Lucasfilm will highlight Star Wars' female heroes with new animated shorts and toys

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Apr 13, 2017, 6:02 PM EDT

Star Wars Celebration is now officially underway in Orlando, and we can't wait to see what new comes out of the event throughout the weekend, but even before Celebration opened, Lucasfilm was announcing new Star Wars stuff.

The company announced a new animation and toy initiative highlighting various female characters from the Star Wars universe. Titled Forces of Destiny, the project will kick off with a series of animated short films following characters like Rey, Jyn Erso and Ahsoka Tano through some of the smaller moments that helped shape them into heroes. The shorts will launch this summer, along with a new line of accompanying toys from Hasbro, followed by a line of books and a new TV special this fall.

"Star Wars Forces of Destiny is for anyone who has been inspired by Leia’s heroism, Rey’s courage, or Ahsoka's tenacity,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a press release. "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."

Yes, to craft the shorts, Lucasfilm went back to the talents that created the characters, which means you'll hear Daisy Ridley as Rey, Felicity Jones as Jyn, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka and even Lupita N'yongo as Maz Kanata, who will narrate the shorts. Lucasfilm Vice President of Animation Carrie Beck and Dave Filoni, Supervising Director of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, are also on board as executive producers.

Then there's the toy line, which will feature a new addition to the Star Wars toy world: "Adventure Figures," 11-inch toys that will "[bridge] the gap between traditional action figures and dolls"

“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.”

In case you're wondering, the Adventure Figures look like this:

Check out a sneak peek at Forces of Destiny below, and look out for more details about the project during the "Heroines of Star Wars" panel at celebration on Friday.