I'd like to be able to rely on retail as well, its a little cheaper, and its always nice actually finding something in the stores like that. I've had a little bit of lucky lately with the Screen Scenes, Hoth Han, the first 3 Clone Wars figures, and my brother found me the Faytonni wave, and JediMAC is helping me fill out some holes in my collection from this year....but I really don't want to miss out on any 2004 figures. I was hoping that maybe the new "wave every month" thing for next year would help, but I don't know. Since I don't have anywhere to shop in my home town for the figures it is a 30-40 minute drive just to check for them, most likely on a Saturday, so they'll probably be cleared out before I get there. I don't remember having quite this much trouble during POTJ though. Hopefully it will improve .