No matter what they end up doing, I have to be honest, I'm not really looking forward to these new films. I'm especially not looking forward to a film every year.
Because I was content to think that we had the "whole" story according to Lucas. That from here on out we would have the Clone Wars, for some period of time, a live action TV show (also from Lucas) and that everything else fell into the EU which I could largely ignore since my opinion has always been that if it wasn't in a film from George, it didn't really "count."
Now we have a new trilogy plus some other one-off films, which may or may not have much input from Lucas, that will be considered (at least for the trilogy) canon. Love him or hate him, the six films plus The Clone Wars all came from Lucas and his vision. Now, we have someone else doing it and I can't seem to get excited for it.
Did I like Abrams' Star Trek? Yes. But other than character names, it didn't feel a lot like the Star Trek that I grew up loving; which was mostly created while Gene Roddenberry was still involved. The Original Series, Next Generation, the movies up to The Voyage Home (The Final Frontier was an exception), even Deep Space 9 which came on the heels of Next Gen. Most of the stuff through the rest of the 90's and 2000's? Varying degrees of crap. So Abrams may have given me a good movie, but the fact it was Star Trek was almost incidental.
I'm worried I'm going to feel the same way about future SW films.
And from a strictly collecting standpoint? I'm out. There are still things that I'd like to see made to be purchased, but even thinking about collecting stuff from these new films leaves me shaky. I don't have the room, don't want to invest the money and from the work side of things, can't imagine what it's going to be like trying to cover it for a collecting website. That thought alone is almost so overwhelming that I'm seriously thinking about either closing my whole site or moving to a straight pop culture site, covering everything, so that I don't feel that I have
to cover everything.