The SW figures... Just a quick feel of the head would basically tell you who you have, 99% of the time.
With clone repaints, I think those odds drop to around 75%.
Easiest way around that? Only 2 clones per any given wave, vary the wave packaging color like Lego does, and of the 2 Clones they can only do one Phase I, and one Phase II... Problem solved.
Officers would work the same, so say you do a Bly figure... You can't do a Red variation of Bly in the same wave, as the helmet would be identical but the colors different. Problem solved.
While I don't mind the blind packaging for most lines (Lego, Kre-O, etc.) due to the lower prices and relative lack of repetition, I would be annoyed if blind boxed Star Wars (or any) figures became the norm over here. At $6+, I want to know what I am getting, especially since I own so many of the characters already.
That's why I say these have to be under $5... Sellable at stores like 5 Below, and more compelling to people to do as an impulse buy at the registers where they're sold.
Under $5 is, to me, a necessity... and totally doable. Hasbro's said about packaging costs in the past. I feel sure they could do a blind bag packaging cheaper than the labor-intensive stuff they have now for Legends/MS figures... Hell that stuff's more complex than even TVC figures were. Surely the price could drop enough to get them in there and still make tidy profit, especially when you factor in things like paint variations in this already cost-cut line.
There's no reason this shouldn't work out, and still not annoy the majority of collectors too much... Even though they're basically an afterthought in the entire scheme of this idea.
I'd be totally into blind bag accessories too, but who's going to buy any of that? That's a collector thing... I want more mousedroids, absolutely, but kids don't...
It's funny to me I don't even want these figures packaged where I can see them but the stupidity of them being blind packaged and slightly cheaper makes them just goofy enough for me to blow some money on. $4, to me, is the sweet spot on the idea... If they can do $4 ones in bags, I'm excited about the whole concept really.