Taking place moments after the celebratory events of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales allows our two favorite droids, C-3P0 and R2-D2, the chance to regale their friends on Endor with the details of their harrowing adventures throughout the Star Wars saga…of course mixed with the LEGO humor we all love.
The Droid Tales DVD is the collected animated specials that originally aired on Disney XD on July 6, 2015. While I will admit I’m an easy sell with this type of humor since I’ve always been a huge fan of the LEGO Star Wars games I totally have to admit I was incredibly surprised by how smartly written the humor in Droid Tales is…and how quick they are happy to take a few shots at the…legacy of the prequels. Now I want to add that it’s all handled in the typical LEGO style, it is all in good fun, nothing approaching mean or anything like that.
I feel that the best elements of the series are those that focus on the events of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. I might be a little biased though in that opinion. Besides the familiar story elements that get turned on their head the series is bolstered by the wonderful John Williams music from the saga!
Droid Tales isn’t just a rehash though of the previous films as a plot through the entire collection is that while on Endor, R2 is kidnapped and it’s up to Admiral Ackbar and C-3P0 to track down the mysterious kidnapper and the lost astromech droid. It also allows the series to mention how the duo once crossed paths with the crew of the Ghost from the hit series Star Wars Rebels.
Hopefully those clips have got you itching to watch more of the series and the good news is the Force is with you as LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales is out in stores right this second! It’s an impressive 115 minutes of fun and it certainly wears it’s love for the subject matter on it’s sleeve quite proudly, let us hope that this is just the first entry in the Droid Tales as I would be quite happy to see this turned into an ongoing television program. Now I need to add that I am a little disappointed to say there no special features like deleted scenes or commentary on the DVD, they do make up for it though by including exclusive trading cards by Topps…which is incredibly appropriate don’t you think considering how well Topps handled the original card series?
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