I'm happy that we got an update so we actually know what we bought the empty box for
. I'm sure some people won't be overly pleased with these figures, but I kind of like what we're getting. First off, I was a little too young for the original "Early Bird" set, so it really has some nice nostalgic value for me of getting figures via mail and all that. Secondly, I'm glad that we didn't just get straight vintage or VOTC reissues, and actually something somewhat new. I'm curious to see if this is indeed an intro to the "new" line next year, and if Hasbro will continue to base things off of the vintage days. Part of me thinks it would be kind of neat if they released figures in the same order as the old days, while subbing in "ultimate" figures from the prequels as well, and maybe a few backgroundish characters that really should have been in the vintage line (Tarkin, etc.) As for these four figures...
Luke - Looks like he might have the Anakin Peasant arm, which many people hated, but I like the vintage nod and it isn't like we don't have any other Tatooine Lukes to choose from. We have an articulated one with soft goods from the VOTC line, so this is a new way to bring him out at least.
Leia - Looks like it could be very, very nice. The VOTC version, while not too bad, still left a little to be improved upon. Hard to tell from this smallish pictures, but the pose and figure look quite cool there.
R2-D2 - Could be a rehash, could be new. Really, with all the R2s we've gotten, there isn't much new they can do at this point, aside from a complete gadget-tastic version. We've got a lot of real nice R2s already, so if it was based off of something like the Bar-2 or another version, I'd be ok with that.
Chewie - I'm always up for a new Chewie, and this one looks pretty good too. Could possibly be a VOTC body with a new ANH head on it, and really, what more could we want? The VOTC version was pretty much perfect, so it should be a good combo if they go the "new head" route.
Overall, if they do "start over" with the whole line, how do you feel about that? Are you staying on board and checking the new line out, or if it is re-dos, will you call it quits? I'm personally kind of excited about it, because I don't mind a resculpt now and then, or if they put out these figures and others like VOTC Han, Stormie, and just reissue them for the life of the line, just like in the vintage days. Plus, there are some figures I never picked up in POTF2 that I still want, and wouldn't mind seeing re-dos of (2-1B, Zuckuss, 4-LOM, a new Bib, etc, etc.) It will be interesting to see if this is indeed the start of a new line, or just a one time deal.