With Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaking every conceivable box office record, Star Wars properties having a pronounced presence in the Parks, and the first anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, opening this Christmas, it is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. And it just got better: Today it was announced that LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an all-new animated series, will be coming to Disney XD this summer.
This new series will center around the Freemakers, a “family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy.” When the youngest Freemaker discovers an ancient lightsaber, the family is “thrown into an epic struggle against the empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.” And yes, “familiar characters” will make appearances alongside all-new heroes and villains.
“We are very excited to launch, for the first time, a TV series with Disney XD,” Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at the LEGO Group, said in an official statement. “The creative team behind The Freemaker Adventures is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action, and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show.”
Carrie Beck, vice president of animation development at Lucasfilm added: “We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD, and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar).”
If you’ve ever played a LEGO Star Wars game (LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out in June!) or watched one of the LEGO Star Wars limited series or specials, then you know the kind of irreverent fun that will undoubtedly be a part of this brand new series. Disney XD is already home to the excellent Star Wars Rebels animated series, which concludes its second season in late spring, and we couldn’t be more excited for this brand new animated outing. The Force is definitely strong with this one.