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Posted on Dec 17, 2015

Infographic: The Two Timelines of Star Wars

Infographic: The Two Timelines of Star Wars


Star Wars has one of the most massive canons of any fictional franchise, and we’re not just talking about the physical size of the galaxy in which it takes place. The sheer volume of stories, from comics and novels to games and movies, is staggering – and it’s only growing. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is out tomorrow!


The original expanded universe Star Wars timeline, known as the Legends Timeline, actually covers the entirety of Star Wars history, measured in years before/after the Battle of Yavin (the climax of Episode IV). All of it – even events such as the beginning of life (5 billion BBY) and the formation of the galaxy itself (13 trillion BBY) – is included.

Then, in 2014, the modern timeline was established, which removed everything from the official Star Wars canon except for:

  • The main series films
  • The Clone Wars films and other materials
  • To-be-published materials


To see how the two timelines fit together, we created this infographic. Notice that the Legends side only includes time periods in which stories take place, and doesn’t go all the way back to the beginning of time (it was awkward enough fitting dozens of millenia on one scale, let alone trillions of years).



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Take a look at these posts and articles for even more Star Wars:

  • Star Wars Pet Costumes Movie Trailer: Long story short, we brought a bunch of our pets to work with us one day and made a parody movie trailer. Not only are the dogs’ costumes on point, but the special effects are just out-of-control amazing.
  • Must-Have Star Wars VII Costumes: Now that you’ve had a chance to take in Episode VII of the Star Wars saga, you have the chance to dress up like Kylo Ren, Phasma, Finn, Rey, and others. Get Star Wars costume tips and ideas for upcoming conventions in this blog post.
  • Our Top 20 Star Wars Characters: Keep your eyes peeled for updates to this one. We’re probably going to watch The Force Awakens seven or eight times before deciding where to slot all the new characters on our list of favorites.


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