LEGO has gone a long way from being a humble woodworking shop in Billund, Denmark to become the maker of the greatest toy of the century. However, as LEGO scans the horizons and sets it aim for a grander vision of the future, it sees itself as a powerhouse of entertainment for audiences of all ages. From the toy world and gaming, to miniseries and cinemas, LEGO seems to be on a roll as it revs up its efforts in leaving a mark in the entertainment industry. The ‘LEGO Movie’ is an excellent example of the brick giant’s massive cinematic success. Now that plans are already set for other titles such as ‘The LEGO Movie Sequel’, ‘LEGO Batman’, ‘Ninjago’, and a spin-off entitled ‘The Billion Brick Race’ slated to be launched for the next 2-3 years, LEGO now ventures once more to one of its most lucrative themes yet.
After LEGO ‘Star Wars: The Video Game’ became a worldwide hit, LEGO saw the need to follow it up with more games, specials, and TV series highlighting LEGO’s trademark of healthy fun, wit, and gags all delivered by a bunch of an inch and a half humorous minifigures. This summer, the saga continues with their latest addition to their console games, ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ video game, and an all new animated series ‘LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.’
The new series will premiere on Disney XD and will follow the (mis)adventures of a family of carefree space scavengers, aptly named ‘The Freemakers’. Set at a time somewhere between ‘Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi’, the family earns a living by gathering scraps and debris from fallen starships that perished during space battles between the Rebel Allegiance and the Empire. It seems that all is well and the family couldn’t care less with what’s going on in that portion of the galaxy, when their youngest discovered an unexpected affinity with the Force. Here’s the series’ synopsis as officially revealed by Starwars.com:
Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber – his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
It’s fitting that Disney XD will be releasing the new series considering the success of the hilarious ‘LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales’, and ‘Star Wars Rebels’ which is aimed on an older audience. While ‘Rebels’ focuses on the events that transpired after the fall of the Republic in Episode III and the rise of the Empire in Episode IV, The Freemakers sits well in the grander scheme of things in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, with their adventures taking place somewhere between episodes V and VI. One thing is sure though: the series will bring light once more to the Star Wars universe, in hilarious ways that only LEGO can deliver.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will debut on Disney XD this summer. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game will be out in stores on June 28, 2016.
LEGO Batman opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Ninjago on September 22nd, 2017, The LEGO Movie Sequel on May 18th, 2018, and The Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.