If producing high quality obscure background characters, EU characters, characters from cut-scenes, and any other odd segment of the 3.75 collection is profitable for Hasbro, they would continue.
Obviously, it isn't. If they need to move the scale to more kid friendly assortment and less articulation to keep SW going, then that's what they need to do. They are a business, and business needs to make money.
1.) Past performance or research projects too litle customer demand to offset the cost
---But isn't that saying exactly what I said in a different way? =) There's not enough profit in it. Listen, I work in publishing. I have a series of books right now that are doing pretty well, but the publisher is not going to continue with them because they don't make ENOUGH profit. The books make money, but because of the way they are printed, and the low price we offer them at, they're not bringing in the money the publisher had hoped they would.