Millennium Falcon Escape Pod

The Millennium Falcon was used by smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca during and after the Galactic Civil War. For convenience and luxury, it received various upgrades, including painted external paneling and a spacious space pod.

An escape pod is big enough to hold a single or two people in peril or an emergency escape vessel from battles in times of need, making an escape pod valuable to any ship.

Millennium Falcon Escape Pod

Here’s the brief history of the Millennium Falcon Escape pod.

Brief History

Lando Calrissian is the brain of this wonderful design in the Millennium Falcon Escape Pod. After losing in the game of Sabacc with Solo and the famous record-breaking of Han Solo’s Kessel Run, the modifications made by Calrissian were destroyed, including the Millennium Falcon Escape Pod.

Obi-wan Kenobi advises Han Solo to get rid of the Escape Pod from Millennium Falcon as the ship got caught in a tractor beam that later they regretted getting rid of because it was too expensive but recognized the value of their decision later on.

Interior and Exterior Design

The Millennium Falcon Escape Pod’s hatch has a hand-lettered Clynese text saying, “Property of Han Solo, Please Return.” The escape thruster of the escape pod can be seen in its front while the emergency locator beacon is below it. The ingress and egress (in and out) hatch are in the upper center of the pod.

The atmospheric control vanes and repulser soft landing coils are on the pod’s side. The status display is on the left side. A hatch release is on the center-left side of the pod, and far below it is the sensor band. Emergency supply storage is in the bottom left of the pod, while the attitude control thrusters are at the end of the escape pod.

The front center part of the Millennium Falcon is believed to be the escape pod. At the beginning of the movie Solo: A Star Wars story, during the “Kessel Run” scene, the escape pod was thrown out and never returned, making the Millennium Falcon today, until now; the Millennium Falcon Escape Pod’s interior and exterior design were still a mystery.

It would be lovely to see the Millennium Falcon Escape Pod reappear if they ever make more Star Wars movies in the future. The said escape pod in the movie was just a mere modification made by Lando that was originally a cargo ship.

Importance and Main Functions

The importance of the Millennium Falcon Escape Pod is to carry a passenger that’s in trouble or get them to safety in the event of some emergency while they’re on board the Millennium Falcon.

The Millennium Falcon Escape Pod interior compartments can carry weeks’ worth of rations such as food, water, medical supplies, glow rods, comlinks, and survival shelter. Sometimes, they also include a civilian hunting blaster.

Millennium Falcon Escape Pod

Millennium Falcon Escape Pod’s mission is to get the passenger safely towards the nearest habitable planet because it only has enough fuel to take such a destination and additional assistance in emergency braking during the landing phase.

Significant modifications in the design

The early version of the Millennium Falcon’s design from the “Star Wars Sourcebook” (1987) has two escape pods on each side of the port and the starboard side.

The 1996 “The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels” shows that the escape pods are only on the starboard of the Falcon.

The publication of Exposing the YT-1300 Transport: Secrets of the Falcon (2003) is different from the first two mentioned because this model shows 5 escape pods that you can see at the vessel’s rear on the engineering bay.

Star War Blueprints: The Rebel Edition (2010) also shows 5 escape pods that you can see on its engineering bay beside the hyperdrive core.

Toy models of Millennium Falcon Escape pod are also different from the movies because they’re just generally one pod on the starboard side that is big enough to handle action figured in it.

Most recent publications moved the escape pod to its engineering bay, later making it the canonized version.

Issues and problems

Solo: A Star War Story made the Millennium Falcon slightly different from its original design. The movie intentionally covers up the notch and instead places an escape rod in it. The escape pod, later on, gets abandoned in the movie, which explains the notch in the Millennium Falcon Escape Pods absence.

There’s also a problem with the design of the Millennium Falcon’s ship because it has no door that is needed to access the escape pod in the notch of the Falcon.

Non-canon appearances

The Star Wars Epic Yarns: The Empire Strikes Back by Jack and Holman Wang from the Star Wars Epic Yarns series is a non-canon title that presents the Star Wars: V “The Empire Strikes Back” from 2015 for mimicking the characters as they’re made of yarn or felt.

Another non-canon appearance of the Millennium Falcon Escape Pod is from the mini-series Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales that are non-canon and aired on Disney XD. The entire show was shot from the perspective of R2-D2 and C-3P0 from the Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace up to the Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.

Millennium Falcon Escape Pod

Flight of the Falcon is also a non-canon series from the fourth episode of Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales. R2-D2 was kidnapped, so Han, CP30, Leia, and Chewbacca prepare to take off on the Millennium Falcon, but the ship’s engines won’t work, making Han complain about it. 

Millennium Falcon Escape Pod Lego Toys

The Millennium Falcon Escape Pod Lego Toy consists of 3 Minifigures: R2-D2 Astromech Droid, C-3PO, and 2 Jawas. It also includes 2 Jawa ion blasters, and it features opening hatches with large engines that have a detailed interior at the back for 2 characters and a wonderful showing the top display of top-secret Death Star plans.

It is measured over 2″ (7cm) high, 2″ (6cm) wide with hatches closed, 5″ (14cm) long, and over 5″ (13cm) wide when open. The item’s weight is 1.41 ounces, and the recommended age for this lego toy is 7-12.