Guys…check it out. Promotional pictures from Star Wars EP VIII reveal a new design of the A-Wing Starfighter!
Now, my understanding of the RZ-1 A-Wing is all off now…it used to be established that the A-Wing was built in the post-Battle of Yavin era, but now that Disney is at the helm, A-Wings have shown up in the alliance fleet as a predecessor to X-Wings. Who knows if RZ-1 is even correct anymore….
Anyway here’s a nice pic of the ship as it appears in Return of the Jedi:
And now here’s the new one with Star Wars cast members and some…miscellaneous prince? I dunno.
Pics are from Twitter feed of Movie Web. You can see differences in the canopy, fuselage, and even the cannons! Overall, it does seem much slimmer than the standard A-Wing. While I’m biased towards the Original Trilogy, I want to see a full-frontal shot before reserving judgement. Hopefully, we get to see the bad boy in action, though I hope it’s not piloted by British Royalty (yes, I’m not totally clueless).
Anyway…just a quick update. Hopefully this translates into something hot for X-Wing Miniatures. Maybe an A-Wing with native barrel roll? An extra shield or agility point? A-Wing with a S-Loop? Who knows.
Random A-Wing Facts!!!!
-Out of the 4 main fighters (X-Wing, Y-Wing, B-Wing, A-Wing) it is the only one to carry missiles instead of torpedoes.
-In The Empire Strikes Back, there was a scene where “Hobbie” Klivian (Luke mentions his name…”Hobbie, you still with me? Hobbie, I’ve been hit!) sacrifices himself and crashes into the cockpit of General Veers’ AT-AT. It was ultimately cut, but spiritually brought back in RotJ when Arvel Crynyd crashes his A-Wing into the command deck of the Super Star Destroyer.
-There were several pilots who recorded “cockpit chatter” lines for RotJ. One of them, known as Sila Kott, is a female with a British accent.
Though, you might not remember her because she was dubbed over by a male actor. Seems strange to me, but then again, if you watch the deleted scenes of the 2011 Blu-Ray set, her deliveries were a little off. Speaking of bad line delivery…
-This happened…Probably the oldest Rebel pilot of the bunch. You can see her in the Blu-Ray deleted scenes, though she seems like she’d be a better fit on the Beverly Hillbillies than in a Star Wars movie. Exactly as you might expect, she has a shrill and squeaky voice and often couldn’t hear the lines being fed to her. If you get your hands on the Blu-Ray set, check it out. It’s pretty great =).
Welp, thanks for checking us out, sukkaz!!!!