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Star Wars novelisations have a long history of expanding on and enhancing the movies they adapt — whether through new material added to clarify moments in a film’s narrative unseen on screen, or to give us insight into earlier iterations of the final product. Mur Lafferty’s Solo novelisation is no exception. Here are a few extra layers it adds.

As the merchandising behemoth that is action figures has grown over the years, the market has split into two groups—the kids-focused smaller figures that trade articulation for oversized accessories and kooky action features, and then the serious (as serious as toys can be), “collector-aimed” ones. This new Star Wars figure blurs the line.

The importance of the link between Star Wars and its merchandise really can't be overstated. Star Wars basically created movie merchandising, and it's one of the things that's kept Star Wars alive for decades. And while most may think Steve Sansweet at Rancho Obi-Wan has the biggest and best Star Wars collection out there, we think Solo: A Star Wars Story's Dryden Vos may have him beat.

Some of the most interesting bits of world-building introduced in the most recent Star Wars spinoffs have come from the films' droid characters. Sure, droids have always been a part of Star Wars' mythos, but what's been so surprising about Rogue One and Solo is how they gave us a glimpse at the inner lives of droids -- which inadvertently highlighted how much we don't know about them.

Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a shadier look into the period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, removed from stories of the Rebellion vs. the Empire, and Jedi vs. Sith... mostly. But if you've only kept up with the Star Wars movies, and not the entirety of the multimedia behemoth that the franchise has become, one of Solo's greatest surprises is likely also its most baffling. If you were confused, then here's what you need to know.