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2015 LEGO Star Wars new life to the Galaxy

I recently received a copy of the LEGO Life magazine (December 2014 – NO. 4 issue), which is an internal publication for employees of The LEGO Group. It has some really interesting articles, and I thought to share some of them with you in the upcoming weeks. The cover of the magazine highlights LEGO Star Wars, so I thought that was a good place to start. “2015 Set To Be Big Star Wars Year” – states the front page. So let’s take a look at what they are talking about. There are two articles related to LEGO Star Wars in this issue of the magazine, both written by Aksel Thoby with photos by Niels Age Skovbo. The first article is titled “2015 Will Bring New Life to the Galaxy”, and the second is titled “Rebels Emerge from the History Books”. You can read both articles below. 🙂

LEGO Life Magazine - LEGO Star Wars

2015 WILL BRING NEW LIFE TO THE GALAXY – A new movie in the Star Wars saga will premiere in December next year – The LEGO Group is already well ahead in the preparations for a massive Star Wars Year.

When the new LEGO Star Wars Rebels products are launched in January, it will be only the beginning of a very busy Star Wars year. The seventh film in the sage will premiere on December 18, 2015 – an event which the LEGO Group will be much aware of.

“I think that interest in this movie will exceed anything seen in recent times regarding cinema launches. ‘Lord of the Rings’ can pack up and go home. Just see how much attention the movie is getting already in the social media – even though it’s still more than a year to the premiere,” says Rasmus Funder-Schmidt, senior marketing manager, referring to the thousands of Star Wars fans who meticulously dissect every detail, rumor and scrap of information that leaks from the movie locations.

Ever since George Lucas in 1977 brought “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” to the world’s cinema screens, the galactic universe has been a cultural phenomenon which has earned untold millions at the box office. In the US, Star Wars fans have their own public holiday “May the Fourth” (a reference to “May the Force be with you”, the Jedi Knights’ greeting). The most fan-atical have sent drones over Pinewood Studios in the UK in an attempt to capture just a glimpse of the movie-making. In fact, the film team shooting part of the movie in the Abu Dabi desert has had to rescue fans who lost their way in the wilderness.

Rasmus Funder-Schmidt believes there is no other movie that is as ingrained in the US culture. Star Wars is not just a movie – it is a cultural phenomenon.

“In America,” he says, “Star Wars isn’t just a series of movies – it’s almost a religion. A piece of cultural heritage, part of the American identity and self-image.”

Riding the publicity wave – The LEGO Group marketing department is running in top gear. A range of Star Wars products will be launched in January, with new products and computer games to follow. Development of the LEGO Star Wars products that are based directly on the movie is well under way – but they will not be launched until September.

“In January we’ll begin to see ‘Rebels’ taking shape, and it’ll be the first lift-off rocket of several. Then we can expect to see some computer games – as the TV series continues. We’ll be adjusting our range to match the movie – and developing our communication to match the movie,” says Rasmus Funder-Schmidt.

The new movie opens 30 years after Darth Vader’s death at the end of the sixth Star Wars film. Familiar faces like Carrie Fischer, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will again appear as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker – although there will be younger talents playing some of the new main characters.

“We expect that many, many fathers and mothers will be taking their sons and daughters in to see this movie. It’s something that can bind the generations together. Come and sit down, son, we’re going to watch Star Wars together because you’re old enough to do that. I think that’ll be some of the strength of the movie. And the great thing about Star Wars is that when junior asks if there are nay move movies, dad can say: ‘Oh, yes, son – you bet!’,” says Rasmus Funder-Schmidt, adding:

“In the US, fans have actually renamed ‘Father’s Day’ as ‘I’m your father’s day’ (‘I’m your father’ being the iconic reply that Darth Vader gave his son, Luke Skywalker).”

LEGO Life Magazine - 2015 LEGO Star Wars

REBELS EMERGE FROM THE HISTORY BOOKS – New LEGO Star Wars models are based on the animated TV series “Star Wars Rebels” – which has enabled designers to explore other parts of the Galactic Universe.

When LEGO Designers Jordan Scott and Jens Kronvold were tasked with designing a series of new LEGO Star Wars models based on the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels, they turned for inspiration to their history books. Star Wars Rebels includes vehicle designs based on sketches and models created by the legendary conceptual developer Ralph McQuarrie in the 1970s – but never used.

“It was Ralph McQuarrie who designed the first Star Wars trilogy, coming up with such characters as C-3PO, Darth Vader and many of the other iconic characters and spacecraft – so I believe the many fans who are familiar with the old models and sketches will recognize them.”, says Jens Kronvold, director who had designed LEGO Star Wars models since the late 1990s.

On the desk in front of him stands a so-called “walker” named AT-DP. It is a fearsome fighting machine with two long legs under a square “body” and a front-mounted laser gun. Similar models appear in the famous movies but it is the first time this particular one steps into the limelight.

“We’ve seen other variations of the walkers but never this one. It’s brand new. A great opportunity for us at the LEGO Group to bring in new content instead of having to stick only to old products we’ve made earlier. That’s important to us,” says Jens Kronvold.

Round cockpitStar Wars Rebels is the story of what happened during the 30-year period between the third movie (in which Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader) and the fourth (in which the Rebel Alliance and Luke Skywalker fight the Empire). When the first episode premiered on Disney Channel in October, it attracted an audience of 13 million viewers, a record for the channel.

LEGO Star Wars launched the two rebel spacecraft – The Ghost and The Phantom – in October. They were well received by shoppers. Around New Year, five new models will be added to the product range in all price groups. Another of the new models is a new version of the so-called TIE fighter: the TIE Advanced Prototype. Designer Jordan Scott is particularly proud of the cockpit:

“TIE fighters have a decidedly round appearance – which LEGO bricks do not – so it was quite a challenge to get them to appear to be round. We produced a new element for the front and top and gave it a new decoration. I aimed to give it a ‘spherical’ look and I think it’s worked out reasonably well.”

One completely new feature is the integral control on the back of the model, allowing the TIE fighter’s laser beams to be fired mechanically.

“We’ve done a lot of work on things like that – researching new methods of firing which are built into the models. We know kids love it!” says Jens Kronvold.

#75082 LEGO Star Wars MinifigThere are already more than 300 different LEGO Star Wars minifigures, and Star Wars Rebels will introduce new ones. Jordan Scott shows us the prime villain, The Inquisitor. His special feature – apart from a novel lightsaber – is his helmet molded by means of a new molding technique which merges the transparent “glass” in front of the eyes as a single unit with the rest of the helmet.

“We apply this method more and more because this is an integral part of the helmet and makes sense. It also makes it very, very cool,” says Jordan Scott.

#75082 LEGO Star Wars

The new 2015 LEGO Star Wars sets will be available in a couple of days, including the two that are mentioned in the article above; the #75082 LEGO Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype and the #75083 LEGO Star Wars AT-DP. Another great set that will be released on January 1st is the #75084 LEGO Star Wars Wookiee Gunship and of course the highly anticipated and very exciting (and huge!) #75060 LEGO Star War Ultimate Collector Series Slave 1. All of the sets are already listed at the Online LEGO Shop, and although you can’t buy them yet, you can check out all the pictures and details. See here: LEGO Star Wars at the Online LEGO Shop.

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So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Star Wars articles? Did you find them interesting? And how do you like the 2015 LEGO Star Wars sets? Are you planning to get any of them? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • LegoUniverse Bob December 31, 2014, 11:16 AM

    Yeah, I can’t wait until the next episode of Star Wars comes out! (Only because I haven’t seen any, and I don’t know where to find them other than buying the discs off the internet… =P)

    • Jake December 31, 2014, 11:54 AM

      Haven’t seen ANY.

      • LegoUniverse Bob December 31, 2014, 2:04 PM


        • Crazybricks January 2, 2015, 10:16 AM

          Go rent them from a DVD rental place you probably should see episodes 1-6 before seeing episode 7

  • jabber-baby-wocky December 31, 2014, 11:18 AM

    This is super exciting. The anticipation is huge! As it said in the article, for some people Star Wars is like a religion! Can’t wait!

  • Chris of Yoda Archives December 31, 2014, 11:39 AM

    It’s gonna be a good year. I’m looking forward to The Force Awakens.

    In January free AT-DP polybag with Star Wars purchase at the LEGO Store.

    • admin December 31, 2014, 5:03 PM

      Yeah, me too! Can’t wait till September! 😛

  • BLProductions December 31, 2014, 4:03 PM

    I will say that I don’t like the idea of another SW movie. I think what happened after Episode VI should have been left to the fans, like it was all those years. All those books, mini movies, stories, out the door, courtesy of Waltless Disney. (BTW, I really dislike how Disney’s logo has to be on all 2015 SW set boxes, even the ones from the PT and OT.) I suppose this will be better than Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy. At least there are fresh ideas in it, and I am looking forward to the new LEGO sets from the movie, there’s good potential. 🙂
    Also, that TIE Advanced Prototype set really irks me. Vader was the only one who flew a TIE Advanced, in Ep. IV. But then, he probably didn’t fly the prototype, in case it crashed. 😕 As for the Inquisitor, does anyone know, he’s not a Sith, right? He can’t be, because there are already 2 Sith b/w Eps. 3 and 4. Just making sure.
    And lastly: http://brickset.com/article/13696/jurassic-world-set-list Really liking the sound of these, I’m looking forward for the images. 🙂

    • admin December 31, 2014, 5:03 PM

      Good point about the Sith. He does look like a Sith though, so maybe they added some twist to his story? I’m also looking forward to the Jurassic World sets. I think I will wait a little longer until we get pictures about them, or maybe write up a preliminary post just with the information we have so far. There is that one poster that at least gives some ideas. 🙂

      • lloydguy December 31, 2014, 5:19 PM

        I was confused by that, too. He wields a Lightsaber proficiently and appears to be force-sensitive. I think he is probably trained differently than normal sith, though.

        • admin December 31, 2014, 6:44 PM

          Yes, that’s possible. Curious to know more.

        • BLProductions January 1, 2015, 9:44 AM

          There’s the chance he isn’t, as his name is the Inquisitor, not Darth whatever. But who knows, I thought Disney declared the Prequel Trilogy non-canon, maybe they are discarding the “only 2 Sith” rule. 😕

          • admin January 1, 2015, 10:17 AM

            Both of those are good points, although if I remember correctly the “only 2 Sith” rule was part of the movies, not just the EU. Disney only declared the EU as non-canon.

            • BLProductions January 1, 2015, 1:25 PM

              Yes, Yoda says that “only two Sith there are. Never more, never less,” in one of the Prequel movies (I can’t remember which one). I can’t wholeheartedly say the EU followed the rule, as I recall seeing about 20 Sith at once in an Old Republic video. But then, I’m not entirely sure what the EU encompasses… is it all the extra cartoons and games that have appeared over the years? 😕 But I’m happy if Disney left the PT alone.

              • admin January 1, 2015, 1:36 PM

                Yes, the EU is everything but the full movies. So all the cartoons, games, books, comics, etc. that are not specifically about the movies are considered EU. This can be confusing for people who followed the EU story lines and characters. But if you still to the movies the upcoming film should remain logical.

                • Håkan January 1, 2015, 2:06 PM

                  EU = Expanded Universe.

              • Crazybricks January 2, 2015, 10:21 AM

                Whats the PT

                • BLProductions January 2, 2015, 3:18 PM

                  PT stands for Prequel Trilogy (episodes I – III). Also, OT stands for Original Trilogy (episodes IV – VI), just so you know. 😉

                  • Håkan January 3, 2015, 7:55 AM

                    So the new films would be ST – Sequel Trilogy, or is it to early to speculate, yet?

                    • admin January 3, 2015, 10:38 AM

                      What we know is that much of the original cast will be in the movie; Luke, Leia, Han, etc. as older people, so I assume it is going to be a sequel to the original trilogy.

  • legostuff71 December 31, 2014, 4:37 PM

    I am having a LEGO meltdown, can’t decide on the new star wars sets and/ or DC COMIC sets. I can do a little of both star wars and DC COMIC set ( that would be get the $20- $ 25 bucks sets.) or one big set of one or the other ( the $ 70 bucks set) . What to do , HELP!

    • admin December 31, 2014, 5:12 PM

      That’a a tough decision. I would suggest you look at all the close-up pictures at the Online LEGO Shop to see which one(s) you like the most. When I have to decide like this, I usually take into consideration which one has the minifigs I want the most, and also the best part-selection of parts that is compatible with my current collection. Let us know what you decide! 🙂

  • Håkan December 31, 2014, 5:27 PM

    December 18. That’ll be my 35th birthday. Well, could be interesting

    • admin December 31, 2014, 6:44 PM

      Hm… I guess that’s a sign that someone will have to buy you a ticket as a BD present. 🙄

      • Håkan January 1, 2015, 7:37 AM

        Possibly a sign. Could imagine worse ways to spend the day.

        • admin January 1, 2015, 10:16 AM

          I would take it as a sign too! 🙄

  • howdididothat December 31, 2014, 6:33 PM
    • admin December 31, 2014, 6:44 PM

      Can’t watch it. A giant ad shows up in front of it after a few seconds. 🙁

      • Nrg Cole January 5, 2015, 5:18 PM

        That is not the full movie. the page doesn’t contain the movie, because 1. so called”unlocks” never work, and 2. the only video contained on the page is 1 minute and 4 seconds long(I know because i used a video downloader extension to download it.

        • admin January 5, 2015, 6:29 PM

          Oh… I guess it wasn’t worth watching it then. I could kind of see the trailer behind the ad, but there was hardly anything to it. 😕

  • legostuff71 December 31, 2014, 7:53 PM

    I think I ‘ll do star wars , ( the wookie gunship is very tempting, but it’s also $70.00 bucks.) is it worth it?What would you say would be first set to fly of the shelves quickly . That would be the first set to get. The DC COMIC sets are ok but, I’m more of a MARVEL person .

    • admin December 31, 2014, 7:59 PM

      I very much like the Wookie Gunship. It has such a unique color compared to all the grays that most Star Wars sets are, it is very swooshable and it has those new stud shooters! I think it is really fun vehicle with lots of features and functionality. I would get that over any currently offered DC set, but that’s just me. You could just get SW now and wait for the Marvel sets later. 🙂

  • legostuff71 December 31, 2014, 8:09 PM


    • admin January 1, 2015, 10:16 AM

      So this is your lucky year then! 😛

  • legostuff71 December 31, 2014, 8:17 PM

    I am” GETTING” star wars sets. Started to sound like YODA . “I star wars am getting I must,mmmm.

  • Ninja of Stealth January 2, 2015, 1:26 PM

    well, happy new year guys! Its 2015 and no flying cars! (BTTF) 🙄 I can’t wait for the movie to come out, and the upcoming sets that we haven’t seen yet. I bet they will be pretty AWESOME!

    • admin January 2, 2015, 1:49 PM

      I’m so disappointed about the no flying cars. I have been waiting for them my whole life! The grown-ups lied to me! 🙁

      • BLProductions January 2, 2015, 3:21 PM

        I was watching the news yesterday, and they were talking about that. Though there’re no flying cars, we have kinda-hover skateboards, and Nike says they plan to release self-tying shoes this year. Oh, the ideas that sprout from movies. 🙂

        • admin January 2, 2015, 5:08 PM

          I haven’t worn shoes in years! Since moving down from Chicago to Florida to be exact. I either wear sandals or go barefoot. I probably won’t even remember how to tie real shoes! But self-tying shoes instead of flying cars? Meh… I want those scientists to work harder! They better make a flying car in my lifetime! 😐

  • Ray January 5, 2015, 1:28 PM

    Disney’s Star Wars offerings are an interesting case. The Clones Wars series at least worked with existing characters, Rebels is entirely new people. The new trilogy is bound to be even more divisive in the fandom than the prequel trilogy was.

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