I get Joe info second hand since I don't buy the line, so I didn't even know who the figure was that was causing a fuss, but man it sounded like Star Wars bitching x 1000.
Part of me always likes knowing there's a crowd more manic than the Star Wars one in some way.
I get what you're saying Greg, but if you were guaranteed that ONLY some sanctioned club thing could get you the Tonnika's and a handful of figures Hasbro just out and out said, "Nope, never will happen under us specifically, but a 'fan club'... eh... yeah... we'd let them do something", I'd cave on something like that.
Something mass produced, not "garage kit" stuff made out of resins and whatnot... Something real, sanctioned, and interesting. I'd pay the premium I think if it were done decently.
It is far, far more difficult (and impossible, really, given licenses and such) for that to happen with Star Wars, than Joe, since part swapping isn't nearly as universal... But the thought just entered my mind. To get the Tonnika's? And I mean, good Tonnika's, not just Padme's with a different deco or something, then I'd probably be in. I'd bitch on the price, but I'd be in.