The Last Jedi has been at the center of every fan’s conversations and debates as we all wait anxiously for the next trailer or piece of insight into the continuation of the new canon. Yesterday, The Star Wars show and StarWars.com unveiled two new First Order vehicles, the Dreadnought and the AT-M6, to strike terror into the hearts of our beloved Resistance fighters.
The First Order Dreadnought is classified as a Mandator IV-class warship at a total of 7,669.72 meters in length, or 25,162.8 feet. This massive warship is two-and-a-half times larger than a standard Star Destroyer and is armed to the teeth with 24-point anti-aircraft cannons on it’s dorsal surface as well as two enormous orbital auto-cannons.
The Dreadnought seems to be the First Order’s next big weapon to terrorize the galaxy following the destruction of Starkiller base. Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, recently posted a picture to his Instagram of him at Skywalker Sound with what looks like a giant explosion on the screen in front of him. Could this be the Dreadnought in action?
We also get our first real looks at the AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six) which get it’s name from the laser cannon on it’s back, stands twice the size of the original AT-AT, and has a gorilla-like gait. In an interview with StarWars.com, Design Supervisor for The Last Jedi, Kevin Jenkins talks about what he did to ensure these massive walkers do not meet the same fate as their Empire Strikes Back counterparts: “The front legs are very heavily armored, and you can see can almost up to the forearm. And again, that’s my take on, ‘You can’t take these down with a snowspeeder.’ They’ve armored up the front or maybe they just cut the ropes because they are too big now. Also, the way they are balanced now is like a gorilla, because their knuckles are turned backwards and they’ve got very high shoulders. They are a completely different poise. Maybe they could even sort of kneel down or something. So I just took that gorilla design iteration, with the very high back, and just went to town with it.”
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