I’ve seen Empire Strikes Back dozens of times. A New Hope has been rotated a little less. Jedi, even less, and I can’t remember the last time I watched any of Episodes I through III. The kids love Empire best, as they should, and the face melting of Vader in Episode III is something Charlie would rather not watch on random plane rides and car trips.
So, how will we all catch up in time for Episode VII? I mean “we know the story,” but there are details that will carry through the saga that might have slipped our minds. With kids involved in the culture of Star Wars now, more than ever, LEGO and Lucasfilm have teamed up for a 5 episode series called LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales.
At the recent Dad 2.0 Summit, we made a visit to the legendary Lucasfilm Studio in San Francisco, surrounded by Star Wars artifacts similar to those found in the Star Wars: Identities exhibit. We were ushered in to a theatre designed by Lucas himself and shown 2 of the 5 episodes still in rough form. They are epic.
LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales picks up at the end of the celebration in the Ewok Village and proceeds to have R2-D2 and C-3PO walk everyone back through their adventures in the first 6 episodes.
An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars. I can’t give you more than that, other than to say it is an absolutely perfect way to get everyone back up to speed while avoiding haunting scenes of face melting.
LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales will air on Disney XD later this year.
“LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group.