Is LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales Canon?

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales continues the tradition of a seasonal event, only this time it will be Halloween-themed. There are all sorts of spooky goings-on taking place, with a character sharing dark tales of villains that span the entire Star Wars timeline. But seeing as the animated feature draws on many established characters and events, is LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales canon?

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Set after the events of the sequel trilogy - just like The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special - pilot Poe Dameron and his trusted droid BB-8 encounter discover that a member of the Hutt clan has transformed Darth Vader's castle into a luxury resort, where they hear three spooky tales that once took place in the faraway galaxy.

We get to see the likes of Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker, and General Grievous, but it looks like things aren't what they seem, with perhaps an alternate reality taking place. That, or the storyteller is straight-up lying. Probably the latter.

Is LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales canon then? Is any LEGO Star Wars material canon, for that matter? First of all, as it's LEGO, one would naturally assume there are no connecting blocks between the LEGO Star Wars universe, and the actual faraway galaxy. But wait - aren't all things Star Wars now considered canon? Didn't Disney wipe the slate clean after they purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, with of course the exception of the original trilogy, prequel trilogy, and The Clone Wars?

The most definitive answer we have to this question was when writer David Shayne called Terrifying Tales "canon-adjacent" in an interview with SFX magazine, as detailed by Games Radar.

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So, it will be set in the faraway galaxy, but it won't necessarily adhere to the Star Wars timeline of canonical stories - although it is possible some episodes may naturally steer towards established lore.

As for everything else Star Wars, such as the three trilogies, The Clone Wars, Rebels, The Mandalorian, The Bad Batch, and upcoming shows like Ahsoka, Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and The Book of Boba Fett - they're all completely canon.

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But where does this leave everything else, specifically LEGO Star Wars? The answer might be obvious - after all, it's a parody and satirical twist of Star Wars and should be taken with an incredibly large pinch of Crait salt. On the other hand, just because it's animated, that doesn't mean it's canon. Right?

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The fact that LEGO is animated isn't the point - it's LEGO, and it's designed to poke fun at the source material, which includes established canon, while at the same time 'sub-franchising', and creating its own universe. In other words, LEGO Star Wars is its own licensed property.

But that begs to question whether all things LEGO Star Wars are interconnected, or, to use a pun, different pieces on the same model. Well, there's the Freemakers series, sure, but to go through the list of all things LEGO Star Wars, whether TV or film, is about as overwhelming as unpacking a LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

So, LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales isn't canon, nor is anything in the LEGO Star Wars universe. But that doesn't mean you can't have buckets of fun with the upcoming new animated feature. Although it might leave you wishing Disney would rebuild the sequel trilogy. Perhaps they will, but it will probably be in LEGO.

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales is available to stream exclusively on Disney+.

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