A legendary starship despite its humble origins and deceptively shabby exterior, the Millennium Falcon has played a role in some of the Rebel Alliance's greatest victories over the Empire. On the surface, the Falcon looks like a worn down junker. Beneath its hull, however, she packs many powerful secrets. Its owners have made "special modifications" on the freighter throughout the years, boosting its speed, shielding, and performance to impressive -- and downright illegal -- levels. The Falcon pays a heavy price for these tricks and add-ons. It can be unpredictable, and its reconditioned hyperdrive often fails. Its current captain, Han Solo, has even been seen to restart a failed start-up with a hard knock on a bulkhead with his fist.
Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano escaped from Teth aboard the battered spice freighter Twilight, surviving a crash landing on Tatooine. Anakin had the ship salvaged and repaired for a number of reasons. He'd become fond of her, she'd proved surprisingly maneuverable, she offered Anakin plenty of opportunities for tinkering with machinery, and a nondescript freighter could prove useful on secret missions. While Anakin enjoyed tinkering with the Twilight, she proved difficult to keep spaceworthy -- as Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered when he borrowed the freighter to rescue Duchess Satine from captivity on Mandalore. The Twilight barely held together long enough to land, and was later shot down by Death Watch commandos. Obi-Wan and Satine escaped the crash, but the old freighter had finally met her end.
The Republic attack cruiser was not primarily a cargo transport, troop carrier or other replenishment or supply vessel; it was developed and honed for ship-to-ship combat. Its huge armored shape had an aggressive, dagger-like profile, studded with heavy weapons emplacements capable of punching through powerful shields and sturdy armor. The front half of the ship's spine contained a massive flight deck capable of scrambling the latest in Republic starfighters. The huge hangar doors opened to allow ships to land or takeoff from the deck; the vessel also had a smaller docking bay entrance on its lower side.