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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.

Star Wars: Rogue Friday retailer exclusives revealed

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Star Wars fans are well aware that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is right around the corner, scheduled to premiere in theaters in just a few months. Lucasfilm has already done a great deal of advertising, releasing two well-received trailers, a plethora of still images, and information about the variety of new characters that are in the spinoff. The studio will continue their marketing efforts in the very near future with the Rogue Friday event. Similar to last year’s Force Friday, the day will see the first wave of Rogue One merchandise hit store shelves.

Awareness has continuously been raised for the collection of toys. Hasbro spent the past few weeks unveiling pictures of their new action figures, and the “Go Rogue” stop-motion video series has showcased the products in action (you can watch the 3 firsts videos clicking on the links Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3). As fans make their shopping preparations, they need to figure out which store(s) they want to visit. That decision should become easier (or harder, depending on your point of view) with the announcement of retailer exclusive items.

In a press release, Hasbro revealed five new toys that will be available in specific stores. Wal-Mart will have the Smart R2-D2, which is similar to Sphero’s popular BB-8. It is programmable and interactive, linking with an app that allows users to control the droid’s movements and actions. It also responds to your voice, and dances to songs. At K-Mart, fans can buy the 6-inch Jyn Erso Black Series Mountain Base variation, which has a diorama base for the figure. Amazon shoppers will be able to get the Black Series Shadow Trooper helmet, which comes equipped with voice changing technology. Target is the only place for the Captain Cassian Andor blaster from Nerf, and Toys “R” Us has a Black Series 6-inch Imperial Hovertank Pilot figure. Check out images of the toys in the gallery below:

In addition, the Star Wars fan site Yak Face has posted an unofficial check list of all of the various Rogue One items that will be available. Collectors can download a PDF and keep track of everything they own as they make their purchases. As one would expect, there are several products out there, and die-hards will no doubt be attempting to get as many as they can. There’s something for all budgets, so even the more conservative consumers should find at least one piece of Rogue One merchandise to bring home. It’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, with Disney planning movies well into the next decade, and they can keep fan enthusiasm high, there will be Force Fridays going on for a very long time.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

New Star Wars Rogue One toys revealed

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With just under four months to go until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reaches theaters (as of this writing), Lucasfilm is about to crank up their marketing efforts to 11. Earlier this month, the studio unveiled a full-length trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ war drama, and the latest coverage on the film has brought about new official stills and even an explanation of its title. If last year’s Force Awakens campaign is anything to go by, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. There’s still much to be done before the Rogue One premiere.

Of course, Star Wars is a merchandising giant thanks to the variety of tie-in products that are available. Action figures are arguably the most popular item, allowing fans to bring a piece of the film home and play out their own adventures in a galaxy far, far away. The first wave of toys from the Rogue One line will be released as part of this year’s Force Friday event, dubbed “Rogue Friday,” on September 30, 2016. As moviegoers make their shopping plans, they can now get a look at some of the action figure sets hitting shelves.

Jedi Temple Archives got a hold of some images depicting three “versus” dual packs, two new vehicles, and an electronic stormtrooper helmet that’s similar to the Kylo Ren one from last year. Check out the pictures below:

A1Moroff vs. Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader

A2Rebel Commando Pao vs. Imperial Death Trooper

A3First Order Snowtrooper vs. Poe Dameron

A4Imperial TIE Striker with Imperial Pilot figure

A5Rebel U-Wing with Cassian Andor figure

A6Black Series electronic stormtrooper helmet

Save for the oddly placed Snowtrooper vs. Poe Dameron set, these toys primarily spotlight all the fresh elements that Rogue One will introduce to the franchise. Rebel allies like Moroff and Pao (affectionately called Big Mouth by fans after the behind-the-scenes sizzle reel from Celebration) are new creatures that haven’t been seen before in the films. It’s also nice to see the Empire’s army getting more variations of the stormtrooper design. The all-black Death Troopers in particular are sure to become a fan-favorite as promotion heats up. And Star Wars wouldn’t be complete without some ship battles, which will make the U-Wing and TIE Striker highly sought after.

These only scratch the surface of what will be available during the big rollout. During the Rogue One panel at Celebration, Felicity Jones got to show off the first Jyn Erso action figure, and there are still several other characters that haven’t been revealed yet (fans will want a Chirrut Îmwe figure immediately). Hasbro will most likely use the hype surrounding Darth Vader’s heralded return to the movies as a launching pad for new Vader toys. The Sith Lord’s appearance in the trailer was brief, but the villain should factor heavily in the merchandising. Fans have much to be excited about as they wait for Rogue One to hit theaters this holiday season, and sales should be just as strong (if not better) than they were for Episode VII.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.

Star Wars: Hasbro Comic-Con figures first look images

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Disney’s go big or go home mantra will be fully realized this summer as the company prepares to bring its Star Wars mega-brand to the people. Fans in Europe will have the chance to attend a 3-day Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 that takes place in London from July 15 – 17. This event will see several exclusives including the premiere of the third season of Star Wars Rebels and a huge presence from Star Wars video games.

For those of us who can’t make it across the pond, some panels will be streamed, including the Rogue One panel, where we should be in for a new trailer for the spinoff film. Folks heading to San Diego Comic-Con can also get their Star Wars fix from July 21 – 24. If you plan on attending SDCC later this month, make sure to swing by the Hasbro booth (#3213) and have your fill of some new Star Wars figures. Hasbro will also have a panel on Friday, July 22nd at noon to introduce their latest line of exclusives.

Star Wars can be consumed on every medium imaginable, and soon collectors will have the chance to expand their action figure sets. Whether adding to an existing collection, or starting from scratch, this medley of Star Wars figures is sure to be a great jumping off point. Nerdist revealed that Hasbro will be feature five figure sets that include characters from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See for yourself:

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike (also includes BIKER SCOUT™)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens REY (JAKKU)™

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Star Wars Rebels 12” ELECTRONIC DUEL™ KANAN JARRUS™ (STAR WARS REBELS™)

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Star Wars Rebels HERA SYNDULLA’S A–WING™

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Star Wars Rebels 12” ELECTRONIC DUEL™ DARTH VADER™ (STAR WARS REBELS™)

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As noted above, the Darth Vader, Kanan Jarrus, and Biker Scout figures are 12″ models while Rey and Hera Syndulla are just under 4″ tall. Kanan and Vader also have “electronic touches” which could mean their light sabers actually glow. These figures will be on display at SDCC, but fans will have to exercise some patience because they won’t be available for purchase until fall 2016 — just in time for Christmas.