New Star Wars action figures address #wheresrey controversy

"It is a fun new way for people to experience Star Wars". Thousands upon thousand of fans will descend on the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida in the US as from tonight to geek out about their shared passion and maybe even get to meet and greet the people behind it.

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"Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia's heroism, Rey's courage or Ahsoka's tenacity", Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said on StarWars.com. And you can get a peek behind the scenes of it in the video below. The shorts will be available on YouTube beginning in Juley ahead of a two-part TV special featuring eight additional shorts on Disney Channel in Fall 2017.

Forces of Destiny will center around the adventures of Princess Leia from the first trilogy, Padme Amidala from the prequel; Rey in The Force Awakens; Jyn Erso from Rogue One; and the women of the animated Rebels series-Sabine Wren, Ahsoka Tano, and Twi'lek pilot Hera Syndulla. That means Daisy Ridley as Rey, Felicity Jones as Jyn, and even Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, and of course Tiya Sircar and Ashley Eckstein will voice Sabine and Ahsoka. Shelley Young will be standing in for the late Carrie Fisher as the voice of Leia.

If you have ever looked at a new line of Star Wars toys and thought to yourself, "I really wish Hasbro would include female characters and also include them in the first wave of releases", you'll be excited to hear what I have to share with you about a new initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney: Star Wars Forces of Destiny. Ooh. Aah.

The announces noted that 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". The toys are 11 inches tall and will feature multiple points of articulation, rooted hair and changeable outfits.

Along with the toy line, there will also be a series of children's books that tie-into the animated series. More about this animated series will be revealed later this week at Star Wars Celebration.

Star Wars has always let its female characters thrive. And now we know why.

  • Salvatore Jensen