Basvanderwerff wrote: The less popular models may get poured faster simply because there would be less of a queue for that mold (or even none at all).
Actually, from a business perspective it's the opposite. If you have a station with molds for, say, 20 toys, you're not going to even bother with that station until you have enough orders to completely fill it for maxiumum efficiency- why bother making 5-6 toys and taking up a precious worker to a station that can't even be filled up when they could pour 100 of the more popular models?
There's a Bell curve involved with this. On the extreme ends, you have the highest production time (Super popular/brand new models like Nocturne, and the less popular ones on each end) while near the middle, with the moderately popular toys that aren't brand new seeing the fastest/ most consistent production time. The newer models take time because of the sheer volume involved, the less popular models because they're looking to fill up a station with orders before filling them.
At least, this is what I can divine from my manufacturing knowledge. I'm not behind the scenes so I can't say for sure, but this is what we can infer.
Glad I don't have to wait for production though, I'm just waiting on Black Friday toys now