April 29, 2017 – Hasbro and StarWars.com have narrowed the selection to six characters in The Vintage Collection Fans’ Choice Poll. You have until 12:00 PDT/3:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, May 2nd, to cast your vote for the next 3.75-inch figure in the 2018 line.
The current vote tally, as of the morning of April 29th, shows the following results:
The six candidates are an interesting mix, offering a variety of choices to fans of the Original Trilogy, Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars, and the Expanded Universe.
Meet the Six Candidates
(1) Doctor Aphra: With 29% of the vote, Doctor Aphra has a surprisingly wide lead. This is no doubt a testament to the great popularity of the new Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic book series, launched in October, 2016.
As the new anti-hero, Doctor Aphra debuted in Marvel’s Star Wars: Darth Vader No. 3 (2015) as a secondary character. Within two years, however, the snarky and popular personality has become a lead character and a fan favorite.
HollywoodReporter.com describes her as “a self-proclaimed ‘rogue archaeologist’. She’s essentially an inverse Indiana Jones obsessed with discovering weapons not to store in a museum, but to be used. It’s a concept that makes her a fascinating anti-hero, but allows for some great set pieces as she gets herself into scrapes uncovering her latest treasure…She, by her very nature, illustrates a moral complexity somewhat unusual in Star Wars. Aphra is very clearly not a hero, nor even a good person — something demonstrated when she clashes with the Rebellion in issues of Star Wars — but she’s not exactly a villain, either, despite being allied with the Empire. Think of her as an archaeologist version of the bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back, perhaps.”
(2) Ahsoka Tano: The next vote-leader at 20% is Ahsoka Tano. For fans of Star Wars Rebels, she needs no introduction. Her action figure almost always sells out quickly.
Ahsoka’s inclusion in the poll is a head-scratcher and we can’t help but wonder why she is a finalist. A super-articulated 3.75-inch Ahsoka, with 22 points of articulation, was already released in September, 2016, in The Black Series (Walmart Exclusive) line.
One of the purposes of the Fans’ Choice Poll is to select the more obscure characters, whom fans hope to bring to Hasbro’s attention with the goal of producing a super-articulated figure. While we love Ahsoka, it’s time to give another character a chance at production.
(3) Yak Face: Coming in at No. 3 is Saelt-Marae (Yak Face) with 16% of the vote. Original Trilogy fans will no doubt be thrilled that this tertiary character (he doesn’t have any speaking lines and is seen, only briefly, lurking in the background) has made the Final Six.
Star Wars fans and collectors love their esoteric characters. The weirder, the better. If characters have appeared in the Cantina bar, Jabba’s Palace, or Maz Kanata’s Castle, bring ’em on.
Saelt-Marae (Yak Face) posed as a harmless merchant but was really an informant for Jabba the Hutt. When Jabba died at the Great Pit of Carkoon, Yak Face stole many of his secret financial records and disappeared. Now, however, he has a decent shot at re-appearing, at least as a super-articulated action figure.
(4) ARC Trooper Fives: So far, Fives has received 15% of the fan vote. The more clone troopers, the better.
“Also known as CT-27-5555, Fives trained with Domino Squad on Kamino before being shipped out to the Rishi Moon listening outpost. He survived the Separatist attack on the station there, and was transferred to the 501st Legion alongside his squadmate and fellow survivor, Echo. Fives and Echo were promoted to ARC trooper status after the defense of Kamino from Separatist invaders. He and Echo were later assigned with the difficult mission of freeing Republic prisoners from the daunting Citadel prison installation on Lola Sayu. He and Echo were later part of a mission to free Republic prisoners from the Separatist prison called the Citadel. Echo fell in battle, leaving Fives as Domino.” [Source: StarWars.com]
(5) Emperor Palpatine: No one doubts the popular appeal of the ancient master of evil, Emperor Palpatine, who has garnered 11% of the vote. But similar to the elevation of Ahsoka Tano, we can’t help but wonder why he is in the Final Six.
Hasbro has, is, and will always produce an Emperor Palpatine. It’s time to give the more obscure characters a chance to shine.
(6) Sim Aloo: Similar to Yak Face, Sim Aloo is one of those in-the-background characters from the Original Trilogy that has no speaking lines and no significant role. His inclusion in the Final Six says more about the esoteric and nostalgic mystique and pull of Sim Aloo, than about his role in the story of Star Wars.
So who is your favorite in the Final Six? Vote now and let your voice be heard.