Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: LEGO Star Wars Rebels Reveals

Nuremberg Toy Fair 2014 is underway and LEGO kicked things off with a reveal of their Star Wars Rebels line and the introduction of the little droid who is now flooding the geek news streams, Chopper! Our buddy Stu from Atamaii was on the scene and snapped some excellent pics along with a fun video report.

But FIRST...let's meet Chopper!

In Star Wars, droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they’re doing when called upon, and sometimes even sacrifice themselves to save others. Right?

Not quite. Introducing Chopper, a lazy, cranky (if ultimately goodhearted) astromech droid, and the latest character revealed from the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series. "If Artoo is the family dog,” said Dave Filoni, executive producer of the show, “Chopper is the cat." Chopper is an essential crew member of the Ghost, tasked with keeping the starship running and operable for its band of heroes. In reality, thanks to his many “unique” upgrades and customizations, no other alien, human, or droid could handle the job.

The design of Chopper, a.k.a. C1-10P, takes cues from early Ralph McQuarrie concept art for R2-D2, especially the expressive arms that fold out of his head. As Star Wars Rebels takes place four years prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Chopper’s retro look creates an aesthetic continuity with droids of the original trilogy.

Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

So they've made Garfield the Cat into a Droid. Do they have lasagna in space? SPACE LASAGNA!!

With that out of the way, let's look at some new LEGOs. The folks at Nuremberg Toy Fair premiered The Ghost and Phantom ships alongside a model of Chopper. Stu Carter was on the scene and would not be denied...

Even by German Chris Hardwick.

Images above from Atamaii

Keep watching for more Toy Fair reports as there is still a ton of stuff to get through.
Check in on our Flickr Galleries regularly for extra images from these sets and more!

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