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Hasbro’s Snoke and Pretorian Guards and General Organa to pre-order and exclusive sale

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As fans get ready to add to their Star Wars collections on Force Friday II, new action figures of some key The Last Jedi villains have been revealed. Writer/director Rian Johnson is set to open up the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order in his film, which means an abundance of merchandising opportunities for Lucasfilm’s various partners. Though Supreme Leader Snoke allegedly remains a mystery in the film, audiences will get learn a little more about him and finally see the antagonist in the flesh. One of the more intriguing additions to the saga in Episode VIII are the elite praetorian guards, which are the sequels’ answer to the royal guards that protected Emperor Palpatine. Based on their eye-catching design, they seemed they’d make for cool figures.

Released as an exclusive to io9, there are four retailer exclusives that will be available. Snoke can only be found at GameStop, the individual guard is at Amazon, the 4-pack guards of evil (which spans the entire franchise) is exclusive to GameStop, the Disney Store, and Barnes & Noble, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Force Ghost can be purchased at Walgreens. You can see them all in the gallery below:

Of these, the Snoke figure will probably be the one that generates the most interest, as that character was completely absent during the Force Awakensmerchandising rush. This is one of the best looks at the Supreme Leader we’ve gotten yet, giving viewers a taste of his physical appearance in The Last Jedi. In addition to the gold fabric robe (a sign of Snoke’s opulence), the figure comes with a throne on which it can sit. The 4-pack of guards has a nice variety, starting with the blue Senate guards from the Republic and working its way to the praetorian forces from Episode VIII. The inclusion of Obi-Wan in this line is simply an original trilogy callback, as the toy is from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This is not confirmation Kenobi’s spirit will show up in Star Wars 8, though that is still possible at this point in time.

The Last Jedi Leia Hasbro figure available to pre-order

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Force Friday II is here, and so is the first look at new action figure of General Leia Organa from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The hunt for the newest Star Wars merchandise kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Friday, as fans waited in lines at retailers worldwide to get their hands on new action figures, vehicles, play sets and more in conjunction with the upcoming eighth episode in the Skywalker family saga.

On Thursday, Hasbro officially unveiled images of new 3 3/4-inch and 6-inch action figures of such characters from The Last Jedi, including Luke Skywalker, Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe Dameron. Noticeably absent, however, from any of Hasbro reveals were any photos of 3 3/4-inch figures of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa. And while it was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that a 6-inch inch Black Series figure of General Leia from The Force Awakens was on the way from Hasbro, there was no word of a new Leia figure from The Last Jedi.

That all has changed on Force Friday II, though, when the Disney Store put up a pre-order page for the toymaker’s 3 3/4-inch General Leia. Dressed in the ceremonial robes that the character has worn in photos and video footage released from the film, Leia  which features a spot-on likeness of Fisher  also comes with a blaster. The figure also comes with Force Link technology, which with the Force Link Starter Kit will allow fans to hear lines Leia cites in the movie.

It only makes sense that General Leia have an action figure for The Last Jedi, not only because the character made iconic by Fisher is sure to play a pivotal role in the film, but merely for the fact that it’s Leia. Together with Luke, Han Solo and Darth Vader, the intergalactic princess-turned-general is one of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars universe, and to leave her by the wayside and not produce an action figure of her would be a travesty.

Fans had to hunt a little harder for the General Leia 3 3/4 inch figure for The Force Awakens (largely because it was a Black Series exclusive for a large, nationwide retailer), but likely the Leia figure iteration for The Last Jedi will be in plentiful supply. Given the fact that this will be Fisher’s last appearance as Leia following her tragic passing in December, this figure will surely be a piece of memorabilia that every Star Wars fan will want in their collection.

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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny new animated series and action figures revealed

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Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars Forces of Destiny — a new animated micro-series and initiative celebrating some of Star Wars‘ most beloved and inspirational characters. According to Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars Forces of Destiny launches in July with a series of animated shorts (2-3 minutes each) on Disney YouTube, exploring all-new adventures of the fan-favorites.

A two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts will follow on Disney Channel in fall 2017. Significantly, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata, narrating the series) will all reprise their roles for the show. 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.

“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.”

Forces of Destiny writer on the ‘Everyday Heroism’ of Star Wars women

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Star Wars: Forces of Destiny writer Jennifer Muro has shared some details about her vision for the series and the powerful female characters in the Star Wars universe. The animated canon miniseries, which will air on YouTube and Disney Channel starting on July 10, 2017, will feature sixteen three-minute episodes taking place around all eras of the Star Wars universe, and focusing on the “everyday heroism” of female characters like Leia, Jyn, Rey, Sabine and Ahsoka.

While the late Carrie Fisher broke ground in her role as Princess Leia in the original trilogy, the Star Wars franchise has only grown stronger in its portrayal of female characters with Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force AwakensFelicity Jones as Jyn Erso in the first anthology film Rogue One and Ahsoka Tano in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels.

Now, in a new interview with Den of Geek, Jennifer Muro, the writer behind Star Wars: Forces of Destiny and other animated series like Justice League Action, Lego DC Super Hero Girls, and the upcoming Spider-Man animated series, talks about her vision for the female-focused series. Here is what Muro said about what she wants the core of the show to represent:   

“Going into it, I want to represent everyday heroism and the heroic moments that shape these characters in different ways, Leia would handle a situation one way, Ahsoka another way, Jyn another way. That was the goal all along.”

Muro also went into detail about each character the animated series will be focusing on starting with writing for Leia, who she said was “hard to beat” considering the impact the character has made on society. She also discussed how she wanted to keep true to Leia and Fisher’s voice praising newcomer Shelby Young for her work. “We’ve lived with [Leia] longer than any other character,” said Muro. “It’s about keeping true to her voice and to Carrie’s voice. [Young] really brought life to the character.”

It isn’t all just newcomers that will be featured in the series though – Ridley, Jones, Ashley Eckstein (who voices Ahsoka) and Lupita Nyong’o, who will be returning as Maz Kanata to narrate the series, will all be featured. “Felicity [Jones] is going to do an amazing job,” said Muro. “It’s so great to have her. They may not be epic moments for Jyn, but it’s nice to see a peek into the smaller moments.”

Fan-favorite animated characters Ahsoka and Sabine from The Clone Wars and Rebels will also be featured in the series. Muro worked closely with Lucasfilm to determine the stories she wanted to tell about Ahsoka and took inspiration from Dave Filoni, executive producer and supervising director on The Clone Wars and Rebels. As for Sabine, Muro talked about how the new series will shed some light on her character:

“We have a nice amount of Sabine in there, which is fantastic. It’s about her growing into who she is. We get to see some early moments here when she’s not as mature as where we are now in season three and, coming up, on season four. She’s more impulsive.”

Star Wars: Forces of Destiny action figures revealed

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Hasbro is set to launch a line of Star Wars Forces of Destiny toys, including new “Adventure Figures” — a fusion of traditional dolls and action figures. The toys are 11-inch in scale, and feature multiple points of articulation, as well as dynamic action, including Rey swinging her lightsaber. Villains such as Kylo Ren are also on the way. Get a sneak peek at Jyn Erso, R2-D2 Leia, Rey, BB-8, Sabine Wren, and Chewbacca below.

“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.”

This line continues to look amazing with each figure that is released. Other figures coming out soon include Ahsoka Tano (The Clone Wars S3 outfit), Jyn Erso, Rey (Resistance outfit) with BB-8, Luke Skywalker with Yoda, and Hoth Leia. The whole line will be hitting shelves August 1st and each figure ranges from $20-50.

See in the gallery below more images of the upcoming Star Wars: Forces of Destiny toy line including Rey, Sabine, and Leia with Wicket the Ewok. Click to enlarge.