Lego Star Wars Droid Tales May Be The Droids You’re Looking For
As a young boy Star Wars was often the source of endless hours of make-believe. Running around with friends, we all hummed the sound of a light saber while acting out battles from the films. I was fascinated with every aspect of the Star Wars universe.
When these same friends and I weren’t pretending to be Jedi, we often were found huddled around a bin of colorful Lego bricks creating spaceships and cities. We used Lego to further fuel our imagination of worlds and civilizations that could only exist in a science fiction universe.
We were not the only children to combine the world of Lego with the galaxy of Star Wars. In 1999, Lego Star Wars toys were officially released with Star Wars Episode 1, the Phantom Menace. Ever since they have been hugely popular. Lego kits to build star destroyers, death stars, and almost every other Star Wars vehicle, character and location can be found at any toy retailer. In recent years this combination has been expanded even further with the release of Lego Star Wars video games in the year 2005, just prior to the release of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Several other games have since been realized, and with the success they have had I am sure many more are to come.
It is no surprise that a television series has now been added to the group. Lego Star Wars Droid Tales is the latest creation. It follows the famous robot, C-3PO as he recounts the events of the Star Wars films from his point of view.
I was skeptical as I started viewing the series. Far too often productions like this are created as nothing more than a cash grab and are quickly found in discount bins where children find them and sneak them into their mother’s cart. Within the first 5 minutes, I realized that I was wrong. Starting immediately after the events of episode 6, C-3PO shares his memories of the decades of adventure he has been through. Part way through narrating these stories he discovers his trusty companion, R2-D2 has been kidnapped. The rest of the episodes follow C-3PO as he searches for R2 and shares his memories with many others on the way. The plot line of finding R2 moves slowly as it is frequently interrupted by flashbacks of C-3PO’s life. But it is still an engaging story, and the flash backs are very fun to watch. It’s a universe of creative visuals of a galaxy built of Lego bricks and an incredibly funny script that fills every moment with witty lines that poke fun of the plot holes and inconsistencies in the original films. Watching the events of the first 6 Star Wars episodes, as well as events in the Star Wars Rebels TV series (taking place in between episodes 3 and 4) from the perspective of a droid who bumbled his way through it all is a refreshing look at the well-known stories. It never takes itself too seriously and is an amusing adventure from start to finish.
This is a harmless, fun piece of entertainment for any age group. Children will love the Lego creations and older viewers will enjoy the dialog. Cartoon violence is very frequent as we see various Lego figures fight each other. Laser guns and light sabers are often used in these encounters, but the conflicts are often more of a slapstick comedy than an intense battle. There are a couple of scenes where potty humor is used as characters insult each other, but they are few and far between. There is also one scene when a “beep” from R2-D2 is used to censor what could have been a curse.
If you are looking for an engaging adventure in a galaxy far away that your kids will enjoy then these are the droids you’re looking for!