We have now officially begun the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which began at midnight this past Friday, September 4, with Force Friday. Tons of toys and books were officially revealed and went on sale for the first time, with throngs of Star Wars fans lining up in queues of thousands, just for an opportunity to be among the first to own The Force Awakens merchandise. Often overlooked and undervalued in a global event such as this, is the promotional artwork for the film. Don’t get me wrong, many Star Wars fans thoroughly enjoy and even collect the film’s art and official movie posters, but usually, they aren’t high on the priority list…for most fans.
Thankfully, we were inundated with a veritable plethora of new Star Wars: The Force Awakens artwork, which has served to hype the anticipation for the film, even further…as if that was even a possibility. As I’m sure you can imagine, with a global event like Force Friday, many different countries had their own official Star Wars art, which makes the varying selection so much more interesting and larger.
First up, we have Kylo Ren in all his Dark Side glory. A dark warrior strong with the Force, Kylo Ren commands First Order missions with a temper as fiery as his unconventional lightsaber. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, J.J. Abrams revealed that Kylo’s last name was not actually Ren, but that it was the name of the order to which he belongs — the Knights of Ren. Kylo’s heritage is also a hot topic of debate among Star Wars fans, as many feel that the Dark Side warrior may be a Solo or Skywalker.
"“He is a character who came to the name Kylo Ren when he joined a group called the Knights of Ren.”"
With that reveal, Adam Driver’s character has even more mystery surrounding him, which will only be answered on December 18, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts. A description of Kylo Ren from the officially licensed Star Wars costumes, gives us a little more detail.
"“One man, standing by himself in a snowy forest clearing, can feel it. The Force, and the powers of its Dark Side, are welling up within his body. He draws his lightsaber, and three red blades extend from the handle, ready for battle. From behind a shroud of black robes, beneath a shadowy mask, Kylo Ren knows that the Knights of Ren are one step closer to completing their mission.”"
This next poster reminds me of the intro to HBO’s True Detective, and I totally dig it.
This poster is very interesting, and I love the different looks of Kylo Ren as he wields his unique broadsword lightsaber, leading the First Order Stormtroopers.
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