I just want to make sure everyone is on the same page.
The Create-A-Character contest is being held this year (2012) and the figure chosen will be one created by a regular person who sent in an entry.
The Fan-Choice-Figure will be one of 8 "obscure" character, including 6 chosen by Mattel, 1 chosen by the Org (Illumina), and 1 chosen by the German fansites (Geldor). The poll will be held and people who buy a subscription will be able to vote. (I think it's 8 choices, maybe it's 6, I don't remember).
So, what if those highly demanded figures at NYTF will be Illumina and Geldor? That would drive fans crazy.... hahaha