Star Wars: Episode VIII may have officially begun production, even though it still doesn't have an official title, but on the merchandise front, Disney, Lucasfilm, and Hasbro's focus remains on the currently available and widely popular projects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, and re-releases of classic characters.
The animated Rebels series, which we're hopeful will lead into this year's Star Wars film in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is deep into its second season, just as The Force Awakens nears completion of its $2 billion theatrical run. These were the focus of Hasbro's new Star Wars toys on display over the weekend at New York Toy Fair, in addition to a fan-favorite Star Wars Legends character.
If you missed them, also check out our galleries of official Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Heroes, and X-Men toy photos from the event. Below are the new Star Wars Rebels figures that were a part of the 2016 New York Toy Fair campaign for Hasbro. Note: The galleries below are just some of the many items Hasbro had on display at NY Toy Fair 2016.
The Darth Maul "red apprentice" figure appears to be a much younger version of Maul from the prequel trilogy and Star Wars: Clone Wars days, but the character is returning for Star Wars Rebels as an older character and had more of his story told in the official in-canon "Star Wars: Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir" comics. In this particular figure, Maul again has a double-bladed lightsaber although this one as a much smaller hilt than this one from The Phantom Menace, with guards protruding from it similar to Darth Tyranus' weapon.
And here's another new BB-8 figure to go along with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens group shot up top: