Unfortunately, young Padawan, CNET reports that these Star Wars emojis are only available through an app that you can only get through the iTunes store right now, with a release for Android slated in the future.
We live in a world where our language has evolved beyond a 26-character alphabet to include hieroglyphs to express our emotion. While speaking with the aid of tiny pictures draws the ire of some people who lament what texting has done to the written word, many others have fully embraced the use of emojis in the congress of modern parlance.
In the latest update to the official Star Wars app for iOS, Lucasfilm has included 52 entirely new Star Wars emojis to express your joy or displeasure with the messages you receive. Many of the emojis are instantly recognizable and beloved Star Wars staples, including ghost versions of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda. Also included are the highly contentious Hayden Christensen force ghost, and several characters from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, such as the adorable BB-8.
According to io9, the emojis were designed by a pop artist named Truck Torrence, who goes by the online handle “100% Soft,” and are based upon an piece from his art show called Mass Hysteria, which was held at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The gallery told Lucasfilm, LTD. about his piece, which was simply called Star Wars.
“They asked if I’d be interested in working on a secret project for the biggest film of the year. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 had already come out, so I assumed it had to be Star Wars.“
The installation included other pop culture pieces from other fandoms, including Dawn of the Dead, Planet of the Apes, and The Warriors. There are no reports that these will be turned into emojis, as Lucasfilm are the only ones to contact him about the emojis for Star Wars.
2015 promises to be an amazing year for fans of the Star Wars franchise. Besides the emojis, Electronic Arts is releasing Star Wars: Battlefront in November, which is a video game developed by Dice, a game studio that specializes in first-person shooters. If you have an Xbox One and an EA Access account, you can play the game before it is released on other consoles. If you are not the sort that plays video games, but are still a fan of the Star Wars franchise, you, of course, have Star Wars: The Force Awakens to look forward to on December 18 of this year.
[Featured image courtesy of LucasFilm, LTD.]