Poor Kylo Ren. The Master of the Knights of Ren is a little too obsessed with copying his grandfather in every possible way.
Darth Vader wore a scary black mask, so Kylo obviously has to do the same. His granddaddy had a cool red lightsaber, so Kylo has one that’s similar (if a bit more likely to accidentally chop off one of his fingers).
Darth Vader had his own personal TIE fighter that he used in literally only one battle before realizing what a stupid idea it was. Naturally, Kylo didn’t get the memo about the downsides of a small, one-man fighter, and has got one all of his own for The Last Jedi.
Kylo Ren’s personal starfighter hasn’t been revealed just yet – at least not officially. As Star Wars is first and foremost a glorified toy commercial, we already have a good look at what his TIE will be like, thanks to a Hot Wheels toy that’s been put on display in Mikado’s online store.
Ren’s TIE looks a lot like a cross between Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, and the later introduced TIE Interceptor, which has pointier wings, and therefore, is probably faster. This is Star Wars logic we’re dealing with here.
The inclusion of a personal TIE for Kylo Ren suggests that the character will be flying around in a space battle at some point, which hopefully means that we’ll be getting some larger, faster, and more intense dogfighting this time around.
Perhaps Ren will go toe to toe with Poe Dameron, who we all know is a pretty darn good pilot himself, in order to give us a tense space duel; a kind of lightsaber fight in space.
Or, perhaps Kylo Ren will only use his TIE Fighter to travelling to the space Drive Thru. After all, the ship only needs to be in the movie for the briefest of seconds to justify rolling out a series of toys based on it.
Boba Fett is all the proof we need that kids will buy any Star Wars toy, no matter how little screentime a character has, as long as it looks cool enough.