2:12pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic-Con to Be Filled With Even More Stormtroopers Than Usual
The Force continues to be with this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
In addition to a number of panels focused around Star Wars on the Friday of the show, it's been announced that the annual pop culture bacchanalia will also feature the debut of the first toys from this winter's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Entertainment Weekly had the first look at the Con-exclusive releases from Mattel's Hot Wheels and Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series lines, as well as a Lego release that won't be available at the show, but will be on display. All three recreate the new "First Order" — aka, the new Empire — Stormtrooper design as seen in the trailers released for the movie to date, although none appear to be John Boyega's Stormtrooper character, Finn. (On the plus side, the Hot Wheels Stormtrooper is, indeed, a car.)
In addition to the display of the 9-inch-tall Lego Buildable First Order Stormtrooper, EW reveals that a life-sized Lego recreation of the new Stormtrooper armor will be on display in the Lego booth on the main show floor during the entire show, made out of thousands of bricks.
As is traditional for Hasbro's Comic-Con Exclusives, for those who didn't manage to get to San Diego, the Black Series First Order Stormtrooper will be also available in limited quantities, via HasbroToyShop.com after the show, which runs July 9 through 12 at the San Diego Convention Center.