21 backs. This was the count of figures made and showing on the back of the cards for a new hope before The Empire Strikes Back came out. With R5 D4 and Luke X-Wing, this leaves only 7 6 inch figures left to put on Star Wars card backs. Greedo is already made. They could go as far as making 22 figures to include blue snaggletooth but the original hammerhead and walrus man could be coming. And Boba Fett is already made. The Death Star Droid uses the C3PO body. The gonk Droid would be all new. They could continue with a New Hope figures and make a power of the Force card for Luke Stormtrooper. He is already made. The Han Solo Stormtrooper figure exists to and could come up in a mock-up of a fruit loop cereal box.
But if we look at original Empire Strikes Back figures made you have Han Hoth, Luke Hoth, snowtrooper and Lando, and the AT&T driver, Yoda TIE fighter pilot, Luke Bespin, Bossk, IG-88 are also made.
Basically Hasbro can double down on all the six inch figures and just change their cards. People can buy the figures they missed or collect these nice cards.
Cheap for Hasbro because they only have to pay for a limited tooling. They can get away with this between movies. But the Cantina aliens and eventually when they get to Jabba's palace, will be welcome new additions. They can also get better sales out of any future young Obi-Wan Kenobi figures and Anakin Skywalker figures. Plus they could make a new Padme that's not from an action scene but displays one of her beautiful dresses like the senator or the yellow waterfalls.
Vintage card collectors can guarantee sales for people that open their figures two even if they don't have interest in hammerhead and walrus man. It is a good way to get out figures like a six inch bespin security guard who would not have otherwise been made.
Of course that's going to extend to the prequel figures and sequel Trilogy figures plus vintage card style for rogue one.
It will increase profits and make the stockholders happy for sure.
I worry it will further diminish the three and 3/4 inch figures and switch people over to the 6-inch light.
What do you think?