BBTS has Star Wars Black Series 3 up for preorder, and the case assortment appears to be: 1 Bespin Luke, 1 Prequel Kenobi, 1 Stormtrooper, and 1 ANH Han Solo.
Huh? As fond as I am of that Han, this doesn’t make sense. The first and obvious figure for that last slot is another Stormtrooper. After that, based on current sales, Boba Fett, or even another Sandtrooper.
And I’m guessing the reason BBTS upped the price of the individual Stormtrooper to $30 (and he still sold out in pre-order) was to cover the warehouse costs of all those Hans.
The only way this move makes any sense is if Hasbro’s thought process is the hoary adage that kids want heroes. But kids aren’t the real consumers of this line, and given that I’ve seen tons of Pilot Luke’s and R2s pegwarming but scarcely any Sandtroopers, it’s the wrong call.
UPDATE: Poester T16SkyHopp points out it’s possible – maybe even probable – that the big retailers dictated this case ratio, demanding another high-profile hero due to the aforementioned hoary adage. If so, that means the retailers are definitely not checking their own stock or paying any attention to what’s actually selling on their shelves.