That's all well and good, but where does a Sail Barge figure prominently into Clone Wars seasons 5 or 6?
This isn't about busting chops or hating on people who want big vehicles. I'd love a Sail Barge.
This is about the fact that right now the market won't support it, and Hasbro doesn't have high enough confidence in the Star Wars brand to invest in the design, tooling, product safety testing and eventual marketing of a big vehicle. With a company the size of Hasbro this isn't a casual undertaking. A piece like this is a centerpiece that you build a line around. And engineering a vehicle line this is more complicated than pressing a big Castle Greyskull. The two items really are not that comparable.
And then you look at other things in the line:
BLACK SERIES 3.75" FIGURES - Only 19 being offered in 2013
CLONE WARS ANIMATED 3.75" FIGURES - DISCONTINUED
SAGA LEGENDS - Basic figures reduced to 5 POA, price point deliberately lowered to draw in higher volume sales
STARFIGHTER VEHICLES - Stripped down to smaller / simpler sculpts to meet a reduced price point
The only big chance Hasbro seems to be taking is on the BLACK SERIES 6" figures. And that seems to be tied in to a scale that has been more attractive to general toy collecting.
The line simply does not seem healthy enough to support a $150 - $200 vehicle. Perhaps in 2015 or beyond, following the Episode VII release we'll be in a position where Hasbro can take a chance on something like the Sail Barge.