I think that the likeness rights issue has been bunk all along. I think that Hasbro and Lucas Licensing alike aren't thrilled with the prospect of making these characters. And I think it all goes back to what they were referred to in the working script for the movie: Star Whores.
I think that both Hasbro and Lucas Licensing both want to avoid the kind of PR mess this could turn into by not making the figures. Think about it. A beloved film franchise and a toy company agreeing to make figures of characters that are known for being prostitutes? They would have to be out of their minds! This is the kind of thing that could get exploited by some whacko who has nothing to do with the toy industry, and as a result there's some kind of boycott and parents won't buy their kids Star Wars toys.
But what about the EU explanations about the Tonnikas? That's all revisionist history, trying to clean up the original mess. I'm sure that all came about because Decipher wanted to make CCG cards with the Tonnikas and wasn't thrilled with the prospect of "pros" being on their cards, either. I think a realistic look at the situation will make things clear to everyone.