Star Wars: Episode VII's X-Wing Revealed - Update

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Star Wars: Episode VII's X-Wing Revealed - Update

J.J. Abrams has release a new video for the Force for Change charity campaign featuring a reveal that'll have your fan face locked in a smiling position.

Update: Additional info would seem to confirm that this is in fact the X-Wing. The Star Wars Facebook page, directing fans to the new video and Force for Change Omaze page, used "XWingUnveiled" in its link. A screen grab has been posted at the bottom of the article.

I'm going to go on record as saying that the X-Wing is the coolest spaceship ever imagined by the minds of men. The Enterprise? It doesn't hold a candle to it. The Serenity? Close but no space-gar (see what I did there?). Granted, others might have different opinions on the matter, but as far as I'm concerned there's nothing better than the idea of strapping myself into Incom's finest fighter, locking my S-foils in attack position and jetting out into the stars to take down a Death Star or two.

In turn, you can perhaps understand my excitement over a video recently released by J.J. Abrams and the crew currently making Star Wars: Episode VII. The video, which is an advertisement for the Force for Change charity, begins with a closeup of the bespectacled director standing next to what looks like the side of a wonderfully beaten up and weathered starship. At the ten second mark the camera starts to zoom out, quickly revealing a new version of the X-Wing.

We have, of course, seen hints of this model in previously leaked photos from the production. That being the case, it was nowhere nearly as complete as it is in this video where an orange suited pilot is actually able to climb into the cockpit, which boasts a working canopy. The new model itself looks very much like the one from the original trilogy with some nifty streamlining that should do the trick of triggering fans' nostalgia while still looking like 30 years have passed since Return of the Jedi. All in all, it's a nice design that got me giddy in exactly the way I'm hoping these new films will. Give the video a watch, let us know what you think and then, while you're at it, toss a few dollars at Force for Change. You never know, maybe if we all donate enough they'll show us an A-Wing next time.

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To me it looks more like the Z-95 from the EU, what with the lack of the iconic X-wings and only having a pair of wings on the side as well as the shorter nose and larger "air intakes" (or whatever those things are meant to represent).

Gethsemani:
To me it looks more like the Z-95

That was my first thought too. It does seem to have two blasters on the wing, where a Z-95 only has one.

For reference, X-wing

and Z-95

Gethsemani:
To me it looks more like the Z-95 from the EU, what with the lack of the iconic X-wings and only having a pair of wings on the side as well as the shorter nose and larger "air intakes" (or whatever those things are meant to represent).

Yeah, definitely looks like a Z-95. X-Wings have 2 s-foils that "split" into an X shape when activated for battle, hence giving it the titular name "X-Wing". If it is a Headhunter, seems odd that it would still be in use since it was the predecessor for the X-Wing...

Gethsemani:
To me it looks more like the Z-95 from the EU, what with the lack of the iconic X-wings and only having a pair of wings on the side as well as the shorter nose and larger "air intakes" (or whatever those things are meant to represent).

Well, the intakes sure did invoke some inspiration from the Z-95 Headhunter.

But the wings looked like they could split, and it did have 4 wingtip weapons (not 2 like the Headhunter). It actually looks pretty nice.

Yeah, that's not an X wing. You can tell by the lack of the X...wings.

He doesn't call it an X-Wing, does he? I didn't hear it in the video.

this is the original Ralph McQuarrie designed x-wing

note the engines

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I might be skeptical about the premise of the movie, but I do love the look of that ship. I'm so glad Abrams is at least investing in proper props, proper sets, proper physical shit the actors can interact with. That at least makes me hopeful that we're in for a fun ride, and not have to put up with too much CGI porn.

Sleekit:
this is the original Ralph McQuarrie designed x-wing

note the engines

I was already noting the split-up look of those engines, wondering whether it could indeed split. Seems it's in line with that original design. Abrams is a nostalgia freak if anything, so I'm not all surprised. This time not in a bad way.

Totally looks like Headhunter. Would be cooler if that was the Headhunter and not X-Wing.

The question I want to know is does the wings open? It doesn't look like it from the look of it (no way the landing gear can fit inside the lower half only). Overall it's still look cool

So what I'm gathering is that in an attempt to make a new X wing J J accidentally made a ship that appears in the EU. Ha.

Cowabungaa:
I might be skeptical about the premise of the movie, but I do love the look of that ship. I'm so glad Abrams is at least investing in proper props, proper sets, proper physical shit the actors can interact with. That at least makes me hopeful that we're in for a fun ride, and not have to put up with too much CGI porn.

Sleekit:
this is the original Ralph McQuarrie designed x-wing

note the engines

I was already noting the split-up look of those engines, wondering whether it could indeed split. Seems it's in line with that original design. Abrams is a nostalgia freak if anything, so I'm not all surprised. This time not in a bad way.

In addition to his nifty tidbit, I was just perusing my Facebook feed and noted that the official Star Wars Facebook page used "XWingUnveiled" in a link to the Force for Change Omaze page. I updated the article with that info.

And the model is kinda dirty and used-looking. THIS is a good sign, with crafts that are looking like they actually have a life and a history, unlike the shiny CGI of the non-existing prequels.

Why redesign the x-wing? Now it looks like a bastardization of the Z-95 and the x-wing. The design isn't so bad by itself, but the original x-wing was just... better. It's just off-putting to see something so iconic redesigned. I hope they at least feature some of the original x-wings or call it a new model (or old model for that matter) or something rather than saying "no, they always looked like this".

MrFalconfly:

Well, the intakes sure did invoke some inspiration from the Z-95 Headhunter.

But the wings looked like they could split, and it did have 4 wingtip weapons (not 2 like the Headhunter). It actually looks pretty nice.

It looked like a Z-95 to me until the wing tips entered the picture.

Looks like the s-foils now split vertically instead of horizontally (like on the classic X-Wing), with the front half folding down and the rear half folding up.

Quazimofo:
Why redesign the x-wing? Now it looks like a bastardization of the Z-95 and the x-wing. The design isn't so bad by itself, but the original x-wing was just... better. It's just off-putting to see something so iconic redesigned. I hope they at least feature some of the original x-wings or call it a new model (or old model for that matter) or something rather than saying "no, they always looked like this".

Because it's been 30 years since RoJ, that's about the same time between the Z-95 Headhunter and the T-65 X-Wing.
Technologies and starship designs change :)
I think they'll indeed just call it a new model.

I can't help but think that 'redesigning' iconic images is just setting yourself up for failure. It looks nice and everything, it's even nicely close to McQuarrie's original artwork, but it's not the Incom T-65 X-Wing starfighter. In the same way way you can't repaint the Mona Lisa or re-panel a 250GTO it doesn't matter what you call your rebuild, it's not the original.

If JJ Abrams wanted X-Wings in his movie, he should just put X-Wings in his movie. I can't help but fear that the Millenium Falcon will get a similar treatment and then the internet will melt.

Why do they always look so beaten up? It doesn't make sense. You'd think if they fly around and hit something they'd get wrecked instead of just having scratches on the paint job.

NoAccountNeeded:
Why do they always look so beaten up? It doesn't make sense. You'd think if they fly around and hit something they'd get wrecked instead of just having scratches on the paint job.

That's probably just from all the minor dust and ship debris it weaves in and out of in battle. Or maybe glancing laser hits leaving scorch marks, I guess.

fix-the-spade:
I can't help but think that 'redesigning' iconic images is just setting yourself up for failure. It looks nice and everything, it's even nicely close to McQuarrie's original artwork, but it's not the Incom T-65 X-Wing starfighter. In the same way way you can't repaint the Mona Lisa or re-panel a 250GTO it doesn't matter what you call your rebuild, it's not the original.

If JJ Abrams wanted X-Wings in his movie, he should just put X-Wings in his movie. I can't help but fear that the Millenium Falcon will get a similar treatment and then the internet will melt.

Eh, the Falcon's supposed to get some custom refitting/modification done every so often. I wouldn't get overly worked up if it looks a little different in the new one.

fix-the-spade:
I can't help but think that 'redesigning' iconic images is just setting yourself up for failure. It looks nice and everything, it's even nicely close to McQuarrie's original artwork, but it's not the Incom T-65 X-Wing starfighter. In the same way way you can't repaint the Mona Lisa or re-panel a 250GTO it doesn't matter what you call your rebuild, it's not the original.

If JJ Abrams wanted X-Wings in his movie, he should just put X-Wings in his movie. I can't help but fear that the Millenium Falcon will get a similar treatment and then the internet will melt.

Well, let's just say these are I dunno T-85s (just made that up), but they look and feel quite similar to X-Wings, so people in the universe and the public, are still just gonna nick-name them X-wings. People call pretty much anything that resembles an AK-47 for just that, AK-47 or Kalashnikov, even if it's an AK-74 or something similar.
If these new (or could be old) models are set to replace the T-65 in the SW universe, and they look, feel and quack like an X-Wing, then I can accept that they'll do so. Just as long as they don't retcon these things into being actual T-65 X-Wings.

I'm amazed by how many people imperiously claiming that this can't be an x-wing because the wings aren't open seem to completely forget that the wings CLOSE even in the very first movie.

Plus it's 30 years later. Couldn't designs have... modified? Look at military jets 30 years ago compared to today.

Looks pretty damn cool - a respectable homage to the original, while looking streamlined enough to make it a convincing technological advancement. Compare to the ARC-170 starfighter, which while looking incredibly badass in its own right, was not a really convincing "predecessor" to the X-wing.

Here's hoping that the B-wing (my all-time favorite of the alphabet ships) shows up, though I'm not holding my breath... it's still a shame that its scenes in Return of the Jedi had to be cut, IIRC.

Often:
I'm amazed by how many people imperiously claiming that this can't be an x-wing because the wings aren't open seem to completely forget that the wings CLOSE even in the very first movie.

Plus it's 30 years later. Couldn't designs have... modified? Look at military jets 30 years ago compared to today.

The issue isn't that they have a new X-Wing design for the new movies, the issue is that after JJ took a massive shiny Apple-store dump all over Star Trek, and given his attitudes, a lot of folk don't trust him to actually have this be a "new" design at all. Ralph McQuarrie's conceptual work for Star Wars is stunning, but for 99.99% of Star Wars fans, it's something they experienced after the movies(if at all), and if JJ ends up retconning this new design as being "the" X-Wing, the Incom T-65, yeaaaaah that's not going to go down well.

He may not, he may as theorised cast this as a new model, or a refit of the original with updated engine tech or something, but his recent track record robs him of any right to expect the benefit of the doubt.

Sleekit:
this is the original Ralph McQuarrie designed x-wing

note the engines

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Mind=Blown. NOW I am excited to see it in action. After watching the video, I was just confused as to where the other engines went

The original X Wing is still my favorite spaceship/starfighter design of all time, this one looks alright. Obviously it's a redesign and I'm OK with that. Definitely prefer the original coloration and overall design.

The engines obviously split in half Ralph McQuarrie style - you can tell in the video where the camera starts close up. I don't understand all the fuss. It's been 30 years of course things are going to change. Time doesn't stand still, even in a Galaxy far away. Also who cares if its based off of EU material? They already stated months ago that they were going to be cherry picking elements from the EU and I think that's a cool idea. I love the new fighter and cant wait to see it in action.

I always thought it looked like a flying beak. I prefer the TIE fighters/variants, they look more sci-fi and fitting to the setting, to me.

By the way, how the hell does anyone compare a fighter with a large starship and then a transport, let alone call an X-Wing a space "ship"? That statement alone should revoke your geek license.
You don't compare a B-2 bomber with a Cesna either, just because they both fly.

Wonder if they have changed the Y-Wings and A-Wings slightly as well. Still this is good, its not the original obviously but it's a nice "Upgrade" They will undoubtedly have a reference to the older model somewhere in the film. even if it's one, broken down in a hanger or something.

Can't wait to see these new updated designs, hope they do them justice!

The blaster makes it appear to be an X-Wing, and the reason you wouldn't see the split between the wings is because they're almost certainly going to do that digitally with CGI. After all, its not actually functional, so they're making something that is durable, and putting a big fat split between the wings for what amounts to an oversized model is probably a bad idea. That is, of course, if this actually is an X-wing. The engine, from the front, appear very much to be that of a Z-95.

To be honest, I'd love it to be a Z-95. Bringing back some of the EU like that would be quite nice.

Sewa_Yunga:

Looks like the s-foils now split vertically instead of horizontally (like on the classic X-Wing), with the front half folding down and the rear half folding up.

this.

Watch the video again, specifically timestamp 0:55 and notice the part of the wing that leads up to the lasers. The upper lasers-wing is slightly curved up and behind the slightly curved down lower laser.
That suggests this Fighter has S-Foils and they split in a vertical line instead of just two wings layerd like the old x-wing.
Additionally, seams and stuff might be added in postproduction because they are functional parts that cannot be build on a studio prop?
This looks already better than the prequels and better than what was done on Star Trek, so maybe this wont be so bad after all?
We can only hope....

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Sewa_Yunga:

Looks like the s-foils now split vertically instead of horizontally (like on the classic X-Wing), with the front half folding down and the rear half folding up.

This dude's got it right. Notice how the wing splits and curves where the laser cannons are fused to the wings. Also if you look closely you can see a line down the middle of the wing.

I really like the new design. It's still got the wear and tear look from the original trilogy era, but sleeker around the edges, giving it a sense of trying to recapture the Old Republic's aesthetics (which makes sense for an organization called the Alliance to Restore the Republic) while improving the tech and design. Very nice.

It looks like the engines open in the middle. I thought it looked like a headhunter until a second glance.

Yeah, I think this looks neat. For the record, though, I really think the stripes should be Rogue Squadron Red. I mean, red's my favorite color because of the engine glows in episode IV. That's how much of an effect this series has had on my life.

I'm a die hard EU'er so I suppose it's just inflammatory to ask why if they changed the design they didn't go with a new generation of fighter, rather than stick with calling it an X-Wing but changing the design in ways that are subtle to the layman, but glaring to the fan...rather than just use a later fighter generation like the Defender or the E wing.

The rounded angles along the rear of the craft and the lack of an R2 unit just screams at me.

Though the generational change does jump at me from a military hardware viewpoint, the Z-95/Y-Wing to X-Wings/A-Wings/B-Wings is the same time jump as it is to the current period. They're still using X-Wings? Er...that would be like the US navy still using F4 Wildcats, or the US Airforce still using P-40's.

But...it's all moot if this fighter is being used by some small time outfit or is a running around craft. That would make sense.

Oh god...
I just had a vision that the Rebel troopers (which is the only real way you can actually think of them now since the whole EU got shot in the head) are going to look like modern Infantry with the same camo styles, web gear and weapons with attachments.

Ungh...

Sigh... it's a modified Headhunter. The tweet never said what it is; StewShearer assumed it was an X-Wing. And yes, it looks slightly different from a Headhunter's stock assembly because ALL Headhunters still in use by the battle of Yavin had to be repaired and upgraded with aftermarket parts since they stopped making them. Between this thread and the one discussing the Luke's Hand rumor, I swear we all on the Escapist are allergic to research and prone to assumption.

EDIT: apparently I can't read at this hour...

At any rate, I don't think the tweet of a producer has that much weight on nomenclature. I'm sure he saw the ship and assumed it was an x-wing. Imagine the possible conversation later:
WRITER: Hey JJ, it's not an x-wing, it's called a Headhunter.
JJ Abrams: Then why did you make it look like an x-wing?
WRITER: And this is why erasing canon is bad...

FFHAuthor:
I'm a die hard EU'er so I suppose it's just inflammatory to ask why if they changed the design they didn't go with a new generation of fighter, rather than stick with calling it an X-Wing but changing the design in ways that are subtle to the layman, but glaring to the fan...rather than just use a later fighter generation like the Defender or the E wing.

The rounded angles along the rear of the craft and the lack of an R2 unit just screams at me.

Though the generational change does jump at me from a military hardware viewpoint, the Z-95/Y-Wing to X-Wings/A-Wings/B-Wings is the same time jump as it is to the current period. They're still using X-Wings? Er...that would be like the US navy still using F4 Wildcats, or the US Airforce still using P-40's.

But...it's all moot if this fighter is being used by some small time outfit or is a running around craft. That would make sense.

Oh god...
I just had a vision that the Rebel troopers (which is the only real way you can actually think of them now since the whole EU got shot in the head) are going to look like modern Infantry with the same camo styles, web gear and weapons with attachments.

Ungh...

The tweet didn't call it an x-wing...
EDIT: apparently I'm blind... maybe he (the producer) isn't as attached to the nomenclature as the screenplay writer. I doubt it's an x-wing.

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