There are indeed many Sandpeople, kind of like Jawas... But unlike the Jawas, I really don't think many can compare/compete with each other.
The Vintage figure is, to me, pretty perfect... Near-super articulation, which is a pretty important thing for this figure/character I believe. The softgoods, which I'm always in favor of for any "actiony" action figure, are some of my favorites on any basic figure too. They match color really well, the texture is neat and matches the sculpting and "ratty" look of Sandpeople duds, and they can be made look even better if you do the "wet and drape" technique a guy started doing where he wets them, and the sort of hangs them on the figure in a fixed pose. This type of fabric REALLY takes to that, and drapes perfectly, and holds its shape very nicely.
The sculpt is really neat in that it shows the wrappings under the skirt/robes and things... I think the hands could be sculpted a little more neutrally, but for the rifle they're pretty great. The bandoleir could be removable too, I suppose, for a little extra variety, but really this is another figure I'm perfectly happy to never see resculpted at all, and just see re-released and perhaps redecoed.
Like the Jawa though, I haven't retired all my Sandpeople of yesterday either though... My POTJ/Saga ones still hold on. The removable head one I have a "shaman" with a special staff accessory just to make him a little different. Plus the hunched over pose that figure sort of has does well when the figure's sort of perceived as being older I think. At least in my head that works for me anyway.