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This Sentimental Detail In "The Last Jedi" Will Make You Say "OMG" And Then Cry

Never tell me the odds! Or...spoilers, in this case.

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Before we get going here, I want to warn you that this post very much contains a pretty big SPOILER. So, if you haven't seen The Last Jedi yet, you'll want to...

Okay, now, for the rest of you who've made it this far, let's talk about THAT thing Luke gave Leia near the end of Last Jedi.

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I'm of course talking about the GOLD DICE Luke gave Leia — because you, like myself, probably had/have questions. (And, to be clear, the dice shown below are NOT the same ones from Last Jedi.)

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I know, I KNOW, there are plenty of you superfans out there who already know what that is, and if you do, congratulations, give yourself a pat on the I-know-more-than-you back.

So, here's the deal. Those were effectively known as "Han Solo's dice." And, as you saw earlier in Last Jedi, Luke grabbed them from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Which is where they've supposedly been this whole time.

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Basically, Luke was giving Leia a very sentimental memory of Han.

The dice were actually a super tiny Easter egg that the production design team added way back in Episode IV — A New Hope.

Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed / 20th Century Fox / Via starwars.com

However, there's a 99.9% chance you probably missed it as a kid because the dice did not show up in The Empire Strikes Back or Return of the Jedi. Plus, I'm sure this TINY AF detail barely even showed up (if at all) on your old VHS copies of A New Hope!

Speaking with Vanity Fair earlier this year, Lucasfilm Story Group exec Pablo Hidalgo said that the filmmakers brought this tiny detail back for 2015's Force Awakens:

The story that you would hear if you traveled to cantinas or watering holes around the Star Wars galaxy, is that those dice were involved in a game of Corellian Spike — a dice-using version of a card game called sabacc. Rumor has it Han won the Millennium Falcon (from Lando Calrissian) with those dice. Whether or not that’s just bar talk, I can’t say.

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You can see a close-up of the dice in Vanity Fair's photo shoot for Force Awakens here:

Vanity Fair

However, notice that the dice are normal (albeit, gold) in the sense that they have the normal, numerical dots.

But the dice in Last Jedi didn't have normal dots like the ones seen in Force Awakens. They had symbols more akin to an alien language, possibly Aurebesh (i.e., the official Star Wars language and alphabet).

In fairness, this small change was probably done on purpose, because if you're going to have a hero shot of a prop that's supposed to hold serious sentimental value, you may as well make it more Star Wars–y, right?

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And we know there are more than ONE kind of dice out in the Star Wars–verse (ahem, looking at you and your chance cube, Watto).

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