I think because CW is aimed at kids, that they don't really need to make many more figures. Sure, I could think of dozens I'd like, but the kids want the clones, and heroes. At this point, the line should be mostly profit with little development of new product. It's a cash cow.
That is certainly a valid viewpoint, and I'm sure Hasbro would concur, but I can't help but disagree.
I think kids enjoy variety just as much as collectors. There's tons of variety in the GI JOE line for example. You can't really simulate exciting play with just good guys, you need villains too.
If kids were only interested in core characters, then I would be picking through a sea of pegwarming Armored Savages and Seripas' while trying to find that elusive Anakin or Obi-Wan figure.
Obviously, that is not the case.
Typically in this line, the weird characters sell through pretty well. (Cato Parasitti notwithstanding) So who's buying them up? Apparently not collectors, according to Hasbro, because this is a line aimed only at kids.
I understand the need to repack core characters, but the whole argument for that is to increase profit margins in order to allocate increased funding for new tooling, character development, etc.
I think they need to strike a balance between the cash cow mentality and a more forward-thinking "let's reinvest to keep this line strong" mentality.
I hope I didn't offend anyone with my comments, there is a lot of rancor over this topic at otheR Sites I notice.