I think what's disturbing about that result is people willing to believe that the only way we'll get these high quality figures is through a "vintage" line. So there's 389 (at last check) people who feel that to get an SA Qui-Gon or SA Padme, we have to dish out $10-$12USD for these figures when we damn sure know that Hasbro can put those kind of figures together at the $7 MSRP.
Thanks Jason, that's what I wanted to say but didn't get it out there so plainly. I agree that the likely motivating factor is to get that SA Qui-Gon more than the vintage style cardback. Slippery slope for collectors. As mentioned, Hasbro can do that quality in the basic line.
No sweat Brent, I was pretty sure that's where you were going as well, but after seeing the poll I needed to vent a bit.
I don't even like the idea of re-releasing previous "vintage" figures on other "vintage" cardbacks. I'm of the thought that these figures should only be re-released on "basic" cards and done so prior to any "refresh" of inferior figures (ex: every OT Chewbacca since 04) or mods of these figures (ex: TSC Boba Fett, 30AC Han Solo).
I say just do some killer Evolution sets with Qui Gon and like prequel characters and we are for the most part getting very good quality, and if priced at $19.99 that's not bad for three "good" figures nowadays.
That's not a bad idea, but when taking account the previously released Evolutions sets, it would only really work for one Prequel character - Obi-Wan. He's the only other PT char who has significant changes throughout all 3 movies. Padme may work throughout the first 2 movies, but they would be hard-pressed to sell her set at retail.
These are $6 (No figure should be $7, that's bull**** unto itself) figures on $10-$12 packages, and that's a real screwjob many are happy to live with. Now don't get me wrong, I love the vintage style cards and everything, and I don't mind the sprinkling of vintage every year... But you SHOULD get an SA QGJ, you SHOULD get SA Obi-Wan from every film, you SHOULD get SA Army builders... And when you don't get Super Articulation, you should at least get the level of quality that the 2006 Death STar Gunner delivered, or the Cantina Wave...
THIS is why I want to see an end to the "vintage" line. It's a nice novelty, but it's starting to stretch thin in terms of selection - I question putting Bossk and IG-88 (though it's an awesome figure) in this year's lineup - as well as putting the additional dents in our wallet when they have an increased field of competition from within their own brand and elsewhere. They know we'll buy this crap (and I'm every bit as guilty as everyone else for that) so they see no need to put the efforts elsewhere, i.e. SA or near-SA figures in the "basic" line, but it's damn annoying.
Also as an aside since I started thinking about this as I was writing above. In Adam Pawlus' various Q&A's and FOTDs on GH often mentions that a good toy needn't necessarily have super-articulation coming out the gills. And he's right about that, but the additional articulation when done properly enhances the play experience for the kids and makes for a better product for us collectors, who despite them saying otherwise Hasbro does pander to. Hell we've seen with such figures as the ROTS #6 Clone that near-SA quality can work with the action features they like to give kids, so both can make a good toy seperately, together they can make a great toy. Just wanted to state that while I had the opportunity.