Yes you heard right folks, Dash Rendar is now Official Canon thanks to being reintroduced in the journal book Solo: A Star Wars Story: Tales from Vandor, written by Jason Fry.
To those that don’t know who Dash Rendar is, his character was developed for the 1996 Star Wars Legends multimedia project Shadows of the Empire and appeared in its novel, comic and video game incarnations as well as few other pieces of Legends media such as Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, Rebel Dawn, and Shadow Games.
“We know [Rendar is] designed to be around while the swashbuckling Han is encased in carbonite, but we don’t want Dash to be a carbonite copy of Mr. Solo. Our suggestion is that rather than thinking of him simply as a mercenary, Dash is more like a swaggery Top Gun-style fighter pilot. A guy with real talent but a bit of a braggart and a blowhard, too. Luke doesn’t like him, not only because of this in-your-face personality but also because of the natural competitiveness between these two pilots.“
–Bantam Spectra editor Tom Dupree’s pre-manuscript note to Steve Perry
But back to “Tales from Vandor”. It is mentioned very early on that the author of this in universe journal, the overnight bartender for Ypso Lodge named Midnight says he can’t promise that every story in the journal is true, similar to “The Legends of Luke Skywalker”, a canon junior novel of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. as some of the stories maybe nothing more than tall tales. But that’s probably not the case with Dash.
Dash is referenced twice in the journal as one of the many rival pilots to Solo whom are sceptical of his course through the Kessel Run and doesn’t believe Han deserves the glory, saying if he’s around, not to bother with Solo.
“Han Solo, ha. If I’m around, you don’t need that guy.“
– Dash Rendar
This does in a way match with Dash Rendar from Star Wars Legends, as both Rendar and Solo had a friendly rivalry. Apart from that, that’s it. This is all we have so far on Dash Rendar in Canon. Shadows of the Empire remains as Legends. But maybe his Character can pop up again in the future in another novel or comic. I think chances get similar for an on screen appearance.
But Dash wasn’t the only Character to get mentioned in “Tales from Vandor” Midnight mentions of an old labour droid that called himself Bollux, speaking of crazy stories about how he was with Han when he destroyed a Corporate Sector Authority Prison off the surface of a planet and the destruction of a battalion of War Droids that belonged Xim the Desport, a pre-Galactic Republic tyrant who died over 25,000 years ago.
The droid calling himself Bollux, is of course retelling stories from the Han Solo Adventure Books from Legends. The books include: Han Solo at Stars’ End, Han Solo’s Revenge and Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. He also claimed that he was now working for a university in the Outer Rim Territories, tracking down sites and artifacts pertaining to Xim. Bollux had allegedly travelled to Vandor to pursue a tip on a treasure.
Although Midnight suspected that Bollux was merely malfunctioning, he later learned from a former Corporate Sector official that the new Stars’ End prison had indeed been blown into orbit by a Corellian who had broken in to rescue a Wookiee.
As Ahsoka Tano would say: “There’s always a bit of truth in legends”
Alex from the Channel Star Wars Explained goes over this and more, as other minor Characters from Star Wars Legends made their way into Canon thanks to this new book. You can watch his video here. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee teased us by saying:”You wouldn’t believe some of the Legends characters that will be cropping up in various media in the coming months” and that anything was possible. Well he certainly wasn’t wrong.
With that said what other Star Wars Legend Characters would you like to see appear in Canon?