Fan's Choice Metrics

One of the things fans have always requested from Hasbro was a chance to participate in the decision-making process of our favorite toy line, Star Wars. During the fan-friendliest period of the toy line, under the fan-friendliest product development and marketing teams, Hasbro decided that it was time for us to have a little say the next alien figure to be released. While it wasn't a flawless process, it went off well enough to have spawned a grand total of five Fan's Choice polls so far with another in the works, and rumors of a 12-inch Fan's Choice to follow.

So far, there have been 22 unique choices in the contests, as some figures have been in the running more than once. Also, a lot of figures were eventually made anyway, 13 have been produced or are on the way.

There have been a lot of questions written in to Q&A over the past year, asking "How many were aliens?" and "How many were never before made as an action figure?" Well, this column hopes to answer pretty much every question you could have had, by the numbers. Print this one out and read it on the toilet, as it's a little long.

Last updated February 5, 2006. Additional updates to come in the future.

The biographical information for the Fan's Choice characters are in our Fan's Choice Supplement.

Of All 22 Candidates...
- Breakdown by Class
12 are aliens
1 is a droid
9 are human
1 is female
- Breakdown by Film
8 are from The Phantom Menace
0 are from Attack of the Clones
5 are from A New Hope
3 are from Empire Strikes Back
4 are from Return of the Jedi
2 aren't from the films
- Breakdown by Locale
2 are from Jabba's Palace
2 are from the Cantina
5 are minor Rebels
2 are minor Imperials
3 are Jedi Masters
3 are from the Pod Race
- Breakdown by Dialogue
7 had a line in English
2 had a line in another language
13 had no lines at all
- Breakdown by Toys
17 have been made
6 were winners
1 ended up being made as 2 different figures
3 were available in some form or another as vintage action figures
Fan's Choice Poll #1 Summer, 2000
Winner Ellorrs Madak (Duro) released Summer, 2001

Left to right: Duro, Amanaman, Bom Vimdim, Eeth Koth, Teemto Pagalies

The winner was "Duro," and the figure made was Ellorrs Madak. The other Duro, Baniss Keeg, has not been made as a figure nor have any hints that he ever will be made been dropped. This figure is still widely available at many large toy stores in many towns due to an overestimation of demand, but was extremely popular when he was released and is one of Hasbro's most exquisite aliens.

At the time of the poll, there was quite a controversy that the Duro won over the perceived favorite Amanaman. It was assumed this happened due to fans deciding that Amanaman had a chance at production again, while this may be the one and only shot the Duro would have. Hasbro later said that each poll could be the figure's only chance at production, but with over 50% of the candidates eventually seeing plastic it seems unlikely.

Shortly before the winner was announced, but after the poll was cut off, someone hacked in and voted repeatedly for Amanaman, which more or less guaranteed his appearance in a poll later on.

Released in the Summer of 2001, the Duro was followed by Fan's Choice #2 winner, Amanaman in the holiday season of 2001 with Eeth Koth coming at the end of the year. Teemto Pagalies was inserted into the Attack of the Clones waves in Summer of 2002, and Bom Vimdim is currently not known to be in production at this time, but the 2004 lineup is not completely known at this time.

Of All 6 Winners...
5 were never made as figures
4 were never made as toys
3 are aliens
0 are from the Prequels
3 are from A New Hope
0 are from Empire Strikes Back
2 are from Return of the Jedi
1 isn't from the films
Of The 17 Available or Coming Soon...
16 were never made as figures
9 are aliens
4 are from the Prequels
5 are from A New Hope
3 are from Empire Strikes Back
3 are from Return of the Jedi
1 isn't from the films
Fan's Choice Poll #2 Fall, 2000?
Winner Amanaman released late 2001

Left to right: Amanaman, Yarael Poof, Major Bren Derlin, Admiral Ozzel, Ben Quadrinaros

While there was quite a showing for Admiral Ozzel and Major Derlin, Amanaman was a clear winner here delighting many fans who couldn't afford the vintage one. Released as a $10 figure in a deluxe package with Salacious Crumb and a beheaded skeleton, he offered a lot of value in a small package but, like the first Fan's Choice winner, eventually became a pegwarmer and still sits unsold in some stores today, assuming he wasn't clearanced out for a few dollars in 2002.

Yarael Poof was released in 2003 in the second Jedi High Council screen scene pack. Admiral Ozzel was part of the pentultimate wave of Saga figures in 2004. Major Derlin (Cliff from Cheers) is strikingly similar to the vintage Rebel Commander figure, and in 2006, Hasbro finally released him as part of the second wave of The Saga Collection. Ben Quadrinaros has yet to be made as an action figure, but is rumored for 2006.

Fan's Choice Poll #3 Winter, 2001
Winner Ephant Mon released Fall 2002

Left to right: Ephant Mon, General Carlist Rieekan, R1-G4, Twi'lek Masseuse, Even Piell

This was another exciting race out the gates, with a surprising-- and supposedly hacked-- lead for the blue Twi'lek masseuses of Sebulba leading the pack. After Hasbro pulled the realtime voting data for all to see, the numbers got cleaned up and Ephant Mon won and was eventually released in a vastly oversized basic figure package for a mere $4.99, were you lucky enough to see it. Taking a cue from earlier Fan's Choice figures that didn't sell as well, this figure was produced in smaller numbers. Its oversized bubble helped it not get in future assortments, as they had to change the shape of the case to ship him, and as such he was an inconvinience. There are no plans to make more of him at this time.

General Rieekan was being released, surprisingly, as a deluxe figure with a massive viewscreen in late 2003/early 2004. R1-G4 was released in a small set of Galoob Droids figures a few years ago that was scaled a little larger than Action Fleet figures, and was finally made as an action figure in early 2004. Even Piell was released with Yarael Poof and Yaddle as part of the second Jedi High Council screen scene in 2003. The Twi'lek masseuse is not currently planned for release.

Fan's Choice Poll #4 Summer 2002
Winner McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper release Fall 2003

Left to right: Concept Stormtrooper, Imperial Dignitary, General Carlist Rieekan, Nym, Rebel in Scout Trooper Disguise

Several popular figures duked it out for total supremacy this time, with the top three winners receiving 85% of the total vote. The Stormtrooper got a whopping 34%, with General Rieekan and Imperial Dignitary just a point away from one another, but ten behind the Stormtrooper. This poll proves what fans have known for years, which is that we love new Imperial figures.

The winner, the McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper, hit stores in late 2003. Thankfully, Hasbro's careful eye saw what fans wanted, and this resulted in a few more releases. Two Imperial Dignitaries were released at the end of 2003, Blen-Krista Vanee and Janus Greejatus. General Rieekan hit stores in 2004.

Nym, as featured in Dark Horse Comics Starfighter series and at least one issue of Tales, has not been announced as an upcoming figure and it's unlikely that he would be released. The Rebel disguised as a Scout Trooper was to have been a bearded Rebel with a flipped-up non-removable helmet, so the figure was deemed undesirable by many fans and as a result got the lowest vote this time around.

Fan's Choice Poll #5 2003
Top two vote recipients Captain Antilles and General Dodonna released in February of 2004

Left to right: Captain Antilles, General Dodonna, Rabe, Yarua, Ben Quadrinaros

While it is interesting to note that both winners received a close enough vote to justify making both figures, it's more interesting to note that the character Captain Antilles is never identified on film. Aside from a mention of C-3PO having been owned by a man of that name, there's nothing. Fans assumed that the man being strangled (designated in the shooting script as "Rebel Officer") was the owner of the ship and the captain, and it would make sense that the droids were his. In the Radio Drama released several years later, it was later revealed that he was the Captain Antilles C-3PO was talking about. In the novelization, his name is Captain Colton. The figure has a ball-jointed neck and can be "choked," and a review may be found here.

General Dodonna, on the other hand, is mentioned in the script and was one of two figures released in 2004 that bears a strong resemblance to Jim Henson. The other being, of course, Jim Henson. We have also written a General Dodonna review.

The poll was rounded out with three other excellent choices. Rabe was to be the first and possibly only 4-inch version of a handmaiden in the orange and red robes that were so prominent in the first prequel. As this is one of the few figures that technically exists as a 12-inch figure and not as a 4-inch figure, it's nice to see Hasbro realize that we wanted it when they released it in early 2005. For those looking to see more on this figure, we wrote a review.

Senator Yarua was originally rumored in a very widespread and false rumor that he was to be a Candian exclusive for the Zellers chain of stores around 1999. Yarua eventually saw wide release in 2005 and helped to kickstart the new range of Wookiees. A review may be found here.

Lastly, Ben Quadrinaros, a fan favorite, was given a second chance and did not make the votes. As most figures that have been voted on twice have been announced for production regardless of voting, it's assumed he will be released soon, but when?

Who's left? The remaining candidates as of February 2006

Left to right: Bom Vimdim, Twi'Lek Masseuses, Nym, Rebel in Scout Trooper Disguise, Ben Quadrinaros

After the first poll of fans in 2000, it may shock fans that some characters have yet to see production still. While some, like the other Imperial Dignitary, are technicalities and likely a matter of time, what about the others?

Bom Vimdim, a Cantina alien, has been rumored for quite some time, but as we've seen an A New Hope wave of Tatooine characters revealed for 2006, it does not seem a likely choice for the year. Twin blue Twi'Lek Masseuses have been requested for some time, but do not appear on the radar, nor does Nym of comic book and video game fame. There are no known plans for the Rebel as a Scout Trooper, although it would make an easy variant for Hasbro were they so inclined. Ben Quadrinaros, on the other hand, is indeed rumored as part of a 2-pack of Pod Racers in 2006, and fans will have to wait and see what materializes for that.

That's all for the breakdown of the candidates... but who are these people? And what do their figures look like?

For this information, please visit our Fan's Choice Supplement which contains as much information as we could find, or fabricate, on many of these wonderfully obscure aliens, droids, and humans.

--Adam Pawlus

Special thanks to Mike Sullenger and Mike Metcalf for providing the many images for the photo archive that are in the Fan's Choice Supplement.

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