[UPDATE: Hasbro has revealed OFFICIAL IMAGES of Rogue One toys!]
As September rolls around, promotion for Disney/Lucasfilms’ latest installment of the Star Wars franchise is coming into full swing – which means fans should expect to see plenty of stills, posters, TV trailers, maybe one final theatrical trailer, and of course, lots and lots of toys. Just a few days ago, a handful of images of various toys coming soon from Disney and Hasbro were released for Star Wars: Rogue One, but those were just regular stills. Now fans can see the next series of toys come to life in full stop-motion glory.
Reminiscent of a time when commercials showed kids playing with action figures, this video by the Santa Monica-based crowdsourcing studio Tongal, and showcases many of the toys, action figures, Funko Pop! vinyl dolls, as well as, the ever popular Lego building kits and minifigs. This is the first installment of a new weekly series running through September called, “Go Rogue”. The series should debut more toys in each video and include a brief, somewhat accurate (if comedically preposterous) overview of the Rogue One storyline.
It’s clear which toys come from the Lego line, but reluctant heroine Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) droid companion, K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) are part of Hasbro’s Black Series, while Andor himself is part of the Disney Store Elite Series. Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), director of the “coming soon” Death Star, is a Funko Pop!, and his Death Troopers are a die-cast Disney Store exclusive. Many of the toys will be available for pre-order beginning September 2nd, but the fun doesn’t stop there – there’s a contest!
From September 30th to October 30th, fans of all ages are encouraged to take their newly acquired Rogue One items, make their own videos and submit them at StarWars.com/GoRogue for a chance to attend a screening of Star Wars: Rogue One at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco, which will be accompanied by their winning short. For those young creative minds who want to join in on the fun, but don’t have the technical skill to pull off an X-Wing vs TIE fighter drone dogfight video, there’s a special category for the 8-12 year olds over at Disney.com/MyRogueStory.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.