I think fans are in for MAJOR bitch-fests online because this is gonna be boom boom boom type of distribution, nothing like we've ever experienced with Star Wars as a toy line, ever really.
Star Wars is maybe unique too, in that the collecting world DEMANDS the most obscure of figures... How slighted are they going to feel? It's impossible for Hasbro to have some kind of dedicated line of obscurity for collectors, but collectors will assume "they can make anything, and just don't to piss us off and ruin the line!", as collectors tend to be. I don't think super hero lines have had the level of obscurity to them that Star Wars does, and they're really the only lines to compare to since there seems to be new hero flicks out every year.
At this point I just don't see the time for Hasbro to delve into these deep character pools till the next blitz is on... Getting main characters done nicely may be a stretch even, much less these obscure droids, aliens, and troopers that we all will want. I don't see how it's possible really unless they don't distinguish lines and Star Wars in the toy aisle is kind of generic? But the packaging is the advertising, so I don't see that happening either.
I agree completely, how they shake this stuff out is far more interesting to me than anything. Uncharted waters, again. I know what I want, but I'm not really banking on much of it in terms of scale or quality.
I'm just sort of rolling with the punches though.
It doesn't take a crystal ball to predict a segment of the buying public will be vocally upset with whatever winds up happening though.