Angry Birds Star Wars 2 will be released on the various app stores on September 19, Rovio Entertainment and LucasFilm have announced.

The new game is based on the three prequels and introduces a roster of new Angry Birds Star Wars characters. 30 of these are playable from the off, with a further 30 accessed through a line of collectable Telepods figures from Hasbro.

The Telepods work similarly to Skylanders - placing the figures onto your phone or tablet camera will scan your character of choice directly into the game, allowing you to select new characters on the fly.

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Also new to the series is the option to choose the Dark or Light Side.

The game's launch will be supported by a new range of toys, plush, books, apparel and more. The Telepods will be available in stores from September.

Look out for more on Angry Birds Star Wars 2 in the coming months.

What better way to expand the Angry Birds toy line than to convince the kids that they need the toys to fully enjoy the game.