So that's why...What a load of crap. It's like apples and oranges.
To clarify the point about individual figs being released, I recently tried to replace a star wars minifig I had genuinely lost from a set, when I contacted lego they confirmed what has been said on here already, which is they are not allowed (by lucasfilm) to supply indivdual minfigs under any circumstances as this would be a breach of said agreement. I can only assume this is due to the existing hasbro agreement. This is why you see battlepacks and now the planets sets as this gets round the problem.
I (agonised face on luke please, imagine you just lost a hand yo!).
^ the tusken raiders and children that Anakin slaughters do you mean? :p Funny that they called the previous set an 'encounter', guess 'Tusken raider village murder' wouldn't sell so well! Some new tuskens' would be great though.
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