Earlier we saw a D23 Expo 2019 photo of the costume that will be worn by members of the new First Order Jet Trooper squad in December’s The Rise of Skywalker. The official site expands on the topic of these new troopers with a dedicated post that includes more photos of the costume on display at the Stormtrooper evolution exhibit as well as information on the influences used in creating the look and design of the character. Check out the intro to their article copied below and then click here for the full read.
Equipped with a rocket pack and a slim and sleek new white helmet, the jet trooper from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has soared into D23 Expo 2019, the latest addition to Lucasfilm’s exhibit tracing the evolution of the iconic Star Wars soldiers.
Fans on the floor of the convention this weekend were among the first in the world to glimpse the screen-used armor, fresh off the set of the forthcoming film, alongside the Sith trooper and eight other production costumes spanning the different eras of the saga, which were first displayed at San Diego Comic-Con last month.
The specialized First Order jet trooper is a unique design that incorporates nods to original trilogy concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and the fearsome death troopers from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, says Madlyn Burkert, Lucasfilm’s collections and exhibitions archivist. While the Mandalorian armor favored by Jango Fett and Boba Fett featured a jet pack, this version is actually part of the body armor sculpt. “The jet pack is implemented as part of the armor, which is a bit unique,” Burkert says.