Disney Announces Star Wars Forces of Destiny Animated Shorts and Toy Line

Glendale, Calif. (April 12, 2017 – 9:00PM PST) – Disney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny, a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe. An original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) will explore exciting, all 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 in the 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, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars.

“Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, orAhsoka’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.”

Developed by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Forces of Destiny will remain true to the Star Warscanon, showing how choices both big and small ultimately shape the destinies of beloved characters. Launching in July, the animated micro-series will be available on Disney YouTube ahead of a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on Disney Channel in Fall 2017. Fans will be delighted to hear familiar voices in the series, including: Daisy Ridley (Rey), Felicity Jones (Jyn), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) and Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata as narrator).

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’ created by Hasbro, which bridges the gap between traditional action figures and dolls. Each individually designed figure features dynamic action, like Rey swinging her lightsaber, along with multiple points of articulation to help recreate the characters’ adventures and heroic moments with different poses.

“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.”

The 11-inch figures will depict characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, plus loveable sidekicks and epic villains like BB-8, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and many more. Hasbro is also rolling out Star Wars Forces of Destiny role play and accessories—from Rey’s Extendable Staff, to a new, electronic Jedi Power Lightsaber toy, which are part of the Star Wars Bladebuilders system.

Adds John Frascotti, President of Hasbro: “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. We’ve worked closely with Disney to bring the storytelling from Star WarsForces of Destiny to life through this innovative toy line to help connect with new audiences as well as appeal to existing fans.”

Fans attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando will see a sneak peek of Star Wars Forces of Destinyduring the “Heroines of Star Wars” panel on Friday, April 14. The panel, moderated by Amy Ratcliffe – host of “Lattes with Leia” podcast, will feature Carrie Beck – vice president of animation at Lucasfilmand Dave Filoni – executive producer of Star Wars Rebels, as well as Ashley Eckstein, Tiya Sircar and other surprise guests. For a first look at the new Star Wars Forces of Destiny Adventure Figures, stop by Hasbro booth #2744.

Stay tuned to StarWars.com for more details.

  • Mother_Talzin

    I’m interested in the new series focusing on the female heroes of SW, but what about the quasi-heroes like Ventress and Talzin?! Looking forward to where they go with the storylines. Most excited for Ahsoka!

  • SID

    “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.”

    Oh sorry I forgot… SW toys came on the market in 1978 and thousands of action figures (and accompaniments) have been made since then.

  • John Titus

    So when is Beauty and the Beast 3.75″ with super articulation and extra weapons coming? Tricked out carriage with nerf guns Hasbro? Boys need to be included too.

  • Paul DiAndrea

    Hasbro trying to get some of those Brony dollars….

  • kknight

    I’m not against these, but as a Chewbacca fan I’m not sure how they could make a worse Chewbacca. Quite possibly the worst of all time

    • John Titus

      That Chewbacca is an insult it’s not even close to the character except it has hair. I’m thinking this is some twisted beauty and the beast thing they are doing.

    • SID

      Looks like a guy angry for been in a bad retro sasquatch costume.

  • Paulskywalker

    In a world where acceptable sexism towards men is increasing, particularly media (especially adverts) i find this a bit sexist. Equality and inclusivity is about being the same. It’s not inclusivity, it’s exclusivity. Its hey boys and girls here everything sw for you, but girls here’s a special thing for you. One that’ll likely be about strengths, support, empowerment etc. You know those things little boys don’t need to be taught… It’s been reported boys are falling behind in school because girls are getting extra support, lesson on empowerment etc. But because it’s boys and shows inequality to them its buried in the news. And this is just another example of special treatment when i felt sw was more inclusive now. I didn’t care the last two movies the leads were female by the way, but to those who did well this will just feel like further proof. Then on top of that you could say this is a cynical attempt to cash in on the superhero girl type lines.

  • Rykrof_Enloe

    Well, not for me, or my son. I do hope that girls will enjoy these.

    So why is it… let me see… how do I put this….. I dunno… hmmm… why is it that we haven’t gotten a Death Star playset for the 3.75″ line some time over the past two decades?

    • General Hux

      Is this a wink wink post concerning the Death Star playset?… 😉

      • Rykrof_Enloe

        I wish. If there is something coming, I’m completely in the dark. My fear is if they do make some playsets geared at all for adults, it would be in the 6″ scale. At which point I don’t think I can even begin to describe how upset I’d be.

        • General Hux

          I would be very disappointed if Hasbro just keeps releasing 6″ scale stuff that we’ve wanted in the 3.75″ for such a long time. Like a Death Star playset.

  • Robo Solo

    women of star wars are forever
    .

  • General Hux

    I believe Rykrof brought up whether something like this would happen…Well, it did.

    • Yep, we’ve known about this for a few months. 😉

      • General Hux

        So that was a tease? 😉

        Little girls will really enjoy these…I’ll watch the animated shorts… 🙂

        • As a dad of 4 daughters, these will be welcome additions to house

          • General Hux

            That’s great!! And I just read thru it again and it said BB-8, Kylo, and Chewbacca are getting figures too, so there’s some stuff for the boys too. 🙂 Collectors better not whine about a great idea like this. These aren’t for us. lol

          • General Hux

            I would laugh though if the Kylo is unmasked and he has flown soft goods hair.

        • Bombadgungan

          Who you callin’ a little girl? 😉

          I have quite a few of the Queen Amidala/Padme dolls, but will pass on these. I do expect they will do well and appeal to an under-served section of fans.

          • General Hux

            Hey, if these appeal to some collectors, that’s great too! 🙂