Okay, I'm in a very tough spot. I'm a writer for Latino-Review, which means I cover the very industry that I adore so much but it also means that the fan in me has to have its innocence taken away from him. Similar to how I had to tread carefully when covering stories related to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and wanted to walk in as fresh as possible by avoiding all spoilers, I now find myself at that same point when it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While so much about the film has been kept tightly under wraps, thanks to J.J. Abrams and his notorious wall of secrecy (which I'm so thankful for!), as the release of Episode VII draws nearer, more and more is starting to come out about the film and I have to be very careful how I handle these stories.
Over the weekend, some information was released via character descriptions for tie-in Force Awakens Halloween costumes, and via toys. From what I've gathered, the descriptions for both Finn and Rey's costumes heavily elude to certain spoiler-y information about the characters and the plot. So what I'm going to do now is post the two descriptions...WITHOUT READING THEM!!
Here's what the packaging for Finn's costume reads:
"Sometimes, heroes come from the unlikeliest of places. The Galactic Empire has been dead for decades, but evil never really dies. With villains rising to take the Empire's place, heroes must rise to oppose them. After becoming stranded by himself in the deserts of Jakku, and meeting up with a girl named Rey, a Stormtrooper named Finn has joined the side of the Resistance. He began his adventure as a part of the New Order, but now he's one of the few people that can stop them. With a new look, Finn is ready for a new mission. Since trading in his Stormtrooper armor for a new set of gear, Finn's outfit might not be flashy, but it's all that a hero needs to succeed."
Here's what the packaging for Rey's character reads:
"The mission to take down the First Order is underway! After invading the Starkiller Base, one member of the Resistance has split from her group and found herself in a massive room full of First Order soldiers. Completely surrounded by Stormtroopers with blasters and Knights of Ren with lightsabers, she seems to be totally outnumbered. Unfortunately for her enemies, though, they've made a big mistake: it's not about the strength of the weapon, but the strength of the warrior that wields it."
Okay. I pulled it off. They're there, for your viewing pleasure and I didn't have to read a word. Let me know if they're interesting!
One description that I will read, cause it seems fairly harmless, is the following regarding General Hux's Starkiller Base. It would appear that it's no mere base. It's apparently got more destructive power than the Death Star- which was famously capable of destroying entire planets.
Read below to find out what the Starkiller Base can do:
"An ice planet converted into a stronghold of the First Order and armed with a fiercely destructive new weapon capable of destroying entire star systems."
Pretty cool, huh? I especially like that Starkiller is a nod to what Luke's original last name was going to be before it was changed to Skywalker.
Excitement surrounding Star Wars is at an all-time high at the Robles household these days, as my wife and I introduced our four year old daughter to the series two weeks ago. We did A New Hope two Thursdays ago, Empire Strikes Back last Thursday, and this week we'll cap it off with Return of The Jedi. She is hooked! Made us buy her some Star Wars gear for school.
Cannot wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens on December 18.