So I was pissing around with some Endor Rebels tonight, kind of tallying up the troops as it were (I have a friend who the soldier's headsculpt is identical to, to the point it's creepy). Anyway, I tried some of the Saga vests on him... It's amazing how you can actually slip the vest on without taking the figure apart even.
While pictures looked ok, they didn't quite impress me in person... the vest basically still negates the arm articaultion (I thought the sturdier design and better poseability of the new sculpt would make the vest more useful... I was wrong). Also the vest flares out a bit, it was to accomodate pockets and things on the Saga figure, but it's awkward on the new figure...
I think elements of the Saga figure combined with the new one could be cool, but ultimately I don't like how the vest swaps. I hope Hasbro does something to make poseable guys in the vests... A softgoods vest would be my favored route honestly. It's cool and the most common outfit, so I hope they try something.
Anyway though, still love the figure, goofy neck and all... It's customizable for sure. I'd like to see updates to the other Endor outfits, with this as a base at least. Hopefully Hasbro doesn't abandon them because that Vintage figure could sure use an update, and I'd not turn down the POTF2 trooper getting updated either... They're pretty close to each other but the original 1980's figure was based on one specific guy that enters the bunker with Han, so I'd like to see him updated despite the specificness of him. I'm not holding my breath though.
And Nik Sant would make an awesome vested guy update.