That pretty much sums up my thoughts overall. I did ask if there were any members of the events team around to offer some feedback but there didn't seem to be anyone there so didn't get the chance. Going to fire off an email to them though.
The thing that always set FW apart was the huge amount of stuff they brought to events - whether that was completed stuff or WIPs/concepts or models ready for production and the ability to be able to see them in person then have a chat with whoever designed them was gold dust. I completely get why they'd prefer the Community Team to be doing all the previews since that's more or less 90% of their job but by pushing everything back to them it's diminishing the event for those attending - depending on the HH weekender next year and some feedback on that I'd likely not go to the FWOD since everything I'd want to see will appear on the internet at some point in the not too distant future anyway
Granted they shouldn't literally be emptying the cupboards as it were but there's definitely a balance to be struck between using a dedicated team to preview/announce new stuff and offering something for those who bother to go to events