A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The Star Wars story is a complex struggle between good and evil, and the bad guys sometimes masquerade as good guys (Lego allows them to do by spinning their heads around, which is awesome) to infiltrate the ranks. This show parodies the classic movies and TV shows, poking fun at certain characters and events, and altering the overall story for laughs.
Positive Role Models
A mixed bag. The story's heroes fight for freedom and justice, always at the risk of their own safety. The villains want power and will claim it at any cost. Some characters on both sides of the fight are cast as inept or dim for comic effect.
Violence & Scariness
Lightsaber battles, blaster fire, and explosions that turn ships into a heap of Lego blocks. Some extended death scenes, menacing monsters that eat people, electric shocks, and other scares.
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Name-calling such as "jerk," "scum," and "poopy pants." Some potty humor, including farting.
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Products & Purchases
Both Lego and Star Wars have strong marketing tie-ins.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is a five-part miniseries that revisits the entire Star Wars story -- from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi -- through C-3PO's memory of the events. There are lightsaber battles, explosions that break spacecraft into pieces, and the implication of many deaths, but as the characters are plastic and the set is made of Lego bricks, it's hard to be affected by the action. Those who know the Star Wars story well will enjoy this series the most, since it moves at a brisk clip through the overall plot to toy with some of the funnier moments. Expect to hear some name-calling ("jerk" and "scum," for instance). The show's commercial tie-ins to both Star Wars and Lego are the biggest concern for young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
There's no better way to stage a self-deprecating spoof of a story line than to put it in the cupped hands of a Lego cast, and this five-part series definitely doesn't disappoint. It plays out like a CliffsNotes version of the Star Wars story that took six full-length movies -- plus a handful of animated series -- to tell, condensing them to a few minutes' worth of highlights with more than a few hilarious plot twists. Of course the outcome is never in doubt to anyone who knows the story, but Star Wars fans of any age won't want to miss this little gem that's packed with insider jokes (multiple expulsions of the resilient Jar-Jar Binks is only one high point) and lots and lots of Lego-inspired funnies.
Even so, the flip side of marrying two commercial juggernauts such as Star Wars and Lego is that every visual aspect of the show is a full-color ad for the products it inspires. Part of what the show does so well is incorporate as many characters as it can from the movies, if even only for a cameo, but that also increases the chances youngsters will see a product they just can't live without. So long as that's not a problem, this series is a very entertaining pick for kids who know and like the Star Wars story.
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