Stuff seems to be selling pretty well. The Targets in my area are flying through the Geonosian fighters and Hailfire droids. Even the repainted gunship and Jedi fighter sold through eventually.
But I have to say that Hasbro's coordination of shipments seem to be a bit whack. If you are going to launch a new line, why start off by flooding stores with repainted vehicles? Around here in Maryland, the first things to pop up for the CW line were the Jedi fighter, AAT, and the gunship. Needless to say, nothing really moved that fast. Why would a kid buy a commando gunship if there's no one to put in it (unless you were lucky enough to find an army builder pack). And why would you get a Jedi starfighter when there is no pilot on the pegs, especially when you already have a red one. The AAT went quick because most of us missed it the 1st time around. Now granted, the army-builder 3 packs showed up shortly thereafter. But let's face it, finding the clone trooper set was near impossible (I still haven't found the Jedi pack).
The basic figures obviously should have hit first, and with more characters in the assortments (the Anakin, ARC trooper, Yoda assortment isn't cutting it). They could have released all seven characters in one case and everything would have been fine. Something like: 2 Anakins, 1 Obi-wan, 1 Mace, 1 Yoda, 2 Durge, 1 Asajj Ventress, and 4 ARC troopers. I don't know if those ratios are perfect but they address what I see as problems. The ARC trooper is obviously being used to army-build. When I check the pegs, there are always lotsa Anakins and a couple Yodas, but few if any ARC troopers. A variety of characters would have eliminated the glut of just one or 2 figures hanging out on the pegs.
Anakin's fighter, the Geonosian fighter and the Hailfire droid should have been the first vehicles released. They are obviously the better sellers because it's the 1st time we are seeing them. Why not use the momentum of better selling items to draw in a fan base for the line (namely the kiddies) and then hit them up with repaints a little later. Once the line is successful, you could probably repaint the Jedi starfighter 3 or 4 times (one for each jedi) and everyone would gobble 'em up. Or they could have at least released the teal Jedi fighter in conjunction with Saese Tinn's release. Kinda like they could have released Anakin's fighter along with Anakin's release. The back of Anakin's card packaging shows his fighter (no surprise, Yoda's and the ARC trooper's do not), so I'm sure a parent or child at the store at least looked for the fighter on the shelves. But if its not there, how are they supposed to buy it?
I'm sorry to be so critical, because I really like the Clone Wars line alot. But it is frustrating to see things handled the way they are. I'm thinkng of it from a kid's perspective:
"Mommy, where's Durge? He's the main bad guy and I need him to fight Anakin. And where is the horned guy that is supposed to fly the blue Jedi ship? I want him alot. And where is Ani's ship? I need that so he can fight the Geonosian guy in his ship. And mommy, do you see any pilots for the big Clone trooper ship. They are on the box, but I can't find them on the shelf."
I mean how hard would it have been to slightly repaint the gunship pilot and call him "ARC pilot" or something. With collectors, you'd have a guaranteed sale of at least 2 figures. Luckily, I bought two extras way back when, so my Command Gunship is properly manned. But I'm sure the is some confused kid out there with no pilots for his gunship.
All in all, here's how I would have done it:
-All seven characters in one case (and released with or before vehicles and army builders)
-New vehicles released 1st, repaints 2nd
-Vehicles and their appropriate pilots should hit stores close together
-No Destroyer droid launcher...drop that and add another clonetrooper pack and you have happy collectors
-Keep up with the value packs...best and most successful idea in a long time, very well thought out
Other than that, I love the figures, mostly because they are expanded universe and not under the same kind of visual scrutiny of movie accurate figures. A figure can look cool on its own merit because there is nothing else really to compare it too. I think the upcoming Kit Fisto and Saese Tinn are some of the coolest looking Star Wars figures I've seen. Keep up the good work Hasbro.