Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Details About "Shadowtroopers" and "Sandtroopers"

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Writer/Streamer
February 08, 2016  09:23 PM

Source: Donnie Yen (Instagram)

Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars: Story is coming this December, but haven't seen a lot of official details about the film. However, rumors like the details about the film's villain, Forest Whitaker's role, and the code names of characters have been heating up lately, and, which usually has a good track record at this kind of stuff, has some details about the different kinds of Stormtroopers we can expect from the film.

So obviously... possilble spoilers below: 



Making Star Wars shared the following details about the different types of Stormtroopers in Rogue One

The new stormtrooper (codenamed “Shark Yellow” during the production) is a curious mixture of new and old. We saw the head for this trooper back when three helmets were put on Instagram by Donnie Yen.


  • It is a combination of a Scout Trooper (Biker Scout) with Stormtrooper parts.
  • On set they were called “Sandtroopers.”
  • It has a lot of soft parts like a Scout Trooper including similar chest armor, but more narrow around the hips.
  • It has the same kneepad as the classic Sandtrooper.
  • It has some accent of color like dark red on a panel.


We have heard more about the black Stormtroopers or Death Troopers.


  • The green lights look really cool against the black armor.
  • When casting the Death Troopers they were looking for actors around 6’3″ so they’re pretty big (TFA Stormtroopers are 5’10” for comparison).

They added: 

We have also heard a rumor that the new package for Rogue One products will have the black Stormtrooper on it. But we still don’t know if this means the helmet above or the classic black Stormtrooper. We think they’re actually talking about the helmet above that Donnie Yen shared though.
The confusing thing about this is that we are hearing the classic black Stormtroopers are in the film. The helmet above is different. We’re hearing mixed things about the importance of the helmet above. It gets really confusing for the average person because they’re just seeing black Stormtroopers and we’re fans so we know the differences between these troopers. Is the helmet above the only black Stormtrooper we see or are there two different kinds? Is the guy above 6’3″ and the black Stormtroopers they’re using just normal guys that answer to him? It is pretty hard to figure out at this point but we should have more answers soon

These are just rumors for now. Hopefully, Disney and Lucasfilm will release official details soon. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released in theaters on Dec. 16. 

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