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Excitement builds in Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (VIDEO)

Talk about an early Christmas! The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens just dropped, and now we want to put J.J. Abrams on Santa’s “Nice” list.

Star Wars fans may be forgoing their morning cup of joe after watching the Episode VII teaser. The 88-second trailer delivers an awful lot of excitement, including new characters, new robots, new weapons and a beautiful shot of the Millennium Falcon battling TIE Fighters on what appears to be Tatooine.

Who needs coffee after that?

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The trailer starts off in signature J.J. Abrams style, with darkness and music building to a crescendo in the background as a mysterious landscape comes into focus, giving the audience the feeling that at any moment someone, or something, is going to come lurching into that all-too-still frame. It’s a technique Lost fans are quite familiar with, and it sets a seductive tone for the breakneck pace of the action to follow. The teaser features so many reveals in quick succession that you’re probably going to want to watch the trailer a few times.

Here are a few of our favorite sneak peeks from the trailer:

New robots

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Who is this little soccer-ball robot? Where is he/she/it going in such a hurry? And are they going to be manufacturing Bluetooth versions for Christmas 2015? Because I’m pretty sure I need one.

Light saber from Hell?

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The trailer begins with a voice-over telling us that the force has been awakened. Then we get to this mysteriously cloaked figure in the woods, and while the voice-over says, “The dark side…” he whips out the wildest light saber we’ve seen yet. Who is this cloaked figure? And does his medieval cross-guard light saber design have anything to do with the fact that Jedi’s hands seem to be at near constant risk for amputation?

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Daisy Ridley in the desert

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We don’t know a whole lot about the role Daisy Ridley is playing, but we know she’s going to be riding what appears to be a giant flying hard drive, with determination, through a desert landscape. We also get to see Star Wars newbies John Boyega and Oscar Isaac, although it seems we’re going to have to wait a bit longer to see returning cast members like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

So even though this teaser trailer is short, Disney and Abrams have given us a lot to chew on. Watch the full trailer below to get the full experience and to see that beautiful Millennium Falcon in action.

Star Wars: Episode VII —The Force Awakens will head to theaters in December 2015.

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