The Millennium Falcon underwent a long and arduous number of conceptual iterations before its final iconic shape emerged; the one we now once again see blasting its way across the big screen. In fact it wasn’t even known by its famous name until well into production, having up until then gone under the much mundane moniker: Pirate Ship.
The Millennium Falcon was the single most amazing spaceship that made a huge impact on me ever since I saw it for the first time, 30 years or so ago.
When watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when I heard Rey yell ‘… that ship is garbage’ I immediately tensed, and when the camera panned and the Falcon was revealed, I actually welled up. A bit. Then I did the exact same thing, three more times as I saw that scene again.