An exciting new initiative featuring our favorite female characters from the Star Wars universe is coming our way this summer. Entitled Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, this vision set forth by Lucasfilm and Disney will kick off with a micro-series of original shorts (about 2-3 minutes long) written by Jennifer Muro and animated by Ghostbot that will focus on the untold stories of everyday heroism from inspirational characters, such as Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, and much more.
“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.”
Some of those returning to reprise their roles include Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), and Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla).
“It’s just so fun to get to see them in a different capacity, but also interacting with each other,” said Tiya Sircar during an interview with Syfy Wire at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. “You’ll see [Sabine] in unexpected places, which we definitely haven’t seen on our show. So yeah, those have been really fun to do and it’s also nice to get to keep playing this character that I love so much.”
The animated micro-series will be brought to us by Lucasfilm Animation in July, and it will be available on Disney’s YouTube channel and Disney.com. Following that will be a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on the Disney Channel that will air later this fall.
Not only that, but the micro-series will be accompanied by apparel and home decor that will debut exclusively in Target stores on July 30. The launch also includes books, Daring Adventures: Volumes 1 and 2, by Emma Carlson Berne from Disney Lucasfilm Press and a new line of “Adventure Figures” from Hasbro that will be released on August 1.
Hasbro’s new line of figures combines features from traditional action figures and dolls—and let me add, it’s about time.
“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,” said John Frascotti, President of Hasbro. “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.”
“We want to be as inclusive as possible (and) make sure we represent the inspirational role models from the Star Wars universe,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president for Hasbro Brands, in USA Today.
Each 11-inch figure features multiple points of articulation as well as accessories, sidekicks, and villains to complement the experience. According to EW, most of the figures from the collection will be priced at $19.99, but those that come with additional features and playsets will retail at $24.99.
In addition to the “Adventure Figures,” Hasbro will also release Star Wars: Forces of Destiny role play items and accessories, such as Rey’s Extendable Staff and a new electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber toy from the Bladebuilders system.
As someone who has all of the Padmé Amidala dolls from The Phantom Menace, I’m so excited that something similar is being done with current female characters. Also, it’s important to note that this is not just for girls. This is for everyone. Young boys should be exposed to both male and female role models, so I look forward to seeing children—regardless of gender—playing with these figures, reading these books, and watching these animated shorts.
Here are some photos I took of Sabine’s figure at Star Wars Celebration Orlando:
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