[WARNING: This post contains POSSIBLE SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens]
Fans of Star Wars got to continue the year-long celebration on September 4, aka "Force Friday," as a wide variety of movie tie-in merchandise officially hit store shelves. And since the marketing campaign for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has been extremely conservative with character and plot details, moviegoers will be studying all of the new Star Wars products in hopes of learning some new information about the film.
This strategy has been quite fruitful, as many of the revelations about the movie have come from things like toy packaging and talking action figures. The latest sources for Force Awakens clues are new Halloween costumes, which have hit stores ahead of trick-or-treat time.
Star Wars 7 News has character descriptions taken from Halloween costumes for new heroes Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Given the context, they are a bit more elaborate than one would expect. For instance, the Finn costume provides an extensive back story for the former stormtrooper, as opposed to just a couple of brief sentences.
"Sometimes, heroes come from the unlikeliest of places. The Galactic Empire has been dead for decades, but evil never really dies. With villains rising to take the Empire’s place, heroes must rise to oppose them. After becoming stranded by himself in the deserts of Jakku, and meeting up with a girl named Rey, a Stormtrooper named Finn has joined the side of the Resistance. He began his adventure as a part of the New Order, but now he’s one of the few people that can stop them. With a new look, Finn is ready for a new mission. Since trading in his Stormtrooper armor for a new set of gear, Finn’s outfit might not be flashy, but it’s all that a hero needs to succeed."
Honestly, there isn't much here than what we already know. From the trailers, we can garner that Finn was a stormtrooper who has had a change of heart. His reasoning for switching sides and the circumstances in which he meets Rey are being kept a secret for now, but at least we know that Finn's turn to the "good" side appears genuine and he's dedicated to stopping the First Order.
Where things get a tad more interesting is when we look at the Rey description. Like Finn, we know how her story begins - as a scavenger on the desert planet Jakku - but the costume takes it one step further and seems to spell out a particular scene that will take place towards the end of The Force Awakens.
"The mission to take down the First Order is underway! After invading the Starkiller Base, one member of the Resistance has split from her group and found herself in a massive room full of First Order soldiers. Completely surrounded by Stormtroopers with blasters and Knights of Ren with lightsabers, she seems to be totally outnumbered. Unfortunately for her enemies, though, they’ve made a big mistake: it’s not about the strength of the weapon, but the strength of the warrior that wields it."
Star Wars 7 News points out that Lucasfilm employee Matt Martin believes that some of the information on the costume descriptions could be "editorialized" by retailers, meaning that it's hypothetically not all indicative of what we'll see in the finished film. That's important to keep in mind when contemplating the ramifications of this Rey description. Still, it does seem like a rather specific thing to include on officially licensed merchandise, and will raise even more questions about the young heroine.
Materials like Drew Struzan's D23 Force Awakens poster and the 15-second Instagram teaser have made a point to focus on Finn's apparent Force abilities, but it's quite possible he's not the only Jedi in training. The wording of the Rey costume description essentially confirms that she is strong with the Force, being able to take on a squadron of stormtroopers and several Knights of Ren all at once. As for what her weapon is, that's anyone's guess for now. Rey has almost exclusively been shown holding a staff, so there could be more to that than meets the eye.
It is odd to consider that after two atmospheric trailers that laid out only the smallest of bread crumbs, Lucasfilm is now content with movie details coming out en masse in toys and postings on StarWars.com. Maybe that means the third trailer (or an official synopsis) is on its way?
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on 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 reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: Star Wars 7 News