By the time TVC finally debuts, collectors will undoubtedly get excited all over again and pull out those wallets - especially with the ROTS wave, since it's the first prequel wave on a "vintage" card, which will definitely give this wave some good sales.
I don't like either, however, that a lot of these waves are getting more and more repacks - it's beginning to be a trend ever since TLC, which is a shame, since TLC is ending. Hasbro eventually will have to make newer figures to keep up with the number of repack figures.
As for the figures themselves, the color of Palpatine's robes is more defined in the blown-up picture. I honestly very much like this figure, I don't see what the fuss is over it considering people have always wondered how Hasbro would deal with Palps in these robes since they would mostly have to be softgoods.