Star Wars is a wonderful franchise filled with fantastical things and the last three years of Star Wars movies underneath the Disney brand have presented some pretty cool creations. So, I’m going to share with you the fifteen coolest additions to Star Wars in the last five years (this is sticking only to the movies.) Enjoy!
I have to admit, I love porgs. When I first saw them I was seriously hoping that they wouldn’t be another version of Ewoks but, thankfully, they’re not. They’re actually really adorable. I immediately knew I was going to love these cute creatures when it showed them toying with Luke’s lightsaber after Luke chucked it. They were SOOO cute…and funny. I wasn’t sure if I was going to jump on the Porg bandwagon or not but yeah, I’m a Porg fan.
2. First Light
Have you ever wondered what a yacht in Star Wars would look like? Well, look no further than Solo. The second standalone Star Wars Story introduced the film’s major gangster antagonist in Paul Bettany’s Dryden Vos aboard his ultra-fancy yacht, First Light and I can positively say it is mind-blowing. I’ve seen a lot of cool vehicles in Star Wars but this is easily one of the most awesome vessels in the franchise.
I can’t imagine Star Wars without BB-8. He has become the face, or droid, of Star Wars in merchandise. If it’s not Kylo Ren’s mask BB-8 is the one you see on a toy box or a can of soup. BB-8 has made R2-D2 look ancient and that’s saying something. Besides, he’s my favorite droid in Star Wars, at least for now, because he’s just so darn cute. I love BB-8.
4. Tie Strikers
Rogue One introduced a lot of incredible creations to the Star Wars universe and the Tie Striker is totally one of them. This ship is so cool it’s kind of upsetting that its only appearance is in Rogue One because it’s that amazing. I loved that it still feels vintage while introducing a more modern approach to the classic loook. That’s the great thing about Star Wars. Everything is designed to look like it belongs in the Star Wars universe so even when you have newer models of old ships it still feels like it could be a part of the Original trilogy. That’s pretty cool.
5. Captain Phasma
I remember the first time I saw the concept art for Captain Phasma. I was blown away. Who was this stormtrooper with his chrome suit and cape? At the time it was designed to be a man and he was called a Knight Trooper I think. Since then a few changes were made and Captain Phasma was born. She may have had small roles in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi but she is easily one of the coolest characters in Star Wars.
Ach-To is a beautiful planet imbued with the Force and covered in Porg nests (hee-hee.) I love this place. When I saw Ach-To for the first time in The Force Awakens my expression mirrored Rey’s when she also saw the planet for the first time; I stared in utter awe. I had never seen a world like Ach-To before in Star Wars which is always a plus and it’s where Luke had placed himself in exile. That made the planet even more mystical and awesome.
7. Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber
I remember when I saw this lightsaber for the first time in that incredible teaser in November of 2014. I practically lost it. Before Kylo Ren the only interesting lightsaber was Darth Maul’s double-bladed one. Then here we have Kylo Ren with a lightsaber that looked like a sword?! I was floored. Now, after three years, this is still one of the coolest lightsabers ever created.
I love new locations in Star Wars movies and Scarif was downright amazing. When I think of Imperial Bases what immediately comes to mind is the Death Star, Star Destroyers, dark, gloomy places like Eadu, but I never imagined there would be an Imperial Base on a world as gorgeous as Scarif. It was a shock to me. The Empire and sunny beaches doesn’t exactly sound like something you’d say in the same sentence but it is and that’s part of the reason why I love Rogue One so much.
To imagine Star Wars without Rey is sad indeed because she’s so awesome. At one time the thought of a major female Jedi was a dream and now it seems weird if there isn’t one. She has set the grounds for many more awesome Jedi women hopefully in the future and I’m so glad she’s part of the Star Wars universe.
There’s never been a major Imperial droid in a Star Wars movie and that’s what makes K-2SO so special. If he had been a droid for the Rebellion he would’ve still been awesome but to think that he is a reprogrammed Imperial droid helping the rebels fight against the Empire makes him all the more special.
11. The Mirror Cave
One of the most visually fascinating scenes in The Last Jedi was when Rey went down into the mirror cave. That scene was Star Wars gold. I love cool things in Star Wars and this mirror cave is hands down amazing.
It’s creepy, it’s strange, and it’s entirely different than anything else we’ve seen before in Star Wars. *thumbs up* Awesome!
12. Kylo Ren
What would this new Star Wars trilogy be without Kylo Ren? I think if The Force Awakens had had a mediocre villain (like Count Dooku) the movie would’ve still been received with praise but it definitely wouldn’t have turned into the $2 billion goliath it turned out to be and part of the reason why is because of Kylo Ren.
Kylo Ren is easily the most compelling antagonist since Darth Vader and, in my opinion, I think he’s better than Darth Vader hands down. And that’s with only two movies under his belt. He helped revive the Star Wars franchise and that’s why he’s on this list.
13. Death Troopers
Black. Armored. Stormtroopers! End of discussion.
14. Elite Praetorian Guards
The Praetorian Guards are undoubtedly the coolest addition to Star Wars in the last three years. I’ve been a fan of the mysterious Imperial Guards since I first saw them as a young girl and to finally see a version of them that is actually cooler (and participated in some serious action) is kind of amazing.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I had fun writing it and I thank you for reading. Have a wonderful day and May the Force Be With You.