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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!

 

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

E3 2017: Star Was Battlefront II

I thought it was a gutsy move to set nearly the entire trailer in the prequel era, but I have to admit Theed is looking good and the gameplay looks really fun!!

A brief glimpse of story mode showing Iden Versio and her father aboard some kind of spacedock. The action moves too fast to see what’s really going on but I do think the concept of an Imperial perspective plus the between trilogies setting is going to make for a great campaign.

More from E3 soon

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: What’s Canon? (2)

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Continuing with Uprising I’m going to try and cover the vehicles and droids introduced or re-introduced in this game. There won’t be space to cover the Legends version of all these entries so I’m going to denote a returning droid or vehicle with a (R) to identify that it first appeared in Legends sources.

Vehicles and Vessels

XP-38 Landspeeder (R)

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This model of landspeeder was common in the Anoat sector. On Tatooine Luke Skywalker struggled to sell his older X-34 landspeeder due to the popularity of this newer model.

Dynamic-class Freighter (R)

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A model of freighter in common use across the Anoat sector during the time of the Empire.

Allanar-N3 Light Freighter

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Originally an Imperial design these ship were used extensively by the Trade Spine League

Throneship

Large ornate vessels of the outcast Anoat nobility these ships were secretly outfitted with powerful armaments to combat the Star Destroyers of the Iron Blockade.

  • In Legends

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One item that has to be mentioned is the Dynamic freighter. Like the Hammerhead-cruiser seen in Rogue One this ship first appeared in Knights of the Old Republic which is set about 3000 years before the films. The Ebon Hawk was the personal vessel of the reformed Darth Revan and later his apprentice Meetra Surik who ended the Sith Wars.

Weapons

Stardrop

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A powerful ship-based torpedo. One of these was left undetonated on Hoth and used to arm the Uprising.

Droids

3NX-series Protection Droid

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A sturdy droid designed to take damage, they weren’t good sellers as they tended to complain when shot.

5M-Sec droid

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A large and well-armed droid use by the Empire to guard key sites.

Hutt Guard Droid (R)

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An old model of droid, based on their long-tailed masters these droids still guarded some Hutt holdings.

Also featured were MRK-3 assassin droids, re-programmed 3PO units named Larceny droids and UPR-17 slicing droids

 

That’ll do for this post I think. There are an absolute ton of planets in this game so I’ll cover them in another post

 

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!!!

 

Star Wars Celebration: Rebels Season 4 trailer!!

 

You’re only posting about his now – have you been living under a rock or something?!!

No, sarcastic reader, I was in South Africa, on a game reserve with Warthogs and Hornbills wandering around as I eat breakfast…still feeling smug huh?

Anyway I’m catching up on the panels but in the meantime here’s the trailer for Rebels which was been confirmed as the final season – wonder where they’re going to go next.