« on: September 6, 2004, 02:13 PM »
The best analogy I can give as far as the VOTC scenario I have put forth above, overreacting as it may be, is this:
WAVE ONE (Han, Leia, Ben): May 3rd Episode I Collection 1 assortment
WAVE TWO (Luke, ESB figures): Battle Damaged Droideka/Qui-Gon soft goods/Swimming Jar Jar assortment
WAVE THREE (ROTJ figures): Sio Bibble, TC-14, R2-B1
Way to go Hasbro. You've proven yet again why you're a bunch of morons.
I'm not ready to be quite so pessimistic. The beginning of the Episode 1 Collection was extrememly overproduced. The end was underproduced. Those figures are hard to find because Hasbro was killing the line (which they'd had every intention of keeping going indefinitely) and just plain shut down the factory in the middle of production.
The VOTC, on the other hand, was a limited project from the get-go, more akin to the Target exclusive Clone Wars Cartoon figures. Case breakdowns made it hard to find some of the second wave figures at first, but eventually it all evened out. The truly popular figures (Yoda, Clones a little) sold quicker, the dogs (Dooku, Durge) sat until clearanced, but everything was available if you looked for it.
The end of the line does usually make it harder to find something, but only for a time. If the figures are produced in equal numbers, they'll be out there, but (like BoShek and Pilot Cinema Scenes and Ephant Mon) they might take a while to show up.
My worst case scenario is not finding these until they get blown out at TRU or KB in 2006. Just like I'll be sorting through shirtless Kit Fistos looking for posable Clone Wars Clones next Christmas.