‘Star Wars Episode 8’ news: Toy leak hints at a Luke–Kylo Ren battle

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A promotional image for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (Facebook/StarWarsPH)

With roughly half a year before “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” invades the big screens, rumors continue to swirl online. The latest one came through a leak from the film’s toy merchandise.

In a report by ScreenRant, leaked product code names for the “Star Wars” LEGO toys mentioned a kit that comes with Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren figures. This strengthened the earlier rumors that the two will engage in a face-off in the coming film.

Moreover, Comicbook.com reported that several climactic battles were also mentioned in the listings. These include First Order Heavy Assault Walker, Resistance Bomber, First Order Star Destroyer, and Kylo Ren’s TIE aircraft, among others. Fans and observers immediately tied these up in a battle that takes place on the planet Crait.

Since it has been normal for toys tied up with films to accurately represent epic scenes from movies, the chances of seeing a Luke–Kylo Ren encounter becomes even higher than ever.

In other “Star Wars” news, the latest gameplay trailer for “Star Wars: Battlefront” also featured another iconic character. Gamespot reported that the video trailer showcased Han Solo in action, as he fends off enemies entering the palace of Theed. The trailer showed the hero caught in some intense crossfire.

Another scene, on the other hand, left spectators excited, as Han Solo faced off with Darth Maul. The scene showed the hero giving the latter a body-check.

Meanwhile, a second trailer highlighted some of the game’s air combat scenes that featured a Naboo Starfighter. The report mentioned that the controls for the air combat play have been improved compared to what the game’s predecessor offered.

As for the game’s DLCs, they will now be free of charge. Design director Niklas Fegraeus explained that making the DLC free avoids the risk of dividing the community. “I think the main thing here is to keep the community together. In terms of the brand, to me, when it comes to Star Wars, that’s a family feeling,” explained Fegraeus.

“If you’re a fan, you’re a part of the family. And splitting that up and saying, ‘If you have this content you can play here, but if you have this content you can play here.’ And if you don’t share, you will be split up,” he added.