LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles Debuts Tonight!
Tonight is the big night! Don't forget to watch (or at least set your DVR) as LEGO Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles debuts tonight on Cartoon Network. LEGO continues to capture the spotlight with Star Wars fans, deprived of new Star Wars content in the wake of the end of The Clone Wars animated series, with a long road ahead until the Sequel Era of feature films begins under Disney in 2015.
LEGO has been blowing the minds of Star Wars fans all month. First, there was a "May the Fourth" promotion that blanketed the country with free mini-models of a mysterious new starfighter from The Yoda Chronicles. Then came the mind-blowing event in Times Square in NYC last week, where LEGO revealed the largest LEGO model in the world, a life-sized X-Wing, that turned Times Square into a satellite Star Wars LEGOland, as it remained on display into the Memorial Day holiday weekend surrounded by free building activities for all ages, two separate photo ops including an opportunity to pose in the cockpit of the giant X-wing and giveaways galore. And for good measure, in partnership with Toys R Us, their flagship toy store in Times Square sold an exclusive version of LEGO's X-wing model 9493, which is the model that was scaled up precisely to create the life-sized attraction. The TRU exclusive came with an exclusive mini-fig of Yoda in his NY, I <3 tee shirt, a minifig that has tantilzed hardcore LEGO Star Wars collectors since it first appeared in February as part of a VIP gift to industry attendees of LEGO's Collector Event at Toy Fair.
It's all led up to tonight's television event on Cartoon Network. The Yoda Chronicles tells the story of Count Dooku's new plan to create the ultimate weapon for the Sith. It’s up to Yoda and a group of Padawans to stop him. Watch the all-new LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles Episode I – The Phantom Clone special event Wednesday, May 29, at 8/7c on Cartoon Network!
May 24, 2013
LEGO Lands Life-Sized X-Wing Fighter in Times Square in NYC
Well LEGO sure wasn't messing around. This morning over 5.3 million bricks in the form of a 1:1 scale life sized X-Wing fighter model were unveiled, after months of hints and speculation by LEGO Star Wars fans. The gigantic model is the centerpiece of a huge, sprawling promotional event that will run through Saturday in Times Square, to promote the debut of The Yoda Chronicles, an original LEGO Star Wars animated series airing this Wednesday on Cartoon Network. Click here for our full coverage of the event. And if you're anywhere in the area, get your self to Times Square for some amazing LEGO Star Wars fun!
May 22, 2013
LEGO Star Wars Looms Large in Times Square as Thursday Approaches
As we prepare for LEGO's big unveiling on Thursday, we've been busy building that invitation model LEGO sent out late last week. It turns out to be the Holicron Archive Chamber from The Yoda Chronicles. What secrets will we learn on Thursday? Will there be more LEGO sets available based on The Yoda Chronicles? The first installment airs soon on Cartoon Network on May 29th. And everything will be revealed very soon as LEGO Star Wars takes over Times Square. Check back here often Thursday morning for coverage of the LEGO late morning reveal.
May 20, 2013
New Star Wars Animated Series Officially Announced: Star Wars Rebels
Starwars.com updated today with the official announcement of the new animated series that Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm has been hinting at since the cancellation of The Clone Wars animated series, earlier this year. The new project is slated for Fall of 2014, and will be set in the Star Wars Universe between Episode III and Episode IV, in the two decade gap between trilogies.
The announcement read:
"Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, "The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we're thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD's viewers."
"I couldn't be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe," said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. "I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars."
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV -- an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.
Also released was the following teaser video:
May 17, 2013
LEGO Star Wars Secrets to Reveal, There Are...
Back at Toy Fair in February, LEGO began hinting that they had something big planned for New York City in May. And now the has come, and LEGO is beginning to unveil some pretty colossal-sounding Star Wars fun, touching down first in Times Square in NYC, and everywhere by the end of May.
Hot on the heels of their awesome May the Fourth promotion, when LEGO gave away sneak peek mini-kits of JEK-14's Stealth Starfighter at Toys R Us stores everywhere, LEGO sent out this covert-seeming box, containing a larger teaser model inviting the press to the kick-off of a major live public event to take place starting this Thursday, May 23 in Times Square in New York City. As stated on the box (pictured), "secrets to reveal there are". And while we're still all guessing what it's going to be, LEGO will be unveiling what is bound to be a boatload of bricks to the world, in the form of something Star Warsey to the lunchtime crowd. The Yoda Chronicles is almost upon us. And the time is just right, with the last half of May being the time of year of the releases of all six Star Wars films. Stay tuned as we count down to the big LEGO Star Wars reveal, and get ready for LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles on Cartoon Network on May 29!