As such:

Did anyone at LucasFilm (or licensed material creators) acknowledge specific cases of borrowing specific information/ideas from EU/Legends into Disney Canon?

(as opposed to generic fact that "yes we will/do/did")

Just to clarify, the question is about canon material created after Disney transitions, NOT Lucas's own use of EU material in Episodes I-VI or Clone Wars.

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    I think Star Wars Rebels is doing it's best to re-canonise as much of the old EU as it can. Not sure if that is the same thing as borrowing Ideas. Jan 18, 2017 at 13:22
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    @JeremyFrench and damn me if I don't have a soft spot for that show simply because of that fact. Especially the ships!
    – Petersaber
    Jan 18, 2017 at 13:30
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    @Petersaber : And Thrawn, for that matter.
    – DBPriGuy
    Jan 18, 2017 at 13:38
  • @DBPriGuy and "Jan Ors" 2.0 :P
    – Petersaber
    Jan 18, 2017 at 14:46
  • Seems a lot like this question: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/99302/31051; are you asking if anybody has done this, or just if anyone's fessed up to doing it? Jan 18, 2017 at 16:43

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Yeah, there's been some of this

Grand Admiral Thrawn is, of course, the obvious example; his history in the Expanded Universe was discussed by Dave Filoni at Celebration London 2016, as reported by Entertainment Weekly:

"Let's take a moment and expand the universe a little," Filoni said as the lights dimmed and the [Rebels season 3] trailer began to play. (You can see it yourself above.)


"You couldn't have grown up a Star Wars fan without encountering Thrawn in Heir to the Empire," Filoni said. "It was a dark time when there weren't any more movies, and it blew our minds that there could be more."

Pablo Hidalgo, one of Lucasfilm's story development executive, has been known to do this on occasion on his Twitter; there's a great example from May 2016 where he makes an (admittedly non-specific) admission that he and Dave Filoni, among others, tend to borrow from the EU:

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@BLloydReese there was a TON of stuff from EU filoni stuck in.

@pablohidalgo Yeah, the EU stuff primarily came from EU readers like Filoni or myself.

One example, from the Rogue One Visual Guide (written by Hidalgo) are the Yelsain Tree Dwellers; the planet Yelsain, with its giant trees, was entirely unremarkable in the EU. However, Hidalgo apparently made great use of it back when he was running tabletop Star Wars RPGs, so added it to Disney canon with an updated history out of a sense of sentimentality:

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@pablohidalgo In my old campaigns, I blew out the history of the Yelsain Tree Dwellers. Couldn't resist bringing 'em back.

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    wouldn't call it a dark time when there were no more movies. the opposite actually.
    – n611x007
    Jan 19, 2017 at 2:43

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