Wednesday 3 February 2016

Lego Star Wars game teaser lovingly mocks 'Force Awakens' trailer

Remember all the obsession and excitement as new teasers and trailers emerged for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"? The movie opened in December, but many spent the months prior poring over details of Stormtroopers standing in formation and the Millennium Falcon rocketing through the air. Lego hasn't forgotten about that hype.
A new teaser for the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens game takes the form of a sweet parody of the first movie trailer. It starts off with a sandy landscape and the deeply intoned voiceover: "There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" A sweating Lego minifig version of Finn pops up holding an alarm clock, our first indication that the teaser is going to verge into the surreal.
Following the pattern laid out by the movie trailer, we next move into a scene with BB-8 rolling along. Instead of looking like typical desert planet Jakku in the background, the adorable rolling droid crashes into a beach vacation scene with a sand castle and lounge chair on display.

The Lego trailer, which dropped Tuesday, even gives us an Ithorian cameo, a shout-out to the franchise's old-school aliens. Ithorians have the long hammerhead-style noggins.
The game teaser is a nearly shot-for-shot parody that shows the off-kilter humor found in the Lego games franchise. Rey's Landspeeder has a "BB on board" bumper sticker. The Lego X-wing fighter pilot has a problem with his radio, windshield wipers and a rogue toaster.
A small cottage industry popped up last year to deliver "Force Awakens" parody trailers to hungry fans. "The Binks Awakens" gave us a horrifying vision of a Jar-Jar Binks-filled movie. A US Navy crew spoofed the original trailer with a creative short film called "Sea Wars: The Ike Awakens." And don't forget the trailer filled to the brim with the previously missing Luke Skywalker.
Whether or not you're a gamer, the Lego teaser has plenty to keep Star Wars fans amused. The video game is due out June 28 for Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U, Windows and Nintendo 3DS.

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