This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments or questions on this topic should be made in a new Knowledge Bank page rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. Graestan(Talk) 15:15, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
Well most of you guys would have seen, or maybe even own, the 08 Legacy release Millennium Falcon by Hasbro. You probably noticed the toy comes with a Mini-fighter. Although seemingly non-canonical, it does tie in with the concept that some kind of small space craft was indeed carried on board the Falcon. If we take the Explorer craft from the The Wookie Storybook, we see that Chewie flew this small two seater, rocket powered jet fighter style "modified" craft, down into the depths of Kashyyk's forest floor, to rescue his son Lumpy. Though this thing looks more Van Halen than Van Secura. Some interesting author artwork there. Yet even more interesting, we also have the Millennium Falcon's life pod, flown by Luke and Liea over the planet of Skye. Han and Chewbacca were being held captive there, by it's dictator and Imperial puppet government and managed to escape execution and eventually the planet with Luke and Leia's help. This is from Star Wars Annual 1: The Long Hunt. But this Life Boat/Pod thing looks like an oversized portable crt tv set with a big fin on top! lol It was apparently accompanied on board the Falcon (somewhere, somehow) by several smaller single person escape pods.
Admittedly the Hasbro toy vehicle looks much more the business than either of the other craft mentioned, though it is only a single seater vehicle. The ambiguous design of the Falcon itself, and the fact that it's scale still isn't quite in alignment with the action figures, has lent to some creative licence being taken on behalf of the toy maker anyway, so this is kind of understandable and they have done an outstanding job overall, but with a slightly different internal design, I could see room for two inside the little craft. I do recall recently seeing a prototype Kenner toy, circa ESB or there abouts, that never made it to sale. It was a kind of loading craft that would fit between the Falcon's mandibles. A kind of "astro-forklift" if you will.
So I was wondering if anyone else had more info on a small space vehicle kept inside the Falcon. I found this to be an interesting, though mysterious, addition to the most famous starship in the galaxy. Thanks. Ghost Maker 12:33, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
The "astro-forklift" you're thinking of is the Millennium Falcon Cargo Handler. As for the other vehicles, my guess would be that they were all only temporarily aboard the Falcon, taking up space in the main hold for a brief while. As for the life pod . . . I wonder if Han might have replaced one or more of the life pods launched at the Death Star with an inflatable pod capable of holding more people? Sounds silly, but inflatable spacecraft have long been considered a possibility on Earth, and with materials from Star Wars being even more capable than what we have, it might be possible. The pod is certainly shaped like it might be inflated. Anyway. that's enough speculation out of me. jSarek 22:55, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
Interesting speculation. I admit it is a fairly logical assumption that there were different vehicles carried in the Falcon's hold at various stages. The Mini-fighter toy of course looks very "Correllian Frieghter" and if you stick it between the front mandibles of the ship, it could pass as the main cockpit of a different design. Further speculation isn't really required though, unless we were wondering where the vehicles in question came from, who owned them, technical specifications etc. I guess it's any one's guess as to where these craft were kept, but remember the main hold was converted into a lounge area. I'd say the rear near the cargo elevator and escape pods, but who could possibly know? The lifeboat on board the Falcon has still got me curious. It has independent propulsion, unlike a usual escape pod, so could be used as a scout/reconnaissance vehicle and it has a communications beacon as well. Although the inflatable spacecraft theory seems convenient, it doesn't hold much water as a craft specifically designed to withstand an atmospheric re-entry. But as you say, in the Star Wars universe many things are possible. Could be a giant pop tart for all we know..lolGhost Maker 23:46, 13 December 2008 (UTC)