When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was clear the franchise needed to reaffirm the value of “Star Wars” to its modern, young audience. One way the studio attempted to accomplish this was by launching the “Forces of Destiny” media project, which would encompass short films and a doll line. Largely aimed at young girls, the productions starred the various women of the “Star Wars” movies and cartoons — such as Jyn Erso, Ahsoka Tano, and Princess Leia — with the individual short films containing brief appearances by other figures from the franchise, such as the porgs or Hondo Ohnaka.
But the project didn’t last long, with the “Forces of Destiny” shorts only running for two seasons, while the dolls themselves have become nonexistent on toy shelves. Given that “Star Wars” so often seems to have a Midas touch when it comes to producing toys, you’d think “Forces of Destiny” would be bulletproof. However, this big media endeavor just didn’t get the kind of positive response necessary to keep going for years on end. Many have placed heavy critiques on the production, but YouTuber Jenny Nicholson provided the most thorough autopsy over why the project didn’t work.
Specifically, Nicholson noted the lack of both doll customization and interactions between the “Forces of Destiny” characters in the shorts most likely doomed the property. She also pointed out how the line struggled by being seemingly designed more for the nostalgia of older fans rather than what modern-day youngsters might want. With these drawbacks, “Forces of Destiny” quickly went quiet.