It’s already calculated, to alarming results, how much it would’ve cost Emperor Palpatine to build not one but two Death Stars, whose destruction would’ve triggered the economic collapse of the Galactic Empire. But what kind of price tag would you put on a significantly smaller vessel — say, the Millennium Falcon?
It turns out even that hunk of junk is worth a pretty penny.
While its calculations are undoubtedly far less scientific than the Death Star study, the U.K. website Twizzle has determined it would cost $2,474,132,337 to build and operate the Millennium Falcon. That’s $2.47 billion. It’s a much easier number to wrap our heads around than the estimated $193 quintillion for the first Death Star and $419 quintillion for the second — that’s 18 zeroes — but it’s still a lot of dough.
We know that Han Solo didn’t actually build the Corellian freighter; he won it from Lando Calrissian. However, the website estimates it would cost $2.8 million a year simply to operate the ship (taking into account repairs, insurance, fuel, etc.). No wonder Han was in debt to Jabba the Hutt!
Twizzle’s numbers also take into account the cost of a hangar, materials, crew and — this is where it gets particularly sketchy — the tech and weaponry. “Obviously, there is a lot of conjecture here, so bear with us,” the website explains,” as the majority of the technology aboard the Falcon unfortunately doesn’t exist. Instead, we’ve taken a look at some of the closest real-life equivalents and how much they’d cost.”
Among the items is the Dejarik table, estimated at $27,000. If Han ever needed some quick cash, he could’ve always sold that. But then again, it might’ve upset Chewbacca, and we know it’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.
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