GALACTIC CIVIL WAR
When Obi-Wan Kenobi hired Han Solo and Chewbacca for a charter to Alderaan, the Jedi specified that he needed a fast ship. Han assured him he’d found one -- hadn’t the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? When Luke Skywalker first saw the battered freighter, he was convinced they’d been hoodwinked -- the Falcon looked like she might fall apart in her docking bay. But the Falcon lived up to her captain’s boasts, escaping the Imperial warships guarding Tatooine and proving maneuverable and tough in a firefight with TIE fighters patrolling space around the Death Star. Han and Chewie were at the Falcon’s controls when they blasted Darth Vader and his TIE wingmen off Luke’s tail, giving the young Rebel the chance to make the million-to-one shot that destroyed the Death Star.
Han decided to leave his friends with the Rebel Alliance and pay off his debt to Jabba the Hutt, but the Falcon wouldn’t cooperate -- he and Chewbacca spent hours in Echo Base’s hangar trying to get the balky freighter back in flying shape. Han barely got the Falcon off the ground, escaping Hoth just ahead of Darth Vader’s shock troops, but her hyperdrive failed with Star Destroyers and TIE fighters in hot pursuit. Unable to go into lightspeed, Han sought refuge in an asteroid field, where he made frantic repairs -- but the hyperdrive failed again. Han used every trick known to Corellians to escape and limp to the nearby star system of Bespin, where Lando Calrissian’s techs fixed the Falcon. Lando didn’t know the Imperials -- who encased Han in carbonite in Cloud City -- had deactivated her hyperdrive as a safeguard against escape attempts, but fortunately R2-D2 discovered the sabotage. The little droid reactivated the hyperdrive, allowing the freighter and her crew to escape.
Lando and Chewbacca discovered Boba Fett had taken Han to Tatooine, and hid the Falcon while they infiltrated Jabba the Hutt’s palace to rescue their friend. Han then lent his beloved ship to Lando for the Rebel attack on the second Death Star at Endor. The Falcon maneuvered like a fighter in the chaotic battle, diving into the battle station’s labyrinthine superstructure. Lando fired concussion missiles into the Death Star’s main reactor and raced for the surface, escaping just as the station exploded. The lowly freighter, once derided as a piece of junk, had destroyed the Empire’s greatest weapon.
Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire.
A legendary Wookiee warrior and Han Solo’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca was part of a core group of Rebels who restored freedom to the galaxy. Known for his short temper and accuracy with a bowcaster, Chewie also has a big heart -- and is unwavering in his loyalty to his friends.
A canny businessman, Lando served as administrator of Cloud City, a Tibanna gas mine floating among the clouds of the planet Bespin. He welcomed his old friend Han Solo to Bespin, apparently offering him refuge from the Empire’s hunters. But Lando couldn’t tell Han that Darth Vader was already in the city, and had demanded Lando help capture the smuggler or face an Imperial takeover. After Vader repeatedly altered the terms of their deal, Lando decided to make amends. He rescued Princess Leia and Chewbacca from the Empire and joined the mission to save Han from Jabba the Hutt. He then led the starfighter attack on the second Death Star.
Nien Nunb is a small, jowled, mouse-eyed native of Sullust, the world that served as the staging area for the Alliance Fleet prior to the Battle of Endor. Nunb was co-pilot to Lando Calrissian aboard the Millennium Falcon during that historic event. Many of his fellow Sullustans also served as Alliance starfighter pilots in the battle. Nunb spoke the liquid, chattering tongue of the Sullustans, a language Lando understood.
Once a heroic Jedi Knight, Darth Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force, became a Sith Lord, and led the Empire’s eradication of the Jedi Order. He remained in service of the Emperor -- the evil Darth Sidious -- for decades, enforcing his Master’s will and seeking to crush the fledgling Rebel Alliance. But there was still good in him…
The Rebel Alliance stood bravely against the evil of the Galactic Empire, never backing down despite overwhelming odds. Formed from resistance movements that arose during the Clone Wars, the Rebellion worked in secret for decades to overthrow the Emperor and restore democracy to the galaxy. Eventually, armed with the firepower of ships like the X-wing and A-wing, and the leadership of figures including Princess Leia and Admiral Ackbar, the Rebel Alliance triumphed over the Empire at the Battle of Endor.