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    What I want out of 35 figures for 2003!

    OK, a while ago I came up with this formula for how Hasbro should space out the majority of the figures remaining for each category (that I made up too) so that we collectors could get all the figures that we want so badly. I took the non-movie standard amount of pre-Christmas season figures to be around 35 per year (carded).

    I made these categories up and now I filled 'em for what I want in 2003:

    These 10 standard figure categories annually:

    Three cantina aliens:

    1) Arcona
    2) Gotal
    3) Bom Vimdim

    Two Jabba Palace Goons

    4) J'Quille
    5) Woof

    Two Astromech droid repaints:

    6) Orange R5 from Mos Eisley
    7) Green R2-A6

    One Phantom Menace Jedi Council Member

    8) Yarael Poof

    Two Padme / Amidala costumes

    9) Senator Amidala
    10) White "envoy to Geonosis" Amidala

    Figures in the above categories should be made until the license expires in 2007 or later. With this formula we will have (over the next 5 years) :

    Fifteen more cantina aliens
    Ten more creatures from Jabba's Palace
    Ten more R2, R3, R4, and R5 variations for dioramas
    All five remaining Phantom Menace Jedi Council Members
    Ten more Padme Amidalas out of at least 20 they could do counting TPM

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    Army Builders

    11) Rebel Alliance: New Hoth Rebel Soldier w. holster. Replaces vintage 1980
    12) Rebel Pilot: B-wing pilot; white male, red squadron. Replaces 1984 figure
    13) Galactic Empire: New Imperial Officer - standard grey Navy uniform - 2 heads
    14) Naboo Royal Guard (white guy from Senator's ship?) black dude version?
    15) Clone Trooper (ordinary infantry white, heavy articulation)

    I thought about the other categories:

    Bespin just got an Asian security guard last year. Wait a year, then do the black guy version.

    The Grand Army just got a Gungan Warrior. Wait a year or more, then give us the parade drummer (er...maybe)

    Battle Droids: We have plenty. Are the blue pilot droids really going to sell individually carded? See my cinema scene suggestions.

    Galactic Empire: We just got Sandtroopers, have a stormy troop builder set, getting Bikerscouts again in the acc. packs, got black uniformed officers still in some stores... if this wasn't the army-builder category I'd say "Imperial Dignitary" but we can put him in a different category.

    Geonosians: We've gotten 4 different ones. It will do. Poggle the Lesser is not in the army-builder category...

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    General Collection 1 Heroes / Villains

    16) Luke - Death Star II Jedi Knight, instead of gimmicks, remove vest & cloak!
    17) Leia - end of Empire Strikes Back, medical frigate
    18) Lando - end of Empire Strikes Back, Corellian Smuggler Attire
    19) R2D2 - retooled lightsaber launcher w. Jabba Drink Carosel addable
    20) C-3PO - with Jabba spatter & pop-out eye (on knob from behind)
    21) Anakin - "Jedi Council" - relaxed pose, molded cloak
    22) Obi-Wan - "Jedi Council" - relaxed pose, molded cloak
    23) Obi-Wan - "Kamino Duel" - wet hair, soaked molded cloak, articulation!
    24) Jango Fett - Kamino Resident - in shirt, casual attire from apartment
    25) Count Dooku - "Separatist Leader" - relaxed pose, articulation

    Figures there are no need for this year:

    Ben Kenobi - they're all done, save for a really good soft-goods one that fits in the landspeeder

    Chewbacca - we've had 4 in less than 2 years! Enough.

    Han Solo - there's a trench coat in the Endor accessory pack. Do an EU Han from NJO or don't bother right now. We just got one.

    Darth Vader - we got 2 last year and just got another one now. It's enough!

    Darth Maul - they just did another one. Would somebody stop it?

    Qui-Gon Jinn - they just did that too! They could have done a molded hood up if they wanted to be different, but it looks like junk the way they made the last one.

    So that about sums the "main character" content up. Figures that I did list with numbers in "the 35" ought to be shipped in good quantities. That way there will be a Luke or Jango on the shelves for all the kiddies.

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    Specialty Collector Figures (10 left until "35")

    26) Rebel Leader: General Madine (let's get the vintage all re-done!)
    27) Imperial Officer: Commander Jerjerrod (Moff? - ROTJ needs its officer)
    28) Ewok of the Year: Chief Chirpa (lets get all 4 remaining remakes)
    29) Republic Senator: Delegate from Kashyyyk (Wookiee - forgot name)
    30) Background Extra: Gragga or SwokesSwokes (chubba seller)
    31) Separatist Leader: Poggle the Lesser
    32) Loyalist Party: Viceroy Bail Organa
    33) Jedi Warrior: Master Yoda - normal pose. Two legs, finally!
    34) Alien Leader: Lana Su - Prime Minister of Kamino
    35) Hero Warrior: Dorme, - Padme's handmaiden

    Now these categories are certainly debatable, but under:

    Rebel Leader - we could have Capt. Antilles, Garven Dreis, General Reikeen in the future.

    Imperial Officer - should have General Veers with Hoth accessories some day.

    Ewoks should get a carded Paploo, but the other 3 that haven't been redone could work in a cinema scene so much better...

    With the Republic Senator, Tiikes of Mon Calamari (a Quarren), a Rodian Senator, an Ithorian Senator, and more could be made.

    Amongst Background Extras: Elan Sleezebagano could be done, as well as Anthony Daniels' Republic Officer and so forth, including Dexter's waitress and his wife.

    Separatist Leaders will include the Techno Union dude, the Banking Clan rep, and so on...

    The Loyalists probably don't include Ask Aaks, the Gran senator from Malastare, but so what. While he pushed for war, he might have changed position. Sly Moore can also move into this category.

    Jedi Warrior would not be a council member necessarily, but the Asian girl, plus Barris Ofree, and normal sculpts of Kit Fisto and Luminara, plus a new one for Adi Gallia would all go over well. Mace could use a better carded figure, too.

    The Alien Leader category could get a Gungan Rep Teers from Boss Nass' council, plus a new Chief Ugnaught or something later on?

    The Hero Warrior category could get a little exagerrated, but a new Sio Bibble and Queen Jamilla need to go somewhere.


    Now to the cinema scenes to take care of some of the others that won't sell well as single figures, or should be multi-packs:

    Cantina: Tonnika Sisters and Dannick Jehrico

    Jedi Council: Yaddle, Depa Billaba, Oppo Rancsis

    Echo Base: General Reikeen, Major Derlin, Torryn Far - "Ion Cannon Rebel Command"

    Base One: General Dadonna, Garven (Red Leader) Dreis, Rebel Astromech

    Home One: General Madine, Asian Y-wing pilot (Gray Leader), black X-wing pilot (Red Squadron)

    Ewok Warriors: Romba, Lumat, Warrok - gets them done!

    Trade Federation Bridge: Tey How, Capt. Dauldry Dofine, blue pilot droid

    The Villains: Nute Gunray soft-goods, Spider Walker w. chair, Darth Sidious Hologram

    The Lars: Beru Whitesun, Owen Lars, Cliegg Lars on hoverchair

    But anyway, I repeted some of the figures I want, but was more skeptical about seeing actually carded.

    But let me repeat my hope for next year:

    1) Arcona
    2) Gotal
    3) Bom Vimdim
    4) J'Quille
    5) Woof
    6) Orange R5 from Mos Eisley
    7) Green R2-A6
    8) Yarael Poof
    9) Senator Amidala
    10) White "envoy to Geonosis" Amidala
    11) Rebel Alliance: New Hoth Rebel Soldier w. holster. Replaces vintage 1980
    12) Rebel Pilot: B-wing pilot; white male, red squadron. Replaces 1984 figure
    13) Galactic Empire: New Imperial Officer - standard grey Navy uniform - 2 heads
    14) Naboo Royal Guard (white guy from Senator's ship?) black dude version?
    15) Clone Trooper (ordinary infantry white, heavy articulation)
    16) Luke - Death Star II Jedi Knight, instead of gimmicks, remove vest & cloak!
    17) Leia - end of Empire Strikes Back, medical frigate
    18) Lando - end of Empire Strikes Back, Corellian Smuggler Attire
    19) R2D2 - retooled lightsaber launcher w. Jabba Drink Carosel addable
    20) C-3PO - with Jabba spatter & pop-out eye (on knob from behind)
    21) Anakin - "Jedi Council" - relaxed pose, molded cloak
    22) Obi-Wan - "Jedi Council" - relaxed pose, molded cloak
    23) Obi-Wan - "Kamino Duel" - wet hair, soaked molded cloak, articulation!
    24) Jango Fett - Kamino Resident - in shirt, casual attire from apartment
    25) Count Dooku - "Separatist Leader" - relaxed pose, articulation
    26) Rebel Leader: General Madine (let's get the vintage all re-done!)
    27) Imperial Officer: Commander Jerjerrod (Moff? - ROTJ needs its officer)
    28) Ewok of the Year: Chief Chirpa (lets get all 4 remaining remakes)
    29) Republic Senator: Delegate from Kashyyyk (Wookiee - forgot name)
    30) Background Extra: Gragga or SwokesSwokes (chubba seller)
    31) Separatist Leader: Poggle the Lesser
    32) Loyalist Party: Viceroy Bail Organa
    33) Jedi Warrior: Master Yoda - normal pose. Two legs, finally!
    34) Alien Leader: Lana Su - Prime Minister of Kamino
    35) Hero Warrior: Dorme, - Padme's handmaiden
    BAD Pts Need: R5-C7 lf leg (x2), , R4-P44 right leg BAD Pts Offered For Trade: PM me - I have lots of parts now including BG-J38!. New Kyle Katarn is also available.

  2. #2
    Wow, that makes me want to tell Hasbro to hire you!
    You read my mind with all of these figures!
    Hasbro CEO to designers team:
    Star Wars Collectors,
    They must be dead by now...
    Destroy what's left of them !


    'Mate y Bizcochitos de Grasa'

  3. #3
    "Impressive. Most Impressive. The Delagate from Mark2d2 concurs with honorable representative from the Tycho System . . . "

    However, I would like to add one more. R1-G4. For those of you who may be left wondering "Huh? Who?" R1 is the big black/green droid that is present at the Jawa Droid sale in ANH. He is awesome! And would make a sweet figure I am sure --- especially after seeing the bang up job that Hasbro did with FX-7 . . . .

  4. #4
    Geeze Tyco, maybe we need you working for Hasbro, at least we would get some figs we all want to see. Good Job.
    THANKS FOR THE AT-TE & FALCON HASBRO. NOW IT'S TIME FOR A LARGE TANTIVE IV!

  5. #5
    That's quite a lineup of figures... if only Hasbro would listen to you, man!

  6. #6
    (jaw drops) That's a lotta figures!
    If Yoda is capable of kicking someone's @$$, imagine what a muppet could do!

  7. #7
    Just curious, but how long did it take to compile that list of all those figure hopefuls? Quite impressive.
    Padme wants some Jedi Juice!

  8. #8
    Tycho, you forgot:

    And a Sarlacc in a Pear Tree!!!!


    You don't want much do you???
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  9. #9
    This is far to impressive Tycho. I like it but we will be lucky if we even get a quarter of those figures next year. Hasblo likes to do resculpts you know. They will probably do another Vader, Han, Snowtrooper, Tarkin, etc isntead of making a ton of new toys. However, I really like your list. Hasbro should listen to you.
    Come vote in my Best Figure thread this Preview Month.

  10. #10
    Thanks for the compliments guys. Now to specifics:

    MARK2D2: I'd love an R1-G4! I know exactly who you're talking about - and 'he' or 'it' had lost a Fans' Choice Poll not too long ago (to Amanaman or Ephont Mon?), but the figure still merits production. I'd buy for Purchase of the Droids & Watto's Shop.

    R1-G4 (since he's one-of-a-kind next to my smaller astromech assortment choices) could get made as a background-extra figure.
    Also, save for those astromechs, my list is notably short of droids. CZ-8K or whatever his name is, plus that one quite close to 8D8, but both from Jabba's Palace would be nice, as would a silver Death Star Droid from the Sandcrawler. But again, there's time. I imagine only 2005 is going to be really overtaken by singular movie characters.

    JEDI JUICE: the list took about 20 minutes to really think about it. I had the formula worked out before because POTJ came really, really close, as did this year's POTJ/Saga toys transition. I'll make another less interesting list, but show you how they did. But first I've got one more comment I wanted to address.

    PLO KOON: Hasbro likes to market recognizable characters that kids would go for, as well as the casual person that wants to pick up a few characters as novelty items. They couldn't tell you what Dice Ebegon looks like, but if you ask them if they want to get some SW toys and they say yes, then Anakin, Obi-Wan, Han Solo, Darth Vader, and Luke Skywalker will be on the top of their list. As collectors looking for new, never-before-made stuff (a large part of the reason why we're so into collecting now since it's way better than when we were kids) we, and myself especially, find it hard to tolerate the resculpts. It's part of what prompted me to write those silly "Script To Episode...yadayadayada something Resculpts" in the POTJ section. Those could only be as stupid as some of their case assortments. But as I'll soon show you, it has gotten a bit better. However, if you note the list above, I did give them 10 main characters, some which are resculpts, some which are not:

    16) Luke - Death Star II Jedi Knight, instead of gimmicks, remove vest & cloak!
    17) Leia - end of Empire Strikes Back, medical frigate
    18) Lando - end of Empire Strikes Back, Corellian Smuggler Attire
    19) R2D2 - retooled lightsaber launcher w. Jabba Drink Carosel addable
    20) C-3PO - with Jabba spatter & pop-out eye (on knob from behind)
    21) Anakin - "Jedi Council" - relaxed pose, molded cloak
    22) Obi-Wan - "Jedi Council" - relaxed pose, molded cloak
    23) Obi-Wan - "Kamino Duel" - wet hair, soaked molded cloak, articulation!
    24) Jango Fett - Kamino Resident - in shirt, casual attire from apartment
    25) Count Dooku - "Separatist Leader" - relaxed pose, articulation

    That should satisfy their need to have recognizable characters on the rack. 8 good guys and 2 bad guys are included in this group here - and all of those figures (I'm guessing) we all would want.

    Anyway, I'll do another post and look back at 2002 and 2001....
    BAD Pts Need: R5-C7 lf leg (x2), , R4-P44 right leg BAD Pts Offered For Trade: PM me - I have lots of parts now including BG-J38!. New Kyle Katarn is also available.

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