10 Important Clues You May Have Missed in the Star Wars VII Spy Photos

10 Important Clues You May Have Missed in the Star Wars VII Spy Photos

Upon close examination of the recent spy photos published on TMZ (link), I discovered a number of cool details that I almost overlooked! Here they are:


See those octagonal elements on the floor? They have a shape that is almost identical to the back of an X-wing fighter. *Almost* identical. Because is that really an X-wing fighter in the background?


In fact, that is not an X-Wing fighter! Although similar, this prop has only one big engine on each side, not two like on an X-wing fighter. In fact, the fighter might be inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s original design of the X-wing fighter:


In McQuarrie’s original design, the engines split in half when the wings split into attack position.


This blue-grey panel next to the Millennium Falcon under construction looks exactly like the back panel of the control station from which Han Solo once warned Threepio to never upset a Wookiee.


The mysterious smoke on the set in Abu Dhabi is eerily similar to the smoke rising from the Beru homestead after it was destroyed by the Empire.


This sign, on the broken fence around the market set in Abu Dhabi, says “Warning” in Aurebesh. Probably because it was once electrified.


The big engine on the set of Abu Dhabi might have once been used in the famous pod races on Tatooine.


What looks like random junk in the sand might actually be a broken escape pod! You can see the open hatch and the propulsion engines beside it.


The impressive gate at the entrance of the market set comes straight from Ralph McQuarrie’s paintings of Jabba the Hutt’s palace!


Two circular objects in the sand look very much like smaller versions of the shield generators we saw on Hoth. Perhaps they were once used to generate the power for the electric fence around the Hutt palace.

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  1. Ronin

    The unsplit X-wing could be the Z-96 Headhunter. They’re very similar in design, except it doesn’t have a split wing formation.

    1. Mark

      The back is too squared and flat for a Z-96, there was a spilt wing version of the Z-95. I think this is a T-65 ( X-Wing) taken exactly from the original concept to keep Ralph McQuarrie’s presence on the film,

  2. Mark

    Practial effects, actual sets and props. I can’t think of any better way to pay homage to Ralph McQuarrie and every person responsible for the look of Star Wars ……I mean to make Star Wars look like, Star Wars. I feel like a kid again………. “Grow up. These are my movies, not yours.” – George Lucas.

    1. militant marker

      I don’t really think these set pieces are enough evidence to deduce what the look of the film will be. The prequels used more models, props and sets than the original trilogy but had it’s own look and feel based off of how they were going to visualize the story. There’s a ton of stuff that people think are all cgi in the prequels that are in fact actual models and sets, just enhanced. I’m pretty sure Ep. 7 will be 100% Star Wars but it will also have it’s own unique feel and more than it’s fair share of enhancements as well.

          1. Mark

            I agree, CGI will be used, and I did not know that about the prequels….to me the settings in them seem too big and busy……the shots and settings in the OT are simple, but seem to draw me in and make me feel like I’m there instead of watching a movie…….if that makes any sense. I guess it’s like seeing your favorite band in a huge arena with all the bells and whistles vs a small intimate venue with just the band, you’re seeing the same band but it just feels more personal. With Abrams being a fan of Star Wars, I feel he will try to emulate the atmosphere of the OT but create its own feel at the same time. I think Super 8 is a good example of how Abrams can make a new movie feel old, while still using new technology.

  3. Mark

    Saw a clip on youtube of Mark Hammill at the Star Wars Weekend of the Joker talking to Luke Skywalker…..looked like he had a beard, could Abrams be going for a Obi Wan look for Luke?

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