• Comic-Con Premiere of LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace

      Thursday, July 21st, LEGO treated select media to a preview screening of the LEGO Star Wars animated television special, The Padawan

      Menace, a day ahead of the premiere, and we at SSG were there. However, we weren't allowed to tell you guys about it until after it aired

      tonight, July 22nd, at 7pm PST.

      If you haven't seen it yet, the special runs around half an hour, and while it has some similarities to the LEGO Star Wars video games,

      commercials, and shorts, the special was a significant upgrade to the storytelling style there. First off, voices, the special actually has voice

      acting, and many of the voice actors are actually from Star Wars!

      There also is a somewhat expanded take on the LEGO Star Wars type of humor, and it pays off pretty well. The humor comes from gags,

      jokes, and story-based stuff, some of it is considerably broad and some of it is very Star Wars-specific, but a large amount of it works better

      than I was expecting.

      Visually, the look has been stepped up quite a bit. Everything is still LEGO styled, so Yoda's face still looks like an animated version of the

      Clone Wars minifigure, but there's more subtle expression to the faces, and the "camera work" in the computer has been stepped way up.

      Another change in style from the games is that everything this time around is actually made of LEGO, not just foreground and interactive

      elements. The Galactic Senate is actually made up of brick design this time, and it really adds a much richer LEGO feel to the whole affair.

      The storyline is Yoda, some younglings, R2, and 3PO starting a humdrum field trip to the Coruscant Senate and running into Asajj Ventress

      as she's setting off a plot to steal Republic battle plans and harken a Confederate fleet's invasion over the city-planet. From there, all heck

      breaks loose as Commander Cody's forces try to intercept Asajj, come across an escaped orphan disguising himself as another Jedi

      padawan, and the story ends up spanning the galaxy. From Hoth to Tatooine, surprises come out at every turn, Star Wars characters pop

      out of the woodwork, and there's even a truly unique droid battle. The half hour doesn't drag, but doesn't feel like it's gone by too quickly

      either, so it's a really enjoyable piece, you'll never look at Yoda exactly the same again, and it leaves you hoping for more of this great work

      without feeling starved.

      I won't give away the big surprises here in case some fans haven't had the chance to see it yet, but there are many, many great surprises

      and big story elements that will delight Star Wars fans, young and old.
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