I still say it's not Hasbro's "distribution issue" as much as it's the retailers...
-K-Mart... They're in their first half lull of not ordering anything. My KM stores have gotten in very little beyond Wave 3 and 4, and they've sold through almost all of it. Nothing left on the pegs at one store, and they're ordering nothing.
-Toys R Us... they're grossly overpriced in a time when everything is grossly overpriced as it is, yet TRU takes it to a new level. Who is going to buy there, not to mention (at least for me) they're not really convenient. Target, KM, WM... They're all around, within a few minutes by comparison. TRU? Nowhere near as plentiful. If TRU were the same price as Target I'd keep them on my list of possible stops, but right now I know I don't buy ANY Vintage there due to what they're charging. I doubt I'm alone. Times are hard. People's desire to get things cheap should never be underestimated.
-Target... A couple weeks ago they got some wave 5 and 6 cases in. My Target sold through. They're back to just Wave 1 pegwarmers for the most part. Target not ordering, again, isn't Hasbro's fault... Target's just not in the mood to commit a lot to Vintage figures right now it appears.
-WM... The only store that has a plethora of pegwarming ROTS Clones... He sucks. One figure isn't really a "distribution issue" to me. He's one ****** figure. Every year there is one ****** figure. Sometimes there's a lot more than one actually. If WM clearanced him and got him out of there, they'd do themselves a favor but nobody there probably is aware they need to do that.
However I've notice, even with my drastically cut number of toy runs, that every WM I visit is STEADILY getting in new cases of Vintage wave 4, 5, and 6 (though less of 6, however that seems to be changing now too). I see these waves refreshed, every weekend. I just got my 2nd Peasant Anakin out of a minty fresh case of wave 4 on Sunday. They're the only store ordering, yet they're the only store with the perceived "distribution problem". That doesn't add up.
I think Hasbro's answer is encouraging, like JACK said. They see that the Phase 2 Clone is a toilet clogger and they're working on that. It's about the answer I'd have expected too I guess. It's hard to micro-manage case-packs though, when you've got to have them set months and months in advance too.
It's funny though, now that Legends figures got clearanced at WM, a store that had literally 20 of AOTC Clones and another 20 white ROTS Clones, now has maybe 2 or 3 of each... If that even. That clearance has sold almost every Legends army builder really fast. The demand is there, the price just isn't anywhere near where people are willign to pay it I guess.