Additional LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Video Game Character Pack Now Available.

The gaming Force is going strong with the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens now on its 5th week, especially when the recent release of its first wave of add-ons or character packs. This time, the second batch of downloadable content (DLC) is now made available for purchase across mainstream gaming platforms which were initially bundled as a pre-order exclusive for all Season Pass holders.

The Jabba’s Palace and The Empire Strikes Back Character Packs are now available as announced via the game’s official Facebook page.

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Retailing at $1.99 each, the Character Packs add more colorful characters from the original Star Wars trilogy to the main LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens game. Read on for some of the details and cool features of each of these Character Packs. If you’ve purchased the Season Pass already, then these add-ons are free for download.

 

Jabba’s Palace Character Pack

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The dregs of the galaxy’s criminal underworld come to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Jabba’s Palace Character Pack. This character pack includes the mighty Jabba the Hutt and his loyal retainers Bib Fortuna, Malakili and Gamorrean Guards, plus the bounty hunter Boushh, dancer Oola, and Princess Leia in her Jabba’s prisoner costume.

 

The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack

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Bring your favorite Bounty Hunters and Hoth-equipped Rebels to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens with The Empire Strikes Back Character Pack! This epic character pack includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia in cold weather gear, the cybernetic Lobot and the Ugnaughts of Cloud City, as well as the deadly bounty hunters Bossk, Dengar, and Boba Fett in his original concept art white armor.

 

The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Season Pass is still available for $9.99 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Steam (Windows PC). Players can also purchase each DLC Pack individually as mentioned, which includes two more Character Packs to be released (the Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars Character Packs), and three Level Packs (Poe’s Quest for Survival, First Order Siege of Takodana, and Escape from Starkiller Base). For the timing and release of all other DLC content, keep an eye on the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Twitter,  Facebook,  Instagram and YouTube channels, and official website for details.

 

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Welcome The Next LEGO Ideas Project To Enter The 10K Roster: The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA.

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One of the great things about the LEGO Ideas platform is that you can see particular projects launched into stardom with lightning speeds. Ok, I might be exaggerating a little bit, but considering how this next LEGO Ideas project garnered the coveted 10k thumbs up from other LEGO enthusiasts in just less than two weeks, then ‘lightning speed’ maybe a little bit of an understatement.

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The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA is the 7th LEGO community-supported project to enter the LEGO Ideas Review sometime next month. Created by Maia Weinstock (which she goes by the name 20tauri over at LEGO Ideas) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the LEGO Women of NASA is a celebration of the history of women in the STEM field. The project features minifigure replicas of some of the notable women behind NASA, including: Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison. The cool play feature about these minifigs is that they are all faithfully set in their respective fields. In case you’re not that familiar with these rockin’ ladies of NASA, here’s a look at their minifig renditions together with their actual photos.

 

Margaret Hamilton

As a computer scientist at MIT under contract with NASA in the 1960s, Hamilton developed the on-board flight software for the Apollo missions to the moon. She is known for popularizing the modern concept of software.

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Katherine Johnson

A mathematician, space scientist, and a longtime NASA researcher, Johnson is best known for calculating and verifying trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo programs — including the Apollo 11 mission that first landed humans on the moon.

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Nancy Grace Roman

As an astronomer and one of the first female executives at NASA, Roman is known to many as the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in planning the Hubble Space Telescope. She also developed NASA’s astronomy research program.

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Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

A physicist by training, Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. After retiring as a NASA astronaut, she founded an educational company focusing on encouraging children — especially girls — to pursue the sciences. Trained as a medical doctor, Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. After retiring from NASA, Jemison established a company that develops new technologies and encourages students in the sciences.

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The proposed LEGO Ideas Women of NASA was immediately noticed by the LEGO fan community and has been warmly received by most science based and general interest sites such as CNET, Popular Science, Huffington Post and The New York Times just to name a few. It even caught the attention of NASA and the UN Women – wow that’s really something!

Weinstock’s project is also the second LEGO Ideas project that features women empowerment in the field of science, following the much welcomed LEGO Ideas Research Institute 21110 which was launched in 2014. However, like any other LEGO Ideas project, the Research Institute was only available on a limited run which makes it a retired product already. The discontinuation of this caused quite a stir within the LEGO community, with the LEGO Group at the receiving end of criticisms, saying that the company was not sincerely promoting women empowerment and gender equality with regard to its selection of minifigures.

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Several fans now worry that the proposed Women of NASA set might end up with the same fate like that of the Research Institute. As influential as LEGO is for being one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, let’s hope that the LEGO Group will figure out ways on how it can actively promote the role of women in the field of science and other occupations. Perhaps LEGO can come up with an exclusive line of sets dedicated to women in various professional fields, or those depicting on high flying adventures.

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The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA joins the ranks of Voltron – Defender of the UniverseSpaceballs – Eagle 5The Addams Family Mansion, the Merchant’s House, the Large Hadron ColliderLEGO Observatory – Mountain View, and Modular Construction Site as the projects that qualify for the Second 2016 Review Stage this September.

This LEGO Recreation Of A Vintage Pluto Pull-Along Toy Is A Fitting Tribute To The Partnership That Started It All.

When you think about the on-going partnership between LEGO and Disney and how it all started, it might be reasonable to consider that it all began with the House of Mouse Ambassador himself, Mickey Mouse. However, a quick search about the history of the LEGO Group reveals otherwise. Starting as a humble, toy workshop situated in idyllic Billund, Denmark, Ole Kirk Christiansen put his exceptional carpentry skills into use when his toyshop began offering wooden toys to children in 1932.

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During the 1940s, LEGO entered into a partnership with the Walt Disney Company to create its very first licensed wooden, pull-along replica of Pluto. It was an instant hit among children at that time. Check out the vintage promotional poster that goes along with it.

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In honor of Disney’s most famous bloodhound that started a wonderful partnership between the two powerhouses, and in celebration of Disney and LEGO’s timeless partnership, Brick Journal Editor-in-Chief and Master Builder Joe Meno came up with his own version of this very rare toy collectible using the things that he is very much happy to work with: the LEGO brick.

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Using LEGO graph paper for his initial draft and sketches, Meno’s brick-built recreation of this antique toy is absolutely brilliant. From Pluto’s collar and even to the LEGO label printed on his side, Meno’s LEGO Pluto MOC is truly spot on. The best thing about it is that it’s a pull-along toy as well! Watch the video below to see more of its play features. Wish LEGO can come up with this one for our younger generation to enjoy.

LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum 76060 Found Over At Target.

August is now officially here, and with it comes a slew of new and exciting LEGO sets that we’re raring to have our hands on. There is one particular set that keeps on intriguing us, though. The LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060) is already up over at shop.lego.com, however, it is a little bit ‘strange’ when such a set becomes another store exclusive. We received information that 76060 is a Target exclusive, both available online and at local Target stores retailing at $29.99. The image below was taken by Stephen himself directly from his cart when he purchased the set over at Target.

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Stephen intended to purchase this set directly from the LEGO Store, however, he was informed that it is a Target exclusive as of the moment. Now we’re not quite sure until when the Sanctum Sanctorum will be available over at Target. Assuming that this will be a highly sought after set considering that this is an early teaser of some sort before the film hits theaters on November 4,  it is wise to consider getting this early on.

Here is LEGO’s official description of the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060), followed by a closer look at the set and the cool minifigs that goes along with it. Be sure to stay tuned at our official YouTube channel as Stephen and Jason explore and review the play features of this set.

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Banish the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum!

Team up and expel the portal beast from Doctor Strange’s mysterious headquarters with some super-heroic supernatural action! Fend it off with Doctor Strange’s mystical artifacts, and evade being captured by the portal beast’s tentacles using the cape of levitation. Send in Karl Mordo to battle the beast with his quarterstaff, and help The Ancient One strike with the powerful magical fans at her fingertips!

  • Includes 3 minifigures: Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo and The Ancient One.
  • Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum features a portal beast with rotating teeth, moving eyes and tentacles that can trap minifigures, shelves for mystical artifact accessories, levitation effect for 2 minifigures, and levitation function for Doctor Strange’s cloak.
  • Weapons include Karl Mordo’s quarterstaff and The Ancient One’s magical fans with eldritch calligraphy.
  • Accessory elements include Doctor Strange’s cloak of levitation and magical power elements with eldritch calligraphy markings.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 7-14.
  • Sanctum Sanctorum measures over 4” (11cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.

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UPDATE: Watch as Stephen reviews the LEGO Marvel Superheroes Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum (76060) over our YouTube channel.

LEGO Star Wars Panel Interview At Star Wars Celebration Europe Now Up!

Star Wars Celebration Europe in London may all well be over, but with the Force still lingers over in the internet, we can still expect a lot of LEGO-wielding Jedis and Padawans relishing on the events that transpired at the Excel London Exhibition Centre. As awesome as Star Wars Celebration Europe is, frankly speaking, not all the panels were given the live-stream treatment particular those that converge with our love for the LEGO brick and the galaxy far, far away.

Thankfully, Star Wars’ official YouTube channel has uploaded those LEGO-related panels that were not streamed live like the rest of its programs. This is a great favor for us who were not able to attend the celebrations. First up is the LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Panel featuring an in-depth look on how the LEGO Star Wars video game franchise developed over the years. Watch this.

The panel featured Douglas Riley from Lucasfilm Games, Jonathan Smith, Head of Production at TT Games and Graham Goring, Lead Story Designer of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video Game, all of which revealed some fun facts and interesting information on how the latest addition to the LEGO Star Wars video games were created. The panelist also hinted at the possibility of a LEGO Rogue One videogame anytime soon.

 

A more recent upload gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the latest LEGO-inspired series currently being aired at Disney XD. The LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, which began airing on Disney XD last June 20, follows the Freemakers – a family of intergalactic scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space. Their relatively peaceful world is turned upside down when their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact – the Kyber Saber. Here’s what executive producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth, together with director Michael Wegner and Matthew Wood (the voice behind the droid R0-GR) has to say during the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures panel.

Season 1 of LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is currently being aired at Disney XD and various On Demand services.

 

 

It’s A Curtain Call For LEGO Bionicle As The Theme Comes To An End This 2016.

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The LEGO Group, via its Bionicle message board and Facebook page, has just announced that it will discontinue its longest running proprietary theme later this year.

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LEGO Bionicle began in 2001 introducing the Toa and their elemental powers to an eager young audience who avidly read their accompanying comics. The first generation of LEGO Bionicle lasted until 2009, to be replaced by LEGO’s similarly buildable theme, Hero Factory. Just last year, LEGO decided to revive the story of the Toa with an all new set of characters, a cool interactive website, and an exclusive Netflix series. However, in spite of all this and the general enthusiasm of its fans, TLG deemed it necessary to pull the curtain to one of their home-grown themes because as it seems, Bionicle’s second generation really didn’t click with the wider audience.

Here’s the full press release from the LEGO Bionicle Team.

THE CONCLUSION OF “THE JOURNEY TO ONE” MARKS THE END FOR LEGO® BIONICLE® GENERATION 2

Fans, today we have to share the news with you that we have made the tough decision to discontinue LEGO® BIONICLE® at the end of 2016. NETFLIX has just started streaming the final two episodes of “The Journey to One” the ending of which, will put an end to any speculation about the future of LEGO® BIONICLE®.

With the 2015 relaunch of LEGO® BIONICLE®, we set out to revive a childhood favorite of fans worldwide, and bring it to a new group of children who were too young to have known and played with LEGO® BIONICLE® Generation 1. From your wonderful feedback over the last year, we feel very proud to have performed that task. Currently, the last wave of LEGO® BIONICLE® products is launching in Europe and North America. These products will, however, not reach the shelves in Asia and the Pacific markets.

Next up is the #BIONICLEbuildmakuta Rebrick Contest, starting August 1st, that will give you a chance to compete for some unique prizes. All you have to do is to give us your best shot at the Evil Overlord himself. Through the rest of the year, we will keep sharing artwork and other things that may be of interest to you on LEGO.com/bionicle and facebook.com/LEGOBionicle

On behalf of the LEGO® BIONICLE® team we would like to say that it has been absolutely thrilling to work on a theme that evokes so much interest, dedication and emotion. We would like to thank you for taking in LEGO® BIONICLE® Generation 2 and sharing all your builds, stories, artwork, joy, criticism and praise. By doing so you have not only expanded the universe but also made the amazing BIONICLE® Community even stronger and more amazing. We are confident that you will ensure that BIONICLE® lives on.

The BIONICLE Team

 

Though it’s quite disappointing to hear such news, we’re pretty sure that LEGO has something in the works to fill in the gap. Be sure to catch the final two episodes of “The Journey to One” over at Netflix as LEGO promises more details on the future of the LEGO Bionicle line.

 

Thanks Brother Bricks for the heads up.

It’s A Nexo Power Filled Month With LEGO’s September Store Calendar!

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LEGO’s September Store Calendar is now up, with the Nexo Knights diving into the heat of the action, a promise of two exclusive D2C sets, great in-store activities, and the announcement of the LEGO Nexo Knights’ complete season 1 over at CartoonNetwork.com. Let’s take a closer look on what this month has to offer.

 

September 1  

Before we charge in together with the Nexo Knights, LEGO and Disney fans have a great reason to be excited once September kicks in. It’s a great way to jumpstart the month with the magic of the LEGO Disney Castle 71040 arriving at all LEGO Stores and at shop.LEGO.com. Coming in at a whooping 4,000++ pieces and tons of play feature, the LEGO Disney Castle features an intricately detailed façade that showcases Disney’s popular classic animated films. This LEGO exclusive will retail at $349.99 locally.

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September 1-30:

LEGO Nexo Knights fans will be happy to know that the entire month of September, VIP members will be treated with double VIP points for every purchase of General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom (70321) and Clay’s Rumble Blade (70315).

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September 1 – October 31: 

Build your arsenal of Nexo Power with LEGO’s Nexo Knights Shield Search and Find. Download the LEGO Nexo Knights: Merlok 2.0 app and visit any LEGO Store to search for special shields to scan into your app. Each shield gives you a unique power to use in the game.

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September 5-18: 

LEGO’s exclusive promotional for the month of September is the LEGO Nexo Knights Ultimate Lavaria (70335) which comes FREE for every qualifying purchase of $50 or more. As with other LEGO Store promotional sets expect this one to sell like hotcakes while supplies last.

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September 6-7: 

The LEGO Store VIP Monthly Mini Build for September will be the School Bus (40216). In order to sign up, guests must have a registered LEGO VIP email address. If you don’t have one yet, just visit shop.LEGO.com/VIP to register for FREE. Due to limited space, you may need to register early and reserve your spot for September’s Monthly Mini Build starting August 15. To register for the Monthly Mini Build, just visit shop.LEGO.com/Minibuild-Registration.

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September 12-16:

There’s also something in store for all budding brick-building enthusiasts who will be joining LEGO Duplo’s Building Time from September 12 to 16. Drop in at any LEGO Store before noon for 10 minutes of DUPLO inspiration together with your little ones and receive DUPLO’s ‘Find-A-Pair’ cards.

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September 15-30:

There has been several rumors floating around fan forums surrounding these two exclusive sets, and CM4Sci over at Eurobricks gives us a hint that these will be, most likely, the new Star Wars Death Star and a Winter Train sets.  Brickset has already updated their database, with the serial number 75159 attached to the new LEGO Star Wars UCS Death Star and 10254 to the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Train. VIP members will get an early access to these highly anticipated sets from September 15 to 30.

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September 16-18: 

Westfield UTC San Diego will see the debut of another LEGO Store from September 16-18. The Grand Opening of the LEGO Store at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive at San Diego will be jumpstarted by LEGO’s Master Builders as they construct a gigantic model of Lloyd as he’s seen in LEGO Ninjago made entirely of bricks. Guests will also be awarded with a certificate of achievement (aka awesomeness) for helping out in coming up with the build. Plus, if you’ll be one of the first 400 customers each day from September 16 to 18, you’ll get a chance to receive a free LEGO exclusive gift for every qualifying purchase. These gifts include a LEGO backpack, an exclusive LEGO Minifigure Set, and a limited edition LEGO Store Set (40145). Check out these images of set 40145 below.

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Along with the usual monthly regulars such as the Minifigure Swap Mondays (September 5, 12, 19 and 26) and LEGO Club Meetings (September 17 and 24) September also marks the release of the LEGO Minecraft Fortress (21127) and LEGO Architecture United States Capitol Building (21030).

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Click on the images below for the complete LEGO September Store Calendar, or click on this link for a PDF version of it.

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A Look At The 2016 LEGO Advent Calendars Minifigures and Contents.

The holidays are just around the corner, and for every LEGO enthusiast the yearly LEGO Advent Calendar provides a welcomed surprise worth waiting for. Thanks to Amazon France, we now have a sneak peek on what’s in store inside these Advent Calendars, focusing on LEGO’s three most successful themes. Clicking the links below will lead you to the product’s pre-order page.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2016 (75146) – Estimated to be at USD 38.99

LEGO City Advent Calendar 2016 (60133) – Estimated to be at USD 22.99

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016 (41131) – Estimated to be at USD 21.99

Since Amazon France has already revealed these 2016 LEGO Advent Calendars, we can expect them to appear locally anytime soon. Take a look at each of the theme’s contents through the images below.

 

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New LEGO Minecraft Collectible Minifigures Announced.

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Hot off the trail of LEGO’s Collectible Minifigures Series 16 (71013) comes another minifig collection that will surely be a hit among LEGO and Minecraft fans. The LEGO Minecraft Team has recently announced via their Facebook page that they will be releasing for the first time ever, two Skin Packs that are basically new exclusive minifigures that can complement any LEGO Minecraft sets, as The Brick Fan reports. The Skin Packs will have set numbers 853609 and 853610 assigned to them.

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The Skin Packs include eight minifigures which includes a Camouflage wearing character, your usual Normal Guy in an everyday shirt, the Captain of the ship, a Cyborg looking minifigure, Knight (which looks like Boba Fett actually), a Crafter, Adventurer (which seems to take hint from Han Solo) and what the LEGO Minecraft Team refers to as the Full Moon guy.

We don’t have any info yet with regards to pricing, and where to get them but its September release date is not that far away so expect LEGO to be revealing more in the next few weeks. Given their serial numbers, it may suggest that they maybe exclusively available at all LEGO Brand Stores and at shop.LEGO.com.

Watch this video for a closer look of the LEGO Minecraft Collectible Skin Packs.

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Thanks to The Brick Fan for the heads up.

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens DLC Character Packs Now Available!

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After its debut exactly a month ago, the LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens video game finally releases its two DLC Character Packs, featuring tons of exciting content from the Prequel Trilogy and The Freemaker Adventures Character Packs, as announced via the game’s official Facebook page.

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Both packs are now ready for download for free if you availed of the game’s Season Pass, that comes with a total of 3 awesome Level Packs and 5 Character Packs including the two that were mentioned. Availing of the Season Pass allows you to have free access to an exclusive Jedi Character Pack that features playable characters of the powerful Jedi Order.

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You may also opt for an individual purchase of the Character Pack DLCs starting at $1.99 each. The LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens video game, together with its Character Packs, is now available across all major gaming platforms.

Take a look at the official trailers of The Prequel Trilogy and The Freemaker Adventures Character Packs below.

 

The Prequel Trilogy Character Pack

Return to where it all began with some of your favorite characters from Episodes I, II and III with the The Prequel Trilogy Character Pack. This character pack includes Darth Maul, Padmé, Captain Panaka, Jango Fett, Zam Wesell, Watto, Jar Jar Binks, and the damaged Anakin Skywalker after his fateful duel on Mustafar.

 

The Freemaker Adventures Character Pack

The Freemaker Adventures Character Pack brings the galaxy’s bravest family of scavengers to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This character pack includes the Freemaker siblings Kordi, Zander, and Rowan, their faithful droid Roger, the mysterious lightsaber-wielding Naare, as well as their rivals Graballa the Hutt, Raam and Baash.