I'm sort of interested to see if the Vintage Collection line brings the "collector" numbers up again as well. We've seen a few instances of people who have been away from the Hasbro collecting for a few years consider jumping back in with vintage, but will it be enough to make a difference to Hasbro? They really drilled the point home about the TLC line performing fairly poorly, so I'll be curious to see if this is the turnaround they are looking for or not.
I can see why some are cutting back, dropping out, etc. Like Jesse and others have mentioned, there are a lot of factors these days. Price is a big one (particularly for completists and/or army builders), and there are always others issues like distribution, a collector's personal budget/space restrictions, etc. Like it has been said, this has been a pretty long ride for an action figure line (even just the modern one alone), and not many other fanbases have had these types of options available at retail for as long as we have. I'm with Jesse in that I think the quality of the stuff out there is probably the best it has ever been, and from that side of things, I've never enjoyed collecting more. It seems like each version we see come out of a character now is closer to being the "ultimate" one, whereas we used to have to wait for things like the VOTC and Evolutions line to cover those areas before.
I've looked into packing stuff up, selling stuff off, and cutting back in general as well - but it is mainly due to just the lack of space at this point. Part of that is making sure I have the room for the nice stuff on the way, like the figures, the new vehicles, the new Jabba, and whatever else we don't know about over the next couple of years. It is hard to display everything, and collecting multiples line and having it confined to one smallish room doesn't help, so I'm starting to really consider what I pick up. I know I'll be in for the entirety of the Vintage line (and maybe a carded set, definitely for the OT characters) and I'll stick with the movie-style stuff - at least in some capacity - until it ends. I'm just starting to wonder if this next 2+ years is sort of the "last hurrah" for this type of line, as Hasbro really seems to think numbers are down, we've seen some collectors stop, and we are really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel for "never before done" characters. I know we discussed this elsewhere, but a lot of what I'm looking forward to anymore are resculpts of POTF2 era stuff. I think they could cover quite a bit of what fans want (realistically anyways) over two to three years, so we'll see.
I didn't mean for this post to get so long, but I also agree with what Jesse said with welcoming a "slower" year. I always seem to end up buying more than I expected, but I'm fine with a slower pace of figures (and everything else) with this Vintage Collection. 40 figures a year is just fine with me, along with a couple new ships/beasts/etc.