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The Millennium Falcon is a fictional spacecraft in the Star Wars universe commanded by smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookiee first mate, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). The highly modified YT-1300 light freighter first appears in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), and subsequently in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) and, in a cameo, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). The Falcon also appears in a variety of Star Wars Expanded Universe materials, including books, comics, and games; James Luceno's novel Millennium Falcon focuses on the titular ship.

Origin and design

According to Star Wars creator George Lucas, the Falcon's design is inspired by a [[hamburger]], with the cockpit being an olive on the side.{{cite web|url=|title=Star Wars: Databank: Millennium Falcon (Behind the Scenes)||accessdate=2007-06-27}} The ship originally had a more elongated appearance, but a vessel called the ''[[Eagle (Space: 1999)|Eagle]]'' with a similar appearance in ''[[Space: 1999]]'' prompted Lucas to change the ''Falcon''{{'}}s design. The original model was modified, re-scaled, and used as [[Princess Leia Organa|Princess Leia's]] ship, ''[[Tantive IV]]''.{{Cite book|last=Peterson|first=Lorne|title=Sculpting A Galaxy - Inside the Star Wars Model Shop|date=2006-11-14|publisher=Insight Editions|location=San Rafael, CA|isbn=1-933784-03-2|pages=2–3}} ==Models and sets== Visually, the ''Millennium Falcon'' was represented by several models and external and internal sets. For ''A New Hope'', a partial exterior set was constructed and the set dressed as Docking Bay 94 and the Death Star hangar. An additional support had to be added to hold up the structure and was disguised as a fuel line. The interior set included the starboard ring corridor, the boarding ramp, cockpit access tunnel, the gun turret ladder, the secret compartments in the deck, and the forward hold. The cockpit was constructed as a separate set that could be rocked when the ship was supposed to shake. Several inconsistencies exist between the internal set and the external set, the cockpit access tunnel angle being the most noticeable. The effects models for ''A New Hope'' matched the design of the exterior set. The primary model was 5 feet long and detailed with various kit parts. The ship was represented as a matte painting when [[Princess Leia]] sees it for the first time as the shot shows the full upper surface. For the 1997 Special Edition, a CG model replaces the effects model in several shots plus a new shot of the Falcon lifting off from Docking Bay 94. For ''The Empire Strikes Back'' a new external set was constructed in a hangar by Marcon Fabrications in [[Pembroke Dock]], [[West Wales]].{{cite web|url=|title=Towns secret Star Wars history|publisher=[[BBC]]}} Once completed, it weighed over 25 tons and used [[pneumatics|compressed air hover pads]] for movement around the set.{{Cite web|url=|pages=5|title=The Last Corellian Shipyard|publisher=[[Lucasfilm]]|accessdate=2008-10-21|date-2008-10-20}}{{Cite web|url=|pages=2|title=The Last Corellian Shipyard|publisher=[[Lucasfilm]]|accessdate=2008-10-21|date-2008-10-20}} It was disassembled and shipped to the studio for filming. As in ''A New Hope'', the location set was changed around the ship set. The only major design change was to add a landing pad where the disguised fuel line had been in ''A New Hope''. As this set included the port side, that gave the set 7 landing pads. The internal set was slightly refitted from ''A New Hope'' and featured a larger cargo hold, an additional corridor to port, and an equipment room. Two new interior sets were created that are not shown to connect to the rest of the set. A top hatch that [[Lando Calrissian|Lando]] uses to rescue [[Luke Skywalker|Luke]], and the compartment where Luke is lying on a bunk. The 5 foot long effects model from ''A New Hope'' was modified to reflect the additional landing pads, and several new models were built, including one roughly the size of a [[Quarter_(United_States_coin)|U.S. Quarter Dollar]]. For the 1997 Special Edition, the CG model replaced the effects model during the landing on Cloud City. The Falcon plays a smaller role in ''Return of the Jedi''. No new models or sets were created. A portion of the full-scale ship was used for a scene cut from ''Return of the Jedi'' in which Han, Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2{{Who|date=June 2009}} board the ''Falcon'' in a sandstorm on Tatooine. Only the cockpit set was used. In the scene where Han is exacting a promise from Lando not to let the Falcon get a scratch, the Falcon is represented by a backdrop painting behind the actors. It is also in a matte painting of the entire hangar bay. The internal and external sets were scrapped after filming on ''Return of the Jedi'' ended. The effects models were kept by [[Lucasfilm]] and some have been on display from time to time. A CG version of the Falcon appears briefly on Coruscant in ''Revenge of the Sith''. George Lucas has stated that it specifically is the Falcon and not just a similar design like was seen in ''Attack of the Clones''. ==Depiction== [[Han Solo]] won the ''Falcon'' from fellow rogue [[Lando Calrissian]] in sabacc, a [[card game]].{{cite web|url=|title=Star Wars: Databank: Millennium Falcon (Expanded Universe)||accessdate=2007-06-27}} In ''A New Hope'', [[Obi-Wan Kenobi]] ([[Alec Guinness]]) and [[Luke Skywalker]] ([[Mark Hamill]]) charter the ship to deliver them, [[C-3PO]] ([[Anthony Daniels]]), [[R2-D2]] ([[Kenny Baker]]), and the stolen [[Death Star]] plans to [[Alderaan]]. Skywalker appraises the ship as "a piece of junk", but Solo counters by noting that the ship "may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts." When the ''Falcon'' is captured by the Death Star, the group conceal themselves in hidden smuggling compartments. Solo seemingly abandons the Rebels before they attack the Death Star, but his return in the ''Falcon'' allows Skywalker to destroy the space station. Solo flies the ''Falcon'', with Chewbacca, Leia ([[Carrie Fisher]]), and C-3PO aboard, to elude the Imperial Starfleet in ''The Empire Strikes Back''. They take refuge at [[Cloud City]], where [[Darth Vader]] ([[David Prowse]]/[[James Earl Jones]]) captures Solo and freezes him in carbonite. [[Lando Calrissian]] ([[Billy Dee Williams]]) helps the others escape and, at the film's end, he and Chewbacca set out aboard the ''Falcon'' to rescue Solo. Calrissian again flies the ''Falcon'' during the climax of ''Return of the Jedi'', leading the Rebels' successful attack on the second Death Star. The ''Falcon'' is often connected to the Kessel Run, a pathway from [[List of Star Wars planets (K-L)#Kessel|Kessel]] past the Maw Black Hole Cluster used by smugglers to transport precious [[Glitterstim spice]].{{cite web|url=|title=Star Wars: Databank: Kessel (Expanded Universe)|publisher=[[Lucasfilm]]|accessdate=2007-06-27}} Solo in ''A New Hope'' brags that the ''Falcon'' made the Kessel Run in "less than twelve [[parsecs]]". As this is a unit of distance, not time, different explanations have been provided. In the Expanded Universe, it refers to his ability to move the ship closer to the Maw's black holes and therefore cut the distance traveled. On the ''A New Hope'' DVD [[audio commentary]], Lucas comments that, in the ''Star Wars'' universe, traveling through hyperspace requires careful navigation to avoid stars, planets, asteroids, and other obstacles,Commentary track on ''A New Hope'' DVD and that since no long-distance journey can be made in a straight line, the "fastest" ship is the one that can plot the "most direct course", thereby traveling the least distance. The novelization backs away and changes the line to "twelve Standard Time Units." Solo's twelve-parsec Kessel Run, the bet that won him the ship from Calrissian, and how he modified it over time, are all depicted in "''[[Rebel Dawn]]''" by [[A. C. Crispin]].{{cite book|title=Rebel Dawn|last=Cripsin|first=A. C.|authorlink=A. C. Crispin|series=Han Solo Trilogy|publisher=[[Bantam Books|Bantam]]|isbn=0553574175}} (However, the ''Falcon'' makes its debut in the previous book in the three-book trilogy series, "''[[The Hutt Gambit]]''", as Calrissian's personal ship.) In [[Dark Horse Comics]]' "The Kessel Run", Solo mentions a scam that Lando uses to win money back from Solo after losing the ''Falcon'' to him. ==Cultural influence== [[Joss Whedon]] credits the ''Millennium Falcon'' as one of his two primary inspirations for his ''[[Firefly (TV series)|Firefly]]'' television show.{{cite video|people=[[Joss Whedon]]|title=What's in a Firefly|year=2005}} The ''Falcon'' and the ''Falcon'''s distinct shape appear in Star Trek: First Contact, Blade Runner, Spaceballs, and Starship Troopers. The manga series Berserk includes a "Millennium Falcon" arc.

Kenner, Hasbro,, Steel Tec, Master Replicas,, Code 3 Collectibles and Micro Machines have all released Millennium Falcon toys and puzzles, including a Transformers version of the ship. Lego have released multiple versions of the Millennium Falcon in varying sizes. The 5,195-piece Lego model, designed by Jens Kronvold Fredericksen and built to scale with the existing minifigs of the characters, was the largest Lego set ever sold by the company until their 5,922-piece Taj Mahalmarker.


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