For a while, I've advocated a formula for Hasbro to use on the typical 35 figures per year we get (movie years there are obviously more).
But the First 10 figures required by my formula still seem to be playing out somewhat ok so far:
3 Cantina Aliens - we need one more - Bo Shek, Djas Puhr, and ???
(I have high hopes for Itklik, Hem Dazon, or the Gotal)
2 Jabba's Goons - we need one more - Ephont Mon and ??? (J'Quille would be awesome!)
2 Padme outfits (not classic, but there's so many...) - we have 2 E2 ones (spoiler figure from film's beginning hasn't been shown) and the white arena figure. We should see more in a movie year, but the main reason I list her in my Essential 10 with mostly Classic, is because we are still waiting for some E1 Padme's to be done.
2 Astromech's - DONE! We're getting the first ever R4 and R3 droids! Very cool. They can lay off until 2003 when we get some color vaiations (and many of you want R5D4 - which I'm all for, if they use the improved sculpt for repaints for other R5 droids later).
1 Jedi Master - still needed. Again, this is an E1 Jedi Master, so it could be one of five possibilities, but I'm for waiting on Yaddle - she will be possible as an E2 figure. Less memorable ones first, perhaps, and not while there is a Yoda in this year's assortment.
Anyway, a second category of figures (for #11 to about 15) was army builders. We got the Endor Soldiers with variations - an awesome gain for diorama builders. Now for Imperials, we are still supposed to get an alternate head for the Black Uniformed Imperial Officer recently released. (Blonde hair maybe) Where is that? Or the alternate color shoulder pauldron for a Sandtrooper? The Rebel Fleet Trooper was also going to get "the old guy's head" that we see in the film, but since we have 1 Rebel with the Endor dude, that's ok.
The other 3 figures in the troop builder group I planned were:
Local Guard - we're getting Crimson Guards from Coruscant (Royal Guardsmen)
Alien Army builder - we've got the Geonosian Warrior anyway
Droid Army - we're getting pilot droids I think. Plus the Super Destroyer Droid.
So far, Dejas Puhr is the highlight of all of this, and I think we're doing alright.
It is essential though that we get 1 more cantina alien this year, and 1 more Jabba Goon. An E1 Jedi Council Member would greatly help too.