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“Raya and the Last Dragon” arrived on Disney+ just in time for the weekend. The latest offering from Disney Animation tells a story of a warrior princess (Kelly Marie Tran) who sets out on a journey to save humanity. The fantasy adventure takes place in the magical world of Kumandra, a land where humans and dragons live in harmony — until monsters (a.k.a. Druuns) attempt at destroy everything in sight, prompting the dragons to sacrifice themselves in order to save humanity.
Raya’s story begins 500 years after the last Druun attack. Determined to stop history from repeating, Raya, and her pet bug Tuk Tuk (Alan Tdyk), set off on a journey to find the last dragon. Like other Disney animated films, Raya features a host of fun characters including, Sisu (Awkwafina), Boun (Izaac Wang), Namaari (Gemma Chan), Benja (Daniel Dae Kim), and Tong (Benedict Wong).
If you’re not already a Disney+ customer, you can sign up for a monthly subscription for $7.99 a month or $79.99 per year. There’s also a Disney+ and Hulu bundle for $13.99 a month, and a commercial-free option for $19.99. Besides “Raya and the Last Dragon,” plus a large selection of Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars content, Disney+ is home to exclusive series, like “The Mandalorian,” and “WandaVision.”
As Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess, Tran detailed some of the pressures of voicing Raya and the lesson that she learned from the character. “Seeing the way that Raya sort of foregoes her own self-preservation and puts herself on the line, not even to fight for a better world that she knows exists, but to fight for a better world that she hopes exists,” Tran said in an interview with IndieWire. “That’s a very important distinction there for me, because I think in the real world, we all secretly hope that we can make the world better, that there is a better world if we worked hard enough. The truth of the matter is a lot of the times everything is so broken and so hard and so scary, that we’re really fighting for something that feels totally unattainable, so to see a character put everything on the line to do that is really powerful for me.”
In honor of Disney’s new animated star, we’ve rounded up some of the best merchandise inspired by “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Check out our picks below.
Rebuild the palace that Raya calls home with Lego’s Heart Place set. The 600-piece set includes six bedrooms, two towers, and mini action figures of Raya and Tuk Tuk, and more. If you’re looking for cheaper options, there’s the Raya and Sisu Dragon LEGO set ($49.99), and a Boun’s Boat set ($29.99).
Standing at just under four inches, the “Raya and the Last Dragon” vinyl figures from Funko Pop! puts a funky spin on the film’s other characters. These fun figurines make great gifts for adults and kids.
From distance learning to sitting in a classroom, having the good backpack is essential.This iridescent design features a shimmery Sisu appliqué and embroidered flowers.
It’s not always easy to find a phone cover that fits iPhone and Androids, but Otterbox has you covered. The customizable phone cover from boasts a sleek design showcasing the beauty in the film’s animation.
The Chattering Ongis get a plush transformation with this interactive toy, which features sound effects. This toy trio make a nice gift for children ages three and up (batteries included).
The “Raya and the Last Dragon” action figure set features seven characters plus accessories. The set includes actions figures of Raya, Sisu the dragon, and Boun.
An ideal gift for younger readers, “Raya’s World” gives a closer look at the Kumandran princess and all the characters featured in the film. This 64-page book is recommended for ages six and up.
For a little older readers, “Raya and the Last Dragon: Junior Novel” gives a novelized retelling of the Disney Animated film. The paperback book won’t be available until March 16, but you can pre-order it now. The book purchase comes with a free film poster.