When Entertainment Weekly put out all their images from Rogue One, a certain picture stuck out to me, and that is the picture of the Deathtrooper holding a doll dressed as a stormtrooper (see image above). Here’s what EW said about the doll picture in their release:
“The filmmakers didn’t want to explain exactly what’s happening here, but they confirm: yes, that’s a Stormtrooper doll, a galactic version of a toy soldier. And it will have special significance in the story.”
What the heck, right? It’s very strange to see this, but at the same time I love it. I can imagine a version of this photo where the deathtrooper is instead a nazi in WW2. This seems like something straight out of Saving Private Ryan. Many people are asking about what this doll could mean, or what role it could play in Rogue One, here’s my take:
This is total speculation on my part, but that’s what great about this moment in time- we get to theorize and have fun. Anyway, I found the picture, like most, odd but intriguing at the same time. I think the reason this doll is going to be important is because of what it represents. The doll most likely belongs to a child, who was probably given this gift on Christm- I mean “Life Day” (or is that just a Wookiee thing?). This doll makes me think of the Rebel Alliance’s struggle between being Rebels and Terrorists. The empire has so much control, they can put an evil spin on a lot of things the Rebel alliance does. This is evident in Star Wars Rebels and even in The Clone Wars, especially involving Saw Gerrera in Season 5. Speaking of Saw, I’m glad they are putting his character in Rogue One, because it is an interesting idea to have the rebels we know and love from the original trilogy being viewed as terrorists by people in the galaxy. It is also equally interesting to think that people on these planets see stormtroopers as the heroes, because that’s all they’ve ever been told. I’m very interested in how this plays out, and can’t wait to find out.
What do you think about this photo, and the significance of the doll?