‘Star Wars’: Vader is triumphant in Lego’s ‘New Yoda Chronicles’ video

Nov. 21, 2014 | 2:52 p.m.

“Star Wars” headlines are in no short supply these days.

The Star Wars Celebration will be in Anaheim next year, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions” was just released on video, and fans are salivating over any tidbit offered about J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

But for those who want a fun fix of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and the rest, Lego Star Wars has been offering up a different take on George Lucas’ vision under the title of “The New Yoda Chronicles.”

Above is an exclusive clip from “Clash of the Skywalkers,” the final chapter in the four-part “Yoda” series. The comedic tales are set in the prequel universe and feature Jedi Master Yoda in new adventures.

The Emperor sends Vader to destroy Luke, while Yoda leads Jedi and padawans in a fight to stop Darth Sidious from creating a new Deathstar-like super-weapon that could crush the Republic.

In the video, you can see both the humor and the detail (“Visit Mustafar, it’s a dry heat”) as Darth Vader gets a little bit of satisfaction in a scene with Luke.

The Lego series joins “Star Wars: Rebels” as animated expansions on the universe. “The New Yoda Chronicles” is written by Michael Price (“The Simpsons,” “Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace” and “Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out”) and produced by Wil Film.

The series is the first time entirely new “Star Wars” characters and vehicles have been created specifically for the Lego Star Wars franchise.

The program premieres Sunday at noon ET/PT on Disney XD. For those who might have missed the entire series, Disney XD is presenting an encore presentation of all of the “The New Yoda Chronicles” episodes — “Escape From the Jedi Temple,” “Race For the Holocrons,” “Raid on Coruscant” and “Clash of the Skywalkers” — the same day starting at 7 p.m.

— Jevon Phillips | @storiz@LATherocomplex

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