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Star Wars: Force for Change - An Update from J.J. Abrams

And an X-Wing!

By Robert T. Trate     July 21, 2014
Source: Star Wars

Episode VII arrives 12-18-15
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JJ Abrams, Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm are at it again. Director J.J. Abrams, today, unveiled the Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing (and another little surprise) all in support of Star Wars: Force for Change campaign’s final week. Check out the official press release and watch the footage below! If you want to read up on Blue Squadron, we suggest this link to Wookiepedia

Press Release: All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change," said Abrams. "As we close this final week, we’ve added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF’s innovative, lifesaving work for children.” By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.

Star Wars: Force for Change impressively raised over one million dollars within the first 24 hours of its launch—a record for Omaze, the fundraising platform. So far contributors from 119 countries around the world have backed Force for Change, in support of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and programs. UNICEF’s network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Fans can continue to pledge support and enter for a chance win until 11:59pm on July 25.


The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes:

·      Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest

·      Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams

·      Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast

·      Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII


Disney committed US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.

Visit to learn more about this new charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at

 May the Force be with you!


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ElBaz13 7/21/2014 6:27:11 AM

Looks like a Z-95 Headhunter. :)

mosgza 7/21/2014 6:46:55 AM

 It does! Excited that they're incorporating the EU even if they  now consider it non canon.

redvector 7/21/2014 8:42:41 AM

 Its not a Z-95 Headhunter it's an updated version of the X Wing. But it clearly takes some design cues from the Z-95.

kinetoscope 7/21/2014 9:38:10 AM

 It would be a nice surprise if they keep much of the EU story alive.

jamalcolm 7/21/2014 10:35:39 AM

 Love that it looks beaten and worn rather than sleek and shiny. It has that real-world feel the OT had that was sorely missed in the prequels.



ElBaz13 7/21/2014 11:53:35 AM

I read somewhere that that is the new X-wing. Makes sense, the model keeps existing but gets a different look 30 years later.

Wouldn't make sense if it was a z-95 as that was the old predecessor to the X-wing, prior to Clone Wars era. It would make that model almost 50 years old.

xpaladinx45 7/21/2014 1:35:56 PM

 This new X-Wing takes styling from one of the original SW concept art done by Ralph McQuarrie.  So in essense, Abrams has gone truly old school on the new design, rather than going with the EU (which I am sure the EU used the same drawings as a basis for the Z95, changed up a bit)

VioLatorr 7/21/2014 4:23:39 PM

 oh come on! it didnt even take off!

moviefan71 7/22/2014 7:49:01 AM

I've always thought there will be LOTS of elements from the books that will be incorporated into the new movies.  Yes, Disney has said the EU is not canon (can't remember if that's the exact word that used or not).  But to be honest, there is a lot of crap in the EU, this way they can pick and choose what they want.  Keep the good parts, get rid of the rubbish.  From a business perspecitive (and that's the only perspective they are looking at) it makes the most sense.  Not really any other way to do it.  Personally, I'm on the side of keepingas much of the EU as they can (ie. some of the fans favourite characters at the very least).

dnbritt 7/22/2014 8:43:16 AM

There's no split in the wings, so it harkens more to the drawings of the Z-95 in all the EU sourcebooks.  They may call it a new X-Wing, which is fine, but the nose cone and wings are clearly taken from designs from McQuarrie and art of the 95.  Either way, it looks great.  No more reflective yellow CG ships!

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