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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.

Greg Weisman drops some hints for Rebels

Greg WeismanIGN has Eric Goldman’s interview with Greg Weisman today, where he talks about Rebels, visiting Lucasfilm, and working with Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni.

He praises the yet-unnamed writing staff and “phenomenal cast,” praises Leland Chee and Pablo Hidalgo and even the dreaded c-word:

Describing the approach to Rebels and the widespread potential audience, Weisman said, “We’re all very dedicated, and we know this show is going to be canon, so we take that responsibility very seriously. We know that on the one hand there’s an audience who’s going to be watching this that knows everything there is to know about Lucasfilm canon and knows beyond that tons of stuff from the Expanded Universe, which may or may not turn out to be canon once Lucasfilm decides what is official and what’s not. So we want the show to work for that group, the most extreme fanboys out there.”

On the show itself, the Rebel Alliance “doesn’t exist when we come in,” he says, continuing:

This is about how the Rebel Alliance came to be. So once the Rebel Alliance is, that’s pretty much where the show ends. I don’t know how many seasons that is. It’s not like we’ve nailed that down like, ‘Oh, we’re going to exactly X amount of seasons.’ But if all goes well, that’s the goal: we go from the origins of the Rebel Alliance to the point where the Rebel Alliance is, which would lead in essence directly into A New Hope. That’s the goal, to fill in that gap between those four or five years.”

As for the cast, they’re taking a different approach from how far-flung The Clone Wars came to be. Weisman says they have one “focus” character and five others to make a core cast of six. (Presumably this includes Kanan and Chopper, but let’s hope two of them are the women he talked about in an earlier interview.) Though it will focus on those six, the cast will expand, and “the show gets bigger and bigger in scope.”

We can also expect “some incredible guest stars,” both familaiar and unfamiliar names.

Rebels intro: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Kanan, the “cowboy Jedi”

Rebels: Kanan

So much for there not being a Jedi in Rebels: USA Today (warning: video autoplay) introduces us to our third official Rebels character, Kanan. Voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr., Dave Filoni describes the character as a “cowboy Jedi.”

Prinze’s name first came up for Rebels in the Hollywood Reporter last September, along with the oft-rumored David Oyelowo, newcomer Taylor Gray and voice acting vets Vanessa Marshall and Steven Jay Blum. Could one of them be voicing our next character reveal?

UPDATE: There’s an action figure, of course.