Monday, March 7, 2016

Review: Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales

It's of no surprise to anyone that Lego knocks everything out of the park these days. Their minifigures have become so wildly popular, people are buying them just to keep on their desks, just like regular action figures. The Lego Movie took audiences by storm and the video games are downright addicting(I'm looking at you, Lego Batman!). So when they started producing movies based off other properties, it was nothing short of a guarantee that they would be striking gold. DC Comics, Star Wars, even Scooby Doo! These movies are just so darn entertaining. And the movie I received from Lego and Disney is no exception!

Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is the most recent release in the Lego Star Wars series. In it, R2D2 is captured and C390, alone and saddened by the separation of his best friend, tells the stories of the adventures he and R2 have been through, from the events of Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi. At the end of the 5 episode miniseries, both Droids are reunited and live happily ever after.

This minsieries was originally aired on Disney XD last July and was broadcast over the course of 5 months which lead up to Star Wars: Force Awakens. It was a fun way to build up the hype for the new movie with something old and something new at the same time. The characters are very well represented. Even JarJar Binks gets an appearance which a lot of Star Wars loyalists will be very happy with. And of course you can't have an appearance by C-3P0 without his iconic voice, Mr. Anthony Daniels, who comes back to portray ol' GoldenRod in Lego form.

A lot of people don't like CGI animation, but I do. While cel-style animation does still has a place, CGI is the best fit for a show like this. Star Wars has some of the most vast and creative possibilities, so in my opinion, the animation as well as the voice acting and writing, are downright superb.

There's a lot of charm and content that will make kids happy and adults laugh. Disney and Lego definitely produced one of the best cartoons I've seen in some time now and will definitely be a must own for your Lego or Star Wars collection. It's one of those releases that everyone wins. I can't suggest this release enough.

-Chad

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