Firstly I'm 33 and I play with my figures all the time and usually while reading these forums. Ellors Madak is keeping me company right now and last night he had a fight with Ketwol right here in front of the monitor...
I used to feel silly playing with figures and tried to be a serious minded collector and keep them all mint and display them orderly like on the shelves. Then I thought to myself after looking at a million battle droids lined up like dominoes, THEY'RE TOYS DAMN YOU! and I ripped open all mt unopened figures and knocked all the displays over and messed everything up and had a brilliant battle with them all. So now I collect to play and make little scenes and always carry a figure round the house with me whatever I'm doing.
Secondly. My Nephew is ten. He virtually cries with a jealous rage when he comes to my house and makes a bee line for my room to stare at my near complete collection. he has a few episode one pegwarmer type figures at home and would love to find some of the cooler figures at a pocket money price. He's never even seen Commtech Leia or Captain Piett or any POTJ figures. Apart from the figures he sees at my house he hasn't seen anything since the second wave of episode one. I wish I could afford to support his habit as well as mine but my fix comes first.
Point is, where are the figures for the kids? Where's the cool stuff the kids are gonna dig? Don't Hasbro think that kids might want a Gungan army too? Kids never get a chance to go looking for stuff like us adults do. Kids lives are regimented by adults. They don't have the option of checking the stores daily. Point should be that no-one should have to check a store daily. Hasbro should send completely mixed cases to stores like Kenner did. I was able to pick up my vintage Greedo while I picked up a brand new B-wing pilot back then. All the cases were packed in such a way as to allow folk to catch up. This business of packing four of a character with four of another and then two each of another - that just plain sucks. throwing out the odd case of repacked stuff is no good unless the retailers know these cases exist. Hasbro aren't really doing a very good job of advertising their brand if so many stores refuse to stock the stuff still. I think it's time Hasbro slowed down the turnover of figures and made sure the cases were even more mixed to allow the kids a fair chance to find the damn figures.