Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rumor: New 'The Force Awakens' TIE Starfighter Conept Art Description

By: Dominic Jones

Our friend Jason Ward from has posted another one of his famous descriptions for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  This one deals with a new design for the TIE starfighter.  As usual, there is a chance that this may not be true so if you're trying to avoid all The Force Awakens spoilers then stop reading now!  This is your official SPOILER ALERT!  If you're cool with spoilers, then keep reading.
The TIE Starfighter (a name I’ve given it for descriptive purposes) is entirely black. The hull of the TIE isn’t a ball. Instead its sort of grenade shaped with the circular TIE window on one end. Imagine a huge boxy grenade made in Mine Craft, now put a TIE’s face on it and make it black. The wings are shaped like Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced. However, each wing has thrusters in the rear center of the wings. The thrusters are shaped like an oval race track and fire of red in this depiction.

The ship is very angular. There’s no roundness to the wings. The plating or solar panel looking areas on the wings are almost patterned like Velcro hooks (the non-fuzzy side of a piece of Velcro). The wings arc up really high and seem to offer the hull a little protection on the top. The bottom of the wings do not offer an protection to the underbelly as there are two laser guns there that are thin and pointy.

The underside of the wings feature no “solar panel” at all but the wire-frame of the wing is still there. It appears the cover added by the top wings in this design compensate for it. To me the design read as if they removed the excess panels for speed. The connectors that connect the wings to the body have holes in them, which I also assume are for speed and to reduce drag, design-wise.

This does sound like an interesting design, though it likely won't be main TIE fighter we see in the film (we already saw those in the trailer).  Jason does suggest that this particular design will not be seen in the film, saying, "A source of ours also saw this piece at Pinewood so it served some referential purpose at least."  He also speculates this could be a special TIE fighter belonging to Kylo Ren (like Darth Vader and The Inquistor had).
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney. 
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