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Star Wars Legends

"After Star Wars was released, it became apparent that my storyhowever many films
it took to tellwas only one of thousands that could be told about the characters
who inhabit its galaxy. But these were not stories that I was destined to tell.
Instead, they would spring from the imagination of other writers, inspired by the
glimpse of a galaxy that Star Wars provided. Today, it is an amazing, if
unexpected, legacy of Star Wars that so many gifted writers are contributing new
stories to the Saga."
?George Lucas, from the introduction of Splinter of the Mind's Eye, 1996[src]
Splinter of the Mind's Eye, the first Expanded Universe novel, published in 1978
Star Wars Legends, formerly known as the Expanded Universe (abbreviated EU),
encompasses every one of the officially licensed, fictional background stories of
the Star Wars universe, outside of the original six Star Wars films produced by
George Lucas and certain other material such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, created
before April 25, 2014. It is derived from and includes most official Star
Warsrelated books, comic books, video games, spin-off films, television series,
toys, and other media created before the date. This material expands and continues
the stories told in the films, taking place anywhere from over 36,000 years before
The Phantom Menace to 136 years after Return of the Jedi. The issue of which
aspects are canon was one of the most hotly debated topics among fans.

On April 25, 2014, Lucasfilm Ltd. announced that in preparation for the upcoming
sequel trilogy, the Expanded Universe would be retconned; past tales of the
Expanded Universe will be printed under the Star Wars Legends banner, and a new
continuity has been established that consists only of the original six films, the
Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series and film, and all future material from
that point onward. Though past elements of the Expanded Universe have been declared
non-canon as a whole, they remain a resource for future Star Wars material to
reference, thus bringing these elements into the new continuity as canon.[1][2]
Until today, the only Legends product that is still being released is the video
game Star Wars: The Old Republic, along short stories published at the Star Wars
The Expanded Universe had a continuity with few wrinkles. The general rule was that
nothing in the Expanded Universe was allowed to contradict any other part of the
Expanded Universe or the films. The films, however, do slightly contradict the
Expanded Universe on occasion, and retcons were created in the Expanded Universe to
fix these contradictions. In the absence of such ad hoc solutions, the EU is
considered incorrect only on the particular points of contradiction.
The Expanded Universe is actually older than the films themselves, as the
novelization of the original film was published six months before the film was
released. In in-universe chronology, the earliest works are the Dawn of the Jedi
comics, which are set millennia before the films, while the latest are the Legacy
comics, which are set about one hundred and thirty years after Return of the Jedi.
"The premise of all the comic books, novels, games, and other spin-off works is
that they all work chronologically, that the continuity forms one unbroken story.
[] Since our movies have their own internal continuity, we maintain that in the
spin-off works. Technically, George Lucas has been doing continuity all along by
mapping out the nine films. But it wasn't until 1991, when Timothy Zahn wrote the
novel Heir to the Empire, the first Star Wars best-seller, which was the beginning
of what we call the Star Wars renaissance, that continuity became an issue."
?Lucasfilm continuity editor Allan Kausch, 1996[src]
Early years
The early development of the Expanded Universe was sporadic and unrefined, in large
part because, at this time, there was so little canon material for the creators to
use as reference.

The Expanded Universe is generally considered to have begun with Alan Dean Foster's
February 1978 Star Wars spin-off novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, although
technically it began in October 1977 with the story The Keeper's World, in Marvel
Comics' Pizzazz magazine. Splinter drew inspiration primarily from an early draft
of the Star Wars script. (Although George Lucas's name is on the cover of the
original Star Wars novelization, Alan Dean Foster ghostwrote it. Foster was given a
copy of the working script and a tour of the production.[3]
Much of the early EU material from the early 1980s contained analogies to the real
world, which belied the impression that the Star Wars universe had no connection to
Earth or our own time.
"Over the years, many artists and designers have contributed to the articulation of
the various universes of Lucasfilm. Taking their cues from the minimal words of
description on a script page, these talented men and women have sketched, drawn
and/or modeled creatures of magnificent breadth, unimaginable terror, and mind-
boggling eccentricity. Some of these creatures have made it into film, while
others, because of the way stories unravel, have not (so far). But this does not
mean they do not exist. For once something is created, no matter what the context,
it takes on a life of its own."
?Foreword written by George Lucas in Monsters and Aliens from George Lucas[src]
Vector Prime Cover
Vector Prime introduced a new threat called the Yuuzhan Vong to the saga.
A turning point was reached when West End Games began publishing the Star Wars
roleplaying game in 1987. In order for players of the roleplaying game to create
new adventures, West End Games needed to provide supplemental material describing
the Star Wars universe in previously unknown detail and to make it self-consistent
and coherent. As an example, the Aurebesh alphabet was originally a random piece of
set dressing used in Return of the Jedi. Stephen Crane copied those symbols and
turned them into a complete and workable alphabet which would later be used in the
prequel trilogy. Developing and extrapolating from details like this in a
consistent fashion turned West End Games' Star Wars products into a de facto
reference library for other developers of the EU.

Around the same time, Dark Horse Comics acquired the Star Wars license previously
owned by Marvel and used it to launch a number of ambitious sequels to the original
trilogy which began with the popular Dark Empire series.
At the same time as Dark Empire's release in the early 1990s, Bantam Spectra
published Timothy Zahn's The Thrawn Trilogy. Widely publicized as the "sequels
which were never made," Zahn's novels reignited Star Wars fandom and sparked a
revolution in Star Wars literature.
All this development began to feed back and reference itself and create cross-
connections. West End Games produced roleplaying supplements based upon Dark
Horse's comics and Zahn's novels. Novelists and comic creators used West End Games'
supplements as reference material. Sequels to the novels were being published as
comics and vice versa, and the scope of the Expanded Universe grew at a prodigious
At that point, the bulk of the Expanded Universe has detailed the Star Wars
universe after the end of Return of the Jedi, as numerous topics, including the
rise of the Galactic Empire, the personal histories of Anakin Skywalker and Emperor
Palpatine, and the Clone Wars had been declared off-limits by George Lucas prior to
the development of his prequel trilogy and related material.
It was decided in the late '90s that using the Empire as the villains had become
repetitive and monotonous. A new threat, the Yuuzhan Vong, was introduced in the
New Jedi Order series. Specifically, the Yuuzhan Vong first appeared in the first
New Jedi Order book, The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime.
The EU and the prequels
Prior to the release of The Phantom Menace, Lucasfilm specifically prohibited
development of the decades prior to A New Hope in the Expanded Universe. The
release of Episode I, however, threw open the gates to new possibilities.

Heir to the Empire Legends cover
Since The Phantom Menace was set in a time of peace, it was hard to invent any kind
of threat for the heroes to fight against.[source?] Thus most material that built
on The Phantom Menace was set either before or during the film, rather than after.

Attack of the Clones, on the other hand, introduced another fresh conflictone
which fans had wanted to see for twenty-five years. Aside from being explored in
comics and novels, the Clone Wars were given their own animated series, Star Wars:
Clone Wars, which led up to the release of Revenge of the Sith. In Star Wars: Clone
Wars, many battles throughout the galaxy are seen, with the Force shown seemingly
to its full extent in feats such as Mace Windu destroying a whole droid army. The
second (2004) season of the series concludes by introducing the newest villain,
General Grievous, an important character in Revenge of the Sith. Grievous was also
a main player in episodes 2125, released in 2005 and leading directly to Revenge
of the Sith. Following the release of Revenge of the Sith, events between the two
trilogies were elaborated upon, such as the Great Jedi Purge.
In addition to adding new possibilities, the prequel trilogy contradicted a number
of statements involving the Clone Wars in existing novels. In Timothy Zahn's Thrawn
Trilogy, for example, the dates given for the war were inaccurate. This was since
retconned by explaining that the dates were given using alternate calendars.
On April 25, 2014, Lucasfilm announced that the Expanded Universe was being
reorganized under the new non-canon "Star Wars Legends" banner to make way for a
new line of continuity, led by principal projects Star Wars Rebels and the Star
Wars sequel trilogy, to take shape. Certain previously published Expanded Universe
material remained in print as Legends stories.[1] The first novels reprinted under
the Legends banner included Heir to the Empire, The Han Solo Adventures, The Lando
Calrissian Adventures, Crucible, Kenobi, Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge, Death
Troopers,[4] Fate of the Jedi: Outcast, Maul: Lockdown, Lost Tribe of the Sith: The
Collected Stories, and the Star Wars: Lives & Adventures compendium.

While new material released on or after April 25, 2014 is generally considered
canon, a certain amount of new material has continued to be released under the Star
Wars Legends brand. This has included such material as the concluding comics in the
series Star Wars: Legacy Volume 2[5] the Star Wars: Rebel Heist miniseries, comic
strips published in the concluding volumes of Star Wars Comic UK, supplements for
Fantasy Flight Games' roleplaying system and Star Wars: Imperial Handbook: A
Commander's Guide.[6] Most of those, however, ceased publication by the end of
2014. As of 2017, the only Legends media still being released includes the game
Star Wars: The Old Republic with its constant updates and expansions, as well as
tie-in short stories being occasionally published online in the Star Wars blog.
Story eras
Blue Glass Arrow See also: List of publishing eras
Before the Republic (37,000 BBY25,000 BBY)
In the era before the Galactic Republic, the Je'daii Order first discovers the
Force on the planet Tython, and works to better understand the mystical energy.
They struggle to retain balance in the Force, and come into conflict with the
marauding Rakata species.

The Old Republic (25,000 BBY - 1,000 BBY)

The Old Republic was the government that united the Star Wars galaxy under the rule
of the Galactic Senate. In this era, the Jedi are numerous, and serve as guardians
of peace and justice. The Tales of the Jedi comics series takes place in this era,
chronicling the immense wars fought by the Jedi of old, and the ancient Sith.

The light spacetrooper is one of the many Legends characters of the Galactic
The Rise of the Empire (1,000 BBY - 0 BBY)
After the seemingly final defeat of the Sith, the Republic enters a state of
complacency. In the waning years of the Republic, the senate was rife with
corruption and scandal, and saddled with a bureaucracy so immense that effective
governing was nearly impossible. The ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to
be elected Supreme Chancellor, and promised to reunite the galaxy under a New
Order. The prequel trilogy takes place during this era.

The Rebellion (0 BBY - 5 ABY)

An outcry of resistance begins to spread across the galaxy in protest to the new
Empire's tyranny. Cells of Rebellion fight back, and the Galactic Civil War begins.
This era begins with the Rebel victory that secured the Death Star plans, and ends
a year after the death of the Emperor high over the forest moon of Endor. The
Rebellion starts to reform itself into a body of government, first as the Alliance
of Free Planets, and later the New Republic. The original trilogy takes place
during this era.

The New Republic (5 ABY - 25 ABY)

Having defeated the Empire at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance must now
transform itself from a militant resistance force into a functioning galactic
government. As Imperial territory is reclaimed, the New Republic suffers growing
pains, having to fend off insurrections, Imperial loyalists, and wayward warlords.
Also, Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi, begins training apprentices, rebuilding
the Jedi order.

The New Jedi Order (25 ABY - 36 ABY)

The Jedi Knights are now a hundred strong. The New Republic has signed a peace
treaty with what little remains of the Empire. The galaxy is finally enjoying a
peaceful respite from decades of war. It's at this time that a horrible alien
menace invades the Republic from beyond known space. The Yuuzhan Vong lay waste to
entire worlds in their scourge, as depicted in the novels of The New Jedi Order.
Five years later the galaxy goes through the events of The Dark Nest Trilogy. The
novels detail how Luke Skywalker and his New Jedi Order confront the mysterious
insectoid Killiks, who are a hive-minded species intent on conquering the galaxy.

Legacy (40 ABY - 138+ ABY)

Having reached peace with the Yuuzhan Vong, the newly formed Galactic Federation of
Free Alliance struggles to keep itself working as a single government. But many
threats from inside are joined by a danger that comes from the remains of the dark
side. The new Jedi order created by Luke Skywalker faces a new era as the heirs of
the Skywalker legacy grow up. Jacen Solo, perhaps the wisest of that new order, now
Ben Skywalker's master, falls to the Dark Side and attempts to create a new empire
from the squabbling systems that form the GA. In the Fate of the Jedi series, Luke
and Ben travel the galaxy to determine the causes of Jacen's descent into evil,
while Abeloth and the Keshiri Sith attempt to take over the galaxy. The Legacy era
continues hundreds of years later in a series of comics that debuted in May 2006
entitled Star Wars: Legacy.

"The analogy is that every piece of published Star Wars fiction is a window into
the 'real' Star Wars universe. Some windows are a bit foggier than others. Some are
decidedly abstract. But each contains a nugget of truth to them. Like the great
Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi said, 'many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on
our own point of view.'"
?Christopher Cerasi of Lucas Licensing.[src]
Film and television
Star Wars: Clone Wars (20032005)
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) was a two-hour television special portraying
Chewbacca's return to his home planet of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day with his
family. Along with the stars of the original 1977 movie, such TV and music stars as
Beatrice Arthur, Art Carney and Jefferson Starship appeared in plot-related skits
and musical numbers. The content was considered canonical within the continuity of
the Expanded Universe, but the special is reviled by some fans and virtually
disowned by George Lucas, though other fans enjoy its nostalgic sweetness and
naively misguided creativity; an online petition for its video release has gotten
press in New York Newsday and other media outlets. The Holiday Special features the
first appearance of bounty hunter Boba Fett, in an 11-minute animated sequence, and
the first reference to Kashyyyk. The general look of the Kashyyyk sets from the
Holiday Special formed the basis for the settings used in Revenge of the Sith
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) was the first of two films featuring
the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi. In Caravan of Courage, the Ewoks help two
children rescue their parents from a giant known as Gorax. This and the next film
are notable for having their stories written by Lucas himself; one of his few
contributions to non-theatrical Star Wars productions, other than his obvious
sanctioning of them.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985). In this second Ewok film, Wicket, Cindel, and
the Ewoks ally with a hermit named Noa to defeat Marauders who attacked their
Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO (19851986) was an animated
series following the adventures of C-3PO and R2-D2 between Revenge of the Sith and
A New Hope. It featured Anthony Daniels as the voice of C-3PO.
Star Wars: Ewoks (19851987) was an animated series featuring the adventures of the
Ewoks prior to Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Clone Wars (20032005) aired on the Cartoon Network and depicted events
between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The series received an Emmy
Award and introduced the character of General Grievous.
Radio and audio drama
Blue Glass Arrow See also: Star Wars (radio)
A radio adaptation of A New Hope was first broadcast on National Public Radio in
1981. The adaptation was written by science fiction author Brian Daley and directed
by John Madden. It was followed by adaptations of the next two films in the
original trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

The radio adaptations were notable for including background material probably
created by Lucas but not used for the films. Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and
Billy Dee Williams reprised their roles as Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, and Lando
Calrissian, respectively; John Williams composed an original score; and Ben Burtt,
who designed the sound for all of the Star Wars movies, did the same for the radio
In 1983, NPR broadcast an entirely original Star Wars radio drama, Rebel Mission to
Ord Mantell. Like the radio adaptations of the films, Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell
was written by Brian Daley.
For more than a decade, Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell was the only Star Wars audio
drama not adapted from a feature film. Then, between 1995 and 1998 more than a half
dozen audio dramas were released as audio tapes and CDs. These audio dramas were
adapted from Dark Horse comic books, and include Tales of the Jedi (1995), Tales
from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995), Dark Empire (1996), Dark Empire II (1996),
Empire's End (1997), Dark Forces (1998), and Crimson Empire (1998).
Adaptations of the prequel films were never made.
Blue Glass Arrow See also: Timeline of Legends books
"You saw the movies. You watched the cartoon series, or maybe played some of the
video games. But did you know... In The Empire Strikes Back, Princess Leia Organa
said to Han Solo, "I love you." Han said, "I know." But did you know that they
actually got married? And had three Jedi children: the twins, Jacen Solo and Jaina,
and a younger son, Anakin? ... ... All this and much, much more is brought to life
in the many comics and novels of the Star Wars expanded universe. You've seen the
movies and watched the cartoon. Now venture out into the wider worlds of Star
?From the introduction to the Expanded Universe featured in certain e-book editions
of Expanded Universe titles[src]
Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, the first volume in the Thrawn Trilogy
Star Warsbased fiction predates the release of the first movie, with the 1976
novelization of A New Hope (ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster and credited to George
Lucas). However, Foster's 1978 novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye, is thought of as
the first Expanded Universe work to be released. In addition to filling in the time
between the movies, this additional content greatly expanded the Star Wars timeline
before and after the film series.

Star Wars fiction flourished during the time of the original series (1977-1983),
but slowed to a trickle afterwards. In 1991, however, Timothy Zahn's celebrated
Thrawn Trilogy debuted, sparking a new interest in the Star Wars universe. Since
then, several hundred tie-in novels have been published by Bantam Spectra and Del
Notable books in the series include the X-Wing series by Michael A. Stackpole and
Aaron Allston, the Jedi Academy trilogy and Tales From... series by Kevin J.
Anderson, and the New Jedi Order series, by various authors. Another notable series
of books is the Young Jedi Knights, also by Kevin J. Anderson, which follow the
adventures of Jacen and Jaina Solo and their friends. The Legacy series is another
important book series, which is written by Aaron Allston, Karen Traviss, and Troy
Denning .
Comic books and strips
Blue Glass Arrow See also: Timeline of Legends comics
Marvel Comics published Star Wars comic book series and adaptations from 1977 to
1986, and published the first original work in the Expanded Universe with the story
The Keeper's World. A wide variety of creators worked on this series, including
Archie Goodwin, Howard Chaykin, Al Williamson, Carmine Infantino, Gene Day, Walter
Simonson, Michael Golden, Chris Claremont, Whilce Portacio, Mary Jo Duffy, and Ron

In the 1980s, as part of its Star Comics line aimed at young children, Marvel
published the short-lived series Ewoks and Droids, based on the two Saturday-
morning cartoons of the same name.
Star Wars was also a daily newspaper comic strip from 1979 to 1984. Among the
creators were Goodwin, Williamson, and Russ Manning.
In the late 1980s, Marvel announced it would publish a new Star Wars comic by Tom
Veitch and Cam Kennedy. However, Dark Horse Comics published Dark Empire instead,
and went on to publish a large number of original adventures set in the Star Wars
universe. These include Star Wars: Republic, Star Wars Empire, Star Wars Tales and
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi. Dark Horse has also republished the Marvel series and
newspaper strips in a collection entitled Classic Star Wars. In addition, the
company has reprinted several Japanese manga interpretations of the films,
including Star Wars Manga: The Empire Strikes Back by Toshiki Kudo and Star Wars
Manga: Return of the Jedi by Shin-Ichi Hiromoto.
Computer and video games
Blue Glass Arrow See also: Video game and Timeline of Legends video games
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic PC box cover
Since 1983, over 120 video games have been published bearing the Star Wars name,
beginning with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back published for the Atari 2600 by
Parker Brothers. Other early titles include the Star Wars Nintendo Entertainment
System game (published by JVC) and three other titles for the Atari 2600.

Atari produced arcade games based on the original trilogy, beginning with Star Wars
and The Empire Strikes Back, which were both "flight sim" style games that utilized
vector graphics. The third, Return of the Jedi, used more traditional raster
Star Wars has also, not surprisingly, opened the way to a myriad of space-flight
simulations that take the space wars of the saga more seriously, teaching the
player to fly various Star Wars starfighters along the lines of more traditional
"Modern Aircraft" flight simulators. The first among these were "X-Wing" and its
two expansions, "B-Wing" and "Imperial Pursuit," dealing with the Rebellion's side
of the war, taking place in the period right before, and up to, the destruction of
the first Death Star. The second was "TIE Fighter," dealing with the Empire's
starfighters at the time prior to Episode VI. Both games were released for DOS and
Macintosh. "TIE Fighter" had an expansion disk, "Defender of the Empire." In
addition, both the original "X-Wing" and "TIE Fighter" games saw two collector's
edition releases (one for DOS and another for Windows 9x) which featured enhanced
graphics quality and added missions. Newer simulators are also available, with Star
Wars: X-Wing Alliance in the lead.
The first Star Wars first-person shooter, Dark Forces, was introduced by LucasArts
in February 1995. Telling the story of Kyle Katarn, Imperial soldier turned
mercenary, the game featured a little over a dozen levels where the player explored
various original and familiar settings. Featuring an original and interactive
soundtrack by game composer Clint Bajakian using the iMUSE sound system, along with
state-of-the-art graphics, the game succeeded in capturing many gamers'
imaginations. The 1997 sequel, Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, was notable
for having a few cut scenes which were made up of live-action footage of certain
Expanded Universe characters, such as Kyle Katarn.
Rogue Squadron was a cross-platform title on Nintendo 64 and PC which allowed the
player to experience a more arcade-action version of the same gameplay in X-Wing
and TIE Fighter, similar to the action in the Nintendo 64 title Shadows of the
Empire. The game consisted of piloting several different Star Wars vehicles through
missions on planet surfaces and in space. Rogue Squadron saw two sequels, both on
the Nintendo GameCube system.
Star Wars: Rebellion allowed players to compete in the Star Wars universe on a
larger scale, focusing more on the strategic aspect of handling (or defeating) a
rebellion, with resource management and agent allocation, as well as large-scale
conflicts between entire fleets of starships.
Knights of the Old Republic by BioWare and Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith
Lords by Obsidian Entertainment are recent additions to the EU, and take place in
the Old Republic era, right after the Mandalorian wars. The games are of the action
role-playing game (RPG) genre, a type of RPG that is still turn based like most
RPGs, but instead of waiting for the other player to take a turn, the turns are
based on a rate of fire. This style of RPG is somewhat new and made big waves for
its innovative style.
Other games are Battlefront, Battlefront II, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade
Squadron , Galactic Battlegrounds, Republic Commando, Episode III: The video game,
LEGO Star Wars, Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy, Star Wars Galaxies, The Force
Unleashed, The Force Unleashed II, and Empire at War.
Board and roleplaying games
In a 1996 game from Hasbro Inc., entitled Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board
Game, which is set during the era of the original trilogy, new live-action scenes
were shot of Darth Vader on the Death Star around the events of Return of the Jedi.
The footage was made available on a special VHS tape, included in the box of the
game. When playing the board game, the players could put in the tape, which would
play while they were in a game. David Prowse reprises his role as Vader, and James
Earl Jones returned as the voice of Vader. Some of the original crew for A New Hope
came back to shoot these scenes.

Several editions of the Star Wars roleplaying games have been published. The first
edition (a d6 version) was published by West End Games in 1987. The second edition
was published by West End Games in 1992. The 2.5 edition was published by West End
Games in 1996. In late 2000, Wizards of the Coast released the third edition (a d20
version). In 2002, Wizards of the Coast released the 3.5 edition. Bill Slavicsek
worked on all the editions. He included a conversion table (from the previous d6
versions to the new d20 version) at the end of the third edition that helped Star
Wars gamers adapt to the new d20 version. In 2007, Wizards of the Coast released
the Saga Edition Rulebook, which offers a revised d20 system for players to develop
their characters and take advantage of the vast number of miniatures that Wizards
produces. In 2010, Wizards of the Coast announced that they would not be renewing
their license to produce new Star Wars material after the third quarter of that
The Shadows of the Empire multimedia project was set between the events of The
Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
In 2005, Hasbro developed and released a DVD TV game based on Star Wars and
utilizing the Trivial Pursuit game-play format.

In 2012, new license holders Fantasy Flight Games released their Star Wars: X-Wing
Miniatures Game miniature space combat game and Living Card Game.
Multimedia projects
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996) was an ambitious multimedia project created
by Lucasfilm. Dubbed "a film without a film," Shadows of the Empire told the story
of the events between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and
introduced a new villain, the crime lord Prince Xizor. Utilizing all previous types
of media that have been used to present the Expanded Universe, the project included
a novel written by Steve Perry, multiple comic book series, a soundtrack, a video
game, concept art, action figures, and the like.
Clone Wars (2003-2005). Using methods similar to the Shadows of the Empire project,
Lucasfilm directed a widespread project to tell the stories of the Clone Wars. This
project was made up of films, novels, video games, comics, action figures, and even
its own animated series (described above).
The Force Unleashed (2008). Originally set for 2007, production was postponed for a
year. Set between the two trilogies and during the Great Jedi Purge, it focuses on
the adventures of Darth Vader's secret apprentice, Galen Marek. It's been referred
to as "the next chapter in the Star Wars saga." Like its predecessors, it includes
novels, comics, a game, roleplaying-game resources, and more.
Return of the Ewok (1982) was a 24-minute fictional mockumentary-style movie,
focusing on Warwick Davis' decision to become an actor and act as Wicket in Return
of the Jedi.
R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2002) was a 20-minute mockumentary-style movie, focusing
on the "true" story of R2-D2's life. It was made as a fun side project by some of
the crew of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but was later deemed
suitable for television and for its own DVD.
Star Tours
Blue Glass Arrow See also: Star Tours (real-world)
In 1987, Lucasfilm and Disney, utilizing the power of Industrial Light & Magic,
teamed up to produce Star Tours, an amusement-park simulator ride through the Star
Wars galaxy, eventually opened in multiple Disney parks. The ride is advertised as
an opportunity to take a tour to the forest moon of Endor via the StarSpeeder 3000.
The ship is controlled by a robot named Rex (voiced by Paul Reubens of Pee-wee
Herman fame), who is new at giving the tours, and your riding experience happens to
be his first time at the controls. Along the way, the rider encounters many
mishaps, including run-ins with Imperial Star Destroyers and near collisions with
icy comets, until the ship finally makes it safely into the port.

George Lucas and Disney announced an updated version of the attraction, known as
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, set between Episodes III and IV. The new ride
opened May 20, 2011 in Walt Disney World and June 3, 2011 in Disneyland. A limited-
run line of action figures is also available exclusively in the Star Tours gift
shop, based on droid characters from the ride and the attraction queue.
In addition, many other toys have been made. The Star Wars toy phenomenon began in
1978 with the original action figures, toy lightsabers and blasters, twelve-inch
figures, toy vehicles, and many more products. These toys are known as the vintage
Star Wars toys. Today, many of these "vintage" figures are quite rare. Many are
also worth a lot of money. Recently, a toy line called Star Wars: The Original
Trilogy Collection brought back elements of the original vintage toy line, such as
vintage packaging. With the coming of The Phantom Menace, LEGO began creating
buildable Star Wars characters and scenes. A few years ago, the LEGO creators
invented light-up lightsabers for their figures. These lightsabers are no longer
used. LEGO has cooperated with LucasArts to make four video games (LEGO Star Wars
1, 2, 3 and Complete Saga).

Many types of toys have been made. Darth Vader helmets and voice changers now
inhabit the shelves, usually right next to the Ultimate Lightsaber Kit, which
contains parts to design and assemble your own functional lightsaber toy. The term
"Expanded Universe" was first used with Kenner's assortments of action figures
based on the various Star Wars novels, comic books, and video games. Previous toys
based on novels were sold by Galoob as "Epic Collections."
Continuity and canonicity
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Star Wars - 1976 first printing
The Expanded Universe was intended to be a continuation, and an expansion, on the
six Star Wars theatrical films produced by George Lucas from 1977 to 2005. All EU
material, combined with that presented in the films, was meant to function as a
complete story. However, in order to allow this story to function as a whole, it
was kept in an order of continuity. Lucasfilm held this of such high importance
that a team's sole job at Lucasfilm was maintaining continuity between Lucas's
films and the EU, which was created by many other authors and artists, many times
out of order, and with many different ideas. Lucas, while supporting the works of
the EU, nevertheless told the stories he wished to in his films, which sometimes
contradicted material previously seen in the EU. When asked in an interview his
general opinion on the EU, he replied:

"I don't read that stuff. I haven't read any of the novels. I don't know anything
about that world. That's a different world than my world. But I do try to keep it
consistent. The way I do it now is they have a Star Wars Encyclopedia. So if I come
up with a name or something else, I look it up and see if it has already been used.
When I said [other people] could make their own Star Wars stories, we decided that,
like Star Trek, we would have two universes: My universe and then this other one.
They try to make their universe as consistent with mine as possible, but obviously
they get enthusiastic and want to go off in other directions."
?George Lucas, from an interview in Starlog #337[src]
During his time heading Lucasfilm, Lucas retained ultimate creative control over
the Star Wars universe. For example, the "death" of central characters and similar
changes in the status quo were required to first pass his screening before authors
were given the go-ahead. In addition, Lucasfilm Licensing devoted considerable
effort to ensure continuity between the works of various authors across multiple
companies. Nothing in the Expanded Universe was supposed to contradict the films or
any other part of the Expanded Universe. Upon occasion, Lucas's new films, reedited
original trilogy films, or statements contradicted existing EU material, and
several retcons were used to fix these inconsistencies.

Some purists rejected the Expanded Universe as apocrypha, believing that only the
events in the film series are part of the "real" Star Wars universe. (Palpatine's
clones, for example, seem to contradict the "chosen one" theory.) This line of
thought was supported to the extent that some Expanded Universe material released
before Lucas's prequel films drew conclusions that Lucas later overturned. However,
elements of the Expanded Universe were adopted by Lucas for use in the films. For
example, the name of planet Coruscant first appeared in Timothy Zahn's novel Heir
to the Empire before being used in the prequel trilogy (with a different
pronunciation)though the planet itself, under a different name, had existed in a
previous version of the Return of the Jedi script. Also, the Twi'lek Jedi Aayla
Secura originally appeared in the ongoing Dark Horse comics series Republic;
apparently Lucas saw the cover which featured her and liked the look of her
character so much that he included her in the Jedi battle at the end of Attack of
the Clones, played by Lucasfilm employee Amy Allen, and her demise is later shown
in Revenge of the Sith. These examples sometimes ended up confusing the issue,
having blurred the lines between the Expanded Universe and "his world."
This was a hotly debated issue among Star Wars fans. Superficially, one allure of
the films is that they are organized numerically and logically whereas the Expanded
Universe was published out of chronological sequence and occasionally contained
minor contradictions and in some cases even major discrepancies, despite the best
efforts of Lucas Licensing. On the other hand, the Expanded Universe provided depth
to the world of Star Wars. Some readers accused the EU sources of being excessively
self-referential, to an extent that misrepresents the Star Wars universe (e.g., EU
minimalism, the creeping reduction of technological abilities and physical scope in
EU sources). Some other fans found that the Expanded Universe convention destroyed
many of the good dramatic elements of the movies by explaining things in a way they
find unfavorable. These critics felt that writing a new story within the context of
the EU handcuffs the author.
In theory, the films were the absolute canon and everything else official is part
of the Expanded Universe that, while generally valid, cannot contradict anything in
the movies. Wherever an EU source contradicted movie canon, the EU source is
invalid on that specific point, though the rest of the source is still considered
part of the continuity. Despite the unpopularity of works like the Jedi Prince
series, they were considered just as canonical as popular works like Star Wars:
Shadows of the Empire, to the degree that they were not contradicted by material
from a higher "canon tier," later work, or some other statement from an official
source declaring them to be non-canon.
However, this sometimes did not appear to be true in practice. For example,
Prophets of the Dark Side featured the wedding of Han Solo and Princess Leia, but
Dave Wolverton ignored this and featured the same event in his novel The Courtship
of Princess Leia, which was released a few years later. According to the rules of
the Expanded Universe, both versions were within continuity, though it was the
wedding in Dave Wolverton's book that is most often referenced. Fans tried to fix
this problem by suggesting that, since the scene in Prophets of the Dark Side
concludes just as Han and Leia are walking down the aisle, the event was disrupted
and postponed until the time of The Courtship of Princess Leia; the authors of
Prophets of the Dark Side confirmed that they had planned to write another series
of novels which would begin with the wedding's disruption, but their contract was
cancelled before they could do so.
There were also minor disputes about what was, and what was not, part of the
Expanded Universe. For example, the spin-off films Caravan of Courage: An Ewok
Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor were written by George Lucas and are
films, but neither of them is one of the six main films in the series, so they were
usually considered a part of the Expanded Universe. Both films were later
officially confirmed as part of the continuity of Star Wars Legends and no longer
official canon.
The original Star Wars Databank entries distinguished movie information and EU
information, providing them in separate tabs.
As of April 25, 2014, no material originating purely from an Expanded Universe
source is considered canon. In order to be considered canon, the material must have
appeared within one of the Star Wars films from the original trilogy or prequel
trilogy, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series or its associated film, or most
material released on or after April 25, 2014. While such material often features
material originating from the Expanded Universe, only the details featured within
the new material are considered canon. For example, while "spicebrew" appears in
both material from the old Expanded Universe and the new canon continuity, one
cannot assume that the drink is part of the mixture that makes a Sonic Servodriver,
these details being provided only in a Legends source.
Official levels of canon
The Holocron continuity database was an internal database maintained by Lucas
Licensing for the express purpose of trying to maintain continuity within all
licensed products, prior to the April 2014 declaration of a single official canon.
This Holocron was sorted into five levels of canon that reflected LFL's canon and
continuity policies: G, T, C, S, and N. G, T, C, and S together formed an overall
continuity that was considered by Lucasfilm to be the "true" Star Wars canon prior
to the decanonization of the Expanded Universe.

G (George Lucas) canon was absolute canon. This category included the six films,
some of the deleted scenes from the films, the novelizations of the films, the
radio dramas based on the films, the film scripts, and any material found in any
other source (published or not) that comes directly from George Lucas himself. G
canon overruled all other forms of canon when there was a contradiction.
T[7] canon referred to the canon level comprising only the television show Star
Wars: The Clone Wars.
C (continuity) canon referred to the main body of EU work, and was the next most
authoritative level of canon. All material published under the Star Wars label but
not falling into G, S, or N was C canon, and was considered authoritative as long
as not contradicted by G canon. Games were a special case as generally only the
stories would be C-canon while things like stats and gameplay were N-canon. If the
video game had several possible endings or if the player could choose the gender or
the species of the main character, only one of each is considered C-canon. C-canon
elements have appeared in the movies, thus making them G-canon. These included
Coruscant (both its name and the concept of it being an ecumenopolis), swoop bikes,
Aayla Secura, YT-2400 freighters, and Action VI transports.
S (secondary) canon referred to older, less accurate, or less coherent EU works,
which would not ordinarily fit in the main continuity of G and C canon. Unless
referenced by a G- or C-level source, the story itself is considered non-
continuity, but the non-contradicting elements were still a canon part of the Star
Wars universe. For example, this included The Star Wars Holiday Special, the Marvel
comics, the popular online roleplaying game Star Wars Galaxies, and certain
elements of a few N-canon stories.
N continuity material is also known as "non-canon" or "non-continuity" material.
What-if stories (such as those published under the Infinities label), game stats,
"comic" material such as Angry Birds Star Wars or Jedi Academy and anything else
that was directly contradicted by higher canon and could not at all fit into
continuity was placed into this category. N-canon was the only level that was not
at all considered canon by Lucasfilm.
Lucas's use of the EU
EU in the films
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C-canon elements from licensed creators have appeared in Lucas's films. Most of
these are brief, cameo appearances, almost taking the form of Easter eggs (which
may have been added by animators or others under Lucas, rather than specifically
dictated), but others are more substantial. It seems that elements of the Expanded
Universe influenced George Lucas in the writing of the Star Wars prequels, at least
insofar as knowledge of the EU helps in understanding the prequels. The Clone
Warsera EU also introduced characters such as General Grievous and Commander Bly,
Lucas' creations slated to appear in Revenge of the Sith.

The name of the Wookiee home planet Kashyyyk was taken from the EU, although Lucas
himself invented the species and the planet.
In the novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye (released in 1978), C-3PO mentions that
Darth Vader knows "all the proper code words and commands" to shut him down. This
would make sense, given the revelation in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
(released in 1999) that Vader himself built 3PO when he was a little boy. Whether
Lucas was aware of this when making The Phantom Menace is unknown. However, this is
contradicted anyway seeing as how C-3PO gets his memory erased in Revenge of the
Lucas has adopted the Expanded Universe name Twi'lek for Aayla Secura's species, as
evidenced by a remark of his which is documented in an Episode III Set Diary entry.
The Expanded Universe character Tsui Choi was at one point slated to appear in
Revenge of the Sith.[9]
The Squid Lake sequence from Revenge of the Sith seems to resemble parts of the
Mermeia sequence from The Star Wars Holiday Special.[source?]
The buzz droids in Revenge of the Sith are reminiscent of the Grutchin species from
The New Jedi Order.[source?]
Artists for the prequel films have used various Expanded Universe
materialsparticularly the Star Wars: Chronicles and Incredible Cross-Sections
booksas inspiration for their work on the prequel films.[10] Concept artists
viewed The Star Wars Holiday Special multiple times while designing the Kashyyyk
environment for Revenge of the Sith.[11]
Lucas's involvement with the EU
Lucas has often worked very closely with EU creators:

Lucas wrote the story for The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Lucas wrote the stories for, executive produced, and directed pick-ups and re-
shoots for both of the Ewok films from the mid-eighties, Caravan of Courage and The
Battle for Endor.
Lucas was involved with the creation of the Star Tours theme park attraction.
James Luceno based his book Labyrinth of Evil on the background Lucas informed him
of, of what happened right before Revenge of the Sith.
Lucas gave Genndy Tartakovsky information on specific events during the Clone Wars,
which Genndy used in part of the series Star Wars: Clone Wars.
When Terry Brooks was writing the novelization of The Phantom Menace, Lucas
informed him of the extensive history of the Sith and Jedi before that time period,
so he could include it in his book. For example, the character of Darth Bane is an
original creation of Lucas', and although he did not include information on the
character in his films, he informed Terry Brooks of the character to incorporate
into the novelization. Lucas also gave Brooks other extensive bits of info of what
went on during The Phantom Menace.
Lucas wrote the prologue for Matthew Stover's novel Shatterpoint.
During the production of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, Lucas
instructed those involved to base the Prince Xizor character on the Dashade species
from The Star Wars Holiday Special.[12]
Lucas met with Roy Thomas to help plan the early storylines for Marvel's Star Wars,
and personally approved the direction Thomas planned to take the series.
Lucas selected Archie Goodwin to become a writer for the Star Wars comic strip.
Lucas helped Kevin J. Anderson develop aspects of the Sith for the Tales of the
Jedi comics.
Lucas decided that Delta Squad should have colored armor in Star Wars: Republic
Commando, to match Episode III.
Lucas instructed John Ostrander on the fate of Quinlan Vos in Republic 83: Hidden
Enemy, Part 3.
Lucas decreed that there could be no more Wookiee Jedi in the Expanded Universe.
Notably, Obsidian Entertainment was forbidden to make Hanharr a Dark Jedi because
of this restriction.
Lucas decreed that, following Episode III, Palpatine has only minor concern over
the remaining Jedi.
Lucas owns the original cover art of Tag & Bink Were Here.
Lucas gave his direct input and guidance to the 2007 multimedia project Star Wars:
The Force Unleashed.
Lucas established that Darth Plagueis is a Muun.[13]
He reportedly provided background notes for the Tales of the Jedi comic series and
The Jedi Academy Trilogy novels.[source?]
Lucas/EU contradictions
On the other hand, Lucas has been known to ignore C-canon material when creating
his films, even when this material is well-established and central to the EU
continuity. This has led some to believe that the C-canon material is not, in fact,
closely aligned with Lucas's vision. Examples of these inconsistencies include:

While in the EU the Republic has existed for roughly 25,000 years, based on
statements made by Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, in Attack of the Clones, Palpatine
says that the Republic has stood for a thousand years. Taken at face value, this
would not only delete the majority of the EU's history, but contradict another
piece of G-canon as well. Authors invented the Ruusan Reformation, in which the
Republic is reorganized following the defeat of the Sith, occurring a thousand
years before the movies, in order to explain, or "retcon," this statement.
Similarly, in Attack of the Clones, Sio Bibble states that "there hasn't been a
full-scale war since the formation of the Republic." In the EU, dozens of wars have
occurred since the Republic's formation, such as the Great Hyperspace War, the Sith
War, the Mandalorian Wars, the Jedi Civil War, the New Sith Wars, and numerous
Great Schisms. Bibble, like Palpatine, must have been referring to the postRuusan
Reformation Republic, as that is the only explanation that makes sense without
undermining much of the EU.
The deaths of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker in the original trilogy made it
appear that dead Jedi typically disappeared and reappeared as Force ghosts. Revenge
of the Sith revealed that this is in fact a very rare ability only a few Jedi have
ever mastered. The 2007 Legacy of the Force novel Sacrifice further reveals that a
Jedi can choose to become one with the Force or to have the body left behind.
Boba Fett's origins originally named him as one Jaster Mereel, a Journeyman
Protector exiled from Concord Dawn. It was later revealed that Jaster Mereel was
merely an alias Fett was using when he was exiled. The real Jaster, whose name Boba
used as an alias, was retconned into a separate character.
The Clone Wars as described in Zahn's Thrawn trilogy were, at least in part, a
struggle between the Old Republic and an army of insane clones grown and controlled
by a number of "clonemasters." Attack of the Clones, on the other hand, revealed
that the Clone Wars were fought between the Old Republic (using clones) and a
(single) Separatist movement (using droids). When writing the prequel trilogy,
Lucas changed the dates he had originally given Zahn for the Clone Wars, so Zahn's
estimate was at least a decade off. This inconsistency was easily retconned,
however, since it was the Noghri who gave the former date, and this species was
using their own unique dating system.
In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin is outraged that he was admitted to the Jedi Council
but not given the rank of master. He says that such an occurrence had never
happened in the history of the order. However, it had been established that during
the time of The Phantom Menace, Ki-Adi-Mundi was a council member though he was
only a knight. This may be less an inconsistency than mere hyperbole if Anakin knew
that it was a rare but not unheard of occurrence, or it may indicate that his
knowledge of the order's history was incomplete.
R4-P17, the droid in Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter in Attack of the Clones, is at
first an incorrect designation, as it has the dome of an R2 unit. The R4's dome is
more conical. However, this was retconned by saying that R4-P17's old R4 body was
damaged, and its remains were placed in an R2 body.
Film cast and crew participation in the EU
On a number of occasions, cast and crew from the films have been known to
participate in the EU.

George Lucas has worked quite a bit with the EU.

Mark Hamill reprised his role as Luke Skywalker for The Star Wars Holiday Special
(1978), as well as for a brief voice role as Luke in the 2000 television commercial
for the novel Vector Prime. He also worked on the LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the
Brick animated short and for the first two dramatizations of the early 1980s Star
Wars radio drama.
Harrison Ford reprised his role as Han Solo for The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Carrie Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia Organa for The Star Wars Holiday
Peter Mayhew reprised his role as Chewbacca for The Star Wars Holiday Special, and
wrote the introduction for the Chewbacca trade paperback.
Samuel L. Jackson reprised his role as Mace Windu via voice in Star Wars: The Clone
Wars, and archival footage of him is used for the video game adaptation of Star
Wars Episode III.
David Prowse and James Earl Jones reprised their role as the body and voice
(respectively) of Darth Vader for The Star Wars Holiday Special and the board game
Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game. While not an official part of the
Expanded Universe, it is notable that through archive sound, James Earl Jones
provided Vader's voice for a commercial for the fanon A New Hope spin-off
Anthony Daniels has portrayed C-3PO in all of his non-film roles where 3PO either
physically appeared, or needed the voice work (with the exception of the Dark
Empire audio dramas), and co-wrote Star Wars Droids: The Protocol Offensive.
According to Genndy Tartakovsky, Daniels also rewrote some of his lines while
working on the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series so that they would be more
like what his character would normally say.[14]
Liam Neeson reprised his role as Qui-Gon Jinn for the video game LEGO Star Wars:
The Video Game and two episodes of Season Three of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Billy Dee Williams reprised his role as Lando Calrissian for The Empire Strikes
Back audio drama and the Dark Empire audio drama, as well as the video games Star
Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and LEGO Star Wars
II: The Original Trilogy.
Warwick Davis reprised his role as Wicket W. Warrick in the two Ewok films Caravan
of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984) and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985), and
his non-canon film Return of the Ewok. He also portrayed Willow Ufgood in the
retroactively non-canon film Willow (1988).
Lewis MacLeod reprised his role as Sebulba for all of his video game appearances as
well as playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the video games Star Wars: Super Bombad Racing,
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds and Star Wars: Obi-Wan.
Ian McDiarmid reprised his role as Darth Sidious for the video game Star Wars
Battlefront: Elite Squadron
Alethea McGrath reprises her role as Jocasta Nu in the video game adaptation of
Star Wars Episode III.
Temuera Morrison reprised his role as Jango Fett in the video games Star Wars:
Bounty Hunter, Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Star Wars
Battlefront: Elite Squadron. He reprised his voice role as Boba Fett in the video
games Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, and Star
Wars: Empire at War. Additionally, he reprised his roles as various clone troopers
in the video games Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars: Republic Commando, Star Wars:
Battlefront II, and Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron. Archive sounds of
Morrison were used for the voice of Jango Fett and various clone troopers in LEGO
Star Wars: The Video Game.
Jake Lloyd reprised his role as Anakin Skywalker in the video games Star Wars
Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode I Racer, Star Wars: Episode I
Jedi Power Battles, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars: Super Bombad
Racing, and Star Wars: Racer Revenge.
Andrew Secombe reprised his role of Watto for all of the character's video game
Denis Lawson, who portrayed Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original
trilogy, reprised the role, in voice-over form, in the Nintendo GameCube game Star
Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and the audio books Heir to the Empire and
Dark Force Rising, as well as providing narration and voice-over work for all
characters including Wedge Antilles.
Voice actor Matthew Wood, who played General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith,
reprised his role as the character in speaking roles for the Revenge of the Sith
video game, the Star Wars: Battlefront II video game, and the General Grievous
Halloween audiocast.[15]
Corey Burton, who provided the voice of Rebel pilot Hobbie in The Empire Strikes
Back, played several voice roles in the Expanded Universe.
Clive Revill, who provided the original voice for Emperor Palpatine in The Empire
Strikes Back, provided the voice for Jan Dodonna in the Star Wars: X-Wing
Collector's Edition.
Ahmed Best reprised his role as Jar Jar Binks (in terms of voice acting) in the
video games Star Wars Episode I: The Gungan Frontier, Star Wars Episode I: The
Phantom Menace video game, Star Wars: Episode I Jedi Power Battles, Star Wars:
Super Bombad Racing, and Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, as well as an episode
of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Greg Proops reprised his role as Fode in Star Wars: Episode I Racer. He also played
the character of Tal Merrik in The Clone Wars Season Two episodes "The Mandalore
Plot" and "Voyage of Temptation."
Leeanna Walsman, who played Zam Wesell in Attack of the Clones, reprised her role
via voice in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.
Ben Burtt was heavily involved in the later episodes of the Star Wars: Droids
animated series; he served as story writer on all of the Mungo Baobab episodes, and
wrote the story and script for The Great Heep TV special. He later expanded on the
Baobab family when he wrote the lyrics for the Dha Werda Verda poem and the liner
notes for the Shadows of the Empire soundtrack, as well as the 2001 book Galactic
Phrase Book & Travel Guide. He also served as sound designer/re-recording mixer for
Joe Johnston wrote the children's book entitled The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of
Magic and Suspense, co-wrote the "Coby and the Starhunters" episode of the Star
Wars: Droids animated series, served as production designer on both of the Ewok
television films, and served as associate producer for Willow.
Dennis Muren worked on the special effects for Caravan of Courage and Willow.
Phil Tippett also worked on the special effects for Caravan of Courage and Willow.
John Knoll served as the ILM animation camera operator on Willow.
Miki Herman served as "Star Wars consultant" on The Star Wars Holiday Special and
co-executive producer of the Star Wars: Droids and Star Wars: Ewoks animated
Rusty Goffe played Kabe, a Jawa, and the GNK power droid in A New Hope, and went on
to play a Nelwyn villager in Willow.
Nosher Powell worked on the stunts in A New Hope, and went on to act in an unknown
role in Willow, as well as work on the stunts for that film.
Jack Purvis played the Chief Jawa in A New Hope, the Chief Ugnaught in The Empire
Strikes Back, and Teebo in Return of the Jedi, and went on to play an uncredited
role as a Nelwyn band member in Willow.
A number of Ewok actors from Return of the Jedi returned to work on the Ewok films
and Willow:
Bobby Bell - Acted as the Ewok Logray and worked on the stunts in Caravan of
Courage. Stock footage of Bell's Ewok character in Return of the Jedi was used in
Star Wars: Battlefront.
Peter Burroughs - Originally played an unnamed Ewok in Return of the Jedi. He went
on to play a Nelwyn villager in Willow and worked on the stunts for both films.
Stock footage of his Ewok character in Return of the Jedi was later used in the
video game Star Wars: Battlefront.
Debbie Lee Carrington - Acted as the Ewok Weechee Warrick in and worked on the
stunts for Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor. Stock footage of
Carrington's Ewok character in Return of the Jedi was used in Star Wars:
Tony Cox - Acted as the Ewok Widdle Warrick in Caravan of Courage and The Battle
for Endor, and as a Vohnkar warrior in Willow. He also worked on the stunts in
Caravan of Courage. Stock footage of his Ewok character in Return of the Jedi was
used in Star Wars: Battlefront.
Malcolm Dixon - Originally played an Ewok warrior in Return of the Jedi. He went on
to play a Nelwyn band member in Willow. Stock footage of his Ewok character from
Return of the Jedi was later used in the video game Star Wars: Battlefront.
Margarita Fernndez - Acted as the Ewok Kaink in Caravan of Courage and worked on
the stunts for Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor.
Daniel Frishman - Acted as the Ewok Deej Warrick in Caravan of Courage and The
Battle for Endor. Stock footage of Frishman's Ewok character in Return of the Jedi
was used in Star Wars: Battlefront.
Pam Grizz - Acted as the Ewok Shodu Warrick in Caravan of Courage and The Battle
for Endor. Grizz's Ewok character in Return of the Jedi was used in Star Wars:
Kevin Thompson - Acted as the Ewok Chukha-Trok in Caravan of Courage and worked on
the stunts for Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor.
Kenny Baker has an uncredited role as R2-D2 in Star Tours and an uncredited role as
a Nelwyn band member in Willow.
Star Wars: Visionaries features eleven stories written and drawn by concept artists
who worked on Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
Special Edition and The Phantom Menace conceptual designer Terryl Whitlatch wrote
The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide.
Special Edition and prequel trilogy producer Rick McCallum is producing the live-
action television series, while Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith
conceptual designer Erik Tiemens is serving as conceptual designer for the series.
Christopher Lee reprised his role as Count Dooku via voice in the Star Wars: The
Clone Wars film, the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game, LEGO
Star Wars: The Video Game, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars
Battlefront: Elite Squadron. (However, his role as Dooku in the Revenge of the Sith
video game and Elite Squadron were archive footage and one line unused in the
Hayden Christensen served as basis for Anakin Skywalker's fighting style in the
video game adaptation of Star Wars Episode III. He also worked on the LEGO Star
Wars: Revenge of the Brick animated short.
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SWInsider "Launch Pad"Star Wars Insider 150
SWInsider "Insider Looks Back"Star Wars Insider 150
SWInsider "Blaster"Star Wars Insider 150
SWCustom-2011 Introducing Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide on
(backup link)
SWCustom-2011 SDCC 2014: "The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels" Panel Liveblog on (backup link)
SWCustom-2011 SDCC 2014: Star Wars: A New Dawn Panel Liveblog on
(backup link)
SWInsider "Mandalorian Graffiti"Star Wars Insider 152
SWInsider "Classic Moment: Lando's Second Surprise"Star Wars Insider 152
SWInsider "Blaster"Star Wars Insider 152
SWInsider "Dave on the Dark Side"Star Wars Insider 153
SWInsider "Authors of the Expanded Universe: Tales of the Sith"Star Wars Insider
SWInsider "Blaster"Star Wars Insider 153
SWInsider "Bantha Tracks"Star Wars Insider 153
SWInsider "C-3PO's Communication Station!"Star Wars Insider 154
SWInsider "Authors of the Expanded Universe: The Legend of Dark Horse"Star Wars
Insider 154
SWInsider "I'm Here to Rescue You"Star Wars Insider 155
SWInsider "Editing the Galaxy"Star Wars Insider 155
SWInsider "Legendary Authors: Alan Dean Foster"Star Wars Insider 156
SWInsider "Blaster"Star Wars Insider 157
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Notes and references
? 1.0 1.1 SWCustom-2011 The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page
on (backup link)
? A summation of Jennifer Heddle's statements regarding canon
? SWInsider "Legendary Authors: Alan Dean Foster"Star Wars Insider 156
? SWInsider "Launch Pad"Star Wars Insider 150
? Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: Legacy #18 on Dark Horse Comics' official website
? FacebookIcon becker&mayer! confirms Star Wars: Imperial Handbook is Legends.
Becker&mayer! Books (September 15, 2014, 3:40 pm). "Imperial Handbook is set in
Legends." (screenshot)
? SWicon Holocron continuity database questions on Message Boards.
Posted by Leland Y Chee on May 12, 2007 at 4:53 PM. (content now obsolete; backup
link) "So far I'm using the term T-canon for the upcoming animated series and live-
action series. Nothing prior is being considered T-canon."
? HyperspaceIcon "Aayla Secura: An Expanded Role" on Hyperspace (content removed
from and unavailable)
? HyperspaceIcon "Jedi Missing In Action" on Hyperspace (content removed from and unavailable)
? SWicon Do you use any of the Star Wars books and guides when working on your
designs? on (content now obsolete; backup link)
? SWicon Homing Beacon #116 - Kashyyyk Revisited on (content now
obsolete; backup link)
? Databank title Dashade in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
? Forum:CIV Continuity Questions
? Star Wars: Clone Wars: Volume One DVD commentary
? SWicon Holocron continuity database questions on Message Boards.
Posted by Leland Y Chee on at . (content now obsolete; backup link)
See also
Wookieepedia:Canon policy
List of Legends elements in the films
Fan film
List of fanon elements in continuity
External links
Official site at (available on the Internet Archive)
Expanded Universe Databank at (available on the Internet Archive)
The "Star Wars Timeline Gold"An extensive fan-made timeline
A thorough explanation of the Star Wars canon policy
"The Star Wars Canon: Overview" at
Site of the Random House Star Wars novels
EUCantinaAn Expanded Universe resource site with reviews, interviews, and the
latest EU news
USA Today: 'Star Wars' books are soldiering on
'Star Wars' spinoffs; Videogames, novels, TV keep mythology alive - Article at
Gallery: 'Star Wars' toys - Article at
Holonet NewsA "news" website based on the Star Wars prequels. It brought readers
"current" events from the Expanded Universe. The site was created in the hype
leading up to the release of Episode II. (available on the Internet Archive) (EU related fansites)
"Should Star Wars Restart Its Continuity?"Blog in which author Daniel Wallace
entertained the idea (available on the Internet Archive)
Episodic films
I: The Phantom Menace II: Attack of the Clones III: Revenge of the Sith
IV: A New Hope V: The Empire Strikes Back VI: Return of the Jedi
VII: The Force Awakens VIII: The Last Jedi IX
Spin-off films
The Clone Wars Rogue One Solo Untitled film Untitled trilogy
Holiday Special Caravan of Courage The Battle for Endor
Television series
The Clone Wars Rebels Forces of Destiny Untitled live-action series
Droids Ewoks Clone Wars
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