The Star Wars franchise loves synergy. Lucasfilm loves it a lot that they’ve mastered the artwork of creating synergy really feel like continuity. Launching traces of tie-in novels set in the identical time interval as each new film? Utilizing The Mandalorian to not solely shine a highlight on outdated Star Wars: The Clone Wars tales, however to launch a brand new Boba Fett TV collection? Bringing Hayden Christensen again as Anakin Skywalker in Obi-Wan Kenobi nearly precisely 20 years after his debut in Star Wars: Episode II — Assault of the Clones? All of those are examples of Star Wars’ hermetic continuity… and so they simply so occur to advertise different initiatives inside the galaxy. Your mileage might fluctuate on whether or not or not you see all of that as strong storytelling or professional advertising or a little bit of each. It doesn’t matter what, although, you’re gonna be desirous about it once you stream LEGO Star Wars Summer time Trip on Disney+.
The most recent animated LEGO Star Wars particular is strictly what you assume it’s: a enjoyable, all-ages romp with some A+ puns and many deep minimize references. Although Star Wars characters spend the vast majority of their time within the solar and sand, that is the primary time we’ve ever seen any of them go on a trip. And the place do heroes of the Resistance Finn, Rey, Poe, Rose, BB-8, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 go on trip? Why, to the starship Halcyon, in fact!
If that identify sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of Halcyon is the in-universe moniker of the setting of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the immersive lodge expertise situated in California on the Walt Disney World Resort.
Yep, the most recent kid-friendly Star Wars particular is about at a lodge that may value two adults and one baby a minimal of $5,299 for a 2-night keep. In case your children don’t know that the Halcyon is an actual place, perhaps preserve that half quiet in the event that they find yourself watching this particular.
The Summer time Trip particular reveals off a couple of of the Halcyon’s places, just like the bar and in addition the Local weather Simulator (though I don’t assume the true one can simulate a seashore just like the one Rey visits, sadly). It undoubtedly seems like a cool place to go to, which I say as somebody who completely empty out his 401K with the intention to keep in a tiny, windowless cabin “aboard” the Halcyon for 2 nights. I acknowledge I’m a maniac who in all probability ought to had over management of his funds to his husband.
It’s shady to name LEGO Star Wars Summer time Trip a industrial for Galactic Starcruiser, and in addition not totally correct. To the particular’s credit score, the vast majority of the particular is about in flashbacks that span the trilogies and the galaxy. The particular’s creators may have actually leaned into the synergy and had Poe slam again a couple of of the Kaiburr Crystal cocktails solely to then understand they cost 5,000 credits a pop. So, good for them — though that is undoubtedly seeing the camtono half full.
What’s extra stunning in regards to the LEGO Star Wars Summer time Trip particular is that it’s truly approach, far more than a industrial for the Galactic Starcruiser. Severely — by the tip of the particular, it actually looks like — SPOILER ALERT for a children’ particular — that is the franchise saying goodbye to the entire sequel trilogy characters. The particular’s premise is that Finn organized a bunch trip since he is aware of everybody’s about to go their separate methods, comply with their destinies, and many others. The tip of the particular makes good on this promise as Finn says goodbye to Poe, Rey, and Rose, thanking them for altering his life for the higher. There are even LEGO-ized flashbacks to scenes from The Power Awakens and The Final Jedi. Including to the finality of the entire thing, the goodbyes are overseen by the Power ghosts of Obi-Wan, Anakin Skywalker, Kylo Ren, and Leia Organa. Then hologram Lando says:
That feels bizarrely closing for a non-canonical LEGO particular set at a Disney lodge. We’ll have to attend and see the place the sequel characters pop up subsequent. One factor’s for certain: you’ll be able to see a few of them IRL at Walt Disney World if you happen to can afford it.