First off, I've met a few team members at cons that aren't as passionate as the rest of the team, but I'd agree with you that the majority of the team in person have been clearly passionate about what they do.
Originally Posted by El Chuxter
As for the "disconnect" point, it's complicated. Derryl as brand manager (and now I guess Jeff) are technically penny counters, it's their job as brand managers to think exactly about those issues, to balance the bean counting against the creative and emotional aspects of the brand.
That complaint is very outdated IMO. Aside from Luke ROTJ who just seems to suffer at each new release's outing, I can't think of a character that's getting "constantly resculpted". We keep getting different expressions of characters like Vader that most of the time don't use a resculpt and suffer for using such an outdated mold, the latest resculpt got top nods from both JabbaJohn and me in the YIR. We still don't have a quality resculpt of Farmboy Luke or Leia ANH or Han ANH or Lando ESB. This isn't 1983, re-releasing the same figure 5 years in a row doesn't even work for the kiddies anymore - look at Movie Heroes now suffering awful molds and not moving product as fast as before.
I do, personally, think, though, that they might be better served in not constantly resculpting figures, but only doing it when necessary, and rotating the existing figures onto whatever the current card design might be. It seems like it would save a ton in design and tooling costs.
Sure thing. No, he didn't, I want to clarify for readers, although I'm confident you forumites all know this, but my post is merely educated conjecture on my part, just paying attention to the interviews and Q&As, looking at trends and applying past events to current problems.
Originally Posted by Tycho
Movie Heroes was a big step down from Saga Legends in terms of quality, that Yoda they put out is among their worst figures of the last 8 years, and is missing the accessory that sets off the spinning gimmick to boot. These weren't fun figures when they came out, they were the lesser figures to satiate demand from the movie but they weren't home runs any of them, and almost 3/4s of the run is from ROTS which has run pretty stale the last few years with buyers - kids have shown they're reaching saturation on Jedi Starfighters and Phase 2 Clones and battlin' Yodas and long-hair Anakins. It's like someone is looking at decisions from Saga Legends 3 years ago and is trying to expand and simplify based on that.
Chux, I agree with you (above).
Now a comment: I already think the darn Movie Heroes or whatever the "junk line" is that's shipping now is almost just that. Junk. That Yoda figure with part of his robe packaged separately looks just awful - and it's Yoda! That line is mostly prequel characters that sit. I've noticed the few and far-between OT characters included in that set sell pretty fast. I see the occasional Luke Snowspeeder every now and then. Leia is totally absent from that collection as may be Han Solo (I think). Lando's not there. But I think the Death Squad Commander (Imp Navy Trooper) is shipping now. That's a good choice and a better quality figure than those Super Battle Droids (I think). But then again, I bought so many battle droids of all types for my dioramas, that I'm sick of seeing them, but I guess even those army builders sell.
There's no way to change the battieres, what's the point of collector-focused figures that have to be thrown away in a few years when their batteries stop working and leak out the waist joints? Kids have literally zero interest in those EU characters because they have no exposure to them. As well, changing the arm from a hollow piece with wires running into the torso into a modular connector would be pretty expensive and probably fragile at this scale. Adds up to a wrong turn IMO.
They've come back with light-up lightsaber gimmicks for Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Vader. I think if they made Maul with his double-blades, that would be a popular light-up figure. Then you could run with a few Luke outfits, and the age progression for Anakin and Obi-Wan from AOTC to ROTS and ANH for Obi-Wan. Mace would be interesting due to the purple saber. I strongly believe that Plo Koon and SaeSee Tiin are saturated and they should remain scarce for a while. (I don't know what it is with Plo Koon fans - they're making Boba Fett fans look normal - and I even like Fett better now because I have Plo Koon to complain about). A light-up Kit Fisto might sell, but he's a risk.
I think they could try EU expressions with light-up sabers, but fan favorites like Mara Jade, Jaina Solo (new outfit please), and Jacen, Anakin, Leia training to be a Jedi and Luke as a Master might go over alright. EU for collectors and a cool gimmick for kids. But the figure parts should be such that replacing an arm or something would allow for the non-electronic versions of those characters so Jaina could have an "un-lit" lightsaber in her new outfit expression (like how would you put her pilot figure in an X-wing with a lit saber?)
I don't know if that's an idea worth trying? And I don't mean to get carried away with it. It's not the right way to bring out Nomi Sunrider.