Well, obviously GG has heard about the stink that is being raised by this:
Philip posed this at the scum:
FYI: From Gentle Giant:
In the spirit of the holiday season, this item was created as a gift for certain extended members of the Gentle Giant business family. We at Gentle Giant do not view this item as a part of our ongoing Star Wars mini bust collection, and we apologize if you view it as such. We hope that you will continue to collect the pieces in our collection that bring you enjoyment.
Answers to FAQ:
This holiday gift will not be made available for purchase through any outlet in the future.
No announcements have been made regarding a Sandtrooper mini bust and any information you may hear regarding one from sources other than Gentle Giant should be treated as speculation at best and falsehood at worst.
Gentle Giant will not be announcing specific details (recipients, etc.) regarding the gift at any time.
I guess knowing that it's not an "official" makes it easier to accept. But just knowing
that it's out there...