Earlier this year, a number of classic Star Wars shows were released on Disney+, and we just recently got another one!
Last week, without much attention or fanfare whatsoever, Star Wars: Droids was released on the streaming platform, joining the other shows that are categorized under the “Vintage Collection” label.
Droids is an animated series that ran for one season in the fall of 1985, exploring the iconic droids C-3PO (once again voiced by Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 on a series of wild adventures across the galaxy. Timeline-wise, it was set before the events of the original trilogy (which had just wrapped up with Return of the Jedi two years earlier) but after the events of the prequel trilogy that would come over a decade later. The show ran alongside the Ewoks series, which together made up the Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour on ABC. In addition to the one season of the show, a TV movie was released the following summer (in June 1986), entitled “The Great Heep,” which is listed on Disney+ as a separate season.
The show is no longer considered canon, but it’s nostalgic and fun. And like the other non-canon classic shows released so far this year, I think that’s awesome! Disney+ now features the Ewoks animated series, the Droids animated series, the Genndy Tartakovsky Clone Wars animated series, the animated segment from the Star Wars Holiday Special (“The Story of the Faithful Wookiee”), and the live-action Ewoks films. With Droids now completing that group, pretty much every significant Star Wars show and movie ever created is now on the streaming platform, and I think that’s great news. Even though these stories are not considered to be canon, they’re fun, enjoyable, and now all available in one place!