I dunno how to feel really...
Hasbro tends to woo people with their words... Everything they say is the truth, everything they claim is gold. On one hand I blame the company (obviously) for cutting corners on a line that seemed to be riding a pretty big high... On the other hand I breeze through forums here and there and the way people act like Hasbro can do no wrong just had me thinking that this was about to bite us in the ass. It did.
I'm not displeased with everything either... I personally think the Clones look great. I don't mind the antenna on the SA Clone (makes for some neat Com specialists in a squad, though I will admit that most of my SA's don't sport the accessory). The Clone figures overall make me happy, and I'm a fan of the #6 Clone for what he is, though I do see his shortcomings (He's just a notch below the #41 sculpt in my view).
Passel Argente and Shu Mai are cop-outs on the company's part to deliver aliens from ROTS without working for the $6. So are holographic Jedi figures. They, like astromechs, are welcome variants down the line, but space them out ya know? Who wants 2 astromech droids at once? Space that **** out. You have time.
Plus, obviously, it's still "cheap". There's nothing new about those figures... And cheap's ok sometimes, but like I said, space that **** out... Try to NOT look like completely tight-assed bastards all at once.
Then there's the Wookiee's, the Grievous Guard, and the Neimodian... I'll say I'm actually pleased to buy the Neimodians and the Wookiee, but given the Neimodian's current standing at retail, I can't say he was a good choice and have people take anything I say seriously.
The Preview Wookiee's are gone in my area, even when other Preview figs still linger. So I don't think he's a bad figure to repaint and throw out there. It's like the #41 Clone... Quality is selling the toy. The 2nd Wookiee though, he sucked, and he sits because he sucked. It seems even casual fans can see that the figure was poor quality (I think it's that same reason that the Neimodian sells poorly, coupled with his relative obscurity).
I've kind of been on a downward spiral since seeing confirmation that the last of the 56 were not the best looking figures. Bacara started the trend, then I see that Antilles is almost identical to Organa but features about half the poseability, the Zett Jukassa figure looks ok but again isn't terribly poseable... Quality was heading downward compared to that first blitz of figures, but at least they were new figures.
These last 12 aren't all flops, by a long shot. I'll buy lots of certain figures, especially the Clones, but the fact that they are 100% reused stuff is pretty bad. I'm not real enthused with the end of the ROTS line I guess. It's just not inspiring... Things aren't making anyone go "Wow!" even if they are good.
The Classic stuff though... Man, Hasbro is just giving people the finger with that ****. Just terrible selection there, at least at the moment. Bad ideas when they were new, regurgitated for our enjoyment.
I know a lot hate the Neimodian Gunner, but short of knee articulation and a nice gun, I actually have enjoyed the guy. He's almost an EU figure though given his obscurity in his scenes. He's a good army builder if you're into the holo-news stories and comics and such that the Neimodian soldiers wound up in. Someone's gotta fight to defend their home planet. He's definitely not appealing to the masses though it seems.
I dig his helmet.
He's a good sculpt too... *sigh* Yeah, I know you guys aren't buying extras no matter what I say.