I’m really surprised that you’ve found it quite so hard to complete your collection. The tapes turn up reasonably regularly on eBay, for example, and they seldom cost more than a fiver; I’ve also found them in charity shops. Maybe supplies are running out after all this time?
Is it because you are only looking for Virgin Video tapes, as opposed to the other labels?
it's almost like the Star Wars Holiday special, where the Hergé Foundation have probably gone out of their way to ensure that nobody sees them...
There’s absolutely nothing to say that Moulinsart has anything to do with the series not being available currently: it could be that there isn’t a video label which sees them as a viable property (Anchor Bay certainly said as much to me, when I asked them if they held the rights to release the TV series after they brought out the movies), or perhaps that the company which promotes the Ellipse-Nelvana series owns the rights to both, and doesn’t want to split the market or confuse shoppers.
Moulinsart also brought out the stop-motion Crab with the Golden Claws
, and have posted the Belvision Black Island
on their web-site, so there’s no great sign of antipathy to them, per se