But far more captivating than the special-edition Rogue was the Star Wars paraphernalia scattered about Nissan’s Los Angeles auto show booth, the highlight of which was a 21-foot-tall TIE fighter replica that dominated not only Nissan’s show stand but the entire West Hall.
The roughly half-scale TIE fighter was built by a, well, rogue group of German Star Wars fanatics, and it was so convincingly done that it caught the attention of Lucasfilm, the now-Disney-owned caretaker of the Star Wars brand, which uses the fighter from time to time as a prop at its own events.
For the L.A. show, the 3000-pound TIE fighter was disassembled and flown over from the U.K. along with two of its German creators, who pieced it back together.
Displayed alongside the dominating TIE fighter were life-size replica costumes from Rogue One on loan from Lucasfilm—two Shoretrooper and two Rebel Alliance Spec Forces variants—along with small-scale X-wing, Y-wing, TIE Striker, and AT-ACT (the larger, cargo-hauling version of the trippable AT-AT) models.
Finally, the stand had a couple of the full-size replica Death Trooper helmets, one of which is included with each purchase of the Star Wars–themed Rogues—arguably the best part of the package.