From a Canadian perspective (Dale, Jesse, Koda can disagree as they see fit):
OTC would have to be listed as a success overall. I was able to find all of the figures on Canadian cardback, though not in abundance.
- the Dagobah wave was overshipped, but I think that was a reasonable thing to do with four new figures in it, including a variant (Handstand Luke).
-Vader waves were undershipped up here. I managed to find them all in multiples, but I'd say my name is dirt in my home town. I did send them out for cost or straight trade in all cases, but some local guys would have missed out pretty easily. This, however, is the case for most toys around here, ordering is pretty limited, so either be there at the right time or don't go at all.
-hardest to find figure on Canadian cardback? Stormtrooper, hands down. I think the scanning tech also sold out incredibly fast, but I actually saw enough to leave on the pegs. Not so for the stormtrooper. I found two and promptly shipped one to JuvyD and one to Japan. chuckles' still bugging me for one.
-Like the US, the generals wave seems to have overshipped, coming in last and just before Christmas in greater abundance than any other wave. The ESB wave was similarly abundant but seems to have sold better with a Vader and repainted Gam Guard. Still, the generals/Han At-St are littering the pegs at TRU, even after a buy one, get one half off sale just prior to Christmas.
-VOTC? What VOTC? Ok, so again, my name is dirt locally, but most people would not have found the ROTJ wave unless they were out shopping over a specific three day period in early December. One retailer (Superstore) carried the ANH/ESB waves, with much more of the ANH showing up. Luke/Han/Ben/Yoda hang in general abundance, but low enough numbers to not be viewed as a failure. TRU and Zellers both carried the ROTJ wave, Zellers carrying many more cases than TRU. But were you not in the store at precisely the right time, you'd be out of luck. Stormtrooper, Boba, Vader, Chewbacca, R2 and 3PO did not sit on the shelves for a period greater than a few hours. A success? Yes, resounding locally. Stores still have a few hanging about but nothing anyone wants - Han, Luke, Yoda, Ben and Lando. What happened with Leia though, why was she so hard to find? Another ugly Leia figure combined with low shipping numbers?
-As opposed to the US, none of our retailers that carry these things ever really clearances. TRU has occasional sales (something that strikes me as new, I don't recall them doing this prior to this year) but not Superstore, Zellers or even Walmart. Wally willl clearance after a big glut, but not now, they'll just let the Bossk's, IG-88's and the rest sit there for a while, a long, long while.
-I'm not real optimistic about the post-OTC waves showing up here. They may, in limited numbers (a good thing for the Sly wave) but nothing major. If the past experience with preview figures is accurate, I'll need to be at TRU at exactly the right time to find those figures as well.
OTC = success but lots of peg warmers, notably the newer figures
VOTC = resounding success but for the over shipment of ANH wave