Ever since we met him in Star Wars: A New Hope, we've known that one of Han Solo’s greatest piloting feats was making the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. But it would be four decades until we saw this accomplishment in Solo: A Star Wars Story, where Alden Ehrenreich’s younger version of the cocky smuggler was forced to embark on that route in order to avoid an Imperial blockade.
Although Han and the gang all made it out of the Kessel Run intact, the Millennium Falcon took quite a beating, with the pristine ship turning into the battered vessel we’re more familiar with from the Original and Sequel Trilogies. But just how badly was the Millennium Falcon damaged during Solo: A Star Wars Story, and how much would it cost to repair the ship afterwards? In total, approximately 87,500 Imperial credits.
This information comes courtesy of a recent episode of The Star Wars Show, which kept track of all the damage the Millennium Falcon endured as Han was hightailing it away from Kessel following the coaxium heist on the mining planet. It started off bad enough, with a TIE Fighter managing to scorch the ship a little bit, but then Han Solo decided that the only way to escape the Imperial ships is to make the Kessel Run, which Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian says is impossible to make in less than 20 parsecs.
Oh, how Han proved him wrong, though it came at the cost of the Millennium Falcon’s shiny exterior. In addition to being hit by more blaster fire, the Falcon also lost one of its guns, its landing gear and the escape pod, not to mention receiving numerous more scratches and burns, as well as some systems within the ship being busted.
Now don’t ask what the equivalent of 87,500 credits is in American dollars, but no matter what galaxy you leave in, paying to repair the ship would take a large chunk out of most people’s savings, if not outright deplete them.
I suspect Lando Calrissian covered some or most of those costs when he took off from Savareen and left on Han and the gang in the lurch, but it was up to Han and Chewbacca to cover the rest once they won the Millennium Falcon in that game of sabacc at the end of Solo. Maybe that’s what most of the first paycheck they received from Jabba the Hutt went towards.
Regardless, it was worth spending all those credits to repair the Millennium Falcon rather than just buy a new ship, as the Falcon would not just become Han Solo’s pride and joy, but also be used in various missions for the Rebels during the final years of the Galactic Civil War.
Even now, during the Sequel Trilogy, the Millennium Falcon has been most beneficial to the Resistance, although with Han Solo gone, Chewbacca’s been flying the ship with Rey. As for the original owner, Lando Calrissian flew the ship during the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi and will get to sit in the pilot’s seat again during The Rise of Skywalker.
The Millennium Falcon will be back in action when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. If you’re curious about what other movies are coming out for the rest of the year, browse through our 2019 release schedule.