I was just reading through one of the reports at JTA, and it sounds like the overall feeling from Hasbro is that the Clone Wars line will continue to see about 20 figures a year through the duration of the 3D releases. They mentioned it being considered more of a "sub line" now, and they would be very careful about what characters were included. They did admit to a dip in the ratings of the show (although I think I've enjoyed this season much more than last year). I'd be curious if the show would even be on the air (new episodes at least) for another 6 years, that's a long time for a cartoon these days. I think usually once they hit the 52 number, they often wrap things up (or change the name), although there are exceptions. Anyways, sounds like CW will be run very similar to the way things are this year - barring a disaster with the 3D releases I guess.
I read this as well, but it doesn't quite ring true somehow. If the ratings start to go back up this season and next, does that mean they will re-evaluate things and start making more TCW toys? No, they're going to continue to focus on the movies no matter what. So throwing that line out about the ratings is pretty weak sauce if you ask me.
Also, you can't blame the show, or the movies, for how badly the line is being managed right now. It's not the show's fault you couldn't get that Mando Transport to retail, even with SIX PLUS MONTHS of lead time. Or the fact that you continually under-produced toys for this line and made poor character choices and case assortments.
I'm fine with it being a sub-line, but at least run it with some integrity. I'm fine with them making smarter choices on some of their selections, but that does not mean only give us clones and Obi/Ani retreads. I mean, you've already spent the tooling dollars on Season 3 Ahsoka, but in Wave 1 we get more pegwarming Snow Koons? Who authorized that?!?! And don't even get me started on how they are rolling the clock back on articulation..oy vey!
Less is fine. Worse is not. If you're going to commit to the line for at least the duration of the show, please do it right.