I asked the actress that was signing autographs what the deal was with the rights and all that stuff.
She said that it was never true for her, but that the OTHER actress was witholding rights to the likeness. She also said that she'd gone to the Hasbro guys the day before to let them know that they had permission to make the figure in her likeness. She implied that they all but told her that they were going to go ahead and try to make ONE figure - then everyone could buy two.
Is there an echo in here, Rob?!
As for the bar, yeah, the Hasbro rep I chatted with at their booth confirmed that the U-shaped portion will be coming (as part of an overall 3-piece Cantina set), and that the distillery would definitely be included too, which was great to hear. He said the sets were essentially ready to go, and that they were just waiting for a retailer to pick them up as an exclusive. They wouldn't elaborate on any of the figure choices for inclusion though, and made it sound like that part of the set may still be up in the air right now. I obviously pointed out that the Tonnika sister would be an obvious choice, since that where she was standing in the movie. Though I'd prefer it if she was single carded instead.
One staff member from another site said that his friend had already seen these items back in Asia, so it sounds like they're very much already finished, and just sitting around waiting...
That would also seem to mesh timing-wise with what the Hasbro guys told me last year at Comic Con, which was that the rest of the bar was definitely on the way at some point soon... So just a question of being patient and waiting it out.
I also pushed the obvious Hem Dazon/Arcona idea on them, and they said that it was indeed an obvious choice, and would unquestionably be coming sooner or later. So no worries on that figure either, other than your patience level.