The Resistance and the First Order are sporting some new digs.
At Comic Con, we saw the models of the First Order’s TIE Fighter, which is essentially the old TIE Fighter with a different paint scheme. However, everyone knows that the Original Trilogy sported several different types of TIEs, including TIE Interceptors, TIE Bombers, and Darth Vader’s iconic TIE Advanced. According to The Force.net and Starwars7news, it seems the First Order like the Empire before it may be using different types of ships.
What types of ships do you mean?
Aside from Kylo Ren’s ship, which is really more of a shuttle than anything, the First Order may have a TIE reminiscent of Darth Vader’s Advanced Prototype:
That looks like a prototype as well.
It does, doesn’t it? It very much seems unfinished, though there’s no denying the solar panel wings are very cool. This may be a new fighter that hasn’t made wide circulation yet or possibly this era’s version of the TIE Interceptor. At the most, it could be a fighter flown by Kylo Ren at some point in the film.
What about the X-Wing pilot?
Check out this bad boy:
Whoa. Do we know what species he is?
No, though he is referred to as “Bullhead Rebel Pilot,” which reminds us of how the first Ithorian at the Mos Eisley Cantina was referred to as “Hammerhead.”
In all honesty, he’s probably a new species that will no doubt get a backstory in the new canon.
Has there been any alien pilots before?
Up until this point, the movies have been pretty lacking in the alien pilot department due to budget constraints. There was a Mon Calamari pilot cut out of the Battle of Endor, leaving only Nien Nunb. In the Expanded Universe, there’s been many more alien pilots including Ooryl Qrygg, Dllr Dep, and Voort “Piggy” Sabinring.
Are there any other pieces of leaked art?
Yes. There’s one of BB-8 and some background alien: