Earlier Lego Star Wars initiatives nearly all the time emphasize goofy humor, with various levels of success. However, in terms of this new vacation particular, to paraphrase the opening theme tune of A Collection of Unlucky Occasions, we actually ought to look away. Simply because there’s a cutesy new Star Wars factor that's threatening to mine nostalgia from your entire saga AND the embarrassing 1978 Holiday Special, doesn’t imply we have to watch it.
Star Wars followers ought to suppose arduous about what this type of factor actually is: A subpar Star Wars product which has the identical relationship to precise Star Wars as “cheese product” has to actual cheese. Even earlier than it airs, The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special combines the three issues which are essentially the most embarrassing about Star Wars junk: The tendency to make cool Star Wars issues into reductive Lego romps, nostalgia as a product, and a dishonest love for the objectively horrible 1978 Holiday Special
Like Darth Vader swooping in on Insurgent pilots Dutch and Tiree throughout the Loss of life Star trench run, let’s knock out these first two actual fast. A lot of the Lego Star Wars motion pictures and reveals aren't very cool and destroy their very own potential by being Lego merchandise. I imply, one of the best Lego Star Wars factor is The Freemaker Adventures. Not solely does that sequence star principally completely new characters (the Freemaker household) but it surely’s nearer to canon, and better of all, it options essentially the most highly effective Black household in Star Wars.
And but, for all the good issues about The Freemaker Adventures, it’s nonetheless not fairly canon, and that’s principally due to the Lego facet. This bothers me. It’s essentially the most racially various model of Star Wars, but it surely’s relegated principally to a Lego-joke. Why not characteristic these characters in an everyday Star Wars factor?
Lego Star Wars isn’t essentially evil, and it’s (in all probability?) not hurting anybody, however something attention-grabbing or progressive that occurs in a Lego Star Wars factor (just like the Freemakers) is undone by the truth that it's Lego. It’s inconceivable to take it severely, and whereas followers of Lego Star Wars stuff will inform me to loosen up, I’d prefer to level out that it’s doable to be humorous with out being zany. Star Wars already has a fantasy hyperbolic artifice by nature. The Lego model simply reduces it to a toy advert, an overtly industrial enterprise designed to entice you to purchase Star Wars-themed Lego kits.