Also one has to wonder, whose idea was this 4pack in the first place? Reading some posts one would think that Entertainment Earth brought the idea to Hasbro, but does EE have the ordering power to be able to do so? What if it was Hasbro who brought the idea to EE after the major retailers passed on it (which if they did, sucks major ass!).
I heard about this set from a good source about 6 weeks ago. Sure enough when I heard that the story was that it was EE that approached Hasbro about doing this. They're definitely ramped themselves up with Star Wars in the past few years. Just look at the Holiday Jawas. That was an EE exclusive as well.
With the change in management in the Star Wars brand within Hasbro, you also had to see something like this coming. The new brand manager came from the GI Joe line, which may be somewhat on the skids, but is actively doing the troop builder thing. Hasbro ultimately wants to make money, and they do surf message boards for ideas. They know which figures are hot and which aren't, and they also know there's a market for army builders. I fully expect them to do things like this if they're serious about maintaining a solid fanbase for the toy line past 2006.