Q1) The past few QnA sessions with various sites in the community have been fruitful in terms of receiving advanced looks at upcoming figures like the modified General Grievous w/cape, the ultra-evil Senate Duel Darth Sidious and Leia Organa in Hoth Gear. We were hoping to get in on the goods with a detailed sneak peek at the new "Vintage" Sith Apprentice Anakin Skywalker that features the dark side visage and upgraded articulation. Any help would be hot!
A1) At this point, Comic Con and CV are right around the corner and we need to hang on to the upcoming basic figures for some key reveals at the show. Stay tuned - we promise it will be worth the wait.
Editors Note: I'm not surprised they didn't give us an image considering most of their new product has been spoiled for SDCC and CV.
Q2) Many collectors have voiced their concerns that the last two waves of Clone Wars figures (consisting of Cold Weather Anakin, Thi-Sen, Cmdr. Stone, Darth Sidious, TX-20, Firefighter Droid, Cold Weather Obi-Wan, MagnaGuard and Cold Weather Rex) have been a real Rancor to come across at retail. Meanwhile, stores have been inundated with older case assortments containing Whorm Loathsom, Echo, Admiral Yularen and the like. Are these lasts two hard-to-find waves still making their way to retail or are they casualties of "last wave syndrome" - a plague from which the Star Wars line often suffers when there is a packaging switch over?
A2) At this point, new shipments of Clone Wars figures are over. The actual batch size for the last 5 or so waves, however, were the same size of most of the previous waves so they did not suffer from the typical last-wave syndromes in terms of how many figures were made for public consumption (unlike Legacy/Droid Factory, which did have smaller batches for the last couple of waves). What you are seeing with older figures being re-released is that we have stock that we set aside from previous waves, when the build was larger, being re-released so we can be clean of the red/white packaging.