In what has become a time-honoured tradition, Traveller’s Tales is once again jumping behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and is attempting to do the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. With the 2005 release of Lego Star WarsTT is the Video Game. It has now become the Emperor Palpatine for all of galaxy far, far away.
With great power comes great responsibility (oops, wrong franchise), and we’re told the story will come to an end in 2022 with Lego Star WarsThe Skywalker Saga. The cinematic epic tale of Anakin and Luke, Leia and Ben came to a dramatic conclusion with 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. Bricks are being made of the nine-movie fairytale.
Over the years, we’ve seen the great and not-so-great Star Wars movies get the LEGO treatment, but for the first time ever, the whole story is being brought together. We say it all. You might notice that spin-offs like Rogue One and Solo are MIA, which presumably has dollar signs ringing in Warner Bros. Interactive’s eyes.
Much like Boba Fett’s escape from the Sarlacc, we’re guessing LEGO Star WarsExpect a surprise return. The franchise is growing despite complaints about saturation on small screens. LEGO Star WarsIs the universe also prone to stumble? Already we can feel the Force’s rumblings.
From the Saga to The Cargo Hold
From what we’ve seen of LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, it looks like a suitably grand epic that has captured the magic of George Lucas’ original trilogy, his maligned prequels, and the sequel trilogy since Disney took the reins in 2012. Mixing that classic LEGO charm of ridiculous comedy and bustin’ bricks, it’s a family-friendly affair that still aims to appear to adults.
You can do more than just knocking enemies out with LEGO. Build access to new areas and fight for the boss in a general LEGO game. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga looks like it’ll reinvent the wheel. Playing out like a level of Star Wars: Squadrons or Battlefront, you’ll be able to fly your own X-Wing and try to save the day. Although we’re expecting it to be a relatively easy task, at least the LEGO Star WarsThe games are what you see on the tin.
That’s just it though. Once we’ve travelled from Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan’s negotiations with the Trade Federation through to the Battle of Mustafar, Luke blowing up the Death Star to Rey’s twin suns finale on Tatooine, what else is there that LEGO Star Wars can do? The general mechanics will stay the same, and while we’ll get the odd chuckle from Porgs or an overly dramatic C-3PO, The Skywalker Saga is going to be packed with enough content to say enough is enough.
These Are Not The Spin-Offs You’re Looking For
We mentioned that there were some holes in the story. Since The Rise of Skywalker, we’ve already seen the Star Wars universe bloom at an exponential rate, with everything from The Bad Batch to The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett filling up our Disney+ watch list.
LEGO Star WarsSkywalker Saga has already got some DLC ContentIn the form of character packages that will include characters from The Outer Rim. Although we’re cheering that Grogu and Din Djarin will get their deserved time to shine, who was really asking for a Classic Character Pack that gives us Luke, Leia, and Han from A New Hope? Also, why weren’t they here in the first place?
This seems suspicious. It is creating a steady stream of paid expansions and full-blown games just to make it look good. With a slew of shows including The Mandalorian Season 3, Obi-Wan, and Andor all coming out in 2022, we’re struggling to keep up in live-action, let alone LEGO. We’ll admit that there’s potential scope to explore the Mandalorian’s offshoot in pixel bricks, but how much longer until Traveller’s Tales tries to redeem the hated Holiday Special as a LEGO game?
Allow the Hate to Flow through You
We love LEGO games. My first entry to the franchise was 2008’s LEGO Batman: The Video Game, and I’d never played anything like it as a cocktail between the campy ’60s series and Tim Burton’s brooding Gotham. Instead of confining itself to the movies, Traveller’s Tales branched out to tell its own story. We’ve also seen great success with LEGO versions of everything from Indiana Jones to Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park to Marvel’s Avengers, but where do you draw the line?
It sounds like something as equally massive as The Skywalker Saga is on the way, with reports of a LEGO Doctor Who game, which will inevitably spark debates about more pop culture titans getting the same treatment. There are already concerns about where we go next, and once you’ve polished off the likes of The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, and Transformers, it makes sense to loop back to what you know pulls in the money.
2011’s Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and 2016’s Lego Star WarsMixed reviews of The Force Awakens were heard. Some people question what their real contributions are and whether it was necessary to make them for anything other than the purpose of cashing a check and ticking a box. If TT wants to keep charting Star Wars’ canon and continue its work, it must choose its battles wisely. Then again, we’d like to see a LEGO adaptation of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Much like we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact The Rise of Skywalker won’t be the end of the story for Rey, Finn, Poe, and the rest, Traveller’s Tales is probably already flicking through the instruction booklet and trying to think of a way it can build its next LEGO Star WarsVideo game. As long as it isn’t The Book of Boba Fett’s achingly slow story or a Jar Jar Binks standalone, we don’t really mind, but as Han Solo would say, “I have a bad feeling about this.”