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What is the canon explanation for how:

Han Solo "lost" the Falcon and it ended up on Jakku, abandoned in what looks like a junkyard.

I don't recall the movie discussing this other than in a brief passing.

It seems unlikely that a ship like that would end up sitting derelict on a no-name planet like it did and so I am curious what the canon explanation is.

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Novelization by Foster covers it. Someone stole it from Han, by the name of Ducain (no info on him yet).

Impatiently, their captor gestured ever so slightly with the muzzle of his blaster. “Where’d you find this ship?”
“Right here.” She saw no reason not to tell the truth. “I mean, down on the surface. Niima Outpost, to be specific.”
Dropping his lower jaw to signify his disbelief, he stared back at her. “Jakku? That junkyard?”
“Thank you!” Finn said. “Junkyard!” His original opinion confirmed, he shot Rey a look that was pure I-told-you-so.
Looking away from them for the first time since they had emerged from below, their captor addressed his towering cohort. “Told ya we should’ve double-checked the Western Reaches! Just lucky we were in the general vicinity when the ship powered up and its beacon snapped on.”
He turned back to Rey. She was trying to make sense of the mismatched pair standing before her and failing utterly.
“Who had it?” he continued. “Ducain?”
Again, she thought: no reason to prevaricate. “I stole it from a salvage dealer named Unkar Plutt.”
Brows narrowed as the weathered visage wrinkled even more. “From who?”
“Look.” Taking a chance, Rey lowered her hands so she could spread her arms wide. “I don’t know all the details for sure. I’m not privy to Plutt’s private accounting. But talk says that Plutt stole this ship from the Irving Boys, who stole it from Ducain.”
“Who stole it from me!”

  • I think I should read the novels. Or continue feeding you upvotes :-) – enderland Dec 26 '15 at 17:16
  • @enderland - accepts and bounties work even better </begging> :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 26 '15 at 17:17
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    @enderland That exact quote is actually in the film, too, or at least one very, very similar to it. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 26 '15 at 17:31
  • @JanusBahsJacquet - true, but I can't transcribe the whole film, and the script isn't available yet :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 26 '15 at 17:37
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    @DVK Oh, no, I just meant that reading the novel isn't strictly necessary to get that quote. Watching the movie will do it too. :-) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 26 '15 at 17:44

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