It legitimately baffles me how whomever is in charge of case distributions thought that having her as the sole figure in the final wave of an already cut-short series would be a good idea.
Seriously. Would've been really nice to get a retool of Jazz as Richochet or Nightbeat as well.
Hmm. I suppose the likely explanation is that the paint budget intersected with wave scheduling to result in only 1 new figure for the final wave, but nonetheless, I am disappointed that Elita Infin1te's art consequently has an digital-only black repaint Jazz. It certainly would have made wave 4 fresher.
Now can someone explain this to me? I'm not trying to be argumentative, I just don't understand how paint app/retool budgets would intersect with wave releases.
Basically, they only have "X" number of slots for figures available for the year based on their proposed budget. The total cost for everything (paint, remolds, etc) is spread across the entire year's releases. This enables them to dedicate more resources to one figure that may need it while cutting back on another that might not. If it's a shorter run over all, things may not divide out evenly over four waves, so you get one new figure that is left hanging with 3 repacks in the final wave.
My theories for this particular run are a) Hasbro knew they HAD to get all the Dinobots out there or there'd be riots - so they were front-loaded. I think they also gambled (and maybe lost) that retailers would skip wave 2 and go straight to wave 3, which is why they repacked Rippersnapper and Blackwing in wave 4 (also theoretically all the Terrorcons would be on the pegs at the same point with a fresh round of Rippersnappers out there). They just stuffed Slug in there for kicks, and tacked on Novastar to get her out the door.
Of course. I have no factual basis to this whatsoever.