While this does feel like a potentially petty shot from Sideshow, and I don't want them to be a monopoly... I also wonder if it has to do with Toys Wonderland's REALLY ****** track record recently and Hot Toys wanting to distance themselves.
Kit was fuming about them in the FF7 Remake and Raider Jones threads. Plus in both those threads people were screwed out of their pre-orders (me included) and Kit had to source me a Cloud figure locally for almost 3x the cost.
I even made a joke in the Raider Jones thread about "If anyone was even going to get their pre-order" and 4-5 pages later people were saying they were getting the runaround or straight up having their preorders canceled.
Also R_R_X has spoken out about them, saying Lim is most likely not going to work with them in the future after they release their current figures.
Kit is not exactly a neutral source. TW is offering cheaper prices than Kit's store, so yeah, it's going to make Kit mad. I don't know if there's a legitimate issue there or just beef created by competition.
I'm trying to figure out if this is a pattern or not. TW shorting people on GT figures, while sucky, is not unprecedented. I used to run a store, and our order for the original DAM Toys Spade J figure was cancelled, because the distributor themselves didn't place their order with DAM on time. That was a one-time thing, and the distributor didn't mess up again.
And with LIM, I'm not sure if there's an issue there, or just them trying to avoid any potential issues. A few folks missed out on the Gunslinger figure with ToyOrigin, and so LIM is trying to avoid that in the future, I don't know of anyone who ordered a Gunslinger figure from TW and didn't receive it.