What Have You Done to My Ship?
Perhaps this is a testament to the standards of her owner, Lando Calrissian before a certain scruffy-looking nerf herder gets his hands on the vessel. After all, she isn’t exactly new. Directors have confirmed that it is the Falcon we see docking on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith. That makes her at least as old as Order 66.
One of the most significant and immediately noticeable changes to the Millennium Falcon comes in this shot. Lando’s at the helm and Han Solo is backseat driving, at best. We’ve seen Lando at the helm before but not as the owner of the Falcon. The tale of how Han comes to own the vessel is one of the cornerstones of Star Wars lore. It’s sure to feature prominently in the upcoming Solo film.
You Truly Belong Here With Us Among the Clouds
Another change to this Falcon from the past is the paint job. The blue-and-white markings seem reminiscent of R2-D2. They may even have that perfect shade of sky blue that Lando seems to favor in almost all of his clothing. With the notable exception, the outfit he borrows from Han’s wardrobe at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, of course.
The round satellite dish is also still in place. During the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, this part breaks away. It is later replaced with a rectangular model from the same class of vessel as Leia’s Tantive IV sometime before the Falcon’s departure with Rey and former stormtrooper Finn.
The cargo container in the front mandibles of the Millennium Falcon is a departure from every other version we’ve seen. While the YT-1300 design is heavily modular, we’ve never actually seen it carry anything forward of the loading ramp in the movies.
This might be due to Han’s modifications. It’s equally as likely that this extra cargo space is placed so that it can easily be jettisoned if Imperials come searching for contraband — of Imperial designation belonging to a specific Hutt crime lord, for instance.