^Remember the Scout Trooper fiasco years ago? Nobody could find them because everyone was army building. This was made even worse by the fact that there was a mail-away figure that required buying all of the figures in the wave. Hasbro had to change it so that any combination of figures could be used to get the mail-away.
It's funny. The Episode I Battle Droid will appear in at least three case assortments this year, but more popular Original Trilogy army builders like the Hoth Rebel Soldier, Mon Calamari Pilot and Imperial Navy Commander each appeared in just one. That's it. A whole lot of people still haven't found the Deleted Scenes wave because of the glut of all the Episode I wave figures from January and February, and it's made even worse by the fact that the Mon Cal Pilot army builder in that assortment isn't getting repacked anymore this year. I love Hasbro for the most part...they're probably the best toy company on the planet. But man, when it comes to getting an adequate supply of really popular and in-demand STAR WARS figures on the market they're as clueless as a Neanderthal with a time machine.
Episode I 3-D is over. It's come and gone. Nobody wants to see hundreds of Qui-Gons, Ewan McGregor Obi-Wans and Podracers on the pegs for the next twelve months. Let's get more new stuff to the stores, and in good numbers so everyone will have a shot at the good stuff.