First, I wanted to say thank you, Hasbro, for giving so many offerings from beyond the movies in the past year or two. I've loyally purchased Clone Wars figures in hopes my small contribution combined with those of other collectors could help convince you of the viability of Expanded Universe figures. I couldn't get them all, because I didn't see them all, but I hope that merely helps our cause.
Before I continue, I know there are those collectors who hate the concept of creating any figures that were not in the movies. I would direct them to this EU Haters-friendly page: http://www.angelfire.com/hero/fmkconlang/no. I hope that helps get it out of your system.
Please build on this Hasbro. I've seen suggestions in the past that you could hide EU figures in the packages with regular movie figures (please, no short packing--wow a pox on all short packing!!!), so stores don't have to decide whether or not to risk buying a bunch of figures kids have never heard of. That seems awesome. In the middle of Luke, Leia, Han, and Darth Vader, we get Rukh, a Noghri body guard from Heir to the Empire. In the middle of Chewbacca, C-3PO, and Obi-Wan, we get Corran Horn, the ex-Corsec fighter pilot/Jedi from the X-wing novels.
At some point in the future, you guys are going to be scratching your heads as to which figures to build, and much of the best ideas would be left to Expanded Universe figures. If you start now, Expanded Universe figures can help extend the line.
Also, have you guys seen some of the awesome stuff fans are doing with wax casting? They spend a few days carving a figure from wax while drawing upon a lifetime of fandom, cast that sucker, pour in some plastic, paint, and some of their work can compete with yours. It might be tempting not to buy the Hasbro version for a person who has just spent a relatively large sum of money on a brilliant EU offering from a fan.
Thank you again for what you have done, but please consider what you can do. I do after all like thanking you guys more than criticizing you.