It's been a substantial ammount of time since I've had any reason to chime in under a Saga topic for some time so I figure I will here...
These are a couple of the most intensely boring characters I've seen, but I gotta say that they look nice. Senators, Amidala figures, etc. just don't cut the mustard with me as far as excitement, but I always appreciate them in my collection... More than rehashed main characters, but less than a freaky alien, droid, or army builder.
The McQuarrie Trooper is really top-notch looking compared to those early shots in the Insider... Much like was predicted, he changed slightly in the overall quality of a final photo. I'm looking forward to him somewhat, but I still would've rather seen the Rebel Soldier in Scout disguise... I just wanted that guy for some odd reason... Maybe because of the customizing potential of the scout body or whatever... Hey, he could've been very well articulated for all we know, and an excellent figure all around... This trooper is ok though, and at least it's unique.
The Amidala... Well, I'm not a Natalie Portman "fan" really... I think she's a poor actress and I honestly don't think she's as hot as people make her out to be, but she's translated into a stellar (all be it a statue) figure here... The Tatooine outfit's a nice choice, and it's good to see a base (Makes ya wonder if that Lars Homestead set IS on the way doesn't it?) and a removeable cloak... She looks as good as possible without giving her some elaborate soft-goods outfit so she would be more poseable. I've never been one to gripe about unposeable Padmes though, so I'm cool with her. A lil diversity, and one of her never made before outfits...
The Bail Organa is possibly my favorite... Notice the subtle, yet important right hand with "deep thought" sculpting... I bet his right hand's poseable so it can be turned like he's gnashing his knuckles on the balcony with Palpatines doofus cabinet officials. Gotta love that... Plus, that headsculpt is one of the best likenesses I've seen Hasbro ever do. I hope it turns out that nice... Not to mention that intricate sculpt in his overall outfit!? Hell yeah, bring that dude on. He's as boring as it gets, as far as "character choice" would go anyway, but he's a really nice looking basic figure.
And lastly... The Imperial Dignitary is neat... Never before made is welcome. I really wonder if we're going to see the vintage figure remade... If not, watch the vintage guy's value skyrocket as people buy him to help fill out a diorama or whatnot... I think he'll be the 2nd Dignitary, ultimately, but I'm surprised he wasn't the first one to be shown IF he is a choice. The one we see though is nice I think though, and while his base sorta sucks the sweat off a dead man, he's translating into a NICE figure. The question now is, will his hat come off? I'd like it to personally... Makes him better for possible customs, and it's something I think all figures with hats should have as a "standard" feature. Either way, he's looking great I think... I can see him now leading a remnant force for some reason... crushed velvet and all.
So we've got SOMETHING we could be hopeful for...
I honestly have had a 100% decline in my interest in Star Wars, Hasbro, and their generally poor practices and mutilation of the Star Wars franchise... I've not been actively, nor anxiously hunting Star Wars like I once did... My car and my life have taken priorities to me... I just don't have that "urge"... Maybe with the last of the craptastic figures leaking out, I will start to see some of the superior product... This ugly Luke and Vader they've got churning our are supposedly the last of the worst series of figures I've seen since the line's inception, so here's to hoping it's all up hill from here, at least for a little while.
God knows I've had little good to say lately, so we'll see how things start shaping up.
I'm itching to grab a couple new things that, for some, are out now even, or are gonna be on their way... We shall see.