I may be way off base here, so feel free to coment (duh,.. that's what the forums are for)
Maybe I'm an idiot, but I've just recently noticed something that I must have been too stupid to see before. Why are toys aimed at kids pushed out in such large numbers when a movie is released, but not when the Video comes out? I have a 3 yr old, and we went and watched Monsters Inc when it was in the theater. She loved the show, but never really was interested in the toys. At the time, there was tons of Monsters inc stuff everywhere. Now that we have the DVD, she has watched it quite a few times, and is really into getting the toys. Lucky for me, TRU and KB still have quite a few of them on clearance now. Anyone with kids knows that a kid will watch a movie/video/show they like over and over. I mean over and over and back to back if you let them. To me this seem like the best time to push the toys at the stores. Normally that's when all the toys are just about gone. Lucky for us, Star Wars is getting a pretty quick Video release, with still tons of toys at the stores.
I haven't been able to find any of the newer figures (starting with the TA anakin and Training maul). Normally if I go a few weeks to a month after a figures release and I don't have it, I start getting anxious. But I'm thinking that when the Episode 2 video comes out, in addition to the Christmas Shoping picking up, that will no longer be a problem. As kids are watching the Video release over and over, in additon to being pounded by toy commercials for Christmas, the interest will rise in Star Wars toys. I was thinking that the Star Wars sales will pick up to a pace where the stores will constantly be stocking new stuff. So I'm not so worried, and would think that anyone who is desperatly looking for newer items will start finding them shortly. I don't really see a need in panic right now, and resorting to Ebay or over-priced seconday market dealers.
My theory is: If you are a fairly consistant figure hunter, in about a month you will start finding every figure and other Star Wars items you're looking for.
Historically I found that if you wait long enough you will find most all of what you want anyhow, but I think it will all come in pretty quick this November into December. Then again, what do I know... Like I said at the start of this post, maybe I'm an Idiot.