-Matt, Thanks for the kind comments... Yeah I was more tongue-in-cheek with the comments on him being in the film because he's so "blink and you miss him" kinda guy... A lot had debated if it was the guy on the flying creature or the guys being led away in red robes (whatever/whoever they are... They're big!) and stuff.
I agree that a neutral pose would probably have helped him out some too. I like the Neimodian Soldier a LOT, and I think a main reason for that was his neutral pose. Both lack knees but the Neimodian's seemingly the better army builder almost entirely due to pose... Add knees and he's a near SA figure really.
The Utapaun needed a bit more than knee articulation to be truly great obviously, and his pose is a MAJOR reason why. Add knees and he'd basically lose the "pose" due to the articulation and it'd be a lot better. It's funny comparing him to the Neimodian, as that figure shows a LOT of superior qualities when directly compared like this. Makes me wanna nab a couple more Neimodians for the old militia.
-Slothus... I would've dug a mount for the figure too, and packaged as some kind of mid-sized vehicle. Had the beasts wings been flexible with a wire "skeleton" or some such, it could've been a great item and it would've tied the figure a bit more to the spot in the film you actually see this guy.
The whole thing would've been better then I think, even if more money.
Hasbro's done some nice stuff in the $15 - $20 range this year and that would've easily fallen into that. Not to mention that I think most things Utapau will be hot once made... The Warrior would've complemented Utie Clones well.