As I posted in another thread, the local Target had not stocked any basic action figures in the past month (at least) or so, and when I went in today, they had restocked with two cases, both of which were the 41-44 "army builder" case. There was 1 Clone left out of 6, maybe 3 of the Droidekas, but there were six more Wookiees and Neimoidians hanging around than there were the last time I checked on Sunday.
I honestly think it's time for Hasbro to do a big "recall" along the lines of what they did when TPM and AOTC were out. The thing that will be different this time around is that there isn't such a glut of main characters (or characters in general). They could come in and take back about eight figures, and the pegwarmer problem would be decreased significantly.
Figures they *could* recall so new stuff can get out:
With more Wookiees, Neimoidians, and Bodyguards coming in a few months, and the current versions being the "main offenders" right now, those three at least could be taken back and cause a major dent in things. At this point, everybody who wants one, has one of Bail, Amedda, Tarfull and Palpatine, so the only one that could reasonably escape this is the Clone Pilot. But then, with no ARCs or Gunships on the shelves for him to fly, what point is there with him either?
I think the real problem with clearancing the "main offenders" by themselves is that most stores order SW figures based on case numbers, and they can't clearance a figure without first clearancing the assortment itself. If they did that, they would not get any more figures period. So, unless Target or TRU or Wal-Mart has the time/patience/masochist urges to sit down and manually enter the numbers for each individual figure to go on clearance, or unless Hasbro takes these figures back, it's going to continue being a sea of Clone Pilots, Neimoidians, and Wookiees until 2008.