Liege Evilmus wrote:However if it's more of the same old...
That's my guess.
I can't really see them making any kind of big investment(such as new molds) on anything exclusive. 'Exclusive' usually means some sort of repaint.
If it's to the point where even movie Fast Action Battles are getting repainted, what evidence is there that Hasbro is going to invest a lot in something new that will be released in a very limited quantity?
That would be nice, but it's unlikely(and can you imagine the prices those will go for on the likes of Ebay? A Rodimus repaint is one thing, but a whole new mould of, oh, Trailbreaker or Ironhide? Yikes). Rumble and Ravage didn't seem to be released in large numbers at Wal-Marts, but their volume still would have been substantially higher than exclusives.
I second the idea listed here of a Frenzy repaint of Rumble and I would also expect a repaint of Skids.