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« on: October 13, 2007, 01:23:45 AM »

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

Starting at home:


QUESTION:  In 2005 it seemed that collectors were mad about Clone Troopers, any way we could get them.  Hasbro stepped up to that challenge and delivered  A LOT of Clone Troopers.  Two years later it seems that the interest in Clone Troopers seems to have tapered off.  Anecdotal reports from collectors online has them sighting good numbers of the Galactic Marine and the Saga Legends AOTC and ROTS Clone Troopers, and the troops are not selling the way they did in '05 and '06.  Have we hit something of a paradigm shift in troop building?  Have collectors gotten their fill of Clone Troopers?  Or do you think that collectors want to build different armies at this time?

ANSWER:  The demand for Clones is still mighty, but there is no question that many collectors want to see more of the other types of troop builder figures as well.

QUESTION:  It seems that Hasbro is constantly looking for new and fresh ways to keep core characters in the Basic figure line.  Has a more accurate Revenge of the Sith version of Chewbacca (as seen here: ) with his cool bronze bowcaster been considered?

ANSWER:  We haven't considered a new ROTS Chewie, but that's an interesting take. Thanks.

QUESTION:  Can you give us some insight into how the Basic Figure line is planned?  Are there a set number of slots, or is it flexible?  Is there competition for those spots in the line?  And does the design team independently work on figure designs, or are they "commissioned" with designing specific figures?

ANSWER:  We figure out at the start of the year how many basic figure items we will have to work with.  There is usually some flexibity in the number to increase (or decrease) by a couple.   We all bring some favorites to the planning, and there is a good amount of back and forth, especially on collector-targeted figures, which makes the process fun.  The design team is an integral part of the process, so they won't work on an item until is collectively approved.

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


QUESTION:  The VOTC Lando looks great, but his cape is neither removable nor does it accurately drape over his shoulders - both of which were seen prominently in the movie. Would it be possible to get that Lando figure retooled so he has a removable cape that drapes all the way over his shoulders?

ANSWER:  Great suggestion - we will look at that for a possible future Lando upgrade. 

QUESTION:  With the implications that the Vintage line is on the back burner for the '08 line and the premium figures will be in the Evolutions sets, might Hasbro consider re-releasing some of the original 2004 Vintage figures on different classic Kenner-style cardbacks? For instance, the '78-'79 Star Wars card is a much more iconic cardback for figures like Vader, Chewbacca, the Stormtrooper, R2, and Boba Fett. And since they would be straight repacks, could they be implemented in the basic line without outer shell cases?

ANSWER:  We have discussed this, but our focus is elsewhere right now. We are hoping that the next time we do something with Vintage it will involve new figures, and not just repacks. 

QUESTION:  With the fast selling of the 1-per-case Darktrooper, will this encourage more to be included in later Saga Legends waves to ensure availability as the line continues ships into 2008? And do you view this figure being a success based on its initial offerings selling out in under an hour on HasbroToyShop website?

ANSWER:  There certainly has been a great collector pounce for Darktrooper. We will offer him in future ratios as well. 


QUESTION:  For those of us who like to budget in advance, about how many new Star Wars figures will we be seeing in 2008? Indiana Jones?

ANSWER:  It's too early to give totals, but in next year's "Saga" line (including Spring 30th and the follow-up line) you can expect about the same as this year, perhaps a bit fewer as we make room for Clone Wars. The Clone Wars details are being kept under wraps, but it will be a solid showing. Finally, on IJ, we are looking at close to 30 basic figures....strong support for all four IJ films over the course of the year.

QUESTION:  Do you look at the results of the Fan's Choice poll recently and use that information to plan future case packs? With almost all of the winners being Clones or Stormtroopers of some type, does that tell you that future case packs should include more "Army Builder" Figures?

ANSWER:  We have been moving in that direction for some time now, and the 30th case packs have all had good trooper representation. We are not sure it's a wise strategy to amp it up even more though - say giving over half of our case packs to troops - so look to us to continue to work in different ones and keep them in the line as we have done for the Galactic Marine and Airborne this year, and look for new Troopers or new takes on existing ones to bring into future lines early so we can re-pack throughout any year.

QUESTION:  With the upcoming Force Unleashed Game, it was announced that there will be a version for the Nintendo Wii in which the Wiimote will function as a lightsaber and will have a mode in which you can duel another player using the Wiimotes. Have you guys looked at making a version of the lightsaber in which you could slide the Wiimote into the handle for a more realistic gaming experience?

ANSWER:  Interesting idea, and we love the vision of millions of gamers everywhere using their Hasbro Lightsaber Wiimote docks to wage galactic battles. It gives whole new meaning to "role play". Ultimately though, we don't know how the sales would be vs regular lightsabers so we'll probably continue focusing our efforts there.


QUESTION:  A new Hoth Princess Leia seems long overdue, given that we've only had one released way back in 1998. Can we expect a new Hoth Princess Leia in the basic line within the next of year? Are we going to see a "classic" Princess Leia in next year's pre-Clone Wars line (the VOTC model)? It'd be great to see the iconic Princess Leia with that beautiful artwork.

[Editor's Note: Basically, the lack of "classic" Princess Leia on the new cardback is a hot topic, and it's sticking in readers' craws. Can this be addressed?]

ANSWER:  We do have plans to update a Hoth Leia, but not in 2008.  We would like to periodically get around to updating key Leias one or so at a time, like we did this year with Endor Leia.  We have not thought about a straight repack of the VOTC Princess Leia on a basic card, focusing instead on the Leia Boushh in the Saga Legends line.

QUESTION:  Do smaller figures (a la Pit Droids) cost less or the same to produce from the manufacturing perspective? We are wondering if there's any chance for a comprehensive Pod Race Battle Pack? Things that could be included: All the released Pod Racer Pilots (Gasgano, Ody Mandrell, Teemto Pagales, Dud Bolt, Mars Guo, Anakin and Sebulba) and include Sebulba's massage chair and some droids (including the Otoga 222, C-3PO, and the cleanup droids). Oh and just a reminder -- we want more Pod Race Pilots!

ANSWER:   Figure costing encompasses amount of raw materials used, the number of molds involved (the greater the number, the greater the labor and cycle time to shoot the parts), deco, and assembly.  Pit Droids are efficient in these areas and that's why we can offer 2-packs. We hope that in the future we can do the same with the "smaller" Pod Racer drivers like we did last year. We are not planning a battle pack around them, though, since we think the concept is still a little niche and doesn't involve any core characters or Troopers which have been the mainstay of our packs to this point. With time, though, you never know.

QUESTION:  Is the Ewok Village mold still in working order since its last use for the 1991 Robin Hood line? And if it is, has the team ever considered re-releasing it? The Holiday Season would be the hap-happiest season of all! "There'd be Rebels for roasting, and Ewoks for hoaxing when Force Powers are called..." (From Jodo except the cheese ball song part)

ANSWER:  You are hitting the note a little early! Seriously, good jingle. We have not considered a re-release of the Ewok Village playset, and so have not looked for the tools. With the interest in Ewoks, it's something we should look into a some point, possibly for an exclusive. Thanks for the suggestion.

[Editor's Note: We had heard rumblings of a large Ewok-themed set for the Holiday Season, and we were hoping the Ewok Village was going to be a "big box boutique" surprise similar to last year's Imperial Shuttle, but as our friends from Germany recently revealed, it's another cool Battle Pack themed around the Battle of Endor.]

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


QUESTION:  The new 30AC Han Solo with Torture Rack seems to be receiving a mixed response. Many fans seems to love the Torture Rack, but dislike the scene-specific Han included. What are the chances you’ll be releasing a new super-articulated Bespin Han in 2008 so those unhappy folks can turn their frowns upside down?

ANSWER:  We have no plans right now to update Bespin Han. We'll be turning our attention to a different Han next year.

QUESTION:  Will the 2007 Vintage Snowtrooper torso ever be reworked/tweaked so that we can get a super-articulated Snowtrooper Officer (as seen in the AT-AT Cockpit with General Veers)?

ANSWER:  Interesting idea. We will look into it to see what kind of match exists.

QUESTION:  Have you ever considered adding non-traditional accessories to the figures (when costs allow, obviously). For example, how about one of those large plants from Felucia the next time we see a 327th Star Corps Trooper? Or even a small shrub for the next Ewok release. Something like that might help spice up some of those many clone re-issues and give diorama builders some nice fodder to use.

ANSWER:  We have considered other accessories, but it always comes down the cost of the piece relative to the iconic importance. Plants aren't high on the list, though.


QUESTION:  Given that we've seen several re-released vehicle repaints (some with pack in figures) any chance of the Naboo N-1 Starfighter (without electronics) getting re-issued as a store exclusive (maybe with an Episode II dirty paint application) with a pack in figure and alternate astromech droid?  Maybe the pack in figure could be either Captain Typho or Padme Pilot?

ANSWER:  We haven't looked at it yet, simply because there have been other vehciles to do before the N-1

QUESTION:  The packaging for the Saga Collection 2008 will have to change a little bearing in mind the coin is being replaced by a stand so any chance of a sneak peek?

ANSWER:  Sorry, we don't have a sneak peak available yet.  However, the blister will become a little wider out to the edge of the current coin area, and the stand will be shown inside the blister.

QUESTION:  Thanks for allowing us to have our say in the 2008 Saga Legends voting.  Any chance we could get a complete list of the final standings for all the 20 figures included?  Also, will any of the other 15 finalists be considered for re-packs anytime soon?

ANSWER:  Thank you for getting your readers to participate.  The final order, based on # of votes: 

1. Shadow Stormtrooper
2. Commander Neyo
3. Covert Ops Clone Trooper
4. Utapau Shadow Trooper
5. Zev Senesca.
6. ARC Trooper (Clone Wars) red & gray
7. Clone Trooper Pilot w/ball turret
8. Clone Trooper (Saleucami)
9. Zutton
10. R3-A2
11. Graxol Kelvyyn
12. Ephant Mon
13. Stormtrooper (Vintage OTC)
14. Colonel Wulf Yalaren
15. Coleman Trebor
16. Pablo-Jill
17. Chewbacca
18. Gungan Warrior (Fambaa set)
19. Sio Bibble
20. Bespin Guard

We are considering more of these for release in future lines beyond Saga Legends, but don't have any specifics.  Suffice to say, it was great to get the fans and fansites involved in the character selection and it will have a great impact on things we do both in Saga Legends and elsewhere.  Thanks again!


QUESTION:  Will the just-announced Saga Legends wave 5 include collector coins? If so, what color will they be? The reason I ask is because some fans are eager for an EU coin in silver, and 3 of the winning figure qualify as EU.

ANSWER:  Yes, they will come with coins. There will be at least one silver EU coin in there. ; )

QUESTION:  Recently, Entertainment Earth revealed that the Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise figures would be re-released sans the blue "comic book style" coloring. Will we this also see the "red eyes" changed to the normal black color? On a related topic, will the Chewbacca and R2-D2 also be changed to "normal colors" or will they still retain the comic book deco?

ANSWER:  Verrry interesting question and one which we have spent considerable time discussing. The comic packs are not simply a repack exercise (like some battle packs). The intent of the comic 2-packs is to be true comic versions of those characters, as if those versions of the characters "stepped off the page" and were in the real world. To this extent, the red visors, Chewie colors, and R2-D2 colors are an essential part of that comic artwork. Those details will not change on re-release. However, the shadow effect was added to the figures in an attempt to mimic the comic tenchique of figure-ground separation using shading (otherwise, Stormtroopers would be mostly outlines and would lack depth). Blue is often used in comics to show shadow to reserve black for character details, which would not be present on a figure if they stepped off the page. So, after we discussed on the team here, it was decided to forgo the shadow on re-release but keep the other details to be true to the comic roots. The reason we love the comics is that there are differences, sometimes small, sometimes major, and it's important to focus on which ones to keep for a point of differentiation from mainline figures.

QUESTION:  The Comic Packs this year are a definite hit, and we're all excited to see they are coming back next year. A thought occurs to me with this year's selections. I notice that many of the Dark Horse figures are inspired by the Clone Wars comics, such as Quinlan Vos and A'Sharad Hett, while the artwork and the comics included in them are from other appearances. Was this an intentional mismatch? Were there plans at one point for the matching outfits. Or (as the conspiracy theorist in me suspects) was this a subliminal way to bring back the Clone Wars era back into the minds of collectors, anticipating next year's The Clone Wars animated series?

ANSWER:  It was certainly not a way to bring Clone Wars back….only because as far as we are concerned they have never gone away. The simple explanation is that we locked onto the comic issues we wanted to do, and were planning to do the outfits in those issues. In discussion with Lucasfilm and among our design team, it was decided to focus on the same character match-up, but pick the more iconic version of that character's outfit, since we may only have one chance to ever make a figure of that character.


QUESTION:  Earlier this year, you sold an album that was intended to hold the coins that would be included with this years action figures in the 30th Anniversary Collection. By my count, that would be:

60 basic figure coins
7 Saga Legends (TPM, AOTC, ROTS, ANH, ESB, ROTJ, EU)
4 Convention giveaways (CIV, Celebration Europe, and Comic Con, plus bonus
Indiana Jones IV gold coin)
5 Convention exclusives from figures (2 McQ Luke (C4 & CE), 2 McQ R2/3-PO
(C4 & CE), 1 McQ Obi-Wan/Yoda)
1 SWS Exclusive (Concept Grievous)
12 UGH variants

 If my math is correct (and I used a calculator to double check) that comes out to a total of 89 Coins. How do you propose that I get all 89 coins (provided I can collect them all, and believe me, I'm trying) into a coin album (that cost me $11, FYI) that has only 80 slots? And this doesn't even take into account the 6 Vintage coins (5 for the figures + the bonus coin) and the Toy Fair coin because they come with their own special cases, even though I would prefer to remove them from those cases and display them with the rest of my coins.

ANSWER:  That are actually 90 coins. Previously, on a different Q&A answer, we had confirmed there were 89, but we forgot the concept Grievous.  However, you are right….there are more coins than slots to house them.  The only way to house them all, if you have them all, would be to get a second binder where you could also bring in the vintage coins as well.  The original intent of the binder was to give some blank space for extras and duplicates, and then we just kept coming up with different coins to the point where we had more than the slots could house.  Our sincere hope is that you are enjoying the "hunt" for the coins and forgive us for the spillover!

QUESTION:  If a website like Brian's Toys can offer the "One of every figure club" which allows members to be shipped one of every action figure in every wave of Star Wars Figures that gets released, why can't Hasbro Toy Shop offer a similar program? Surely, HTS can get Star Wars figures just as easily - if not easier - than any other retailers? And why can't Hasbro Toy Shop get new Star Wars figures in a timely manner? Or when they do happen to receive new/currently shipping items, they sell out so quickly? And then take so long to be replenished, if at all?

ANSWER:  HTS actually tried this model during Episode III, but it did not go over well since it was started after the figures had started shipping and supply proved an issue.  We ultimately had to cancel out of the program, so we have not been quick to jump back into it and have let others carry the ball.  With planning, it could happen, and we will discuss again. Regarding HTS, they are treated the same as our other retail partners, and their supplies are based on forecasts and orders...if they are selling out quickly, it means that they need to bring up their forecasts to match demand for the next round.

QUESTION:  Do you have any comments about the horrendous distribution Star Wars figures are getting at this point in the year? At retail I can find nothing newer than Wave 3, yet some online shops (like HTS and Amazon) are already shipping out Wave 6? And other online shops (like EE) are still waiting to receive Wave 4. How are customers supposed to buy product if there's no product available?

ANSWER:  Troops - it's a problem that we are looking into to always try and improve, but it is a very complicated issue and a little different from the past because we have a number of waves in a compressed time this Fall.  We don't have a simple answer for you because there are numerous parts to it and we would need more background to address a particular store. 

Here are the "trueisms" to start with from a macro level:  We are producing ample supplies of all waves (based on our forecast data and sales history); as inventories sell down at a store, they are flagged for reorder by the inventory management systsems in place to keep sale going smoothly; we ship to retail distribution centers to resupply stores based on both replenishment of current sales and seasonal forecast increases (for example, getting ready for holiday inventories will increase).  We do not ship directly to stores, but instead we go through the DCs, so we don't exactly control where and when each wave goes to any individual store. Part of it is affected, of course, by how much inventory is at that store already...if a store is slow to sell down, then it may not get reordered when the next wave is available.  Compounding the issue is that, at least with 30th Basic figures, the coin delays at the start of the year compressed our wave deliveries for the back half. 

Coin production problems are solved, but it means that we will see a lot of variety that normally would have been more spread out compressed into the back half. Usually, we like 6 weeks between new waves, but this Fall it will be more like 4 weeks or less which does pose challenges. We still want to get the new figures out, rather than delay some waves into next year, so we are releasing them as they come in. When a new wave comes in, we also get some of that out to retail so nobody gets shipped all or most of any wave....even if we still have not exhausted supplies of the previous wave.

This, combined with the earlier note about when stores get resupplied, means that the waves may not show up at your store in the order intended. It is also possible that a store may miss a wave initially (we hope not totally though).  We do our best to spread it out and ship all retailers each new wave, but we can't control the flow from the DCs to store level at that fine a detail.  Now, like we said we are making good supplies of all waves and even though the next wave (5 or 6 for example) starts showing up before the previous, it does not mean we are done with Wave 4. We will continue to ship 4 to ensure all retailers get their share.  Whew!  If you stuck with us through this, hang in there....we think we have some amazing figures on the way and hope you are able to find everything in time at your local store, or, worst case, in different local retailers before too long.


QUESTION:  Will the Vintage-style Luke X-wing pilot body be used on height-appropriate pilots like Wedge, Jansen, Hobbie from the films, and perhaps even Corran Horn, Tycho Celchu, Nawara Ven, and others from the EU since they're all closer to Luke's height (around an inch or 2 either way) than the tall stature of the Dutch Vander pilot figure that's up above 6 feet?

ANSWER:  If and when we get to some of those Rebs, we'll look at the bodies available and try to pick to make meaningful height differentiation among pilots… that is a good goal to have.

QUESTION:  The final results of the Fans' Choice Saga Legends '08 poll were surprising, to say the least - 4 troopers, 3 of which are just former exclusives that are mere EU repaints. The 5 winners don't seem to jive with the fan sites' poll results, which have the Shadow Stormtrooper and Zev playcing highly, but Ephant Mon placing even higher than Zev, and Blue Snaggletooth and Graxol Kelvyyn placing much higher than the Covert Ops Trooper and Utapau Shadow Trooper. Some fans are finding the winning 5 figures a rather underwhelming group and are concerned that the final results may have been skewed somehow, whether by error or by certain fans signing up multiple voting accounts. Granted, this isn't a presidential election, but the odd results like Ephant Mon not making the top 5 despite being the #2 ranked from all the sites asks, can we get a recount on this poll?

ANSWER:  We can't say for certain that some fans did not vote from different accounts... that is certainly possible. We did the vote this way to get the broadest possible voting, and there were indeed some big surprises to us in the final vote order based on the initial web site straw polls and top 10 lists. One thing that is clear - backing up the first Saga Legends poll, is that troops are still in demand. Here's the complete top 20 in vote order: 1. Shadow Stormtrooper. 2. Commander Neyo. 3. Covert Ops Clone Trooper. 4. Utapau Shadow Trooper. 5. Zev Senesca. 6. ARC Trooper (Clone Wars) red & gray. 7. Clone Trooper Pilot w/ball turret. 8. Clone Trooper (Saleucami). 9. Zutton. 10. R3-A2. 11. Graxol Kelvyyn. 12. Ephant Mon. 13. Stormtrooper (Vintage OTC). 14. Colonel Wulf Yalaren. 15. Coleman Trebor. 16. Pablo-Jill. 17. Chewbacca. 18. Gungan Warrior (Fambaa set). 19. Sio Bibble. 20. Bespin Guard. We are considering more of these for release in future lines beyond Saga Legends, but don't have any specifics. Suffice to say, it was great to get the fans and fansites involved in the character selection and it will have a great impact on things we do both in Saga Legends and elsewhere.

QUESTION:  Does the Star Wars brand manager or other higher-ups for the line ever personally go down stores' toy aisles to see how product is moving? If so, what do they see of that, and does it ever affect distribution - especially seeing a number of pegwarmers not selling? Does it influence those people in any way?

ANSWER:  We go out to retail constantly to check on our local stores and see if there are any key learnings or trends to be aware of. We are careful not to jump to conclusions based on what we see locally, and to check what we see locally against the nationally-reported data before reacting. In some cases, if we see locally jives with the national data, we will revise future case-pack weightings (ratios) or the items we are about to manufacture and which will hit shelves in several months. In other cases, what we see locally is not a national trend and does not need to be addressed or is a flag to watch from week to week to see if we have spotted what could be an issue.

To be continued in the next post.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007, 01:44:41 AM »

Q&A Part 3


QUESTION:  Have there been any plans to release an Utai figure based on those creature tamers from ROTS? If so, can I recommend a varactyl hatchling as a pack-in for it? It just seemed appropriate, since they're shorter creatures, so they'd probably come with a few extras like the Yoda figures tend to (not to mention they specialized in taming varactyls).

ANSWER: We have looked at the Utai, but just haven't found a chance to get them into the lineup in any of the RotS waves. Like the Ugnaughts, loyalservants to a cause, they will take a while to get there but we are hopeful they will be out eventually.

QUESTION:  While we're on that subject, have you considered doing a repaint of the Boga figure to look like a male varactyl? Since the difference is that males feathers are yellow and brown instead of blue, it doesn't appear to be too hard to do, just a standard repaint.

ANSWER: That's an interesting suggestion. We had not considered a re-release of Boga (or an alternate varactyl) yet, as it's still too close in time to EpIII for a creature, but it's an interesting idea for when we do.

QUESTION:  How many waves of basic figures will there be in the 2008 Star Wars line, before it switches over to The Clone Wars? Will figures from the films continue to be made and released alongside The Clone Wars figures in 2008?

ANSWER: There will be three waves of figures in Spring before the 30th Anniv. line in the Fall. And yes, "classic" figures will continue alongside Clone Wars figures.

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QUESTION:  I must admit I was a lil bit angry with the results of the Saga Legends Choice.  I really wanted the VOTC Stormtrooper, so I wanted to know if we'll see him eventually in any line, since I believe he made it close to the cut?

ANSWER:  We were surprised as well, since going in it looked like the VOTC Stormtrooper would be a big favorite. In fact, he came in at  #13.  But, that is why we did the poll - to get the broadest fan base to help decide. In this respect, the results weren't too different from last year's poll in that troopers dominated the top spots.  However, there is some good news.  First - even though VOTC Stormtrooper didn't make it, we will work to get him in a future basic figure line eventually (not Saga Legends though, and probably not in 2008....a little after that, hopefully).  Second, we are looking to a few more figures from the list as candidates to bring back in basic figures eventually as well, so the poll will have longer-lasting effects (much like last year's did as well, which spun off more than the originally planned 8 fans' choice figures).

QUESTION:  Are there any plans in the near future to make the McQuarrie Luke, Obi-Wan, Yoda, & Concept Grievous figures more available, or perhaps repack them sometime down the road?  The scalpers are making a killing on the auction sites with these rare figures.  It's the law of supply and demand: One would think Hasbro might like to collect every possible profit from these figures.  It would drive the illicit prices for these figures down, plus give Average Joe Collector a better chance at scoring these for his collection.

ANSWER:  We have talked about it, but right now we don't have any plans to make the exclusives more widely available, with one exception. The McQuarrie Yoda & Obi-Wan will be re-released for HasbroToyShop in the U.S., and TRU in Europe (UK and Germany), in early Spring.  The packaging will be unchanged from the U.S. release.


QUESTION:  You announced in your panel at Celebration Europe that the SDCC McQuarrie Yoda and Obi-Wan would be coming to the UK as a retailer exclusive. Summer has passed and we've seen no sign of this two-pack. Please could you tell us if or when this item is coming so we Brits can avoid the Ebay scalpers?

ANSWER:  Good news on this front - the McQuarrie Yoda & Obi-Wan will be coming to TRU in Europe, at least the UK and Germany, in early Spring. The packaging will be unchanged from the U.S. release.

QUESTION:  In the US many exclusive items are sold via StarWarsShop - Concept Grievous for example. The Celebration Europe Exclusive McQuarrie Concept R2-D2 & C-3PO Action Figures have just been made available to order for Hyperspace members. Although the shop sends internationally we have to pay extra tax and shipping costs to buy these, making the items a lot more costly. Is there no way to make special items available in the UK or Europe directly? Can you not offer some items through the Hasbro Toyshop UK?

ANSWER:  The items you mention are specifically given as exclusives to, and were not shared with other retailers. As we grow our HTS UK presence, it can be a good solution for in-country distribution of exclusives that otherwise would not have a UK or Europe counterpart, but we are not there yet with our strategy. Eventually we hope to be, but not yet.

QUESTION:  You seem keen on running variations for army builders (Sandtroopers, Rebel Troopers, Imperial Officers etc) - any chance of seeing a carded variant of the ever-popular X-Wing pilot ? Same body, running change on the head / helmet markings ? We'd love to see some truely diverse characters like Grizz Frix, or perhaps Karie Neth (using the original, more feminine, Luke pilot mold for this female pilot).

ANSWER:  The economical thing about doing the troopers is that they do not require separate card artwork because they are "generic" troops. The characters you mentioned are just that - characters, and would need separate cards and would each one be counted as separate items against our item count limits. So the way to attack what you suggest (and we like Rebel heroes!) is to do them occasionally or look for a multi-pack solution when we have enough quality bodies to work with.

To be continued.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007, 04:26:42 PM »

I don't really have anything to add to this, Gold5, but I did want you to know that I'm a regular reader of these Roundups of yours. Saves so much time looking up the stuff on other sites.

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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2007, 06:43:10 PM »

I don't really have anything to add to this, Gold5, but I did want you to know that I'm a regular reader of these Roundups of yours. Saves so much time looking up the stuff on other sites.

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Stay on target!

« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2007, 02:57:46 AM »

Glad you like it guys.  I've been trying to add some headlines as well, but there was nothing really newsworthy revealed in this week's Q&A.

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
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