these will be prized variations for the die-hard Star Wars collector
No they won't... These will be something that only the "Must have one of everything" crowd will care about getting and they'll begrudge every second they spend hunting for this lame-assed attempt by Hasbro to invigorate a line they themselves have let slide since prior to Christmas.
Stop doing dumb stuff like this gimmick and instead just get stuff out there that people want at a quality level that's competitive. Stop trying to do stupid gimmicks that only make the line a big headache for some collectors, and try to instead please the consumer more with product THEY WANT.
Christ almighty, loosen your fingers on your company wallet and put out something quality that people can find... Don't just paint **** silver, limit it, and piss everyone off that actually wants it.
I could give a rat's ass myself but at the same time I scratch my head that they're putting any extra effort into this stuff and yet they let the line as a whole slip in quality overall and raise in price. But that "UGH" promotion they put so much thought into and hype it as nothing but:
"Scalper Fiesta '06: Scalper's Gone Wild!
... Now you too can enjoy the lovely smell of Big MAC's and French Fries in the toy aisle as you fight to find your favorite toys alongside some fat ******bag leering at you as you try to find a Clone for your kid! This crap's not just for Hot Wheels maroons anymore!"