I'd have been happy with a particularly grimey paintjob, actually. I kind of look at astro's like chevy cavaliers. You're gonna see the exact same one now and then, maybe even side-by-side... But yeah, a unique body deco (since a body deco, by all accounts I've ever seen, isn't solidified on Jek's droid) would've done a lot for that figure's popularity.
I'd also like to add that I too am ok with $30-$40 (though $40 is the high end for sure) for sets like this. I would love a set like this with Fleet Troopers with new heads, a new Captain Antilles, and a Stormtrooper. Or Endor Rebel variants, a Scout, and maybe an Ewok repaint. Or Hoth Rebels and Hoth Imperials... sneak a droid in any of those sets too maybe.