So, This rant will be a long winded post showing how NA's roster could have EASILY fit in Classics and we could have easily completed ALL 3 Vintage Eras of MOTU by December 2015.
Let's look at the Actual MOTUC Rosters from 2008-2015
(SDCC) King Grayskull (Continental US only)
OK, so 2008-2009 was a VERY Vintage year and the odd figures out were pretty much repaints of other characters made NEW Characters.
(SDCC) Mo-Larr vs Skeletor
(SDCC) Orko and Prince Adam
(Beast) Battle Cat
(Extra) Santa KG
We got our First NA Figure in Optikk. (Made me a New Adventures convert) and so far no real figures that could have been culled for a New Adventures slot... Except Maybe Gygor for Sagitar, but Gygor's reuse for 2011's Shadow Beast kinda makes up for his existence. Santa KG I allowed because he allows customers outside Continental US to get a KG figure.
(Sub) Preternia Disguise He-Man
(SDCC) Queen Marlena and Cringer
(Variant) BG Evil Lyn
(extra)CG Weapons Rack
(extra) Wind Raider
Lookee here! 4 Slots that could have been used for other figures AND ALLOW some slots for New Adventures characters. Vikor, Demo-Man, BP She-Ra and BG Evil Lyn slots could have gotten better usage and allowed for a few NA Slots in order to complete that era on 2015. Let's face it: BGEL was a Blunder, plain and simple. To make matters more insulting, this led to the creation of an EXTRA Slot for She-Ra with Horse riding abilities that should have been a normal variant slot.
(sub) Shadow Weaver
(Beast)Star Sister 3 Pack
(Beast)Snakemen 2 pack
(extra)Temple of Darkness Sorceress
This year we have 3 slots that could have been better used to allow us to complete NA in 2015.
I'm talking about Vykron, SM MAA(Who I enjoy) and Temple of Darkness Sorceress.
As you can see I'm not counting the 2012 "Club 30th" because that Themed sub was a failure as a celebration of 30 years of He-Man. That sub could have been used to promote prototypes or concepts of figures from past eras. (MOTU, POP, NA, 200X)
(SDCC) Comet Warriors Stonedar and Rokkon
(Beast/Variant)Fighting Foe Men 3 Pack
(Beast/Variant) NA He-Man
(Extra)Sky Sled and Sky High
(Extra)Weapons Pak #4 (with Kowl)
(Extra)Spirit of Hordak
Here we have FIVE slots that could have been used to help New Adventures have a complete roster by 2015. the Questionable slots are:
Spirit of Hordak, Fighting Foemen 3 pack, Geldor, Plundor, and King He-Man. The craziest thing is that one of those slots is a 3 Pack slot... So that's like getting 7 slots in one year!
I guess you noticed that I didn't mention Standor. Same reason I didn't mention Mo-Larr on 2010. The budget for Standor and Mo-Larr came from another company.
I'm not touching Club Filmation because Filmation had NOTHING to do with NA.
(Beast/Variant) NA Skeletor
(extra)Kowl and Loo-Kee
Here we have two to three slots that could have been used better to help complete NA in 2015. UNO and Filmation Hordak are the two main "iffy slots" the third would be Goatman.
Like past Mini subs, I'm not touching Club Etheria, because it's needed to complete PoP. (which is a load of crap, but that's not the topic of this rant)
Now for 2015. I will name the characters we know so far but we don't have a set in stone date for ALL of them.
(Beast/Variant)SA He-Man vs 200X Hsss
(Beast/Variant)FFHe-Man vs TCSkeletor)
(extra/SDCC)Laser Power He-Man vs Laser Light Skeletor
(extra/SDCC)Rotar vs Twistoid
(extra) Point Dread with Filmation Teela
(extra)Skeletor Hover Robots
(extra)Spirit of King Grayskull
Here we have 5 slots that could have been used to complete NA. The slots are:
Lizardman, Dare, Oo-Larr, BS Hordak, and Spirit of King Grayskull. Before you say:
But Nefty, BS Hordak is needed to complete the complete vintage MOTU roster for normal figures...
Let me remind you that we have gotten 2 additional Hordak variants that were kind of unneeded. You could have taken Buzz Saw Hordak and combined it with Filmation Hordak and call it a day, then use the slot from Spirit of Hordak for something else!
Let's count the number of mismanaged slots:
3-4 in 2011
3 in 2012
5 in 2013
2-3 in 2014
5 in 2015
Taking the smallest number of slots on each year the result is: (3+3+5+2+5)=18
Now let's see how many New Adventures characters are missing:
Mutants: (5 to 6)
Galactic Protectors: (7 to 9)
Wait... Going with NA characters who had a Toy in the vintage NA line we have 12 slots... Leaving 6 slots open... That means that we could have completed ALL 3 MAIN TOYLINES IN 2015 WITHOUT a Mini sub for POP!! Notice that I still counted the FFM as ONE Slot, which means that completing NA would have been a lot easier,,,
But, since we have Cartoon characters involved, like Mara, then we must use the larger numbers that take Crita, Sebrian and Prototype Darius in consideration. That gives us 15 slots. Still well under the 18 slots that we theoretically have. Most of the Galactic Protectors could be made with creative part reuse. (Artilla and Sagitar being the exceptions) Hell, some mutants could benefit from parts reuse if it means getting them!
I bet some of you could complain about "Axing mini comic characters"... which I only killed a NON-Variant figure, Geldor. Going with the Toy Only NA roster, the PoP sub would have been unnecessary and would have given us a mini sub slot for mini comics folks like Geldor, or the much cooler character, Lodar.
The saddest part of having 15 New Adventures Characters MIA is that we won't see half of them making it to the 2016 rebranded line.