New information about the villains in Solo: A Star Wars Story have been revealed thanks to some new merchandise. As it turns out, some of the villains in the movie are connected to the non-canon Legends comics that were put out by Marvel in the late 1970s. A lot of information about the Solo movie has slowly begun to trickle in since the release of the first trailer last month and now that the movie is only a few months away, more promotional material is coming out, shining more light on the mysterious Star Wars spin-off movie.
One of the new action figure accessories from Solo: A Star Wars Story is for the villain Enfys Nest, a character that is shown in the trailer. His name was confirmed a while back, but no other information about the character was available until now. The specific toy is called a Swoop Bike, and it's what Enfys Nest uses to get around on, but upon further investigation, it appears that Nest is a part of Star Wars Legends. The description on the back of the box reads.
"The Cloud-Rider gang led by Enfys Nest terrorizes the skies atop the mean-looking swoop bikes. Little more than engines with seats, swoops are hard to control but capable of incredible speed."
The Cloud-Rider gang originally appeared in the Marvel Comics run in the late 1970s. The gang appeared in a handful of comics back in the day, where they were known for terrorizing the villagers of Onacra. Wookipedia states that they were a swoop gang who would routinely "attack the village, stampeding the villagers' banthas, burning their crops, and carrying off their women." The article sheds some more light on the Cloud-Rider gang by saying.
"Eventually, the villagers worked out a deal with the Cloud-Riders. They would pay an annual tithe of 9,000 credits in exchange for being left alone. This only worked for three years before Arrogantus and his gang became restless and began attacking again. Because of this, the villager Ramiz asked for help from Han Solo and Chewbacca, who in turn formed the Star-Hoppers of Aduba-3 to combat the Cloud-Riders. Arrogantus and most of the rest of the Cloud-Riders were killed by the Behemoth from the World Below. The survivors, without their leader, quickly disbanded the gang."
It's important to note that the Solo movie probably won't tell this story. Instead, the name of the gang will more than likely be used along with their choice of vehicle. Ron Howard previously made a mention that Tag and Bink will also be in the movie, which is also a nod to Star Wars Legends, and fans were shocked to see their addition to the upcoming movie. This has led to speculation that Jaxxon the Rabbit might make a brief cameo in the Solo movie as well since he just made it into the Star Wars Adventures comics to become official canon.
Seeing such a deep dive into the Legends territory with the Cloud-Rider gang is a huge boost of confidence for fans after a brief glance through social media. Solo: A Star Wars Story has been met with some resistance from some hardcore fans, but if the movie is able to pull from all of these random Legends areas to put together a standalone story, these fans generally seem like they'll be satisfied with the movie. You can check out Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike below, thanks to the Flawless Gift Ideas Twitter account.