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As it stands, for the most recent battle pack, I have no need for anymore Endor troopers or scout troopers, but I suppose I could see how economical it is to buy them just for the one stormtrooper and sell off the excess figures.
DS Trooper Battle Pack - 2 Death Star Troopers, 1 Stormtrooper and 1 Imperial Officer.
Kashyyyk Battle Pack - 2 Kashyyyk Troopers, 2 Wookiees.
Utapau Battle Pack - 3 212th Legion Troopers and one Airbourne Trooper.
Saleucami Battle Pack - This depends entirely on whether it is from the Clone Wars or the film, if it is the Clone Wars (which seems unlikely) I suppose it would be Phase I Clones of varying sorts. The Episode III version however might have some Star Corps Clone Troopers and perhaps a couple of plain white ones.
I'm also looking forward to getting some more Deathstar troopers which I hoped we would see more of sooner or later. I couldn't see Lego making a generic troopers helmet for a one off set.
They may be in the new style with 2 factions, but not sure how that that would work with Death Star Troopers as the DSTs we see in the movies are all pretty much desk-jockeys.
Note sure I'd want him in a battle pack though. Although thinking about it, it would give us a whole range of fleshie heads for customs.
TLG normally has some kind of plan in mind.
I'm pretty excited about more stormies, and agree with sentiment about no Codys. We need more generic minifigs. If the MF does come with Han...it'll be disappointment for ->this guy<- and a missed opportunity for TLG to put a figure out they wouldnt normally be able to release w/o another set. How about a Nien Nunb? ;)
What is an airbourne trooper?
As for the battle-packs, I hope they are back to the one faction per pack type. The two faction ones put me off buying them, as I (vaguely) collect clones, but have no interest whatever in random droids.
I wouldn't actually buy it myself because I'm not collecting SW Lego and probably couldn't afford it in the first place, but it would be cool to see just because it's something never done before. ( The bantha obviously, not Luke's landspeeder and crew. ) :}
Does Aunt Beru's outfit bother anybody else? That 70's collar always made me think that her clothes were too "Earthly" . She's wearing a "leisure suit" isn't she?
I was just trying to think of something to throw in brickbuild that wasn't another landspeeder.
Maybe throw it it with a T-16? Would make much sense but eh.
I think the midi scale models haven't been exploited anywhere near enough. My son loves the minifig scale MF, but he can't swish it around anywhere near as well (or as safely) as the midi scale version. How about midi scale X-Wing, TIE Fighter and other fighters? Jawa Transport? The list is almost endless!
Finally they really ought to do some more sets depicting key scenes, similar to the Endor Bunker or Palpatine's Arrest.
There's still enormous scope for sets that haven't been done, or remakes of much older sets, without this constant repetition. Of course, maybe there are restrictions placed by Disney/LF on what can be produced.
A new cantina should include those five plus probably a few others:
Walrusman (Ponda Boba or something like that; I never bothered learning EU names)
Dr. "You'll be dead!"
A single member of the Tonal Nodes (seriously, we don't need more than one)
Hammerhead or Snaggletooth or some other background alien
Make the structure about the size of Jabba's Palace, a bit plain-looking on the outside and without the tower, toss on those 9-10 figures and you've probably got a $80-$100 set.
I just want to see some of the older sets get a redo because they were done so early on and so poorly constructed for what they should have been. Cloud city, Cantina, they need a big redo. I know they wont because they are trying to keep Lando and Greedo the most rare of the figures for some reason. I know a ton of people that would scoop up those sets just for those figures alone. Would be a great marketing campaign for Lego. I would also love to see more Sandpeople being included in sets a battle pack with 3 of those and maybe R2-D2 would be awesome.
Walrusman (Ponda Boba or something like that; I never bothered learning EU names) Close, Ponda Baba
Dr. "You'll be dead!" Dr Evazan
A single member of the Tonal Nodes (seriously, we don't need more than one) Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes I used to know the other band members, but I think I'd have to look most of them up. Only ones I can remember for sure are Nalan Cheel and Tech Mo'r
Hammerhead or Snaggletooth or some other background alien Momaw Nadon and Zutton
And if they wanted to branch out with the idea they could have the main characters the way they appeared in each movie and do the same with the new trilogy characters. But it's the original characters from Episode IV that I'd want the most.
Then to carry the concept even further, do the same with Indiana Jones and Harry Potter. These are the types of "exclusives" I would like to see from Lego, but I know they are trying to make new products to attract children who play with Lego rather than "collectible" items.
By main characters I mean Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, Darth Vader, Ben and the droids. Possibly a Stormtrooper. I base most of my ideas on toys from my childhood, so Kenner's first line-up. (Although I think their wave did include Jawas and Sandpeople and others which I don't view as "main characters".)
Then to address your first argument, I find it interesting how many people claim to know "Lego's incentives". Does Lego really view their product the way "we" do? Are they consciously releasing certain minifigures in certain sets simply to force SW fans to buy all of the sets or are they simply deciding what characters would go into the set they're designing based on the "scenario"?
Maybe they are. I don't know. That's why I'm asking.
For example, I'll use the Adventurers Jungle collection since there's less than a dozen sets to it. You could get 6 of the 8 figures in the largest set, #5986, but to get all eight you had to buy at least two sets: #5986 and #5956 or #5986, #5925 and #5901. You could get all of them via the combination of #5976 and #5956 or #5976, #5936 and #5925 as well. Or, you could get But you couldn't get them all through a single set. That was the case with earlier lines like 1980s castle or 1990s pirates as well.