With the upcoming release of both BF2 and TLJ we are seeing an unprecedented amount of new key characters joining the 501st family. It is exciting for everyone and some troopers enthusiasm lead them to be early adopters, finishing builds before the official CRL is published. Some see it as a dynamic push to add diversity of characters, other as a risk for being non-compliant.
There is an expectation that we’d release new gears “promptly” after the release of a CRL and for us to do that with the limited time we have means starting very early. While CRLs are drafted, we start our own visual research and discussions. Some groups are more sharing than others, sometimes we are lucky to have incredible troopers sharing equally incredible information allowing us to feel strongly about the accuracy of what we do. Sometimes we must rely on the few official pictures available and use or experience making props to estimate what the design may be. As more details are made available and the CRL is getting adjusted, we also make our gears evolve to reflect a greater level of accuracy.
Obviously when a product reaches troopers before the official CRL is released there is a risk that a detail might be missing and consequently troopers could be denied approval. We can only guarantee product clearance after the official CRL is published. Even when we have a pre-release, we strongly encourage you to consider twice your purchase as we feel strongly about people spending money and not being able to get clearance (possibly because this has happened and probably will happen again to us with some armors).