Trust me, I know how the production process in toys works. Only too well. I have written extensively here in these forums about the various steps.
However, I am compelled to make an appeal to Hasbro to throw us and Sir Steve a bone and get more images out there! Even if it is just concept sketches or prototypes. There was time when you could come here and see the prototypes at least on many upcoming figures. Now days, nothing.
I do realize that this could be an editorial decision on the part of the Sir Steve's Guide staff. That perhaps it was determined that a loose, painted version was preferable to a stark, unpainted one. However, I have seen nothing to suggest that this is the case, so I am led to conclude that Hasbro is simply slow to release images.
I think that it would be in the best interest of Hasbro to provide as much imagery as possible to the better fan sites (like my personal favorite, the one that bears this post). In a time when the folks at Hasbro are making inroads in their relationship with the adult collector (selecting background characters and collector favorites, convention appearences, actual acknowledgement by Hasbro personnel that such a market exists), it would seem only logical that the sooner we know what is coming, the greater the anticipation of its arrival.
That being said, I submit a humble request that Hasbro adopt a PR program that gets more than character names into the hands of web site administrators months in advance. Especially given that many such lists are gleaned from retailer stock lists rather than direct from Hasbro. Don't get me wrong, they have made tremendous strides in the last few years, I simply see this as the next logical step.