Star Wars Resistance takes Star Wars fans to the Colossus, refueling platform on the ocean planet of Castilon, introducing us to numerous new ships. While there are a number of famous ships in the Star Wars universe, many stories tend to lean on the same models, like the Millennium Falcon, X-Wings, TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers, and etc., but Resistance breaks that mold. There are some staple icons, but also a number of new custom designs we haven't seen before.
When Kaz Xiono joins the resistance, he goes from a world full of X-Wings and TIE fighters to the Colossus with the repair crew of Jarek Yeager and a bunch of new ships we've never seen before. Here we'll identify ever ship we know (if they aren't obvious enough already) and take our best guesses at the origins of the ones we don't.
- The New Republic, The Resistance, and the First Order
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We've seen a number of X-Wing designs from the Star Wars universe over the years, but this is by far the most pristine and advanced. The T-65 X-Wings flown in A New Hope are both old and worn down, showing the limited resources of the Rebellion, and while the T-70 X-Wings flown by the Resistance in The Force Awakens are a lot newer and sleeker (as one would hope they would be 30 years later), they 're still not top-of-the-line models and the Resistance is also functioning with limited resources, so they're not in perfect condition either.
The T-85 is the signature craft of the New Republic, and typically bear the blue and yellow New Republic insignia. While they're in common use during Star Wars Resistance, we know that in just a few months, during Star Wars: The Force Awakens Starkiller Base will destroy Hosnian Prime, decimating the Republic fleet, meaning the majority, if not all, of the New Republic's T-85 X-Wings have been destroyed by the time of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Red First Order TIE Tie Interceptor
After the Battle of Jakku, the Galactic Empire crumbled, with the remaining forces fleeing into the Unknown Regions. Three decades later, the First Order would emerge, having grown out of the ashes of the Empire, bearing a striking similarity to the Empire's structure and aesthetic, particularly with the updated First Order Star Destroyers and First Order TIE fighters, clearly having evolved from the former Imperial Navy.
Major Elrik Vonreg was one of the First Order's top pilots, distinguished not only by his bright crimson TIE pilot's uniform and helmet, but also by his similarly colored First Order TIE Interceptor. So far, the Red Interceptor in Resistance is the first we've seen from the First Order, so it's not clear just how prominent the craft is in the First Order Navy, or if similar craft will finally appear in Episode IX, but it's clear this one is more than enough to handle as Kaz Xiono is supposedly the only pilot other than Poe Dameron to have ever even landed a hit on him.
The very first ship to ever appear onscreen in Star Wars was a CR-90 Corvette, the Tantive IV. Also known as Corillian Corvettes, Rebel Blockade Runners, and Alderaan Cruisers, the CR-90 was the backbone of the early Rebellion's naval force and prominently featured in Star Wars Rebels and several also made an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including the famous Tantive IV.
Fittingly, at least one CR-90 is still in use by General Leia Organa's Resistance years later - the same ship she used to take on diplomatic "mercy missions" as an undercover Rebel operative. While it's not officially designated, we know it's not the Tantive IV, but it was present at the Battle of Scarif and the Battle of Jakku, possibly playing a role in the Battle of Endor in-between.
First Order Star Destroyers
The CR-90 Corvette may have been the first ship to blast on screen back in 1977, but it was closely followed by an Imperial Star Destroyer. Like the TIE Fighter, the Star Destroyer saw a significant evolution during the Empire's rebuilding and reorganizing in the Unknown Regions, and while it still maintains its same giant gray triangle look, the First Order Star Destroyer is bigger and more powerful than its Imperial progenitor.
So far, First Order Star Destroyers haven't been a big threat to Kaz or anyone else in the Resistance, but they were spotted orbiting the First Order's HQ at Starkiller Base, and could certainly come into play later in the show as Kaz gets more involved with the resistance. Don't expect Kaz to face off against a First Order Star Destroyer anytime soon, though. With how much trouble he had against Major Elrik Vonreg, it probably wouldn't go over very well.
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While not given any official make or model number, the Fireball looks like a lot of things Star Wars fans are familiar with. Most notably embodying design characteristics from Incom Corporation vessels like the X-Wing or Z-95 Headhunter, the Fireball has a distinctive long skinny fuselage with a cockpit situated 3/4 of the way back by the wings. Like the Z-95, the Fireball has just 2 fixed wings, but they're bent instead of flat and have thrusters attached to the wings instead of the fuselage. There's also what appears to be a massive air intake at the tip of the nose.
The Fireball may very well be its own thing, cobbled together from pieces of other ships, which is why it looks like things we've seen before without actually being a model that has already appeared in canon. Whether it's a combination of one model or multiple, though, it's definitely a hodge-podge of parts, though, as Jerek's crew has trouble getting it to even fly, much less make it through a whole race without catching fire.
Black Ace was once an Imperial TIE Fighter, but thanks to significant modifications at the hands of Griff Hollaron, it's barely recognizable as such. In fact, the general shape and design aesthetic bears far more in common with the Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor, or Jedi Interceptor, from the Clone Wars, which was, interestingly enough, actually considered a precursor to the Imperial TIE fighter in Star Wars Legends material.
Gone are the iconic solar panel wings, and it doesn't even have twin ion engines, the reason for the TIE acronym, instead bearing 3 separate thrusters on the back. From the outside, the only element that makes it even recognizable as a former TIE is its viewport, which is what gives it a specific resemblance to the Eta-2. While many of the ships on the Colossus take clear inspiration (and possibly actual components) from ships we've seen before, Black Ace is the clearest example of such heavy modification.
The Red Ace is yet another fighter with a number of familiar looking components and design aesthetics, yet it's not a ship we can pin down as a particular model. In fact, the familiar components don't even all come from the same canonical manufacturers, which would make sense as it was designed by its pilot, Freya Fenris herself.
The ship bears hints of a Kuat Drive Yards RZ-1 A-wing interceptor (engines, cockpit, and part of the fuselage), an Incom Corporation UT-60D U-wing (specifically the nose), but it probably takes the heaviest inspiration from a couple Slayn & Korpil ships, the A/SF-01 B-wing and V-19 Torrent starfighter. Due to the similarity to the Slayn & Korpil ships, it wouldn't be a major surprise if the wings swing up and/or down under certain circumstances.
The Green Ace belongs to Hype Fazion and is about as flashy as he is, bright green and emblazoned with sponsorships. This ship appears to be a pure product of the Incom Corporation, bearing almost all the hallmarks of its design language, including shifting wings.
The fuselage is quite a bit blunter than any iteration of X-Wing, and the wings are significantly thicker than other designs, but it actually bears the strongest resemblance to an older Incom vessel, the ARC-170 from the Clone Wars. Despite the similarities, though, it is a clear evolution on the design, featuring a more angular shape and a cockpit that is more similar ti the X-Wing's squared off canopy that integrates well into the fuselage.
Torra Doza's Blue Ace is another custom job, but the inspiration for her ship doesn't borrow from as many designs as most of the others. In fact, it's easy to see how simply bringing in the wings and sliding the cockpit back would result in something very similar to an A-Wing, although it has a much less angular design, even if it was similarly built for speed. The biggest similarity to the A-Wing is the engines, which both bear similarly cockeyed fins.
Torra is one of the most successful racers on the platform and its clear the Blue Ace, aerodynamic design and powerful thrusters have something to do with that. While all of Ace squadron have impressive ships, the Blue Ace's custom build might offer the best overall package.
The Yellow Ace is one of the most bizarre designs of any ship in Star Wars, but stands out amongst most of the other ships on the Colossus because it might be the only one that looks truly unique. Every other ship seems to bear inspiration from designs we've seen before, but Bo Keevil's highly customized ship is one of a kind.
Moving wings are nothing new for ships of this size, but the Yellow Ace takes it to a new level with wings that can align into numerous shapes and positions to enable him to conduct more maneuvers than most ships. Such a complex ship obviously isn't easy to fly, so Bo Keevil is probably the only person capable of flying the ship safely without a lot of practice (and even he might struggle with it sometimes).
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