While Star Wars’ fans are waiting for the release of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, coming this December, Star Wars official continues to release new information for rabid fans! On August 23, Star Wars unveiled two new First Order’s vehicles, indicating that there will be a great war between it and the Resistance. Two dangerous and lethal vehicles include the armored AT-M6 walker (All Terrain Megacaliber Six) and a huge dreadnought.
Image of AT-M6 via starwars.com
AT-M6 is much larger and perhaps heavier than standard AT-ATs, and its simian-like moving gesture assists to stabilize the cannon. As people make jokes on AT-M6’s funny shape which looks like a big ape or elephant, it still garners popularity and advocacy. Lucasfilm’s Design Supervisor, Kevin Jenkins, said on the official website that “One of the questions that tied us up a lot is the fact that they’d been taken down by snowspeeders in The Empire Strikes Back, and it felt like everyone else is trying to avoid the problem of a four-legged version of a walker because they had been defeated on Hoth. So I sort of took that on board and I suggested to Rian, ‘Well, instead of a dog, what about a gorilla?’” Gorillas actually look more aggressive than dogs, its performance will be anticipated in December!
Image of warship via starwars.com
Another revealed vehicle, categorized as a Mandator IV-class warship, the dreadnought has two extremely powerful orbital cannons and 24-point defense anti-aircraft cannons on the back surface. Measuring about 7,700 meters, it is twice as large as a standard Star Destroyer, which greatly enhances its combat power. Design Supervisor Jenkins continued, “we had all sorts of design ideas and things, but when seeing an early cut with Rian, I just remember straight afterwards we talked to each other and went, ‘we need guns.’ We tried radars because, obviously, you look at Return of the Jedi and there were radar dishes. There’s one on the Death Star. So it was also part of that retro, Flash Gordonesque sci-fi thing, and we went down that path for a while, but then the cut just went, ‘Nah. Big guns. It just needs big guns.” “Just needs big guns”, he’s got a great sense of humor.
Let’s expect more info from Star Wars and its backstage technical and design team.