Star Wars The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley

We see a woman (Daisy Ridley) looking back in fear as she starts the vehicle that she is seated on. This vehicle is new to the Star Wars canon.

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Notice the long staff Daisy’s character has attached to the vehicle. It has a hilt that has some of the same design qualities of a lightsaber. But it also could be some kind of Tusken Raider weapon with the huge attachment.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley

Star Wars The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley

Star Wars The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley

We see some close-ups of Daisy’s face as she braces for her vehicle to take off. Her goggles quite a bit like those seen on a figure derived from a very early Ralph McQuarrie concept illustration. And her wrap is reminiscent of the design for a character in the video game The Force Unleashed. Making Star Wars notes that the goggle lenses are scavenged from a Stormtrooper helmet.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley

Cut to a wider shot where we see the whole vehicle — its a hover bike of some kind, a cross between Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder and a speeder bike. It’s massive. Its purpose must be to drag a big haul.  Also note the mysterious staff is missing from the wide shot. Where did it go?

Star Wars The Force Awakens Daisy Ridley

We see her ride into the distance. We can make out remnants of the first Star Wars set photos that were posted by TMZ.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Oscar Issac

We then see Oscar Issac as a rebel pilot. This is a big reveal because we now know that the rebels are still around fighting the forces of the galactic empire. It looks like the new X-Wing cockpit still has a targeting computer. Some point out that Issac looks a little beat up and bloody, with cuts on his face, below his helmet. Maybe he was roughed up or the look is just to show he is battled hardened.

And what is the writing on his vest? That looks like it might be a modified or new font. One Twitter user pointed out it might translate to “Pull to Inflate” from Aurebesh.

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In the background, you can see water splashing and frothing around the engines and on the windows of the ship.

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Here is a look at the X-Wing cockpits from the original trilogy.

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The new X-Wings glide just feet over the water, sucking up the vapor. We’ve never seen them this close to the surface before.

Here is a video of an F-18 doing the same kind of maneuver.

Star Wars The Force Awakens X-Wing

The X-Wings glide over the water. One, possibly the one piloted by Isaac’s character, pulls in front giving us a better look at the new X-Wing design in profile. Also note the X-Wings have blue stripes, instead of the green stripes in the original. It looks like the same ones from the second UNICEF video. And, as one reader noted, these fighters don’t seem to have any astromech droids in the customary position. Maybe there’s a new droid style, or the fighters have moved on to other tech?

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Notice that the X-wings are each half a wing, which combine to form one wing on either side. The above illustration comes from starwars-union.de.

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