. This helmet has a single, thin horizontal eyepiece and what appears to be a removable face mask.

Later, a member of forum site RPF, used by movie fans dedicated to making prop and costume replicas, posted what he said was an image of a Stormtrooper helmet from an insider friend, who allowed him to leak it after the Indie Revolver story. Assuming the picture is true, it gives credibility to the new images.

What do you think of the new look? Is this what you want the next generation of Stormtroopers to look like, or was the old look best left alone?

And if you're interested in more Star Wars news, you can check out a Man at Arms video where a katana/lightsaber hybrid is created, or, for the skeptics, our list of ways J.J. Abrams could still mess up Star Wars.

Source: Indie Revolver, RPF; all images from Indie Revolver

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Yeah, maybe slightly too few features, but I could go with those. That last pic doesn't really show much, though. :/

actually I do have to say, looks nice.

But does clash with the look for the new rebel x-wing.

Or perhaps that's the idea, old style rebels against advanced looking sleek empire reborn?

Edit: Also if this is true, then that means the empire will survive/return.

I don't like it but it seems legit. Way too sleek and instantly dated imo. Very "iHelmet", which fits the profile of the guy who turned the Bridge of the USS Enterprise into an Apple Store. Don't hate it any more than the Boba Fett ripoff Clone Trooper helmets though, deep inside my subconscious something cringes every time I see someone wearing one of those.

Good thing the prequels killed almost all my enthusiasm/emotion for the franchise already.

Yeah, I'd say it's a bit too featureless for my liking. I actually like the Star Wars Legacy comics' design more since it actually looks like a sensible progression from the older design, rather than the Apple iHelmet (available starting for $499 plus tax, banned in California). To be honest they seem like designs that should switch eras, since the Legacy comics took place a full century after Episode 6 but barely look like they've been reworked, while Abrhams' iHelmet looks to be something you'd expect from 100-200 years of redesigns.

Not very scary, it looks like a cartoon character attempting to grin. The 'jungle trooper' just looks dated, like something I would draw at primary school.

The stormtrooper one looks fine to me, very imperial and a lot better than the awful prequel helmets. I'm not really sure what to think about the jungle trooper. Is the slit for seeing or is that an eye hole on the other side? I'm thinkin the slit side is the front. I'd think they'd just use a modified stormtrooper or scout trooper helmet, but that looks totally different and somehow over-designed and under-designed at the same time.

exobook:
actually I do have to say, looks nice.

But does clash with the look for the new rebel x-wing.

Or perhaps that's the idea, old style rebels against advanced looking sleek empire reborn?

Edit: Also if this is true, then that means the empire will survive/return.

Honestly, there's no way the Empire wouldn't have survived. A riot on the Imperial Captial does not automatically mean the Empire immediately collapses

Looks like technology advanced a bit after the fall of the emperor.

They look just as uncomfortable and impractical as the original trilogy's helmets. Good job! Who needs to see through helmets, anyway?

All those worlds under its control and the Empire couldn't find a single ergonomics expert?

The Rogue Wolf:
They look just as uncomfortable and impractical as the original trilogy's helmets. Good job! Who needs to see through helmets, anyway?

To be fair, the original helmets weren't much better in that regard. There's a reason the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy exists after all X3

I agree with the iHelmet sentiment, it looks way too smooth and minimalistic for my taste, and for the aesthetics of the Star Wars galaxy. Although the question that irks me more is why there would even BE stormtroopers in a post Empire galaxy. Am I missing something?

My favourite is the third one and the second image look like it's use in snow environment. Also isn't the first image is just the third but without the lumb at where the eyes would be?

Olas:
I agree with the iHelmet sentiment, it looks way too smooth and minimalistic for my taste, and for the aesthetics of the Star Wars galaxy. Although the question that irks me more is why there would even BE stormtroopers in a post Empire galaxy. Am I missing something?

Before Disney axed all of the EU, the Empire was still the dominant government/force in the SW galaxy for quite some time after Return of the Jedi. They didn't all just surrender to the handful of rebel ships that survived the Battle of Endor. It'd take years for the New Republic (government formed from the rebel alliance) to take Coruscant (the capital world) and to persuade star systems to join them, and even then the Empire survived and was a huge threat.

Of course what the official canon will be now, we don't know. But it is very plausible that the Empire is still a strong force in the galaxy.

The Rogue Wolf:
They look just as uncomfortable and impractical as the original trilogy's helmets. Good job! Who needs to see through helmets, anyway?

I just like to think those are sensor arrays and that there's a display inside the helmet that the trooper actually looks at. I also like to think the armor is sealed so as to provide a barrier against hostile environments (up to a reasonable point, at least).

Edit: At least on the jungle armor since the slit is so narrow. The standard helm could be regular old covered eye slots since they're at least large enough to see out of.

Combined with the pics of Han popping up, man oh man... its been hard to contain my drooling. The stormtrooper helmets, while just a simple change, look AWESOME!

But... then, I have to wonder (which has to be the OBVIOUS reason they put up these pics) why... why are there stormtroopers? Are they part of the New Republic now? IS the Empire finished? Is this an offshoot group still advocating the Empire? Hmmm... oh the delicious thoughts swirling about my head! Oh, and if someone has read something dealing with the leaked script that might actually answer some of this, I DO NOT want to know. Please spoiler tag it, because I am going to do my best to go into Episode VII with virgin thoughts. :)

Scarim Coral:
My favourite is the third one and the second image look like it's use in snow environment. Also isn't the first image is just the third but without the lumb at where the eyes would be?

I noticed that, too. Snowtroopers and AT-AT pilots were my favorite iterations of the Stormtrooper designs, so that image was a welcome sight. To make it even more interesting, the concept designs of Han that are now out has HIM in a outfit almost exactly like the Hoth Han look from Empire. Sooooo... either a NEW cold planet or, dare I even think it... a return to Hoth???? Oh, the goosebumps I get from thinking THAT! :)

Spaceman Spiff:

Olas:
I agree with the iHelmet sentiment, it looks way too smooth and minimalistic for my taste, and for the aesthetics of the Star Wars galaxy. Although the question that irks me more is why there would even BE stormtroopers in a post Empire galaxy. Am I missing something?

Before Disney axed all of the EU, the Empire was still the dominant government/force in the SW galaxy for quite some time after Return of the Jedi. They didn't all just surrender to the handful of rebel ships that survived the Battle of Endor. It'd take years for the New Republic (government formed from the rebel alliance) to take Coruscant (the capital world) and to persuade star systems to join them, and even then the Empire survived and was a huge threat.

Except this new Star Wars movie is supposed to take place like 30+ years after the original. I know the empire didn't just immediately fold over after the destruction of the second Deathstar but for it to have lasted another 30 years really paints a pessimistic picture of the original trilogies conclusion.

Anyway, I HOPE the empire isn't in the new movie. I don't really want just another retread of the same thing all over again.

While the Jungle Trooper helmet isn't exactly all that special I will admit the new Storm Trooper I like, seems like a natural progression from the original design.

Soviet Heavy:

exobook:
actually I do have to say, looks nice.

But does clash with the look for the new rebel x-wing.

Or perhaps that's the idea, old style rebels against advanced looking sleek empire reborn?

Edit: Also if this is true, then that means the empire will survive/return.

Honestly, there's no way the Empire wouldn't have survived. A riot on the Imperial Captial does not automatically mean the Empire immediately collapses

of course but more importantly the suggests the movies may be following the EU idea of the empire continuing. Meaning that we may be able to fit certain fan favourite concepts/storylines back into canon with a bit of work around

Olas:

Spaceman Spiff:

Olas:
I agree with the iHelmet sentiment, it looks way too smooth and minimalistic for my taste, and for the aesthetics of the Star Wars galaxy. Although the question that irks me more is why there would even BE stormtroopers in a post Empire galaxy. Am I missing something?

Before Disney axed all of the EU, the Empire was still the dominant government/force in the SW galaxy for quite some time after Return of the Jedi. They didn't all just surrender to the handful of rebel ships that survived the Battle of Endor. It'd take years for the New Republic (government formed from the rebel alliance) to take Coruscant (the capital world) and to persuade star systems to join them, and even then the Empire survived and was a huge threat.

Except this new Star Wars movie is supposed to take place like 30+ years after the original. I know the empire didn't just immediately fold over after the destruction of the second Deathstar but for it to have lasted another 30 years really paints a pessimistic picture of the original trilogies conclusion.

Anyway, I HOPE the empire isn't in the new movie. I don't really want just another retread of the same thing all over again.

The Empire survived longer in the the EU. Hell, it may not have been nearly as strong as the New Republic, and was far from the strongest member of the Galactic Alliance, but it's the only faction to exist from the Battle of Yavin all the way into the Legacy Era (140+ years after the New Hope). After only about 30 or 40 years, it shouldn't be a surprise if they are in control of a large part of the galaxy, or even the largest power around. These things don't fall over night, just remember the shear scale we're talking about: a million habited worlds with countless more that aren't and a military of trillions. That isn't going to fall all at once, especially not with how many worlds are loyal. It took 5 years for the separatists to be defeated, and they where outnumbered 10 to 1 in terms of industrial capacity and resources (even if they had more disposable robots then the Republic had troops).

Those actually look a lot like the republic trooper helmets from the old republic era.

I like them, they could be a hell of a lot worse!

Nice modern advancement of the original design

This Stormtrooper helmet looks dumb. I'm sorry. I already hate JJ Star Wars.

That Jungle trooper helmet doesn't look like it would be much fun to wear in the jungle. It does indeed look like the Snow Trooper helmets from Empire Strikes back.

I must say, I really like the stormtrooper helmet. The jungle trooper one a bit less, but this could be a whole lot worse. I don't mind it being a complete redesign of the aesthetic of Star Wars, the classic designs just wouldn't have worked anyway. I like to see where this goes.

I've always thought these guys looked awesome

Olas:
I agree with the iHelmet sentiment, it looks way too smooth and minimalistic for my taste, and for the aesthetics of the Star Wars galaxy.

an annoyed writer:
Yeah, I'd say it's a bit too featureless for my liking.

Actually, I think the "Jungletrooper" helmet (looks more desert-appropriate, though, doesn't it?) is the better of the two. I'm a sucker for minimalism, though, so that doesn't really surprise me.

Not sure how I feel about the Stormtrooper one. On the one hand, it looks cool enough, but on the other looks kinda chintzy.

EDIT: Just had a thought: What if the Jungletrooper helmet is for the Imperial Guard 2.0? Looks really similar, IMO.

Enrathi:

The Rogue Wolf:
They look just as uncomfortable and impractical as the original trilogy's helmets. Good job! Who needs to see through helmets, anyway?

I just like to think those are sensor arrays and that there's a display inside the helmet that the trooper actually looks at. I also like to think the armor is sealed so as to provide a barrier against hostile environments (up to a reasonable point, at least).

Edit: At least on the jungle armor since the slit is so narrow. The standard helm could be regular old covered eye slots since they're at least large enough to see out of.

Let's be frank. If the Stormtroopers helmets had a built in display, you just know the first thing they would do would be to stand there watching Intergalactic Wookie Porn all day long with no one being the wiser.

Which actually goes a long way towards explaining the events of and Stormtrooper performance in the Original Trilogy. Exactly how could two witless fools, and old geezer and a 9' walking abomination of hair wander aimlessly through the Empires mightiest fortress causing mayhem and destruction where ever they went, stealing away a high value political prisoner, disabling entire defense systems, and escaping in a hopped up wreck of a freighter? I'm thinking "in helmet porn" suddenly becomes a remarkably clear explanation for it all. Yeah and you know those guys in the big black helmets that controlled all the big guns? IMax Porn!

I don't care one way or the other until (and unless) this article gets updated. I'm just waiting patiently for the end of 2015 when I can just see the movie.

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I hope it isn't real. One thing they got right with the prequels was the morph into stormtrooper helmets. These just look like apple products meets daftpunk.

Well, I guess retrofitting the Enterprise was enough for Apple to win the bid to outfit the Galactic Empire.

 

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