I think I'm burnt out on a combination of things.
First, here's what I have and have not bought, so I think I've gotten enough of a taste of this line to have an opinion:2008
#1: Anakin Skywalker - bought
#2: Obi-Wan Kenobi - bought
#3: Yoda - passed
#4: Captain Rex - bought
#5: Clone Trooper - bought
#6: General Grievous - bought
#7: Battle Droid - bought
#8: R2-D2 - bought
#9: Ahsoka Tano - bought
#10: Clone Commander Cody - passed
#11: Clone Pilot Odd Ball - passed
#12: Super Battle Droid - bought
#13: Count Dooku - bought
#14: Plo Koon - bought
#15: Asajj Ventress - bought
#16: C-3PO - bought
#17: Destroyer Droid - passed
#18: IG-86 Assassin Droid - bought
#19: Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion) - passed
#20: PadmÃ© Amidala - bought
#21: Clone Trooper with Space Gear - bought
#22: Magnaguard - bought
#23: R3-S6 "Goldie" - bought
#25: Jar Jar Binks - bought
#25: Rocket Battle Droid - passed
#26: Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps) - passed
#27: Kit Fisto - passed2009
CW01: General Grievous* - passed
CW02: Clone Trooper with Space Gear* - passed
CW03: Rocket Battle Droid* - passed
CW04: Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps)* - passed
CW05: Kit Fisto* - passed
CW06: Mace Windu - passed
CW07: Admiral Yularen - bought
CW08: Jawas - passed
CW09: Commander Gree - passed
CW10: ARF Trooper - passed
CW11: Heavy Assault Super Battle Droid - passed
CW12: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Space Suit) - passed
CW13: 4A-7 - passed
CW14: Yoda - passed
CW15: Whorm Loathsom - bought
CW16: Commando Droid - passed
CW17: Clone Trooper Echo - passed
CW18: Anakin Skywalker* - passed
CW19: Obi-Wan Kenobi* - passed
CW20: Clone Trooper Denal - passed
CW21: Anakin Skywalker (Space Suit) - passed
CW22: Cad Bane - bought
CW23: Ahsoka Tano (Space Suit) - passed
So last year, I was buying this line.
more than anything else is what bothers me, and it's not just the animated look, it's the fact that the articulation is so lacking on a lot of them that I feel like Hasbro is just laughing at the whole situation because this has to be a cheaper venue for them.
When I ordered the Can Bane figure on ebay a while back, I was excited. But that figure is so poorly made that it has turned me off of just about all of this line completely. Hasbro really cheaped out on it, and that's because THEY CAN. Then I picked up Whorm Loathsome, for custom parts. But even with that I am finding this style is nearly impossible to work with. I've bought a few figures in the past that I thought I could do something with, but almost every time I find that the style just doesn't work.
Looking at Cad Bane again in a store the other day, it just made me sick. Great character, terrible execution. Out of principle it pissed me off enough to pass on the ARF Trooper and Jawas, two figures I wanted to get but will not. What do I need them for anyway, they don't fit into the style that I collect.
Also when walking into a toy aisle looking for new figures I see this animated stuff, which looks more like Ben 10 figures than the classic Star Wars style I know and love, so I just shake my head. I've been loyal to this line for almost 15 years now, but now I'm having to work harder than ever to find figures that I want to buy because of this alternative style. I see a lot of these as replacing figures that could instead be in the realistic style... I mean, maybe that TPM wave would already be out in stores if Hasbro wasn't pushing these. Maybe the Owen/Beru wave wouldn't be so hard to find either.
And 10 figures being all NEW sculpts may seem like a lot, but really we get get around 10 new sculpts in just two waves of the BAD assortment it seems. This line has been around for 12 months now, I don't think that 43% being all new sculpts for this year is a ratio that represents a high investment in the tooling for Hasbro. Which is all the more reason I just look at this line and say "YUCK." Then the new Deluxe assortment, packed with repacked figures with older mini vehicles... again, almost NO tooling investment for Hasbro. Just repaint it and throw it in a box. Very innovative Hasbro, bravo.
Finally, about a year ago, I really didn't think I'd walk into stores and the only new figures I'd be seeing 90% of the time would be the animated stuff. That doesn't help my attitude either and only adds to my burnt out feeling on this line. My first thought on the style was that I didn't like it. However I was willing to give it a chance after the first wave hit last summer, as I bought the first couple waves. But quite often one's first impression is the right one. And my first impression was that I didn't like the animated style, and now I dislike it more than ever. It's not enjoyable for a collector who likes the realistic style figures to keep seeing new animated figures shipping but not realistic waves.
So, for those that like it - enjoy! It's a different style, something fresh. There's a big market for it, and that's great for that market. For me though, other than the occassional figure that I think I can find some customizing use out of, I'm done with it.
I gave it a year, but Hasbro's approach on this line has just burnt me out.