NASA has had all sorts of collaborators in its 54-year history. Universities have helped NASA advance the study of science. Non-profit organizations have helped NASA promote education. And industries such as aerospace and nanotechnology have benefited from NASA’s research (as well as NASA’s contracts). NASA broke its own mold last year when it partnered with Microsoft to create a Mars rover landing simulation for the Xbox. Now NASA is getting itself another non-traditional partner: the toymaker, LEGO.
LEGO Star Wars isn’t a just set of LEGO bricks or even an epic videogame series. It’s also a three-part television series, the last of which airs tonight at 8 pm on the Cartoon Network. It’s a sly, funny poke at the movies we all know and love, much like Seth Green’s Robot Chicken cartoons, but with fewer four-letter words.