In recent years, LEGO has become a powerhouse of entertainment. Not satisfied by dominating the toy world with the ever-growing line of building bricks, LEGO has branched out into video games, TV, and film. The LEGO Movie was a massive success, not only financially but critically. There's a sequel on the way, too, the aptly titled The LEGO Movie Sequel, and more films planned for LEGO's other franchises, LEGO Batman and Ninjago, as well another LEGO Movie spinoff, The Billion Brick Race. And that's only on the big screen; for smaller screens LEGO has dozens of video games and several direct-to-DVD movies, specials, and TV series. Some of these have been original creations, while others feature well known licensed properties like DC, Marvel, and Harry Potter.
But of all the properties LEGO works with, none looms so large as Star Wars. After LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game was such a hit, LEGO followed it with more games, specials, and TV shows - all with LEGO's patented humor and clever Star Wars gags. Later this year, the saga continues with the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game and new animated series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.
The new series is set to premiere on Disney XD this summer and will follow the adventures of a family of scavengers, The Freemakers. It's not explicitly stated just where within the span of the Star Wars saga this series takes place, but judging by Darth Vader and The Emperor appearing on the poster (below), it's likely set sometime either just before or during the Original Trilogy.
Here's the series' synopsis:
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.
Disney XD is already home to another Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Rebels, but it's clear from The Freemaker Adventures' brief description that the two are serving different purposes. Rebels is both the continuation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the official bridge between Episodes III and IV. The Freemaker Adventures, however, almost certainly exists outside of official Star Wars canon, instead forming some part of the vast LEGO universe (which may or may not include all LEGO properties, or just LEGO Star Wars - it's hard to tell). This series is also aimed at a younger audience than Rebels, though surely it'll be enjoyable to Star Wars fans of any age - much like the hilarious LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, which I very highly recommend.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will debut on Disney XD this summer. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available June 28, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, and will be followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
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 (most likely) Billion Brick Race on May 24th, 2019.
Source: Disney XD