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« on: August 18, 2007, 11:34:56 AM »

Here's a concise presentation this week's Hasbro Q&A:



JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES

Q. Are the vintage style figures still shipping to stores, are have they run their course? How long will the mail-away promotion last? The last promotion was extended beyond the deadline, any chance of this one doing the same?

A. Vintage has run its course at Wal-Mart and Target, but continues on at TRU and other smaller retailers.  The promotion this time has plenty of time for offers to trickle back in - it lasts until 2/29/2008.


Q. Any chance we will see the first Clone Wars figures at Toy Fair, or even sooner?

A. Right now, Toy Fair is the most likely time for the first peak at what they will look like.


Q. You stated before that we would see many of the older case assortments from the TAC line in later assortments, particularly the concept figures. As of yet, I've still not seen these showing up, and many people are still looking for some of them. Now that the coin problem is fixed will these start showing up in higher quanities?

A. We didn't say that older case packs would show up again, but that figures would be remixed into future assortments, which is happeneing for popular figures like the Galactic Marine, Airborne Trooper, the McQuarrie figures, and others.



BOBA'S BOUNTY

QUESTION:  Does Hasbro have any plans for a super-articulated Battle Droid, similar to the TAC Super Battle Droid? All previous BD sculpts have been lacking,and this army builder would greatly benefit from an update, especially with firmer plastic used for the limbs.

ANSWER:  We'd like to, but the problem with doing anything with more
articulation than the current battle droid is that the limb thickness is too thin to be able to work with for the kinds of joints it needs to be super-articulated. Note that IG-88, which has round limbs, can work while battle droids cannot. Until we solve some of these issues, you will not see a new super-articulated battle droid.


QUESTION:  I believe you previewed a 12" Indiana Jones figure at SDCC. Are both Hasbro and Sideshow Collectibles going to make 12" Indy figures or will there be an arrangement similar to the 12" Star Wars figures which Sideshow produces?

ANSWER:  While Sideshow produces 12" figures under sublicense from us, they have a separate arrangement with Lucasfilm on Indy


QUESTION:  There are some really great figure customizers out there in the collecting community. Have you ever considered some type of contest for customizers where the winner gets his/her custom figure mass produced?

ANSWER:  We enjoy the custom work ourselves, but have not considered this type of contest. In general, if a figure is in films or videogames or comics we feel it is a possibility for our line and we have probably considered it as a candidate based on importance, etc....so the ideas that the customizers would bring are not necessarily new, just figures we have not gotten to yet. Also, the figures that customizers create may not be manufacturable as created and we would have to redo it using the Hasbro design and sculpt team in any case. Finally, if it's a non-canon character, then there is a likelihood that we wouldn't consider that character. So, while it seems an interesting idea, the ideas that actually come to the table may not be new or something that we could commit to doing unless the focus was very specific. We'd hate to dissapoint, so that's why we prefer to enjoy the custom craft ourselves.




JEDI INSIDER

JI: At SDCC, you showed images of a new evolution pack with Darth Bane wearing his Orbalisk Armor. Will the armor or at least the helmet be removable on that figure?

Hasbro: Darth Bane's helmet is removable, but the armor will be adhered to the body.


JI: If you had the opportunity to re-design the Millenium Falcon toy from scratch, what is one thing you would want to incorporate that was not on the original toy?

Hasbro: Hah - that's a great question. While there were a variety of responses from our team when questioned, the #1 answer seems to be room in the cockpit to fit four figures and actual smuggling compartments. Sorry, that's two things, but we can always dream, can't we?


JI: Will the series of figures with 2-1B and Po Nudo be the last series of Anniversary figures?

Hasbro: No, it will just be the first series of figures for Spring 2008. The Anniversary line will continue (without coins) through Spring 2008 with the Force Unleashed as well as more figures that have yet to be announced. Look for those around Toy Fair time, if not before.



THE JAWA

QUESTION:  The modern Vintage line has covered almost all of our favorite heroes & villains from the OT, almost to the point of exhaustion.  Army builders have found a niche in this line as well.  But with the choices beginning to dwindle from Kenner's original character lineup, how is Hasbro prepared to meet the challenge of keeping a very popular line like modern Vintage going?  What did the responses to polls on this subject reveal at Celebration 4?

ANSWER:  We don't have any concrete answers yet on the future of Vintage. The poll answers didn't reveal one strong direction or the other - nearly half of fans felt that Vintage should be opened up to the entire Saga (probably due to the main characters having already been done, as you suggest, and wanting to see only popular characters in vintage), and the other half indicated that they want us to stay true to the Kenner roots and cover only OTC figures.  With the issue of the main OTC figures having been done, it does present a challenge going forward on how to make future waves of vintage compelling, but it's a challenge we'll be looking at.  There is no set date for when we'll see the next wave - right now, Evolutions is our premium-format focus for next year.


QUESTION:  Given the fact that the Whiphid Jedi, K'Kruhk has appeared in comics set in both the Old Republic, Clone Wars and Legacy eras, it seems likely that we will eventually see a figure of him.  The real question is will you give us his awesome hat as well? Smiley

[bANSWER:[/b] I would hope that when we eventually get to K'Kruhk - and the chances are good - that he would have his awesome hat as well.


QUESTION:   - Let me start by saying the Marvel Legends Icons series is fantastic!  they're huge, super-articulated, well-sculpted and superbly detailed.  Dr. Doom's soft-goods cloak, in particular, is an impressive feature for a figure his size!

Since the Unleashed concept has begun to diversify, what are the odds of expanding the Icons series into your other lines, i.e. the Star Wars universe?  Would it even be possible, or might this undermine the efforts of other licensed Star Wars vendors and cause a legal dilemma?  Would the the fact that the figures in the Icons series are nearly 24 inches tall somehow be a loophole?

If not Star Wars, why not the upcoming Indiana Jones line? (I personally wouldn't mind having a two-foot tall Mola Ram on my desk at work clutching a flaming human heart) What about for Hasbro's other popular collectible lines?  I see some brilliant (and lucrative!) potential here!

ANSWER:  We agree that a larger format figure makes sense for the Indiana Jones line, and at Comic Con we announced the first of those figures producing a line of 12" Indiana Jones figures with soft goods, accessories, and features, so we agree that a larger-format figure makes sense for Indy.  For Star Wars, we think that Sideshow is doing a great job with 12" and don't plan to offer a scale at this time that is in that range.



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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2007, 11:36:43 AM »

PART 2:



REBELSCUM


Rebelscum: Now that the action figure stands are sold out, were they considered successful enough to release again with a new set of labels for older figs that weren't in the first set? Also, would you ever consider selling entire boxes of 1 movie or EU?

Hasbro: We will look to get these back into stock at HasbroToyShop, but with the current label since we have yet to go through our whole order yet. Demand is good, but we won't be able to crack them out into specific movies - the quantity we'd have to make for each one is too large to justify. Instead, we have to keep offering the multi-packs as now.


Rebelscum: Thanks for the new Gree, he looks great. Could you please give us as much information on him as possible? What mold(s) were used and does he have any new parts, will he have his backpack and antenna, is his head detachable like Final Battle Jango, is the head under his helmet a new sculpt, etc.

Hasbro: He is an entirely new figure. He comes with his blaster and a macrobinocular. His backpack is molded to his back, with a separate antenna. The helmet is removable, but not his head (ala Jango).


Rebelscum: I'm not quite sure if you noticed this, but the Army builder in me has found some problem with the current SA RotS trooper. The details are going fainter and fainter, might this be the time to remake the sculpt to cancel out the antenna, a better sitting position like the Quick Draw version had?

Hasbro: We will look it and see it it's time for a new tool. Our factory does periodically refurbish sculpts, and you may have noticed some that are farther into their lifecycle than others. We still have demand for this figure so we plan to keep it in the rotation for a while. What you are describing would be an all new project....we'll look into it next time we do a new clone.



SIR STEVE'S GUIDE


Q: We appreciate the extra attention that Jabba's Palace has been getting recently, however there is a group of characters from Jabba's henchmen who have been seriously underrepresented in action figure form: the Skiff Guards. They are featured in one of the primary action sequences in ROTJ, but we haven't seen a new sculpt of any of these guys in over 8 years, and a majority of them have never been made in action figure form. Out of the 5 skiff guards on the "prisoner skiff" (the one bringing Luke, Han, & Chewie to their doom), we've only seen one made into a figure - Weequay - and even that figure is over ten years old. Any chance that we'll get figures of the other four and maybe an update of Weequay at some point in the near future?

A: Yes, over the next few years you will see some more of these cool guards either get their turn for the first time or get a resculpt. You'll have to be patient though - we'll only be able to get to a couple new ones a year.


Q: Seeing as how we're getting obscure, non-canon figures in the Comic Packs such as the Dark Woman and Infinities Vader, what are the chances of getting figures from the early Marvel storyline about the Star-Hoppers from Aduba-3, particularly a figure of Jaxxon? You could even base their appearances off the cover of the Star Wars Gamer magazine from a few years ago that featured them, which showed many of them in a less cartoony way.

A: We look for characters that have interesting or important subplots or are uniquely iconic, so that explains Dark Woman (who appeared in numerous comics and who is tied to the origin of Aurra Sing) and a new take on Vader. We have looked at the Marvel stories again, but just don't see the characters from this storyline making the future cut - they did not have much importance to the Marvel run. It is more likely that other new characters from the Marvel run will be selected before these guys.


Q: Since the AAT has been rereleased with the mid-sized vehicles, will the similarly-sized TX-130 Saber-class tank - seen in the Star Wars: Clone Wars and Battlefront videogames - ever be made? The vehicle was even used for both Republic and Imperial troops in Battlefront II.

A: We have looked at the TX-130 and it is a cool vehicle, but right now would only go after it if it was featured in the upcoming Clone Wars animation.



ACTION FIGS.COM

QUESTION:  Now that we've gotten updated versions of Luke Endor, Leia Endor, and the Biker Scout, that is everybody who has ridden a Speeder Bike in ROTJ (minus Paploo if you want to get technical). While asked before, now all the other pieces are in place so it bears revisiting: can we get an updated Speeder Bike vehicle for these guys to ride on? The one used most often is nearly 25 years old and the mold's showing its age with the legs and flaps, plus the giant incorrect handgrips and t-bar. Even more importantly, the Saga Ep 2 Speeder bike is already close enough and hasn't seen a major rerelease - adding clear positionable stands to go with it would be the icing on the cake. So, new Speeder Bike chances?

ANSWER:  Good points on the handgrips and t-bar. We like the speeder and still think it has some great future use ahead of it, but we'll take your comments into consideration the next time we are in a position to update. Good comment on the clear stands - that too is an interesting idea to enhance displayability and we'll look at that when we have a chance. 


QUESTION:  While we've gotten Evolutions sets for some pretty major characters, and now we're seeing more Evolutions concepts coming down the pike, how about Evolutions sets developed specifically for the 2 main protagonists of the saga, Obi-Wan and Luke? Obi-Wan Evolutions could have Ep 1, Ep 2, and Ep 4 versions of the character with all the deserved articulation and accessories (which would fill some pretty big voids in the modern line); while Luke Evolutions could involve Luke perhaps in his Snowspeeder pilot outfit, Dagobah with removable jacket and holster belt, and Jedi covering all the accessories and articulation these versions could need.

ANSWER:  Your suggestions are good ones, but in the case of Obi-Wan we decided not to pursue because we felt we were covering off those needs elsewhere in the line. We thought we had covered Luke pretty well recently, and liked the idea of a post-EpVI figure for the next one, so that's why we didn't add him into the mix. Your suggestions are good ones though and we'll think about it for the next time we venture into Evolutions, if we don't have any of those specific versions elsewhere in the line before then. 


QUESTION:  Unleashed 7" figures are now found in Transformers; both Attacktix and Galactic Heroes-styling is now found in Marvel, Spider-Man, Indiana Jones, and Transformers; Titanium Series is now found in Transformers, Spider-Man, Marvel and Battlestar Galactica -- all these lines started as Star Wars offshoot lines before branching out into new franchises. How did this happen? Is this intentional, is Star Wars a guinea pig for Hasbro's testing of new ideas?

ANSWER:  As one of the largest and most diverse fantasies with a great lore of film and other entertainment offerings, and a very passionate fan base, Star Wars is a property that lends itself to new expressions and ideas. All of these are examples of something that has seen success at one point or another in Star Wars that we feel can be leveraged against other boys action brands as well. 




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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2007, 11:40:00 AM »

Part 3:


SW COLLECTOR

QUESTION:  Are there any plans to make ARC Troopers in their phase II armor? Fordo appeared in the later part of the Clone Wars animated series in his new armor, as well as Alpha had appeared in the comics in his new armor. With the popularity of clones it just seems like a good chance to make some popular figures. --Harfo

ANSWER: We have not looked at this, but we'll give it a closer look. Thanks.


QUESTION:  With the upcoming Jedi Starfighter (Episode II) with Hyperspace Ring coming out, is there a chance that the Episode III version of the Jedi Starfighter will eventually have a version made with a Ring of its own? --Harfo

ANSWER: It may take a couple years (this first one was expensive to tool!) but there is a good chance that this will happen.


QUESTION:  A lot of clones and droids have come out in different variations lately, but the Crab Droid hasn't been released since the ROTS line two years ago. Is there any chance this figure will be re-released soon? It would be pretty cool to see it in the camo colors to match the Kashyyyk Battle Droids and Super Battle Droid that were released in The Saga Collection. --Harfo

ANSWER: Yes, we are looking at ways of getting the Crab Droid back out there somehow. Without a specific Deluxe carded segment, we need to find the proper home for it, but there's a good bet that it'll be out within the next 18-24 months.




YODAS NEWS

YN: Is it a possibility we will see a re-release of the Sandcrawler at retail? I had a tough time finding one back with the OTC series. I think it would be cool since the release of the Jawa with LIN Droid in wave 3 of the TAC series. I know I would buy another one.

H: It's possible that the Sandcrawler will come back out, but probably not in 2008.


YN: Has Hasbro been given access to upcoming Star Wars projects, like the new tv shows, to begin working on products that will be released when the projects debut? Any tidbits of information that you can share, if so?

H: Lucasfilm shares with us information as it becomes available to help our development of toys so we can be there when the series launches and match the toyetic experience to the on-screen experience as much as possible.

However, entertainment news is not ours to break so, as much as we might like to, we can't share any tidbits.


YN: Are there certain Star Wars characters that Hasbro is simply not given permission, or allowed, by Lucasfilms to manufacture?

H: For the most part, pretty much everything in the Star Wars universe is fair game for consideration. There are a few rare exceptions of characters or ideas we can't or don't go forward with, for a variety of reasons (including strategic direction). However, we don't discuss those in public in the hopes that we can do them at some point in the future.





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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2007, 03:40:43 PM »

Part 4



4-INCHES.DE

(Thanks to 4-INCHES.DE for the english translation of their Q&A)

QUESTION:  Could you possibly decide to overthink your managing-concept that goes with the battle packs assortment? It really is a nice assortment concept that provides sufficiant possibilities for realising figures or accessories that would not run with a basic figure card, that combines former concepts like the cinema scenes, deluxe and ultra figures or screen scenes, that we loved very much. And at the same time battle packs allows you to resell existing figures again and perhaps again and again. As you stated in former q&a sessions you manage them double tracked, either compiling existing figures in a more children perspective or combining repainted or kit-bashed figures with some new big accessory that would be more collector-related. The most battle packs in the recent past seems to be straight repacks but with their theme specificity offer quite a range of possibilities to do them in a collector-elated way. For an example the Betrayal on Bespin Battle Pack would have been a nice opportunity to releasing some environmental accessories like the dinner table and chairs that are just hinted with the cardboard realisation. Another examples would be the Jedi vs. Darth Sidious Battle Pack with its just hinted statues and so on. We all agree that those environmental accessories never would be realised in other ways. I know that this suggestion implicates more plastic and more production costs but it similarly would be another inducement for collectors to buy those Battle Packs like children will do. Could you think about this to come to a conclusion that allows more than just two options, not just beeing children- or collector-related but beeing something in between that anyhow holds costs balanced?
 
ANSWER:  Short answer is that we are looking into some things to continue our periodic exploration in this area (like we did for the Senate Pod in that battle pack). Our current strategy has been working very well so we plan to continue that for the most part. We will be looking at some ideas that you suggest for collector-based environmental pieces; the challenge is that for the most part the items, as you suggest, are not particularly integral to the scenes or uniquely identifiable with Star Wars, and thus, not as appealing to the general fan as other things are. We will look for opportunities to do the more recognizable, and uniquely Star Wars, scenic elements as we can justify them in the line.


QUESTION:  There is a significant number of figures that undergone some kind of changes after or during releasing state. Your term for that seems to be 'running change'. But with that term in mind it is unclear for us whether this happens because of an error (such as ROTS/#53 Palpatine blue and later red lightsaber) or because of a subsequent decision that the corrected version would do better (such as ROTS/#57 Commander Bly yellow and later brown stripes). A third alternative would be that there are intended more than one versions of a figure (such as the four Clone Trooper Officers from the Saga Legends line). Which of that was the fact with the ROTS/#43 Wookiee Warrior (tan and redbrown color scemes) and ROTS/#28 Anakin with or without sith eyes?

ANSWER:  As you point out, there are many reasons for change. In general, we don't like running changes because it makes it difficult to communicate to the collector consistently which products to look for. ROTS#43 was an intended running change to excite the collector who wanted to build out a Wookiee army with more variety. ROTS #28 was an error corrected at Lucasfilm's request after production had already begun. The upcoming Saga Legends line, however, has these sorts of things built-in deliberately to allow fans to get all the different versions of figures that have been previously released.


QUESTION:  In ROTS, there were apparently different sized Crab Droids, with some being tank-sized and some person-sized. Hasbro has previously done the tank-sized Crab Droid as a deluxe figure. Would they consider doing a person-sized version that could be carded as a basic figure? It would go great with the upcoming Octuptarra Droid. (Question asked by our visitor "Sean")

ANSWER:  We'll take a look at this - it could be very interesting for a farther-off wave of EpIII figures. Thanks for the heads-up.




THE PRIVATE UNIVERSE.CO.UK


QUESTION:  Is there anything you can tell us about plans for toys accompanying the new Clone Wars series? Will toys be in the animated style, or movie style?

ANSWER:  It is too early to discuss specifics of the Clone Wars figures. We will be reserving news for Toy Fair timing, likely next Spring at the earliest.


QUESTION:  Might we see more of the packs such as the Mandalorians, Droids or the Death Star briefing room in '08/'09. Can you give us an idea of what sort of thing might be being considered, such as the ANH pilots briefing room or the Rogues Gallery from the front of the Dark Horse Rogue Squadron Encyclopedia for example?

ANSWER:  We're glad you like the Rebel Pilots - they do seem to be underserved in the figure line over the last few years, and we hope that introductions like the all-new A-Wing (Tycho) body will help to fill some of that demand. Right now, we hope to continue this multi-pack format, and are working on the details of what the '08 lineup will be right now, but it's too early to reveal those details yet. More likely, it will be closer to Comic Con 2008 timing before we announce anything. Stay tuned.


QUESTION:  Considering their cardbacks, plastic bubbles and the figures themselves, how large a carbon footprint does an individual action figure generate? Have you considered reducing package sizes, or do you think you've achieved an optimum balance between function and environmental cost?

ANSWER:  We have not calculated the carbon footprint of an individual figure, so we cannot answer your question. We are always actively working on minimizing the package footprint and materials usage as much as possible for any toy (in addition, it reduced our cost as well, which benefits the eventual price to consumers, so the goals are mutual). We have developed what we feel are the most streamlined and economical packages for a given item, and in some cases (such as the Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes) have even re-used some of the package elements as playset-type accessories to further this endeavor.



YAKFACE.COM


QUESTION:  How do you come up with the character illustrations on the cardbacks of the Thirtieth Anniversary collection if there is not photorealistic version of a particular character? I'm especially thinking of Roron Corobb, Clone Wars Yoda, and the Nelvaan Anakin. There are even cases where the character is in the films, but you've created a new image for them, such as smuggler Lando. Do you cobble together existing images or do you have an art department that uses new photographs?

ANSWER:  When artwork doesn't exist in exactly the format we need (as is the case for EU and Clone Wars figures), we direct professional illustrators on what we are looking for that will work in the space allotted for the artwork on the figure card. This involves supplying the illustrator with enough reference so they can work with it, and also working with Lucasfilm to make sure that the reference is consistent to what is known of the characters.


QUESTION:  Now that the Indiana Jones figures have been confirmed and a few revealed at Comic-Con (which look great by the way, I'm extremely excited). Will you be accepting any questions about this line in future Q&A sessions as well?

I know it's the Star Wars Q&A, but SW and Indy have always gone hand- in-hand down through the years, and since they're being worked on by the same team, I'm hoping you'd be willing to field a few questions about this exciting new line.

IF so, let me attempt to be the first by asking whether or not the "vintage" playsets will get an update (Well of the Souls, Streets of Cairo, Map Room) as well as vehicles (German army truck w/ Ark crate). The flying wing with shredible German Mechanic would also be a cool new addition.

Finally, IF the playsets and vehicles get an update, will they utilize the molds from the vintage toys like many of the current Star Wars vehicles or would they be all new sculpts?

ANSWER:  Yes, Indy questions can be sent to the same address here, and since it's the same team bringing you the IJ excitement, we can answer. The answer to playsets is about the same as you might expect from Star Wars - It's a been a struggle so we are adopting a wait and see attitude on them and seeing where our figure/vehicle demand nets out first before going too far in the playset direction. The cargo truck is a definite probability for 3-3/4", but the wing is tough because it really is a big one. One thing that is known is that NONE of the original Indy tools exist anymore, so we will not be going back to the vintage tools.


QUESTION:  I recently purchased the McQuarrie Luke in TRU (in the UK) and heard rumour that the McObi Wan/Yoda will be coming to the UK as an exclusive and what i want to know is will that and the Shadow scout, Concept Grievous, Mc C3-po/R2 and R2-KT be coming to the UK and Europe through stores? Especially the R2-KT because many non-Americans would like one and to support the cause without a scalper or seller making profit off a charitable figure.

ANSWER:  We are still working on how to get the McQuarrie Obi-Wan and Yoda to Europe and it will likely be available late this year or in the Spring, but the Shadow Scout and Concept Grievous will not see in-store distribution in Europe since they are Lucasfilm's StarWarsOnlineShop.com exclusives and will remain distributed through that shop. R2-KT will not be released unless there is a charitable promotion in place and that has not been worked out yet anywhere else in the world other than the US, so for now that is not possible. As to the McQuarrie R2-D2 and C-3PO, we are not sure what has happened to the remaining inventory from the show but we will find out and provide you an update when we hear.




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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007, 03:56:58 PM »

Part 5 follows...


GALACTIC HUNTER

Galactic Hunter: With all the talk lately in Q&As about lost tooling preventing the reproduction of older toys, I was wondering if that is the real reason we've never seen a re-release of the TPM Eopie creature? If the production tooling still exists, then is there any hope for seeing this creature repacked at some point in the future since it was never widely distributed back in 2000? It seems like an ideal choice for the centerpiece of a TPM or ROTS Battle Pack. Given the difficulty and expense some collectors went through in getting the original release and the continued demand for this product (currently averaging at $40-60 on auction sites), the Eopie would be a sure winner on toy shelves if you ever released it again. (From "shabbyblue")

HASBRO: The tooling certainly exists. While we have other ideas ahead of it, we wouldn't rule out the Battle Pack possibility at some point in the future.


Galactic Hunter: How plausible would it be to do a figure of a background alien - such as Cane Adiss or Dice Ibegon - that do not have a pre-existing body design? You did an admirable job for Hem Dazon, so has there been any thought to doing these fan favorite characters as well? On Wookieepedia there has been much discussion about the characters' possible alien physiologies so perhaps you could refer to those discussions for design inspiration? (From "Cane_Adiss")

HASBRO: It is very plausible. Not only has it been done for Hem Dazon, as you mention, but also other figures as well that had little definition beyond a mask.  Eventually, we'd like to get to all of the Cantina aliens, including Dice, so it's a challenge we will have to face at some point.
Cane is probably a little further down the list, but this Jabba's denizen would certainly be an interesting species to tackle.




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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007, 08:09:46 PM »

Part 6 follows



JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION:  With the popularity of the Force Unleashed figures rising, have you considered taking a look at another character-rich video game from the past, Jedi Knight? The Dark Trooper is obviously being asked for again, but a new Kyle Katarn, Jerec, or Jan Ors would be nice too.

ANSWER:  We are not looking at the Jedi Knight game right now, but Katarn is a major EU character so he is more likely to appear in some form first. Jerec is a very interesting character and if we can figure out how to fit him in sometime, he would be a good one to do down the road.



QUESTION:  At SDCC, you showed off the new 30AC Droideka with the half-shield. Any chance you've got a pic of the Droideka surrounded by two shield halves so we can see how they fit together?

ANSWER:  Sorry - we do not have an image of this ready.


QUESTION:  The Rebel Pilots and their droids are pretty popular character offerings, but many of them wind up as pack-in figures with ships. Since some collectors avoid the vehicles, is there any chance the pilot pack-ins (Zev, Lepira, etc) could be offered in some kind of a Battle Pack or some other set?

ANSWER:  We can't guarantee that any of our pack-in pilots/droids will be available in forms other than with their vehicles (ie. we have no plans for Lepira or R5-F7 beyond appearing with the Y-Wing). Zev, however, is actually available for vote in the next round of Saga Legends.




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QUESTION:  Do you track secondary market demand/prices for recent/currently shipping action figures to see which ones should be re-released in future waves? I see that the new Wave 3 cases are shipping with 2 Galactic Marines and 1 Airborne Trooper snuck in from Wave 1. They were fairly scarce at the time of the original release, so I think it was a good idea to re-pack them. It would be nice to see the McQuarrie figures (Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, and Chewbacca so far) get another release, since they have been so scarce at retail and are commanding a high premium on ebay and at toy shows, just like the Galactic Marine and Airborne Trooper were at one point.

ANSWER:  We do not monitor secondary market prices. Instead, we monitor sell-through (provided directly by retailers) to gauge which figures continue to run at high-demand.  In the case of Airborne and Galactic Marine, we knew ahead of time they would be popualr and designed re-releases into the line early. With the McQuarries, popularity has exceeded our forecasts, so it's taken a while to catch up, but we will be keeping more re-releases coming throughout the year as we can slot them in.



QUESTION:  Why can't there be any kind of consistency with the amount of new figures per wave? I see from the casepacks at Entertainment Earth that one upcoming wave has 7 new figures in it, the next has 10, and the wave after that only has 4? Can't we get it down to a point where each case of 12 figures contains 2 each of 6 new figures with no repacks? And then if you want to do the revised cases that EE seems to have an abundance of listings for, you can toss in a few figures that seem to be selling well, or some extra army builders. Making each case pack of 12 contain 2 each of 6 new figures would help out collectors like myself who order from EE and just want 2 of each figure.

ANSWER:  The simple answer is not all characters are created equally, so they are not packed out evenly over the course of the year. What you have suggested might work for the first shipment of the year, but then it quickly unreveals as we remix Vaders, core characters, troopers, and the like to bring each figure release up to its potential.  Additionally, we try and stick to themed waves, and we balance it out by wave and not every theme will get the exact same treatment.  We really like the way the EU wave was developing this year, for example, so we put more figure slots into it...we felt that 6 (for example) just wasn't enough for some of the ideas that were developing).  We do provide a type of case pack you suggested to Internet retailers, which consist of more even packing of the new figures (known within Hasbro as an 022 suffix designation).  This was designed to allow collectors to avoid the repacks they don't want.  In cases where there are more than 6 figures, the additional case pack slots are filled with army builders.  Check with your preferred online retailer and make sure to ask for this 022 ratio if it works for you.



QUESTION:  Do you have plans on releasing a repaint of the Gunship Pilot to match his color scheme from the Clone Wars series?  He had blue marking and was flying the ARC troopers Gunship while attacking Muunlinst.

ANSWER:  This is something that we are looking at for the next time we release a Clone Wars Pilot.  While he isn't slotted in yet, there's a strong likelihood he will come out at some point.




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TSE.N: There have been many requests by people from countries outside of the US (such as people from Germany and Australia) for an exclusive figure for their country. Will we ever see one?

Hasbro: We would like our exclusives to be available to everyone and everywhere that is at all possible so all fans can participate. There are certain exceptions for figures such as R2-KT or the Celebration figures, but going forward we do not plan on having regional or country exclusives and will work on trying to get better distribution of all figures throughout the world. Imagine the frustration in getting figures in, say, 10 different countries around the world that have passionate fan bases had exclusives for 10 different figures - it would be quite frustrating to complete the set.



TSE.N: Will we see more non-animated figures from the clone wars series? Such as Tarr Seirr, Jasper McKnives, Sha'a Gi, K'Kruhk, or even Trandoshan warriors from the Republic Commando games?

Hasbro: There will be some additional figures coming out, but they will be more prominent figures overall (K'ruhk, playing a role in the Republic comic series, and now the Legacy series, stands the strongest chance). Tertiary characters who are seen only fleetingly, such as the other three, probably will not get made as we begin to look at the wider EU (including video games as novels as well) to fill our precious non-film spots in the upcoming basic figure line. The Trandoshan warrior is an interesting one and the species certainly pops up in multiple sources from games to comics, and while there is nothing planned for these guys, we certainly wouldn't rule out the possibility of seeing more Trandoshans in some form (maybe not exactly this one) in future years.



TSE.N: What are the chances of seeing more of Jabba's henchmen, such as Kithaba, Wooof, Cane Adiss, and Loje Nella?.

Hasbro: We plan to do a couple of Jabba's henchmen/palace denizens in the "Saga" line each year as we go forward (actual mileage may vary, meaning we may not be able to get to as many as we want in a given year due to overall line balance and priorities). We know Jabba's palace is popular, like the Cantina, for some of the offbeat aliens that make Star Wars figure-collecting so fun.





To be continued in the next post
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007, 10:49:44 PM »

NEWSWORTHY ITEMS FROM THIS WEEK'S Q&A:

THE JAWA - HASBRO - ANSWER:  We don't have any concrete answers yet on the future of Vintage. The poll answers didn't reveal one strong direction or the other - nearly half of fans felt that Vintage should be opened up to the entire Saga (probably due to the main characters having already been done, as you suggest, and wanting to see only popular characters in vintage), and the other half indicated that they want us to stay true to the Kenner roots and cover only OTC figures.  With the issue of the main OTC figures having been done, it does present a challenge going forward on how to make future waves of vintage compelling, but it's a challenge we'll be looking at.  There is no set date for when we'll see the next wave - right now, Evolutions is our premium-format focus for next year.


JEDI INSIDER - HASBRO:  Darth Bane's helmet is removable, but the armor will be adhered to the body.


JEDI INSIDER - JI: Will the series of figures with 2-1B and Po Nudo be the last series of Anniversary figures?

Hasbro: No, it will just be the first series of figures for Spring 2008. The Anniversary line will continue (without coins) through Spring 2008 with the Force Unleashed as well as more figures that have yet to be announced. Look for those around Toy Fair time, if not before.


JTA - HASBRO:  Vintage has run its course at Wal-Mart and Target, but continues on at TRU and other smaller retailers.  The promotion this time has plenty of time for offers to trickle back in - it lasts until 2/29/2008.


JTA - Any chance we will see the first Clone Wars figures at Toy Fair, or even sooner?

HASBRO - Right now, Toy Fair is the most likely time for the first peak at what they will look like.


REBELSCUM - Thanks for the new Gree, he looks great. Could you please give us as much information on him as possible? What mold(s) were used and does he have any new parts, will he have his backpack and antenna, is his head detachable like Final Battle Jango, is the head under his helmet a new sculpt, etc.

HASBRO - He is an entirely new figure. He comes with his blaster and a macrobinocular. His backpack is molded to his back, with a separate antenna. The helmet is removable, but not his head (ala Jango).



ACTION FIGS.COM - While we've gotten Evolutions sets for some pretty major characters, and now we're seeing more Evolutions concepts coming down the pike, how about Evolutions sets developed specifically for the 2 main protagonists of the saga, Obi-Wan and Luke? Obi-Wan Evolutions could have Ep 1, Ep 2, and Ep 4 versions of the character with all the deserved articulation and accessories (which would fill some pretty big voids in the modern line); while Luke Evolutions could involve Luke perhaps in his Snowspeeder pilot outfit, Dagobah with removable jacket and holster belt, and Jedi covering all the accessories and articulation these versions could need.

HASBRO -   Your suggestions are good ones, but in the case of Obi-Wan we decided not to pursue because we felt we were covering off those needs elsewhere in the line. We thought we had covered Luke pretty well recently, and liked the idea of a post-EpVI figure for the next one, so that's why we didn't add him into the mix. Your suggestions are good ones though and we'll think about it for the next time we venture into Evolutions, if we don't have any of those specific versions elsewhere in the line before then. 



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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2007, 04:35:12 PM »

I didn't know TPU participated in the Q&A ... how cool is that? ...  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2007, 05:52:31 PM »

I didn't know TPU participated in the Q&A ... how cool is that? ...  Grin

They just recently started participating.  I think it's good news for UK collectors since the Q&A has been dominated by the American collecting sites.  And likewise, German site 4-Inches.de is participating as well.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2007, 02:01:33 PM »

Well, if you talk about domination, there's always Euro-Rebs, who's in my modest opinion, the biggest European SW site there is around.
I think it's funny that TPU is in the list of sites, because I know the internal kitchen at that site quite well and they're big dreamers since ever. I have been on the staff there, before I continued with BeJedi.com.

The fact that a German site makes the list I find quite natural; they must be the biggest European fan group. I think they may even outnumber the UK fans ...
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