Well, I actually went to WWLA, and from a Star Wars standpoint, the convention totally sucked.
The Pilot bust was another fiasco, with them giving out 2 per person to EVERYONE on Friday's preview night, leaving a very small handful of them for the first 10 minutes of the show on Saturday morning, which of course caused my ass to miss out on them, like everyone else who couldn't make it to Preview Night.
But if you're a fan of comics in general (and the movies therefrom), then the show's probably still worth the trip. But the Star Wars stuff was few and far between. Only a couple dealers in the entire show had any SW items for sale, and of course they were marked up quite substantially. Jared and I only spent 2-3 hours total in the show, so it was a pretty serious waste of time and money (other than a cool SW DVD we luckily stumbled across as we were leaving the show).
As I understand it they mishandled the blue clonetrooper bust prior to the pilot bust. Not only did they screw up, but they seem reluctant to listen to the fans.
Well, Gentle Giant was solely to blame for the Blue Clone bust fiasco last year at Comic Con. But this time around, GG actually gave their busts to Wizards
to handle as they saw fit, and apparently gave them no guidelines or suggestions whatsoever, based on what they learned last year in San Diego. So in that respect, I still hold GG partially responsible, but it's Wizards that is mostly to blame this time around.
But the bottom line is that the GG bust line, especially when it comes to their exclusives, is not a line that's tailored to it's respective fans and collectors. It disgusts me that the GG exclusives do nothing but perpetuate and support the scalpers market, and it doesn't look like GG cares about that fact one little bit...
Thank God I don't collect this line. A Star Wars licensee like this company will never earn my business.
Not to say that they're not great looking collectibles though.