It’s been roughly six months since Star Wars blasted back into cinemas with The Force Awakens and, let’s face it, we’re all still pretty infatuated with the film and eager to see the adventures of Rey, Poe and Finn continue in 2017, and explore a whole new corner of the franchise with Rogue One later this year.
In the meantime, however, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will offer up a pretty good excuse to dive back into the JJ Abrams blockbuster.
Here are five moments we’re looking forward to revisiting:
On top of getting to hear more of Oscar Isaac’s soothing voice, this new LEGO Star Wars should offer up a pretty fun take on the film’s opening act. While Finn’s “rescue” of Poe is a pretty short sequence in the film, we can probably expect developer Traveller’s Tales to embellish the material a little and give the pair a bit more time together. The possibility of more Poe-Finn shenanigans is too tantalizing to turn down and we can’t wait to see it for ourselves.[divider] [/divider]
Watching the “nope, I’m not dealing with that” reactions of various stormtroopers to the temper tantrums of Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren was an unexpected comedic highlight of The Force Awakens. What’s more, it’s easy to imagine the gag being just as funny in LEGO form. Previous games in the series have often played the most self-serious parts of Star Wars for laughs, and this next game seems unlikely to prove the exception.[divider] [/divider]
Maz’s Cantina was one of the most visually detailed locations we got to visit in The Force Awakens and we can probably expect this to carry over into LEGO form. Part of the joy of the previous games has been in watching how the most-unconventional character and alien designs of the material are translated into block form and it seems a sure bet for this to continue here. We’ll also have another chance to listen to Hamilton-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Jabba Flow” again – so there’s that.[divider] [/divider]
Han Solo’s death is arguably *the* biggest moment in The Force Awakens and seeing it play out in the form of LEGO characters is kind-of “the” thing you’re buying the game to see. It’s all too easy to imagine the slow, drawn-out, emotional gutpunch being utterly punctured of all dramatic gravitas by silly plastic figures. In addition, Free Play mode will probably let you relive the sequence with different characters to hilarious, or potentially tragic, effect.[divider] [/divider]
Alongside characters like Rey, Finn and Poe, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be the video game debut for the internet’s favorite stormtrooper, TR-8R. Given the popularity of the meme following the film’s release it’s almost impossible to envision a version of this game that doesn’t do something fun with the beloved moment. In fact, depending on how many liberties the game takes with the material we may even see him added in as a named and playable character.