Disney has announced that they have acquired LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales from The LEGO Group. As a result of this acquisition, they will be airing the show on Disney XD later this year. LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales is an animated series that consists of five 22-minute episodes telling the storey of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace up to Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi from C-3PO and R2-D2’s perspectives.
What’s interesting about this something that was written in the press release. “C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” C-3PO wasn’t fully functional until Anakin activated him when he first met Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on Tatooine. C-3PO was also first introduced to R2-D2 so there wasn’t really any adventures to speak of before that unless the whole story is retconned. We’ll see what happens when the show airs on Disney XD later this year.
ENFIELD, Conn., Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The LEGO Group, world renowned manufacturer of construction toys, today announced that Disney XD has acquired LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales for airing later this year. The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Disney XD is also currently home to the animated hit series Star Wars Rebels.
“Since we introduced our first LEGO Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used LEGO bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “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.”
As its title suggests, Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. 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.
Information on airdates for each episode is not yet available. Additional LEGO Star Wars activities to get the family caught up will launch throughout the year.
Last week, we reported that exclusive minifigure in the the new LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded will be the White Boba Fett (Proto Fett). Amazon has updated their listing with preview shots of some the minifigures that will be included in the book. Like with the previous Character Encyclopedia, you’ll get lots of details of the minifigures as well as a data file of the set they first appear in. The book has been updated with every LEGO Star Wars minifigure up until this most recent wave of sets. The Updated and Expanded LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia will be available on April 28 but you can pre-order it now.
The last time that there was information about the LEGO Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens sets was last month when there were details of the set numbers and pricing in British Pounds. We also knew there was going to be an updated Millennium Falcon as well as a X-Wing. There is new information coming from BZPower, albeit a little late on my part, of the piece counts of the sets as well as US and Canadian dollar prices for each of these sets. I’m going to venture a guess and say the most expensive set will be the new Millennium Falcon. All the sets below will be available in September.
$19.99 USD / $24.99 CAD
$39.99 USD / $49.99 CAD
$69.99 USD / $89.99 CAD
$79.99 USD / $99.99 CAD
$89.99 USD / $109.99 CAD
$119.99 USD / $149.99 CAD
$149.99 USD / $179.99 CAD
StarWars.com has revealed the exclusive minifigure for the DK LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded which will be the White Boba Fett, aka Proto Fett. A white version of the bounty hunter was first released in 2010 but we will now get an updated version of him. The book will be available on April 28th just in time for May the 4th but you can pre-order the book on Amazon. The LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia will include 72 more pages filled with facts and images of the minifigures that have been released since the first book. Thanks to Michael for the heads up.
Today at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, LEGO has unveiled the latest LEGO Star Wars UCS set, the TIE Fighter (75095). We were the first site to report that this set would be coming out this year and we can now see it in its full glory. The UCS TIE Fighter contains 1685 pieces and will retail for $199.99. There’s no mentioning of a specific release date for it but our sources told us that it will be available during the May the 4th event.
75095 TIE Fighter, 1,685 pieces
US $199.99 – CA $229.99 – DE 199.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1799.00 DKK
Presenting the Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter – the iconic Imperial starfighter!
We proudly present the Ultimate Collector Series LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter. As featured in many of the action-packed Star Wars battle scenes, including the decisive battle that led to the destruction of the first Death Star, this large-scale LEGO-brick rendition of the classic Imperial starfighter has intricate detailing, as well as an opening top hatch and an exclusive TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure with a blaster pistol. And when you want to keep it safe from Rebel attack, mount the model on the display stand and keep yourself updated with all the key facts and figures on the included fact plaque. The Ultimate Collector Series TIE Fighter is the perfect addition to your Star Wars collection!
- Includes a TIE Fighter Pilot minifigure with a blaster pistol
- Features an opening top hatch
- Includes a display stand and informative fact plaque
- The perfect flagship model for fans of Star Wars and LEGO brick building
- Collect one of the most iconic starships in the galaxy!
- TIE Fighter measures 18.5” (47cm) high, 12” (30.6cm) long and 12.2” (31cm) wide
Star Wars Days 2015 will be happening at LEGOLAND California on March 7-8 and the day before that, the park will unveiling the latest addition to the LEGO Star Wars Miniland area, the Death Star. It was created with more than half a million LEGO bricks and weighs almost a ton. It measures 13 feet high by 8 feet wide and will be the largest model at the LEGO Star Wars Miniland. Below are some sneak peek photos of the Death Star being put together.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015) – The LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display has arrived to LEGOLAND® California Resort! The planet shaped LEGO® model, made out of more than a half million LEGO bricks, stands 13-feet high, 8-feet wide and weighs more than 1,900 pounds. The LEGO Death Star is the largest LEGO model to be added to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland and opens to guests on March 5.
Under the watchful eye of R2-D2, a team of builders used a fork lift to maneuver the massive LEGO model into position high above LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland, which opened to guests in 2011. The LEGO Death Star is designed from the version featured in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The new model display also features the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-Wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Below the LEGO Death Star, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations, while LEGO X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Y-Wings circle overhead.
The unveiling of the new LEGO Death Star on March 5 kicks-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event on March 7 and 8, where guests can spend the day participating in Star Wars™ related activities. LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort.
Our friends at Brick Fanatics has found an interesting article from ToyNews regarding the future of the LEGO Star Wars theme. In a recent interview, LEGO CEO Jørgen Von Knudstorp states that the very popular theme will “stay with us forever because LEGO Star Wars has become a brand in its own right.” Back in 2012, LEGO extended the licensing deal with Lucasfilm, which they’ve had since 1999, for 10 more years until 2022 and it looks like that they’ll keep continuing to do so in the future. The Star Wars Universe is so massive that there’s almost unlimited sets that LEGO can create including the new Constraction Ultrabuild Characters that will be released later this year. Plus there are the three sequel trilogy movies as well as the Han Solo and Boba Fett spin-off movies that can give more sources of inspiration for future sets.
Continuing with the interview, Knudstorp also talks about licensed themes. He notes that LEGO doesn’t want every movie to become a theme but they do like “stories that have longevity” such as LEGO The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. As we know by now, some movies that turn into sets didn’t pan out as the company would have liked such as Prince of Persia and The Lone Ranger.
Finally, Toy News asked if the LEGO is releasing licensed sets targeted towards adult fans. Knudstorp answers both yes and no and gives an example of the LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (21108) set. He’s surprised to see that it’s popular with both adults as well as kids given that it’s an older movie and not many kids may have heard of it. Ultimately, LEGO knows their core business portfolio is with the non-licensed sets but also value the importance of licensed themes and Knudstorp notes, “It’s important but it’s never defining our business. We can live without it, but are happy to bring a few IPs in.”