C.E. Evans wrote:
After 2012, I really can't blame the big U.S. retailers from wanting to take a time out. It sucks for U.S. collectors, but it was in response to having so much product already on their shelves, IIRC?
Largely, but all that product was mostly the fault of Hasbro and Lucasfilm pushing it all on retailers in a promotional blitz for a 3-D Prequel release that didn't exactly set the box office ablaze with record ticket sales. Add to that the carry forwards and additional shipments of figures that weren't selling well in the first place and you had a logjam of unwanted product that ground much of Star Wars
distribution and collecting to a halt last year and the aftereffects are still being felt.
There are several culprits to blame for what happened to be sure.