On the subject of the plain white clone, I think if they had used the VC#45 sculpt with a smaller ROTS helmet, and no yelllowing, it would have sold a lot better. And it they didn't have the Legends one on the pegs at the same time, then it would have actually sold through at most places, even with it being packed into so many assortments... my ideal attack for Hasbro moving forward would be too just go with the VC# 45 sculpt, and pack in both a Phase 1 and a Phase 2 helmet. Really doubt we'll see that ever happen though.
In terms of figure pulls, some Targets in my area have experienced the purge, others have not. It's weird, some stores are within a couple miles of each other and have completely differnet looking vintage sections now... all 4-LOMs and Dengars, or completely bare.
I don't see that Wal-Marts have had a purge in my area. But then again, they didn't over-order Waves 1 and 2 like Target did. They all have a scattered selection of Waves 5 & 6... but I don't think any of them ever got in a Wave 7 case at all.
TRU stores... two in my area both have a some Wave 5 & 6 too. One has a few Wave 1 pegwarmers still, but not to the degree they did - I wonder if some got pulled.