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ROGUE ONE’s Chirrut Îmwe Fights Stormtroopers in Rad Stop-Motion Animated Video

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is hitting theaters tonight, and if the early word is any indication, fans are gonna love it. It’s still too early to say who the breakout character of the movie is going to be, but there’s a pretty good chance that it could be Chirrut Îmwe, the blind monk who is dedicated to the Force even though he isn’t a Jedi. Getting the star of Ip Man, Donnie Yen, to play the role was a particularly nice touch. While the trailers for Rogue One have only hinted at how much ass he kicks in this film, Hot Toys has paid tribute to one of Chirrut Îmwe’s signature moments in a new animated short.

Hot Toys has unveiled its 1/6 scale Chirrut Îmwe Deluxe figure in a stop-motion animated segment based upon an early scene in Rogue One which finds the warrior monk taking on several stormtroopers while armed with only his staff. It’s not an exact recreation of the way it plays out in the film, but it’s pretty close! The quality of the animation is so impressive that it could almost be mistaken for footage from Rogue One itself, which may explain the disclaimer at the front of the video.

Fortunately for anyone who is avoiding spoilers, the short doesn’t reveal why Chirrut was fighting the stormtroopers or how the encounter ultimately wraps up. This may be one of Yen’s standout scenes in the movie, but it’s far from the only one he had. We wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Chirrut Îmwe star in his own adventures in the Star Wars universe after this, even if a Rogue One sequel seems unlikely. After all, there’s always Star Wars comics, novels, and animated TV shows!

For the collectors, Hot Toys is currently offering preorders on its Chirrut Îmwe figure here.

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Image: Hot Toys


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