Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the hot new thing in television, games and toys are Star Wars LEGO! I am not even a die hard Star Wars fan myself and I adore this new trend – so much so, that I was super excited to learn that during my all-expenses paid press trip to attend the FINDING DORY world premiere, I was going to catch a sneak peek at the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures in LA!
Here’s the thing, even if you haven’t watched all of the STAR WARS movies, you’ll totally be able to follow along with the show. It’s straightforward and has its own awesome story line…which is full of laughs, and twists and turns! I even caught a little subtle adult humor in there, which left us moms snickering in the audience.
The LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures series will feature familiar characters and locations from the filmed Star Wars saga.
Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
If you have not seen the show trailer yet, you have to watch it!
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures premieres on Disney XD on June 20, 2016 at 10AM – make sure to mark your calendars so that your family doesn’t miss it!!
We sat down with the co-creators Bill Motz and Bob Roth for a little interview session and they were so much fun to talk to. These guys have known each other for TWENTY YEARS. Their sense of humor and chemistry was fantastic, and it really didn’t surprise me that they came up with such an awesome show together!
Speaking of awesome show…it took them eighteen months from start to finish to complete this show, with the actual production itself taking over a year. YES. OVER A YEAR. No wonder it’s so awesome, great things take time! Of course, that eighteen months was part torture because as they told us, they “…had this time where we weren’t aloud to talk about it.”
We asked: What has been the biggest challenge creating this show aside from keeping the secret for a year?
FEAR. We were actually on another show, on staff and we had to make a choice about if we were going to leave that job to jump into this. And to be honest with you it was intimidating because this is a partnership between Lucas film and Lego and the Disney Corporation. And we were just like that is overwhelming you know. We’ve worked for Disney before you know and there’s stuff that we just knew and like this could be really amazing. And it’s a thing that we love so much.
We thought what if we screw it up? And you know what if we make this thing that’s not good? And look, I hope we entertain families and fans but I don’t want to let us down. And so we honestly, it was just really kind of moment where we were like, do we want it? I mean we actually ended that morning when we had to make the decision we’re going to not do the show. And some friends of ours, thank goodness, were like what are you thinking?
So, how did this all begin? Well, Bill Motz and Bob Roth met in college, where they realized on their first meeting that they both loved Star Wars with the heat of a thousand blazing suns. A while ago, they were at Comic Con together and someone suggested that they should explore a new LEGO Star Wars show for television. The rest, as they say, is history.
The funny thing is, both Bob and Bill not only share a love of Star Wars, but LEGO too!
Bob spoke about his love for LEGO…
“You know what I mean? Pouring out the blocks and creating your own thing. No offense to people who glue their bricks but that to me is that’s not the point. For me it was like playing with my family, right? This is like, it was something that my mom and dad did with me. Building these bricks is something I had done with my kids. So for me it was we invented this out of that play together.”
We asked: What do you think kids are going to really like about this show? If you were talking to other kids about it what would you tell them?
I’d tell them that if they watched any other Lego stuff you know the comedy is very strong. I love all the Lego jokes in there. They’re all very funny. And you’re also going to get that classic Star Wars storytelling that you’ve come to know and love, the battle between good and evil.
So I think they’re going to enjoy kind of the mix between all of it, it’s got adventure; it’s got action and comedy.
We also had the awesome chance to talk to one of the voice talents- Nicholas Cantu who gives the voice to Rowan.
We asked: If you were talking to other kids about it what would you tell them?”
So I think they’re going to enjoy kind of the mix – it’s got adventure, it’s got action and comedy. So I think that’s what they’re going to enjoy. And also the content and you know the characters too. They’re all wacky and wonderful. So I think that’s what they’re going to like the most.”
Disney XD will debut a new episode each day, beginning Monday, June 20 at 10am through Thursday, June 23. The first episode will also be available via Video on Demand (VOD) and the Disney XD app for users on tablets, phones, set top boxes and computers on Monday, June 20.
Oh…and yes, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures will have their own LEGO sets!
The LEGO Star Wars Star Scavenger and Eclipse kits are in stores now, keep an eye out for them!