After asking a number of fans sites to capture, compile and send in their votes, StarWars.com have now revealed which characters have made the final 6 character short list for the 2016 Fan's Choice. The winner, revealed at SDCC this coming weekend, will be made in 6 inch Black Series for release in 2017.
Dengar is the only movie based character who made the final cut. He is joined by Captain Rex, who feels like a "wasted" choice/vote as Hasbro already confirmed a Rex figure is in the pipeline.
Starkiller, from the Force Unleashed Video Game, is always high on any fans list and is a strong contender for the title.
The remaining 3 are all classed as Legends characters, based on the old Expanded Universe material. Mara Jade's appeal is obvious and like the recent re-canonisation of Admiral Thrawn there is still an option for Mara Jade to return to the official canon. Darth Talon would arguably be a spectacular figure from a display point of view. The final choice, Jaina Solo, appears to be borne out of some concerted effort by dedicated fans and fan groups to bring her back into some prominence - particularly as The Force Awakens essentially removed her and twin brother Jacen from the Star Wars Universe.
The two figures from last years vote who were yet to make it to figure form, The Gamorrean Guard and General Grievous, have both missed out. In a real reverse of voting, the expanded side of the Star Wars universe (EU, Books and Games) represent 66% of this years shortlist. Last year they held just 13% with one figure out of a shortlist of 7 - granted that character went on to win.
So far, at the time of posting, Darth Talon is in a slim lead.
"The poll will be open right up until Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars panel on Friday, July 22, at 12 p.m. PT, where a winner will be announced"
(that's 8pm UK time on Friday 22nd July)