Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Check Out This Redesigned TIE Fighter

By Brent McKnight | Published

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TIE FIghterAs far as characters go, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer sticks with the new kids on the block, offering fans our first look at Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), BB-8, and Kylo Ren. None of the returning fan favorites like Luke, Leia, or Han, are anywhere to be seen, but we already know a lot about them, so no big loss. We do, however, get a look at some familiar spaceships. The Millennium Falcon soars around as she does, and while the X-Wings are readily identifiable as such, they definitely got a makeover, though they’re not the only ones. A few TIE Fighters can be seen zipping around the Falcon, but some concept art has surfaced showing off a new redesign that throws a wrinkle into the proceedings and raises some questions.

Check out the leaked image over at Indie Revolver, and what you see is definitely not your standard TIE Fighter. This looks more like something an officer or dignitary travels in rather than one of the small, agile crafts that are out there in the middle of the shit, dogfighting with X-Wings and the like. It just looks bigger and less agile, more like a transport vehicle than a fighter. That said, it still doesn’t look like anything you want to mess with if you have the choice.

This craft even has a gangplank and you can see a pair of Imperial guards standing watch, which raises the question of just who the hell rides around in this thing? We’ve heard the rumors that the Empire has survived—it may not be well, but at least it’s alive in some capacity. What we’ve seen certainly seems to support this, so does this sweet ride belong to whoever stepped up and took over after Palpatine, a new evil ruler? Maybe it’s that nefarious looking Kylo Ren. Perhaps it belongs to Adam Driver’s character, whoever he may be.

The article supposes that one possible passenger is Gwendoline Christie’s character. According to rumors, she is a stormtrooper, the leader of the so-called chrome troopers, a cadre that sounds similar to a special forces kind of group. (Maybe they’re like evil space SEALs.) That’s possible, I guess, but from what we’ve heard, her character sounds more like mid-level officer rather than someone who travels with a full compliment of Imperial Guards. Then again, we don’t actually know anything about her role at all, so who can say. Hell, it’s even possible that this is just a concept design and doesn’t actually appear in the movie. Guess we’ll find out on December 18.

Whoever is at the wheel, this looks like it could be a pretty cool new ride. What’s your take? Are you looking forward to seeing this craft soar around that far, far away galaxy?

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