The truth is probably the fact that being the first guy to make a star wars movie besides GL is pressure enough and failure could be career suicide. Signing off for 3 is a thousand times more pressure. I could see him coming back for another movie now that he knows he's not the guy that ruined star wars.I find it so curious Abrams didn't want to do E8 and 9.
I would think telling three chapters of his favorite story would be the opportunity of a lifetime
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Despite all the hate for Hasbro with quality and stuff though, they were restricted early on to what they could release. Besides the fact Zuvio (the character) was actually in some marketing, most of these were just place holders for the launch because spoilers were tight (of course technically the entire films plot was out there for months, but that's neither here nor there.), and officially no one was allowed to say anything before the release date.Considering Snoke is the supreme leader of the Darkside, I'm assuming Hasbro would see sense enough to deem him worthy of a figure, especially when considering that Zuvio and PZ-4CO got figures and were nearly non-existent in their TFA roles.
Despite all the hate for Hasbro with quality and stuff though, they were restricted early on to what they could release. Besides the fact Zuvio (the character) was actually in some marketing, most of these were just place holders for the launch because spoilers were tight (of course technically the entire films plot was out there for months, but that's neither here nor there.), and officially no one was allowed to say anything before the release date.
As for Snoke, I see roughly three options: Hasbro releases him as an exclusive, since he'd be a larger figure ( although he might be a statue, similar to the old cinema scene Palpatine.). The second option is he's released in small form as mainline figure (this doesn't seem likely to me.). The third is he gets no TFA figure, and they wait to see him in person in one of the following films, and just ignore the giant hologram, much like they did for the Palpatine hologram in ESB (which did eventually get a release as a SDCC exclusive.).
But that is a key difference, they released the non-hologram figure because it appeared like that in the film. So it was great to get both versions.That didn't stop them from releasing a non-hologram Sidious for the TPM line (yes I'm aware Sidious appeared very briefly in person, and this is ignoring the whole "he-and-Palpatine-are-totally-the-same-guy" thing).
Difference being CC exclusives have been harder to get as of late. Unlike the Emperor Holo, which is an iconic scene but pretty niche', this is all we have of Snoke. This may have been different back in '80, when Empire was all we had of the Emperor, but 30+ years later was a different story to me. And with the wealth of background characters already available, Snoke in at least one form seems like something we need for the hobby.Just make a six inch version Comic Con exclusive with the chair. It could kinda work for both lines.
While I would find it more narratively satisfying for him to have a connection to the saga already, what you describe in no way sounds outlandish. Someone noticed an opening, and exploited it to gain power.He doesn't have to be "someone", but he definitely ah to be connected to "someone". Otherwise his presence her makes no sense. So some nobody in the middle of nowhere wakes up from a nap, notices a power vacuum with Vader and Palpatine gone. And decides to fill it?