I've decided to separate the "Latest Star Wars Rumors" article in two. The recast madness had the whole attention which is wrong. The never before heard stories about the spin-off movies and the toys deserve more...
As we reported before according to our sources the spin-off movies won't be based on characters from the movies. Now I've heard that they may be used as background stories for important elements from the Sequel Trilogy. It's very possible that the first spin-off movie could be about the Jedi or Sith origins. They also have potential to each have their own sequels. A possible first spin-off movie about the Sith origins could explain the whole Moraband fuss lately. I really believe that Moraband will be very important in the new Star Wars movies.
Episode 7 Toys.
I learnt from a really trusted source that at the Shanghai toy fair (only for buyers), Hasbro showed their Episode 7 toy prototypes to buyers. The toys were kept top secret in a briefcase. I heard that the toys were of Han, Luke and Leia, they were looking young with Luke still wearing black. The Episode 7 figures are 6'' and they are a brand new sculpt, no kitbashing. Also the Episode 7 Falcon will be based on the one from 2008. We know that most of the time toys have to be movie accurate so keep that in mind too.
It looks like Hasbro is well underway with production of Episode 7 toys.
Howard Roffman from Lucasfilm Licensing would be giving Hasbro character sketches, vehicle blueprints and character names as Abrams and Kennedy approve them. So probably the first leaks about Episode 7 will come from Hasbro. Most likely starting at this year's San Diego Comic Con (July 24-27).
A few months ago it was revealed that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II developer Obsidian were pitching a new Star Wars RPG game. The game would have been set between the events of the films Episode III and Episode IV. It would have been about the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is OK and so on. Now we received a word that Obsidians' pitch didn't go through. One possible explanation is that the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels TV series is also set in that period.
The visit of Hasbro's Steve Evans to the Episode 7 set from yesterday was not a random one. And the presence of Abrams, Kennedy and Kasdan was not a coincidence. It looks like they are presenting something. And I don't want to give you high hopes or anything but many people think that there's a connection between Marvel and Star Wars announcements. Оften one is following the other. And the Marvel Special is tomorrow...