By now y’all have seen the news coming out of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida that just happens to be hosting Star Wars: Celebration 2017, this weekend. If you haven’t, let me roll that beautiful bean footage for ya…
That’s right. A new Star Wars animated, YouTube “micro-series” focusing on “untold stories of everyday heroism” of the women in the Star Wars Universe. Set to debut July of 2017, the series features Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein and Lupita Nyong’o all reprising their roles from the various Star Wars media.
This is brilliant. This is Hasbro capitalizing on the success of DC Superhero Girls. And just like the Superhero Girls, there’s going to be a ton of merchandise. A metric shit-ton, if you will (and you will). Clothing, bedding, books…you name it. And while that’s all well and good, we here at the Newsbox only care about one thing: Toys. And you know there’s going to be plenty of that. Including a new line of figures being called “Adventure Figures.” Not quite dolls, but not quite action figures either, the new line of 11 inch figures will feature multiple points of articulation and dynamic actions, as well.
The characters for the Adventure Figures will include the likes of Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren and Princess Leia. But remember, don’t call it a doll line. Because amongst the women of the Star Wars U will be also Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and a certain former moisture farmer, as well.
There’s new role-playing and accessories coming, too. Like Rey’s staff from “The Force Awakens” and new additions to the Blade Builders lightsaber line.
This is a great idea, that’s a long time coming. The dolls Adventure Figures are a great way to get girls more involved with Star Wars. The dolls look pretty good for the most part, even if that wookie looks like he might need a bit of re-tooling (looks just a bit too much like Cha-ka from “Land of the Lost”). And if Hasbro’s using DC Superhero Girls as a guide, you know action figures aren’t too far behind.
The biggest question ya boy’s got at the moment, though, is: Where When are the Marvel Adventure Figures [coming]?!?!
Need more info? Check out the whole press release below:
Disney and Lucasfilm Celebrate Iconic Heroes
from a Galaxy Far, Far Away…with Star Wars Forces of Destiny
Micro-series of original, animated shorts will focus on untold stories of everyday heroism that shape the destinies of Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others
Daisy Ridley, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein and Lupita Nyong’o reprise their roles for new series launching in July
Books, apparel and toys including new ‘Adventure Figures’ from Hasbro launching this summer
Glendale, Calif. (April 13, 2017) – Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe. An original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) will explore exciting, all new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others, ahead of books and a TV special later in the year. The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new ‘Adventure Figures’ – a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars.
“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka’s tenacity,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. “We’re thrilled that so many of the original actors are reprising their roles in these shorts which capture the small moments and everyday decisions that shape who these characters are. It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars.”
Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Wars canon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters. Launching in July, the animated micro-series will be available on Disney YouTube ahead of a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on Disney Channel in Fall 2017. Fans will be delighted to hear familiar voices in the series, including: Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata as narrator).
Star Wars Forces of Destiny will also be supported by global product extensions, including books, apparel, bedding, and toys – including the new line of ‘Adventure Figures’ created by Hasbro, which bridges the gap between traditional action figures and dolls. Each individually designed figure features dynamic action, like Rey swinging her lightsaber, along with multiple points of articulation to help recreate the characters’ adventures and heroic moments with different poses.
“From Princess Leia to Sabine Wren, Star Wars heroines are unique, and we wanted to represent that in the product line for Star Wars Forces of Destiny,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “The result is the creation of our new ‘Adventure Figures’ that celebrate the power and stories of these incredible characters and allow kids to recreate their most heroic moments at home.”
The 11-inch figures will depict characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, plus loveable sidekicks and epic villains like BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and many more. Hasbro is also rolling out Star Wars Forces of Destiny role play and accessories—from Rey’s Extendable Staff, to a new, electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber, which are part of their Star Wars Bladebuilders system.
Adds John Frascotti, President of Hasbro: “As the Star Wars fan base has broadened over the last 40 years, we have continued to add new and exciting play experiences to the Star Wars brand, to engage fans across generations. We’ve worked closely with Disney to bring the storytelling from Star Wars Forces of Destiny to life through this innovative toy line to help connect with new audiences as well as appeal to existing fans.”
Fans attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando will see a sneak peak of Star Wars Forces of Destiny during the “Heroines of Star Wars” panel on Friday, April 14. The panel, moderated by Amy Ratcliffe – host of “Lattes with Leia” podcast, will feature Carrie Beck – vice president of animation at Lucasfilm and Dave Filoni – executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, as well as Ashley Eckstein, Tiya Sircar and other surprise guests. For a first look at the new Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures, stop by Hasbro booth #2744.
Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more details.
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About Lucasfilm Ltd.
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