So this was a Q&A from Hasbro at CreatureCantina.com:
CreatureCantina.com: You've announced previously that in 2008 you'll be revisiting Bespin for a wave figures. Will you include Willrow Hood in that wave? If not, do you realize collectors will storm the Hasbro parking lot and smash the windows out of all your cars? Rhode Island is a small state... we'll find you. I mean, to do a Bespin wave at this point and NOT include Willrow? You may as well just spit in all our faces.
Hasbro: We will base any future Empire wave (realizing that not all Empire waves are Bespin-focused) on the most important characters that we feel need to be re-visited or new ones that should be introduced, and not simply because he was the 10th-ranked figure in the fans' choice poll. At some point, you will probably see a Willrow figure, but not in 2008, so the community will have to be patient.
Hasbro seems a bit testy in this answer (which I guess could stem from the suggestion that employees' cars will be vandalized). However, I wonder if Hasbro is pretty annoyed with the Willrow Hood situation. I have often said that it isn't necessarily a figure that people want for any reason other than they find the idea of it getting made hilarious. It seems to me Hasbro is agitated because it knows that this figure will probably not sell well, but also knows that it needs to keep fans happy. Hasbro knows that at this point many fans actually want this figure, but Hasbro may not feel the reason fans want this figure is legitimate. My thought is they had a poll. Willrow came in 10th. They need to just buck up and make the figure. I suggest putting him in a battle pack with some main characters and get over it.