I appreciate your passion but I will happily argue that Star Wars, and particularly Star Wars at retail is very much in decline.
For the record, Star Wars figures ceased production in 1986 and did not commence again till 1995. Star Wars is not the perrennial juggernaut that some might think.
For Hasbro action figures the peak for production was between 1996 and 1999 (I'm talking pure volume of units here, not range of characters). I recall sitting in the dock of a local TRU being able to pick through 82 cases of action figures for nice mint cards for my collection (that's over 1300 figures). These days a TRU might get about 10 cases for a big launch but commonly you'd expect about 4 cases of a wave per store.
Have a look at other retailers like Gentle Giant and Sideshow Collectibles. The edition numbers they produce for an item are now a shadow of their former selves.
Don't get me wrong, the tales of the demise of Star Wars are greatly exaggerated, but that's not to say the Empire is in as strong a position as they used to be. In fact, you won't see the latest series of Clone Wars on commercial TV because they just weren't interested in it. Ben 10 in comparison rates through the roof, and sells more toys. I know if I was in programming or marketing where I'd be focusing my resources.
I agree that I also think that Star Wars will be discussed still in 100 years time, it has certainly earned that status due to its impact upon the science fiction movie genre, not to mention the phenomenal achievements in retail and marketing. I can however forsee a future where Star Wars figures have periods of not being produced or available in stores. That's not necessarily an unhealthy thing either as sometimes a good rest helps to replenish a brand and allow for new developments.
Personally I think we'll see a continual though gradual decline for the next few years and depending on what happens in the media environment will impact upon the immediate future of Star Wars. I just hope we see quality and not gimmicky. I think if we see Star Wars tricked up for a 3D release then that's my "jumped the shark" benchmark. More Original Trilogy (i.e. you don't have to explain every detail and dumb things down) and less Prequels (i.e. not having every second person being a bloody Jedi or Sith) would be my tip for a strong and loyal market. Give me Thrawn and the X-Wing series and I'll lap it up.
Sorry for the segue and to bring it back on topic, you're spot on Jibba about the timings for when the board goes down. I know now just to avoid RS during this time as it never works.