Jedi Business (a great Star Wars collector site) has this intriguing article with thoughts on how to move forward with the Hasbro Fan Polls and avoid this year's mess again. Definitely supportive of this move.
"Next time divide the fans vote into two categories, one category for the movies, one category for the expanded universe and then you get to produce two figures instead of one. This is a win-win situation, fans of the Expanded Universe get their saying and Star Wars action figure fans who want figures based on the movies get their saying as well. No fan left behind, right? No votes wasted, right? And Hasbro, you get customer engagement and people telling you exactly what product they would love purchase from you."
(photo from Jedibusiness.com)