I wrote this in response to someone else posting about the Darth Maul photos, but save for the homage paid to Maul, I thought my ideas of what Deluxe Figures SHOULD be might be worth debate amongst the collectors.
I'd like to add that I forgot Amanaman was supposed to be really large this time. We'll see....
[My old post]
Actually, Maul and the Droid look exactly like they did in the comic, and Jan Duursema is Dark Horse's very best artist.
True, I don't think Maul's training droids were close to her best artwork, but I do hope it signals a start towards doing some of her other characters like Villie and Quinlan Vos.
As to the Deluxe Figures, Luke in Bacta Tank is the only Real Value Added deluxe piece I can see. THAT is one heck of a set!
Leia is next with at the least a large accessory, but to be honest, I don't see an improvement over the old Slave Leia figure, and I'm just buying this to get the sailbarge cannon, in hopes that in the next several years or so, I'll be constructing my own sailbarge for my action figures, and this'll give me an authentic piece. Leia just goes with the scene. The set doesn't match up to Luke's.
Maul? I like the look and tattoos, and fact that he's from an actual story in the chronology, though I'd prefer new characters for EU, like Quinlan. There's no value added with the accessory or articulation that I can see. I am excited about this figure, but not thrilled with it being offered in the deluxe line. Finally, I hope this is the last Darth Maul figure we see for a few years!
Amanaman. Again, I'm really happy to be getting this figure and I voted for him in the polls. I don't see the Deluxe value in him and why he couldn't be carded. The corpse he comes with is very nicely done, but is it plastic weight in value next to a bacta tank? Is a repacked Salacious Crumb that has nothing to do with Amanaman's character?
I think some of the other posters who suggested:
Nute with Mecho-chair
Han with Torture Chair
Reikeen with Command Counsel
Luke with bionic hand and Med Table
General Dadonna with Tactical Computer
Rebel Hoth Ground Crew with Maintainence Energizer
Queen with Throne (or Purple Queen with Starship Throne)
Frog Vendor (SwokesSwokes) with Chubba Stand
and more - all would be more worth their price value. Take my list, add yours, and write to Hasbro. These are all more value-added sets than Amanaman and Maul, and more exciting than another Slave Leia.