Lucas Licensing Ltd. is set to launch a new series of products from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, including games that extend the fantasy to the PC screen.
Along with talking action figures, a microprocessor-based droid developer kit from LEGO MINDSTORMS, interactive animatronic banks, and a shelf-load of books, several brand new games are on tap from LucasArts Entertainment.
Based on the characters and settings from Episode I, Racer will propel Nintendo N-64 and PC users into the high-speed sport of Podracing and transport them to seven new, never-before-seen worlds in addition to the planet Tatooine, setting from the film.
The Phantom Menace, for Sony Playstation and PC, will allow players to retrace the steps of their favorite Star Wars hero through key events of the film, while introducing a broad range of new threats and challenges.
Lucas Learning will also ship the educational title, The Gungan Frontier, an interactive fantasy for the PC that allow players to create an entirely new world on one of the unpopulated moons of the planet Naboo, tackling key environmental and ecological issues in the process.
The new Star Wars products will begin appearing on retail shelves starting May 3. In response to anticipated fan demand, a number of retailers – including Wal-Mart, Super Kmart, K-B Toyworks, FAO Schwarz and Media Play – will open selected stores to begin selling Episode I merchandise at 12:01AM that day. Many online retailers, including http://www.shop.starwars.com, will also begin selling product on May 3.