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Since the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in May, there has been an abundance of easter eggs and connections discovered; here are 28 of these connections and what they mean for the wider universe.
1. Han’s Golden Dice
Han’s golden dice are a prominent object in the Star Wars universe and have been seen in several of the films. In The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, it was stated that Han used these dice in a sabacc game that would lead to him winning the Millennium Falcon, whereas Solo: A Star Wars Story shows he had them even before that and are considered a lucky charm of his.
2. The Imperial March
When Han and Qi’ra attempt to escape Corellia, the Imperial March song is played outside a recruitment centre as the Empire would use it for their propaganda.
3. The origin of the surname “Solo”
Solo: A Star Wars Story finally revealed how Han got his surname, revealing that it was given to him by an Imperial recruitment officer when Han registered for the Imperial flight academy.
Han was asked for who his people were in reference to his surname, where Han replies that he has no people, in which the officer responds calling him “Han Solo”.
4. The origins of Han’s iconic DL-44 Blaster Pistol
It turns out that Han received his iconic weapon from Tobias Beckett and his crew when they were recruited for a mission. Beckett was assigned a mission by Dryden Vos to hijack an Imperial Conveyex containing a shipment of valuable coaxium.
5. Han mentions the VCX-100
When Han joins his first Sabacc game with Lando Calrissian, the pair gets to talking about each other’s ships. At that moment in the film, Lando is the current owner of the Falcon, and when he asks Han what he flies, Han responds by saying he has a VCX-100. Fans of the animated TV show Star Wars Rebels will be familiar with this as it’s actually the model of “Ghost” the ship flown by Hera Syndulla and her crew.
6. Qi’ra uses the fighting style known as Teräs Käsi
It turns out that Qi’ra is a more than competent fighter thanks to her knowledge of the “Teräs Käsi” fighting style. Teräs Käsi has been mentioned in Star Wars before, in the title of the 1997 PlayStation game Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi.
7. Bossk & The Zan Sisters
When Han and Chewie first join Beckett’s crew, one member, in particular, isn’t impressed. Val mentions that the group could have hired some big names with the job rather than hiring amateurs, One of the names mentioned was the Trandoshan bounty hunter Bossk. The Zan sisters are also mentioned, this refers to Zan and Zu Pike who are masters of the Teräs Käsi fighting style who first appeared in the 1996 novel Shadows of the Empire.
8. “I Know”
One of the most famous lines in Star Wars history is from Empire Strikes Back where Han is about to be frozen in carbonite and Leia tells Han she loves him and he responds saying “I know”.
In Solo, we get a callback to this moment when Han and his crew arrive on Savareen. Lando analyses the damage caused to the Millennium Falcon which causes him to tell Han that he hates him, as you would expect, Han, repeats the famous line.
9. Chewbacca breaks the Dejarik Board.
Holochess is something fans will always associate with the Millennium Falcon and it was good to see the game appear for a moment in Solo. It was first introduced in A New Hope as a way of Han showing how angry a Wookiee can get.
The Dejarik board then made a return in The Force Awakens, with the effects team animating the very next move, allowing the vanquished piece to get its revenge. However, Solo takes that even further, showing Beckett teaching Chewie how to play the game. There is a moment when Beckett is teaching Chewie, that the Wookiee tries to swipe the pieces from the board, the pieces don’t move, but the board sparks and begin to glitch resulting in two pieces disappearing.
The two pieces are Bulbous and Scrimp, characters from the game that original animator Phil Tippett made for the first movie, and George Lucas scrapped since the board wasn’t big enough.
10. Anthony Daniels Cameo
During the Kessel scenes, the slaves working on the mining system begin to escape the facility. Among the slaves are a group of Wookiees and humans that help Chewbacca and Han move a large quantity of coaxium to the Millennium Falcon.
One of the Wookiees by the name of Sagwa is called over by a slave on Kessel to get out, that human is Tak, who is portrayed by Anthony Daniels. Sagwa then turns to ask Chewie to join him and Tak, Chewie considers it, but ultimately chooses to stay with Han and help him.
11. The Death of Aurra Sing
It turns out that the infamous bounty hunter Aurra Sing was pushed to her death by Tobias Beckett, a death that pleased Lando as he owed her a lot of money for previous jobs.
12. Weazel of the Cloud Riders appeared in The Phantom Menace
Warwick Davis’ character Weazel can actually be seen during the pod racing scenes in The Phantom Menace. Weazel is one of several characters portrayed by Davis over the years.
13. The Big Shot Gangster
Shortly before Beckett meets his demise at the hands of Han Solo, he mentions that he is heading to Tatooine. There is rumour a big shot gangster is putting together a team. The gangster being referred to is none other than Jabba the Hutt who fans know Han has dealings with further down the line as seen during the events of A New Hope.
14. I have a good feeling about this!
The famous line “I have a bad feeling about this” is featured in every Star Wars film to date and Solo is no different, except for one thing, rather than having a bad feeling, Han has the opposite.
15. She’s a part of the ship!
Fans can now understand why C3-PO says “Sir, I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect,” in A New Hope. Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals that after L3-37 is killed/destroyed on the mining planet of Kessel, her navigational system is installed on to the ship, making her a part of the core.
16. Han Shot First!
Fans were treated to a call back to the original trilogy when Han shoots Beckett in a discussion following Beckett being exposed as a double agent. There is no debate needed in this scene about who shot first as Han didn’t even give Beckett a chance to draw his weapon.
17. Two Tubes
Benthic Two-Tubes from Saw Gerrera’s Partisans was originally a member of the Cloud Riders. Benthic “Two Tubes” was a Tognath mercenary pilot who flew alongside his egg-mate, Edrio. The two shared the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allowed their Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Benthic’s homeworld Yar Togna was conquered and occupied by the Galactic Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. Desiring to strike back at the Empire, Benthic allied himself with Enfys Nest’s Cloud Riders and later Edrio and Benthic allied with Saw Gerrera sometime before the Battle of Yavin.
18. The Return of Darth Maul!
In one of the final scenes in Solo, fans were gifted with the return of Darth Maul to the big screen. After the events of The Phantom Menace, it would have seemed that Maul was no more; that was until The Clone Wars animated series aired and one of the main story arcs was the return of Maul.
Following the story arc of Maul in The Clone Wars, viewers were introduced to the planet of Dathomir. Dathomir was a remote, neutral planet in the Quelli sector and the home of the Nightsisters. The planet, lit red by its central star, had numerous continents that were overrun with vegetation, forests, and swamplands.
The dark side of the Force had an immensely strong presence on Dathomir, which allowed for the nurturing of many malevolent Force wielders native to the planet. The Nightsisters, also known as the Dathomir witches, made their home in the swamps and wielded magicks fueled by Dathomir’s own power. Dathomir was also home to the Nightbrothers, Zabraks who were ruled by the Nightsisters.
20. Colo Claw Fish
When Han, Chewbacca and Qi’ra return to Dryden Vos’ yacht following their mission, Dryden is eating Colo Claw Fish, a reference to The Phantom Menace. When Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Jar-Jar are being chased by giant fish leaving the Gungan city, one of these fish is of the same species as the one being eaten by Vos.
21. Lando’s Diaries
Whilst on Kessel, Lando remains on the Falcon where he is seen recording his audio diary, The Calrissian Chronicles, Lando makes references to three real-world books: “Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu”, “Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon”, and “Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka”.
22. The Maw
The black hole seen during the Kessel run is known as the Maw, this was first mentioned in the Star Wars Legends novel “Jedi Search”.
23. Skiff Guard
Fans of Lando’s Skiff Guard costume in Return of the Jedi were treated with the return of the costume, this time being donned by Tobias Beckett.
24. Tag & Bink
Tag & Bink, the two Imperial Officers who had a comic book series several years ago appear for a brief cameo.
25. Dryden Vos’ Office
Dryden Vos’ office is filled with easter eggs, one of which was the red Mandalorian armour, this armour is a callback to the Knight of the Old Republic fiction. Fans will remember it as one variation of Mandalorian Neo-Crusader armour, adopted by the warrior race by the Great Sith War.
His office also has the Golden Idol from Indiana Jones, the crystal skull from the legends book Han Solo and the Lost Legacy as well as a Sith holocron. The scenes set in Dryden’s office are not to be missed as they contain so many background details.
26. Lando dreams of his future
Upon arrival on Kessel, Lando states that “mining colonies are the worst.” It’s a joke, for those who know what is in his future. However, there’s much more going on here than a simple laugh, since the audience knows that Lando will wind up running a mining colony in Empire Strikes Back. To know Lando’s real path from gambler to Baron Administrator of Cloud City, fans will need to keep their eyes peeled on the chrome models in Lando’s personal collection on board the Millennium Falcon.
It would seem that Lando’s distaste for mining colonies is why he envisions a truly beautiful, elegant, and lucrative mining station like Cloud City. He gets it, too… if only for a little while, before the Empire forces him out of the mining station he won in a card game before transforming into his masterpiece.
27. The Millennium Falcon’s nose
When the promotional material for Solo began to release from the pipelines, fans were left confused by the look of the Falcon, for one reason, it essentially had a nose on the front of the ship. The reason for this is because prior to Han owning the Falcon, Lando had an escape pod on the front of the ship, which was later released during the Kessel run resulting in the traditional look for the Falcon being established.
28. Tam Posla
Another reference to Rogue One came in the form of Tam Posla, the former lawman turned bounty hunter who can be seen during the first game of sabacc. Posla featured very briefly in Rogue One, but his fantastic design caught fans attention when he was seen in the movie’s accompanying visual dictionary. Following this, he had his backstory shown in the comic sagas. There, he established himself as a lethal, loyal, and above all just bounty hunter in the pages of the Doctor Aphra comic.
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