I think Hasbro still has some good years even if people like me aren't excited. I still buy a number of figures I didn't know I wanted until they were announced, or resculpts that I think improve an existing character I already have. I will make purchases for an interesting accessory.
I don't think Hasbro's biggest problem with collectors like me is that I am not excited or that there aren't many "new" ideas left. It is that there is never anything to buy. I know I don't understand the toy world, but if they would release a new wave every two months, I would always be on the hunt. As it is now I can go months without stepping foot in a toy aisle.
I do think they should ditch Movie Heroes and just have either Vintage carding (new releases) or Legends or whatever they want to call rereleases.
And they could get me excited. But there is no information to get me excited. I know I don't understand the toy indsutry, but I have always thought in today's internet world these conventions as the basis for getting out information is insane, particularly because we always end up finding out most of what will be announced beforehand and complaining there was nothing new shown. I am convinced once every two weeks Hasbro itself should announce on its web site a figure that is coming even if it is next year. And kiling the Q&A has been a real buzzkill. Them answering questions and giving us information made us feel ownership of the hobby, like we were a part of the conversation. It's like they don't want me to be excited.
I hate the way they run the Fans Choice polls. The last couple of times it ends up being a figure that is EU or a video game and that doesn't quite seem to ring true as the collecting communities top choice. I would believe Jocasta was the top choice for collectors before I would believe Mara. I really think they could make it more fun if they would take the top OT choice, the top PT choice, and the top EU choice. Or maybe during one six months let us pick the next cantina alien. Then let us pick the next Jabba's Palace character. Then someone from a video game.
And they have to keep up quality. I don't know the number of times I was in a store and said, "Gosh, that's a nice Luke, or Vader, or whoever" and bought it on impulse though I had the character so I could take it home, open it up, admire it, and perhaps put it in a diorama to replace a now inferior sculpt.
I think it would be suicide to just release the top fan choices all at once. And I have learned about their model and accepted it over the years, but it seems like the problem isn't a lack of product choices. It is perhaps an interest in other Hasbro toy lines more than Star Wars, a product placing problem, and an information release problem.
I can't speak as to what they should do with releasing prior figures, but I think they could continue with the existing model for new figures - some main characters, some background characters, a droid, an alien, a Jedi, on the pretty Vintage packaging. And doing that, I'd buy figures that don't excite me, but that I want. But they have to get product in the store and share information.