Ren and the First Order pt. 1 (The Last Jedi spoilers)
There’s been good amount of information on props, costumes, and sets related to the First Order and Kylo Ren, so here’s a compilation of what we’ve learned so far:
Kylo Ren gets something of a makeover in The Last Jedi. His mask is said to be nearly the same as it was in VII, with some minor tweaks, but the rest of his outfit is different. The new costume has been compared to Luke’s black outfit from Return of the Jedi…
…but Ren wears what sources called a “Darth Vader cape” over the outfit. It’s allegedly very similar to the cape his grandfather wore in episodes V and VI, but without the chain clasp.
Lumberjack Nick’s sketch based on descriptions of Kylo Ren.
While it’s most likely that this is just inspired by Darth’s costume design, there is some possibility that it’s the same cape. Recent Star Wars books, notably Bloodline, have focused on collectors who have rounded up old relics from the days of the Empire. We could go so far as to guess that Kylo got his hands on Vader’s real cape and is wearing it to ‘honor’ his grandfather.
Even Ren’s ship gets an upgrade in The Last Jedi, the personal fighter described as a ‘First Order TIE Advanced.’ They built a life-sized model of the ship at Pinewood studios, meaning we’ll probably be seeing it docked somewhere in the film. This information also implies that Kylo Ren will be piloting the ship himself, which we haven’t seen before. He may even be in some space battles given that he’s flying a TIE Advanced.
(This may also be the same ship from the scene description on Ahch-To, where the Knights of Ren kneel around a crashed ship.)
There will also be some changes to the First Order’s army, as well as some new additions to its ranks. Thankfully, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson posted a photo of the updated Stormtrooper look on his Instagram:
We’ll also be getting the First Order version of the Imperial Guards and Imperial Gunners in Episode VIII.
And finally, we’ll close with an exciting quote from a Making Star Wars source:
“You are going to love Captain Phasma’s spear in The Last Jedi. She looks killer.”
According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way a TIE Fighter should be able to fly. It doesn't have wings, it should just plummet to the ground. The TIE of course, flies anyway, because the Empire doesn't care what Rebel scum thinks is impossible
Merchandise is usually toy packaging, but McQuarrie’s artwork is re-used so often for various other purposes (book covers, posters, trading cards, board games, et cetera) that I kind of stick to a general term.