August 20, 2016 – The first Rogue One action figure, Jyn Erso, was publicly revealed on July 15th at Star Wars Celebration in London. The 6-inch Black Series figure quickly sold out at the San Diego Comic Con a week later.
While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will not premiere until December 16th, a flood of merchandise will hit retail stores and online vendors a full 2 1/2 months earlier.
All new Rogue One products will launch globally beginning September 30th.
Despite the global embargo, several leaks (video and still images) have occurred in recent days. A viewer in the Philippines has already posted what may be the first video reviews of three new 6-inch Black Series figures from Rogue One. They include #23 Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu), #24 K-2SO, and #25 Imperial Death Trooper.
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu):
Imperial Death Trooper:
Meanwhile, Amazon may have accidentally published images of not-yet-fully-described action figures and vehicles – and maybe even a Rogue One playset – on its website. However, all the links have since been taken down.
Rumors are that the following vehicles will be sold: Krennic’s Shuttle (retailer code name “Blackbird”); U-wing (“Unicorn”); the Death Star (“Owl”); TIE Striker (“Raven”); and Imperial Cargo Shuttle (“Vulture”).
JediTempleArchives.com also reports that a possible AT-ACT vehicle (All Terrain Armored Cargo Transport) was listed on Amazon with a MSRP of $279.99. Beyond the ridiculously high price for the nerf-firing vehicle, the Amazon link has since been taken down.
In a separate leak, idlehands1.blogspot.com has posted images of a Rebel U-Wing Fighter and a TIE Striker.
According to a leaked page from Rogue One: The Official Visual Story Guide (see pic below), the U-Wing is much bigger than an X-Wing or a Y-Wing. In fact, it’s not a starfighter. The U-Wing is a combination gunship and troop transport.
The inclusion of the Nerf-blaster on both vehicles is unfortunate and a repeat of the disastrous error that was the Nerf-firing Millenium Falcon toy, which came out after The Force Awakens hit theaters. According to rumors, the unsightly Nerf bits can be removed. No MSRP has been announced for either vehicle, though some are speculating a price of $50.00 each.