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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Toy Reveals Clues to Rise of First Order

If you're hoping to glean any more details about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" ahead of Comic-Con International, it turns out your best bet is to look to toy packaging.

IGN's Eric Goldman spied a little information about the origins of the sleek new First Order Stormtroopers, to be prominently displayed among the new "Star Wars" merchandise in San Diego.

#SDCC #TheForceAwakens Stormtrooper figure packaging confirms First Order are new on the scene in Episode 7 @starwars pic.twitter.com/YPSD45V2oV

— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) June 27, 2015

The text reads:

Shock troopers clad in white armor first appeared on the galactic stage during the opening battles of the Clone Wars. Clone Trooper armor became iconic almost immediately; its stark white design stood for hope that peace and stability might be restored to a galaxy at war. But this dream of peace died with the Republic, and the Empire that rose to take its place imposed order by any means necessary. Soldiers within the grand army of the Republic were given a new name: Stormtroopers. As these former protectors of galactic peace mercilessly crushed resistance across the galaxy, their white armor came to symbolize oppression and the indomitable power of the Emperor’s will. Yet the tyranny of imperial rule sparked rebellion, and the Stormtrooper legions were scattered in the aftermath of the Empire’s fall. Now, the rise of the First Order ushers in the next chapter in the Stormtrooper’s legacy as a new era of ruthless brutality begins.

OK, it's not a lot, but it's something. Perhaps we'll learn a little more Friday, July 10, during the Hall H presentation for "The Force Awakens". If not, well, it's still a long way until Dec. 18.

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