Disney and Lucasfilm have announced Star Wars Forces Of Destiny, a new series of cartoons, books and action figures celebrating the heroines of the Star Wars universe.
This will include a series of animated shorts (each two to three minutes long) set to debut in July. They will spotlight key characters such as Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others, ahead of books and a TV special later in the year. 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).
The stories will 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. The 11-inch figures will depict characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, plus sidekicks and epic villains like BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and more. 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.
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 toy, which are part of the Star Wars Bladebuilders system.
“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.”
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. 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 autumn 2017.
There will also be Star Wars Forces Of Destiny books, clothing, bedding and toys.