« Last post by Nicklab on July 3, 2015, 12:28 PM »
That kind of makes sense. There's been some backlash amongst female fans about a lack of female characters in the line over this past year, notably regarding how the crew of the Ghost was released in the REBELS basic figure line. I saw a good deal of feedback on social media from female fans as well as parents of young girls who wanted to see Hera or Sabine get some equal representation.
I looked through Jeff's compilation of the votes and it's interesting. I replaced his vote counts with rankings. The numbers may vary, but you get something of a picture of how things are playing out:
1 - Darth Revan IN THE POLL
2 - Gamorrean Guard IN THE POLL
3 - Snowtrooper IN THE POLL
4 - Starkiller
5 - General Grievous IN THE POLL
6 - Asajj Ventress
7 - Ben Kenobi (ANH) IN THE POLL
8 - Mara Jade
9 - Lando Calrissian (ESB) IN THE POLL
10 - Emperor's Royal Guard
11 - Zuckuss
12 - Ahsoka Tano (CW) CONFIRMED & ON THE WAY (REBELS VERSION)
13 - 4-LOM
14 - Sabine Wren IN THE POLL
Looking through the top 9 candidates, 6 of those are in the SW.com poll. The three that didn't make the poll are all EU, with Mara Jade falling into that LEGENDS territory since she never made it into a TV series or relatively current entertainment aside from print. Starkiller is from a video game that dates back to 2008. Asajj Ventress is probably the most visible of those three, but the last TV project featuring Ventress aired in 2013. While she fits the bill of a strong female character, she isn't exactly current. And if we're looking at current female characters? Ahsoka appears to be on the way since that prototype of a REBELS Ahsoka was shown off at SWCA.
I'm thinking that someone at LFL licensing /Disney stepped in and placed Sabine in there very deliberately. She fits the bill in terms of appealing to the female character fans, is featured in a current entertainment property on Disney XD television, and she placed relatively well in the current poll. I think if Hera had ranked AT ALL in the poll Hasbro might have been inclined to go with her. But Sabine DID rank higher, and I think the Mando armor serves to make her a more appealing offering on the action figure market.