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Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer

Apologies if, like me, you tend to treat these official reveals as spoilers but what my eyes have seen they cannot now unsee so I’m blogging it!!

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The Sienar/Jaemus TIE/VN is the ship used by Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi.

The design keeps to the George Lucas’ 3 second rule in which you can tell what it is in 3 seconds. The Interceptor wings let you know it’s a fighter and the angular red cockpit is very reminiscent of the Upsilon shuttle so even if they hadn’t revealed it on StarWars.com you’d know by looking at it that it was Kylo’s.

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My only criticism is that the wings are exactly like those of an Interceptor, I’d have preferred it if they maybe angled back a bit more or something but I think the overall shape of the ship has changed enough, making it seem part personal shuttle as well as fighter and I’m giddy over the return of A-Wings which haven’t changed at all so this will do fine!

Can’t wait to see Kylo travelling in this!

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Why the Han Solo movie Directors were fired.

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The Han Solo movie continues to be the subject of much controversy following the firing of it’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over what has been dubbed ‘creative differences.’

Recent reports have uncovered that the directing pair favoured an improvisational and adaptable style over the rigid schedule demanded by Lucasfilm but the specifics remained vague until recently.

An E!Scoop journalist uncovered an internal e-mail from Kathleen Kennedy stating

“…they’re insisting on keeping the Carellia change, the new locations are way over budget…mentioned recasting again.”

Fans immediately made the connection with Han Solo’s homeworld, when questioned Lord and Miller were quick to confirm their intended change.

“Yes, it’s Carellia. We re-watched A New Hope over and over and that’s how it sounds to us. One we had an idea of what Carellia was it inspired changes, we wanted the Carellians to have a standout role in the film but it wasn’t to be.”

This remark sparked an outcry among loyal fans gaining another response

“Oh come on, we only changed one letter. Things get changed all the time in Star Wars, I mean – Moraband, seriously? What we did is just minor compared to that.”

So far Lucasfilm and Kennedy have declined to respond. When asked about the details new director Ron Howard commented

“Sounds like Corellia to me.”

 

below is a pre-production image of Carellia and some of the most notable Carellian characters.

 

Carellia

*this article is, of course, a complete load of Bantha Poodoo

Watch “Black Panther Teaser Trailer [HD]” on YouTube

So the guy with the superpower of interrupting conversations that could otherwise be resolved without violence gets his own movie

Joking aside I do like the idea of a hero who’s also a king and an inexperienced one at that. 

Wakanda looks cool but I gave to admit I struggled to follow what is actually going on in the trailer – but hey it’s an MCU film so I’m watching it!!!

The Force Awakens: Weapons and Technology (1)

I almost didn’t write this post but then my inner 15-year old reminded me of the sheer joy I felt on getting my Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, so inner-child – this one’s for you!!

EL-16 blaster rifle

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An outdated model produced by BlasTech the EL-16 remained popular among outliers and smuggler, including Han Solo. A number of New Republic surplus models, including a Heavy Field Edition rifle used by Poe Dameron were donated to the Resistance

F-11D blaster rifle

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In order to circumvent New Republic trade embargoes against the First Order BlasTech conspired with Mers Sonn to create a joint subsidiary called SonnBlas, which operates exclusively within First Order space. The F-11D is the standard weapon for all Stormtroopers and is a reliable and versatile weapon as shown by Phasma’s chromium edition which is modified for long range sniping as well as close combat use.

SE-44c blaster pistol

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The SE-44c is a standard sidearm carried by all ranked personnel from Stormtrooper leaders to General Hux himself

D93 Incinerator flamethrower

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A weapon of terror the D93 is used by specialists to flush enemy combatants out of hiding and into the crosshairs of the rest of the squad by using a piezoelectric charge to ignite a highly flammable compound.

Crossguard Lightsaber

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An ancient design, dating back to the battle of Malachor between the ancient Sith and Jedi, this lightsaber features two quillons which jut out above the user’s hand. Kylo Ren used this model to vent the energy running through his cracked kyber crystal, which otherwise might have overloaded his weapon.

Quadnoculars

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Quadnoculars are used to overlay different spectral images onto the users vision to provide greater data of the battlefield. I at first assumed this was advanced technology, but they also showed up in Rogue One so I guess they were fairly standard

Data storage unit

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Lor San Tekka kept the map to the First Jedi Temple hidden in an antique data storage unit. The data could still be interpreted by modern analytics carried within BB-8.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – new Vanity Fair images

As with the last entry in the Saga Vanity Fair have done a spread on the new movie releasing new images and teasing details in interviews with cast and crew.

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We get teased a bit of detail aboutuke and Rey, but the main bit of information released was that Luke is not alone on Ach-To. There is also an indigenous race on the planet that serve as caretakers of the Jedi Temple there.

The piece has some extremely poignant images of Carrie Fisher, both with Mark Hamill and her daughter who plays a Resistance fighter. The interview reveals that Leia will have an expanded role in this movie and that Episode IX would have moved her to front and centre the way Han was in 7 and Luke will be in 8. They have also categorically ruled out using CGI to portray Leia meaning there must be a heavily adapted story for the next installment.

The rest of the Resistance crew are looking fierce. We don’t find out much about Poe, but John Boyega revealed that Finn is wearing a Bacta Suit (presumably a more mobile version of a Bacta tank) in the trailer. Finn will go undercover with new character Rose, a Resistance technician. It was also revealed that Rose has a sister named Paige who is a gunner and is in a scene with Poe.

Next we get two images of the inhabitants of Canto Bight a city for the rich and powerful. It is also described as where Finn and Rose go ‘behind enemy lines’ so it could be in First Order territory which could be interesting, maybe all the white and black dress code is meant to evoke stormtroopers? Lucasfilm were quick to point out that the character in the back is not a Bothan, but seriously then why go to the effort of making a creature that looks almost exactly like a Bothan. That said I love the little dude in the front with Neal Scanlan – I love the complete variety you get in Star Wars.

A few more Patrons and aliens in this one too.

We got some confirmation on new characters too. Laura Dern plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. Holdo is referred to as being part of the Resistance but my guess is she’s Republic military who have now joined the Resistance. Something about this image coupled with the Casino ones gives me a very Hunger Games feel to all this but it still works and I like the idea of an opulent Republic character being forced to work with mucky Resistance fighters. I also get the feeling she and Leia will butt heads during the film.

Is it an Ezra…is it a Thrawn…no it’s erm, DJ…who technically doesn’t actually have a name. Described only as a ‘shifty character’ one of the prevailing theories is that DJ stands for Dark Jedi. It could of course mean any number of things – maybe he plays 80’s songs at weddings – but I do like the idea of a force-user who’s just out for personal gain, he could be almost a darker version of Maz.

Lastly we get our villains. Kylo Ren is discovering that ‘patricide isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ and is scarred both internally and externally.  Phasma is looking cool unmasked and with a new staff that has ‘personal significance’ for her (a tie-in comic and novel may reveal more). Hux seems the least changed and I like that.

No doubt they’ll continue to trickle information out between now and December

(obviously rights for all images belong to Vanity Fair and if you haven’t you should really check out the article and video)

Star Wars Celebration: The Last Jedi trailer

I wanted to wait until I watched the panel before sharing my delayed reactions to what we see in this and of course weigh in with my opinion on Luke’s words!!

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We open with what looks like stars and transition to Rey. We see a lot of images of her training on Ach-To. It seems that she is maybe not following Luke’s rushed path and will actually take the time to complete her training properly.

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When Rey mentions the light we see Leia, it seems she and the Resistance have assumed or been given control of the remaining Republic military. Does this also mean she is sensing the light side of the force in Leia and that she is also one of the Last Jedi? We’ll see…

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Next she mentions the dark and we see Kylo’s smashed helmet – I kinda preferred him with it but I guess it shows him stepping out of Vader’s shadow.

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Next we see a Jedi library, rumours are the Journals of the Whills are here. I found the background reminiscent of Bendu from Rebels, wich given the reference the the Balance could be significant.

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Next we jump to these cool craft. At first I thought they were pirate-y type ships but they’ve been confirmed as Resistance craft and you can also see they’re headed towards some AT-style walkers. This planet has been confirmed as Crait, the site of a Rebel base and will be significant in the film.

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Next we see Poe and BB-8 in an emergency on a Resistance base/ship. I was worried that BB-8 didn’t feature much in this trailer, but in the panel Rian Johnson stated that his biggest advice from JJ Abrams was you can’t get enough BB-8 so I’m relieved about that!! We also see A-Wings here and later in the trailer.

It looks like we’re going to get more information on the destruction of Luke’s Jedi, which has fueled his decision to end the Order.

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I just love seeing big space battles so this was probably the highlight for me. Again I assume this is a Republic fleet now commanded by the Resistance. Rian said the that First Order are hitting the galaxy hard so my guess is this takes place near the beginning of the film, with maybe Rey sensing the turmoil in the galaxy but Luke urging her to complete her training. I like the ships, I think they evoke the style of the Nebulon-B and Hammerhead ships of the Rebellion while still looking  original. I am mentally pre-ordering the visual dictionary already!!

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We finish with Luke’s words – “it is time for the Jedi to end.”

The prevailing opinion is that Luke is dismissive of the Jedi way and will create a new balanced “Grey” order. I disagree.

My basis for this is Luke’s quest to find the origins of the Jedi and also his response to Rey – “there’s so much more.” I believe that Luke has discovered the original purpose of the Jedi Order, which has now been fulfilled and it is time to transcend and create something new. Something in those books has given Luke a new understanding of the Force which will change the way they interact with it.

I have no idea if I’m right, but either way I can’t wait to find out!!!

 

Watch “SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – Official Trailer #2 (HD)” on YouTube

 

Looking good Spidey!!

Spider-Man was easily the best part of Civil War, bringing a good dose of Marvel humour to what would otherwise have been an overly depressing film so it’s good to see him getting his own flick…if you’re ok ignoring the previous five movies!!

The trailer seems to be hinting at an Iron Man 3 style plot with Tony taking away Peter’s suit and then Peter proving himself without it. The Vulture looks cool as a villain too.

The Force Awakens: Vehicles and Vessels (1)

Episode VII gave us some upgraded versions of classic craft in the opening sequence as well as a handful of new designs later on.

Resurgent-class Battlecruiser

Resurgent-class Star Destroyer

Manufacturer: Kuat-Entralla  Engineering

Length: 2,915 metres

Kylo Ren’s flagship the Finalizer is a powerful battlecruiser built in secret for the First Order. While echoing the design of the Imperial Star Destroyers it is nearly double the length and with much improved armament and shielding. The warship features a tiered design, allowing for faster deployment of fighters from launching racks, but also allowed a skilled enemy pilot to manoeuvre through the superstructure of the ship itself. It is unknown how many ships of this class exist.

Atmospheric Assault Lander

Manufacturer: Sienar-Jaemus Army Systems

Length: 18 metres

A starkly practical design, the AAL allows for the rapid deployment of troops onto the battlefield. It carries two squads of stormtroopers, which are rapidly deployed from it’s forward ramp. It carries an anti-personnel blaster to protect its troops, but relies on it’s speed and armament for protection, long enough for troops to exit before returning to safety.

Upsilon-class shuttle

Manufacturer: Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems

Height: 37 metres (with wings extended)

An imposing shuttle/transport equipped with the latest in sensor and weapons technology the Upsilon class was reserved for the most senior commanders. Kylo Ren used a ship of this class as his personal transport

T-70 X-Wing

Manufacture: Incom-FreiTek

Length: 12.5 metres

A continuation of the T-65 model used by the Rebellion, the T-70 boasted an improved split-engine design and improved weapons. The model was widely used by the New Republic until the development of the T-85 which replaced it. The resource-strapped Resistance acquired a fleet of outdated T-70s from sympathetic senators who donated the older ships to their cause including Poe’s Black One customised ship equipped with a sensor-baffling black paint-job.

  • In Legends

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The Imperial remnant largely stuck with Imperial class Star Destroyers as their power base gradually dwindled, eventually upgrading to the Imperial-III class. There were individuals who carried personalised ships, but these were largely dreadnoughts or superweapons. In the Legacy comics (set 130 years after Episode-IV) the Empire used the Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer.

I couldn’t find an analogue for the AAL, apart from maybe the Y-4 Raptor, but that only really featured in one book. Again with shuttles the Imperial Remnant largely stuck with Lambda-class shuttles. Legacy introduce the Nune-class shuttle, which also doubled as a troop transport.

In Legends the New Republic introduced a variety of fighter such as the E-Wing, but also largely stuck to X-Wing designs such as the XJ series pictured here. A model called the StealthX was released with sensor-jamming design similar to Poe’s ship – this model was used almost exclusively by Jedi. In Legacy there was a model of ship called the TwinTail that featured an X design…you can start to tell I really liked the Legacy comics!!!

Star Wars posters, box art and cast photo!!

A slew of small, but significant images have been released recently, no doubt you’ve already seen them but here’s my take on it all. 

Foreign posters for The Last Jedi(s)

The plurality of the word Jedi gave the film some ambiguity – but in the words of Raj Koothrapali “now it’s biguous, what’re you gonna do about it?!” In a way I preferred the thought of it just being about Luke but then I do want the Jedi to continue so it’s cool either way.
Force Friday box  art 

The next image that’s hot people buzzing is this year’s box art revealed on Force Friday. The image seems to have added to the Rey must be Luke’s daughter theory. To my mind this doesn’t prove anything, barring Rey’s hair these images could all come from Episode VII and the fact that she has Luke’s saber doesn’t prove anything – he has his green one so naturally she would use Anakin’s, at least until she gets her own. With the film’s title I think there’s more strength to my belief that Rey is Luke’s last surviving apprentice and he abandoned her on Jakku after the other Knights were slaughtered.

Han Solo movie cast photo 

Not as much to say about this except it’s happening!! Alden is definitely looking the part here, hoping we’ll get more of a tease at Celebration soon.