With Star Wars: The Force Awakens reinvigorating the franchise’s fanbase for big screen adventures for years and years to come, TV viewers have also gotten to exist in a galaxy far away through Disney XD’s trilogy-connecting Star Wars Rebels. But now there’s another Star Wars series on the way in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which will shoot for laughs as much as space battles.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will be a fun and action-packed comedy that goes the normal route of blending all-new characters and locations with previously established ones. The titular Freemakers are a family of scavengers who make their living by gathering up space debris from years of zero-gravity fights and using all the scraps to build new starships to sell to others. The youngest in the bunch discovers an ancient artifact called the Kyber Saber – a name that should have Star Wars fans’ eyes twinkling – and while it’s cool that he now has a link to the Force, it also puts his family in danger, and everyone’s lives are turned in circles as they find themselves in an epic strife with the Empire in an effort to bring peace back to the galaxy.
I’m betting they don’t immediately succeed with that.
Obviously the LEGO Group and Lucasfilm are behind this new series, but the creative team is also comprised of Bill Motz and Bob Roth, both of whom developed the project for TV. Motz and Roth are a writing duo sharing a long history with Disney, going back to a handful of Darkwing Duck episodes in the early 1990s. Over the years, they’ve written for animated shows based on films such as Aladdin, Hercules, and The Penguins of Madagascar, and both were most recently responsible for episodes of the Nickelodeon series Breadwinners. None of those shows are side-splittingly hilarious, naturally, but I’m anxious to see how they bring more LEGO-ish humor to this already amusing sci-fi universe.
This will be the second project that LEGO and Disney XD work on together, though it’s the first official full series. Last year saw the premiere of the five-part miniseries LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales, which centered on C-3PO and R2-D2 sharing stories about their past adventures. Both that project and Star Wars Rebels have brought back major characters, sometimes with the original actor voicing the role, so we can definitely expect LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures to follow suit.
Disney XD is as good a network as any when it comes to fan-favorite properties getting animated tie-ins, from Guardians of the Galaxy to several other Marvel shows. While this isn’t the highly anticipated live-action Star Wars show that definitely still needs to happen, it’s a step in the right direction, and that’s all we can ask for from Supreme Leader Snoke.
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but we can expect to see it premiering on Disney XD at some point this summer.