You know the traditional bowtie shaped TIE Fighters, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will introduce fans to a whole new make and model — the fang-shaped TIE Striker.

Using one of the new Hasbro toys as a model, I walk through what we know so far about this previously unseen weapon of the Imperial war machine.

Although old-school TIEs definitely can fly within planetary atmospheres, they’re not ideal for that purpose. The mythological tech of Star Wars suggests those vertical, solar array wings are great for space, but the flat, pointed wings of Strikers are specially designed for screaming through environments of denser air and clouds.

The Striker also has a larger central pod, which is useful for shuttling materials as well as personnel. That’s why we’ll see these vehicles in action primarily on Scarif, the tropical world used by the Empire as a base of operations for the construction of the Death Star.

Entertainment Weekly will have more videos diving into Rogue One as the Dec. 16 release draws closer.

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