Aaahhhh! Since I was deploying about this time I totally missed this thread. Did anyone manage to get a pic or save the image? Do you remember the seller so I can contact them?
I have to say I am not that suprised about Kirk being wrong because after all who can remember every little detail about their job or even thier life in general after 25 or more years? I know I can't.
Due to the extremely rare nature of this figure I will bet that Kirk was right in that they delayed the figure as long as possible but apparently the figures were still available on the 9-back offerless cards later. This is my guess due to the rarity of the piece. Another possibility is this was released in more limited numbers than the others because they didn't expect it to sell as much since Scarlett is a female. On page 20 of this magazine Kirk talks about the females (particularly Scarlett) not selling well:
Also, on page 21 in the first paragraph Kirk mentions the females are always weighed less in an assortment than the male figures.