The Star Wars panel is in full swing at Comic-Con right now, and J.J. Abrams & co. just confirmed that the TIE Fighter unveiled in toy form by Hasbro this afternoon will make an appearance in The Force Awakens. The fighter is sporting a snazzy new red-and-black color scheme, but retains the classic form Star Wars fans know and love. It was shown off as part of a compilation of behind-the-scenes footage showcased during the panel, one that Abrams said would "bring [fans] into the process" of making the movie.
This isn't the first we've heard in terms of The Force Awakens' vehicle fleet. A series of spy photos taken on set last June revealed that the Millennium Falcon was being redeployed for the new film, and the same photos hinted at the existence of some other vehicles with familiar design elements. (Abrams trolled the photo leakers a day later.) An updated version of the X-Wing was revealed a few months later, and aerial photos of a special matte black X-Wing slipped onto the web in September of the same year. The Verge had a chance to see a tiny physical model of the Millennium Falcon at Star Wars Celebration this April, and the model bore the wear and tear you'd expect given the trials it faced throughout the movies. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a few months longer before seeing all of these things flying on the big screen. The Force Awakens is coming to theaters December 18th.
Update: Some more pictures care of the behind-the-scenes video show tonight: