Review

If Legos, Star Wars, and Robot Chicken had a party and made some noise, the sound would be what Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales ended up being. Being a big fan of lots of Star Wars stuff, I’ve recently gotten into the animated T.V. series’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, both of which perfectly encapsulate what spin off animated shows from Star Wars should be. They play around in the sandbox, fill some mighty big shoes, and entertain audiences who grew up loving all things Star Wars.

 

So full disclosure: I don’t “get” Legos. I played with Legos when I was a kid, but they were always distant next choices after playing with G.I. Joes, He-Man dolls, and Star Wars figures. I had Silverhawks, Bravestar, Sky Commanders, and M.A.S.K. toys and I loved all that stuff, but Legos were kinda dorky. I had them, and I played with them, but after awhile I would get bored. The massive empire that has become Legos amazes me. They’ve outlasted all the toys I grew up playing with because essentially Legos are timeless. That’s great; good for Legos. But I still don’t “get” them. And what’s more, I don’t “get” the fact that Legos have become a thing that has crept into many of the franchises I really enjoy, like Harry Potter, the DC universe, and Star Wars. There’ve been video games, animated movie spin offs and even that huge hit CGI cartoon The Lego Movie, which I saw and totally didn’t “get.” Everything about that movie was not awesome. It’s weird. Little yellow guys with weird hair and the building blocks everywhere. I dunno. Maybe it’s just me.

 

That said, I’m into Star Wars, so I gave Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales a chance. It’s set right after the second Death Star blows up and Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C3-P0 are celebrating on Endor. C3-P0 tells the story of Droid Tales in flashback, and we see the entire Star Wars saga in flash-forward, but in segments that are only halfway familiar because everything plays out in a goofy, off-kilter fashion. Droid Tales is a comedy. There’s a running gag that Admiral Akbar can never find his spaceship – it’s always being towed or stolen. Even Yoda plays the maracas in one scene. So, yeah. Is it for fans of Star Wars? Maybe. Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams lend their voices to it, so it’s part of the Disney-sanctioned Star Wars universe now. It was a little hard for me to watch all five segments (the total running time of the DVD is 115 minutes), but if I had to compare it to anything, I’d compare it to a bizarre dream you might’ve had as a kid of your Legos turning into Star Wars figures. It kind of makes sense, and it certainly sounds like the original films, but it’s like Jabba farted and the smell sorta ruins the essence of it all. Kids will like it, though. Guaranteed.



About the Author

david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.