Thursday, September 17, 2015

Yoda Tells More "LEGO Star Wars" Tales For His "New Chronicles"

We're getting loads of "Star Wars" merchandise hitting stores lately. I don't think I have to say it's a great time to be a fan of George Lucas' space saga. Force Friday has come and gone and the wait for Season Two of "Star Wars Rebels" and "The Force Awakens" has some fans twiddling their thumbs after a long day playing with their toys and collectibles. What better way to pass the time than sitting down and laughing your way through "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" with friends and family.

Disney unleashes all four episodes of "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" on DVD for everyone to enjoy whenever and wherever they want. For all intents and purposes, the show is Season Two of "Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles." However, Cartoon Network owns the title of that series so Disney had to make some modifications to the name.

After headstrong Luke nearly delivers the good guys into Palpatine’s clutches, Master Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi unearth the Holocrons – last remnants of the secrets of the Jedi – to further Luke’s training. But Darth Vader also seeks the Holocrons, and he’ll stop at nothing to get to them first! Meanwhile, courageous superclone Jek-14, a Force-sensitive clone, comes out of retirement to help bolster the Rebels in "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles."

"Star Wars" veteran actor Anthony Daniels returns to voice C-3PO. Billy Dee Williams keeps Lando Calrissian smooth-talking his way through all the action and excitement. Yoda is brought to life again by Tom Kane. Matt Sloan is back as the man behind the mask and below the helmet as Darth Vader.

My one complaint about "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" is an inappropriate joke C-3PO makes about R2-D2 plugging into a ship’s system. It’s an obvious sexual reference and really unnecessary. I know most children won’t get it, but I’ve always looked at “Star Wars” as the one safe franchise I can always count on to be completely above reproach. Okay, so there was that one scene in “The Star Wars Holiday Special” where Grandpa Itchy is getting a little too excited over a hologram of a scantily-clad Diahann Carroll… but still.

I think "The Lego Movie" is proof enough that these films and TV shows aren't just made for kids. There's plenty of hilarity to go around for any age. "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" takes the stories fans are already familiar with and turns them on their heads. It reminds me of a safe version of “Star Wars Robot Chicken.” If you're looking for a laugh in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, you need look no further. Buy "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles" now on DVD.

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