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    Essential Expanded Universe - And Beyond (What Characters to Have, Who to Make?)

    MadSlantedPowers devised a great polling thread concerned with which characters from the OT and PT are most needed in the Hasbro 3 3/4" action figure line.

    After discussing it with him, I learned he did not plan on going into the Expanded Universe.

    I've always viewed the EU as the only potential future for the figure line beyond re-carding and gimmicking all the regular essential figures from the movie line (vintage-style cardbacks, light-up lightsabers).

    So I took inspiration from MSP's polling thread and created this one. I am borrowing some of his introductory language below.

    (paraphrased from an original post by MadSlantedPowers)

    Here is the premise. Assume a new line of Star Wars figures is being made. This could be now, or possibly in the distant future after the current line has died out, or perhaps you have travelled back in time to 1995 and could decide which EXPANDED UNIVERSE figures should be made. In either case, which EXPANDED UNIVERSE figures should be made? Imagine that they would be ultimate versions that would never need to be remade. This line will include any REALISTIC versions of characters offered in comics, books, video games, animation, and role playing games.

    I have made a separate thread here for Clone Wars figures in the animated style:

    20 Clone Wars Animated Style Figures You Wish Hasbro Would Make Before They End The Line

    Note that the linked thread is for a continuation of the existing line and not starting over and replacing armored Obi-Wan Kenobi or Cad Bane, whom we already have figures of.

    Voting for those characters here, or the cruise missile trooper, Ewok or Droids or Holiday Special Cartoon figures, will be counted as a vote for realistic versions of those characters. And if you deem them essential, realistic figures of Ahsoka and Hondo Ohnaka are elligible here if you think Hasbro should replicate their offerings in the animated line.

    But do tend to think about what characters most easily interact with the existing realistic movie figure line, such as Grand Admiral Thrawn commands stormtroopers and faces Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker - figures who are obviously going to be available to us in the movie line.

    It would probably be a good thing for Hasbro to sell EU characters that can interact well with all their other figure product offerings. But the final voting choice is up to you.

    MadSlantedPowers is taking his Essential Movie Character List up to 144 figures by his conclusion of things.

    I'll take the EU up to only 25% of that, or the 36 most necessary EU characters, letting you all vote for any you'd like in 3 rounds of 12.

    So here goes.

    List your first 12 most essential EU figures to be offered in the realistic format.
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    These are the most essential (most of which we already have figures of).

    1. Grand Admiral Thrawn
    2. Mara Jade
    3. Talon Karrde
    4. Guri
    5. Dash Rendar
    6. Prince Xizor
    7. Jaina Solo (tan apprentice outfit)
    8. Jacen Solo (tan apprentice outfit)
    9. Yuuzhan Vong (generic warrior)
    10. Supreme Overlord Shimrra (Vong leader)
    11. Corran Horn (Jedi Knight)
    12. Ysanne Isaard (Imperial Intelligence)

    In my opinion the PT EU is best represented by the CW for being the most interactive with the movie characters, but the animated line (kept separate due to the style) best represents that genre.
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    Sorry, I'll have to go a little further back in EU time. Unless that's "illegal" for this thread.

    1. GA Thrawn
    2. Nomi Sunrider
    3. Exar Kuhn (or maybe Darth Bane... but I'll stick with EK)
    4. Guri
    5. Jaina Solo (apprentice, youth)
    6. Kyp Durron (Jedi Master)
    7. Jaxxon
    8. Prince Xizor
    9. Mara Jade
    10. Borsk Feyla
    11. Admiral Daala
    111/2. Waro! (kidding)
    12. Blue Max
    "May the 4th be with you?" "Why yes, thank you for asking."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos View Post
    Sorry, I'll have to go a little further back in EU time. Unless that's "illegal" for this thread.
    No. That's perfect.

    It's whatever people want (as long as they are realistically designed figures).

    Already from your votes, Thrawn, Mara Jade, Prince Xizor, and Jaina Solo are ahead of the rest since we both voted for them in the first round. I'd say this is a step towards labeling them "essential EU."

    I love the TOTJ series and will hopefully have room on my list for Nomi, Exar, and Ulic, as well as Kyp Durron in a later round. Kyp is the only one that interacts with existing movie line figures like Han Solo and the stormtroopers, so I'd see myself voting for him soon, since presumably you'd buy those other movie figures to affect play or dioramas with your Kyp Durron figure.

    But anyway, let's see what recommendations everyone gives.
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    I will vote, but need to give it some thought first.

    I saw Waru figures were on sale at Ralph's this week. I think they were $3.99 per pound.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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