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Rebels’ Vanessa Marshall talks Hera, the show and more

Rebel's HeraNewsarama’s Lucas Siegel has the first interview with one of the Rebels crew: Vetern voice actress Vanessa Marshall, who plays the ship’s pilot, Hera. I think it’s safe to say she’s into it:

…When I got the call for Star Wars Rebels, that I booked Hera, I hyperventilated, fell to the ground, I think I was sobbing, and my agent then asked if she should call an ambulance. (laughs) Truly, of all the roles I’ve ever played, this is by far the most epic. I look forward to the long-term implications of interacting in the Star Wars universe. It’s really, really thrilling.

She also has a few things to say on our latest issue:

You know, it’s interesting – I would say from a marketing standpoint, I know how it serves them to target an audience, whether it’s male or female. I do know there are a ton more female sci-fi fans – there always have been, but perhaps now they have a greater visibility, so I predict that some of that stuff will change.

I will say that in a greater sense, I’m not so sure that there’s a stigma for the people who are buying those toys. In a real way, I think that George Lucas kind of destroyed the stigmas as far as gender is concerned, and raised the bar for future filmmakers. The fact there are female Jedi straightway levels the playing field. There are so many alien races that gender is sort of the least of the issues (laughs).

You look at Princess Leia, and Mon Mothma, Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress – even to go to the games and EU [Expanded Universe – the Star Wars stories that are told in novels, comics, and video games], Jan Ors or even Mara Jade – the women in the Star Wars Universe just kick butt, in a way that transcends gender. And each in their own way.

I’ll say, even the female characters in Rebels each have their unique strengths – it’s another reason I’m so excited to be a part of this show. Just to get into Hera a bit again, she’s strong-willed, but she’s also nurturing. She really knows how to bring out the best in her team. She leads with humility. Her agility and physical skills are admirable; she can pull just the right punch at just the right moment and get the job done, and that’s how she delivers. Her very personal reasons for rebelling against the empire, I think, are things viewers are going to delight in uncovering each season.

Anyway, believe it or not, that’s only a tiny bit of the interview, so head over to Newsarama and read the whole thing.

Hasbro will make figures for Rebels’ Hera and Sabine, but then what?

Rebels: Sabine

We saw Sabine’s official reveal this morning, and although we’re still waiting for Hera’s, Hasbro confirmed with Newsarama’s Lucas Siegel that action figures of both Rebels ladies are coming, and will be unveiled at SDCC.

There’s been some blowback to the concerns over the lack of women showed in the first wave of Hasbro Rebels toys. But together with the ‘for boys’ nature of Disney XD and the apparent ‘ladies last’ spacing of the character reveals, it’s really felt like the female characters – and thus female fans – are there as an afterthought. (Is it really still not a given that women and girls like action?)

Yes, we know ‘this is how it is.’ Yes, we know that ‘it’s all here to sell toys.’ Yes, we know that’s ‘what advertisers want.’ And that’s exactly why we’re fighting so hard over this. This is our first major rollout since Disney took the wheel, and this is an uphill battle.

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Roundup: No more Expanded Universe toys from Hasbro, TNG’s Brent Spiner on Rebels?

Toy Fair. Jedi Temple Archives reports (a bit hyperbolically) that Lucasfilm has told Hasbro that the Expanded Universe is off limits, save for a few figures that were already in the pipeline.

I think this makes sense. We’ve never gotten all that much EU from Hasbro to begin with, and at this point any EU figure is going to be pounced on by fans as some sort of “proof” for Episode VII. They’re cutting back on prequel-era figures as well, to focus on the OT – with a heavy focus on Return of the Jedi as we approach the new films – and Rebels.

Rebels. Is Brent Spiner voicing a character? This tweet from Gallifrey One, a con held in Los Angeles this weekend, leads us to believe so… The actor, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, has worked with Rebels’ Greg Weisman before – they were on a Young Justice panel at the con. (He voiced The Joker on the show.) He was also one of several TNG actors who did voices on Weisman’s Gargoyles. And we’ve had Trek crossover before: George Takei voiced General Lok Durd on The Clone Wars.

Episode VII. Tom Hiddleston and Alex Pettyfer talk their Star Wars chances. (Both unlikely, if for very different reasons) while an Irish unknown, Daryl McCormack, talks about getting far on in the audition process.

The Rebels’ lady Mando is named Sabine

Yes, people were speculating yesterday that the pink/orange Mando could be Ahsoka under her helmet… We also learned that her name is Sabine.

Still haven’t seen anything about additional toys of either her or Hera, though. UPDATE: A card for Hera!

Toy Fair: Is Rebels’ second female character a Mandalorian?

Once again, we’re getting Rebels news via toys, but at least we’re seeing a few different varieties of toys. Toy Fair 2014 is going on in New York, and Newsarama has a good pic-heavy report on the Rebels stuff, while Yakface has the official pics.

First up, we see a likely candidate for the show’s second female character: A pink-armored (possibly red or orange?) Mandalorian. We’ve been assuming the first woman is green Twi’lek Hera, we’ve seen only in LEGO form thus far, but she doesn’t seem to be making any Hasbro appearances. (We know there are two women in the ensemble, though surely there will be more to come.) The alien Zeb, another unannounced LEGO reveal who seems to be based on early McQuarrie concepts for Chewbacca, also figures heavily.

(It does seems pretty weird that there’s a Zeb toy but not any of Hera and barely one of the Mando. Zeb isn’t officially announced, so that isn’t it… Hasbro, you have to make toys of women to sell toys of women, c’mon.)

Also revealed? Agent Kallus (of course,) an Imperial (of course.) And although not on display, a Rebels-branded Threepio and Artoo were shown at the Hasbro presentation, where it was announced they’ll figure into the show somehow.

There’s also plenty on the Inquisitor, Kanan, and Ezra, including some of their gear and spaceships.

Rebels intro: Ezra, a “charismatic teenage con artist”

Rebels: Ezra

TV Guide introduces us to one of the show’s main characters – Ezra, a teenage force-user. “To survive, instinctively every now and then when he’s in a jam he uses the Force,” exec producer Dave Filoni says. “He doesn’t call it that. He doesn’t know that’s what he’s doing. He thinks he’s got some abilities that are a little strange every now and then, but they help him out. It’s instinctive, it’s reactionary.”

Ezra, being voiced by Taylor Gray, will be mentored by Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Kanan. Looks like The Hollywood Reporter is hitting their marks!

The article also reveals that Disney XD will be premiering two new trailers for the show on Monday during Kickin’ It (6/5c) and Lab Rats (6:30/5:30c.) UPDATE: RebelForce Radio says the spots, “Spark” and “Ignite,” will be online Monday morning.