Lucasfilm is trying its hardest to make sure that no major spoilers about Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens leak, but with all the new tie-in merchandise that’s been hitting shelves, that task is easier said than done. Everything from the new toys to Halloween costume descriptions have given fans new tidbits to chew over while they await the film’s December 2015 release date.
That trend continues with the (unofficial) release of some apparent new Star Wars trading cards that seem to be part of some kind of game. It’s not entirely clear what collection these cards are from, but the symbols on them are extremely to similar to previous official Star Wars card games. And if these are legitimate, they include some very interesting character details for the new Force Awakens heroes.
Making Star Wars (which has been a go-to source for Episode VII information thus far), has images of the cards, which feature Finn, Rey, and Kylo Ren. Each card has so-called “Power-Up Link Symbols” that showcase a character’s affiliations and abilities. The Kylo Ren card doesn’t have anything juicy (outside of the Sith symbol), but some eyebrows are sure to be raised when we get to our protagonists.
Both Finn and Rey are listed as members of the Rebels (these cards seem to be using old school Star Wars terminology), but Rey also has the “Jedi” symbol on her card, while Finn does not. Given that the latest wave of marketing materials (such as the D23 poster and the 15-second Instagram teaser) have featured Finn (and not Rey) wielding a lightsaber, it’ll be surprising to many that he is not considered a Jedi according to the cards.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Finn is not a Force sensitive individual; he just may not have started his training yet. That would be very similar to how Luke Skywalker was presented in the original film, where he simply took his first step into a larger world. He used the Force throughout that movie, but he was hardly a Jedi at that point in his life. It’s plausible that Finn will develop his skills in the sequels and become a Jedi by the time the trilogy is over.
Things are a little more intriguing in the case of Rey. Assuming the card is real, it suggests that Rey received some kind of training (from whom?) prior to the events of The Force Awakens. This would play in line with her character’s Halloween costume description, which teased a moment where she takes on a room full of stormtroopers and Knights of Ren single-handedly. Speculation has run rampant from the beginning that Rey is the offspring of someone we know, quite possibly Han and Leia. That would certainly make it possible for her to be strong with the Force, but we’ll have to wait and see.
It’s true that some of these new merchandise items could be embellished by the manufacturers since so little is known about the Force Awakens plot. Still, some of the details seem oddly specific to simply be the creation of a company. After doing such a great job of keeping the veil of secrecy up tight, the floodgates appear to be opening. Now would be a better time than ever for Lucasfilm to drop that third trailer and give us something officially official to ponder over.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens well see theatrical release December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to see theatrical release in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Making Star Wars