Hasbro has been enlisted to produce a line of action figures for Disney's new Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures series of animated shorts, the purpose being to further introduce younger audiences to the Star Wars universe, and they will even come with their own mini-comics.
"Toys have always been a big part of experiencing a galaxy far, far away," StarWars.com revealed. "They allow children to tell their own stories, to expand the Star Wars universe as they see fit, to connect with their favorite characters in an imaginative way... Hasbro has created a collection of toys purely for those just discovering Star Wars."
The first four toys in the Galaxy of Adventures line are of Darth Vader ("The Villain"), Episode VI-style Luke Skywalker ("The Jedi"), Chewbacca ("The Copilot") and R2-D2 ("The Astromech").
Additionally, each figure comes with an exclusive mini-comic book that retells an iconic moment from that character's on-screen history.
"We felt that it was important to share the stories of Star Wars as a part of the action figure experience," Sarah Carroll, sr. brand marketing manager of Star Wars at Hasbro said. "Comics are a great way to bring those key scenes from Star Wars to kids in an easy, digestible way."
Based on promotional images, the Darth Vader figure seems to come with a comic that details his lightsaber duel against Luke during the climax of The Empire Strikes Back. Luke's comic, meanwhile, will apparently feature their rematch from Return of the Jedi.
The R2-D2 comic will show how he and C-3PO met Luke in the first place and the Chewbacca issue will tell a snippet from the crew's initial infiltration of the Death Star (both of which come from A New Hope).
The figures/comics of Vader, Luke, Chewbacca and R2 are set to be followed up with a second wave featuring Leia Organa, Han Solo, Yoda and an Imperial Stormtrooper.
"Galaxy of Adventures is a great way for parents to share their favorite Star Wars moments with their kids in a way that’s going to really resonate with them," Carroll continued. "The entertainment so far has been incredible. We’re excited to see the Galaxy of Adventures story unfold and have the opportunity to continue the storytelling through product."