For context, I am a level 85, been playing for about 14 months.
Obviously no one is entitled to a new character by virtue of its release. However, with 2 weeks more notice and a week extension of the event itself, farming (and for me, still buying at least one pack) the necessary toons would have been doable for a lot more people, including me.
It was frustrating fighting a CLS team on my final GW node today, knowing that I would probably never get CLS (who knows when the event is coming out again), and if I ever do get him in the future, he will probably be made obsolete (although he looks pretty awesome by all accounts, so he'll probably be top-tier for a long time) by whatever toons have been released by that point.
And look - the fact that he will be obsolete at some point would not have stopped me from farming/buying the shards necessary. I'm fine with dropping $20 to get the shards I need to finish the CLS event, but I was too far behind to avail even that. Releasing the most iconic of all Star Wars figures and bottlenecking access to the toon only works if the paywall is actually a paywall. Right now, no amount of money will allow me to get Luke (the 699 shard packs? You kidding me?).
This isn't me threatening to leave or warning the devs of some max exodus of unsatisfied players. I just want to see my own Luke Skywalker wack stuff with his lightsaber while R2 sets some fools on fire. Yes, it's just a game, yes, nobody is making me play it, blah blah blah. I get it. I get that. But I'm losing a lot of nostalgic value here, which could have been alleviated like I said originally, just a fraction more prep time. This post is simply to register the sincere sadness I felt today with that realization.