Totally agree with Jesse that the 3-pack clones felt cheap, but since we also got the SA Clone to balance it out, I found them to be great filler.
I agree that with a SA version they're not so bad... The price and everything balancing out.
The problem being that, as ya mentioned, Hasbro's shite at giving us the GOOD figure and experts at giving the crappy ones. I'm hoping, as Vator is, that things are the other way...
Optomistic's something I abandoned a while back I guess though. Hasbro's proven they don't do what's most logical to us, and what would push sales.
SA Clones? There's not a sole out there who could tell me those would ever "back up" at retail. They'd always move steadily... The demand there is only finite in conjunction with the finances of the buyer. I think most SA army builders would be that way really... There's rare exceptions, but the Clone wouldn't be one of them.
The 3-packs though are nice if they do have a SA counterpart that's easy to find, and in multiples. Hell, pack ONE SA figure in with 2 pre-posed in the 3-pack. Save a little tooling costs. Still card one individually. I'd still buy the 3-packs then.
I'd do that with all army builders if they just did that one, easily available SA army builder as well.
I think that translates to core characters too. You give me that one nice SA Obi-Wan and I'll take 3 pre-posed with expressions that represent a single scene as well. And ya know I'd even be happy to do so.
VOTC Han, to me, improves Death Star Escape Han in my eyes 100%. Suddenly DSE Han's pretty damn cool because VOTC Han's everything I want for a "playable" figure and DSE Han will look kick-ass on a shelf made to look like the Death Star.
SA shouldn't kill the pre-posed figures, it should just make them complements to the SA figure. Poses you can't get out of that figure.