Praise the de-pixelated Midichlorian god, the Star Wars: Episode VII set that I've been thinking is Tatooine at least, maybe even Mos Eisely itself, is looking great.
TMZ managed to snag a bunch of photos of the set, and they align pretty closely to a rumor I reported in my S7AR WARS column two weeks ago:
Our sources also report that the sets are getting closer to completion, with a “whole world” having been built on an otherworldly salt lake at one location, a “shuttle-like” spacecraft, a large tower, a “big, centuries-old-looking market”, something the crew are reportedly referring to as the “alien house” and 10 to 15 “really fast buggies” powered by jet engines (landspeeders of Tatooine fame from the previous films, perhaps?)
We have also been told that two lorries of explosives have been brought to one of the sites under high security and that a blast crater has been created. So, it looks like the action in Abu Dhabi could be set to feature a major battle or spacecraft crash of some description.
Besides the market, the alien house, the buggies and the smoking crater, the set pics also show what I can only describe as a ride-able pig monster.
To the best of my knowledge we haven't seen anything this pig-like on Tatooine since Jabba's guards. Who knows, I'm sure we'll be learning more about it. Right now it just looks cool.
Check out the other 40 photos of extras and props over at TMZ proper.