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Star Wars droids get their own television series

Elizabeth Howell, News Writer
Mar 7, 2015, 17:17 UTC

Sen—Nearly 40 years after Star Wars blasted into screens across the world, we are finally going to have the droid story that we were looking for.

The six-film saga is about to add a seventh film in Hollywood this year. The Lego Group, however, has a special miniseries planned: a 22-episode tale that will follow the events that are known so far. Besides the bricked figures, what makes LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales special is it will tell the story from the point of view of C-3PO and R2-D2.

The loveable droids are a staple of Star Wars history. R2-D2 assisted Luke Skywalker as he battled Imperial forces in his X-wing Starfighter, for example. And C-3PO served as a translator as Luke and his buddies met strange creatures across the galaxy, even though the droid seemed to spend part of his translation time panicking that something bad was about to happen.

"Since we introduced our first Lego Star Wars set in 1999, we have seen and heard from countless Star Wars fans who have used Lego bricks to tell their own version of this timeless story, re-enacting favorite scenes and imagining new story lines," said Jill Wilfert, vice president of licensing and entertainment for The Lego Group, in a statement. Lego representatives were unable to respond to Sen requests for an interview.

"LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales gives us an opportunity to share highlights of the Star Wars story with a sense of humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the Lego brick, and will be a fun resource for families as they gear up for the next movie."

The animated story begins after the events of the final movie in the Star Wars timeline, Return of the Jedi. The two droids are celebrating a victory with their friends, and begin to recount what got them to this point. Unfortunately, an "accidental kidnapping" occurs during their retelling, Lego stated, leading to a new storyline that blends in elements of the tale familiar to Star Wars fans.

The episodes will air on Disney XD at some point later this year; exact airdates by episode are not yet available, Lego stated. The channel is already airing another animated series called Star Wars Rebels.

Lego is an established partner brand with Star Wars, selling figurines from the movies and also moving heavily into multimedia. A few weeks ago, a new series of Star Wars-themed Lego toys premiered at the Toy Fair 2015 in New York City. Lego is also well-known for its best-selling computer game that retells the story of the Star Wars series.

In related news: Harrison Ford, whose performance in Star Wars propelled him to stardom in the 1970s and 1980s, was piloting a small aircraft that crashed on a Los Angeles golf course on Thursday. The actor was described as "battered" but in otherwise good spirits by his son. Ford will also appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will premiere in United States theatres this December.