LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises released its first episode the other week, featuring plenty of Lego-fied Resistance flyboy and fan favourite Poe Dameron, and it was surprisingly accessible for all ages.
But The Resistance Rises isn't the only new Lego Star Wars series on the horizon, as Disney recently confirmed that another animated show entitled The Freemaker Adventures is currently in development and from the looks of it nearly ready to go, set to debut on Disney XD in summer 2016.
The Freemaker Adventures is set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and will tell the tales of "a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy". The Freemaker family consists of Courtney and Lander, their son Rowan and the droid Roger, and the series charts them being drawn into an epic struggle between the light and the dark and against the Sith Emperor himself.
The poster art (above) featuring Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine confirms the timeline setting and pits our intrepid family against two of the biggest bads from the original run of the films, which is pretty exciting. The first trailer was recently released and you can check it out below!
It's a cute premise; in the midst of a galaxy wide war and the overarching series emphasis on the Skywalker family (who tend to be the ones causing all this trouble in the first place) shifting the narrative to a smaller scale is a nice change, showing the effects the turmoil has on the "average" space traveller / business owner.
Going from the trailer it looks as though the main narrative will rotate around an ancient Jedi lightsaber forged of "pure kyber crystals" (kyber crystals being the materials used by the Jedi and the Sith to build and power their lightsabers). The all powerful sword was deemed too dangerous by the Jedi who created it and so it was smashed, the individual pieces scattered and hidden throughout the galaxy (ah, that old chestnut, surely there must be a better way of disposing of all powerful weaponry?).
Of course this all powerful weapon comes to the attention of the Sith Emperor Palpatine who seeks it for himself, but that's where the Freemakers come in.
In the midst of going about their business the young Force sensitive Rowan is drawn to a piece of the crystal lightsaber, and the family ends up teaming with a mysterious Jedi (with pretty pimping markings on her face) to track down the missing pieces of the lightsaber before the Emperor does.
The LEGO Star Wars shows are considered non-canon, but that's actually a good thing as it means they can play with well loved characters from the original series without having to adhere too much to an overarching narrative or character arcs.
Whilst The Freemaker Adventures is obviously geared towards children it still looks like a lot of fun regardless of your age, as most of the LEGO series are perfectly watchable be you a parent, child, or just a Star Wars fan.