I wonder how many people's heads would have exploded in internet rage if Hasbro had decided to make their 6" figs the quality of the Japanese version and thus charged the same price.
I wonder why Hasbro's 12" stuff wasn't as good as Sideshow?
I can't even imagine...
I agree the Japanese stuff is far superior... but there's a severe lack of diversity that comes with that too. Hasbro has a ton of 6" figures and all the Japanese guys have Vader, Stormtrooper, and maybe a couple others from the high popularity pool (Fett, Maul, R2, 3PO, etc).
But yeah, Nick - the Sideshow thing is a good comparison. Hasbro isn't looking to be Tamashii/Medicom/Kaiyodo for 6" or Sideshow for 12". They are looking for that happy middle ground "toy".
I just can't see the 4" line dying after nearly 40 years.
I think all those early worries of NO 4" line are gone at this point. We already know there is a 4" line coming for Ep7 thanks to Target's leaked DPCI. Hasbro has said repeatedly that they have no interest in killing Star Wars 4" figures.
Whether they have an interest in killing collector
4" figures though... that seems to be where people disagree. Lots of folks are convinced Hasbro is trying to kill collector 4" to move everyone to 6" stuff leaving dirt cheap to produce 5POA 4" for kids.
I'm hopeful a collector 4" line continues... but who knows. With Hasbro refusing to say anything it's opening the door to lots of rumor and speculation.