‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Adds New Vehicles to the ‘Star Wars’ Universe
Speeders, walkers, and even an alien horse enter a galaxy far, far away
May the Fourth Be With You! Today marks the once unofficial, now official holiday celebrating the Star Wars saga.
There is certainly plenty to be excited about regarding Star Wars this year. After all, the next chapter in the space opera’s epic story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is due to be released in December.
The eighth official installment in the Star Wars franchise is guaranteed to have all-new characters, twists, and, of course, vehicles. The vehicles in Star Wars are some of the most iconic aspects of the franchise, from Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon to the X-Wing Fighter.
According to reports, The Last Jedi is ready to add some brand-new vehicles to a galaxy far, far away.
Our first look at the upcoming Star Wars film was released during the Star Wars Celebration last month, as the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released. The trailer features some familiar vehicles, like the Falcon and Poe Dameron’s custom X-Wing.
You can watch the trailer in its entirety below:
Yet the trailer also provided us with a glimpse at a fleet of all-new atmospheric vehicles. These not-yet-named speeders seem to hug close to ground, much more so than your average Star Wars spacecraft.
For one pilot, that short distance to the ground below might be a little too close for comfort. We see their speeder, which appears to be damaged, hit the ground before bouncing right back up.
Perhaps even more bizarre is the fact that they leave behind a trail of scarlet smoke. What this smoke is used for is currently unknown, but it could used for agricultural or mining purposes, as well as marking terrain for military strategy.
Regardless, these vehicles will undoubtedly be used by the Resistance against the First Order. After all, the fleet of vehicles is shown heading straight for a battalion of AT-AT Walkers.
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Of course, these monstrous, slow-moving war machines are in for quite the upgrade. According to Star Wars enthusiast blog Making Star Wars, The Last Jedi will mark the debut the First Order Heavy Assault Walker.
So what’s the difference between a regular AT-AT and a Heavy Assault Walker? According to Making Star Wars, these walkers will be twice the size of the traditional models first used by the Empire in the Original Trilogy.
Furthermore, the First Order’s Walkers will include heavy armor. Thicker legs will ensure that they don’t have the same Achilles Heel that brought them down during the cinematic battle in The Empire Strikes Back.
Of course, the means of transportation aren’t just limited to walkers and fighters in the Star Wars Universe. Like the Tauntaun that Han Solo and Luke once rode, our heroes must also rely upon living creatures to get around.
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Making Star Wars reports that The Last Jedi will continue this tradition by including a creature called a Falthier. According to the blog, the creature is essentially an intergalactic race horse.
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According to Making Star Wars, the events of The Last Jedi will lead former-Stormtrooper Finn to Canto Bight, a planet described as one large casino. While on the run from a group of mysterious and well-dressed individuals, Finn and Rose, a maintenance expert in the Resistance played by Kelly Marie Tran, hide in a stable full of Falthiers.
Finn uses a bit of fast-talking to obtain one of the alien horses, which he and Rose use to outrun their pursuers, who are riding around in an advanced speeder vehicle. After managing to escape, the two Resistance fighters ride the Falthier to a cafe where they meet with a mysterious contact.
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Between atmospheric speeders, improved AT-AT Walkers, and space race horses, it appears that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will add plenty of exciting means of transportation to the Star Wars universe.
News Source: Making Star Wars
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