The presence of a single Imperial Star Destroyer is formidable enough, but its size and firepower is nothing, truly nothing, in comparison to the immense super weapon battle station the Death Star, of which it and many others of its kind are acting as its protective custodians- the immense space moon now at its final stages leading to operational status by the events of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.
|The original three-foot model seen in the original STAR WARS.|
|The new model with additional detail and lights seen with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.|
|One of the Star Destroyers of ROGUE ONE.|
|Comparison shots. Left EMPIRE Star Destroyer. Right ROGUE ONE version.|
The Star Destroyer seen above top keeps to the continuity of the original vessel seen with 1977's STAR WARS, yet also fuses in the details and depth of the Star Destroyers seen with THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. In many ways, the Star Destroyers of ROGUE ONE are the best of both worlds.
Check out ILM legend John Knoll's original talk about the Death Star and Star Destroyers of ROGUE ONE from London's CELEBRATION 2016 event: Star Wars Archaeology Panel | Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 - YouTube