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 maybe a little too A New Hope-y but there's still a huge deal of backstory still to be 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 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 LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens drops this July. The upcoming game will feature exclusive, unlockable "bridge content" which will fill in a lot of those backstory gaps.
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.
Quite excitingly though it means we're going to get to see a lot more of characters who didn't get all that much screen time in Star Wars 7, specifically Max von Sydow's Lor San Tekka. We didn't get to see much of him in The Force Awakens, mainly because Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) showed up pretty sharpish to make him very dead indeed.
Lor San Tekka
Instead we learned more about San Tekka from other media like the Visual Dictionary, and he's got a pretty interesting backstory with plenty of scope for adaptation.
Originally he was a member of the Church of the Force, an underground religious group comprised of those who followed the Jedi ideals but were not Force sensitives themselves. The Church believed that the Jedi would again return in order to bring balance to the Force, hence why Lor San Tekka was assisting the Resistance in finding Luke.
Through the Church Lor San Tekka investigated the history of the light side of the Force, becoming known across the galaxy as a master of Jedi lore. He was also an experienced explorer, visiting even the most remote areas of the galaxy throughout his life.
He assisted the New Republic in knowledge gathering after the Battle of Endor, and was a longtime ally of both Luke and Leia. He also knew Ben Solo as a boy, before he became Kylo Ren, as he taunts him with mention of family before his death.
When Luke disappeared, he began seeking the map to find the First Jedi Temple, and eventually discovered a fragment which he passed to Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and BB-8 just before his death. Perhaps it'll be this aspect of his life which shall be explored in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We'll have to wait and see when it releases July 28, 2016.