I wouldn't count on Cost Co or bulk retail "clubs" like that to get anything that is newly tooled... First I think Hasbro knows it would annoy some, but second they generally do get and sell their items on somewhat of a lower price scale/discount. "New tooling" usually doesn't jive with that. The big club stores tend to also get less product in it seems, though that's the case with many exclusives in general. But still that's also a third strike against "new tooling".
Maybe a repaint... But new tooling usually comes at a fair cost too.
VEry good points, you are almost certainly right about this. I am just hoping against hope. CostCo's AT-TE re-packaged release last year is still the only CW toy I have never been able to find. I'm not really sure I even want it, but it sort of bugs me knowing it's out there, even if all the xtra figs were straight repacks.
I'm definitely going to be combing the aisles for their exclusive this year though. Just to decide with it in my hands...