With the holidays are right around the corner, parents and geeks everywhere are lining up to stuff their gift bags with the latest in Star Wars toys. And the success of Disney XD’s Star Wars: Rebels means that the toy shelves at your local toy store will be packed with our newest heroes.
While characters like Ezra and The Inquisitor will be easy to find, a couple of main characters are still missing from the shelves. A few main characters – Mandalorian explosives expert Sabine, and the team’s Twi’Lek pilot Hera, are notably missing from the toy aisles this holiday season.
Toy companies have recently received a lot of flack for this very thing. Back in June Disney was the target of a twitter campaign demanding that they release figures of the most badass of the Disney princesses, Leia Organa. This coming after the Disney Store posted on twitter that they had no plans to deliver Leia figures. Thankfully, it didn’t take a twitter campaign to ensure that the female leads of the series would be equally represented, but you won’t be getting one in your stocking. Dave Filoni, producer of Rebels, sensed the disturbance in the balance of the force and was quick to post this teaser of the soon to be released Hera figure on twitter.
These are the figures you've been looking for! pic.twitter.com/5bXUWB8ixd
— Dave Filoni (@dave_filoni) December 4, 2014
While girls and boys will have to wait until March to purchase the first female figure to be released in the U.S, Sabine Wren, Amazon already has the coveted figures for pre-order, though judging by the nearly $49 price tag collectors have put on it, fans may well be better off waiting until spring when the toys hit the general market.
There is no word yet on when the Hera figure will be released, or whether or not the female characters will get the 18′ treatment. No matter the ultimate future of the toy line, it is nice to know the characters haven’t been forgotten entirely. Fans of the female characters of the Star Wars Universe can rest assured that their call to be considered by retailers has been heard. There is new hope that these ladies will be more equally represented both on the screen and in the toy aisles.
If you do have a little Star Wars fan in your house the Sabine Wren dress-up costume has been available since before Halloween, and may be a nice alternative to the action figures, letting your little human take on the role themselves.
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Images: Disney XD