I’ve been in love with the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign since day one. In addition to holding a special place in my heart for Star Wars, I like it when large groups can rally to do good. So bringing together Star Wars fans to raise money for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs is a pretty fantastic venture in my book. On Monday, a new video came out from Lucasfilm and Omaze announcing a special bonus for the last week of the Force for Change campaign – those who donated this week would also be entered to win a private hometown screening of Episode VII before it hits theaters.
That is pretty cool, but something in the video quickly became arguably even more exciting.
J.J. Abrams was standing in front of an X-wing.
I, for one, got a bit overwhelmed with joy at the sight of it and, of course, immediately took to Twitter to share my feels:
I'm not tearing up while making noises that sound a lot like "SQUEEEE!" because I just saw J.J. Abrams next to an X-wing. You are. #StarWars— Kay 🌌 (@Geek_Kay) July 21, 2014
I was not alone.
That new X-Wing is very pretty.— Brian is a Plague of Frogs (@brian_nov) July 21, 2014
X-wing X-wing X-WING!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Bria LaVorgna (@chaosbria) July 21, 2014
X-wings are my favorite.— Nancy K (@Decibelle5) July 21, 2014
Just seen the JJ vid. Oh wow ohwowohwow, that X-wing looks OMAZING in blue! Proper excited!— Dark Spookbold (@Prefect_Timing) July 21, 2014
I like X-wings.— Bryan Young (@swankmotron) July 21, 2014
There was some questioning as to whether it was actually a Z-95, but the official Star Wars Twitter account was quick to clarify.
@CDCanimation It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.— Star Wars (@starwars) July 21, 2014
Then actor/writer Simon Pegg pointed out its similarities to the McQuarrie design.
It's not a Z95, it's an X-Wing, and what's beautiful is that appears to be an old McQuarrie model.— Pegg News (@simonpegg) July 21, 2014
While Eleven-ThirtyEight provided a model:
McQuarrie X-wing model, for comparison. pic.twitter.com/ytTH1rSgn6— Eleven-ThirtyEight (@eleventhirtyate) July 21, 2014
The Star Wars account confirmed the likeness as well.
Star Wars Stylebook gave us usage reminders.
Reminder: The w in X-wing is lowercase unless the word is being used in a title. http://t.co/vKeKKzg9l0— Star Wars Stylebook (@SWStylebook) July 21, 2014
I realized part of what I was getting so happy about was what that ship’s appearance meant for the aesthetic of Episode VII.
One of the most exciting things about that X-wing is how worn and used it looks.— Kay 🌌 (@Geek_Kay) July 21, 2014
People, that is my preferred @StarWars aesthetic.
The new X-wing is kind of the best of both worlds. The dirty, used aesthetic of the originals, with the smooth lines of the prequels.— Brian is a Plague of Frogs (@brian_nov) July 21, 2014
Not everyone was thrilled with the design. That’s to be expected. There were plenty of feelings going around – all from this X-wing, sitting on the ground, not even flying.
@avgoins I've been happy all day because of it.— Brian is a Plague of Frogs (@brian_nov) July 21, 2014
Ah yes, very cool X-wing. We'll be seeing a lot of cool X-wing fights and such. Cool. Cool, cool, cool. #StarWarsVII— Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes) July 21, 2014
Some of us wanted to fly it though.
For real you guys, the new X-wing is beautiful and I wish I lived in Star Wars so I could fly one.— Brian is a Plague of Frogs (@brian_nov) July 22, 2014
Some, like Lucasfilm publicist Chris Argyropoulos and I, wanted to hug it.
I like this freeze frame the most as it looks like the pilot is just hugging the XWing. Which is what I would do. http://t.co/3kuYV2HIdx— Chris Argyropoulos (@ThatChrisA) July 21, 2014
And one of us got a little jealous…
You didn't hear it here but that X-wing is a pampered no-talent diva.— Bobbajo (@swcharacter) July 21, 2014
But I think Lillian summarized it best:
Learn more about Force for Change and donate at: http://www.omaze.com/experiences/starwars-episode-vii
Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path for now, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. A photographer and voice actor who also consults on communications and marketing, Kay spends any free time reading, learning, getting outside and, of course, making pew pew noises. You can follow her on Twitter.
Kay is FANgirl's resident geek fashion expert and co-host of the Hyperspace Theories podcast. She reviews books and movies for the site with a heart for storytelling and a mind that likes to analyze. Kay's been a guest on various podcasts sharing her love and knowledge of storytelling, film-making, fashion, and of course, Star Wars.
Most days are filled with her work as a creative services professional - designing websites & branding, photographing, voice acting, editing, and more. Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, costuming, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord.