It was visual effects ace John Knoll who first pitched the idea for the standalone Star Wars hit Rogue One to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. “I wanted a really strong, smart, and active female character as the lead of this movie,” Knoll, chief creative officer of Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic effects house, told Yahoo Movies.
“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. This, from the opening crawl of ‘A New Hope’, served as the basis for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ some 40 years later, but already told us all we needed to know. ‘Rogue One’ was a story that didn’t need to be told, but it defied all expectations to prove it was a story worth telling. Director Gareth Edwards and the film’s four writers did this by making their story about the Rebellion’s journey from a directionless and friable collective to a cohesive and driven unit. ‘Rogue One’ is about the rebellion more than it is about any individual character.
As the rollout of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story toys began early Wednesday, we got plenty of standard 3.75-inch Hasbro action figures. There were a few larger, 6- and 12-inch species from Hasbro and Disney Store. And, of course, dozens of Lego minifigures have popped up. But when it comes to supersizing Star Wars, no one does it quite like Jakks Pacific. The toymaker has a popular line of the aptly named Big-Figs, and Yahoo Movies has your first look at the full Rogue One set.