Kylo Ren’s new TIE fighter from The Last Jedi has finally been revealed. It’s been rumored for months that the Master of the Knights of Ren and son of Han Solo and Leia Organa will be getting a fancy new ship in Star Wars: Episode VIII, but the vessel was nowhere to be seen when fans finally got their first look at The Last Jedi’s first trailer during Star Wars Celebration in mid-April.
Now, thanks to a pre-order form for The Last Jedi Hot Wheels toys on the website for a German hobby and model shop, Mikado (hat tip to Making Star Wars), we have our first look at the son of Solo’s TIE fighter. As previously reported, the new TIE is very reminiscent of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced X1 that we see during the Battle of Yavin in A New Hope, but it’s obviously far sleeker and more angular, evoking the split wing design traditionally associated TIE Interceptors.
Since the image is only a depiction of a small scale model, it doesn’t provide any information outside of the basic aesthetics of the ship, and even that is only from a particular angle, leaving the cockpit entirely obscured; however, it isn’t a stretch to assume that we can expect the ship to have features in-line with those of a typical First Order TIE fighter, but better, faster, stronger, and etc..
In addition to Kylo Ren’s TIE, several new ships are expected to appear in The Last Jedi, from A-Wings and Starhawks glimpsed in the trailer for The Last Jedi to the rumored “Mega Destroyer” that houses Supreme Leader Snoke’s command center. The “Mega Destroyer is said to be larger than even the Super Star Destroyers from the original trilogy and likely also home for Kylo and his ship, meaning both might be featured in any space combat in The Last Jedi.
As the son of Han Solo and the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, it stands to reason that Kylo’s piloting skills are not to be trifled with. His only mode of transportation in The Force Awakens was his Upsilon-class command shuttle, so there wasn’t exactly an opportunity for him to challenge Poe Dameron’s self-ascribed title of best pilot in the galaxy, but that very well may change once he gets behind the controls of this new ship in The Last Jedi, and with several major battle scenes teased, there should be no shortage of opportunity.
The marketing so far (what little there has been) has revealed very few spoilers for the movie, but hopefully we’ll get a better look at this new TIE in official images, or maybe even see it in action in the next trailer.