The best example I can offer is a lot of kids who buy from a friend of mine were pretty hot for Scorch when he came out, and he hooked them up as long as they opened it right there and proved they were going to play with the toy, which is, of course, what it's meant for. (Shocking to some, I'm sure...)
Granted, kids dig clones, but as my friends kids will attest, Jedi and Sith are equally play-worthy. Hell, my nephew runs around with the Jedi figures in his hand like it's the handle of his own saber, making swooshing sounds the whole time.
Yeah, I see your point, but I'm still not confident of the sales. Scorch was a clone, as you point out, and that seals the deal right there. Darth Revan? Might be cool looking, as you say, a lightsaber might clinch the deal. Call me a cynic, but I'll wait and see.
I'm just not buying the accuracy of certain announced events yesterday. I'm fine with EU winning, as many pointed out the stuff is popular. What I don't buy is a total domination by the EU side of things. And no, I'm not talking about how I think ICMG should have won. I'm talking about Yarna and the more common movie characters (common being loosely applied here).
As Nicklab said, great, this huge base of gamers voted for EU stuff. Are those what even Hasbro considers as the core collecting market? I doubt it, they aren't buying the crappy little Yoda rehashes at every turn. They probably aren't even buying all the types of clones. Having a figure poll decided by gamers? Oops, that might backfire on ya.
Besides, since Star Wars won't be hot next year, the figures should be plentiful and the scalpers should move back to Sports and Hot Wheels, right?
That all depends on what Hasbro does with it's items. If they bring back UGH stuff, then no, they won't move on at all and that would be unfortunate. What's really sad is they haven't looked at the end result of McFarlane's sportspick chase figures. Yeah, there was tremendous buzz for a while, but now guys won't buy regulars until they go on clearance, an early death knell for the line if there ever was one.