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Watch: Lucasfilm pros reveal Star Wars Expanded Universe Easter eggs hidden deep within Solo

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Jun 6, 2018

One of the greatest strengths of the Star Wars movies is the level of detail they're able to hide in the background. Aliens, puppets, weapons, holograms, artifacts, and more are always lurking right out of focus, turning subsequent viewings into fun little scavenger hunts for the audience. Solo: A Star Wars Story (now in theaters) is no exception, as evidenced by our own excavation of some plum easter eggs and — now — by the latest episode of the weekly Star Wars Show.

While visiting the set of Dryden Vos' (Paul Bettany) office at Pinewood Studios, Lucasfilm Story Group's Pablo Hidalgo provides a quick rundown of some of the various and valuable tchotchkes the Crimson Dawn gangster keeps in his private quarters in a segment titled "Be Han the Scenes."

Some of the objects are actually pieces of iconography from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which was officially written off as non-canon once Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012. Still, that purge doesn't seem to have affected little easter eggs for serious fans of this universe.

"He's exhibiting things he probably stole or got given, and just amassed over the years to show off," Solo's assistant art director Daniel Nussbaumer tells Hidalgo about Dryden's fancy-schmancy collection.

**SPOILER WARNING: From this point on, there will be SOME SPOILERS for Solo: A Star Wars Story. If you have not seen the film and do not want to be spoiled, turn your ship around.**

One of these is "The Dancing Goddess," a green statue mentioned in the Marvel comics set in the galaxy far, far away. (Hidalgo's exploration of Vos' office begins at 1:52 in the video above.) First appearing in 1983's Star Wars 79: The Big Con, the statue is from the planet Godo, where it was kept in the House of the Goddess, a religious temple that Han actually visits with Chewie, Admiral Ackbar, R2-D2, and C-3PO. The Dancing Goddess was actually a functional protector of the Godoan people, whose planet would suffer if even one component of the statue were removed. It was later taken off planet and fell into the slimy hands of Jabba the Hutt and, later, Lando Calrissian. 

Another such Expanded Universe easter egg in Vos' room is Xim's death-head, a crystal-clear skull made of Mytag crystal inlaid with diamonds for eyes, which appeared on the cover of Brian Daley's 1980 publication Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. The third and last installment in The Han Solo Adventures book series, Lost Legacy deals with Han and Chewie looking for hidden treasure while also dealing with a hijack of the Millennium Falcon. "Xim" is the name of a tyrant from Argai, who amassed great wealth throughout his life and then hid it away before dying in Hutt custody. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide describes the skull as the "masthead of Xim the Despot."

Hidalgo also shows off some fancy red (not to mention ancient) Mandalorian armor. Both Jango Fett and his son Boba are Mandalorians, although Boba is just a clone of his father. Known for their legendary armor and warrior culture, the citizens of the planet Mandalore were able to sow fear of themselves across the galaxy by working as mercenaries and bounty hunters. The Mandalorian people and their lore were futher explored in shows like Rebels and Clones Wars

Finally, the capstone to the gangster's cache of priceless collectibles is a Sith holocron, a tetrahedron-like device used by the Dark Side to store important information. Holocrons were also used by the Jedi for the same purpose, but just as the colors of lightsabers differ with each side, so too the Jedi holocrons were shaped like cubes. The knowledge held within these devices can only be accessed by those learned in the ways of the Force.

And while he's not a Sith, Dryden is employed by a Sith Lord, Darth Maul, meaning the existence of a Dark Side holocron could merely have been a holiday gift from his boss. According to Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide, the holocron was reconstructed and Vos planned on giving it "to a suitable benefactor."