Lego Star Wars
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|Sub‑themes||The Old Republic
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
The Clone Wars
Revenge of the Sith
The Force Unleashed
Classic Star Wars
The Force Awakens
|Total sets||188 (so far)|
Lego Star Wars is a Lego theme that incorporates the Star Wars saga. Originally it was only licensed from 1999–2008, but the Lego Group extended the license with Lucasfilm Ltd. multiple times: First to 2011 and then again until 2016. In 2012 another 10-year agreement was signed between the two companies.
The brand has spawned five video game releases, developed by Traveller's Tales — Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005), Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006), Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007), Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011), and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016). Many short films and miniseries have also been produced.
The first Lego Star Wars, released in 1999, included model 7140, the first Lego X-Wing. Star Wars was the first intellectual property to be licensed in Lego Group history. The first few sets based on the original trilogy were released in 1999, coinciding with the release of The Phantom Menace. Sets based on the prequel trilogy (Episodes 1 to 3) of Star Wars would follow, starting with Episode I. As each new film in the prequel trilogy neared its release date, Lego issued new models of ships and scenes in those films, as well as additional sets from the original trilogy. Lego also produced models based on The Clone Wars, which was released early in 2008. Sets based on The Force Awakens, Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels have also been produced.
Ultimate Collector Series
In addition to the regular minifigure-scale sets, Lego has released several sets for the Ultimate Collector Series. These models are considerably larger, more detailed, are usually meant for display purposes, and cost more than regular Lego sets. Many of them include an information plaque and often a display stand. On October 10, 2007, the Lego Group released a UCS version of the Millennium Falcon, complete with five minifigures. At 5195 pieces, it is the largest Star Wars Lego set ever released; and the second largest set of any collection ever commercially released (only topped by the Lego Taj Mahal). The newest Ultimate Collector Series set is the 75144 Snowspeeder. On June 5, 2015 an unopened box of the Millennium Falcon Lego set was auctioned at online auction house Catawiki for 5,000 euros, making it the most expensive LEGO set ever.
There have been five Lego Star Wars video games:
- Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005)
- Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006)
- Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (2011)
- Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2016)
- Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga which fused Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy into a single game. While also upgrading the first game from the PS2 and Original Xbox generation, to the Xbox 360 and PS2/PS3 generation.
- As of February 13, 2009, Lego Star Wars: The Video Game has sold over 6.8 million copies worldwide, Lego Star Wars II has sold over 8.3 million, The Complete Saga has sold over 4.1 million, and the three combined have sold over 21 million.
Films and videos
Several films and videos based on Lego Star Wars have been produced.
- Lego Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick is the first computer-animated Lego Star Wars short film, it premiered on Cartoon Network in spring 2005, in conjunction with the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith.
- Lego Star Wars: The Quest for R2-D2 is a short movie which aired on Cartoon Network in August 2009, and was uploaded to the Lego Star Wars website, in order to celebrate 10 years of Lego Star Wars,
- Lego Star Wars: Bombad Bounty, is another CGI Lego short film, it was released in 2010. In it Vader hires Boba Fett to track down the Gungan Jar Jar Binks for an accident he caused to Vader. The film also takes place at the same time as the original movies showing that Jar Jar was responsible for the destruction of the first Death Star and was with Boba Fett on Jabba's Barge during the events of Return of the Jedi.
- Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace released on July 7, 2011, is a 30-minute, exclusive TV special written by Michael Price is about a Jedi Academy field trip. When Master Yoda leads a group of rambunctious Jedi younglings through Senate chambers when he senses a disturbance in the Force. Summoned to help save the Republic, he discovers that one of the younglings secretly boarded his ship... and has a taste for adventure. Meanwhile, C-3PO and R2-D2 are put in charge of the boisterous group and find themselves in over their heads. Yoda and the droids proceed to save the younglings from Sith Lords as well as the vile Jabba the Hutt. The special premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on July 22, 2011, at 7 p.m. and in the United Kingdom on October 17 at 5:30. The DVD and Blu-ray include several special features such as The Quest for R2-D2 and Bombad Bounty as well as other short films.
- Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out released on September 26, 2012, airing on Cartoon Network in the United States. In it, Luke Skywalker embarks on a mission to find and destroy an Imperial base on Naboo, but is relentlessly chased by a group of fanatic fangirls, who think of him as a celebrity for destroying the Death Star. Meanwhile, Darth Vader engages a "sithling" rivalry with Darth Maul, in order to prove he's the best Sith Lord to Emperor Palpatine, who is constructing the second Death Star.
- Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles Trilogy started on May 29, 2013, with the first part of in the trilogy called "The Phantom Clone", General Grievous steals the lightsabers of a group of Padawans at the Jedi Training Academy, and he and Count Dooku plan to use the lightsabers' crystals to create an army of super-powered Sith clones on Kamino. Yoda and Mace Windu embark on a quest to stop them. Meanwhile, the Padawans try to retrieve their lightsabers, much to C-3PO's concern.
- "Menace of the Sith" the Part 2 of The Yoda Chronicles, aired on September 4, 2013. The only surviving Sith clone, Jek-14, decides not to fight for the dark side of the force and wants to be left alone to build in peace, but both the Jedi and the Sith want him on their side, with the latter planning to use him to clone an evil army. Meanwhile, C-3PO quits being the substitute teacher for the Padawans, and the Jedi Council hires Anakin Skywalker as his replacement.
- "Attack of the Jedi", the final part of The Yoda Chronicles, aired on November 27, 2013. After the Sith's plan to create Sith clones has failed, they start teaching a group of evil padawans on the planet Mustafar. When the Jedi get a tip of this, they head there to stop them, but when they reach complications, they must persuade Jek-14 to help them, despite him not wanting to fight for either side of the Force. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious tries to meet up with the evil padawans, but has trouble getting away from C-3PO. The series continued to a second season with four episodes airing in 2014 but now without "Lego" in the title to avoid legal disputes over ownership between Disney and Cartoon Network.
- Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales aired on Disney XD between July and November 2015, as a 5-part animated mini-series. The series serves as a comedic re-telling of the first six Star Wars films from C-3PO's point of view.
- Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises aired on Disney XD between February and May 2016, as a 5-part animated mini-series. The series serves as a comedic prequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures aired on Disney XD. It was announced by Disney on February 17, 2016, as a new Lego animated series. Set between Episode V and Episode VI, it tells the story of the Freemakers, a family of scavengers that find themselves pulled into the conflict between the Rebels and the Empire.
Online comic strip
Comic book artist Greg Hyland, better known for his series Lethargic Lad and the comics on the back of Lego Batman set boxes, produced an online comic strip based on the Lego Star Wars toyline and video games. The comics are largely satirical looks at flaws in certain sets, or spoofs of Lego characteristics as to how these would fit into the actual Star Wars universe. References and comparisons to other Lego themes are often made as well, for comedic effect.
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