Du­plo Ren Lego The Force Awak­ens heads up a Death Star-sized crop of ex­cit­ing new Star Wars games

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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.

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