It's become clear that more people have followed this path of toning down.
I think the over-abundance of lines to collect, increasing prices for most lines, and the fact that the longer we are in this hobby the less room we have for new stuff is starting to take its' toll.
I also think Medicom did themselves a disservice by having more than a year between lines, and not keeping some OT in the basic assortments slated for next year.
The fact is one of the things we are hooked on is the collecting itself. Too long of a drought and we start to realize we don't "need" it like before.
I think I've come to the conclusion that my kubrick collection will be one of the last things left as the rest of the collection goes away over the years. It is unique, small enough to filt in a medium size tub, and I just love the way they look like the characters, without looking like the characters- they are just excellent toy representations of the movie that defines my childhood (and more of my adulthood than I care to admit).
But I completely understand people's decision to cut back or let the majority go. I did that with my Hasbro addiction (although recent events have caused me to buy more than I had been), and will probably be letting the VCD figures go soon, and maybe some other items as well.
I do look forward to getting the next 2 series, just not nearly as much as I did when they were OT.