I'm of the same mind where I'd just as soon see the line stick to figures that actually had counterparts in the vintage line. Not that I don't want to see (and would buy) some prequel or additional OT figures done to the same standards of the VOTC/VTSC. I'd really enjoy to see all of the figures get the type of attention that the majority of the VOTC/VTSC figures have, but I don't necessarily want to see them on some sort of reproduced "vintage style" cardbacks - passing them off as vintage. Something like this probably will eventually happen though, and if/when it does, I really see how we're going to start gravitating towards all figures being closer to the $10 pricepoint. That's something none of us want to see.
I don't think any of us is against seeing nicely sculpted, super articulated versions of prequel characters - as well as additional OT characters (Stormtrooper Han, Tarkin, Rebel Trooper, etc.) that weren't necessarily in the original vintage line - its more the fact of passing them off as "vintage" with these cardbacks and then charging $10 for them. It would be nice if we could just get that type of quality of figures in the basic line, but it seems like we're getting further away from that anymore. I'm wondering if the $10 pricepoint could be in our future more often. Its hard to say, we buy the figures - but it does seem - especially with this latest wave of VTSC figures (and some exclusives) - that the $10 stuff is starting to sit a little, at least around here. Maybe things are just shipped heavier, maybe the $10-$12 price is too high for anyone but a collector, but it will be interesting to see what this leads to down the road. With basic figure prices near $7 this year, I don't know that $10 figures are that far off unfortunately.