Maybe a better question is, is Online catching up (down) to Retail?
I think it's that both of these sales outlets are each swinging in the opposite direction just a bit right now. The retail stores seem to have picked up a lot over the past month or two, and are finally stocking up on both the new and old 2003 Saga figures, which is great!
From what I've seen around the boards, it sounds like some of the e-tailers have been heading in the opposite direction just a little as well, with delays in receiving the latest items, and oft times having their orders outright cancelled. So that's a bummer for the people who prefer not to waste their gas on a weekly basis.
But I've always been a "thrill of the hunt" guy myself, so I stick primarily to the retail stores, and have done fairly well with that method. I've found just about everything, though sometimes it just takes a fair amount of patience for a lot of the figures. Always exciting (but often demoralizing) the hunt is though!