The other option is that its an OTC "vintage" Emperor. They had the mail-away Emperor around the time of ROTJ, so maybe Hasbro's going for the nostalgia sale.
I'm with Ed
on this one, especially since I thought
the Emperor was the only other figure that really deserved VOTC status. It also just doesn't make sense to have an exclusive figure that wouldn't interest the vast majority of loose collectors. They've never rehashed a figure as an exclusive either, aside from the Silver stuff. I think they'll surprise us with another vintage nod, being an Emperor in a white mailer box. I sure hope it's in a box, since if it's carded, SWS.com is certain to damage 95% of the ones they ship.
The VOTC line has a strong focus on soft goods and main characters for it's figures, and this Emperor is obviously a perfect candidate in both of those respects. Have we ever gotten a soft goods Emperor? I don't recall one, which is why I was originally hoping for one in the VOTC lineup, instead of the Stormtrooper. Hopefully I'm belatedly correct on this one, 'cause it's a much needed figure, and would make for a nice apology figure after that atrocious, VHTF, monster-hooded Saga Emperor from last year.
So hold up on the negativity for now, 'cause I think you guys are all gonna be pleasantly surprised on this one!