We've had 11 Deluxe Figures released now, as opposed to 3 from Episode One in 1999, and 4 from POTJ in 2001.
In the past, figures came with giant accessories:
1996: Han Solo w. Smuggler Flight Pack,
Luke Skywalker w. Desert Sport Skiff,
and Crowd Control Stormtrooper with riot control gear.
Then in 1997, Deluxe Figures were redefined so as to please quite a lot of collectors:
The Hoth Probe Droid
Snowtrooper w. Tri-pod Laser Cannon
Hoth Rebel Soldier w. Radar Dish Cannon
and of course, Boba Fett got the '96 Look with a giant personal weapons array he wore like some kind of small plane attached to his back.
1998 saw no deluxe figures, though FX figures and Complete Galaxy lines as well as Gunner Stations were going through their trials.
1999 Deluxe Figures introduced action features we now find common on Saga Figures: lightsaber moves.
all had specific lightsaber moves triggered by removeable saber hilts you plugged into their backs to activate their moves by remote control.
2000 saw no Deluxe once again, but 2001's POTJ line came forward with an interesting selection.
There was Luke Bacta - almost a playset in its own right! Fans had wanted this figure for almost forever, and now it even had bubble action features and interacted with another figure, FX-7, foreshadowing a more interactive collection as a whole, like we see in the Saga collection now.
Darth Maul was almost both an Unleashed Figure attempt, and a two-pack with his Sith training droid, but he had the extra bonus of actually appearing in a comic with these exact features - including his full chest and back body-tattoos exposed.
Slave Leia came with a huge Sailbarge cannon accessory, movie-accurate, and reminiscient of the 1997 Deluxe Figures which included large - and useful - movie props with them.
Amanaman rounded out the group. Slightly larger than your average figure, Amanaman featured a McFarlane approach to the character, complete with a decomposed corpse for him to carry around, along with his fully detailed headhunter staff. In spite of having less value added for a Deluxe, Amanaman was the 2nd Fans' Choice Figure, and claimed high demand.
Today we have main characters and Jedi Knights, beasts and army builders, all displaying the widest variety of an interpretation for "a Deluxe Figure" in the new Saga Line.
Which ones do you see the value in?
Should they continue to make these?
What kinds of Deluxe Figures would you like?
Which one that they've done do you like the best?