LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace is a LEGO-brick non-canon thirty-minute TV special. It aired on the television channel Cartoon Network on July 22, 2011. It was released on blu-ray disc and DVD on September 16, 2011.
Grand Master Yoda has just arrived back on Coruscant from the Outer Rim with a group of Younglings on a field trip. They arrive at the Senate Building to take a tour, headed by C-3PO and R2-D2. As they enter, a young child who had snuck away from an orphanage by shipping himself in a box, emerges from the ship, and joins the group on their tour. Meanwhile, Asajj Ventress is in the Senate Building, having just stolen secret battle plans with the intention of delivering them to Palpatine and plan an attack on Coruscant.
While on the tour, the young child, now known as "Ian" stirs up trouble causing C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the younglings to flee into space, where they find themselves in the middle of a space battle between Republic and Confederate forces. While avoiding destruction, they accidentally end up on Obi-Wan's Hyperdrive docking ring sending them to Tatooine. Meanwhile, Yoda and Commander Cody battle with Ventress and a small group of battle droids. Ventress is captured but a battle droid escapes with the plans, causing Yoda and Cody to go into pursuit. While in space, it is revealed that Ian had sneaked aboard Yoda and Cody's ship. The droid ship is tracked to Hoth, where Yoda and Ian go after the plans. In the cold, they find a Tauntaun for shelter where they find the battle droid with the plans hiding in it. After recovering the plans, they are attacked by droidekas and escape with the plans after a brief battle.
On Tatooine, C-3PO, R2-D2, and the other younglings look for passage off planet and back to Coruscant after their ship is scavenged by Jawas while 3PO had his back turned. After heading to Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina, C-3PO sneaks in in the hopes of finding a ride, disguised in a cloak so he is not seen as a droid—meanwhile, the younglings are mistaken for the house band. When C-3PO is seen to be a droid, the group is captured and sent to Jabba the Hutt, where the younglings are caged and C-3PO has to fight R2-D2 for Jabba's amusement. After encouragement from the younglings (and a few mind tricks), the two droids help free the children and attempt escape Jabba's custody. However, the are stopped by the Rancor, but rescued at the last second by Ian and Yoda.
They arrive back on Coruscant where they are rewarded for bravery and in the end, it is revealed that Ian's name is Solo and that the "H" on his name tag was sideways, meaning he is Han Solo.
- There are some references to the real-life Star Wars franchise, such as George Lucas; Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader as two different characters; the Star Wars Name Generator application;...
- When C-3PO attempts to enter Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina with R2-D2, R2 plays footage via hologram directly from Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope of Luke being told that 3PO and R2 will have to wait outside.
- During the Clone Wars battle, there are some Imperial TIE/LN starfighters and Imperial-class Star Destroyers.
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