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Which Legends Elements Solo Reintroduces Into Star Wars Canon

AV-21 Landspeeder

In Solo, Han brags about flying Av-21s back on Corellia to try to convince Beckett and company that he is a worthy addition to their crew. This type of landspeeder is pulled from the Star Wars Galaxies Trading Card Game. This online game was the follow up to the popular Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG. The AV-21s can match the speed of the fastest swoop bikes and are almost completely hand-crafted. The speeder is extremely hard to obtain in the game.

Teräs Käsi

This martial art is already canon…sort of. It is mentioned as one of the fighting styles employed by Snoke’s Praetorian Guard in The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary. It also featured in the canonical Star Wars: Uprising mobile game that was released in 2015. However, Solo is the movie debut of Teräs Käsi. We see both Qi’ra and Drayden Vos use it to kill opponents. In Legends continuity, this deadly fighting system was introduced in Steve Perry’s Shadows of the Empire (1996) novel. However, it entered public awareness when it was spotlighted in the 1997 PlayStation video game Star Wars: Masters of Teräs Käsi. Since then the hand-to-hand combat techniques have been featured in more than half a dozen Legends books.

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Savareen

While there were some pretty obscure and random Legends Easter eggs in Solo, this has got to be one of the most unheard of planets in the Star Wars galaxy. The world’s first and only appearance is in a short story titled Easy Credits in Star Wars Adventure Journal #9 (1996). In this tale we learn that the planet exports a fine brandy. The Adventure Journal line was an anthology series published as source material for the Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.

Savareen doesn’t have an entry in the Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, but it does show up in the book’s appendix of planets with the coordinates Q-16. However, that reference book is now considered Legends. On the other hand, it does show up on the map featured in The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary. It is shown to be in the general vicinity of Geonosis and Tatooine. It was some serious fan service Beckett inquires about the brandy when they landed on the desert planet toward the end of the movie.

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Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film is playing in theaters nationwide.

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