First Order Jet Troopers | Everything We Know So Far
Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Specialised Stormtroopers of the First Order, jet troopers soar into battle equipped with agile rocket packs. Not my words, but the words of Lucasfilm. A ton of information to not dissect there, eh? And to be honest, it's all rather self-explanatory. What? A rocket trooper flies about using a jet pack? Shut. Up. I'm sure you'll all wanting a bit more information than that, and I'm happy to say, you've come to the right place.
Number 03. They're Inspired by Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art
Let's be honest, Star Wars would not be the Star Wars you and I know today without Ralph McQuarrie. The vast majority of character, planet and even creature designs came from his very own imagination. Even unused ideas from back in the day have been reused time and time again. Star Wars Rebels alone is basically 99% Ralph McQuarrie. Some call it unimaginative or unoriginal, I call it recycling! Continuing with this ironically unsustainable initiative, jet troopers bear a striking resemblance to McQuarrie's snowtrooper concept art. The black scribbles on their chest plates too seem oddly familiar. Hmmmm. The similarities don't end there, however. Death trooper armour acted as further inspiration, while Boba Fett's jet pack became the starting point for, well, the jet pack. Duh! Differing from the Mandalorian's flying apparatus, though, the jet pack is built directly into the armour. Pretty neat, huh? Well, maybe not for the actors having to lug them about!
Number 02. The Jet Packs Weigh a Ton
Okay, a ton might be a slight, very slight, exaggeration, but that's not to say they're as light as a feather. So heavy are they, in fact, actors on set had to be fastened to the armour with Philips-head screws to account for the extra weight. According to Lucasfilm's collections and exhibitions activist, Madelyn Burkert, such a ritual followed her and her team when it came to dressing mannequins for display. It's fair to say no other armour before it has caused as much fuss, so let's just hope it was all worth it. I mean they definitely look the part. You know, they talk the talk. Will they walk the walk, though? We'll see.
Number 01. They've Appeared Before
Believe it or not, jet troopers have appeared prior to The Rise of Skywalker. Debuting in Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I, rocket troopers, as they were called, had a slightly different look. In fact, there are at least three other variations we know about. I guess Disney want that sweet, sweet merch money. The first came equipped with a red pauldron, rocket launcher, Jump Pack, and small blaster pistol. The second was very similar, except it used a standard stormtrooper blaster with a control box in its chest plate. And the third had a darker jet pack with straps and could operate in the vacuum of space. It's unclear whether or not the jet troopers in Episode 9 can also soar from the surface of planets to the stars above, but if these other schmucks can, you know, regular stormtroopers without specialised armour, then it's certainly not beyond belief. Either way, they'll probably be no match for the Resistance. Sad face.
So there is Everything We Know So Far about jet troopers. Are you excited to see them in The Rise of Skywalker? How do you think they compare to other First Order stormtroopers? Let me know in the comments below, and don't forget to like, share, and subscribe.
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