On Thursday, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Force Friday II, a September launch of toys and products for The Last Jedi, and along with it came a sample toy box. Featured at the top: the first images of Poe Dameron, Rey, and Finn from Episode VIII.
Daisy Ridley’s desert scavenger is wielding the lightsaber that once belonged to Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and her hair is pulled back in a different style than we saw in The Force Awakens. There’s also an intensity and confidence to her gaze that we only glimpsed by the end of that film.
John Boyega’s conscience-stricken Stormtrooper is still sporting the jacket Poe Dameron gave him, while Oscar Isaac’s X-wing flyboy is sporting his full flight suit.
The changes are subtle, and there’s not much to gather storywise from writer-director Rian Johnson’s new Star Wars film, but for fans this is three drops of water to savor in the desert that lies between now and April’s Celebration fan gathering in Orlando, Florida.
The big news for collectors is that after a year’s hiatus for Rogue One, the Force Friday festivities will be resumed this year, with Sept. 1 designated as the deployment date for toys, books, and clothing featuring the characters and creatures from the new movie, which hits theaters Dec. 15. [Source]