What do you think is going to happen to Star Wars after Episode 3?
I was just thinking about that.
HASBRO TOYS: I think Hasbro will do 3 3/4" figures until 2007 or 2008 and encompass probably everything.
2007 will probably see the last vehicles released, if anything is left to be made by then.
2008 might see some exclusive vehicle made for the 3 3/4" line for some special promotion.
Now Hasbro has the license for 10 more years.
I'm thinking they will switch sizes on the figures, and make Star Wars characters in the detail and with the accessories that mirror what ArtAsylum has done with Star Trek. Or in other words, they will make action figures, but more like something on the Unleashed size scale, with which they will revisit all the major characters previously made before, with the occasional extra alien or trooper, and those of us still down for the hobby, will be clamoring all over again for obscure characters like General Riekeen to be made for this line.
Me? I might buy some, but I think I'd be really particular, and just get a few that go together that are exceptionally detailed or something like that.
That's my guess.
To keep the 3 3/4" line going, they'd have to do at least one of several things:
1) keep rehashing or re-releasing Luke Tatooines, Cantina Hans, Naboo Pilot Anakins, Darth Mauls.
2) do an Expanded Universe line with vehicles etc. - This troubles me because it ought to have been done during New Jedi Order's height. Many of us remember Ulic Qel Droma and know who Kir Kanos is, however, many more of us DON'T read the Expanded Universe, and it greatly decreases the pool of potential buyers of say a Talon Karrde figure, almost 15 years after the character first made an appearance.
3) Change the size so that a larger group of us would possibly want the old characters like Tatooine Luke all over again.
4) Create a new multi-media thing having to do with video games, a TV show, or George actually making more movies. A really well-publicized new comic or book deal could work for Star Wars, too.
5) Action Fleet, or something with all ships in scale to each other, could come back as a new replica line.
Star Wars video games will continue for probably a few years longer than the action figures line could. It may prompt some figures being made to coincide with it, but I'm not sure that would be extensive.
Novels may continue to do well. They might eventually lead to a point where we see the DEATH OF LUKE SKYWALKER, and the Classic cast. They ought to. Adventures of Jaina and Jacen Solo, and Ben Skywalker, should be promoted and could establish a good following.
Comics will have to be coordinated with the adult novels, or they will continue to get worse - being limited to taking place within the movie-years parameters, or playing out a tiring theme of Vader killing Jedi and some already-published book adaptations. New Jedi Order comic adaptations would probably still prove to be really popular though - especially if they put Jan Duursema on the art work.
Another Tales of the Jedi-like comic series, that is set significantly enough in the past or the future might do well. But it may have to stretch out even longer than the 22 months that Ulic Qel Droma's epic tale took to tell. That would only stretch out the life of SW comics by 2 years at best. There should be some plan for the long term in place, you know?
Cartoon shows like Clone Wars, be them original or adaptations of existing comics and books, could stretch Star Wars' life for as long as 7 more years (the average length of a Star Trek franchise's run).
Live action shows could do similar feats.
I kid you not, but an on-going SW prime-time soap opera (in other words, continuing stories that change subject matter and character casting over time) could be awesome. "Soap opera" does not mean the show would not have great SW battles and plenty of action. Sometimes Star Trek Deep Space Nine gets called a soap opera, but it was the best Star Trek of any - and by far, with a Five Year Dominion War going on! (technically 4 years, for those of you who want to get anal about it).
This I would not mind, especially in the case of Jaina and Jacen Solo's ongoing adventures, POST-NJO!
That would be entirely up to George.
There are several possibilities.
1) George has or will have something planned.
2) a television Star Wars show, like Jaina and Jacen Solo's exploits becomes so popular, like Smallville, that a movie is demanded. George hands the franchise (on that angle) over to someone else to make the films with the TV cast.
3) George relinquishes control of the franchise.
Celebration 3 you know will rock. It will be the biggest by far, I'm sure.
2006-2016: conventions will see the regular bunch of attendies - that's a lot of us if they have special action figures.
2017- 2027: attendance will drastically fall. The need for disabled seating will rise amongst the still-attending, and the audience will largely consist of folks trying to recapture passing joy because their life hasn't gone anywhere but down the drain since they didn't have much of a life beyond Star Wars.
Professional counselors may be made available for people with pre-registration.
If a powerful television soap or something is still going on however, these conventions might be as lively and as enduring and full of young blood as say Star Trek conventions used to be before Deep Space Nine completed its first televison run.
Anyway, what do you think will happen?