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« on: September 28, 2007, 09:43:51 PM »

Here are this week's questions and answers courtesy of Hasbro.

Starting at home:


JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES


QUESTION:  We've seen some images leaked out of a Battle of Hoth Ultra Battle Pack. The images seem to indicate that it's a Target exclusive.  Can you give us some more info on this set?  What's the figure lineup?  What's the suggested retail price?  And can we expect more of these Ultra Battle Pack type sets which feature vehicles and/or playsets in the near future?

ANSWER:  No comment.


QUESTION:  There seems to have been a significant falloff in news posted at http://www.hasbro.com/starwars/.  Has the Q&A process taken over as the primary means of conveying Hasbro Star Wars news to the collecting community?

ANSWER:  That is true.  The Q&A is not meant to replace the product news, but we have been behind.  We expect to get caught up and current in the next few weeks.


QUESTION:  A recent collecting site rumor report stated that we may see the V-19 Torrent fighter and Trade Federation Homing Spider Droid  released in the 2008 assault vehicle assortment.  Seeing how 2008 is set to be the year for Clone Wars, and both of these items are part of the Clone Wars era, can we expect to see these pieces next year?

ANSWER:  We don't like rumor lists.partly because they reveal spoilers, partly because they could build up false expectations.  Since it's too early to reveal any of our farther-reaching 2008 plans, we'll just say that some of what you read may be true, but we cannot confirm which parts.



And now continuing through the ABC's and 123's of the collecting community...



4-INCHES.DE


QUESTION:  The call for substancially more Padmé figures seems to be unbroken. While you just made clear that multipacks do have another focus not just for one figure there would be another way launch more than one figure at one time besides the main line. In 1998 you realised 4 2-Packs with Princess Leia in the POTF2 Princess Leia Collection Subline. Like Leia was in the classic trilogy Padmé is the one female main character in the new trilogy and with their multiple dresses she wears in Episodes I to III it would be difficult to realise all or most of her dresses among the main line so some other forms of realisations could hold for launching the mayor sculpts of Padmé. Padmé could get her own 2-Pack subline in a way like the recent Order 66 2-Packs. Each set could come with a Padmé figure in new dress with another main character as Repack, Repaint or another new character. Even a 2-Pack from some deleted scenes with a Separatist Senator would be possible that way. Easily around 6 sets could be possible. More Padmé figures can be produced from time to time with the main line if there will be a slot for her. How do you think about an idea like this?

ANSWER: The challenge is that these 2-packs were not very successful at the time, because of the narrow focus, and while we *could* do something like that we have not because we do not think it would be the best idea for us. Female figures, in general, so struggle and are not very popular with kids, so we will continue to turn our attention to Padme periodically in the "collector" slots we have in the lineup. This means that you will likely not see too many at one time because there are many other popular segments that we must also pay attention to. More Padme's will come with time.


QUESTION:  In 1998 Hasbro realised the Dagobah Bogwing Creature with the POTF2-Line in the Complete Galaxy Set Dagobah with Yoda. While this figur has been non-removably fixed with the planetary globe accessory it could not work as a stand allone figure if one wouldn't decide to burst it up from the globe. Did Hasbro think about possibilities to re-release the creature as an accessory figure with another Yoda or Luke in the mainline?

ANSWER:  That is a good idea. While we have not considerd this exactly, we will certainly look at it as a future idea. Thanks.


QUESTION:  At the time there has been only our little friend R2-D2 that has been equipped with electronic features (if you don't count the TOMY Droid Repaints with remote control). Does Hasbro concern about ways to release other astromech droids with electronic features or as repaints/kit-bashs of the VOTC R2-D2 figure to equip them with mechanical tooling?

ANSWER:  R2-D2 has a unique personality among all the astromech droids, so we have not thought too heavily about equipping the rest of them with the same technology (for example, we might need to change the sound chip). It is an interesting idea for future droid offering and we will discuss this.





ACTION FIGS.COM


QUESTION:  With the TAC Luke Jedi hitting shelves recently, the question turns to his cloth "vest". The soft goods designed into the figure includes the "skirt" aspect of the vest in the back, but not rest of the vest that's normally above that. Why did Hasbro go with this halter top design rather than an accurate, true vest design thus leaving the back uncovered? And why do the figure without the ability to easily remove the belt and vest to create the Death Star II look from the second half of the film, especially when that look has never been given a decent figure?

ANSWER:  This was the actual design, as far as we could tell from the reference. Lucasfilm approved it as accurate, so we went with it. If there is evidence to support that it's a full tunic, we will take a look at it and use it the next time we slot in another Jedi Luke.


QUESTION:  Would it be possible to get a Captain Panaka figure with a removable cap, either as a retool of the Ep I line original or as an all-new figure? The good captain hasn't been seen in a while and was often seen in the movie with his hat removed. '

ANSWER:  We don't have any plans to update Panaka for now, but if we get a chance to do so, that would be an interesting upgrade to consider.


QUESTION:  In the OT, the X-wing pilot costume has a band with cylinders just above the right boot, and the chest box hose connects to the left side of the torso. The VTSC Luke Pilot figure has this correct, however the Saga Dutch Vander Gold Leader body does not, yet that Dutch body is currently treated as the defacto pilot body when a new pilot figure is released despite that and its many other drawbacks and inaccuracies. At this scale, approximately 1:18, the difference in height between Luke's 5' 7" body and Gold Leader's 6' 3" body is 1cm, and between Luke and an average-height 6' body would be 0.5cm, which seems a little much for remolding the accurate Luke pilot up to the 6-foot-tall size (though we'd prefer that over continued use of the Gold Leader body). It seems this is one more noteworthy reason to produce a new, better X-wing pilot body, so have we convinced ya's yet to schedule that new figure, huh, huh?

ANSWER:  You have brought up some good points, and we will look at it the next time we line up an X-Wing Pilot figure.





BOBA'S BOUNTY

QUESTION:  With Boba Fett, Jango Fett and Mandalorians in general seemingly extra popular this year and next, is there any chance we might see a Jodo Kast action figure made while this hot streak continues? Maybe in a Comic 2-pack reprinting Twin Engines of Destruction? You could include both Jodo Kast and Boba Fett.

ANSWER:  That would be a fantastic 2-Pack, and the odds that we will see it within the next two years are pretty good.


QUESTION:  The past few years we've had some great holiday figures (ie Santa Yoda). Will you continue the tradition this year?

ANSWER:  We will not be continuing the holiday theme this year.


QUESTION:  What one figure have you guys been really unhappy with and if time and the opportunity presented itself you would go back and redo it?

ANSWER:  We're pretty happy with the results from the past few year, and while there are always some things we can focus on, we'll turn our attention a bit further back in time. The figure that most folks here should be redone at some point, only because he's an interesting figure in a great scene, is the Imperial Scanning Crew Technician. Now we don't want to lift up hopes by saying he's coming out next year - he isn't - but we would like to get to him before too long.





GALACTIC HUNTER

QUESTION:  We now know about the Geonosis Arena Creatures; the Max Rebo Band; and the Battle of Hoth sets. Are there any other Ultimate Battle Packs on tap for the Fall/Holiday season?

ANSWER:  That's it for sets that we can confirm.

[Editor's Note: That's doesn't mean 'no' does it?]


QUESTION:  From spy reports, the upcoming Clone Wars line by Hasbro is shaping up to be an incredibly robust offering. Has any time frame been slotted out for the toys to be released yet? Will toys from the line be release ahead of the debut of the cartoon? Would a really large vehicle be released as a juggernaut piece at the start of the line, or wait for next winter's holiday season?

ANSWER:  Clone Wars is slated for Fall 2008, so we would look to tie our product offering to the back half of the year.  As far as specific intro dates, we will look to synch up to the debut, and that is all that is being worked out now.  Details will probably be available around Toy Fair time frame. Stay tuned...


QUESTION:  Will the store with the red-shirted employees be offering another super value item this holiday season similar to last year's surprise Imperial Shuttle? (Or anyone for that matter? C'mon, we need something to drool about until the holidays!!!)

ANSWER:  No comment.





To be continued in the next post.
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Q&A Part 2



JEDI INSIDER

QUESTION:  Will you ever make proper gun turrets for the republic gunship (bubbles where the pilots can fit); perhaps in a battle pack?

ANSWER:  The challenge is that it's too big and expensive for a basic figure pack-in (or even half of a turret, like we are during with the Destroyer Droid shell). Battle Packs are the more likely possibility, but we haven't slotted it in yet as we have other ideas to get to first. In the future, we would say the chances are very good, but we just haven't slotted this one into the line yet.


QUESTION:  I love what you've done with Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers. All the articulation you can ask for (well, except for Commander Baccura/Commander Cody). I have several shelves in my home dedicated to Clones and their Jedi Generals. As well as Stormtroopers snapped at attention for Darth Vader and the Emperor.

So don't you think it's time you start putting a little more attention on our rebel friends? I'd love to have a squad of Rebel Commandos that could stand at attention for General Madine or crouch behind fallen logs. I'd love to have Hoth Soldiers who could toss a grenade, crawl on their belly in a sniper position, or look through a pair of macrobinoculars.

ANSWER:  We won't be neglecting our Rebel friends, but it will be gradually over time, similar to the way we introduced the Yavin Sentry earlier this year, and will be coming out with Tycho as A-Wing Pilot that also makes an excellent troop builder a little later. We have some cool figures planned for the next couple of years as well that we will reveal over time. Hang in there....your patience will be rewarded.


QUESTION:  Images of a Target Exclusive 'Battle of Hoth' Ultimate pack recently hit the net. Can you give us official details on this, like the price, when it will be released and maybe some official photos?

ANSWER:  No comment.





JEDI NEWS

QUESTION:  With Evolutions returning please can you clear up the whether we'll see any Vintage figures next year or if the line is being rested as you've hinted at?  If this is the case, does this mean that the Ultimate Galactic Hunt will also be rested for 2008?

ANSWER:  Vintage will be rested during 2008 as we turn our collector-focused product attention to the return of the Evolution packs.  We just don't have the capacity to develop two collector-focused lines like this at once.  We're not certain about the Ultimate Galactic Hunt...next year is shaping up to be a very full year as far as activity goes.


QUESTION:  We're now seeing more larger Battle Packs coming out (Hoth, Arena Encounter and others) and some of them, such as Hoth, are utilising some of the playset features from the early POTF2 sets.  Do you have plans to reuse some of the other POTF2 sets such as Endor, Death Star Corridor and Bespin Chamber in any more Battle Packs.  Also, with the Arena Encounter Battle Pack coming soon at Toys R Us will we see a re-release of the Arena playset to compliment it?

ANSWER:  We do not have plans to use the Arena Playset at this time, or any of the other elements you have mentioned.  This could change in the future as opportunities present themselves for larger sets.


QUESTION:  With the untimely and sad death of Christine Hewitt will we ever see her immortalised in plastic as one of the Tonnika sisters from 'A New Hope'?There are a lot of people that very much want to see this figure and there were various rumours of Hasbro signing an agreement with her to  use her likeness.

ANSWER:  James - we cannot discuss the issue of the Tonnika sisters at all.  We, too, are saddened by Ms. Hewitt's passing.  It was a real pleasure to talk to her and get to know her at Celebration III.  It's a loss for us all.





JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION:  With the recent toy recall news around the country, toy industry analysts are predicting we’ll see prices increase up to as much as 10% to compensate for additional safety testing. Is it likely that we'll see a price hike within the Star Wars brand in 2008? Would you sacrifice the pack-ins to cut costs before raising prices? I know the prices that retailers set are ultimately outside your control, but to some degree you still set the base MSRP.

ANSWER:  It is up to our retailers to decide what price they will ask for any products, regardless of what we charge it is ultimately their call. As a policy, we cannot comment regarding product manufacturing costing and our sales price to retailers, and trends that might influence these one way or another.


QUESTION:  What upgrade to the TIE Fighter would you like to attempt next? We’ve seen changes to the back end, the Wings, and the hatch. What about the interior? Or is the TIE Fighter pretty much just where you want it now?

ANSWER:  That [the interior] would be the next area of focus the next time we are able in our schedules (and can afford the tooling cost) to update.


QUESTION:  Has the time for more Wookiee Warriors passed or will we see that RotS Sneak Preview Wookiee sculpt rolled out again with a new paint job and maybe a new head sculpt? It's a fantastic figure and deserves to be considered next time you’re looking for repaint/battle pack ideas.

ANSWER:  We do still have plans to keep Wookiees in the mix and will have a couple figures that should interest you next year. We still see a lot of appeal in the Preview figure, and while we won't be updating the sculpt the next time we use him, down the road it's certainly a good idea.






REBELSCUM

QUESTION:  The recent Saga Legends poll had both the Saleucami Clone Trooper and Commander Neyo (from the Treachery on Saleucami battle pack) in the top 20. Were the votes for the trooper specifically for that particular clone trooper, or perhaps the votes were meant for the Target-exclusive ROTS Clone Trooper? Were these separated in the final tally, or combined into one vote?

What if you released the figures as a generic "Saleucami Clone Trooper" and included all 3 heads: Neyo (besides, most of his troops actually wore the exact same helmet), the clone with visor (from the battle pack), and the film-inaccurate ROTS Clone helmet. Since the harness is removable, you could also include the belt from the Clone Commander (another Saga Legends figure) and that way fans could get ALL THREE versions of the troops in one package! (Plus have a few leftover parts for customs...)

ANSWER:  Dan - Commander Neyo was very clearly ahead of the Clone Trooper, so we are confident that folks were able to distinguish, and based on the voting patterns, a good number of folks voted for both. We kept them separate in the tally, because they are two very different packaging executions - character, vs generic - and we wanted to keep them separate. As such, we'll just be focusing on Neyo and will leave the Clone for a future Legends-type opportunity.


QUESTION:  Speaking of Saga Legends, what's the status on the Saga Legends 501st Clone Trooper (SA mold), the Sandtrooper Sergeant (Evolutions mold), and the Pit Droids (sitting mold with locker)? Is it possible to reveal what case assortments these variants will be in?

ANSWER:  We have some news. The Sandtrooper using the Evolution tool will be shipping starting with assortment 85770000W, and is expected to hit shelves around January.

We have seen first shots of the Pit Droids with bent-leg stance, and full production figures will be out on shelves in March, with all three color versions rolling out through until the end of Spring.

The 501st is a little murkier. While we have asked to switch this figure out for the SA Clone, we have yet to see a sample. We believe the reason is that we are running the SA clone at full capacity elsewhere and our Asian team has not had the ability to switch production. We are still confirming and are hopeful that this switch will happen but cannot confirm when it will take place.


QUESTION:  I love what you've done with Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers. All the articulation you can ask for (well, except for Commander Bacara & Commander Cody). I have several shelves in my home dedicated to Clones and their Jedi Generals. As well as Stormtroopers, snapped at attention for Darth Vader and the Emperor.

So don't you think it's time you start putting a little more attention on our Rebel friends? I'd love to have a squad of Rebel Commandos that could stand at attention for General Madine or crouch behind fallen logs. I'd love to have Hoth Soldiers who could toss a grenade, crawl on their belly in a sniper position, or look through a pair of macrobinoculars.

For years now we've been able to put our Clones & Storms in most any position we'd like.....so please give us the same option for our beloved Rebels.....please!

ANSWER:  We won't be neglecting our Rebel friends, but it will be gradually over time, similar to the way we introduced the Yavin Sentry earlier this year, and will be coming out with Tycho as A-Wing Pilot that also makes an excellent troop builder a little later. We have some cool figures planned for the next couple of years as well that we will reveal over time. Hang in there....your patience will be rewarded.





To be continued in the next post.
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007, 12:54:20 AM »

Q&A Part 3



SANDTROOPERS (You must be a registered forum user to read the Q&A entry)

QUESTION:  I love what you've done with Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers. All the articulation you can ask for (well, except for Commander Baccura/Commander Cody). I have several shelves in my home dedicated to Clones and their Jedi Generals. As well as Stormtroopers snapped at attention for Darth Vader and the Emperor. So don't you think it's time you start putting a little more attention on our rebel freinds? I'd love to have a squad of Rebel Commandos that could stand at attention for General Madine or crouch behind fallen logs. I'd love to have Hoth Soldiers who could toss a grenade, crawl on their belly in a sniper position, or look through a pair of macrobinoculars. For years now we've been able to put our Clones/Storms in most any position we'd like.....so please give us the same option for our beloved Rebels.....please!

ANSWER:  We won't be neglecting our Rebel friends, but it will be gradually over time, similar to the way we introduced the Yavin Sentry earlier this year, and will be coming out with Tycho as A-Wing Pilot that also makes an excellent troop builder a little later.  We have some cool figures planned for the next couple of years as well that we will reveal over time.  Hang in there....your patience will be rewarded.


QUESTION:  Hasbro, you've consistantly said that playsets and accessories are not profitable for you.  I'd like your thoughts on your production on the bar pieces.  In recent Q&A's you've stated you see that the dispencer won't fit with the way the curved pieces were made.  You also stated that you wouldn't revisit either the curved pieces or straight pieces to correct the multiple inconsistancies.  I've noticed several discrepencies between the straight pieces of the bar issued years ago and the curved pieces. Beside the sharp angle of the curve, which won't allow for the center piece with the dispencer, the barstool base and coloring of the seat don't match between the straight pieces and curved. Also, the shading/shadowing at the bottom of the bar, close to the floor the trim along the edge of the bar counter doesn't match between the straight and curved pieces and the flooring is different.   And finally, the straight pieces don't even fit well together. What I'd like to know is, are people looking at these things before they are released?  Now that the pieces have been sculpted, released and sold, it won't be profitable to resculpt.  But, why isn't the whole thing looked at as one piece before it is developed and sold as pieces?  I think this is exactly why playsets and some accessory sets have not been successful. I believe even if sales of these pieces, which will primarily be based on the figures, are successful, the execution on the Cantina bar, which could have been so cool, was a failure.  So, we would like your comment on this.
Your question has severeal layers.

ANSWER:  First, we didn't design a whole caninta bar at once and then decide to release it in sections - it was created organically, a piece at a time. We did consider the straight second when we created the curved section, but due to a different Asian design and engineering teams and the nuances of production windows, it's not a guarantee that all of the details we intend will have be able to be produced in the way we wanted.  We try to do the best we can on each toy as it comes up.

Regarding your second point. Playsets and accessories have not had success because of the aesthetic nuances you mention, but because the market on the whole (kids and collectors) do not show an appreciation for playsets on near the same level as in past years.  You may think they are important, and most collectors would agree in principal, but we've seen the votes (in terms of sales) and collectors focus on figures and vehicles, skipping things like  accessory packs and the Geonosis Arena set.  Figures and vehicles remain the heart of the line, and other, less iconic and universally recognized accessories, don't fare as well.





SIR STEVE'S GUIDE


QUESTION: Several fan sites in this Q&A series have asked about problems with Greatest Hits/Saga Legends figures and nagging TSC pegwarmer figures, and Hasbro's answers always have the same theme - "the problems are not systemic, it must be your area that's an anomaly". The thing is, these sites and their readers are from all over the country and they're consistently reporting the same issues independently of each other which suggests these aren't be random, isolated events. This has grown especially frustrating with the current waves of the Saga Legends line as it seems to be shipping very heavily and covering many a store's TAC pegs while the main TAC line wave 4 remains sparse and rife for scalper attention. What makes Hasbro so confident about there being no wide-scale problems with lingering TSC pegwarmers or stores not coping with the 2-SKU/2-pegs system for the current basic lines (TAC and SL), and that none of this is creating an intensely-frustrating problem for new figures getting into consumers' hands?

ANSWER:  We do not have access to individual store level inventories to know what figures are where and in what quantity - that level of information simply doesn't exist. That's why we report that on a national level - the greater whole - waves are shipping as planned, and the replenishment process by which stores are "resupplied" is something we watch on a weekly basis. To be clear on how it works - stores will be resupplied based on what has sold down, not based on what is sitting on what pegs, which is invisible to the automated ordering systems. So if Saga Legends is selling in those stores, it will be reordered. If 30th Anniv. is selling, it will be reordered. To finish that discussion - the stock of one has no impact on the other. However, it doesn't work like clockwork all the time, and the number of older figures of a subline could impact which waves are shipped so it could be possible for a store to miss a wave depending on how much stock and how fast it's selling and what wave is available to ship next. We would ask that if colelctors have noticed problems in certain stores, they please send the Store # of the WM store with the issue (via the same process you use to submit questions) and we will have our retail teams look into it and see if there is a way to "unclog" a local store if its within our merchandising teams coverage area.


QUESTION: What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels as source material for more figures? Especially now with NJO Luke coming in an Evolutions set next year, might this open the door to getting other NJO characters like Yuuzhan Vong or Fan Choice poll top 25 characters like Jacen, Jaina, Anakin and Nom Anor?

ANSWER:  We like the idea a lot, and don't rule out that in the next couple years we could weave some of these figures into the line. We can't give you exact details, but we are optimistic. Fans should know that we realize how important these characters have been and we can't wait to see them materialize as well.


QUESTION: Over the past few years, Hasbro's become adept at using mostly existing bodies to create acceptable figures, both in the main line and arguably more successfully in the Battle Packs and multipack lines - the upcoming Entertainment Earth Mandalorian multipacks are the most recent and standout examples of this. With that in mind, might Hasbro consider creating a Rogue Squadron multipack of Rebel pilots utilizing mostly already-existing molds with new heads and new comic- or movie-accurate decos on their helmets? The characters would be taken from characters that already exist in the comics and books. How about alien pilots - such as Gand, Mon Calamari, and Quarren - and female pilots?

ANSWER:  We're glad you like the Rebel pilots - we do too, and are trying to find ways to get some more of these largely unsung heroes out there like we are with Tycho this Fall. We think you will be very pleased with some interesting figures next year...that's all we can say right now!





SW COLLECTOR

QUESTION:  Considering the success of the Concept Art Series figures, and that there are still plenty of concept characters to be mined, have you thought about doing a figure of The Emperor from the original theatrical cut of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK -- the one played by a woman in prosthetic make-up that then had chimpanzee eyes superimposed over her real eyes?

ANSWER:  While we have been discussing what we could do next for concept characters, that one hasn't made it onto our wish lists.


QUESTION:  Although the novel that was to center around Darth Plagueis the Wise has been cancelled, the character is still one that has fans intrigued, especially since it was announced the character is a Muun (same species as San Hill). Any chance we could see an action figure of him eventually?

ANSWER:  Eventually, we would like to see him too. We originally proposed a Darth Plagueis figure after EpIII, but then we learned about the story coming and he was put off. Since then, we haven't found a place in the line for him but we will get to him someday.

QUESTION:  With a new Max Rebo Band set coming out, could we finally be close to getting a figure of Jabba's palace dancer Yarna del' Gargan?

ANSWER:  She's on the short list of ones we would like to do next, but we have not confirmed so. Hopefully by 2009.






To be continued in the next post.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007, 07:42:05 AM »

Q&A Part 4.





THE JAWA (Via Sandtroopers/Jawa Forum)


QUESTION:  I really liked the badgless black tunic officers from Episode VI.  Will we ever see these guys in plastic, like Hewex, Dyer and the ever popular Renz?  I know we have Praji comin out, but I really want these guys.

ANSWER:  We do have plans to tackle these guys as opportunities present themselves. It may take a while to get to specific officers, so hang in there.


QUESTION:  In the past you said that stores have different order numbers for the Legends wave versus the regular TAC wave or even the SAGA waves.  In 2 local Wal-Marts, these all share the same pegs, where there are over 60 SAGA figures mixed in with some Legends figures and TAC pegwarmers(R2-D2, Obi and Mace).  Based on your previous answers that this kind of stuff shouldn't happen, what do you say now?  Do you contact these stores and have them get it right or send out a rep?  As a collector what can I do to get new stuff at these stores?

ANSWER:  We do not have access to individual store level inventories to know what figures are where and in what quantity - that level of information simply doesn't exist.  That's why we report that on a national level - the greater whole - waves are shipping as planned, and the replenishment process by which stores are "resupplied" is something we watch on a weekly basis.  To be clear on how it works - stores will be resupplied based on what has sold down, not based on what is sitting on what pegs, which is invisible to the automated ordering systems.  So if Saga Legends is selling in those stores, it will be reordered.  If 30th Anniv. is selling, it will be reordered.  To finish that discussion - the stock of one has no impact on the other.  However, it doesn't work like clockwork all the time, and the number of older figures of a subline could impact which waves are shipped so it could be possible for a store to miss a wave depending on how much stock and how fast it's selling and what wave is available to ship next.  We would ask that if collectors have noticed problems in certain stores, that they please send the Store # of the WM store with the issue (via the same process you use to submit questions) and we will have our retail teams look into it and see if there is a way to "unclog" a local store if its within our merchandising teams coverage area.


QUESTION:  Will we ever get the ewoks that help chewy take out the AT-ST in Return of the jedi?  Any other new Ewoks on the horizon, besides the new 2 pack coming out?

ANSWER:  In general, yes, we will keep Ewoks in the line and introduce new ones every so often.  Regarding the specific ones that helped Chewie…we'll look into it and see which guys they are.  They would be good ones to slot into the line at the next Ewok opportunity.





THE PRIVATE UNIVERSE


QUESTION:  Might we see more multi-packs (such as Mandalorians, Astromechs, Death Star Briefing Room) in '08/'09 ? Can you give us an idea of what characters might be being considered - ANH Pilots Briefing Room or the 'Rogues Gallery' from the front of the Dark Horse 'Rogue Squadron Encyclopedia' for example?

ANSWER:  Yes, you will see some boxed sets next year, but the final themes have yet to be determined. We're glad you like the Rebel pilots - we do too, and are trying to find ways to get some more of these largely unsung heroes out there like we are with Tycho this Fall. We think you will be very pleased with some interesting figures next year...that's all we can say right now!


QUESTION:  Can UK fans use the US coupons from the VOTC 2007 figures to claim the Ultimate Galactic Hunt mail-in Coin Set? Will we need a UK form or can we use the US one? What address do we send them to ?

ANSWER:  We have checked with our UK brand team, and they have said it's OK, but you will need to send to the UK address:
Hasbro UK Ltd
PO Box 43
Newport, NP19 4YD.


QUESTION:  From your previous answers it seems you are happy to talk about other Lucasfilm franchises in the context of action figures (eg, Indiana Jones). Therefore, I'd like to bring up the subject of Willow. A convention / online boxed set of Madmartigan, Sorsha, Willow Ufgood and General Kael would rock - any chance we'll see you do something similar in the future ?

ANSWER:  We talk about the franchises to which we have the rights to produce toys, and that only covers Star Wars and Indiana Jones.





YAKFACE

QUESTION:  Will we have an opportunity, perhaps through a mail-away offer, to get the gold "Indy IV" coin? Perhaps an offer on the first wave of figures? Also Are there any plans for a Vintage-style line for Indy figures, similar to the VOTC/VTSC Star Wars line? One thing the collecting world could certainly use, is a finely-sculpted, super-articulated Indiana Jones figure!
Thanks!

ANSWER:  We think that you will be plenty pleased by the lineup of quality figures we have slated for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We have discussed it, but right now, we don't have plans to do vintage figures. We will be focusing on some other areas our first year.
 

QUESTION:  In regards to the new Target "Battle of Hoth" Ultimate Battle Pack, I am glad to see a couple of VTSC Snowtrooper in this set, but throwing in the previous (late 90s era) POTF2 Snowtrooper sculpt seems like a wasted slot. Why not something else instead, like the AT-AT driver or E-Web cannon accessory? Also is the AT-ST in this set a straight repack or does it have "snow" paint effect applied to it? Oh one more thing the Snowspeeder Luke appears to have Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber instead of the proper Luke version - will this oversight be addressed?

ANSWER:  We have no comment. 


QUESTION:  Some of the gray Clone Commanders in the Saga Legends line have shown up packed with one of 2 weapons: the sandtrooper rifle or the standard clone rifle. Was this an intentional variant or a factory packing error.

ANSWER:  It was an error on our part for failing to spec the proper weapon at first. Since they were all in the same grouping from the Evolution Pack where the figures started, the factory grabbed the most impressive one, the Sandtrooper rifle, but not the correct one. We have updated on subsequent released.





YODAS NEWS

QUESTION:  If electronics, lights and sounds are so expensive to add to vehicles, why dos Hasbro keep reissuing the electronic R2-D2? I would think that current technology would make it cheaper through the use of LEDs and sound chips rather than battery powered motors and grain-of-wheat bulbs.

ANSWER:  No new product development (other than updated packaging) is needed, so this is an ideal item for us to keep in the line as long as demand remains high. At this point, we wouldn't achieve a cost-savings sufficient enough to offset the substantial rework costs.


QUESTION:  Now that the Vintage Line has been around the block for a few years do you see it returning in 2008?

ANSWER:  Vintage will be rested during 2008 as we turn our collector-focused product attention to the return of the Evolution packs. We just don't have the capacity to develop two collector-focused lines like this at once.


QUESTION:  When can we expect to see a change in the card format, from the current 30th Anniversary line?

ANSWER:  The current card design will run through Spring of 2008. We will be bringing an exciting new line look to shelves in Fall 2008. We will probably be showing a glimpse of this at Toy Fair 2008.





To be continued in the next post.
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