Tonight, the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi toys go on sale with a Force Friday II event that sees several retailers getting their own exclusives. Target will be the supplier for a interesting action figure addition to Hasbro's popular six-inch Black Series in the form of an Executioner Stormtrooper. Now thanks to an early eBay listing for the First Order's specialized officer, we have a peek at the role they play in the December release. Executioner Stormtroopers, it seems, are specifically trained to deal with anyone disloyal to the First Order. It sounds like John Boyega's Finn may have some cause for concern. The back of the package reads:
The First Order can only operate effectively with the absolute loyalty of its followers. Should any soldier be found guilty of treason, it is up to this special branch of Stormtroopers to dispense final justice.
A pair of Executioner Stormtroopers can actually be spotted in the recent Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind the scenes reel that was released during July's D23 Expo. The footage appears to be have been presented flipped in the reel, however, as it's now clear from this Reddit post that the Executioner Stormtrooper's characteristic black marking falls on the trooper's right side. Properly presented (as above), you can just barely see the beginning of the marking on the back of the helmet. Note that the iconic stormtrooper O I I markings now match every other iteration, as well as the markings on the front of the action figure itself, as seen below:
That action figure photo also gives us a look at the Executioner Stormtrooper's weapon of choice in what appears to be a massive electrical axe. That's certainly reminiscent of the similarly-charged riot baton that FN-2199 (a.k.a. TR-8R) used against Finn in The Force Awakens. While the officer lost the fight with his former teammate, FN-2199's fate is unclear. Could he have survived a blast from Chewbacca's bowcaster? If so, perhaps he has become one of these Executioner Stormtroopers specifically to seek revenge against Finn.
There's also the suggestion from the footage and in the action figure description that Executioner Stormtroopers don't work alone. It could theoretically be a whole squad that has been deployed to bring in Finn. Presumably such a victory would do much for First Order morale in the aftermath of Starkiller Base's destruction. The pursuit of Finn would also serve as a nice mirror of Han Solo's fugitive existence in The Empire Strikes Back. These pursuers don't necessarily look the type to freeze their captives in carbonite, either. After all, part of their classification is Executioner.
As we get closer to the big screen release of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, there's likely to be many interesting updates about the feature on the way. In the meantime, you can look through our comprehensive movie schedule to find out what other theatrical releases are coming in 2017's remaining months.