'Star Wars' superfans create stop-motion video for new 'Rogue One' figures
We've already spent a lot of time unwrapping key moments from the first full-length trailer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so we might as well do the same for the toys. On Tuesday, the official Star Wars YouTube channel unveiled the first of a four-part, fan-created, stop-animation series as a tie-in for the anthology film's new merchandise.
The first installment shows Jyn Erso arriving on Jedha, as she tries to steal the plans to the Death Star — quite literally labeled as "Imperial Building Instructions" — while evading Stormtroopers. The Stormtroopers come in all shapes and sizes. She kicks an adorably puny LEGO Stormtrooper at one point in the scuffle.
The series, aptly titled Go Rogue, was written and produced by Star Wars superfans. It comes with a similar call to action: When the toys are released, fans can enter a contest to create Rogue One-themed movie shorts of their own. The winners of the contest will be invited to the Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco for a screening of Rogue One (plus, a screening of their animated short).
The contest opens Sept. 30, and in the meantime, you can check out the first entry in the Go Rogue series below: