No offense, and I don't mean to single you out, but this is a big part of the problem. Why do collectors buy one of every figure, or worse, three?
So let's see if I have this straight:
Force Guy is blaming Pete Fett and completist collectors for our current toy woes
Collectors (completist or otherwise) are blaming Hasbro
Hasbro is blaming Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm is blaming...? They should be blaming the Maker for that Jar-Jar infested atrocity they just worsened by putting in 3D.
I think the most important question that no one seems to be addressing is who are the kids blaming? 2/3rds of these toys are aimed at them, after all. Or are they really as completely content and satisfied with their Star Wars goodies as Hasbro's been suggesting. Personally, I think everyone's full of crap. DDP and Hasbro know full well that this is hardly Lucasfilm's fault, just as Force Guy knows this obviously has next to nothing to do with completists. Seeing as how few completists there are anymore these days, that's asinine to suggest they have much, if any, pull on the line's development, character selection, and marketing. Sure, lots of people buy lots of garbage, and yes, I understand that it's especially confusing to some when others purchase items they don't particularly like, but hey - that's collecting. To each their own. I DESPISE soft goods, but I'm still buying multiples of that furball of a red tee-pee Royal Guard in a few months. I blame all you articulation junkies for that garbage (and the dozens of other soft-good fiascos that came before the ERG). Now that feels better - I got to blame someone for something too! As an aside on completists, if the handful of them still out there upsets anyone now, just wait until the B-A-D line hits again next year when completists will multiply ten-fold (or more) as far more "normal" people are forced to buy dozens of figures they don't want just to complete their Build-a-Droids. There's going to be a LOT more blame to go around when that starts happening!
To be honest, I'm glad there were problems with figures showing up at retail this year.
While I certainly understand your point, and have also greatly enjoyed watching Hasbro attempt to squirm through the bitchslap that retail has recently handed them, I would've probably put that a bit differently, or at least more tactfully, considering your current surroundings and the fact that everyone else here is certainly not quite so pleased. My wallet and wife are certainly less pleased that I have to pay 2-10x retail on eBay to get most of these silly little plastic 4" treasures that I really don't need.
That said, I've got to agree with some of the sentiments above, that based on Hasbro's early showings for the 2013 MH line, with a 100% overlap on their small test sample, they're clearly not learning from their mistakes. Even if things were quite far along in the 2013 line's planning, the TPM fiasco should've necesitated some hasty re-arranging of things. That, on top of the fairly uninteresting character selections in the first two B-A-D waves, gets me even further worried that Hasbro's not going to be able to get this retail disaster turned around. At least not until the OT hits 3D in 2014, when I'm assuming the core fanbase (old farts) will be briefly reinvigorated. Of course by then, we'll be looking at $15 figures with 5 POA across the board, so who knows how bad the outlook might be at that point.