Showing posts with label Tie Fighter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tie Fighter. Show all posts

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Some thoughts on the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Teaser

I'm sure everyone has seen this by now, but it won't hurt to post it in one more place.




I still remember when the teasers and trailers for the new trilogy were being released, and this one seems, different, somehow. Granted, this was just a teaser, so we don't really get any story details, but what we do see has certainly piqued my interest.


My first question is, who is this guy, and what has him so frightened? From the little bit that I've read, at least part of the movie will take us back to Tatooine. So, there are any number of things, from Krayt Dragons to Sandpeople, that this guy could be worried about . Also, if he is actually in the employ of the Empire, it seems that they've exhausted their clone army and are actually taking recruits now. I seem to remember that being the case in the original trilogy, so I'm sure they definitely need warm bodies now, 30 years after Return of the Jedi.


Here we have another shot on Tatooine, this time of a tiny wheeled droid speeding through what appears to be a used spacecraft lot. He sounds a bit like R2, what with his worried sounding beeps and his nervous nature. Again, we have a character that looks like its on the run from something, but what?


The Stormtroopers are back, and going by this pic, I have a good feeling the clone army is no more. Check out the fourth guy back, and you can see how much taller he is compared to his comrades. I'm digging the new helmets as well. They look less bulky and more streamlined than the older versions, and seem to take some cues from the Clone Wars troopers. The eyepiece is a bit more intimidating, and it actually reminds me of a scene in "Saving Private Ryan" where the Germans' helmets shaded their eyes, making them look almost inhuman. I'm just hoping the quality of the Stormtrooper armor has improved, along with their aim.


Yet another scene on Tatooine. It seems like the desert planet is to Star Wars what New York City is to the Marvel Universe. Everything happens there. It's also another shot of someone either rushing to or away from something else. Everybody is in a hurry in this movie. I'm not sure who this girl is, but I'm going to guess it's one of Han and Leia's kids. Han was quite the racer in his youth, so it would make sense for at least one of his kids to take after him. That speeder actually reminds me of the engines used on the pod racers from the first prequel. It's basically all engine with a seat and controls, but no weapons. That leads me to believe it's just for personal transportation or racing. The speeder bike scene in Return of the Jedi is one of my favorite parts of the original trilogy, so I'm a little anxious to see if there will be something similar in Episode VII.


This is easily my favorite scene from the teaser. The X-Wing is one of my favorite fighters from the Star Wars universe, so it's nice to see them again. There appear to be some minor changes to the design, such as how the wings come together, but it still looks like the classic ship that I've grown to love. The best part about this clip is that we get to see a planet other than Tatooine. I don't know exactly where they are, but there's just something awesome watching a squad of X-Wings kicking up spray as they skim the water. I've seen some complaints about the Rebels using fighters that are at least 30 years old by this point, but then the US and other countries are still using planes designed almost 40 years ago. And none of our stuff is anywhere near as awesome as an X-Wing.


Gee, I wonder if this guy is evil? The Star Wars universe isn't exactly known for its subtlety, and there's no better example of this than the Sith. There are some exceptions to the rule, but in most cases in this world, black and red means bad guy. We never get any clues to this guy's identity in the short time we see him, but going by his body language, he looks rather determined to track someone down. The way he powers up that lightsaber gives me the impression that he may have found them.

Speaking of that lightsaber, I'm loving the design. I know some folks are calling it impractical, but I think practicality has always taken a back seat to intimidation when it comes to Sith lightsaber designs. I'm particularly fond of how "dirty" the blade looks. No longer is it a featureless beam of light. Now it's jagged and more flame-like. I like it.


Last, and certainly not least, we get a little clip of the Millennium Falcon performing some evasive maneuvers on what can only be Tatooine. Again. I know Han is a good pilot an all, but I actually wonder if he's the one flying in these scene. I know Luke is quite the pilot, and he's got that whole Force thing behind him, so perhaps he's the one in the captain's chair? Either way, they're pulling off some fancy flying for a ship with no wings in the atmosphere.

The presence of the Tie Fighters raise a few questions as well. Even with the destruction of the Emperor and the Death Star, it seems like there could still be a lot of Imperial Forces scattered throughout the galaxy. But, with the Emperor gone, who is leading them now?


The teaser did its job, and got me excited to see the next trailer. I've always been hard on the prequel movies, but honestly, I can find something I like in all of them. From the little bit I've seen, it looks like the continuation of the series is in the hands of someone more than capable of making Star Wars great again.

So, I'll just be sitting here waiting patiently for December 15, 2015 to get here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Star Wars sticker books and a Tie Fighter


This little set was another one of my Christmas gifts. It includes two sticker books, a Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, and a Tie Fighter kit. 


Sticker books have always puzzled me. Once you put all the stickers where they're supposed to go, what then? At least these have reusable stickers, but it's not like you can use them somewhere else. Still, these will be a good activity for Chelsea and I on one of those rainy day weekends. The Character Encyclopedia is full of fun little facts about the characters, as well as their evolution as Lego minifigures. It's a cool little book for a lover of facts and trivia, like me. It's probably not as comprehensive as some of the larger volumes out there, but there's enough info that I feel like I learn something new each time I look through it. 

The real star of the set is the Tie Fighter kit. 


I was a little disappointed at first, since the model obviously doesn't have the proper Tie Fighter colors. Then I started thinking of it as a top secret model that the Empire was just rolling out. Or maybe this one is part of a Special Forces Tie Fighter group, and the odd coloration is what sets them apart from the normal pilots. Whatever scenario you come up with, I think you'll find it's a rather well built model, that isn't too far off scale. 


It's also rather sturdy, as I've dropped mine a couple times now and nothing has broken off. Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for the elusive Stealth Tie Fighter to shoot down some Rebel scum. May the Force be with you all.


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