- Groups of Mandalorian Commandoes Fighting for the Empire. This means the warrior culture Mandos with jet packs is firmly back in canon and this of course makes me ecstatic!
- Wedge. It isn't explicit but that pilot defecting from the Empire that identifies himself as "Wedge" is in fact the Wedge Antilles much younger than we see him in the films. All I could find was speculation but if true this makes me very happy to see more chgaracters from the films included and expanded.
- Grand Moff Tarkin. The name says it all but here again we get more of another classic character from the films and some exploration of his backstory.
- Finally and I deliberately saved this for last. Grand Admiral Thrawn! I've never been a fan of his on the same level as some but I'm very happy that they are bringing back some of the better parts of the EU and bringing them into canon. We'll have to see how much of his backstory from the EU they keep (IMO hopefully very little if any) but the fact he's here makes him fair game again for other canon material going forward and I know some of you will be cheering his return.