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« on: October 27, 2007, 11:54:37 AM »

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

Starting at home:

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES

QUESTION:  You had indicated in a previous Q&A sessions that the re-released blue Obi-Wan Starfighter and the green Anakin Jedi Starfighter would have the same white paint applications as the original release.  This picture from Entertainment Earth
seems to indicate that the paint apps have been updated to better reflect what we saw in the film and we like what we see.  Can you tell us if this new "grey" paint application is what we'll see on these re-released vehicles?

ANSWER:  Ok, this is an odd one.  We did not spec any changes to this vehicle, and have no record of a new paint master. Which means that the product that is shipping will most likely be the same one released before but in a new (closed) box. We do not know where the shot referenced came from. We'll dig into it some more...


QUESTION:  The Dutch Vander figure was a fairly revolutionary figure when it was introduced back in 2004.  Since then, it has been the basis for a number of Rebel Pilot figures.  It's been reused to give us new versions of Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter and most recently Lt. Lepira with the current Toys R Us exclusive Y-Wing as well as the forthcoming Derek "Hobbie" Klivian.  However, this body is so large that it will not fit in the modern X-Wing fighter that we've come to accept as the standard.  The good news though is that this figure works in other fighters like the Y-Wing.  But considering the appeal that the pilots of Rogue Squadron have with fans and collectors, could we see a retooled series of Rebel Pilots that have the modern articulation that we've become accustomed to that will also fit in the cockpit of the X-Wing?  It would certainly open up the potential to match up pilots with fighters, like Garven Dreis with Red Leader X-Wing, Wedge with the Red 2 X-Wing, Biggs with Red 3 X-Wing, and so on.

ANSWER:  That is our intention at some point, but we haven't slotted in another X-Wing Pilot with this update yet.  Hopefully we'll find a way before too long to look at some tweaks, either in the mainline or as an exclusive.


QUESTION:  You revealed in recent Q&A sessions that the Vintage line of figures will be taking 2008 off, and that the Evolutions line will be the venue for premium sculpted figures in the line.  Additionally, we seem to be getting figures with large accessories in the Basic Figure line that might ordinarily be placed in a Deluxe Figure line.

With those factors in mind, can we expect a Deluxe Figure line to take the Vintage figure line's place in the retail planogram for 2008?

ANSWER:  There are no plans for a separate Deluxe line.  Also, as we have indicated before, we like to do the "bonus" accessories when we can, but we don't want to promise that we'll be able to afford doing them as frequently going forward.  As costs inevitably creep up it's hard to get these in without sacrificing the figure articulation.  That's one of the reasons why, for Wave 1 '08, we created the lava droid/platform figure from what were originally intended to be accessories for Obi-Wan and Anakin.




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


4-INCHES.DE

QUESTION:  Hasbro has made a fantastic job with the figure sculpts over the last years. Nevertheless do I think that you have been underachieved with the RA-7 sculpt. The figure seems not be quite movie accurate because it have to be more silver-colored instead of gold-colored. Furthermore the sculpt that bases on the 98' Death Star Droid lacks of state of the art joints. Is it possible that the figure gets a complete update in the following years, e.g. with joints like the C-3PO Ewok Diety and with a TC-14 paintjob?

ANSWER:  That's an interesting idea for an update down the road. Since he's a less "iconic" droid, and has just been re-released in the Saga Legends line exactly as when he came out before, it is unlikely that we would update this figure any time soon. Perhaps a few years from now, but right now our focus is on other newer figures.


QUESTION:  There are a lot of R2-D2 figures that have been sculpted since 1995. Nearly each feature of the little droid has been realised over the time. I was wondering that the only feature, that has not yet realised have been done with the McQuarrie Concept figure - the starship control-arm links in the front torso under the dome. Is it possible that you go this way when you do the next update to the droid? And what are the odds for a super-articulated and -tooled R2-D2?

ANSWER:  Interesting idea on the McQuarrie concept part - we will take a look at that. Your idea for an R2-D2 with "everything" is interesting and we have thought about it as well - a "Swiss Army Knife" version of R2-D2 would be cool, but it would actually be too costly for a simple basic figure. That has really stayed our hand on an idea like this, at least until we can figure out whether it makes sense as an exclusive or in some other type of pack. But for now, we have no plans to release a this sort of R2.


QUESTION:  You stated in a former q&a session, that the scanning technology lacked for the realisation of emotional looking human faces so you have reserved that technology for technical tools and vehicles only. In my opinion the sculpting of the various Padmé figures that have been done so far seems not be quite accurate and do not reflect the pretty face of Natalie Portman. The look of the face regularly seems to be curiously grim or a little bit Victorian, you know? How about a more handsome Padmé face the next time you do that figure?

ANSWER:  Good comments, and we can't disagree with you. While we always have the intention of doing a perfect figure every time, because they are scultped individually for different articulation models, there is some variation in the process. Female figures, expecially, seem to be hard to get exact, but as always we seek to learn and refine our techniques.





ACTION FIGS.COM

QUESTION:  There are a bunch of alien and droid figures from the POTF2 era that have yet to see upgrades such as: Nien Nunb, Ree Yees, Saelt-Marae (Yak Face), Orrimaarko (Prune Face), Admiral Ackbar, EV-9D9, ASP-7, Ishi Tib, Lak Sivrak, etc.. Is it likely that these guys will be upgraded with better sculpts and articulation in the foreseeable future or are we likely stuck with the ones we have?

ANSWER:  Some of these will be upgraded in the foreseeable future. In the longer term horizon, we hope to see all of them updated some day. 


QUESTION:  For some reason, nearly all the Jedi Luke figures have been from Jabba's Palace with permanent vests. The only Death Star II version in recent memory is the rather unfortunate Saga figure with its rather unfortunate action gimmick, preposed body, and bizarre face sculpt. The newest Jedi Luke (TAC #25) has a cloth vest but it's not meant to be removed and the costume underneath is incomplete for Death Star II Luke. In ToyFare's Fans Choice poll, this was the only OT main character - not to mention the only version of Luke - to make the top 25 (and 3 characters who got less votes have already been made as figures now). So, do you have any plans to make a Death Star II Jedi Luke at this point? If not, why has this popular version been continuously overlooked in favor of Jabba's Palace Luke?

ANSWER:  Good point about needing to update him….it's just that for our theming we have picked different ones. It may be a while still, but hang in there - we will get to him. 


QUESTION:  With the new Clone Wars line coming up, will you be going back to the original series to make figures for characters who didn't get them, whether or not they appear in this new CGI series? Figures like Holographic Sidious on walking mechano-chair, Scuba Troopers, Space Clone Troopers, Plo Koon in armor, IG Lancer Droid (perhaps with its swoop bike), General Oro Dassyne all would make good candidates from the first series.

ANSWER:  When the new series comes out, our attention and focus will shift to that one exclusively and we will not likely be doing any more figures from the first Clone Wars series. It doesn't mean we won't look for opportunities from some of the very cool figures you mention, but it becomes much less likely. 





BOBA'S BOUNTY

QUESTION:  With Transformers coming out on DVD this past week, it renewed our interest in Star Wars Transformers. I believe there are still 3 that haven't hit shelves yet. Any hints on the future of the line?

ANSWER:  The future of the line is very bright, and we are committed to producing more new figures through next year, and hopefully well beyond. Look for the great wave of 3 new (Luke/Snowspeeder, Cody/Turbo Tank, and AT-AT/AT-AT Driver) any time now.


QUESTION:  When exclusives are given to stores, is there anything in the agreements with the companies either asking or requiring them to offer the exclusive through their online store as well? Honestly there is nothing more frustrating to a working collector (or parent for that matter) than hearing that exclusives are hitting stores, but all the local stores are sold out (welcome to Boise, home of the megascalper...).

ANSWER:  We suggest to our retai partners that they carry exclusives online as well as in-store, but it is ultimately their decision how to market them. We suggest that you voice your frustration to the retailers in question, and hopefully it will influence future exclusives.


QUESTION:  As I've said before, my 5 and 2 year olds LOVE Galactic Heroes (heck, I do too!). Any chance of a reissue of the Kashyyk CLone Trooper? That one didn't seem to be on the shelf too long! They'd love to see it packed with a Commander Gree.

ANSWER:  The Yoda/Kashyyyk Trooper combo is back in production and should be hitting shelves any time now. (Personal note from Boba's Bounty - I was able to snag this two pack this past week at Target! - which was after question was sent in.)





To be continued in the next post.
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007, 12:05:24 PM »

Q&A Part 2 for the week of October 26th, 2007:


THE JAWA


QUESTION:  Late 2007 and early 2008 looks to be great and has me excited. Between the confirmations you've made and the "rumor lists" floating about, it looks like most all of the figures and vehicles I've asked for are being produced. There is 1 figure I havent seen hide nor hair of and have a question. Any chance you will revisit the AOTC Clone trooper with removeable armor? While a great figure, it lacks alot of things such as a sculpt useable for anything besides putting on the speeder, which it really doesnt do to well anyway. How about giving that figure a new release... maybe going SA on it and using tech like that of the Wave 9 Clone in training and Jango for removabel armor that stays on better. It'd be nice to have a nice figure in the jumpsuit to work with!

ANSWER:  We are glad you are excited….we can't wait to show you even more about what we have planned, but all things in time.  To your question....we hadn't planned on updating this figure, since the recent Kamino training figure sort of fits the bill for us on this point.  It’s possible further down the line we could look at this.


QUESTION:  If and when you make Ak-rev will you include the other half of the drum with him and the drum symbols he plays?

ANSWER:  The "other half" of the drum would simply be another copy of the same one, since they are reversible and fit together.  If and when we do Ak-Rev, he will come with another half to make a complete one.





JEDI INSIDER

QUESTION:  It seems like we have a lot of new product coming out all at once. Some of these new waves are not making it to shelves in a lot of places because other figures like the Saga Legends figures are using up the shelf space. Is this something you are aware of, and do you feel confident that the newer waves of 30th Anniversary figures will make their way to shelves in enough numbers that most people will be able to find these figures?

ANSWER:  As we have said many times before, the Saga Legends shipments have nothing to do with the shipment of The Anniversary Collection figures, so please put that issue aside. The simple answer is that as the TAC figures sell down, more will be shipped to that retailer. Now, the other issue is the wave compression - there are a good number of waves in a short period of time, and some of the new may be shipped before we are done with the previous. We want all retailers to get a proportionate amount of each wave, but this also means that they might show up at different rates. Hang in there - we are releasing a good amount of each wave and not "shorting" anything, so we are confident it'll only be a matter of time before they show up at a retailer near you.


QUESTION:  Now that you are doing Indiana Jones product as well as Star Wars, have you ever considered doing a tribute to Harrison Ford set that incorporates both Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the same set for collectors?

ANSWER:  That is an interesting idea, but something we have not considered pursuing as we remain focused on the characters and each property separately.


QUESTION:  We have heard that there may be some type of collaboration between Hasbro and Sideshow Toys to bring Star Wars playsets to the shelves. Is there anything at this point you can tell us about this?

ANSWER:  There are no further updates on any more Hasbro and Sideshow collaborations. While we have had some good discussions, it has been only that to this point.





JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION:  Recently, three figures were announced as new additions to 2008's Revenge of the Sith wave - Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the Lava Droid. Along with the figure news came images of a cool new 3-3/4" version of the Mustafar Lava Duel platform. However, there seem to be conflicting reports of how exactly we're getting the platform. Is it a "build-a-platform" type thing or are there unique lava platform pack-ins for Obi-Wan, Anakin, and the Lava Droid?

ANSWER:  The original plan was to deliver the lava platform and connecting droid separately, with pack-ins included with Obi-Wan and Anakin. However, as we got costs back from the factory, it was impossible to do this so we decided to take the platform and droid and combine them together in one pack. The original intent was to join them at home on shelf, and they work just as well combined together in pack.


QUESTION:  The EU Spacetrooper was excluded from the second round of fan voting for the Saga Legends line since he's apparently coming out in some form or another next year. Will we be seeing a re-use of the figure’s original sculpt or will we be seeing something new sculpted up for the character?

ANSWER:  It's too early to say exactly how we will be bringing a new Spacetrooper out, and whether it will be a resculpt of this exact one or based on another scene in the entertainment or EU that involves a similar type of concept. For that, you will have to stay tuned...


QUESTION:  The recent Saga Legends poll created a lot of buzz around the collecting communities, but when the results were announced a lot of folks were disappointed with the results. It seemed like the votes of the wider audience at Hasbro.com didn’t reflect the desires of the older collectors at the fansites. Has the interest in some of the other figures that finished outside of the top 5 raised some eyebrows at Hasbro, to the point where we'll hopefully start seeing more of the exclusive and pack-in figures available separately on a basic card at some point down the line? Many kids and collectors have to avoid the higher priced packs and vehicles, but would like the opportunity to get some of the unique figures packed therein (like Blue Snaggletooth, Yularen, or EB Chewie) as a single carded figure. Any chance of this coming to fruition later on, outside of (or even in) the Legends line?

ANSWER:  Yes, while we cannot confirm which exact figures we will bring back, we would like to work some of these in somehow.





JEDI NEWS.CO.UK

QUESTION:  We must be somewhere between the magic 750 and 1,000 figures and we wondered if we’re likely to see a commemorative figure along the lines of the 300th Boba Fett and 500th Darth Vader anytime soon, is so any indication of who it might be?

ANSWER:  Great question, and one for which we aren't ready to talk about yet.  You will have to stay tuned as we figure out exactly how to mark our next milestone.


QUESTION:  The Ultimate BattlePacks look awesome [I can’t wait to get my hands on them].  The UK Brand Manager is currently away and I really hope you can put us UK fans at bay by letting us know that we will be seeing these on this side of the pond – pretty please with bows on?  Also, these Ultimate BattlePacks would be a great placement for an upcoming Jabba set featuring the long awaited and much needed Jabba on throne.

ANSWER:  I have no comment whatsover on any such items.

UPDATE: We've spoken to the Hasbro UK Brand Manager (who's just got back from holiday) - it's expected that these sets will be available in the UK at Toys R Us.  We're waiting for confirmation on which ones - watch this space!


QUESTION:  A few weeks ago we were told of talks between Hasbro and Sideshow about creating playsets in the 3¾” scale .  As you’re aware a lot of fans seem interested in these and we wondered if there’s any more news you can share on your talks with Sideshow and are the Ultimate BattlePacks, with multiple figures, vehicles & accessories, a way of trying to determine a favourable price point with a link to a proposed playset line?

ANSWER:  There are no further updates on any more Hasbro and Sideshow collaborations.  While we have had some good discussions, it has been only that to this point.





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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007, 12:18:10 PM »

Q&A Part 3 for the week of October 26th, 2007


SANDTROOPERS


QUESTION:  Now that we have seen 3 different Ultimate Battle Packs for this year, is this a segment of the Battle Packs we will continue to see more of? They have a lot of potential as long as there is something new for the collectors. The Arena lacks anything new while the Hoth and Endor have some new 'different' repaints and kitbashed figures.

ANSWER:  Any future packs in this larger format (and we hope it can continue, pending successful sell-through) will be developed along the same principals that guide our development of the "regular" Battle Packs.  That is, developing with an eye toward kids only, collectors only, or a dual audience. The Arena is meant to simply bring back the iconic creatures and scenes that the new generation of Star Wars kids, brought into the fold through Episode III, had not been able to get before. It is not really a collector-targeted set in that sense.  As such, we did not see the need to add to the scene as the creatures and the characters pretty much carry the excitement of that scene, and the only changes we made were to update to more movie accurate deco.


QUESTION:  Has Hasbro ever given any thought to re-releasing/slightly adjusting any of the older Jabba molds (like the vintage - with the throne perhaps??) for a re-release any time soon? It's been a while without a Jabba, and we need a good one. Or, you could even go with an updated paint scheme such as a Gardulla the Hutt figure/beast, or any of the other EU Hutts from the comics?

ANSWER:  Yes, we see the need for a new Jabba and are looking for ways to work one in somewhere, whether as mainline or exclusive.  We really like the idea of alternate Hutts at some point - Gardulla, and there are a lot of cool ones in the EU especially - but our first efforts will probably be devoted to Jabba since kids know him too.


QUESTION:  Why should I buy exclusives when the figures return in 2 years at half the cost most of the time?  You are removing the point of these figures being exclusives and paying the higher price point because they are exclusives.  By treating fans this way, do you think that the sale of exclusive figures will decline as collectors refuse to pay $15 or more for a figure that will return on a poll and be released for $7?  I really hate the fact I bought the lastest Fan's Choice winners at full price the other year.  Doing the packins like Zev and Neyo are one thing as they have not been carded before, but to do it with carded figures that people paid through the nose for is a slap on the face.

ANSWER:  You are referring to Convention exclusives for the most part, I believe, since these are usually the ones that are premium priced.  Star Wars is one of the most beloved and collected brands out there and this is always a tough choice for us to make.  There is often demand from collectors who can't make the event or get figures otherwise (or if the quantities sell out), who feel left out want to see figures re-released (for instance, the conversations about the CIV/Comic Con exclusives this year).  Re-releasing them later is a way for us to help close the gap with demand, but re-releasing in a way so that the packaging is differentiated from the original.  This helps the package collector hold onto something unique, but it does test the loose figure collector, as you note.  Most of the cases recently have been of the Trooper variety, which we felt better about because we know that folks would like to have multiples, if possible, and wouldn't mind being able to pick up a couple more to complement the original.  This is something that we will weigh carefully going forward each time we make a choice on a fan vote or a "greatest hit" type of offering.





SIR STEVE'S GUIDE


QUESTION:  With the Star Wars team splitting their time with Indiana Jones and the Clone Wars CGI cartoon coming next year, how many new sculpts does Hasbro estimate we'll be seeing for Star Wars Original Trilogy figures in the basic carded line? Will each of the 6 films be getting its own wave in 2008? If not, which film won't be getting its own wave?

ANSWER:  For 2008, we are going to take the classic total down by about one wave. So from the current 60 figures this year, expect around 53 figures or so. Episodes III-VI will each have waves along with a The Force Unleashed wave and a couple other surprises in there.


QUESTION:  Due to the unpopularity of the character, is it unlikely that Hasbro will revisit Jar Jar Binks with a super articulated figure? He is definitely a character that would warrant such articulation due to his onscreen antics (no matter how obnoxious), and we haven't seen a new figure of him in quite a while, he could use an upgrade and the kiddies would probably want him.

ANSWER:  Before too long we will probably be updating Jar-Jar. From our research, kids still like him and the Gungan concept. We just have to find the opportunity to bring him out.


QUESTION:  While the TAC line has been doing great designs with aliens and armored figures, a lot of fans feel there have been a number of misfires with main characters in this line. Luke Yavin and Luke Tatooine's headsculpts and decos, Mace Windu's head, Vintage Leia Endor's long neck and inaccurate face deco, Lando in smuggler outfit's new head design and its rolled-back-in-his-head eyes, Vintage Luke Bespin's likeness, and everything about Han Torture Rack from the odd head to the mismatched proportions of the body. And it's not like we always need resculpted heads, POTJ Bespin Leia and Early Bird Kit Luke already have superior likenesses. So what is happening here?

ANSWER:  Thanks for the comments. In general, there has always been variety to the likenesses 3-3/4" figure line and while we would like every likeness to be exact, at our scale this is not something that we can expect. We're sorry you have been disappointed; while some of your comments are areas we hope to improve upon, for others, it's the first we have heard about overall dissatisfaction with these figures.





SW COLLECTOR


QUESTION:  Is the Darth Vader figure coming in wave 1 of the 2008 line a straight repack of the Evolutions ROTS Anakin Skywalker, or are there differences? A "Sith eyes" paint application would totally rock on this figure!

ANSWER:  The face won't have Sithified deco, but the torso has been resculpted to allow for more waist articulation.


QUESTION:  Now that Toyfare Magazine has revealed there will be an Emperor Palpatine figure in The Force Unleashed figures, will this be the oft-requested "ROTS/Senate Duel with Yoda" costumed version? Will he come with a lightsaber as well as Force lightning? Any images of it to share yet?

ANSWER:  The new Emperor will be in the 2" Unleashed format. There is no new 3-3/4" Emperor figure planned for our The Force Unleashed line.


QUESTION:  We've received lots of e-mails from collectors that are just not finding the following four figures from wave 5 of the 30th Anniversary Collection line at retail at all: Darth Revan, Darth Malak, Pre-Cyborg Grievous, and McQuarrie Concept Starkiller Hero. They see the other figures from that wave, but these are always gone already. Given the high demand for these four figures--they seem to sell out almost instantly whenever they're offered on HasbroToyShop.com--can we hope to seem them offered in greater numbers in future refresher cases?

ANSWER:  We are not done shipping Wave 5 yet, as of this writing, so there is still some more to come and hopefully there will be an opportunity to get these online. Otherwise, some of the figures will be coming back in future cases, and we will look at opportunities to re-release.






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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007, 12:48:37 PM »

Q&A Part 4 for the week of October 26th, 2007:


THE PRIVATE UNIVERSE


QUESTION:  You seem to strike a lot a 'exclusive' deals with US retailers, which sometimes only partially (if at all) make it to the UK. For example we were disappointed to get only 2 of the 6 Target Order 66 2-packs at Tesco. Do you have any plans to either push for a UK exclusive to restore a little balance, or to ensure that foreign retailer exclusives are more readily available via UK sources ? We feel like we're the poor relation here - UK collectors would snap up pretty much everything you produced, provided it was available on store shelves and we didn't have to resort to shipping from overseas / getting scalped on auction sites.

ANSWER:  Our intention is to never make "regional" exclusives but to get them distributed everywhere if at all possible, and will be working toward this in future years. We have been working with retailers in the UK, and throughout Europe, to get a more universal distribution of exclusives. We also have confirmation from our international team that Tesco has received all 6 of the Order 66 2-packs...so we are not sure if what you are seeing is what is left from their stock.


QUESTION:  Although you've said previously that you've no immediate plans for figures based on EU novels, two have sneaked in via the Heir To The Empire comic pack (Luke/Mara). One of our forum members is desperate for a Corran Horn figure based on his appearance in I,Jedi. Along with his astromech, this would make a great EU 2-pack. Is he on your list of potential future releases ?

ANSWER:  Corran Horn only appears in one comic series (X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Family Ties) as a security officer, well before his most iconic stores in later novels. So we don't think the EU comic 2-pack format would be the best choice for a Horn figure. As such, we haven't really found a way to work him into the line yet, but he heads the list of EU figures we would like to see in the next few years if we have the opportunity.


QUESTION:  We love Galactic Heroes, but we're wondering why supply of new product is so inconsistent. There have been no new 2-packs at Toys'R'Us for several months now, and the Darth Maul/Sith Speeder item was never seen on the pegs. Is this an issue with the individual retailers not restocking, or is there a limited assortment distributed to the UK ? Will we see the Indiana Jones 'Adventure Heroes' line in the UK ?

ANSWER:  We are not sure what the issues are - since the 2-packs have been in continual production and retailers have been able to carry and stock the waves as they come in. What we do know is that the Galactic Heroes style, while an unquestioned smash hit in the U.S., has been slower to be embraced by as widespread a fanbase in other markets (like in the U.S., where it was introduced in 2002 but really didn't start gathering steam until late 2004 ) and it may take some time to really gather an audience and command retailers' attention. Until then, we will try and see what the issues might be in the UK. The IJ Adventure Heroes will be offerred to all retailers in the UK and Europe, and as far as we know will be carried everywhere.





YAKFACE

QUESTION:  With the photos of the 2008 assortment of basic figures showing up at online retailers (Entertainment Earth for one), there seems to be some confusion as to what "lava base/platform" is included with the Obi-Wan and Vader figures. Is the lava base that is pictured with the Lava Panning Droid the same as the ones included with the aforementioned figures? If so, are there foot pegs for the figures and do the bases interlock?

ANSWER:  The original plan was to deliver the lava platform and connecting droid separately, with pack-ins included with Obi-Wan and Anakin. However, as we got costs back from the factory, it was impossible to do this so we decided to take the platform and droid and combine them together in one pack. The original intent was to join them at home on shelf, and they work just as well combined together in pack.


QUESTION:  Over the past few years, Hasbro has used a variety of fabric materials to help simulate the scale and weight of Jedi robes, Tusken Raider garb and most recently the cloak and scarf on Hermi Odle. Have you considered using the latter (the lightweight, gauze-type material) exclusively as it seems to best recreate the look of the outfits, especially if applied to Jedi robes/cloaks, at the 3.75" scale?

ANSWER:  We agree - that fabric is super cool. However, that particular fabric tends to unravel and we use it only for those for whom it looks appropriate in the "worst case" like Hermie and Tusken Raiders. Since it has sort of an uncontroled element to it in that regard, we can't really use it on figures where it would not look the best.


QUESTION:  Here's an Obi-Wan themed question(s) for you...

When you released the ROTS #55 Obi-Wan (pilot) figure, it was the most definitive version of EpIII Obi-Wan we could ever hope to get with the great detailing and massive amounts of articulation. Then you made a great figure better by releasing it in the Saga line with the soft goods cloak. This particular Obi-Wan has been released numerous times to date.

My question is, will Episode I and Episode II Obi-Wan be getting the same amount of super articulated love anytime soon?

ANSWER:  Yes, within the next two years you will see very nice updates of these important Obi-Wan figures.





To be continued.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007, 09:54:52 PM »

Here's a late addition:


GALACTIC HUNTER

QUESTION:  Hasbro has made it clear that the Holiday Special is mostly  off-limits for figure consideration.  I understand your reservations  since it is painfully hard to watch.  Since we did receive a Star Wars  Holiday Special figure in the Power of the Jedi line is 2001 (Zutton -  Snaggletooth) which NEVER appeared in A New Hope and we were just  blessed with the Animated Debut: Boba Fett this year, could you please just check out the Star Wars Chronicles (big coffee table book) and just see some of the cool  additional cantina aliens that could be created if you would just open  your hearts?  There are some amazing creatures (some even cooler than what made it to the movie cut) that were developed for this special  including a white Djas Puhr among others that would be very welcomed  additions to our cantina dioramas.

[Adam's Note: Bea Arthur as Ackmena counts as an amazing creature!  She's a former United States Marine and a Golden Girl! And Maude!]

ANSWER:  For the most part any new aliens that require new tooling would be on-screen aliens from the six movies.  If there are repaint opportunities, we could certainly check it out - this might make an intriguing multi-pack exclusive.


QUESTION:  You folks scared EVERYONE with all of the "No comment!" answers in the last round of Q&A. Seeing that those two Ultimate Battle Packs have been leaked with stickers indicating that they will be exclusive to one particular big-boxer, can you confirm or deny whether or not we'll see OTHER cool 3.75" exclusives that haven't been leaked (thus far) in time for the holdays? [A list of fall/holiday exclusives that CAN be confirmed would be useful, but any guidance helping us with our budgeting would be helpful and appreciated!]

ANSWER:  To help you with your budgeting Adam, we can confirm that there will be no specials and exclusives that you do not already know about.


QUESTION:  Many fans are enthralled by the 30th Anniversary Collection's cardback art. Would Hasbro ever consider posting some nice print-quality artwork on www.StarWars.Hasbro.com for collectors to  download? It's beautiful art, and it shouldn't be marred by sliced-off bubbles.

ANSWER:  Thanks.  That is a great suggestion and we will look into that possibility.





To be continued.
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2007, 06:49:06 AM »

QUESTION:  You had indicated in a previous Q&A sessions that the re-released blue Obi-Wan Starfighter and the green Anakin Jedi Starfighter would have the same white paint applications as the original release.  This picture from Entertainment Earth
seems to indicate that the paint apps have been updated to better reflect what we saw in the film and we like what we see.  Can you tell us if this new "grey" paint application is what we'll see on these re-released vehicles?

ANSWER:  Ok, this is an odd one.  We did not spec any changes to this vehicle, and have no record of a new paint master. Which means that the product that is shipping will most likely be the same one released before but in a new (closed) box. We do not know where the shot referenced came from. We'll dig into it some more...

I like that answer. Really don't need another Jedi Starfighter
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2007, 08:07:04 AM »

Well....I think we have had our share of Jedi ships over the years, and I am not one for crying about bad paint aps but that first realse sucked...I like this rendition much better!
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2007, 10:33:15 AM »

I understand the frustration over repaints, but in this case I agree with Master Windu.  The first Obi-Wan fighter was pretty attrocious, so if this version comes out looking a lot more like the ship did in Revenge Of The Sith (and so does the Anakin fighter), then I'll be buying them.

Beyond that, I don't know if Hasbro can really entice me to buy more Jedi Starfighters.  I think there might be another Delta 7 for Anakin that I've seen somewhere, but I can't see them retreading that.  But if they want to make some other fighters with the hyperdrive ring?  I might be tempted to get that.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2007, 10:34:47 AM »

Crap, looks like I'm going to have to buy another JSF...
This will be my last ROTS JSF purchase though.
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