He's been posting at Rebelscum too, and what I find odd is that "production" ceased LONG ago... On OTC and VOTC.
He keeps throwing the term"Production" around, and how it stopped, which to me says he doesn't know what he's talking about. Point, blank, period.
It isn't like there's just factories over the pond churning these out continuously. Toys are made in batches, and reorders of product are placed should they be deemed necessary.
In the case of OTC, things have been "limited" to an extent for the duration of the line, and the OTC line itself was made as a filler line for the DVD release... Production was started at one point, and ceased so that product would ship for the orders that were requested from retail. Simple.
Orders for OTC AFTER the fact would be moot, and the buyer would be told (Should be told he's an idiot for not knowing his product) "The production of that line's done, we have new cases available to you in this time of year, order them, they're transition figures into E3 stuff". In maybe loose terms there...
VOTC, again, was something with a set run for production. Retail gave its opinion on what was offered, Hasbro put in an order for a set ammount, and Hasbro (quite plainly) made it clear that when it's done, it's done. No more VOTC will be made/shipped after that point because they're getting ready for E3.
This guy posting this news, and talking about it at Scum and things, seems more intent on starting a mass panic that "OTC and VOTC are Cancelled! Buy them while you can!", rather than saying that this was the reality of the OTC line and most every other line Hasbro has made.
Yes OTC and VOTC are "done". Did everyone think they'd last into ROTS product or something? There's not much time between now and then... There's lotsa stuff in the pipelines for stores, things are just now going out to the retailers for X-Mas, and it'll include the transition figures come December and into next year.
Maybe I'm just missing the guy's point... But "production" stopped on OTC and VOTC a long time ago... It's not news, and not surprising, and it's not like there's going to be a surprise shortage of figures really. Some seemingly are getting shafted on production, but how many basic OTC figures really shipped heavily at all? Not many except NEW figures that Hasbro thought would sell the best.
It's really just confusing "panic" I'm seeing right now... It's a shame people start these rumors because now Rebelscum's all aflutter with the people thinking they're now not going to ever find VOTC figures because they're being short-produced somehow. I wouldn't be surprised if there's the exact same # of ROTJ VOTC figures as there are ANH, they're just being distributed differently. That's me though... Either way, Production stopped LONG before this guy "figured it out", and then subsequently, "broke the news" as it were.