Yeah, we certainly could do with more Scenes. But they need to get over a problem they’ve put themselves into, AGAIN…
What disappoints me about their current state is the loss of definition of what makes a “Screen Scene”. They went from being a great idea – the Trash Compactor sets, that gave 2 high quality (single carded level) figures and a meaty detailed playset component that linked up to make a big scene, to just basically 3-packs like the previous failed attempt at the line. That causes a serious problem, I think, that the upcoming TRU exclusives seem to be suffering from.
If you force a 3-character scenario with a base piece into the 19.99 price point, you get several problems: 1) What scenes work dynamically with 3 characters 2) The amount of time and manpower required to create those sculpts and base 3) The cost of goods in the plastic and deco for 3 figures and base to manufacture 4) size of packaging and shipping weight. When you look at what the end result is, you can see that they have cut corners to accommodate the 3rd figure – the scenes aren’t that interesting, the sculpts become retoolings in part, the base component becomes smaller and less detailed, and the quality of painting and articulation of the figure suffers. That’s at least what I see happening with the new Jedi Council sets.
So, I’d like to see them return to the 2 figure and a big base piece format like the Trash Compactor scene. That ESB final shot is a perfect example of how they should work, if a bit stark. But I’d prefer 2 sets with great, well detailed, highly articulated version of the 4 characters than forcing something like 21-B into it with a chair as well.
Sorry, this turned into a novel. Anyway, yes, more Screen Scenes for OTC, please. I’d like to see these recreated:
Set 1: Luke & Han Ceremonial Dress with 1/2 of a snap-together staircase and platform w/ multiple pegholes enough for 1/2 the entire characters in the scene.
Ser 2: 2 rebel army builders and the other 1/2 of the staircase.
Our heros on roasting pegs with a base large enough to add in Ewoks.