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« on: November 10, 2007, 01:16:53 AM »

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

Starting at home:

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES

QUESTION: When it comes to smaller characters we've seen a continuing trend of trying to add more value to this kind of Basic Figure offering.  With Jawas, they tend to come in twos or with a droid.  With Yoda, we've gotten sizable pack-in accessories, a Jedi younging and even the Kybuck.  With Kabe we got a full-sized figure in Nabrun Leids.  Can you expound on this subject a little further, and can we expect more such offerings in the 2008 line?

ANSWER: We always try to make each figure a complete purchase, and sometimes this means putting in another figure if it makes sense.  We felt Chief Chirpa in 2006 was a little lacking and don't want to do something similar if we can help it.  So we will look to adding something special to an Ewok (sometimes it may mean another Ewok), or a Jawa or Ugnaught, etc.   Yoda could probably command his own pack in some instances,  based on his character strength, but we have decided to add to him the last few times to round him out.  By the way, Yoda with Kybuck was one of our most expensive ever in terms of cost for us to produce, but we felt it was a special pack and important to do. Folks should not expect this to be the norm with Yoda. Now, in 2008 you will find a couple of characters I mentioned in the line, and they will have some sort of pack-in to round them out.


QUESTION: There was a report from Star Wars Fan Days in Texas that an AT-TE vehicle will be coming out in late 2008.  Will this be part of the Clone Wars line?  Will it be a main line offering shipping to mass retail?  And can you give us some initial details about the vehicle itself (size, features, pack-ins, etc)?

ANSWER: We have not officially confirmed (despite reports from the Dallas show) that there will be at AT-TE in the line.  We merely said that if we did it, it would have to be pretty big. Folks are reading between the lines at what we have said earlier, and that's fine, but it's a big vehicle to tackle and it's not 100% certain yet that we will be able to deliver. So....until we have officially confiirmed, which we hope will be Toy Fair time, it's still a wish list item.  There are so many uncertainties with cost, etc. that we would also have to see what is left for a budget to see if a new driver could make it in or whether we would look to do a driver in a different pack.


QUESTION: In the most recent Q&A you stated:

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.

Does the 53 figure number include the figures from the Clone Wars line?  And can you give us a little insight into what the themes of these waves might be?  And is The Force Unleashed limited to one wave only?

ANSWER: Sure thing. The 53 is just for "classic" only which encompasses everything other than the new Clone Wars (all six movies, EU including comics and videogames, the earlier Clone Wars, etc.).  Clone Wars basic figures has a whole separate line..exact number of figures to be announced at a later date.  Yes, The Force Unleashed will be one wave (and what a wave it is!) next year.  However, that may not be the last we see of TFU....stay tuned.





And now continuing on through the ABC's and 123's of the Star Wars Collecting Community:


ACTION FIGS.COM

QUESTION: Hypothetically, assuming there were 2 large battle packs coming out this holiday season, 1 from ESB and another from ROTJ, and both of these sets had versions of the AT-ST vehicle in them, why so many AT-STs at once? Granted, some collectors still don't have a version of the AT-ST vehicle, but would they really want 2 different sets with them coming out at the same time, hypothetically speaking?

ANSWER: Hypothetically, based on a lot of Q&A feedback and discussion at conventions, we think collectors like the AT-ST, and to celebrate both on-screen versions wih tasty sets would be something special indeed. 


QUESTION: Since there has been buzz about doing a Willrow Hood (ice cream guy) figure, is there a chance that you'll visit other obscure characters from Bespin such as Treva Horme, Wiorkettle, and alien Bespin guard Utris M'toc? These characters are visually more interesting than Hood (many people think so), and Trooper M'toc could be the basis for a potential army builder as he's a Bespin security officer.

ANSWER: Well, Willrow has the advantage in that he has a sizeable amount of fan support as shown by his relatively strong vote showing in the Toy Fare Fans' Choice poll last year. We like the Utris idea…a strong possibility for the next time that we do a Bespin Guard.


QUESTION: Hasbro's made it clear that the McQuarrie Signature series concept figures have exceeded expectations. There's plenty more concept art designs to mine for new takes on main characters, villains, creatures, and more. With the Evolutions line returning with new concepts, would Hasbro consider doing a McQuarrie- or concept-art-inspired Evolutions pack, showing the different stages of a character from inception to finalization? Also, can we hope to see concept figures from ROTJ some day?

ANSWER: We will not be doing any of the McQ (or other artist) concepts in the Evolution line - we feel the place for these figures is in the basic figure line. We do hope that the concept figures will make a return some time, although it will not be in 2008. If and when they do come back, it's possible a RotJ figure could be in the mix.





BOBA'S BOUNTY


QUESTION: Besides Padme and Leia, there are a lot of other female characters in the Star Wars universe, but they don't seem to get much figure time...Any chance my daughter will be seeing some more female characters in plastic in the future?

ANSWER: Absolutely. There are some great female characters in the Star Wars line, both past (many Jedi come to mind) current, and future. In the short term, Bultar Swan will soon be out in two versions (comic packs and Evolution packs), and Deena Shan is a great new Rebel who has teamed up with Luke Skywalker in the Dark Horse comics (she has her own comic pack out soon). After that, we will have a couple more in our The Force Unleashed basic figure wave (Juno Eclipse and Maris Brood), and then some more interesting surprises for Fall 2008 in our "classics" line. Trust us - 2008 is going to be a great year for women in the Star Wars universe!


QUESTION: Figures and Lightsaber so far, what else can we expect to see for The Force Unleashed?

ANSWER: There are a few more surprises that we can't reveal yet - at least three different items. You will have to stay tuned!


QUESTION: Any chance for a Family Guy / Star Wars Crossover Figure?

ANSWER: We have actually discussed this, but the idea hasn't gone very far.





JEDI INSIDER

QUESTION:  What is the thought process that goes into adding articulation to an action figure? The Luke Skywalker figure from the Luke/Mara comic pack has ball-jointed ankles but is missing articulation in his knees. If certain figures only get so many points of articulation, why would it be placed on a joint when it would be better spent elsewhere?

ANSWER: Great question. There are several factors that we consider when determining articulation. We are always trying to create the best figure but cost is a large factor in this. The number of parts impacts labor to assemble the figure and in many cases, exponentially affects the cost. The amount of paint needed to decorate the figure is also a factor. These things being factored, we then evaluate the following: 1. Has a similar character like this ever been made? If so, what articulation did it have and how can we make this figure even better or more unique? (i.e. How can we make a new Vader?) 2. Are there any unique poses that fans would want to achieve with this figure? (A cantina alien should probably be able to sit in the cantina and have a tall glass of blue milk.) 3. Given the amount of articulation we can afford, are there insert molded pins already being used in the figure? If so, we can add more of the same color pins in the same mold. (FYI-Nylon/celcon pins do not take paint very well, and paint can chip off.) 4. Character design is also considered. If a figure has a long PVC skirt, it makes no sense to give the figure leg articulation. Now, not to be a politician and ignore your original question. Knees will allow a leg to bend and can make for some nice poses but without the ankle, it is hard to get a figure to stand. Ankles let you move either leg forward or back, and the figures stand much better. So, sometimes it simply comes down to the decision of whether we want the figure to stand better or have superior action pose potential.


QUESTION:  Now I realize this is a long shot, but who do I have to bribe over at Hasbro to get a figure of Darca Nyl? Even more of a long shot, our buddy Darca in his mercenary armor from his early days before getting his sweet nomad uniform and slugging it out with Lycan. Again, I know a long shot...but with the contract with Hasbro as far into the future as it is, that leaves room for a lot of "secondary" and Dark Horse characters.

ANSWER: It is certainly true that there is room for a lot of great comic-only characters in the lineup, and based on the reception to the comic packs (thank you!) we hope to have a long future with them. That said, Darca has yet to make the cut, based on his appearances in Tales, but his recent battle with Vader in Rebellion was very interesting. We have to see where he goes beyond that (and if he survives...). If Darca turns up elsewhere, we'll continue to give him a look for a further out opportunity.


QUESTION: I know you have been asked this one before, but since it keeps coming up from readers, we thought we would ask again. Any chance of seeing weapon or accessory packs released in some shape or form?

ANSWER: We have looked at them as a possibility but have moved in other directions that we hope will fill the need for occasional cool accessories... just not pure accessory packs as you say (which historically have been poor sellers). There are no pure weapons packs planned yet... but our hope is to bring an idea like this out eventually, possibly through hasbrotoyshop.com. It is unlikely to be in 2008 though.





JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION: Which figure do you consider to be the single most obscure character you've ever made in the 3 3/4" basic line? Bo Shek? Ephant Mon? Which figure do you feel has set the "obscure background filler" record so far? Any candidates in 2008 to smash that record?

ANSWER: There have been a few, but any character that occupies the least screen time has to be a candidate. That would cover several characters - some Cantina aliens, Ephant is in there, and even our current favorite "fewest frames of glory" candidate Pax Bonkik.


QUESTION: In the Saga Legends Fans' Choice Poll, the AotC Clone Pilot had a pretty good showing. If he did make his way into the line again, which version would you release, the Evolutions Pack version or the 2002 basic figure with the turret? The 2002 sculpt lacks articulation but has the turret for the gunships, while the Evolutions figure has more articulation but lacks the turret. Which is the more attractive repack in your eyes?

ANSWER: We would not re-release the 2002 pilot again since the more articulated figure is available.


QUESTION: You mentioned in a previous Q&A session that there will be 30 figures in the Indy line next year. Are Indy figures in 2009 a certainty or is it more of a "wait and see" type of thing and see how 2008 goes first? We're just curious if this is going to be a toy line with legs under it like Star Wars has been, or if it will be much more subdued in character choices/variety.

ANSWER: We are actively planning and producing for a multi-year run. IJ is something we are committed to and hopefully fans are excited about it as we are.





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


THE JAWA

QUESTION: Given that there are only so many SW vehicles that you can do for the Titanium line, is it possible that Hasbro will revisit certain vehicles again and make improvements on them?  You've mentioned already that there are plans on doing a new X-Wing mold with wings that will close. What about a Falcon and Shuttle Tyderium with working landing gears and door ramp, or Gunship with working doors and ball turrets (detachable, so the gunship can be displayed without them as well) and this time painted the correct color to match the full-sized Gunship vehicle, or an AT-AT with actual usable knee and neck articulation (given that the first release could barely move either).  Even the eps3 Jedi Starfighter could be improved by actually including a tiny plastic Obi (or Anakin, or whomever) pilot actually sitting in the cockpit rather than just the empty seat or windows painted black to hide the lack of a pilot.

ANSWER: Those are interesting suggestions, Troops, and good ways of "coming back around" to the core vehicles.  We have taken a hard look at Titanium to make sure it gets the support it needs in terms of new tools (including some great EU vehicles) and think we have a *great* lineup for 2008 that will keep the collector base highly engaged.  So while we think we have a bunch of great vehicle opportunities ahead of us, and Clone Wars has given us even more, we'll keep your suggestions handy when we want to update the classics and keep them fresh.


QUESTION: While I do like the latest mold for the Super BattleDroid in the TAC line, I've avoided buying any because quite honestly the two holes in its chest used to attach the "flames" annoys me beyond words.  Will Hasbro eventually plug up these holes and re-release the SBD again?  (BTW I noticed that some early photos of the SBD in the forthcoming comic 2pack with the white Rep Commando show that in some photos he has no holes, but in others the two holes are back again...)

ANSWER: Yes, we will plan to reuse him and fill those holes down the road. Hey, maybe you can look past it as we have for our shelves - those could be blaster shots (only Clone Troopers be that precise...).  By the way, we did ask our factory to make the change to fill the holes for the comic pack, but the production samples we have seen do not have this. We will ask again, but it is probably too late to affect much of the run.


QUESTION: Hasbro has obviously had a lot of success with the SA clonetrooper mold in all its forms (Clone Wars SA, RotS #41, Evolutions Commander, Clone Commander, Galactic Marine, etc etc). It's well known that the tooling is very expensive and with the clonetrooper tooling you've obviously gotten a good return on your investment by being able to reuse that tooling over and over by just doing inexpensive repaints and/or tweaking minor parts of the figure to make "new" figures.  And the fans are more than happy to buy them up too, so it is win-win for all involved.

So why has it taken so long for Hasbro to adopt the same policy for other army builders?  Why not dive in and produce tooling for SA bodies such as the Tantive IV Rebel, Hoth Rebel Soldier, X-Wing Pilot, Hoth Snowspeeder Pilot, Mon Calamari officer, Imperial Officer (black/olive/whatever), Jedi Knight (human/humanoid), etc.  After which, you could vary the heads, the ethnicity, the ranks, gender (maybe), or what not and get the same kind of ROI that you've gotten with the clones.  So long as every "template" body is SA, has neutral leg pose (i.e. no more Codys or spread-legged puffy-knee Death Star Troopers please), has either ball-jointed elbows or if angled-cut swivel elbows then at least the arms can be posed straight (and not bent like the AT-TE Gunner), you can reissue that sculpt again and again.

One speculates that if enough thought is put into it in advance, you could even build into the tooling extra leg or arm parts that would let you produce figures of different heights as well so that the soldiers don't all feel too generic. By now it should be fairly obvious that kit-bashed figures that are based on less-articulated molds like Dutch Vander or Major Derlin aren't being greeted too warmly by collectors, we'd all rather wait until Hasbro makes the "ultimate" mold and then happily buy up all the variations churned out from that mold.

ANSWER: Thanks for the comments.  We will say that it would always be our hope, eventually, to create ultimate versions of all of our figures but this is simply not possible all of the time and we have to balance out the line to help us meet our own targets.  The expense you talk about - tooling - is a 1-time expense for the most part and that is a factor when we initiate products.  But the more lasting implication of "super-articulation" all the time is the labor cost to produce, deco, and assemble each one - and that is a cost that increases in proportion to the number of parts and increases with time (as labor rates go up) and it's one of the areas of biggest challenge to us to keep cost-balanced.  If we went SA for everything, it would probably put us up to vintage-type pricing....which collectors might not mind, but this would be hard for kids.  So, we pick our spots and evolve the line gradually....granted, not a sea change like some would like, but a good overall trend.  Stick with us...we have some nice surprises planned for next year and beyond.




REBELSCUM

QUESTION: We've recently found the SAGA LEGENDS Sandtrooper figure finally being changed to the Evolutions body, although it's been found with the "less dirty" orange Squad Leader pauldron. Can we still expect the "super dirty" white Sergeant pauldron version coming (the figure that fans actually voted for) as a running change? Speaking of running changes to the Sandtrooper, can we get a list of them all (figure changes, not FC sticker changes)? Finally, it seems that the "clean" black Corporal pauldron has been painted to white...is this the case and we won't see the black at all, or is there something else going on here?

ANSWER: Well, this one has been the most confusing of all, because we are also working in the figures mistakenly produced for the initial Capture of the Tantive IV first production batch. So here goes.
1. 1st version is the TSC "super-dirty", gray pauldron, with Bantha staff.
2. TSC body, "dirty" version, with orange pauldron and Bantha staff.
3. TSC body, "clean", with white pauldron, and Batha staff.
4. Evolutions body, "dirty" version, orange pauldron, with blaster rifle.

There has been one more version requested, but we have not seen samples - and that is
5. "Dirty" with black pauldron. This *should* be using the Evolutions body, but because of the original body switch, it may be issued using the TSC body.

We have not personally inspected this pre-production version though, so can't say with certainty which it will be. A possible sixth version, super-dirty using the Evolutions body, will likely not make the line unless we re-release additional quantities for a last shot next Spring. If we get that chance, we will....until then, we will likely have just the five.


QUESTION: The upcoming Commander Gree figure is top-notch, and easily in contention for "best figure of 2008", even at this early stage. While we were able to handle him at Star Wars Fan Days recently, we neglected to get a photo of him without his helmet. So in keeping with the Q&A tradition of asking for a photo of a helmetless clone, do you have any shots of Gree that you can share with us?

ANSWER: Sorry, we do not have an image to send at this time.


QUESTION: News of an AT-TE release next year spread like... well it spread really fast. Can you elaborate on this? Most of us have taken this information as gospel and already thanked the Almighty, but some are hesistant to get their hopes up. Any chance of an official announcement in the immediate future? Will this be a wide release or exclusive? We've heard it's big, that's outstanding news, but how big? How 'bout some rough measurements/dimensions to whet our appetites? How 'bout electronics, yay or nay? How much over $100 should we expect to pay? I suppose it's too early to expect any photos, but I'd be remiss not to request some. Also, what pack-ins are you considering?

We're hungry for info about this, and especially with regards to size and price, it'd be great to know as much as possible as soon as possible so we can budget for it, the kiddies can start saving, and those of us with space constraints can prepare to accomodate this.

Last little question, how well would this have to sell to convince you to crank out a Juggernaut Clone Turbo Tank or an MTT, or some other large vehicle in the years to come?

ANSWER: We have not officially confirmed (despite reports from the Dallas show) that there will be at AT-TE in the line. We merely said that if we did it, it would have to be pretty big. Folks are reading between the lines at what we have said earlier, and that's fine, but it's a big vehicle to tackle and it's not 100% certain yet that we will be able to deliver. So....until we have officially confiirmed, which we hope will be Toy Fair time, it's still a wish list item.

There are so many uncertainties with cost, etc. that we would also have to see what is left for a budget to see if a new driver could make it in or whether we would look to do a driver in a different pack.




SANDTROOPERS

QUESTION: Dear Hasbro, With the release of the Battlefront - Renegade Squadron game can we expect to finally see a super-articulated Rebel Commando figure in 2008? Since you can use the legs, backpack and helmet from the 2006 Endor Rebel Trooper you only need to sculpt a new upper body, arms and head. There could also be a running change including the rodian and the sullustan heads based on the customizing feature from the LucasArts website.

ANSWER: No plans for 2008, but we have a more articulated Rebel Commando on our longer term "to do" list.  Your idea for a figure set is really cool - we will look into it.


QUESTION: Will the AT-TE come with some new type of clone driver?

ANSWER: We have not officially confirmed (despite reports from the Dallas show) that there will be at AT-TE in the line.  We merely said that if we did it, it would have to be pretty big. Folks are reading between the lines at what we have said earlier, and that's fine, but it's a big vehicle to tackle and it's not 100% certain yet that we will be able to deliver. So....until we have officially confiirmed, which we hope will be Toy Fair time, it's still a wish list item.  There are so many uncertainties with cost, etc. that we would also have to see what is left for a budget to see if a new driver could make it in or whether we would look to do a driver in a different pack.


QUESTION: Dear Hasbro, I know you don’t like to comment on rumors or speculations, so … if you were to produce new X-Wing or Snowspeeder pilots in 2008 … would you use the existing mold from 2004 as you did with Biggs Darklighter, Hobbie Klivian and Lt. Lepira or a completely new one with more articulation? Ball jointed shoulders and (at least) swivel elbows would make a major improvement.

ANSWER: Here's the skinny.  We are looking at various pilots next year (confirmed in previous Q&As) and it does look like we will be able to deliver at least one upgraded "classic" rebel pilot next year in some form (mainline or exclusive). It is our desire to advance the articulation eventually on all the rebel pilots in the manner you suggest - but it's not confirmed that we will be able to just yet.





SIR STEVE'S GUIDE

QUESTION: If Hasbro feels that mid-sized vehicles is the way to go, then will we be seeing more airspeeders and landspeeders in the forseeable future? Some of the airspeeders are pretty much snubfighter sized. (side note: this question was the second-oldest question still on our voting list, it was there since round 7, July of 2006!)

ANSWER: By now, fans have seen more of our vehicle direction as we have announced the AT-AP and the Grievous Starfighter. We prefer aggressive vehicles for the new tools, and unfortunately airspeeders are pretty much not the coolest and most aggresive vehicles. So we'll be focusing on other opportunities that Clone Wars (and the films) have given us for the foreseeable future.


QUESTION: With the inclusion of KotOR charaters Darth Revan and Darth Malak in the TAC line, and Darth Nihilus in one of the upcoming Evolutions packs, is Hasbro considering including KotOR vehicles in the Titanium 3" line such as the Ebon Hawk, Leviathon, and Sith Fighter?

ANSWER: They are not in the plan - but we are looking at EU possibilities for future waves, and it's possible someday they could make it into the line.


QUESTION: In the Art of Revenge of the Sith book, there was a detailed piece of concept art from Aaron McBride of the Mon Calamari Female Dancer. The concept is applied in ROTS as the dancers in the Squid Lake scene (yes, it's really called that). What are the chances of seeing this Mon Cal Dancer design turned into a figure, especially using the striking design from the concept art? And if you were to make her into a figure, would you give her a name?

ANSWER: Long-term chances are not too bad - but it may take a few years. Actually, this exact figure has been "on the bubble" (not a bad pun) for a few years now, on our wish lists we draw up for a given year, but has been put off in favor of other figures.





To be continued in the next post.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2007, 01:34:38 AM »

Hasbro Q&A Part 3:


THE PRIVATE UNIVERSE

QUESTION:  Would Hasbro ever consider opening the Fans Choice to customisers ? By this I mean having fans create figures / characters which we could vote on, and would then see Hasbro renderings of their efforts released as part of the toy line ? Is it true that the Rodian Jedi in the Clone Wars 3-pack was inspired by a fan custom ?

ANSWER:  It's an interesting idea for sure, but don't know if that would be the best thing necessarily since we would have to make sure fans are voting based on the strength of demand for a character rather the particular execution of a character. As for Pax Bonkik, it is true that he is in our lineup based on fan contributions - but it was the creation of his backstory by a fan in a contest on starwars.com that "romanced" him to the point where he gained attention, and ultimately, a warm spot in our lineup.


QUESTION:  Clones, in their various deco's, have been a mainstay of the Hasbro line in recent years. Now that definitive versions have been issued for most squads, what do you see as being the new army building trend ? You've tried astromechs, and standard armoured imperials - can we expect multi-hued protocol droids ? Or does The Force Unleashed / The Clone Wars hold some new paint options ?

ANSWER:  One word….Gungans. Seriously, it's tough to beat the impressive presence of a mighty Clone (or Stormie) army, and we think that's where fans still prefer to spend their army building efforts, and there are some opportunities in front of us to still evolve this area (case in point, The Force Unleashed basic figures, Battlefront II packs, upcoming comic packs, etc). Beyond that, there are other good seams we'll be exploring - perhaps a little bit of everything you have said, plus some Ewoks thrown in for good measure.


QUESTION:  Can you give us revised release dates for TAC Waves 4-8 in the UK ? Our US cousins are boasting of the arrival of Wave 7 in some of their stores, and we've yet to see Wave 5. Some of our forum members are starting to worry about missing out on short-packed figures (given the excitement around the EU / McQuarrie elements of these waves).

ANSWER:  Sure - approx on-shelf for Waves 4-6 has already past - hopefully you have seen progress on your end in getting these to the shelves. Wave 7 - 12/7. Wave 8 - 12/15. Wave 7.5 - 12/21. Now…that's a lot of waves in a short period of time, so expect the later ones to push out as the previous ones "clear" the shelves and reorders come in for new waves. Hang in there - they are coming!





YAKFACE


QUESTION:  Since the AOTC Obi-Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter is coming back with the Hyperdrive Ring, is it possible that we might see a return of Plo Koon Jedi Starfighter with the Hyperdrive Ring added similar to the current Titanium version?

ANSWER:  We don't have specific plans for a Plo Koon version, but if the current one proves popular then more versions are a possibility down the road.


QUESTION:  Recently hi-res images on the 2008 Kashyyyk Troopers appeared and in the loose shot he has the Evolution Blaster rifle and the binoculars
while in the packaged shot he has the more accurate "bulkier" Rifle and no binoculars. Which one will he come with and what's the story on the binocs?

ANSWER:  The actual one will have the longer rifle and no binoculars. It sounds like the hi-res images picked up Gree's accessories and not the actual Trooper's.


QUESTION:  Now that the transition from '07 to '08 figures upon us and with that, the passing of the coins into the night; what is on tap for us as far as the UGH 2008 promotion? Will it go back to the silver stands and silver foil accents on the packaging or is UGH concept on hiatus, joining the Vintage Assortment?

ANSWER:  There is no plan right now for a specific UGH promotion for next year. We are cooking up some other ideas….but you will have to stay tuned.





YODAS NEWS

QUESTION:  There are certain Galactic Heroes figures that where never available except for in multi packs (like the Shadow Stormtrooper, the Mace Windu battalion clone, or R2-Q5) that contained a lot of figures that collectors that had collected the Galactic Figures line from the beginning had already bought. Are there any plans to re-release these previous multi pack exclusives in a regular two pack, perhaps to reward or thank collectors that had been supporting the line since it was under the Playskool banner?

ANSWER:  Good question, Mark. We had not planned this, but could take a look at it as a possibility.


QUESTION:  Can we expect an updated Return of the Jedi version of Emperor Palpatine, perhaps even with a soft goods cloak and maybe even a throne as an accessory, in the near future?

ANSWER:  Not in the near future. We are looking at updating the Emperor, but a different version. Stay tuned...


QUESTION:  How does Hasbro feel about the current status of the 7" unleashed line? Is there no possibility of it ever making a return, other than in rehashes and repaints?

ANSWER:  It is very doubtful that 7" Unleashed will come back, other than possible repacks. The audience was passionate, but not as numerous as the collectors who propel 3-3/4", the dual audiences for Galactic Heroes, or the kids who propel Star Wars Transformers and Unleashed 2". When combined with the disproportionate tooling and production cost, it isn't a line we can continue to sustain.




To be continued.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2007, 12:15:41 PM »

Hasbro Q&A Part 4:


4-INCHES.DE

QUESTION:  What will be "new" with the TAC-2008 Obi-Wan Kenobi figure? Are there any figure parts that will be reused with the figure? Could you tell which figure parts will be new and which are reused?

ANSWER:  There are soft-goods integrated into the waist, and a new headsculpt. Other than that, it is built on the TAC #5 figure from Wave 1 of this year.


QUESTION:  Hasbro said in the latest Q&A that the mustafar lava platform should have been originaly used with the TAC-2008 figures Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but will now come out with the Mustafar Panning Droid that seems to find its way in this wave in the last minute. Does that mean that the Mustafar Panning Droid has "ersetzt" another figure in the TAC-2008 line? If so, could you tell something about which kind of figure has been replaced? Was it a jedi, an alien or another clone?

ANSWER:  The panning droid was an "incremental" figure that was easy to add since he was already tooled, but too costly to afford as a pack-in. He (it?) did not replace another figure….instead, we muscled him into the case pack.


QUESTION:  If Hasbro decides to make a TFU Rancor w/ rider who then would be that rider? Would you tend to a jedi character like Shaak Ti or would it be another force-sensitive rider without any jedi training? And which color would that a Rancor have? Concept drawings of the Rancor offer the colors green or brown with white stripes.

ANSWER:  Wow - great question. If we did a Rancor with Rider, the rider would be someone from the game, and it would be deco'd like the game. We haven't seen a lot of this aspect of The Force Unleashed, so it's tough to speculate further on what a Rancor would come with or look like beyond the art that's out there.




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QUESTION:  Why was R2-D2 not included in the 30th Anniversary Saga Legends Wave 1 here in the UK and what factors go into deciding which figures are released from a range like 'Saga Legends' over here?

ANSWER:  We had issues with shipping the electronic into the UK (due to the lights/batteries).  That is the only one that didn't make the cut.


QUESTION:  The single-packed Galactic Heroes appear to have been well received and have sold out at most retailers that sell them.  Are there any plans to make more available beyond the first wave of 8?

ANSWER:  The extent to which we change it is limited in part by the case pack, and the need to keep the main core figures in the lineup since the takeaway for these is mostly kids....who want the main heroes primarily.  If we make changes to the lineup, it would only be to add a couple new ones (and replace the more obscure ones).  We are looking at that for Fall 2008, but it's not certain if we will make the change or not.


QUESTION:  Are there any more surprises for this year in the form of any additional Battle Packs or other items we've not yet seen or are you now concentrating on 2008?

ANSWER:  There are no more surprises other than the obvious one(s) we cannot officially confirm.  Does that answer your question?  ; )





To be continued in the next post.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2007, 10:53:44 AM »

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QUESTION:  Are there any more surprises for this year in the form of any additional Battle Packs or other items we've not yet seen or are you now concentrating on 2008?

ANSWER:  There are no more surprises other than the obvious one(s) we cannot officially confirm.  Does that answer your question?  ; )


Oh hell! That's a LOADED answer. Damn, I want to so read into that the AT-TE....GRRRR, Come on Hasbro, give up the info on this already.....

BTW, Gold5, excellent job as always.
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2007, 01:00:37 PM »

Thank you Sal.  Actually, I think that answer or non-answer as it may be pertains to the Target exclusive Ultra Battle Packs.
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