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Two Brand New LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises Shorts Arrive to Smuggle Your Heart Away

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After introducing their incredibly hilarious first entry into the LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises series back in February, the fine folks at LEGO continued their grand tradition of making everything adorable and hilarious with two brand new episodes for the animated series. It’s like they took The Force Awakens and made it the best kind of Saturday morning cartoon; except, you know, this cartoon’s about three and a half minutes long and is on the internet so you can watch it whenever you want.

With LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises, LEGO hopes to be able to share the story of how (you guessed it) the Resistance rose in the wake of the First Order’s power grab. There remains the lingering question of whether any of this is canon (which, let’s be honest, we kind of really hope it is), but even if it isn’t, these are some incredibly fun interpretations of the events that might not have been captured in the movie.

The first episode, titled “The Trouble With Rathtars” (get it), centers on Han Solo and Chewbacca hauling Rathtars through space. It (obviously) takes place before their encounter with Rey and Finn outside of Jakku. They get up to some great smuggler antics with Chewie filling the role of slapstick comedian while getting chased around the ship by the massive Rathtars.

“Hunting for Han” revolves around Maz Kanata’s castle, where Bala Tik (the Scottish-accented bounty hunter/scoundrel from the Rathtar scene aboard Han’s ship in TFA) delivers a mysterious package to Maz. He tries to coax information about Solo from her, but winds up getting in a massive bar fight because apparently everyone wants a piece of Solo–including the table of alien women who only get more excited after seeing Solo’s “silver fox” (according to Maz) photo. I fully expected them to go with a boring ageist “gross out” joke at Han Solo’s advanced age photo, but they doubled down and frankly, I thought that was absolutely fantastic. You go, LEGO.

Of course, the big reveal in the second one involves an old friend, one that makes me super excited to think about. I don’t want to spoil it, but rest assured that if this ends up being fully canon and everything (which I still believe it is), then the implications of having this person be at Maz’s castle before Solo shows up means a hell of a lot, people.

(via /Film)

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