I am new to this board but I think the folks criticizing Hasbro's decision (and it is truly is theirs in the end) have completely lost sight of the fact (yes, fact) that Willrow Hood is infinitely better than yet another Clone Trooper, yet another BARC trooper, yet another Vader, yet another Tatooine Luke, etc.
Back in 1981 or so, I sent Kenner a letter which included a very long list of Star Wars action figures that I really, really, really wanted them to make. I was about 10 years old and I had worked on this list for a long, long time. I typed the letter and then I'd think about another character I hadn't included (I didn't know many of their “real” names back then) and then I'd have to start all over and retype the letter. (This was before home computers.) I remember the day I finally sent the letter because I asked my mother for a stamp and an envelope and she wanted to know why I needed them. Then she insisted upon reading the letter. She thought it was silly and she couldn't understand why I was so obsessed with getting it just perfect. I sent it anyway.
About a month later, I received this very dry, very wordy letter back from Kenner’s legal department stating why they couldn't accept my list and that I needed to first trademark “my ideas” before submitting them. I was crushed. Not so much because of their response but because they didn't send me my list back.
Things have changed since then big time. Whether you support Willrow or not, consider the 10-year-olds, the 20-year-olds, the 30-year-olds, etc of today who have a collective voice because of forums like this one. And consider that Hasbro actually listens to us and gives us Fan Favorites and Fan Choices, etc. And then consider Scott, who didn't need anyone’s approval (including his mother's) to start a movement around a character most thought would never see the light of plastic.
I don't care why you did it, Scott. I get to cross another one off my (new) list. Thanks.