The ship originally had a more elongated appearance, but this design’s similarity to the Eagle Transporters in Space: 1999 prompted Lucas to change the Falcon’s design. Modelmaker Joe Johnston had about four weeks to redesign the Falcon, and Lucas’s only suggestion to Johnston was to “think of a flying saucer”. Johnston disagreed, so instead, he created the offset cockpit, forward cargo mandibles, and the rear slot for the engines.

‘Generation Tech’ takes a look at how the special effects team brought the Millennium Falcon to life in the original Star Wars and new Disney Star Wars movies.