Doesn't matter. Anything could be great or awful, but if it doesn't sell well it can't stay on shelves for much longer. It's no longer profitable for the company at that point.
Yes, but I'd like it if you could somehow explain to me why in a lot of toy stores I've been in Bionicle was always one of the "overstocked" toylines. Instead of being overstocked, maybe people just didn't want to buy it.
Well, Spain is just another place they might not have done well. It's not significant on it's own but it becomes MUCH larger when you look at the fact that a lot of people here have some experience with overstocked or extremely difficult to find waves.
I mean, to be fair, you kind of didn't present much information when you said the Toa sold like hot cakes...
Here's the thing, I believe you're not considering the big picture here of what we do know. Some sets were extremely difficult to track down in European markets AFTER the first one or two waves, which tells me stores didn't want to stock them by that point (keep in mind, stores will buy stock if it's profitable). Many sets were found left on super-clearance (free Quake Beast and $5 Gali amirite), and in general the sets were either shelfwarming or simply hard to find at retail. What this tells me is a few things; retailers likely didn't stock many in certain countries after a possible bad experience with the first year, more domestic stores (to make sure there's no confusion, I'm in America) likely bought a few cases and couldn't sell them all, and when they couldn't sell them all the sets went on discount.
All of this combined just seems far too suggestive of poor sales rather than a successful toyline being temporarily ended due to a marketing campaign for an upcoming movie based on it.