'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Photos confirm rectangular communication disc on Millennium Falcon

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams (L) and producer Kathleen Kennedy appear at the kick-off event of the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California, April 16, 2015. The Star Wars Celebration runs through April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Reuters/David McNew

The Millennium Falcon will feature a new rectangular communications and sensor array in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” if these photos of the film’s toys, seemingly stocked earlier than expected at a South Carolina Walmart store, are anything to go by.

Daryl Okamuro, a reader of The International Business Times Australia, shared two pictures of the Hot Wheels toys that were originally supposed to be unveiled this Friday at the Force Friday launch event, which is expected to give more insight about the ships and characters in the movie. These exclusive photos show that the new communication array will indeed be rectangular in shape, as was reported in September 2014. [Spoiler alert]

'Star Wars' TIE fighter and Millennium Falcon Toys from the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" line.  Supplied

The Millennium Falcon had lost its communication disc when Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) led the attack against the second Death Star in “Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi.” The battle led to the deaths of Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), as well as the fall of the Empire.

In the upcoming movie, the First Order will take the place of the Empire and rise as the new evil force in the galaxy. The toy’s picture shows a TIE fighter of the First Order and the new design of the fighter, including additional gun turrets below the cockpit and white wings instead of black.

The IBTimes reader also shared a picture of the old TIE fighter and Ghost space ship toys from the “Star Wars Rebels” animated series. There is no indication in the toys’ packaging to suggest that the Ghost will be seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

'Star Wars' New "Star Wars" toys from Hot Wheels.  Supplied

Both these pictures are said to have been taken at a Walmart store in Columbia, South Carolina. The toys were apparently on display, but when our reader went to make his purchase at the checkout counter, the cashier received a “Recall” message. The supervisor later confirmed that these toys would be removed from the shelves.

Multiple toys from the franchise, especially from the forthcoming J.J. Abrams movie, have been leaked online over the past few days. Many of these toys have been sold on Ebay for a premium price.

Apart from the toys and pictures from the sets of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a video from the set showing the filming of a scene also leaked online recently. The video posted on Therpf shows Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) being chased by Stormtroopers on the desert planet of Jakku.

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