Despite the availability issues, the figures were pretty great this year so that makes it tough to narrow it down. Thank goodness for online retailers, right? Anyways...Best Figure(s)
- Nikto Guard, Kithaba, ANH Darth Vader, Imperial Navy Commander, Dr. Evazan, Luke Skywalker - Hoth (despite some flaws), Lando Calrissian - Skiff/Sandstorm, Princess Leia - Bespin, CW Trio (Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka), Royal Guard, Nien Nunb, Weequay, Lumat, Prune Face (pretty much that entire last wave I guess). Hard to pick just one, but I'd probably have to give it to one of the skiff goons - all were great. That Vader is probably my favorite so far though too.Best Vehicle
- For me, it is hands down the Speeder Bike as well. One that many of us have wanted updated for awhile, plus it is one of my favorite things (the scout and bike) of the OT. Plus, it was pretty easy to find (our store still has some), and with sales and everything I think I'm currently sitting at four, but I've thought about getting more.Best Exclusive
- The K-Mart two packs. We don't have a K-Mart nearby, but thanks to some help I was able to get these and they really were nifty. I always wanted the AT-ST stealin' rascals, and the AT-ST Drivers were nifty as well. Add in the vinty packaging, quite nice.Best Multipack
- I'd have to go with the TRU Ewok pack. An actual decent value (especially if you hit a sale), and nice ewoks all around. Plus, the opportunity to change things up and have different versions is even better. All the ewok goodness this year has made me want to track down a vintage ewok playset just to display them all on. Maybe someday.
Overall, despite the massive distribution issues, it was a really good year for figures/toys I thought. Hard to get (and pricey) to be sure, but the figures themselves are really quite well done. I had to look over the list of things again, and although some aren't as stellar as others, they really aren't any total stinkers in the bunch. I hope the quality stays this high in the future (and the price doesn't go any higher).