I think we almost agree. I don't believe they are abandoning the old system. It simply looks like they are temporarily sidelining it in order to "strike while the iron is hot" and get their latest hit into the hands of as many customers as possible.
I fully agree they need to do another manufacturing run, but right now, fresh off the Origins awards, with stores stocking up for Christmas, they need all the stashes they can scare up. Mobilizing their current inventory is actually a really solid decision on their part. I would also much rather see them get the money they need for the new mold before they go to "press" again which will make the next run less expensive and easier to produce.
Count me as one that would be very sad to see single stashes go. I am excited, however, about the possibilities that are opening up due to this wonderful new venue for Icehouse. (Not to mention some of the other "On The Stove" projects that we've been waiting for like the UberChrononauts box set among others.)
Of course, all of this is pure speculation on both our parts. We might both be completely wrong when the full scope of the Looneys' plans are revealed.
Let's just hope they don't start making collectible pieces. CCGs are enough of a temptation without dozens of sparking, little pyramids calling my name at the store... :)
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A very thoughtful response, but you are still missing my basic idea: they are abandoning the physical support of the old system they sold us on for so long.