LEGO now has plenty of licensing deals, but perhaps their strongest one is with Star Wars. Both brands are immensely popular, and they’ve reached the point where there are two Star Wars LEGO encyclopedias and two visual dictionaries. That’s not to mention the multitude of sets, books, and video games that provide a healthy amount of revenue to both companies.
Now the two companies are going a step further with LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. According to THR, the Disney XD has picked up the five, 22-minute episodic series, and will air them later this year in the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The limited series will retell the six Star Wars movies in chronological order from the perspective of C-3PO and R2-D2.
The framing device will have the two droids post-Rebel victory on Endor, and telling the assembled of their adventures. “An accidental kidnapping leads to a new adventure that progresses to the re-telling of the saga in the chronological order,” reports THR, “starting from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi.”
There’s currently no word on who will write and direct the episodes. As to when we’ll see Droid Tales, LEGO and Disney XD will reveal the specific airdate in the months ahead.
This sounds like a fun way to get people geared up for a new Star Wars film. Yes, it’s designed to sell toys and strengthen both brands, but here’s the thing about blockbusters: they’re all designed to sell toys and strengthen brands. If that’s your hang-up, you need to stop watching tentpoles. If that doesn’t bother you, this could be a fun ride even if you do have to chew through the prequel films. Of course, both droids had their memories wiped after the prequels, so it will be interesting to see how they plan to talk about those films.