Solo: New Details on Enfys Nest, his Swoop Bike, the Cloud-Rider Gang, and the New Planet Vandor
A few weeks ago when the name of the villain from Solo: A Star Wars Story was revealed, we shared some details with you about the means of transportation that Enfys Nest will use in the movie based on some leaked concept art. Now, a toy listing on ebay pretty much confirms our findings and even adds more interesting details about the villainous gang known as the Cloud-Riders. Also our very own Patric Covey made an interesting discovery on the planet Vandor and which sequence from the movie will take place on it.
Reddit member bh1138 found a listing on ebay featuring Enfys Nest and his Swoop Bike, confirming for the first time our report from a few weeks ago that he will indeed be using a speeder bike in the movie.
As you can see, the final design differs from the initial concept art, but this is something that’s quite normal in the movie industry.
The toy packaging also has an interesting description. It reads:
The Cloud-Rider gang led by Enfys Nest terrorizes the skies atop the mean-looking swoop bikes. Little more than engines with seats, swoops are hard to control but capable of incredible speed.
This is the first time we hear the name of Nest’s gang – the Cloud-Riders. Perhaps some of you recognize this name from Legends. They first appeared in the eighth issue of the Marvel Star Wars series of comics – Star Wars 8: Eight for Aduba-3. Here’s Wookieepedia’s entry on the gang:
The Cloud-Riders were a swoop gang operating on Aduba-3 and led by Serji-X Arrogantus. They lived in the hills just outside of Onacra. Once a year, they would attack the village, stampeding the villagers’ banthas, burning their crops, and carrying off their women.
Eventually, the villagers worked out a deal with the Cloud-Riders. They would pay an annual tithe of 9,000 credits in exchange for being left alone. This only worked for three years before Arrogantus and his gang became restless and began attacking again. Because of this, the villager Ramiz asked for help from Han Solo and Chewbacca, who in turn formed the Star-Hoppers of Aduba-3 to combat the Cloud-Riders. Arrogantus and most of the rest of the Cloud-Riders were killed by the Behemoth from the World Below. The survivors, without their leader, quickly disbanded the gang.
This sounds really cool, although we can’t be sure how much of this Legends story will be used by the Story Group. Still, it’s nice to see many bits and pieces from Legends get revived here and there in the new canon.
Speaking of gangs, it appears that young Qi’ra is also involved with one during her early years:
— dragon’s daughter (@yeahclarke) March 23, 2018
And this is confirmation that Qi’ra is 18 years old during the early events from the movie when we see her racing together with Han. Obviously, there will be a significant time jump after that. One could wonder if there will be a connection between the gangs.
Also, our own Patric Covey made an interesting discovery while checking Amazon’s site for some book listings. The children’s book Train Heist already has a blurb revealing the planet on which we see Tobias Beckett fighting with Enfys Nest on the roof of the Conveyex (train). The planet is called Vandor.
From the book’s blurb:
Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee must team-up for a daring train heist on the planet Vandor!
So now we know that the snowy planet is Vandor, but the Legends description of the planet Vandor-3 seems to also match with what we have seen from the filming at Fuerteventura:
It was a terrestrial world with oceans and a small population. Its capital city was a small industrial town that included a petroleum plant.
In 43 BBY the Tech Raiders, a criminal organization that stole tech equipment and later sold them on the black market relocated their base to Vandor-3.
We know that the Lucasfilm Story Group often farms ideas from Legends, which are used in the new canon and it’s likely that this Vandor-3 planet was used as an inspiration for the desert-like location surrounded by oceans from Solo: A Star Wars Story. That petroleum plant could very well be what we’ve seen from the set at Fuerteventura (photo above). And these Tech Raiders could very well be the Cloud-Riders gang. So it’s not hard to speculate that this could be Vandor as well.
Also, the guys from Yakface found two more toy listings on ebay clearly showing Enfys Nest and his bike chasing the Conveyex:
Force Link 2 Enfys Nest’s Swoop Bike and Han Solo’s Landspeeder Hitting eBay | https://t.co/Gox1PxSoBv https://t.co/wGERuE3Gf5 #starwars #soloastarwarsstory #hasbro #ebay #forcelink2 pic.twitter.com/wR0GoYqEpg
— Yakface (@yak_face) March 23, 2018
So we’ve seen Enfys Nest in a desert like location and also on the rocky/snowy location. Although Star Wars has a history of featuring planets with just one climate, the real world has many different climates, so it would make sense that the two locations are both on Vandor.
Notice how Beckett looks absolutely identical in these two locations:
But who knows. Changing clothes is not something common in the Star Wars galaxy.
We already have 3 confirmed planets in Solo: A Star Wars Story (Corellia, Mimban and Kessel). Now with Vandor they are 4. I think it will be too much if we have a fifth planet where a major sequence will take place – the desert like location.
What do you think? Share your thoughts and speculations in the comments below.