Duplo Ren Lego The Force Awakens heads up a Death Star-sized crop of exciting new Star Wars games
Traveller’s Tales must be bricking it. As wildly successful as its Lego tie-in games have been over the past decade, you wonder if it’s running out of films to parody. We’ve seen blockified send-ups of everything from Batman to Harry Potter to Jurassic Park to Lord of the Rings. At the rate the Cheshire, UK-based studio is burning through the IMDB list, we’re surely not more than a few years removed from witnessing Lego Misery and Lego Clockwork Orange. But before Traveller’s Tales gets around to scraping the bottom of the psychological thriller barrel, there’s a new kid on the, ahem, block that’s just a-beggin’ to get the stud-ification treatment: introducing Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The paths of Lego and Traveller’s Tales first crossed in 2005, with Lego Star Wars on the original Xbox. And in our opinion, the Lego brand never found a better fit. The wide-eyed innocence of the original films was a perfect match for Traveller’s Tales’ impish sense of humor. Seeing iconic scenes such as the bar room shootout and Vader and Luke’s duel remastered through the yellow, expressive lens of Lego was like getting our nostalgia glands tickled and kissed at the same time. That it managed to rattle through the entire six films without the cast uttering a single syllable only added to the charm, and only reinforces how baggy later additions in the series have got now they’re built to bigger budgets.
Perhaps The Force Awakens is the film to push the reset button on the Lego game series just as capably as it reset years of iffy Star Wars universe building on the part of Lucas and co. Early indications are good: even the Aww! Look at Lego BB -8. We wanna stick a Lego flowerpot on its headstud when it’s not looking.