I think that if it were made, the appeal of it would die down very quickly after it was made...
I think that this statement applies to about, oh 17 of the figures on the "fan choice" list.
Let's be honest.
- There are two figures that will sell no matter what: Maul and Luke
- There are two figures that will be smash hits with Collectors: Galactic Marine and Neyo
- There are two long-requested OT figures: Yarna and Hermi
- There are two long requested EU figures - Snowbunny Padme and Quinlon Vos
Other than those 8, everything else has some kind of strike against it - it's EU or it's a female character or it's a background character, etc etc etc.
Does that mean Hasbro should never make those other 17 choices? Of course not. They just need to be careful about how they make them so they don't peg-warm. There is always a reason why something peg-warms. Over production, lack of desire for the figure, price.
People mention Ellors Madak as a peg-warmer? The problem = he shipped at 3x per case.
People mention Amanaman as a peg-warmer? The problem = he cost $10 bucks!
There is always a solution to prevent something from peg-warming. In this case, all Hasbro has to do is keep the winner at a basic figure cost, pack them 1x per case in an assortment where they make sense and there should be no peg-warming problem for any of the figures.
I think that if Willrow Hood wins, there are plenty of ways to keep him from peg-warming and plenty of ways to keep him intersting. For example, I'd love a Bespin Wave that looked like this:
2x Bespin Han Solo - NEW
2x Bespin Luke - NEW
2x Bespin Guard (Black) - NEW
1x Willrow Hood (Ice Cream Maker Guy) - NEW
2x vOTC Stormtrooper - repack
1x Lando Calrissian - repack
1x Cloud Car Pilot - repack
1x Princess Leia (Bespin) - repack
That fits the 6-8 figures in a wave; half new, half repack idea. I don't see any problems with that and I don't think ICMG would pegwarm any more than Barada or Rieekan did. He fits nicely into this wave/theme.
That is my #1 problem with all the EU figures on the list. How can you construct a nice assortment for them to fit in? I just gave an example of the perfect fit for ICMG so that he doesn't peg-warm. Can the same be said for some of the other 17 figures?
Where would you stick an HK-47? Where would you stick a Bastilla Shan? It's much easier and makes much more sense in my opinion to do a whole wave of KOTOR figures for that reason instead of just picking one out of the list and sticking it in an assortment.
Same goes for the NJO figures on the list. It's got to be much easier for Hasbro to just do a whole wave of NJO figures and include all of them - Anakin, Jaina, Jacen, Non, Mara, etc.