I read a lot of these forums, and I since a great disturbance. I since a great deal of fear and anger towards Hasbro and stores in general. This is not the path of a Jedi. Remember the words of Master Yoda. “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate… hate leads to suffering.” If that is not enough to quiet your mind how about a quote from icatch9 (me). “Toys are made to make money. Hasbro exists to make money. Hasbro has to make these toys in order to make money (their stock depends on it).” You will find what you desire if you have patience. You have go and shop for them. They are not going to show up on your door step (unless you get them from ebay). But, if you go you will find. It may take some time, but would it be as fun, or would they be as cool if you could just walk into any old store and buy anyone you wanted?
Besides, Hasbro wants us to get these figures. They do not make their toys hard to find or in limited quantities. Nothing like Treasure Hunts in Hot Wheels or other chase toys that toy companies use to bait their collectors. The last thing Hasbro made that was truly hard to find was the Y-Wing, and that was more of a mistake than anything. They thought we wouldn’t buy very many of them. So, again if we just wait and be patient we will get what we want. This would be the advice of any Jedi Master (Qui-Gon Jinn).
Many collectors in these forums have some very harsh words to say about Hasbro. This too in not the path of a Jedi. Not many other toy companies even care about the collector. Especially the adult collector. Hasbro at least asks (i.e. fans choice figures) what we would like. So cut them a break from time to time.
As for the stores, there is nothing that can truly be said. Some stores have scalpers that work there (even in Management positions). Some stores have policies because of rude scalpers. Some store have no clue either way. So, you just have to deal with it. I imagine that the majority of stock people in toy departments could give 2 Sh*ts about Star Wars stuff. Its just another box of stuff they have to put on the shelves.
What we learn from the movies can help us in life and in collecting. So May The Force Be With You!