The problem is that collectors in Clone Wars in general are the slim pickin's and it's kids who either support it or don't. Right now Hasbro's direction with the line, for kids and collectors alike, is the realistic line since it's tantamount to a "movie year", more or less. And will be for 6 years.
Clone Wars has always been separated a bit, and IMO that hurt it being more absorbed and accepted by collectors as a whole. LFL didn't care and wanted sculpts that reflected the media (despite Hasbro even pushing realistic or quasi-realistic figures) in an effort to blend them. I think deep down, Hasbro knew keeping one animated would ultimately mean it would disconnect with collectors as a new and wholely separate toy line. I know that's how I view it. I didn't buy CW because I don't look at them as part of the same line of figures ultimately, and with price hikes at the time the last thing I wanted was yet another line of action figures to collect.
Flash forward to now and I'm still open to realistic... No hard data to prove I'm in the majority other than the realistic line's been around for this many years, and has had huge collector support really. That says something though, that collectors will probably buy realistic CW figures who otherwise were passing because they considered it wholely separate. I was anything but alone in that feeling at the time.
I think they could've paid a little more attention to CW in 2012 than they did for sure, and been more even about things. But ultimately I think this was an inevitable direction they were going to go since the toon's ratings are slipping (meaning the main audience they cater to with their half hour commercials is slipping with it), and the unavoidable end of the series is in sight, at least to some degree. I personally think syndication, even if it happens, isn't likely to drive toy sales at all. I think Hasbro really is just preparing for the reality of no Clone Wars toon... However, if a new toon were to emerge? I think anything is possible then, including a return to the old toon even with some characters here and there from CW mixed into the line.