It seems like a foregone conclusion that we’re getting new ships in the latest installment of Star Wars, but thus far we haven’t seen any evidence of this presumption. What we have seen is our favorite hunka junk in the galaxy — the Millennium Falcon, of course — some new-fangled versions of the X-Wing, and those old Imperial stalwarts called “Tie Fighters.” But we have discovered proof that there is at least one brand new ship to be unleashed…
First, we’ll get to the evidence: According to the website Edelweiss, which we’ve referenced in previous articles regarding new Episode VII books planned for release next year, they have revealed the following: (via MakingStarWars)
Discover details of all the most well-loved ships from the Star Wars saga in this cool book that gives details, diagrams, and facts for fifteen ships, and also features an unfolding giant battle scene including a new ship from The Force Awakens!
From the Star Destroyers to the one and only Millennium Falcon, the best and fastest ships in the Star Wars galaxy are explored in fun detail. Each page of this book reveals amazing facts, little-known trivia, diagrams of your favorite ships. In the back of the book, there is a giant 30″ x 27″ fold-out battle scene at Endor! The flaps of the fold-out feature even more ships such as the X-Wing, the Mon Cal Cruiser, and a brand-new ship from The Force Awakens.
So, if I am reading this correctly, “Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy” is an illustrated book that explores all kinds of spaceships from the whole saga. Spaceships, mind you, not small speeders or other assorted vehicles. Also, the gatefold poster featured in the back is of the battle of Endor from Return of the Jedi that also folds out to reveal, presumably, the new X-Wings as well as A BRAND NEW SHIP.
Now, on to the speculation part of the article. Warning: MILD SPOILERS ahead. Back on August 15th as the Episode VII production was in its hiatus Devin Faraci of BadAss Digest wrote an article in which he stated that Han and Chewie aren’t flying the Millennium Falcon. As preposterous as that may sound Faraci stated:
According to my sources Han and Chewie are piloting a Super Star Destroyer.
This is kind of an interesting concept. However, it doesn’t reveal anything about the Super Star Destroyer. At best I believe we’ll see an updated version if we see one at all. This doesn’t seem to qualify as “a brand new ship.” Hence, this mysterious new ship doesn’t seem to be Han or Chewie’s if we’re to believe Faraci’s sources.
Then, in October there was the infamous leakage of 30-some-odd pictures, of concepts which may or may not be include the new film. It is our policy NOT to post these leaked images, at least until something is officially confirmed. However, there were three pictures of particular interest because of a confusing label:
* The first was titled “AVCO – Carousel Preliminary Plans & Elevations. Steel Work Proposal.” This picture has since been referred to as “The Carousel.” The Carousel looks just like the Millennium Falcon and this specific picture even has a figure [silhouette] drawn next to the ship to scale that we’d expect. The scale is labeled 1/4″ TO 1′-0.
* The second was titled “FOODLES MillFalc Plans and Elevations.” Like the aforementioned plan this is another schematic this time called “Foodles.” AVCO and Foodles were code names used on the production. Again, like the previous picture, this is the Millennium Falcon this time drawn to a different scale 1/8 TO 1-0 and was produced according to the date 17.07.2013.
* The last interesting picture pertaining to The Carousel is another schematic of Q Stage. It is a plan that shows the silhouette of the Millennium Falcon in two different scales. The title of this drawing is “The Carousel – Size Comparison.”
As you see there seems to be a bit of a mystery here, which Jason Ward of MakingStarWars.net has also tackled. The crux of the mystery is this — IS “The Carousel” just a code name for the Falcon OR is this a brand new ship, just a smaller version of the Millennium Falcon??? Secondary questions include, Are Han and Chewie piloting a Super Star Destroyer? OR Are they piloting a completely new ship? This is what Jason has discovered before:
A giant brown ramp extends to the floor. The ramp is like the one the Clones marched down from the Star Destroyers in that iconic shot from Attack of the Clones. The ship however is brown. Standing at the top of the ramp appears to be a Wookiee and a man, perhaps its Han Solo?
The wall is dirty with blaster marks and ridges. The floor is great with ornate stripes of yellow and brown on the grey metallic floor.
Parked at the bottom of the ramp is a ship that appears to be the Falcon. The Falcon is facing outward from the ramp, not towards it. You can’t see the cockpit as we are looking at the ship’s left side and the cockpit is out of view. The landing gear are really low so the ship is lower to the ground. Two figures are coming out from behind the ship. The kicker? One is a woman and the Falcon styled ship is either tiny or she’s a giant! The woman is a white woman and she’s slouching a little, however, if she was standing up right, she would be as tall as the Falcon. This figure could touch the top of the ship with ease. There is another figure behind her in the shadows coming around the ship as well and he appears to be even taller.
Also it appears that this ship is indeed important. There’s already a listing for an Episode VII Starship in Hot Wheels new series called the “Star Wars 6″ Elite Collection.” (Via JediNews)
The Original Trilogy had The Millennium Falcon. Star Wars: Rebels has The Ghost and it appears that the new trilogy will have a new iconic starship.
This by no means solves the mystery, but perhaps confuses things even more. I find it slightly dubious that IF the Rebel Alliance and Empire have a tenuous peace treaty that Han and Chewie would be working for the Empire and piloting a Super Star Destroyer. Thus it seems like the picture that Jason has viewed is a new, as yet unforeseen, ship. We likely won’t get answers to what this new ship is and who owns and/or pilots it for some time. But perhaps we can safely say that JJ Abrams and co. believe that brown will give us all the Original Trilogy “feel” they are looking for . . .