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I was watching A New Hope on Netflix, when I noticed that in the scene with the stormtrooper riding a dewback, we see some of the other stormtroopers wearing the coloured shoulder pauldrons that signify their rank.

I don't recall having seen them before, so when (out of universe) were these added?

I thought they were a new invention for The Force Awakens.

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  • Wookieepedia says that A New Hope is their first appearance (presumably in a released movie). I’ll have to see if Lucas edited them it. ;)
    – Adamant
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:35

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Those shoulder pads have been there since day one. So to speak. ;-)

A behind the scenes picture. Notice the shoulder pad.
A behind the scenes picture. Notice the shoulder pad.

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The first work that they appeared, by order of release, was A New Hope. Here they are in the famous “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” scene, from a version of Star Wars that comes from the original prints.

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Here is a version from a later Blu-Ray edition of A New Hope:

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They also were seen in many other works before The Force Awakens. For example, Clone Troopers in the Clone Wars series wore pauldrons.

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So they definitely weren’t created specifically for The Force Awakens.

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  • The uppoermost image appears to be from the blu-ray release, hence the letterboxing to make it widescreen
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:43
  • @Valorum - Sure, because the old versions are grainy. But they are there in the originals.
    – Adamant
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:44
  • But the OP was looking for proof-positive that they were in an earlier version.
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:44
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    @Valorum - Fine, let me find a picture then.
    – Adamant
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:44
  • @Valorum - I’m seeing if I can find a clip from the Silver Screen Edition, made from an original film print.
    – Adamant
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:53
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They were seen in the original 1977 theatrical release.

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  • I don't know how I could've missed them.
    – SQB
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:44
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    @SQB - I like the new blu-ray quality, but I detest the additional crap that Lucas has shoved into the frame.
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2016 at 10:47
  • Jabba, you're a wonderful human being -- solo
    – Theraot
    Oct 23, 2016 at 23:06
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    @Valorum: Look for Harmy's Despecialized Edition... HD quality, original 1977's frames.
    – DevSolar
    Oct 24, 2016 at 7:12

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