The Lego Star Wars Battle.

By Risa Green


Wow, thank God 2009 is over and gone. As far as years go, I have to say, that one was pretty sucky. But, onward and upward, right? I’m excited about 2010. I’ve got a new book coming out in the fall, I’ve got another one coming out in Holland this spring, and I’ve got all kinds of resolutions for how I’m going to make my life and the lives of my family members better this year. For example: I’m going to try to eat fewer processed foods. I’m going to be nicer to my husband than I am to people I barely know. I’m going to have more patience with my children. I’m going to cut back on how much tv they watch and how many video games they play. And, I’m going to cure cancer and bring peace to the middle east. Yeah, I know you’re scoffing at those last two, but seriously, I think they might be more doable than getting my five year-old son to give up Lego Star Wars Wii.


I bought the stupid game over a year ago, when we first got the Wii. At the time, my son loved Legos and was also obsessing over lightsabers, and in my boy-mom ignorance, I got him the game, thinking that it would a) be something that was appropriate for a four year-old, and b) be something that he could actually play. But I was wrong. Once he realized that the Wii game did not involve building Legos or swinging lightsabers, he lost interest in thirty seconds, and to my great relief, the game sat, untouched, in a drawer. Or at least it did, until my husband broke it out over winter break and wondered aloud whether my son might now be old enough to play, which was met by a rousing “Yeah!,” accompanied by an overly exaggerated fist pump. And thus, an addiction was born. Well, actually, two addictions were born. That night, after the kids went to bed, my husband played until two o’clock in the morning. Awesome.


For the last two weeks, our house has been ruled by Lego Star Wars. At every waking moment, it is all that my son/husband want to do, and if they’re not playing because I’ve insisted that they go outside and get some fresh air, it’s all my son wants to talk about. Mom, mom, mom, guess what? Daddy unlocked Jango Fett and Count Dooku, and Count Dooku has a dark force forcefield around him that you can only penetrate by using the light force to throw barrels at him, and then Yoda fights him and Pyow! Pyow! Pyow! [insert lightsaber fighting moves] he died and we cleared the whole level! To which I have no idea how to respond, because I have no idea what the hell he’s talking about. So I just say, that’s great, because based on the tone of his voice I think it is, although I’m not exactly sure.



I can totally relate! We have limited our son, who is just 4, to 30minutes a day and it is the first thing he loses if he gets in trouble. He has also discovered the Star Wars Galactic Heros collection. They make so many of the characters from Star Wars and many of the space ships. Pray your sons do not discover them as they are small enough to lose easily and hurt like heck when you step on them.
I am blessed with a husband who is on board with the limits for my son but will still play the game for hours with him and by himself if given the chance. Luckily he usually only plays it by himself once every else is in bed, but he has had some all nighters playing it. I do get frustrated when they sometimes have a 1-2 hour time of playing together when I am not around but I can only do so much and it really isn't that often. I must admit that I have actually sat down and played it with my son on occasion and for someone who could never play a video game before to save her life, the Wii makes it very easy.


This funny scenario is playing out nationwide, I think. Take hope! The Lego Star Wars addiction gives way to the Drawn to Life addiction at about age 6 and a half. You are lucky you do not have Super Smash Brothers - OMG - every male in my house has been addicted to that one for years - no matter what the game system. Dad has his own, teenager has two, and little guy has the Wii. Sometimes I have to unplug everyone all at once! I am also the bad guy: The one hour earned daily time limit is best spent while I'm fixing or cleaning up from dinner - and only after academics. I think it's probably better than them just vegging in front of the TV (I hope so). Spring can't come soon enough - when I can insist they go outside but for now it's too cold. We are off to the same start for the year but with a house full of boys, what can you do?


Too funny- that exact same scenario has played out at our house!! And, yes, I am the bad guy, too, and yes, I have to hear about all the events that transpire in that game. But I did the same thing you did- set limits; he has to earn the game time. Seems like a reasonable solution.


Thanks for the warning on the Wii. I fought this same battle (with both husband and son) last weekend, and at this point my almost five-year-old is only aware of the games on Sigh. By the way, they have short Lego Star Wars videos available via Comcast On Demand if you need a distraction--trading one vice for another.


So funny. I bought it this year as well, and both boys are addicted. I will be setting similar rules as well. The one that is the worst is the three year old little brother that shouldn't be able to play like he does. Go figure.


You only have one on the Wi??? How lucky can you get. My son has all three of the lego star wars game in PS2 format and DS. Now that dad has the PS3 he's asking for it in PS3 format. No matter how much I try to reason with him despite the fact that the games are the same on the DS and the PS2 he is sure that the games with the same names will be different on the PS3???????

I sometimes feel overwhelmed.


Thanks for making me seriously laugh out loud. I have had almost the same conversations with my husband, so I can't help but identify with this!