I confess to feeling little loyalty to Hasbro.
Partly it's their fault, partly not. The not part is just a general dismay and frustration at having so little on display since moving. Why the hell am I parting with good money for stuff to go into storage? It's a question I ask every day.
The part that is their fault is partly due to Hasbro Canada and partly due to Hasbro in general. The Canadian side can't be entirely blamed on the parent corporation, but the shitass distribution in Canada is frustrating beyond belief. Yes, it's a small market relative to the US, but adjust your business accordingly, you've been at it long enough.
Each sub-line of the modern era has seen us screwed out of the distribution system:
POTF2 - no last freeze frame figures (Zuckuss, RH Vader, etc.)
Episode 1 - no last two waves (Sio Bibble, etc.)
POTJ - no last two waves (Imperial officer, etc.)
Saga 1 - stopped around Djas Puhr
Episode 3 - the line sucked, but we missed something
Saga 2 - pretty much the last 22 never came here, save a smattering of Wally figs
See a trend? Yet I can go into TRU right now and see so freaking much EndBoo wave it's sickening, just like when they ****** up the amount of the Carkoon wave. Thanks for grasping what part of your product is good and what sucks ass as rehashes.
As for the parent company, some of it is just bizarre rehashes or the placing of desirable single figures in multi-packs with 3-4 other rehashed figures that I have no desire for. The glut of product is getting a bit annoying too and I'm not army building or buying carded figures anymore, but there's just so much.
Combine those two and I'm pretty tired overall of Hasbro. There's still much to like, TAC wave 2 and all the McQuarrie stuff comes immediately to mind, but my patience is razor thin with these guys. I'd rather find a GG mini-bust at $50 than buy 5 regular Hasbro figures (they're $10 up here), even army builders.
Could someone else do it? Sure, like Scott mentioned Zizzle immediately leapt to mind given the scale and accuracy of the sculpts. My biggest frustration with Hasbro is the price given what ToyBiz was able to do with LOTR at a higher scale. Action features that didn't suck ass, great sculpts in a larger scale and lots of accessories as well. Oh yeah, the pricepoint was the same. I'll grant that the license was probably cheaper, but to suggest only Hasbro could do it? Not a chance.
To Hasbro's benefit though, I won't start collecting another line should they have competition.