hmmm i wouldn't be surprised if they may have looked into it at lease.
I think the prob with that is that how far in advance actual production would need to be done.
Many companies need all the factory business approved before they even think of creating art or hiring sculptors.
And the sub time for 2013 makes sense.
Summer of 2012 you plan into 2013, thats a big head start...and product turn time could be 6-9 months from sculpt to final production