Things that have appeared in promotional material for Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
- Han Solo
- TIE fighters
- Princess Leia
- The Millennium Falcon
- A shadowy bad dude with a black cloak and a red lightsaber
- Star Destroyers
- A mysterious spherical battle station that could conceivably bring death to stars
Things that have not appeared in promotional material for Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
- Battle droids
- Clone troopers
- Pod racing
- The word "younglings"
- Jar Jar Binks*
So while we can't yet know whether The Force Awakens will be an empire-strikingly triumphant return to form for Star Wars, it's clear that Disney really, really wants you to think of it a true successor to the original trilogy, and will stop at nothing to stoke your nostalgia. That's no doubt why IGN has been provided with these official retro-style "posters," which evoke the minimalist material that preceded the initial release of Star Wars.
They're not big enough to print out, but feel free to put them on your phone screen. Look at them every day for the two and a half weeks until The Force Awakens. Imagine the wave of fan service washing over you. It'll all be over soon.
Compare to the originals below. (Also marvel at how Star Wars was pitched as "the story of a boy, a girl, and a universe" from "the man who brought you American Graffiti.")
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