As of late figure hunting has been quite disappointing, I hear of stores in other states receiving new figures, yet here we are haunted by further cases of Saga Legends. Not the latest Saga Legends either, the newest figure in these cases is the 501st SA figure. Each time I stare at their disappointing presence, I contemplate what this means in terms of cost. Most of us are looking forward to new figures, but rising prices and difficulty in availability (not helped by the Saga Legends) are making us cringe when wanting them though.
Is it quite possible that rereleases such as Saga Legends are a waste of resources that not only wastes space, but wastes the oil which could allow us new figures without the mark-up? Yes, I'm quite understanding of the essential rereleases for main characters and such, but with so many of the same figures being released through various types of ways, are they all truly essential? For rereleases, we have the mainline, Saga Legends/Heroes and Villains/Greatest Battles, Battle Packs, and other multipacks. Often, these rereleases change very little to if at all. Even worse, is that they are out at the same time. This was a constant plague in 2007.
So, should Hasbro be much more conservative when it comes to their rereleases? Possibly only rereleasing the "essential" characters in one form so they are available, but less of a waste? Battlepacks seem to always sell much quicker than basic figures, it could be said they do much better than the Saga Legends-esque line. They're also less of a waste in that they are in one box instead of 5 individual packages.
Should we be in demand that Hasbro cutback on all gratuitous rereleases (figures, ships, etc) and focus the profits we give them towards the worthwhile figures? After all, we're paying $7 for a figure, most often these come with little to no accessories that could add to the value, they're often lacking in quality control, and are a pain in the Bantha to find. As they continue to use oil prices as the excuse to push the cost up, they don't seem to show any concern over making unnecessary amounts of product that we can only hope eventually sells.