This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments should be made in the Senate Hall or new Consensus Track pages rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. The result of the debate was implement a LEGO tab specifically for the articles pertaining to the LEGO timeline.. IFYLOFD(Talk) 03:34, July 15, 2016 (UTC)
Let's file this one under the "we probably should've done this a month ago" category!
Last night, a new Star Wars series debuted on Disney XD. It's called LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. Although it continues to be a humorous take on the Star Wars saga, it is much more serious than previous LEGO outings and does have recurring characters and a lot of depth to its lore. That means there's a lot of information that people are going to want to search for in regards to the show.
That leaves us with a question, though: how do we classify these articles? Should they be labeled as canon?
In short, no—these are not part of the official canon. I'll let Bob Roth, one of the showrunners, explain, from this interview with IGN (I've bolded some parts for emphasis):
Of course, the big question on everybody's mind is, is Freemakers canon? Ever since Disney bought the rights to Star Wars in 2012, almost everything new has been considered canon, be it movies, shows, comics, games, whatever. But with LEGO Star Wars specifically, there's been some discrepancy as to whether it's separate from canon or simply a heightened version of it.
"LEGO Star Wars is its own unique universe," Roth said, adding that Freemakers follows Star Wars continuity, if that continuity was "reenacted by a kid playing with his toys."
"I like to think of it as 'Canon Paraphrase,'" Motz added.
The article goes on to explain that they still work with the Story Group and there are still certain things that the show can't do, like contradict canon, but its lore is not officially the canonical lore.
So if it's not canon and it's not Legends, then what is it? For our purpose, I—as well as Cavalier One, as both of us have have discussed this at length and the creation of a new tab was his idea—am proposing the following:
We add a new element to the site: LEGO Canon. This is also what Leland Chee does in the Holocron continuity database, per this tweet. For now, this element is solely pertaining to The Freemaker Adventures. We can figure out how to deal with other LEGO animated properties later on, and how to incorporate them (if at all) into these pages.
All Freemaker Adventure articles will be given a 'LEGO' banner in the upper-right hand corner of the article, much like how there is currently 'CANON' and 'LEGENDS.'
If a previously-established subject that has a Legends or a Canon page appears on the show, and it has the same name, it will be given a /LEGO subpage. For example, we know that Lando is going to appear in this series, so information about his appearance on the show would go in Lando Calrissian/LEGO.
This will allow us to document The Freemaker Adventures so we are serving our readers, while at the same time recognizing that it it's its own continuity that runs parallel to but not entirely in line with canon. This is a very simple solution, and the technical implementation (the era icon, categories, tabs) can be done upon the approval of this CT.
If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 01:28, June 22, 2016 (UTC)
Strongly support. I think it's very much time. ProfessorTofty (talk) 11:57, June 23, 2016 (UTC)
Simply put, if Leland is doing something similar in the Holocron to separate the Freemaker stuff from the regular Canon it makes sense for us to employ a similar system. Expanding the tab system is the most logical way to achieve this. - Sir Cavalier of One(Squadron channel) 11:04, June 30, 2016 (UTC)
I think this is a very good idea if we could also include other LEGO tv series like The Yoda Chronicles, Microfighters, Droid Tales, The Resistance Rises, and the various films, books, and other media. These series are very much stand-alone products and there are bound to be some contradictions. So, let's not get too worried about the contradictions in the LEGO versions of Legends and Canon articles. They're very much aimed at kids so it doesn't have r same level of formality as the Canon and Legends articles. Andykatib 02:05, June 22, 2016 (UTC)
We could also use this to cut down on the amount of LEGO sets in the sources sections and LEGO games in appearances sections. - AV-6R7Crew Pit 02:10, June 22, 2016 (UTC)
I definitely want to include those in the future, absolutely. This is just a first step to implement the idea and see how it works. Once we see how it goes, I plan on posting a new CT with more LEGO stories that we can include. Because I agree—these pages don't have to worry about everything fitting together. - Brandon Rhea(talk) 02:12, June 22, 2016 (UTC)