Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative celebrating each of the iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe. An original series of animated shorts will explore new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, and others, ahead of books and a TV special later this year.
The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new Adventure Figures—a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures.
Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, the animated micro-series will be available on Disney’s YouTube channel in July ahead of a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on Disney Channel coming this fall. Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata as narrator) will reprise their roles for the series.
Star Wars Forces of Destiny will also be supported by global product extensions, such as books, apparel, bedding, and toys, including the new line of Adventure Figures. Each individually designed figure features dynamic action, such Rey swinging her lightsaber, with multiple points of articulation.
The 11-inch figures will depict characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, plus sidekicks and epic villains such as BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and many more. Hasbro is also rolling out Star Wars Forces of Destiny role play and accessories, including Rey’s Extendable Staff, and an electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber toy, which will be part of the Bladebuilders line.
Watch a first look of the animated series below: