I mentioned this in the 2007 VTAC thread, but thought it might belong here too. Looking at the makeup of the past lineups, it seems like the main characters (Han, Luke, Leia) are represented along with army builders (Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper, Biker Scout) and a couple of "interesting" aliens (Greedo, Bossk) and/or supporting characters (Lando, Yoda, Fett). With that in mind, what do you think potential future "vintage" lineups could look like?
Looking at main characters, there is really only one Han that is left (Bespin), or possibly a re-do of Han in Carbonite. Luke has been well covered too, but we could always see a Hoth Luke or possibly Jedi Luke (depending on the one in the basic TAC line this year). Leia has a couple different versions that could be done, but Hoth Leia might be the best choice.
The army builders are fairly well covered at this point, with the big ones (Stormie, Snowtrooper, Scout) all being done - and done well. Even other troops (TIE Pilot, Imp. Gunner, etc.) have been done pretty well in the basic lines the past couple years. It would be nice to see them move to Rebel troops. They may not sell quite as well (to casual buyers, in particular), but collectors are ready for them I think. A super articulated Hoth Trooper, Endor Soldier, or others would be welcome. You could also see something like the Royal Guard included here, although the one from the ROTS basic line is pretty nice already.
As far as supporting characters, obviously the Emperor stands out as one figure that really hasn't had a perfect (or close) version done yet. There's also the option of more of the bounty hunters that haven't already been made (Dengar, Zuckuss), Cantina aliens (Walrusman), or other interesting background characters (Ackbar, Gamorrean Guard, etc.) There is of course lots of figures from the vintage line that are left to be re-done, but many are being done pretty well in the basic line. Also, I think there probably has to (at least from Hasbro/retail's viewpoint) be a main character or two to anchor the wave with. What do you think future lineups could look like? Here's one I wouldn't mind seeing, going with a 6 figure wave model:
Han Solo (Bespin)
Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)
Rebel Soldier (Hoth)
Maybe a little ESB heavy, but I'm thinking of "ultimate" figures I'd want to see done if this line only had another wave or two. I picked one of each for the "big 3", one of the rebel soldiers, and a main supporting and interesting background character. You could sub in a lot of different characters for those spots though as well.