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Things We Saw Today: Astrid’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 Poster got the exclusive first look at How to Train Your Dragon 2′s Astrid and Stormfly.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the work of famous zoologist Dian Fossey.

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  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    Astrid <3

  • Jamie Jeans

    Umm… maybe it’s just me, but haven’t they made Astrid look younger while aging Hiccup? She honestly looks older in the first movie.

  • Shauni Farella

    Aw no…. not Trigger -_-

    You will be missed, Dave.

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  • Anonymous

    When I first saw that Google doodle I wondered, “Is that Jane Fossey…or Dian Goodall?”

  • locuas

    It’s almost like female characters could sell merchandise! but i must be mistaken!

  • Curuniel

    I thought she looked older, but I think I’d have to see her animated to decide!

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks younger because she’s more relaxed here. In the first movies she was kinda uptight. Her hair was pulled back, and she spent more of the movie determined to succeed in dragon training. Now, her hair is loose, she’s smiling and she looks more relaxed, giving her a more youthful appearance. I just hope she doesn’t lose her edginess. I’m glad they kept the skulls on her clothes. She’s a really cool character.

  • Jeyl

    I don’t think her “edginess” did her character nay favors since she lost a competition she worked hard for due to the lead character cheating, was threatened to the point where she had to plea for her life and was literally taken out of the final battle and reduced to a spectator. Yeah, she was edgy, but it didn’t do anything for her character.

  • Marti Fuerst

    Is it just me, or does it look like she’s wearing nail polish? Clear, maybe, but polish nonetheless!

  • Mark Brown

    She’s just as “edgy” in the series –she’s working hard to push her dragon riding skills, as well as serving as Hiccup’s Id (and she’s a better combat flyer than Fishlegs [the Ego], which basically makes her Hiccup’s XO when the fighting starts). Plus, she has to put up with Snotlout’s particular brand of sleazy idiocy.

    If anything I’m impressed at how relaxed she looks. She could very easily burn out, given her competitive drive.

  • Jeyl

    It’s good to hear that her TV counterpart didn’t suffer the same as her movie counterpart. Shouldn’t be surprised since a series can usually dedicate an entire storyline to a side character. Still, as far as the movies are concerned, I doubt that she’ll have much in the way of a character identity outside of existing solely to support Hiccup. Is there really anything that Astrid can say or do herself in this next movie that doesn’t involve Hiccup at all? I hope so because I still feel her treatment in the first movie was downright derogative.

  • Mark Brown

    Well, given that the movie seems to involve Hiccup going on a solo quest, that would leave her in charge of Berk’s dragon riders. We might get some back-and-forth cutting to show Astrid doing her Sif impression.

  • brandon

    I think you’re seeing this the wrong way.

    In the beginning, Astrid starts out as somebody dedicated to to carrying on the war being fought by the elders on Berk against dragons.

    What Hiccup did wasn’t really cheating. It was simply him using the things he’s learned about dragons (from meeting Toothless) and using them to his advantage.

    And I don’t think Toothless’s intent was to threaten her, although that did seem to be the case. At that point, Toothless has already established a connection with Hiccup and was willing to protect him from anybody who harmed him. as a person on Tumblr pointed out (and I quote): “His whole body language when they were in the tree and on the ground
    said ‘you want to start something? Fine. BACK OFF.’ And he did it in a
    way that never physically harmed her, because he KNEW Hiccup didn’t want
    her hurt, since Hiccup insisted she was a friend, regardless of her

    But here’s the thing about Toothless: while he is a force of nature, he DOES recognize when somebody apologizes. Both the scene with Astrid and the scene at the end with Stoick are both examples of making them admit that they had the wrong impression of him and Hiccup. And it’s only when they admit to that, that Hiccup and Toothless are able to open their eyes to the possibility that dragons can live in harmony with humans!

    And while it’s arguably a good argument to make that she’s reduced to the ‘sidelines’, I can’t help but think that Hiccup’s arc in that movie wouldn’t have come full circle if somebody else had taken down the green death.