The LEGO Star Wars Holiday released yesterday, and it was a fun, entertaining, and humorous special.
But you may be wondering: is it canon?
Quite frankly, it shouldn’t matter too much whether it’s canon, as the more important question is simply whether you enjoy. But I know that many (including myself) are always wondering how things fit into the larger story, and there are particularly a few elements from the special that I’m curious about.
The short answer is that we don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing this isn’t officially canon. I would guess that it’s somewhat similar to The Freemaker Adventures, which has been described as “canon-adjacent” and “canon paraphrase.” Basically, they worked to make sure that nothing contradicts the current canon, and like pretty much all LEGO projects, they tell things that are probably broadly canon, but just with some extra-dramatic details in the telling of it.
So if we apply that to the LEGO Holiday Special, my guess is that the main themes from the special are indeed canon, but that the exact details of how it went down are exaggerated. In other words, did Rey and her friends celebrate Life Day on Kashyyyk? Yeah, probably! Did Rey begin training Finn? I’m guessing so! Did Rey feel inadequate as a teacher, go searching for answers, and find them from some of the Jedi from the past? Seems likely to me!
I know this all gets confusing, and the simplest way to phrase it is that this special is designed simply to be fun and enjoyable. But all of this gets to my main purpose for this article, and it’s this: The Holiday Special is the first time we have seen Rey training Finn as a Jedi!
Set after the events of The Rise of Skywalker, it makes perfect sense that this would happen. The two developed a strong friendship in the sequel trilogy, and in TROS it was revealed that Finn was actually Force-sensitive. So of course Rey would then begin to train him, and in this special, she does so as Finn uses her lightsaber to train with the training droid aboard the Millennium Falcon.
I’m guessing that this really did happen and that Rey actually does take Finn on as an apprentice. If that really is the case, it’s pretty surprising that the first place we actually see that is in a LEGO special, but I really hope we get more about these characters in the post-TROS galaxy in the years to come. I would absolutely love to see or read stories of Rey training Finn in the ways of the Jedi.
So it was really cool to see that, even in LEGO form, in this special!