I understand the dock of points on history for the above mentioned reasons. Back when we bought figures unseen except for box art (if we even got a look at that as before the Net I had to buy over the phone) the "misname" might be a problem. I do believe, however, that one look at the pictures (which is one of the MANY great services PSR provides to the hobby) folks can see for themselves what the figures are and how nice they are - they will sell themselves, I think.
Personally, I'm tempted to buy a bunch along with some of the FFL and get my old Airfix Ft Sahara out and relive "Beau Geste" or "March or Die!"
That's not to say - a "new" set of RIF Rebels wouldn't be appreciated by those interested in the era. Kudos on a nice set I think.
I love the figures for Strelets "Rif War" and look forward to buying them however they look pre WW1 (classic Beau Geste look) to me and more suitable to the conquest of Southern Algeria / Sahara. I would love to see Strelets make actual Rif War FFL, Berbers and Spanish. I think this is still a gap.