Legends still exists, though. Even in the Disney era, the comics have been republished in large collections and the more famous novels are getting new editions with new covers and all. The old cartoons are being put up on Disney+. It’s all more accessible than ever. The only change is that there’s no new stories in the old continuity, but even that isn’t necessarily a permanent thing. Honestly, I prefer the route of explicitly time-capsuling it and starting afresh compared to what Lucas tended to do with TCW and similar, where it just overrode the existing material and left it up to people like Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee, various authors etc. to try to reconcile things. Which is exactly what Lucas’ sequels would’ve done, had they ever actually come to pass, of course - and the Internet would no doubt have been very unhappy about it…
I certainly wouldn’t mind if there was some more room for experimentation in the new canon, however. Some kind of ‘Infinities’ brand or similar for stories which don’t have to adhere to the tone and continuity of the rest of things. There’s a bit of that sort of a thing with the ‘myths’-flavour books that have been coming out recently, though, and obviously the High Republic is offering authors a lot more freedom compared to trying to ram books into the gaps in the main saga. Oddly, the LEGO side material of all things does get to exist in an only-vaguely-canon realm.
I completely agree with all of this. If I could have any Star Wars themed wish come true, it would be a TCW/Rebels style “canonisation” of The Freemaker Adventures.
Edit: I don’t mean remake the whole thing in a way that would destroy the whole point of why I like it to begin with, I mean, like, a one hour special with a new adventure in that animation style. (I know they put Roger in one of the droid books, making the whole show implied deutero-canon, but it’s not the same thing.)
Wow, this thread has really gotten off topic, hasn’t it.