Star Wars Identities – Millennium Falcon

As you walked through the exhibition, there were many props, concept designs, storyboards, actual costumes and scaled models of the wide variety of the spacecrafts used in the movie. They formed part of the narrative of the development of key characters of the Skywalker saga from Anakin to Luke to Rey. But for those who have not watched the saga, I will not disclose much.

The Fastest Hunk of Junk

The Millennium Falcon was the “fastest ship” in the Universe, the only craft to outrun an Imperial Battleship and did the famous Kessel run in 12 parsecs (normal run would take 20 parsecs).

This is my favourite ship from the saga. Classic design, I cannot imagine how this craft can be aerodynamic, and then I remembered that outer space is a vacuum.

Pilots and Passengers

Besides the Skywalkers, Millennium Falcon has many pilots and and passengers over the years. And like everything in Star Wars, there’s the cause and effect – karma if you would – for every little details.

Jabba the Hutt had a bounty on Han’s head and and Boba Fett shipped the carbonite to him. In every movie in the saga there’s definitely one thing that every fan hated – Jar Jar Binks in the Phantom Menace for example – Princess Leia as Jabba’s slave pet was the facepalm moment for Return of the Jedi.

Han Solo in Carbonite (actual sized prop in movie)

The Imperial troops had Han Solo frozen in carbonite after he was betrayed by Calrissian, the original owner of the Falcon.

Mechanical eye of Jabba

Before the days of CGI, Jabba’s eyes were mechanical and controlled by wires by the amazing puppetry that brought to you the Muppet Show and Sesame Streets. It is hard to imagine that Jabba is related to Elmo.

The Star Wars Identities exhibition ran from 30 Jan to 13 June 2021 at the ArtScience Museum. And according to the website, this will be the last location that the exhibition will run.

Date Visited : Feb 2021

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