STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Reveals Full-Scale X-Wing in Video for “Force for Change” [Updated with 2nd Image]

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A couple months ago, director J.J. Abrams revealed “Force for Change”, which gave fans a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and cameo in the film in exchange for making a donation to UNICEF.  Even if you didn’t win the top prize of the visit and the cameo, there were still prize levels based on the amount of your donation, and most importantly, you were contributing to a good cause.  With only four days left in the “Force for Change” campaign, Abrams has released a new video, which shows a full-scale X-Wing fighter jet.  The movie isn’t kidding around when it comes to practical effects, and it’s a very cool and fun reveal that helps bring attention to “Force for Change”.  Additionally, the campaign has sweetened the deal by giving the winner not only a visit to the set and a cameo, but they’ll win a private, advanced hometown screening.

Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing in the video message from Abrams.  The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, and Max von SydowStar Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Via Omaze (go here to donate and enter to win).

All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change,” said Abrams. “As we close this final week, we’ve added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF’s innovative, lifesaving work for children.” By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.

Star Wars: Force for Change impressively raised over one million dollars within the first 24 hours of its launch—a record for Omaze, the fundraising platform. So far contributors from 119 countries around the world have backed Force for Change, in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and programs. UNICEF’s network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Fans can continue to pledge support and enter for a chance win until 11:59pm on July 25.

The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes:

  • Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
  • Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
  • Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
  • Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

Disney committed US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.

May the Force be with you!

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  • LAME

    That is not an X-Wing. Looks like another version of the “Wing” series.

    • enderandrew

      It could be a “new” model of X-Wing, and the s-foils aren’t yet separated into the famous X design. Remember, the s-foils can collapse on an x-wing.

      Or this is the famous Z-95 that the X-Wing is modeled after.

      • MEY

        It is based on the original Ralph McQuarrie concept.
        In essence it is an X-Wing.

        You can check this ship on this site, it is on the first concept image of the article:

        http://www.themarysue.com/rip-ralph-mcquarrie/

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Nerd moment: in the expanded Star Wars universe, that was known as a Z95 Headhunter. I’m simultaneously ashamed and proud to say I knew that off the top of my head.

      • Chris

        A Z-95 doesn’t have 4 cannons on the foils, only 2. So this is something slightly different from the Z-95 or a traditional X-Wing.

        That was my own nerd moment.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, it’s like a modded Z-95, feel like it wouldn’t be that big a deal to strap two more cannons to the underside of the wings.

      • gar216

        Own it bro.

      • LAME

        That’s not an Z-95. Look closely. It has not the s-foils either.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Z-95s don’t have s-foils (at least the originals didn’t – they may have changed that for Clone Wars or something else later on – that’s definitely a Z-95 though).

      • Maybe it’s a Z-96 lol

        The only noticable difference I can see between this one and the Z-95 is that the Z-95 has 2 lasers, this one has four.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah that’s true. It’s the missing link between the Z-95 and the X-Wing.

      • LAME

        I referenced the s-foils because enderandrew did. I know the Z-95 doesn’t have them. This is probably just a new ship created by the writers.

      • Lovecraftlives

        What about the ones in Revenge of the Sith? What models where those?

      • LAME

        ARC-170

      • 80sRobot

        Your first observation is correct. Everybody should watch the video again closely in high resolution: It’s an updated version of the X-Wing and it still has 4 engines, where each engine is housed inside a semi-circle cylinder.

        The nose and cockpit window also look more streamlined, flush with the rest of the craft’s main body.

        What I wonder about is the absence of an R2 unit — are they no longer commonly used in this time period?

        Also, the shade of the blue stripe makes me think of the blue of the Senate Guards, Senate Commandos and Palpatine’s outfit in the Prequels. This could suggest the rebels won at the end of ROTJ and re-established the Senate.

        So this is what the latest model of the X-Wing has evolved into in the SW universe — it’s more streamlined than the Rebellion era’s, has more efficient engines, may not even need an R2 unit (maybe the ship itself has droid intelligence built-in), and it is marked to represent the Republic.

      • MJ

        ALL,

        THIS LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE ORIGINAL X-WING DESIGN THAT RALPH MCQUARIE PAINTED IN THE CONCEPT ART BEFORE THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS MOVIE.

    • Matt1

      I am somewhat ashamed at how much I am enjoying this incredibly nerdy debate…

  • Pernell Whitaker

    Episode VII is already better looking than Episodes I-III combined…

    • MITIOR

      Well, George Lucas did build practical starfigters for the prequels. I have a picture next to Episode 2′s Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter.

  • Pk

    Instead the rehashing the same thing, couldn’t they build a new plane with different design

    • Ozweego

      You mean like they did in the prequels and everyone lost their shit??? Star Wars fans are the hardest to please

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        To be fair, it kind of didn’t make sense that in the prequels set decades before the original trilogy they somehow had starships that looked more advanced than what we saw decades later. Also, there are literally hundreds of existing ship designs in the Star Wars universe, and so for a film that’s supposed to build upon existing canon, it makes little sense to create new things that don’t fit the existing aesthetic than it does to draw on the established things that do.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        So true. I hated the fact that George Lucas made everything look shinier and more advanced in PREQUELS. He had officially lost the plot with all the VFX available to him…

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        “Hey, now that we can, wouldn’t it be cool if the main ship we see in Episode 1 looks like it’s made from that mercurial Capri Sun/Alex Mack liquid?”

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Lol it was crazy thinking, can’t believe no one else at least said “errr George maybe it isn’t a good idea that everyone’s space ship looks like an insanely clean flying mirror…”

      • Diaz

        Up vote for the Alex Mack reference. Well played sir.

      • MJ

        Well said.

      • Vulcan

        I always interpreted it as when the Emperor came into power and created the Imperial Empire, everything went to shit. There was probably something similar to a recession or depression, and everyone stopped building the sleek sport ships. Everything became rusted and dirty, and the Empire only cared about building ugly military ships.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, could happen I suppose, but it just feels like a bit of a leap to try to explain away a director’s obsession with VFX. It’s also representative of George’s flip flopping between his assurances that the expanded universe is canon and his stubborn refusal to then be beholden to it when he decided he wanted to make some prequels.I think it’s just an issue of him wanting to create a “lived in” universe for the first trilogy and then being VFX happy for the prequel trilogy and not really thinking it through.

      • MJ

        I always interpreted it that Lucas just fracking botched it. How’s that for an explanation?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        We have a winner!

      • Bomtronathon

        They look more advanced because it was before the militarization and oppression of the Empire. It’s Cuba before Castro. There was variety and quality. The empire made everything utilitarian.

      • MJ

        That is a really weak argument.

      • Bomtronathon

        So, you’re saying that during a time of prosperity things having a different aesthetic doesn’t make sense? Look at the prequels as they progressed. The Jedi Starfighters change drastically between Episodes II and III.

      • Pk

        So you want the same boring design instead of something new,creative and original?

      • MJ

        Yep!

      • MJ

        I agree 100%. Yes, I want the same classic design — the look should not be original. It should look like the movie was made in 1983.

    • MJ

      Jesus Christ people, we tried that — the new trilogy.

      What the hell are some of you smoking?

      • Pk

        So you want the same boring design instead of something creative and original?

      • MJ

        Yes. Creative and original is not needed. I want the classic SW look this time around. We got “creative and original” in the new trilogy…no thanks.

        Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

      • Pk

        Yeah that’s because George Lucas made them. If it any other visionary director you would argue differently

      • MJ

        But that did not happen, so your point is moot. Hence, I really want a return to the classic look at feel of the original trilogy.

        In the aftermath of that horrible trilogy, now is not the time for experimentation. Maybe in future films, BUT NOT THIS ONE…

        I want them to recapture that magic….

      • Pk

        Lmao my point is moot because I want something different. If someone like James gunn or Colin treverrow were to direct asw movie I bet it would much better than what jj is gonna deliver

    • 80sRobot

      That’s not the same X-Wing design from the OT.

      • Pk

        Whatever it looks similar

  • vitextreeradar

    that is what want in my garage. in the event that i get a garage.

  • zac

    i feel like the whole movie is gonna be one big “history repeats itself” type concept. So far absolutely nothing original or fresh about it

    • Pernell Whitaker

      “So far”… So you mean based off the one patchy leaked storyline that may or may not be true, that also just leaked today. Lol cool observation.

      • James Franco

        And the millennium falcon if you missed it

    • MJ

      WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT.

      I saw “fresh” in the new trilogy….NO FRACKING THANK YOU !!!

      In this case, I want a return to classic Star Wars. Freshness need not apply.

      HISTORY, PLEASE REPEAT YOURSELF….PLEASE !!!!!

    • Pk

      Same here. Looks like jj and co grew lazy and thought if they rehashed the same ships from original trilogy the loyal fans would be satisfied by it

  • Blue da ba dee da ba dai

    I hope the blue color means that this is a new faction and we will get something different than rebels fighting the empire.

  • Neo Racer

    Uh sorry to burst the bubble but this is NOT, I repeat NOT a Z95 Headhunter please refer to the Wiki page for in depth analysis and confirmation. THANK YOU.

    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Z-95_Headhunter

    • Diaz

      We know. If you read the comments you would see a long list of people arguing that very point up above.

      • Neo Racer

        I wanted to provide the definitive statement. I am an expert in X-Wing technology and the ignorance out there is ASTOUNDING!

      • Pernell Whitaker

        You are an expert in X-Wing fiction. There is no technology.

  • Old Soldier

    “Thith ith thupid, Thath NOT an Xth-wing. Xth-Wingth clearly don’t have blue on them!”
    (Said from your mom’s basement.)

  • dolphin558

    I CAN’T WAIT!!! STAR WARS BABY!!

    • MITIOR

      finally a positive comment!..I’m with you, can’t wait for this!

    • MJ

      Agreed !!!!!

  • MJ

    THIS LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE ORIGINAL X-WING DESIGN THAT RALPH MCQUARIE PAINTED IN THE CONCEPT ART BEFORE THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS MOVIE.

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