Oh, beginning huh? Completely missed that hahaha. Good you already knew then :oD
Yah, well in the beginning, you could only buy them at Star Trader and they were ONLY behind the counter. But after the people who really wanted them got them, interest waned so they started to put them out in the store and in World of Disney and the Studio Store as well.
I picked up 2 Star Wars figures at TRU's current BOGO sale for Clone Wars and Saga Legends figures. Got Hoth Han to get the hood up version of this figure as well as an extra Snowspeeder Luke. I'm pretty sure I'll be buying the vintage packaging Target Snowspeeder so I'll need an extra Luke (along with an extra Dack for that matter) to keep permanently in the speeder.
That reminds me, I still need to get Leader Starscream. I guess I'm either waiting for a sale or else until I visit WM as I have a gift card I need to use.
I've been wanting it since the first images were released, so I wanted to grab it as soon as I can. I am sure it will go on sale eventually. I got my first leader prime on sale at target for 31 dollars.