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LEGO Star Wars the Gateway to the Star Wars Universe

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There are a few moments in my life where I experienced some amazing unforgettable moments in film, music and art that is unique to many.  One example, is having seen Nirvana live twice on what none of knew was their last tour ever.  Another was fulfilling an amazing moment seeing The Police reunite and having the luck of sitting front row center and getting to meet the band before the show. Both incredible moments I’ll never forget.

In film, the moment I remember most was waiting in line at a theater in north Pasadena at age 5 to see a movie called Star Wars.  I remember my brother Billy who was only 3 at the time was too young to go. So it was just my dad and me.  It was awesome. AWESOME!  So amazing that our toy room growing up was basically a recreation of every Star Wars film.  Every Christmas and birthday my brother and I would get quite a few Star Wars toys to add to our toy box.  We had everything including The Death Star, Millennium Falcon, Tatooine, X-Wings, Y-Wings, and many, many more.

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This was before video games were big. Yes we had an Atari 2600, but we played with Star Wars toys the most. They were so key to my childhood and every time a new film was released it was a huge deal and we went as a family to see the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Fast forward to this past February when I attended the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

Part of the event included a RSVP to the LucasFilm campus hosted by LEGO.  Being there surrounded by tons of Star Wars art, characters and spending some time in the theater was just insane. The kid-me would’ve been very impressed with the adult-me that night.

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The big reveal of that evening was a partially, mostly finished version of the cartoon series LEGO® Star Wars™: Droid Tales episode Droid Tales Exit from Endor. It is debuting this coming Monday July 6th at 6:30pm (check your local cable listings.)

I can’t wait to see the final version.  What I saw last February was entertaining on so many levels.  The mashup of Star Wars characters and scenes from the original films were memorable, but add-in the sarcasm and attitude of the LEGO writers and you get something that feels like it was written more by Patton Oswalt than George Lucas. It’s almost as if someone listened to Oswalt’s rant on the Prequels and wrote the cartoons in this vein, minus the cursing of course.

I tried a couple years ago to get my boys interested in Star Wars. We watched all the movies, but there wasn’t that much interest.  Hopefully, this LEGO series will get them more involved and excited about seeing the Phantom Menace this December.  Maybe the boys will even rewatch the original films and find a connection that didn’t happen at age 7, but happens now at age 9.

I can only do.

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