Being a lifelong Star Wars I bought this under the excuse it was for my kids. In my defence they loved it too.
The Padawan Menace, is funny (cheeky), with great animation, and introduced a Star Wars legend in to the clone war era of the Lego Star Wars Universe (LSWU). "Ian" is an orphan on the run from the orphanage. To blend in he joins a bunch of students in a field trip. Trouble is these students are Jedi Padawans on their way to observe the senate, how much trouble can a bunch of young force users get into crisscrossing the LSWU? Watch and find out. Great uses of the Lego concept of building stuff with the force. Really enjoyable main feature, then it even has 10 mins of Lego short that are pretty entertaining as well.
The Empire Strikes Out. I think this was a bit of a strike out; it might have been after seeing the Padawan Menace my expectations were a little too high. Especially as they kept saying a recurring theme of Darth Vader Vs. Darth Maul. I don't care what format that is in fans will watch it just for that. The trouble is it never actually happen apart from a childish bit of double force choking the two have very little interaction with each other. Childish is pretty much the best summary of this DVD. It is too Robot chicken and spoofs in a Lego stetting.
I would have give Padawan Menace 5 stars and the Empire Strikes Out 3 stars at best. Why not average it out to 4 as a whole, simply because Padawan Menace is really good and probably worth £5-6 on its own. Paying the extra £1 to see the other one as well is just value for money. So 5 stars for the double pack over all.
Bought for my 7 year old son and I watched it with him and found the storylines to be funny enough for adults familiar with the star wars character - graphics as expected if you have played any of the LEGO games - 4 out of 5 stars due to there only being 2 programmes on the disc so it's a short watch but my son loved it.
This was an instant hit with my 6 year old grandson! He is very in to Lego model building, and seeing them animated in this dvd had him really excited. I will be buying further Lego dvd's for him in future.