Still, McQuarrie Boba Fett... it's hard to deny that's going to be fun.
Who wouldn't want a figure with a "bun in the oven", so to speak.
I still think there's a pile of crap out there and I'm not going to alter my opinion on that. When Hasbro makes a conscious decision to put a substandard figure into a box set (commtech stormtrooper versus a newer mold) then I'm not about to heap praise on them.
When they re-release a substandard figure on a new cardback (commtech Han anyone?) they are only marginally targeting the kids. My take is that kids are keen on seeing PT stuff more so than OT stuff. Granted it's a wise marketing decision to keep a Vader, Luke, Han and Chewie on the pegs at all times, but there's no need to put out a figure for the 9th time. We have better, different sculpts available and all they are doing is cheaping out. Yes, I understand the economics of the situation, but I think most feel that the initial costs are the sculpting and creation of the mold. Once that exists, it's all gravy for that particular sculpt down the line, so why keep putting out a lower quality version?
Releasing $30 tin sets ($40 in Canada) that have at best three kit bashes and one new figure isn't gouging both collectors and kids alike? I dunno, to me it seems like an effective strategy to prepare people for even higher prices for single figures down the road. I've seen parents buying kids the tins and they don't really balk at the prices but then they don't have 500 plus figures at home either, so it's not an impact. And it's not just Hasbro that's done this. It's irritating when any line releases a figure only in a box set. Toy Biz is the master of this (or was.
Most of what I say around here is mildly
tinged with sarcasm anyway, so don't take it too seriously. But you can rest assured that I've no great need to blow sunshine up Hasbro's butt either. When it's good, I'll say so. When it's not, that's fair game too. And I'll have fun doing both where I can. I think that McQuarrie Fett is pretty neat, at least once you close up the toaster oven on his tummy. I'm sorry, but that begs to be mocked. And don't worry, I buy what I want and leave behind what I don't. All my figures (well, not TF Vader) are loose and if there is something carded, it's a duplicate so I could personally care less about rehashes except for the fact that they routinely end up clogging the pegs preventing the arrival of newer releases and oft times resulting in entire waves being missed. (see DS' arguments regarding H&V, GB)
As for the kid/collector split, if you dig up the panel session from C3 with Hasbro, they readily admit that in a movie year, kids are the larger portion of the market but non-movie years collectors are the stronger market. I don't see any movies on the horizon but then I'm seldom accused of being an optimist (happy idiot in my terms). You are correct though, we need both.
Face it, Creature Cantina sucks. Oops, I'm supposed to be bashing Hasbro here. Well, they suck too.