I posted this in the PSWCS Yahoo e-mail list, but I'll repost it here:
I'm not necessarily seeing a dearth of product at any of the stores I frequent with possible exception to Wal*Mart. But of what I do see it's mostly Legends, then Clone Wars and either none or next to none of Legacy.
I have to agree with the part of the rant (posted on Jedi Temple Archives) that states to put Legends out only when there is a lull.
Hasbro is going to say that it's the stores who are ordering more Legends cases. That's in part because that's what the store is getting, so of course it's going to look like it's selling more than Legacy.
I'm all for making this one line.
Cases can be mixed as such:
Case 1 (Thirds)
4 figs CW, 4 figs Legacy, 4 figs Legends
Case 2 (50/50)
6 figs CW, 6 figs Legacy
In this respect only some Legends figs hit the shelves, not plugging them up.
Hasbro can then have smaller waves of figures. This works very well for Build-A-Droid waves. Waves that have 4 figs to make an Astromech and waves that have 6 figs to make protocol and other droids fit into this scheme perfectly.
One line, one price, one source for availability. Deleting the additional sku's will also help the stock people at our local retail stores.
This seems like a much simpler way to do it. The complaint from Hasbro would be that they wouldn't be able to track how well Clone Wars vs. Legacy vs. Legends were selling. However, that is something we can readily let them know via reports from the collecting websites. If we're seeing CW or Legacy or Legends figures lag on the shelf, then Hasbro could adjust accordingly in the future.
So how about that? Does my idea of mixed Animated/Realistic/Legends sound okay at least? I think it really has merit. Everyone will see some product then. Waves can be smaller with realistic waves still having the opportunity to have build-a-figure pieces in them.
I'd appreciate folks thoughts on this. And maybe Hasbro is looking in on this thread too...