Star Wars is turning to stop-motion animation to reveal some of its new Rogue One toys.
As merchandising for the Dec. 16 movie ramps up, September will feature weekly installments of a spoof-version of the movie called Go Rogue, in which action figures, minifigs, bobbleheads, and other playthings battle over who possesses the instructions for a giant LEGO Death Star kit.
The first installment dropped Tuesday night and can be seen above. The Jyn Erso and K-2SO droid are played by Hasbro Black Series figures, while Cassian Andor is depicted by a Disney Store Elite Series toy.
The video was overseen by Tongal, a Santa Monica studio that crowdsources technical work on its projects, so its crew and creators count themselves as fans.
Many of the toys will be available for pre-order on Sept. 2, and this video series kicks off a contest for fans to create their own “Rogue Stories” short films.
Starting Sept. 30, when the toys will be released, teenagers and adult fans from around the world can enter their shorts in the competition at StarWars.com/GoRogue. Creative kids aged 8–12 can participate in a different category — sort of the junior varsity league — over on the site Disney.com/MyRogueStory.
The contest closes on Oct. 30. Winners will be invited to Lucasfilm headquarters at the Presidio in San Francisco to attend a screening of Rogue One, accompanied by their short on the big screen.
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