The Clone answer, as I read/understood it, is saying "We only have the capacity to produce so many Clones. Since we're trying to put out colored CLones and whites, we're using both toolings of the Clone".
So I'm not sure everyone's reading that as I did, but I think that's the case... Perhaps not a run-around answer so much, but not answered very articulately (articulate... articulation... hah, I slay me), or at least not straight to the point what with just coming out and saying "We're not able to meet demand right now using just the SA Clone's sculpt, we gotta use both of them to do that".
That, actually, makes sense... And they don't wanna tool a new mold I'm sure, that'd be a hefty investment for relatively short-term gain since supply/demand will balance itself as it inevitably does.
I don't think Mike was being facetious on that Early Bird Kit... I don't think it was a popular item though, obviously, and I don't think that there was much confusion at retail about it. I think it was just a lotta money for a whole lot of "nothing".
Weird time to release such an Original Trilogy item too. It didn't tickle my fancy though, and was the only exclusive I didn't go ape**** trying to find. A buddy got me one and mailed it to me and I didn't even care if I got it after I got home on 4/2 without seeing one.
Not to mention, and this is just my personal opinion, but I'm only interested in Chewbacca. I mean, the basically re-issued figure with a new head to give me a SA ANH/ESB Chewbacca is a generally better thing than that Leia (re-releasing the Commtech Leia would've been better IMO), R2, or the 100% newly sculpted Luke (I hate that extending saber feature. I think that's best left to vinty's).
Just my take on things though.