Yeah, I think it's definitely going to be challenging, to say the least. Heck, I think it's gonna be tough just to get one or two of 'em, based on the fact that I never once saw the Commtech Stormtrooper at retail, and have only seen two HOF Stormtroopers to date. This is going to be the ultimate army building Star Wars figure of all time, probably, and as such, it will likely be one of the hardest figures to find at retail ever, despite the $10 tag. That's why for the first time ever, I actually pre-ordered a case from EE. I'm that
nervous about him (and Fett, to a lesser extent).
I don't think the overabundance of the current wave 1 of VOTC is necessarily going to be indicative of how easy the next two waves are going to be to find at retail. I think since Han, Luke, Leia and Ben have each been rehashed a million times over, and are not quite as popular characters as the subsequent VOTC figures coming, that they'll ultimately wind up being the easiest wave to find, by far. Plus, it's the first wave, which usually means higher quantities ordered, more repacks in subsequent cases (of the following waves), etc. If they continue to hang on the pegs for a bit, as they've already been doing around here lately, that might mean fewer orders placed by retailers for the last 2 VOTC waves. I think each wave is going to get progressively harder to find, especially if you're looking for multiples. One or two will probably be do-able, if you're an active searcher in the toy aisles. Just need some luck and good timing really...
But back to the Stormtrooper... He's gonna be VERY tough, I think. Like Force Guy mentioned, a lot of folks (especially the army builders) will be casing their entire areas (and a LOT more than just a 10 mile radius, I'd suspect
), scooping up EVERY last one of them that they can possibly find. It's going to be hard for most everyone (if they get the opportunity) not to be too greedy with this most excellent figure!
Bottom line is, Hasbro's a giant turd if they don't find a way to subsequently get some more of these Stormtroopers distributed in some other manner, later on, after the VOTC line has run it's course. I think most of us are PRAYING for an updated version of the Stormtrooper Army Building Packs with him in it...
(despite Hasbro adamantly saying they'd NEVER release this figure outside of the VOTC line