The Millennium Falcon is one of the most memorable starships in Star Wars, but who owned the legendary light freighter before Lando Calrissian? Star Wars has introduced a number of characters, alien species, planets, and starships since A New Hope was released in 1977, but the most famous starship is the Millennium Falcon, primarily commanded by Han Solo and his loyal friend, Chewbacca. But it wasn't always theirs.
The Millennium Falcon is the Corellian YT-13000f light freighter in which Han Solo made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, thus becoming a legend. The ship has gone through various modifications to make it faster and boost its weapons and shields, among many other things. For decades, fans were told that the Millennium Falcon was first owned by smuggler and gambler Lando Calrissian, and Solo: A Star Wars Story showed how Han Solo won the ship in a Corellian Spike game of sabacc. But the thing is, the ship’s pre-Lando story hasn’t been shown in the films. So who owned the Millennium Falcon before him?
The Millennium Falcon was built at a Corellian shipyard owned by the Corellian Engineering Corporation. Due to the inconsistent records from the Bureau of Ships and Services – an organization that kept a registry of starship transponders and pilot’s licenses – the names of the owners of the Falcon are unknown, but the ship went through several different owners most likely through unregistered transactions. However, during the Clone Wars it was owned by the Republic Group and registered as “Stellar Envoy”. After that, it was won by Lando in a game of sabacc (presumably through one of his tricks), and registered as the “Millennium Falcon”. It was Calrissian who made a number of modifications to it, turning it into the ship that Star Wars fans now know.
In Star Wars Legends, the Millennium Falcon was bought by smugglers Kal and Dova Brigger before it ended up with the Republic Group. After it was hit by a bulk freighter, what was left of it was purchased as scrap by Bammy Decree and Rej Taunt. It was later stolen by Zenn Bien and then donated to Doctor Parlay Thorp, who sold it to Molpol’s Traveling Circus. Lando Calrissian later won the ship (again, in a game of sabacc) from Cix Trouvee, a professional gambler and pilot. In this timeline, the Falcon went through many name changes, including Corell’s Pride, Jackpot, Second Chance, and Gone to Pieces.
Like any human or alien character in the Star Wars universe, the Millennium Falcon has a story of its own, with a generous dose of mystery. The names of those who owned it before Lando Calrissian might not be that important as the ship is what it is thanks to him, and was made a legend thanks to Han Solo and Chewbacca. It’s yet to be seen what the fate of the ship will be once the Skywalker saga comes to an end with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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