I think Hasbro has been watching Mattel too closely with their Green Lantern and Batman lines. Their 1/18th stuff was just as putrid as these.
I echo the wasted tooling comments here, that's 6 figure tools flushed (Since these are simpler sculpts figure 3 as the tooling for these are not intense.)They should have just repacked the 1999 Obi, Qui and Maul, outside of the head sculpts they appear to have been better executed. If the new head sculpts are swappable that might be the only grace but then you are left with the bodies which cannot even be used for customs.
I would have loved a bloodied Luke and would have bought the set for him alone. And what the hell is up with the size of Bigga Fett? The one time I wanted repacks with slight mods and they churn this out.
I agree with the sense that they were truly going for a Vintage feel as an experiment with these....