lando's solo's sweet ride

May 31, 2018
I haven't seen Solo yet (and honestly, am a little skeptical of having more than one Star Wars movie every 12 months - the holiday schedule, with every other one being a "main trilogy" flick, seemed a bit better) but I will. I like how talented people with great fondness for the original stuff treat it - though by moving "Han wins the Falcon" and "Falcon does the Kessell Run" from offscreen backstory, the "incredible shrinking universe" effect continues. (Hey Luke- I am your Father. And the Princess is your sister. And that droid? Kinda like your brother. And that desert planet, you know, "If there's a bright center to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from"? We're gonna keep going back to that place, actually everything happens there.)

But via io9 ,it's StarWars.Com's Making Lando's Millennium Falcon and these concepts... (Odd that some of the designs are "mirrored")

I love the idea of exploring the Falcon used to look, before Han made his modifications or just got it banged up. It was tough for a kid in the 70s or 80s to understand Leia when she asked "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought", because the Falcon's asymmetrical design just seemed hella cool. The prequels made everything shiny and new looking (though it's hard to know how much of that was just iffy CGI) but still - this was the chance for the designers to show just how cool it used to look.

The final new old design kind if "fills in" the old mandibles, which is too bad because it removes this fan theory about how the Falcon worked as a cargo vessel:

(This use explained why the ship was so fast - mighty engines freed of their massive burden...)

I think for the new ones my favorite design is "21" since it emphasizes the cargo role (though again, might not be suave enough for Lando...) "27" reminds me of the old McQuarry art, "12", "20" and "29" are clear attempts to crossover with other ships in the series. Over all I don't like that ones that make the old Falcon look like it has more engines than the Han's later "hot-rodded" edition.

I also like the idea of hot-rod decorations:


Though it reminds me of how 3CPO's was sporting an intriguing red arm for most of "The Force Awaken", in fact they hung a lampshade on it ("You probably didn't recognize me because of the red arm") but it was magically fixed by the end of movie, for who knows what reason...


Also from io9, Sesame Street Has Already Lost Its Lawsuit Against The Happytime Murders - this sucks. The had a "red band" trailer before Deadpool 2, and they really do play it up like it's some weird fringe spinoff from Sesame Street or at least the muppets - and it's really, REALLY raunchy and kinda gross and sexual stuff - so if they're using the slogan "No Sesame, All Street", I am kinda startled the judge said they "hadn't demonstrated that moviegoers were confused or that sponsors or parents were complaining".

God knows I'm not much of a prude, but this look is totally muppet, and people are going to be confused, and parents are going to get irritated.

(UPDATE: it's made by Jim Henson's son. It kind of feels like a smear campaign against the Muppets(tm) now owned by Disney...)


Just imagine taking a gorilla and putting it in gorrila costume then and setting it loose in shopping mall