Hasbro really screwed up this year (and to a lesser extent last year), so as JT said, the enthusiasm is difficult to maintain. Aside from that, there's got to be a general sense that there's not a whole lot left to do figure-wise aside from dutiful upgrades . . . There are hints that there are some big things coming next year that will hopefully be announced at Toy Fair, and hopefully the remaining five 3D releases will be handled a little better and get people excited again.
My interest keeps fading more and more each year. I check here everyday more out of habit than anything else right now.
After Kithaba, I finally went after one of my "holy grail" items and bought a MOC 12-back R2-D2. Well, that purchase must have filled some hole that has been empty since 1978 because my urge to collect has vanished almost entirely. As of right now, there isn't much to get me excited about collecting anymore. Sure, I could come up with about 20-30 figures to fill a wishlist, but if the line was cancelled today and none of those got made, I wouldn't be too upset. I don't feel that there is a whole lot that "must" be made right now.
So, even if Hasbro got their act together and produced a stellar line for 2013 that was well-made and easy to find in stores, I don't know that my interest in Star Wars would necessarily return to what it used to be. As time goes on, Star Wars feels more and more like a part of my past, not necessarily a part of my future.
I bought Jar Jar and the Ewok 2-pack today. The last figures I bought before these were the TRU Ewoks. Prior to that, most of the Deleted Scene wave (never saw or cared about Luke).
I'd kill for Evazan and Nom Anor, but the prices are so high and the paint so iffy sometimes, I don't want to buy them without knowing the paint's good. I'm assuming Marshall's around Christmas or next year will have them. Not that I've been holding out for closeout stores, but it's tough to get stuff at full retail and support the line when it simply doesn't go to other stores.
Seems like it has been a slow year collecting-wise for me. As I get less space, I am kind of glad about that. I've become less enthusiastic about The Clone Wars figures, and most of the deluxe figures and larger items I have passed on unless there is something new and exciting about them. I did get a bunch this week as that online-only wave shipped, and I just ordered four figures from that Kithaba wave (Kithaba, Evazan, Nom Anor, Aayla Secura). There is a seasonal TRU in the mall now, and I got the Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper yesterday.
Seems I have also had less time to post here as well, so I haven't been checking in as much other than on threads I am already subscribed to. Seems to be the case with others as well, based on the response to my poll thread and to Tycho's as well.
Back after a few weeks away.