The only thing is, Retail and Manufacturer routinely refer to themselves as "partners" rather than customer/supplier... There are contracts and things worked out between companies. I don't know what the deal is with this street date of course, it makes no sense to me either for the reasons I mentioned, BUT if there's agreed upon terms between Hasbro and their retail buyers, then one breaking the dates is pretty negative to whatever they had agreed upon with (assuming here) all parties involved.
None of it makes any real sense... It's like sales figures and stuff... You never see the details, so you never know the whole story.
It's so unimportant to me I guess I just don't care. I've been happy to wait I guess. I made 2 trips to TRU's only because I was in the area anyway, but otherwise I've largely just waited for stuff to hit everywhere when it's more convenient for me... I have done some financial catching up lately, some planning for the future. Honestly I don't mind the 3-month-breaks... Some are complaining, some are I guess saying this is enough for them to totally lose interest in the hobby. Maybe my attention span isn't that easily killed by a lull? I don't know. This just has been a financial downtime for me where I put money into other things like home improvements here and at my gf's, car stuff... Even student loans are ahead of the game a little more right now. Good times.
Hasbro can do what they want, and retail can do what they want, and if there's consequences for what they did then that's their deal.
I did like picking up Jodo Kast and the deluxe Cad Bane though. Nice figs. Saw the AT-AT today too at K-Mart, and it's really nice as well, and normal price ($99.99).