It would also give GW the chance to make plastic versions of a few of the Wood Elves metal special units.
Thing is. The starter set, any starter set
, is grom GW's point of view definitely not a chance to update models.
D'you really think GW want you to buy starter kits (70+ models for £60) or regiment boxes (10 models for £20-£30).
Case in point: GW made plastic kits for High Elf Phoenix Guard and White Lions. They did NOT release a kit for Swordmasters - since they are in the Island of Blood.
As a general thing - if you're hoping for a model to get a propper multi-part plastic kit, then you should be hoping that model is NOT part of a starter kit.
On the other hand, if you want a ton of a model that looks awesome, but you don't care about limited poses, then you'll be hoping it is in the starter. Have you seen my 56 High Elf Swordmasters?
If, for example, TK were in the 9th ed kit - that'd mean they would be stuck with the current, ghastly skellingtons until the start of 10th edition. No way GW would drop tens of thousands on a new kit which no-one will buy because Starter Kit skellies are 10 for £10 on ebay.
However, those starter kit skellies would no doubt be balls-out awesome looking.
well, i kinda hope that they dont come out with 9th edition next year, I dont want to spend another 75 bucks on a new rulebook. brets and tomb kings would be sweet though, both armies need it.
I'm guessing 2014, 2015 seems very possible. Eighth seems to be in a good position right now and, since the Hobbit is coming I could fully see GW not rocking the WFB boat.