If there is one criticism we could make about the box office smashing and critically adored [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) it would be that there just wasn't enough of it.
Sure, the plot was fantastic (if a little too many shades of A New Hope) but there's still so much backstory we'd love to see fed in around the explicitly presented narrative. But of course that's why we get media like the numerous official novelisations, the comic book tie ins (which are excellent and you should really check them out) and the Visual Dictionary, but they aren't the only pieces of media which tie into the overarching narrative of The Force Awakens.
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Yep, the Lego Star Wars video game is set to catch some of the story that slipped through the net in Star Wars 7 when the recently announced LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops on July 28, 2016.
The upcoming game will feature exclusive, unlockable "bridge content" which will fill in a lot of those backstory gaps, which is almost reason enough for us to want to play a LEGO game (we joke, the LEGO games are as cute as a BB-8 unit).
Thanks to Game Informer we know that LEGO Star Wars developers TT Fusion have been given permission to adapt certain storylines from the Star Wars comic books in order to further develop the characters we met in The Force Awakens. The novelty of this isn't lost on Game Director Jamie Eden, who says:
"I can remember the first day on the project and we said that we'd be doing those sort of levels and content, and I couldn't believe that we were going to get to make our own content that was going to be part of the Star Wars universe. We tell the story through the sort of Lego viewpoint as well, so the crux of the story is what happens is true to the IP, obviously we put gags in with characters holding sausages or riding around on pigs, et cetera."
All I'm saying is, if we don't get to see Kylo Ren riding pig-back I'm gonna be disappointed.
So what will we be learning in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Here's the rundown.
One of the additional missions - which can be unlocked after certain story mission by collecting gold bricks - will reveal the biggest mystery of all about The Force Awakens. Namely; how did C-3PO get that red arm?
This narrative in particular will tie in with the comic books through "a close working relationship with Lucasfilm's loremasters" (exciting) as this March, Marvel Comics' Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 will also explore that particular piece of backstory. Maybe we'll finally be able to recognise him once we discover the arm's origins!
Punch It Chewie
"You're not hauling Rathtars?" Finn asked Han Solo incredulously in The Force Awakens, "I'm hauling Rathtars", our grizzled hero confirmed. But where did they get these Rathtars from?
Apparently LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will reveal this particular plotline as part of the exclusive bridge content, exploring how exactly Solo and Chewbacca managed to get those monstrous creatures aboard in the first place. Perhaps we'll even see the Guavian Death Gang and Kanjiklub showing up too...
Lastly we've been told that TT Fusion have been able to reveal names of some new planets in the Star Wars canon, as part of what Mike Taylor (Head of Design at TT Fusion) described as fleshing out the pre-Force Awakens backstory:
"We've covered – or are in the process of covering – some pretty significant events that happen before the film that give people more information about why certain things in The Force Awakens happened and why certain characters have ended up where they are. It's pretty amazing."
It certainly sounds pretty amazing. We don't know about you guys, but we're off to pre-order our copies now...