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The Star Wars franchise has had a fascinating life since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, starting with J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens. What followed is the current sequel trilogy, as well as standalone films like Rogue One and Solo. The Skywalker Saga will come to an end with The Last Jedi, with Abrams stepping back into the director's chair to wrap up the nine-film narrative.
There's no telling what surprises J.J. Abrams has in store for Star Wars fans with Episode IX, although the first trailer teased an epic blockbuster that will be deeply connected to the long running story. There will also be changes made to the canon, including a new class of Stormtroopers. Dressed all in red, Sith Troopers look deadly, and should presumably have better aim than their counterparts.
This week is San Deigo Comic-Con, giving properties the ability to debut new information, footage, and merchandise to the fans. The Sith Troopers have a big presence on the floor of the convention center, with a Lego version of the First Order soldier has been crafted. And it's life size, check it out:
CinemaBlend is at San Diego Comic-Con right now, prepared to get all the new information about fan favorite properties. Star Wars fans usually show up in a big way for the annual convention, so they should be delighted to see this sneak peek of the Sith Troopers. But rather than an official costume, we've gotten a close look to the character design in Lego form.
The Sith Troopers were announced a few weeks ago, and certainly helped fans get even more excited for the impending arrival of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The upcoming movie's contents are a complete mystery at the time of writing, but it's exciting to see that the Stormtroopers will be getting an upgrade. This change likely comes from the mind of Adam Driver's Ben Solo, as Kylo Ren ascended to Supreme Leader of the First Order after killing Snoke in The Last Jedi.
It should be interesting to see how the Sith Troopers will factor into The Rise of Skywalker, and just how powerful the new class of ground soldiers are. Stormtroopers are notoriously useless throughout the Star Wars franchise, constantly failing to stop the rebels. Bad aim has become synonymous for the standard white troopers, so it would be an interesting twist if the Sith Trooper were able to kick ass and take names in Episode IX.
The new soldiers look similar to Snoke's guards in The Last Jedi. Those fighters were adept with using The Force, with weapons and training that nearly matched the combined power of Rey and Kylo Ren. Could Kylo have made these elite soldiers more readily available, and given them matching Stormtrooper suits? Only time will tell, but they look awesome.
All will be revealed when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check back with CinemaBlend for our continued coverage of San Diego Comic-Con, and be sure to check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.