Seriously, I have trouble believing that the Star Wars line has been going for 1.5 decades now. Especially considering that the original Kenner line only lasted for 8 years.
To put the numbers in perspective, in 1995, the POTF figures were only 10 years old, the oldest ROTJ figures were 12 years old. ESB figures were 15 years old and the entire Star Wars toy line was only 18 years old. Going by age alone, those first POTF2 figures are more "vintage" now than the majority of the vintage line back in 1995.
So is anyone getting a bit nostalgic for those early POTF2 figures? I am a little bit, until I start really looking at the toys again and realizing just how bad they really were. It's amazing that the line survived those first two years, especially without any media support whatsoever (unless you count the THX VHS releases and the SOTE "multimedia event").
What amazes me most is that if you were to take the worst figure released in 2009 and compare that up side-by-side with the best figure released in 1995, then the 2009 figure would still look 10 times better. The overall quality of the line has progressed that much. And yet it seems that fans complain and nitpick now more than ever.
Anyways, I just thought it was interesting to note another easily overlooked Star Wars anniversary this year.