While doing some product research (I work in the educational toy industry) I
found the place that Estes has dumped their recent Star Wars offerings: KB
Toys, especially the ones that go under the label of "TOY LIQUIDATORS". I
found some Quest stuff there too.
I picked up two Princess's ships (mini-engine version) for $2.50 a piece.
They had some of the SW RTF starter sets at $12.99 a piece. It looks like
Estes had to dump all of their Star Wars goods by 12/31 and sold them to KB
and possibly Wal-Mart. If I remember how licenses work (and this is my
opinion only), Anything that Estes had in stock (at Estes) after 12/31/99,
probably had to be destroyed. So all the Star Wars stuff that is in the
pipeline, at distributors or on the store shelves all there is going to be.
(I wonder how much Estes had to pay to get out of the license...)
A better deal at the Toy Liquidators, can be found if you are looking for
plastic models of Star Trek and Star Wars. These were anywhere from $1.99
to $9.99 (for the 1701D with fiber optics: regularly $29.99). In addition,
if you brought one kit, you got another at 50% off. I purchased about $600
worth of kits for 81 bucks. The plastic parts are great for kitbashing and
accessorizing my science fiction model rocket fleet... The Liquidators I
visited was at the Factory Outlet mall in Draper Utah.
Hope this info helps!