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Isn’t That Armor a Little Flowery For a Stormtrooper?

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Isn’t That Armor a Little Flowery For a Stormtrooper?

In the buildup to “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” we’ve been introduced to Shoretroopers, Death Troopers and even a Tank Trooper. And now, courtesy of Hot Toys, we’re presented with … the Porcelain Pattern Stormtrooper.

The design, which we can safely say doesn’t appear in “Rogue One,” is a special edition inspired the blue-and-white porcelain motif that dates back to 14th-century China. The pattern of flowers and vines covers much of the Stormtrooper’s body armor, starting from the legs and continuing up the torso and arms to the helmet.

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While much of the design is traditional, the back of the helmet provides some Imperial flair: an AT-AT on what appears to be Scarif, the tropical planet that houses a major Imperial military installation. You’ll most certainly know this would-be paradise from the “Rogue One” trailers and posters.

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Like other Hot Toys Stormtrooper figures, this limited edition comes with blasters, interchangeable hands and a display stand — only this time they’re all blue and white.

This armor isn’t likely to pass muster with Emperor Palpatine or Darth Vader. Heck, if the Facebook comments are any indication, the design has been largely rejected by fans. Of course they may change their tune if Stormtroopers are suddenly needed to subdue a Rebel tea party.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens Dec. 16 in the United States.

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