I'm very closed minded to new scales, so if bigger scales are (mostly) the future (4" maybe being relegated to kid-oriented things), then I'm maybe a little dejected but my wallet won't be.
I'll pick up the odd 1/6 Sideshow figure, but I won't be diving headfirst into that. It'll be limited, militaries figures. OT almost exclusively.
Bigger does seem to be perceived as "better" for collector-oriented toys though right now, and for the most part they're right. If you read the article yesterday we posted a link to on the front page, regarding Jabba The Hutt's 6" figure creation process, Hasbro was very pro 6", and had a stance that what they do in 6" can't be done in 4".
Now, do I believe that? No. Only because they've proven they CAN do the things in 4" scale they seemingly were now claiming aren't possible in the 4" scale. The washes to highlight hair sculpts? 4" had them for years, now cutbacks they don't. Painted buckles and buttons? They've done that... They do is less now.
I don't disagree that you can do it better, or more elaborate in 6" scale though. That's indisputable really. But they've cut back and aren't doing it much at all in 4" scale now... costs and all that jazz. They're seeing that $10 is a threshold for 4" figures where people really are hesitant to spend it. I think they're at this point afraid to raise a basic figure above that because they know price has hurt that line far more than any other factor.
That's why I think they're pushing 6"... They can do more, they've got basically a license to start over with the character pool depth, they've got selling points to adult collectors like higher detail and such... Their only flaws are vehicles (which they clearly don't feel collectors are a target there anyway unless they're smaller ones), and they're $20, but again they're going to push the "Look what you get for that though!" angle, vs. the $10 figures which have steadily declined in quality while they attempt to hold that price point.
While I'd be slightly annoyed to see 4" figures I personally find interesting go away, I'm also not going to worry too much about it. It's been a very long run. I'll be a little more annoyed that the new media maybe won't have figures I find "worthy" of standing next to my collection. Customizing will pick up for me for sure though and I'm sure I'll be spending money elsewhere. I already have been during this slowdown. There's a lot of good compatible things out there that fit with Star Wars 4" figures, and appeal to me. There's always something to spend money on other than Star Wars toys.