I've been a faithful collector of Star Wars toys since 1978. Aside from a handful of pieces that I couldn't afford or never found, I have every 3.75" figure and accessory made up until a couple of years ago, when some of your gimmicks became quite frustrating.
When I say "gimmicks," I'm not talking about action features. I'm talking about making so much of the line as tough-to-find, overpriced exclusives; requiring us to buy multiples of figures like ROTS Anakin and Yoda to get accessories or new figures in multipacks; the legions of made-up, repainted Clonetroopers (though there are still actual Clonetroopers from the movies remaining to be made); and, most recently, the ridiculous habit of putting Temuera Morrison heads on every Imperial you release.
In the past couple of weeks, I've discovered that I will never have a complete set of the McQuarrie figures I've wanted for years unless I get someone to pick three of them up from Celebration IV (already taken care of, thankfully); and that I'd have to pick up two of a subpar Droideka sculpt to get one shield.
Yeah, I know you exist to make money. But there's a lot to be said about making your customers happy. Honestly, I'm pretty close to fed up with the whole shebang. As awesome as some of the recent figures have been, I'm still prepared to issue the following ultimatum:
I have in mind 25 possible Star Wars toys. These include both figures and vehicles, as well as accessories and beasts, from the basic, Unleashed, Titanium, and Galactic Heroes lines. As of this writing, none of these have been confirmed, and only a couple have shown up on rumor lists.
If at least seven of these are not confirmed by the end of Comic-Con 2008, I'm done. Period. And I don't mean just Hasbro Star Wars. I mean everything Star Wars, as well as everything Hasbro.
I am not going to tell you the toys I have in mind. Twenty of them are among those that a majority of collectors have been literally begging for for years now. The other five are figures I know you'll probably never make, but I'd like to see them even if they're not priorities among collectors, so I threw them on just on the off chance you decide to make 'em. Suffice to say, if you've been paying one bit of attention to us for the past twelve years, you should have no trouble coming up with a majority of them.
If you need a hint, I'd start with your little "April Fool's" joke from last year.
For the rest of you here, if you'd like to join me in this fool's errand of trying to get toys we actually want from Hasbro, PM me and I'll send you the list.