Lego Star Wars is well-known for its humorous references to its source material. Star Wars: Summer Vacation is no exception. Among the many references in the movie, here are a few of the best ones.
When Finn, Rey, Poe and Rose go on vacation, they board a ship called the Halcyon, which shares its name with the Galactic Starcruiser experience at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge. Also mentioned are some of the food and drink options available at the park, including the Ronto Wrap that Darth Vader eats while on vacation. For those unopposed to a Disneyland add in the middle of their movie, it’s a clever marketing strategy and fun hidden detail.
Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine take a beach vacation on the planet Scarif, but things take a turn when Palpatine gets the idea to build a new base there. Fans may recognize the planet because was where the Death Star plans were kept. Palpatine begins listing his plans for the construction of the base, including putting the shield gate and the master switch across the base from each other, poking fun at the convoluted design of the base that made the mission so difficult for the characters of Rogue One.
When Leia flashes back to her vacation with Han and a young Ben, their journey begins on the planet where Han and Chewbacca first met, Mimban. As part of their adventure, they take a tour of the largest balls of mud in the galaxy. This is a great callback to the muddy planet we saw in Solo. Ben is less than pleased to be taking his vacation on such an unpleasant location, but fans can smile as they return to Mimban and the memories of Han and Chewie first finding one another.
Ben mirrors Han
Another highlight of Leia’s flashback is seeing Ben act so similarly to his father, even taking a few of Han’s iconic lines. When Ben and some new acquaintances get themselves into trouble flying the Millennium Falcon, Ben must fly the ship for the first time. As the pilot of the ship, his actions are reminiscent of his fathers many missions on the Falcon. At one point, he even chides one of his companions and tells her not to get cocky, just as Han once said to Luke.
What makes the references in Summer Vacation so special is that there is something there for every level of fan. From prequels to sequels, all eras get a callback. There are jokes as simple as a reference to the famous line “These are not the droids you’re looking for”, but there are also details that are not as obvious such as Finn’s list of battles from the Clone Wars. Regardless of whatever kind of fan you see yourself as, you will find something to chuckle about.
Find your favorite Easter egg as you watch Lego Star Wars: Summer Vacation, now available on Disney+.