Yep, Galactic Heroes is dead. The Vos/Bariss wave will be the last.
I wonder if there is something with this and they want to try a new style/scale across the board for all of their lines
Yep. Super Hero Squad will continue with some 3-packs tied to the movies, but their general 2-packs are dead.
The new "Playskool Heroes" line will have Star Wars, Marvel, and Transformers. The new style is really similar to the "Adventure Heroes" line they have now (firemen and policemen). It was designed to be more like the "Imaginext" stuff. It opened the doors to better vehicles and playsets since the figures will fit in the ships better (they have real articulation now). We took a bunch of pics, they'll be coming soon.
The Imaginext toys are so great. The articulation that matters most is at the waist. Bend at the waist, stop guarding point guards, and presto: there's suddenly a Landspeeder.
I've wished Galactic Heroes could get a do-over in Imaginext style (STUNNED they would spend the tooling) - but only with a time machine. Sigh. Total refreshes (as opposed to endless new dudes) is just a much more natural progression for a pre-school line. It's very much like Little People and plenty of other examples. Here's the model:
re-issue vehicles that make sense from old line
release 40 dudes or so, total, in tons of repacked combos
create new vehicles that are tailored specifically to new style
In three years, we'll have non-articulated dudes again (the same 40, new style) - but they'll have patterns sculpted on their feet that will trigger different sounds when mashed onto buttons on electronic playsets. Three years later, they'll be non-articulated AND non-electronic friendly, but they might make more that 40 dudes again - and we're back at square one.
Just please tell me SOMEBODY cornered a Hasbro rep and determined the AT-ST's fate.