First off, please excuse the acerbic nature of this next post, Hasbro, but my frustration over how you keep screwing up stuff that would seem to be a no-brainer is mind boggling.
I have a revolutionary idea for you, in 1996 you released a Biker Scout with Speeder Bike figure and, in order to make him 'look right' while riding the Speeder Bike, he was sculpted in a pose that made him look like he crapped in his armor when he was standing. In 2000 you released the POTJ Biker Scout, which was a much better and more accurate figure than the POTF2 pack-in, however because of his pose and limited articulation, he cannot sit on the Speeder Bike toy.
So, my idea is this, how about making a Biker Scout figure that can not only sit on his Speeder Bike, but can also stand without looking totally ridiculous? Talk about a revolutionary notion!
Oh wait, that's not revolutionary..... Kenner pulled it off in 1983, almost 20 years ago! So much for the "advancements in toy-making technology" of the new millenium.
Seriously, have you forgotten how to make good toys Hasbro? It seems so, especially when the vintage line was able to pull off stuff that you have so much trouble with.
Here's what a new Biker Scout would need in terms of articulation:
Ball-socket neck (like the CTC Stormtrooper and new Bespin Chewie)
Ball-socket knees (like the new Bespin Luke and Red Clonetrooper)
Wrist articulation (to alternate from holding his blaster to gripping the HORIZONTALLY placed handlebars on the Speeder Bike)
Add to this the standard shoulder, swivel elbow, waist and hip articulation and you have the perfect, all-purpose Biker Scout figure.
This would make the fourth Biker Scout figure in the history of the line (not counting the 12" figure) vintage, POTF2 and POTJ.
Here's why we need him:
The vintage one was great for it's day, but seriously needs an update to take advantage of those "advancements in toy technology" you guys keep going on about.
The POTF2 version, is easily one of the most half-arsed figures in the entire line. There are large sections of his armor that aren't even painted, his gun is sculpted into his leg (and not painted either). Overall he is just a very poorly made figure and you guys know this, otherwise we would never have gotten....
The POTJ version. Which is an improvement but far from perfect. Apart from his pinhead, silly "opera singer" pose and limited articulation he has a flaw that is totally unforgiveable for this figure. He does not fit on the Speeder Bike! Ridiculous! Whatever brainiac at Hasbro HQ thought it was okay to allow this is obviously more interested in making money than toys.
So, since the Speeder Bike is getting retooled for the Deluxe Clonetrooper I think it would behoove you to give us a well-sculpted, highly articulated Biker Scout who can ride his bike AND stand on his own without looking like an idiot while doing either one.
Now, why is that simple concept so hard for you guys to grasp?