I was thinking the other day about the tremendous amount of unrealized potential the CW line still has, and like a lot of us at the end of the vintage Kenner line, there are a ton of figures that are 'must-haves' that will never see. One thing that strikes me as odd is Hasbro's complete abandonment of the line. The show is still running, now in syndication; it still draws enough viewers to make it viable for CN or Disney to continue with it, so why no support for it at all? As the original Batman animated series was winding down, Kenner kept that line going for years through exclusive gift sets, primarily at TRU, that milked repaints and retools but still provided enough newness to appeal to collectors. A lot of fan favorites - Alfred, Talia - appeared this way.
Hasbro could do the same. The CW line already is heavily dependent on recycling molds and parts. Continuing the line as exclusive battle packs at say TRU - who routinely carries these types of items for Hasbro anyhow - would be a surefire way to generate sales and keep interest by producing sets of four or five figures or so that were primarliy repaints/retools with the exception of a newly sculpted character, limited in POA. It's also a way to get some very hard to find figures back out there. What do you guys think? TRU has been carrying four and five packs as exclusives (Ewoks, Pilots) recently, so that's the model I follow below.
Here are some quick hits that seem natural to me:
Lair of Grievous:
Clone Commander Fil
Clone Trooper Bel
Clone Trooper Niner
Obi-Wan (Cold Gear)
Anakin (Cold Gear)
Clone Trooper (Cold Gear)
Clone Pilot Broadside (Phase I Armor)
Clone Pilot Mack (Phase I Armor)
Clone Pilot Hawk (Phase I Armor)
Clone Stealth Pilot
Clone Pilot Rod (Gojiís Turret Gunner) (Phase I Armor)
Aurra Sing (New Bounty Hunter Gear/Outfit)
The Mandalore Plot:
Mandalorian Trooper 2x
Obi Wan Kenobi
Boba Fett (Poncho)
There are LOTS more that I'll play around with later but this is what I came up off the top of my head.