Swarmi, who's generally very reliable, posted this in a spoiler-laden bit - though I don't think any of the 12" constitute spoilers IMO.
Here are my thoughts:
Female Jedi 12" figures...
1) hope they are not made with Padme's body so they cannot stand up, or with Barbie doll bodies (which is even worse) and I hope their hands can grip their lightsabers. This has me very concerned that their bodies will not live up to 12" collection expectations.
2) their costumes: Bariss is much simpler than her former master Luminara's wardrobe. It's not shocking that they are not doing Luminara for that reason. Bariss almost wears Darth Maul's costume (in a sense) and Aayla barely wears much clothing at all (so I hope hers isn't sculpted on like Zam Wessel's were in parts and portions). The 12" Collection needs to remain integrity of its original intent: to provide detailed accessories and articles of clothing, along with maximum poseability in a traditional GI Joe figure size. Recall that 3 3/4" figures ONLY came about later so that Kenner could do multiple vehicles of differing size for the figures and keep them affordable. In Star Wars, the 3 3/4" line came about a year or so ahead of the 12", but GI Joe debuted in 12" and didn't do 3 3/4" until after Star Wars' success.
3) the character choices: Aayla is becoming a pop-culture icon for SW in the fan-stream anyway. Why? Amy Allen is promoting her character everywhere, Jan Duursema is Star Wars comics' best artist and Aayla's creator, Lucas liked her and put her in the movie making her the first transitional character to go from comics to screen. Again, why? She's a half-clothed sex symbol to put it bluntly. A warrior woman with her navel showing with such lack of character development (on screen) that audiences can imagine her to be anything they'd like (Aayla has a distinctive character well established in Duursema / John Ostrander's body of work for her in Dark Horse). But for many, the babe-a-licious Jedi exudes sexuality and all the fantasy that goes with that. Bariss is almost the complete opposite. She's the shy "home-school girl." Dressed conservatively like a religious monk, she can nevertheless "lean back" in Hasbro's 3 3/4" figure and provide a focus-point (or two) for male fans of women-warriors. This will not translate well into a 12" character unless she wears an extremely tight outfit (or Bariss' ROTS costume varies a lot from her appearance as a padawan). In the second example, it is gratuitous sexuality added for only its own sake to Star Wars. It remains to be seen if Bariss' costume change will do that, and then I can tell you if I'm interested. I'm a sucker for that gratuitous sex stuff. It's fluff, but added to special effects of starships exploding, that sort of thing, it makes up the rock-n-roll culture's requisite fill of sex and violence as suggestively as possible in a PG or PG-13 film adding to the overall evaluation "That it was a good movie because it had a few SECONDS of everything." I roll my eyes, but OK: I have to admit that still works for me. "The Babe-Watch Planet" would work in my book. However, in her present, known costume, Bariss doesn't work for me in a 12", though Aayla could.
That being said, there's more to this character choice for Jedi-babes or whatever:
These Jedi have been made already (besides Anakin and Obi-Wan):
YODA - Jedi Council Member
MACE - Jedi Council Member
KI-ADI MUNDI - Jedi Council Member
PLO KOON - Jedi Council Member
Adi Gallia would help along the Jedi Council Collection.
Are other female Jedi Council Members. Certainly Shaak-Ti would be a very interesting 12".
Aayla works better than Bariss in that category, but Bariss still works.
And they are cheap to not bring out Luminara Undulli's more elaborate outfit.
Jocasta Nu is also still available, and she has a very interesting wardrobe.
I won't even go into how many more MALE Jedi Council Members and Knights are seriously more interesting than Bariss.
With Aayla, I'll point one more thing out: OOLA becomes possible. The face sculpt and coloring are not the same, but with some easy alterations, Oola (with a 12" Jabba???) could seriously be a cost-saver product from Hasbro in the future. Forget Shaaka, Lin Mae, or Aay Vida, or Ann / Tan Gella (though Hasbro could sell 2 for 1 product there). Oola is clearly the most natural direction to take a tooling for Aayla Secura into following her mainline production for Episode 3.
That gives me some hope. You can't do something else with Kit Fisto or SaeSee Tiin's sculpting.
However, Sora Bulq (who's gone Dark Side now and works for Dooku) could have made a great figure and been also recycled as a Weequay skiff guard!
But I said I wouldn't go into MALE Jedi at the moment.
It's great they are doing the ladies. Aayla I'd want anyway. Shaak-Ti and Adi Gallia I still yearn for. Bariss I'll buy and like anyway -so I'm not complaining (too much).
Remember the 14-inch talking Vader figure? I loved that one so much I bought 3 and then got it again with Maul in the TRU 2-pack.
I bet they put a burnt-charred Anakin head on that and package it. (Still I'd buy it - pretty cool nevertheless - as a novelty)
What'd be better?
An Episode 3 (long hair) Anakin figure with Marmit-style add-on Vader gear (like ultimate Jango Fett) and a SWITCHABLE HEAD - so that when you make the Anakin-Vader, he's all lava burnt like in those make-up test pictures of Hayden we've seen (which are not positively proven to be Hayden - the makeup is so severe it's hard for me to tell).
Anyway, I hope we get the Ultimate Darth Vader (E3 Hayden version) with Jedi and Vader outfits. I'd pay $40 for that. (wasn't that about Jango Fett's original price?)
I suspect that Hasbro will market a regular Anakin figure in the AOTC costume with the ROTS hair for $20 though - as well as possibly a Darth Vader made that way too.
This one really scares me. Grevious will be an EXPENSIVE sculpt for Hasbro to make, but such a central character that's visible in the line that he'll have to be produced for the $20 range to let kids start collecting this line as a bait piece to get them to buy Anakin and Obi-Wan.
For a $20 figure, we'll get (on a character like Grevious mind you) NO GOOD ARTICULATION! Grevious doesn't wear clothes, so rule that out. A cloth cape - sure. We'll get that. Big deal. Hope it's durable and has a nice sheen to it. Meanwhile, even if he comes with 4 lightsabers and blades, that's just recycled stuff.
Articulation is the only way to make this character really cool as a 12" (besides his size and originality as a centerpiece in your 12" collection). I just really worry that with the struggling 12" market (prior to the VOTC 12" which are over the regular price range anyway), that Grevious will not come out that good.
I hope we are pleasantly surprised by all these.
I PLAN TO BUY EVERY ONE OF THEM.