Disney’s teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ picks up with Rey’s encounter with Luke.
Another Star Wars movie, another barrage of action figures and toys.
However, what’s neat about stuff coming out for The Last Jedi (in theaters Dec. 15) as part of Force Friday II — which has many retailers opening at 12:01 a.m. local time to sell the newest wares — are first looks at new supporting players appearing in the film.
Here are a few of the fresh personalities to look out for in Last Jedi, including an adorably evil droid:
BB-8 was one of the breakout stars of The Force Awakens due to utter cuteness, so the dark-side version of the ball-shaped droid may follow suit. (Director Rian Johnson tweeted that 9E’s on-screen nickname was BB-H8 — as in “hate.”) Fans can meet the black-and-silver-tinged First Order BB unit as part of the Find the Force augmented-reality event. (And if you want to take the badness home, Sphero has a version of the little guy you can control with your smartphone.)
Elite Praetorian Guard
Keeping with the bad guys, these red-armored, helmeted dudes are the security force for Supreme Leader Snoke (played via motion-capture by Andy Serkis), who we saw as a hologram in Force Awakens but appears in the flesh in Last Jedi. (By the looks of this toy set, he might be throwing down with Daisy Ridley’s Rey.) Fans will note these Praetorian fellows have the same crimson color scheme as the Imperial Guard of the Emperor back in Return of the Jedi.
Kelly Marie Tran‘s Resistance maintenance worker becomes a hero in The Last Jedi when she teams up for a mission to go behind enemy lines with John Boyega’s Finn, and like any Star Wars good guy, she’s getting a cool action figure.
Played by Veronica Ngo, Paige is Rose’s sister and a Resistance gunner and pilot who gets some coaching by none other than famous X-Wing flyboy Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
As anybody who has Wedge Antilles and Jek Porkins figures in their collection can tell you, Star Wars has always had a habit of making toys for pilots who have limited screen time in movies. So we can probably assume that Tallie is an A-Wing pilot who’s probably not a major character, but it’s still a good sign to see more women in Star Wars gear than not.