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
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.
The new era of Star Wars movies has been extremely beneficial for Funko, makers of the famous collectible Pop figures. Fans are familiar with their spin on a plethora of well-known pop culture properties, and the galaxy far, far away is one of their top lines. Obviously, Funko has a lot of fun things planned for The Last Jedi, and now the first wave of Pops has been revealed.
Check out the gallery below:
It goes without saying that a number of these characters received the Funko treatment during the heyday of The Force Awakens, but these Last Jedi-inspired designs make each one a must-have for completists looking to add to their collection. Smartly, the company made sure to differentiate between the Episode VII and VIII versions, even if it’s something as small as giving Chewie a porg to hold or having BB-8 extend a claw arm. The biggest reveal in terms of plot information to be gleaned from the Pops is the fact Luke is wearing a necklace with a red gem. It’s been rumored this is actually a red kyber crystal, but that hasn’t been confirmed at this point in time. The necklace could simply be decorative, and many will be watching it with keen interest. Other than that, viewers have seen these character looks through other materials already released.
Obviously, some of these – like the Princess Leia and DJ – are retailer exclusives. There are other noteworthy Last Jedi characters missing, such as Vice Admiral Holdo and R2-D2 (who should have his own porg with him). Savvy consumers know that companies aren’t going to put everything out all at once. When the movie finally hits this winter and there isn’t such a close guard on spoilers, additional products will come out, covering more of the film for those interested. Funko is probably saving some for another point in time, or possibly as retailer exclusives. Either way, there’s now even more Last Jedi content to add to those Force Friday checklists.
With the next episode in the Star Wars saga coming out later this year, Force Friday is coming back to reveal all kinds of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products – and even a new character – all thanks to the Star Warsapp and augmented reality. As part of the promotional campaign for this event, Star Wars has released a special (and encoded) message from General Organa. Watch a coded transmission from General Leia Organa…
A list of events and giveaways that will take place at a variety of retailers for Force Friday II has been revealed. Soon, the first wave of Star Wars: The Last Jedi tie-in products will officially hit store shelves, signaling the imminent arrival of the highly-anticipated sequel. Fans have already gotten a head start of putting together shopping lists thanks to a plethora of toy leaks that have popped up on the web over the past couple of months, and they’ll shortly be able to bring those products home, adding to their collections. The likes of Hasbro, LEGO, and Funko have big things planned with extensive lines that highlight all the main characters.
Once people figure out what they want to buy, the biggest question is where to go to purchase it. To help make that decision easier (or, depending on your point of view, harder), stores commemorate Force Friday with their own special exclusives as a means to entice customers. Just about every retailer one can think of is taking part in the festivities, so, much to the delight of interested consumers, a one-stop shop of everything happening come September 1 is online.
Posted on the Star Wars website, the list runs down all the companies with something in store for Force Friday – ranging from Toys ‘R’ Us to Pottery Barn. Unsurprisingly, the Disney Store has the most extensive agenda, complete with a mini poster set for the first 100 guests who make a purchase, an R2-D2 craft activity, Star Wars Story Time, and special theming that represents the light and dark sides of the Force. Wal-Mart will display the 6-foot LEGO Luke Skywalker that appeared at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con at their Orlando, FL location and host “Jedi Be Ready” games and activities at select stores. Toys ‘R’ Us is handing out free Funko Pop figures, t-shirts, and collectible posters for Force Friday attendees. Several of the other retailers are teasing exclusive products in addition to the regular lines. Click on the link above to see the complete list of all participating stores.
Ever since the infamous Kenner “empty box” campaign in 1977, merchandising has been a huge part of the Star Wars franchise. Lucasfilm is keenly aware of this fact, and has turned the official unveiling of new tie-in materials into an unofficial holiday. The action figures are just the tip of the iceberg, as Staples will sell new Star Wars drones and the “Journey to The Last Jedi” publication series begins in ernest with the Phasmaand Leia: Princess of Alderaan novels (among others). No matter how one enjoys Star Wars outside the theater, there will be something for everybody as fans scout the stores. The studio has kept promotion for Episode VIII down to a minimum at this point in time, but with the summer movie season in the rearview mirror, that’s about to dramatically change. It’s only a matter of time before another trailer debuts, along with a theatrical poster and a bevy of TV spots.
Force Friday II also has an interactive component thanks to the Find the Force treasure hunt, where fans can use the Star Wars app to scan graphics in stores and take pictures with digital renderings of Last Jedicharacters (test it now to get an early look at the porgs). Lucasfilm hinted a new character will be revealed as part of this, as well as announcing a sweepstakes to win tickets to the Episode VIII premiere. It’s a lot to take in, so hopefully viewers can enjoy as much of Force Friday as possible.
LOOK AT SELECT NEW FORCE FRIDAY II STAR WARS PRODUCTS
New Star Wars products — including many inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi — hit stores on Force Friday II. And if you’re wondering what you might find, fear not: StarWars.com has the intel you need. Check out the guide below to see some of the toys, and other Force-powered items!
Rebel Insignia Cufflinks
Available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.
Premium Rey Lightsaber – Parks Exclusive
This collectible lightsaber features authentic lights and sounds and includes a removable blade. This product also includes a belt clip, a hilt display stand and a wall mount display. The lightsaber includes 3 “AA” batteries, which make this saber ready for instant action.
Star Wars Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures
Star Wars Elite Series Die Cast Action Figures inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi (characters included: Kylo Ren (unmasked), Rey, Luke Skywalker, First Order Judicial Stormtrooper, Praetorian Guard, R2-D2). A premium line of die cast action figures featuring characters inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Available exclusively at Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, and Disney Parks.
BB-8 Mug with Sound, Rey Keepsake Ornament, and Praetorian Guard Keepsake Ornament.
Star Wars Force Link BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset
Activate amazing Force Link sounds, phrases, and lights in the BB-8 2-in-1 Mega playset, including Force Link wearable technology! BB-8 easily opens to reveal a multi-level playset including 3 Force Link activation areas with lights and sounds, as well as 6 areas of play and awesome play features including trap doors, firing projectiles, and more! The BB-8 2-in-1 Mega playset also includes two 3.75-inch scale Force Link-activated figures — Supreme Leader Snoke and Elite Praetorian Guard (with Single Blade) — so kids can immediately imagine recreating their own Star Wars action!
Star Wars The Black Series Poe Dameron Electronic X-Wing Pilot Helmet
Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with helmets from The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love. An ace X-wing fighter pilot, Poe Dameron is a leader in the Resistance’s fight against the evil First Order. Imagine soaring into battle alongside the Resistance with this Poe Dameron Electronic X-Wing Pilot helmet that features an internal microphone that activates battle sounds and interaction with Poe’s right-hand droid, BB-8! Helmet also features a retractable polarizing visor and speech projector, so kids can imagine gearing up like Poe Dameron and blasting into the fight against the First Order.
Star Wars Force Link Starter Set
Bring the galaxy to life with Force Link! Recreate the adventures of a galaxy far, far away with Force Link, a new interactive play system from Hasbro that gives kids the sound effects and phrases from the Star Wars movies right in the palms of their hands! Wear Force Link wearable technology to activate lights, sounds, and phrases in Force Link-activated figures, accessories, vehicles, and playsets! With Force Link, kids can bring some of their favorite Star Wars adventures to life! When kids wear the included Force Link wearable technology and pick up the included 3.75-inch scale Kylo Ren figure, they can activate authentic sounds and phrases! Kids can imagine sending Kylo Ren into fiery battle with the included Lightsaber accessory, and imagine recreating their favorite scenes and adventures from Star Wars.
First Order Heavy Assault Walker
Grab the First Order Heavy Assault Walker and lumber into battle against Poe, Rey and the Resistance allies. Fire the head-mounted spring-loaded shooters and take aim with the rapid-fire stud shooter on top. When you run short on ammo, open the compartments and reload. If the Resistance fighters get too close, drop the mines at the back to give them a big surprise! Can the Resistance defeat this tough walker? That’s for you to decide…
Droid Inventor Kit
Kids can create their own droid and bring it to life using littleBits electronic Bits! With the Droid Inventor app, they’ll give their droid new abilities and take it on 17+ missions. Then they’ll level-up their inventor skills, reconfiguring parts to design any droid they can dream up.
Propel Star Wars Battle Drones
Bring the magic of flight to a whole new dimension with the Propel T64 X-wing starfighter, TIE Advanced X1 and the 74Z Speeder Bike quadcopter. You can fly these drones at top speeds up to 35 miles per hour and engage friends and family in exciting multiplayer battles! Now comes with a companion app.
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid, R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid, and BB-9E App-Enabled Droid
BB-8, BB-9E, and R2-D2 are astromech droids from a galaxy far, far away…. Powered by the new Sphero App-Enabled Droids app, drive your droids, send them on patrol together, and more. Roam iconic ship interiors and memorable locations from the Star Wars saga through augmented reality and the Droid Trainer accessory. Each droid has different holographic environments to explore. These droids span decades of adventure from Star Wars saga – iconic R2-D2 is a veteran of the Rebel Alliance, BB-8 is a trusty astromech droid of the Resistance, and BB-9E is the First Order’s rolling menace. The specialized tech in these droids make them unlike any other. Watch them interact together and view films from the Star Wars saga with BB-8, BB-9E, and R2-D2 reacting by your side. Immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy. These are the droids you’re looking for.
Hero Droid BB-8
Bring home a beloved and iconic Star Wars character with Hero Droid BB-8! This interactive droid stands at a lifelike scale of 16 inches tall (19 inches with antenna). It moves smoothly and is capable of realistic interactions – just like in the film! Set Hero Droid BB-8 to Follow Me mode and it will roll beside you just as loyally as it would follow Rey or Poe! With voice recognition and remote control capabilities, it is fully interactive and ready to spin into action.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Force Friday II global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products begins tomorrow and we have an early look at all of what’s coming from Hasbro. And yes, there’s a Porg plush toy included!
Force Friday II, a followup to the record setting global event (the first Force Friday) tied to 2015’s The Force Awakens, include everything from toys and collectibles to books and apparel, and will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017.
Hasbro’s collections for this year’s merchandise frenzy include the usual assortment of action figures, playsets, vehicles, and role-play items to NERF blasters and a board game. Below is a gallery featuring 47 high-res official images from Hasbro’s Star Wars product lines from Force Friday II along with some highlights and notes below.
Most of Hasbro’s collection is inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi but also includes a few items from the original trilogy (like young Luke and his Tatooine speeder) and Star Wars Rebels (Grand Admiral Thrawn). None of the Episode VIIIfigures or sets are too revealing beyond what’s already been showcased in the teaser trailer and magazine cover stories thus far but Hasbro’s high-res toy assets do at least offer a better look at some of the character costume changes and the new vehicles.
Where Star Wars: The Force Awakens offered a tweaked take on the TIE Fighter and X-Wings from the original trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives a slightly tweaked take on the A-Wing and TIE Interceptor (which is now called a TIE Silencer and is operated by Kylo Ren in a similar vein to Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced in A New Hope).
No images of any toys based on the First Order’s Mandator IV class Dreadnought or AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six), but there is a new set based on the Resistance Ski Speeders that will take on the new walkers in a sequence that’s alarmingly familiar to the Hoth Battle in The Empire Strikes Back. Every vehicle so far has been a variation of something from the original trilogy, and almost introduced in the same order so far… But there’s more!
One vehicle that looks entirely new is the Canto Bight Police Speeder which comes with a Canto Bight Police Officer. A blurred image of this leaked during the summer so this is our first official look at the vehicle. Canto Bight is a casino-like location that exists outside of the war between the The First Order and the Resistance and it caterSTAR WARS THE BLACK SERIES CENTERPIECE LUKE SKYWALKER Figures to the rich and luxurious (hence the police).
On the NERF side, there’s two familiar weapons in the standard issue Stormtrooper blaster which looks similar to what shipped for 2015’s Force Friday I alongside Poe Dameron’s standard issue pistol, but the newer weapon this time is the longer-barreled, heavy duty First Order Deluxe Blaster.
In addition to the newly unveiled $800 Millenium Falcon, the biggest LEGO set ever released for sale, LEGO has a new line of products based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi – all of which will be on sale beginning tomorrow, Force Friday II (Sept. 1)! The lineup includes seven construction sets (including new characters, minifigures and vehicles making their first appearance in LEGO form) and four buildable figures.
For hardcore collectors and Star Wars fans following every bit of news for Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, all of these toy sets have been revealed through a variety of leaks and unofficial, blurry shots, but here are the official high-res images for LEGO’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi lineup with official descriptions, prices, and item numbers.
All LEGO’s Force Friday II toys
Here’s a complete list of all the LEGO Star Wars: The Last Jedi sets hitting store shelves for Force Friday II followed by the details for each:
75176 – Resistance Transport Pod™ (RRP: $29.99 USD, $39.99 CAD)
Escape to safety in the Resistance Transport Pod. Open the cockpit, seat Finn and Rose and launch! If our heroes run into trouble, turn the engine to aim the stud shooter or roll the wheel to fire the spring-loaded shooters! Now has anyone seen BB-8?
Age Mark: 8-14
Piece Count: 294
75177 – First Order Heavy Scout Walker™ (RRP: $49.99 USD, $64.99 CAD)
Go in search of Resistance fighters in the amazing First Order Heavy Scout Walker. Place General Hux in the cockpit and send orders to the Flametrooper. Give the walker a push and see the crawling legs start to move! When you spot the enemy, raise the spring-loaded shooters and get ready to fire!
The Resistance has been spotted! Put Kylo into the cockpit of his super-fast TIE Silencer and blast off in hot pursuit. When you get close, push the triggers to fire the spring-loaded missiles and send those Resistance ships spinning out of control!
Age Mark: 8-14
Piece Count: 630
75187 – BB-8™ (RRP: $99.99 USD, $129.99 CAD)
Own your very own LEGO® BB-8! Turn the wheel to spin the head and turn another to open the hatch and see the welding torch pop out, just like it did in the movie! You can also sit BB-8 on the stand so you can show your friendly droid to all your friends when they come to visit!
Join Poe and Vice Admiral Holdo as they set out on daring raids aboard the Resistance Bomber! Jump Paige into the rear gun turrets and fend off enemy ships or fire the spring-loaded shooters for extra firepower. When you reach your target, press the trigger to release the bombs and send the enemy troops running for cover. Good luck, Captain!
Age Mark: 9-14
Piece Count: 780
75189 – First Order Assault Walker™ (RRP: $149.99 USD, $169.99 CAD)
Grab the First Order Heavy Assault Walker and lumber into battle against Poe, Rey and the Resistance allies. Fire the head-mounted spring-loaded shooters and take aim with the rapid-fire stud shooter on top. When you run short on ammo, open the compartments and reload. In the Resistance fighters get too close, drop the mines at the back to give them a big surprise! Can the Resistance defeat this tough walker? That’s for you to decide…
Age Mark: 9-14
Piece Count: 1376
Note: This walker, similar to the Imperial AT-AT is officially called an AT-M6 (All Terrain MegaCaliber Six) and is a First Order vehicle, built a gorilla-esque design in mind. Stronger, more flexible front legs mean it can’t be taken down by Snowspeeders like AT-ATs were on Hoth.
75190 – First Order Star Destroyer™ (RRP: $159.99 USD, $179.99 CAD)
Join Supreme Leader Snoke as he rules the galaxy aboard the mighty First Order Star Destroyer! Fire the stud shooters to defeat enemy ships and then open the panels to play inside. Ride the elevator to Snoke’s command center and issue orders to the mini hologram. Give the fleet orders from the bridge, prepare for battle in the conference area, get the droids aboard and monitor the ship from the control room. When you’re ready to move out, grab the handle on top and zoom into action at hyperspeed!
Buckle up and get ready for action with the Elite TIE Fighter Pilot! Build this intimidating figure with red-striped helmet and breathing system and then put him in a battle pose. Arm his spring-loaded blaster rifle and you’re ready to take on the Resistance!
Age Mark: 8-14
Piece Count: 94
75528 – Rey (RRP: $24.99 USD, $29.99 CAD)
Awaken the power of the Force with buildable action hero Rey! Put her in a battle pose and gear her up with her blue Lightsaber and blaster pistol. If she runs into trouble, turn the wheel to take a swing at the First Order troopers!
Protect the First Order with Supreme Leader Snoke’s Elite Praetorian Guard. Reach for the awesome 2-handed bladed staff with lasers, or separate it to create 2 smaller weapons. Put this amazing guard dressed in tough red armor in a fearsome battle pose, then move the lever to swing the arms and send opponents running for cover!
Age Mark: 8-14
Piece Count: 92
75530 – Chewbacca™ (RRP: $34.99 USD, $44.99 CAD)
Roar into battle with everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca! Strap on his ammo belt and bag, grab his spring-loaded bowcaster and put him in a cool battle pose. This is the biggest, baddest (yet still lovable) LEGO® Wookiee ever!
Age Mark: 8-14
Piece Count: 179
Aside from the almost-to-scale, record-setting Millenium Falcon, which new LEGO Star Wars set would you want to add to your collection or give as a gift?
LEGO has officially unveiled its new Star Wars Millennium Falcon building block set, which ranks as company’s largest set ever. Star Wars, of course, revolutionized the movie merchandising industry after the first film in the saga came out in 1977, first by granting the toy company Kenner (later acquired by Hasbro) the license to release 3 3/4-inch action figures of such characters as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Darth Vader.
Other toy companies and merchandisers soon followed suit, including the famed block building toymaker LEGO – which over the years has released such stunning Star Wars pieces to its collection as the Imperial Star Destroyer (3,096 pieces), the Sandcrawler (3,296 pieces), and the Death Star (3,083 pieces).
While the announcement of the new Millennium Falcon was timed in conjunction with Force Friday II, it will not actually go on sale until October 1. Perhaps LEGO delayed the release to give fans some time to save up, since the suggested retail price for the set is $799.99.
When fans do acquire the set, they’ll likely discover their tidy investment is worth the massive chunk of change. To begin with, the ship measures at 33 inches long, 22 inches wide and 8 inches tall; and has all the interiors fans know and love from the Star Wars films, including the ship’s cockpit (which holds four minifigures), a gunner seat and Chewbacca’s iconic holographic Dejarik game table (hint: Let the wookie win).
In addition, since Millennium Falcon appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy and the new trilogy, minifigures from both eras will be included. From the original trilogy, the release will include Han, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and a buildable Mynock creature from The Empire Strikes Back, as well as the older version of Han, Rey, Finn and BB-8 from The Force Awakens. To represent characters from The Last Jedi, a couple of Porg minifigures will also be included.
It’s only appropriate that LEGO release its biggest set ever ahead of what could be the biggest Star Wars movie ever with The LastJedi – that is, until Star Wars: Episode IX comes out in 2019, when LEGO may well unveil a set that’s even bigger by comparison.
Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far awaywill 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
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 Awakens, Felicity 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
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 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 SoloStar Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
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:
Moroff vs. Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader
Rebel Commando Pao vs. Imperial Death Trooper
First Order Snowtrooper vs. Poe Dameron
Imperial TIE Striker with Imperial Pilot figure
Rebel U-Wing with Cassian Andor figure
Black 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 SoloStar Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
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™)
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.