The new canon animated web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny has officially debuted on Disney’s YouTube channel. The micro-series was first announced back at Star Wars Celebration Orlando earlier this year during the Heroines of Star Wars panel at the convention. The series will follow some of the female icons of the Star Wars universe, such as Leia, Rey, Ahsoka, Jyn, and Sabine, and focus on everyday acts of heroism.
The first of the 16 animated shorts is titled Sands of Jakku and focuses on Rey and BB-8. Check it out below:
The story takes place shortly after Rey (voiced by Daisy Ridley) rescues BB-8 from Teedo on Jakku. The pair encounters what is known as a Nightwatcher Worm, the creature who’s eyes we briefly see pop up out of the desert sand as BB-8 rolled by in The Force Awakens. Turns out the red-eyed alien creature has an appetite for junk food (pardon the pun) and Rey must find a way to protect and save BB-8 from becoming the worm’s lunch.
Although the shorts are brief, only about 2-3 minutes in length, they provide us with a new insight into the smaller moments and every day decisions that help shape these characters. The style of the series differs from past and present animated projects in the Star Wars universe as well. It is a welcome throw back to the age of animation before the computer generated era.
Hasbro is also releasing a new line of “adventure figures” for each heroine in conjunction with the animated series. These 11-inch adventure figures are a hybrid of action figures and dolls, complete with bendable joints and even rooted hair.
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny is available to watch today on YouTube. The series will be released in two phases and will then be collected into a two part Disney channel special that will air sometime this fall.