Although the majority of us still haven't found the 2003 figures, I thought it might be fun to predict what we might see in 2004...using what knowledge/rumors we have heard, as well as Hasbro's past tendencies. There are a few figures which we are pretty sure we know we are getting: Jedi Luke, the Fan's Choice winners, Jabba the Hutt?, and some others that I am probably forgetting...but what do you personally think we could see. Following the pattern of having the main characters have a version each year, we might be able to break down which version we might see. For example...
--We just had an X-Wing version in POTJ, as well as Bacta Tank. We had a Stormtrooper version (although scene-specific) this year. We had a Bespin version in Saga, as well as an upcoming rehash of a Tatooine version. There is also a re-release of the POTF2 Hoth Luke on tap for this year in one of the figure packs. We are getting a Jedi one this year, and another (hopefully ultimate) version next year some time. That might be the Luke we get next year, other possibilities include Dagobah and Endor (although I doubt we'll see two from ROTJ in the same year)
--Well, we have the commtech one re-released this year, a Hoth version this year, an Endor version (without the coat) last year, and a great Bespin version from POTJ. We also had the stormtrooper version from the screen scene (although scene-specific). One version I could think of that might be a possibility is a carbonite Han, with the possible focus on Jabba's palace coming up, and a remake being needed?)
--Not sure what else could be done with Chewie, but a lot of that is the fact that I think the Cloud City one is superb. I know Hasbro likes to release Chewies, so maybe a new Boussh's bounty one is a possibility. Or, they might just wait another year, because I'm sure we'll get an Episode III version.
--There always seems to be an R2 around, I'm hoping for a drink-tray version...again with the rumored ROTJ theme for part of next year.
--Other than the one-time rumored Ewok diety one, I don't know if we will see one or not. I think I also read at one point there might be a Jabba's palace version (slimy?), but I don't know if that is true or not. Either one would be fine, again, we will probably get a version with Episode III the following year, if that makes a difference.
--a few options with Leia, she actually hasn't been seen in awhile. We are getting the re-release ANH (new likeness) version this year, as well as the one that was in the screen scene, so I'm thinking probably not another ANH version. A bespin gown Leia would be welcome, and is probably needed somewhat. We had a ROTJ leia in POTJ (General, as well as Slave), although the General one was not a big favorite. An Endor Leia, or a Boussh Leia are also possibilities?
--Again, Vader has had most versions done already, but we will most likely see another next year...and maybe in Episode III, we will see this outfit? I'm not sure what would be a good option, maybe you guys have better opinions. One without an action feature is fine with me
--Personally, I'd like to see a skiff guard redo...or even a general one. I was happy with the Bespin one from POTJ, although it is kind of action-posed. Lando in Han's outfit might be another idea.
--I'm putting them together, because we could probably use more basic versions of both of these figures (prequel-wise). However, we have gotten several versions of each over the past year...and there is a pretty nice Mace coming up in the Screen Scene the way it looks.
--Again, we've had quite a few lately. Only one I'd really like to see is a new sculpt OT version. I think they could make one much better than the POTF2 days now.
Well, this is getting long, but I just wanted to throw a few ideas out there. What are some of your predictions for 2004? Like I mentioned earlier, I have seen rumors of a ROTJ/Jabba's palace focus for at least part of the year, but who knows if we will see that or not. We are supposedly getting a little "2004 preview" at Comic-Con next week, so maybe that will shed a little light on things. I was just curious to see some of your thoughts. I didn't mention any beasts or vehicles, but feel welcome if you have any ideas. Thanks, and sorry for the long post