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CONFIRMED: The Starkiller Base in Star Wars: The Force Awakens WAS mobile and its weapon was cooler than you thought

January 3rd, 2016 by Marc Comments




Pablo Hidalgo, Creative Executive at Lucasfilm Story Group, has been chatting to the guys at Steelewars about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens audiobook of the novel and he revealed some very cool details about the Starkiller Base that even we have to admit we found bothersome in the movie.

Two things that weren’t made clear in the movie were, firstly, was the Starkiller Base actually moving or did it drain from the same sun twice? The other issue was how did the beam it fired split to destroy different targets in it’s first attack?

These things didn’t exactly bother us, but they did make us question what the base’s capabilities really were.

Well fans, wonder no more. Like the Death Star, that big ball was travelling around in space.

Firstly, the sun issue. Hidalgo confirmed that the base was mobile and it did drain two different suns: “The Starkiller is mobile. Able to travel distances in hyperspace amid a very populous star cluster,” he told them.

Secondly, what about the beam splitting? “The beam is drawn to gravity wells,” he said, “It splits to destroy the bodies in the system.”

Well, that all makes sense and, honestly, it means that two of the only issues I had with the movie are now cleared up.

In related news, Entertainment Weekly have released new official images of Supreme Leader Snoke and Maz Kanata. You can see them below…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….