STAR WARS' SITH TROOPER Debuting at SDCC Ahead of RISE OF SKYWALKER

Star Wars Sith Trooper- Funko POP

Star Wars Sith Trooper- Funko POP

Here we are, days before the worlds of Hollywood and geekdom unite in San Diego for Comic-Con International, and there goes Lucasfilm casually dropping the detail that Sith Troopers will be arriving in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Described by the studio as "the next evolution of Imperial/First Order soldiers", these Sith Troopers merge the classic Stormtrooper design with the Imperial Royal Guard outfits. "It has some subtle ties to previous stormtrooper designs, which I think fans will enjoy discovering", Lucasfilm archivist Madlyn Burkert said in the announcement of the SDCC stormtrooper exhibition. Funko obviously has their own exclusive POP figure of the trooper, and there's a t-shirt featuring the menacing helmet front and center.

The trooper armor display will also feature a photography and video component and Star Wars promises it will feature Star Wars creators and concept designers like Doug Chiang.

StarWars.com has just officially revealed our first look at a brand new Stormtrooper design coming with The Rise of Skywalker: the red, angular, and very angry looking Sith Trooper. With Sith Troopers running around, The Rise of the Skywalker may finally bring the Sith Lords out of the shadows where they've lurked for generations. The Sith Trooper sports an all-red look that looks reminiscent of both First Order Stormtroopers and Clone Troopers. It will be available at Booth #1929 and the early release edition will be sold for $230.

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That's the new Black Series figure that will be available at the Hasbro booth for $32.

This isn't the first time a Sith Trooper has been introduced to the Star Wars universe. However, their numbers would grow as Revan began conquering planets. But the Sith Trooper is something unique, combining the regimented Empire and the darker, spiritual might of the Sith, presaging the return of Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker. That regimen culled the weak and inspired fear into each Sith Trooper that spurred them into battle. You'll also notice that next to the "Sith Trooper" graphic on the bottom, there's a new emblem representing the Sith.

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