Given a preference, NO PACK-INS! I see no real purpose in the pack-ins other than to perpetuate an unfortunate theme that began with the "Freeze-Frame" slides. There was a time when there were no pack-ins at all and Star Wars was one of the leading brands every month of the year.
Absent that choice, I agree with the concensus view that a worthwhile pack-in like a stand would be ideal. Something along the lines of what the Fan Club sends with their figures these days, a two-peg stand. If character association is a must, have a clear, two-peg stand with a cardboard insert on the underside that has an image of the character that can be seen through the stand.