Well, it looks like we will have to put up with Hasbro until at least 2018!
This is a double edged sword if you ask me.
Currently, Hasbro is running Star Wars into the ground. I am of the opinion that the current line is the worst overall line since the reintroduction in 1995. Personally, I like the ugly buff figures better than many of the new ones they have come out with.
Granted, there are some real winners in the SAGA line, Ephant Mon, Royal Guard, etc.
But this line is honestly the first line to break me of my completist ways. It did so by making too many figures that I just plain hate! I can accept a bad figure or two here and there, but when there are 2 or more bad figures per wave in every other wave it's just too much.
However, if not for Hasbro we may not get Star Wars figures in the non-movie years. Hasbro has also stayed true to the 3.75 inch scale. I fear that may not have happened if not for Hasbro.
Sculpts have improved greatly over the last 8 years.
POTJ was the greatest line ever, IMHO. So this major step backwards may only be temporary.
Hasbro has shown that they listen to collectors...sometimes, which is more than I can say for some companies. They gave us the Blue cards that we soooo begged for, they hold Fan Choice Polls, we have seen the new Troop Builder sets and Target Exc. Acc. Sets not to mention Cantina aliens in the form of Wal-Mart exc. Some of these points are argueable, but they appear to be trying to satisfy the collectors.
I'm just not sure at this point if I want Hasbro to continue the line. If they keep things up the way they are, then I would have to say no.
However, if they drop the gimmicks (which detract soooo much from the figures) and get rid of the one pose wonders in favor of articulation (poses we can make ourselves), then I say full speed ahead.
In any case, it seems that Hasbro and Star Wars will be together for a long time to come.
Hasbro, please, I beg you, get rid of the gimmicks. Not a single compliment has come from these gimmicks.
Maybe it's our fault?!?!? Maybe we all wanted a rocket firing Boba Fett soooo badly that you misinterpreted us.
If so, we appologize, but please, please, please for the love of God, stop the gimmicks, and end the one pose wonders. Give us articulation and great sculpts (which we can see you are capable of).