One of my favorite things about every new Star Wars movie is the new ships they introduce. Empire gave us the Snow Speeders, Cloud Cars, and TIE Bombers, while Jedi was unforgettable with the B-Wings, A-Wings, and TIE Interceptors.
Episode VII looks to continue this tradition by giving us some new ships, and with thirty years having passed since Jedi it looks like there’s a new alphabet fighter. MakingStarWars.net describes the U-Wing:
First lets describe the shape of the U-wing Fighter. The â€œUâ€ is more of a half circle. Itâ€™s a very wide â€œU.â€ The â€œUâ€ shape is not very thick, no thicker than the body of the ship and the cockpit. It is basically a â€œUâ€ with a Y-wing styled body coming out of the center of the â€œUâ€ in essence. Honestly, the U is more like a â€œCâ€ but the artwork says â€œU-wingâ€ so Iâ€™m going with that.
The â€œUâ€ has two thruster engines at each end. There is a center rear thruster as well. So thereâ€™s a thruster in the middle rear and on the ends of the â€œU.â€ The thrusters on the ends of the â€œUâ€ have small short wings that go up and down with laser guns on them (the wings kind of evoke the B-wing).
The cockpit and body connects to the center of the U. The cockpit reminds me of the front of the the Phantom from Star Wars Rebels, however, the cockpit is rounded like a Mig 29 jet. Underneath the cockpit, there are two laser guns just like on the Phantom as well. Another similarity is the coloring and the yellow paint along the trim and the thrusters.
Just behind the cockpit, Artoo-Detoo sits just how he does in the classic X-wing designs. Artoo ends up in many of these ship designs.
It’s a very cool design, and one that will make a pretty awesome toy and LEGO set next fall. Hopefully it makes it into the movie.