Here are some of our Q&A headlines:JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
I was watching The Empire Strikes Back recently, and it seems that we're really starting to draw down on new characters that can be made into figures for that particular episode. Does this kind of shortage register with Hasbro in planning TESB themed waves? And might it open the door for something like a figure of the Emporer's giant flloating holographic head?ANSWER:
It is challenging to be sure, definitely the movie that has had more coverage than any other and the shortest "parking lot" list, but there are still some good opportunities with EpV and we think we have some good multi-year wave plans. As for your latter comment....you are right on the bulls-eye with something we hope to bring out this year. Stay tuned! GOLD 5: Hasbro seems to be indicating that we may get a giant holographic Emporer Palpatine's head in this response. The response seems to leave things open ended about how such an offering would be made, but we will continue to follow up on this story.
...In many cases, these figures (such as the Jabba's palace figures) are still quality figures in terms of aesthetics, even though they may not be highly articulated like many modern figures, and there are many new collectors to Star Wars who are interested in adding them to their collections. In these cases, we evaluate the continuing demand of the figures and see whether a re-release makes sense. Since we are not going to be redoing any of the Jabba's palace figures in those sets and doing new ones like Ak-Rev instead
, a re-release made sense.GOLD 5: Consider this a confirmation for Ak-Rev. It doesn't get any clearer than that. And on a background note, Hasbro seemed to indicate that with the Umpass Stay drum completed that an Ak Rev would be a likely companion piece at some point in time.QUESTION:
Just another certain-figure question: What are the odds for a Torryn Farr figure within the next two years? ANSWER: There is a very good chance you will see her in the next couple of years.GOLD 5: It sounds like Torryn Farr is in the running for a Basic Figure. This is not a confirmation, but an indication of what we may see in the next year or two in a TESB themed wave.
A few Battlepacks have featured Jedi, a Clone Commander, and three Clone Troopers. Will we see this concept applied to more sets in the future, perhaps something like Ki-Adi-Mundi, a grittier repaint of Commander Bacara, and three Galactic Marines? What about extending this idea to the other films beyond Ep III? ANSWER:
We have been looking at continuing this very popular format and there is a chance that the Ki-Adi-Mundi pack will come out this spring. It's too early to confirm that it will be shipping, or how different (or not) the Clones will be, but the Mygeeto battle is a good concept for this. GOLD 5: Regard this as something that *MAY* happen but is not certain.
Reader question from ARBCOToys: Any chance we might see some Expanded Universe Galactic Heroes? I'd love a GH version of Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn. Quinlan Vos and Aayla Secura would make a nice looking 2-pack as well.ANSWER:
Hey, awesome screen name, ARBCOToys! We can confirm that Aayla is on the way - here is a sneak pic shown below. Look for the Aayla/Bly pack on shelf around 3/1. While Aayla was born of the EU, she is the only one of your wish list that we are looking at as of now, preferring to work our way through on-screen characters before we turn our attention to the EU proper since kids still make up a sizeable share of the GH audience. We don't rule out the possibility of Quinlan or Mara eventually finding their way into the line because of their continued popularity with fans.GOLD 5: See the images at the following links:Galactic Heroes Commander BlyGalactic Heroes Aayla Secura
In 2008, the pack-in stands will make a come-back. We've already seen pictures of at least 10 of the 2007 figures re-carded with stands. The carded complete-ist collectors out there are wondering just how many of the 2007 figures will get re-released this way? 25%? 50%? 100%?ANSWER:
As of this writing, which is pretty much the end of the tweaks we are able to make to the contents of Spring 2008 case pack ratio, there will be 16 2007 figures that "carry forward" into 2008 and will be revised to have bases swapped into where the coins would have been
. A good number of these are the late Wave 7.5 & 8 figures which were on the cusp of late 2007/2008 and will straddle the pack-in changeover.
RAVING TOY MANIACQUESTION:
Will there ever be a Galactic Heroes figure of Princess Leia as Jabba's prisoner (i.e. wearing the metal bikini)?ANSWER:
Any plans for more vehicles in the Galactic Heroes line?ANSWER:
Yessir! First up, we will be getting the Millenium Falcon back into circulation in a special "Cinema Scene"-inspired window-boxed style package with Han, Chewie, R2-D2 & C-3PO. Look for this exclusively at Wal-Mart in approximately February
. After that, we have plans to continue our popular Cinema Scenes format with some more sets in '08 featuring some new takes on existing vehicles along with some new vehicles *and* creatures. The GH goodness will really be amped up next Fall.GOLD 5 - The Millenium Falcon is not a new vehicle for the Galactic Heroes line, but the fact that it's an exclusive is worth noting for those who did not get the original release.
Is the modern "Vintage" line pretty much done? We know there isn't a wave planned for 2008, but to be honest, the basic figure line has pretty much caught up to the Vintage line in terms of articulation and soft goods. Plus, with the return of the Evolutions sets, the high-quality standard is maintained with an opportunity for an even greater choice of characters. With all of this in mind, the only reason to continue the "Vintage" line is for nostalgic packaging in a protective case, which raises the price.ANSWER: Regarding Vintage, the concept is probably over as far as a high-end, premium clamshell packaged line consisting of 100% new figures
, for the reasons you mentioned (a welcome overall trend toward articulation) as well as the fact that there are few really iconic main characters left to do that would be strong anchors for future waves. We do not rule out the possibility that vintage could return in the same format, but we are also looking at other ways where we can harness the great nostalgic power of that very iconic line look. We don't have a timetable for when we bring it back, but know that we are looking at it for farther down the road.GOLD 5: This response seems to be rather definitive regarding the Vintage figure line. The concept seems to be on indefinite hold, but the bar seems to have been raised on the Basic Figures to come closer to the aesthetic that the Vintage figures have achieved.QUESTION:
We've heard rumors earlier this year that The Clone Wars line will see the return of action features, which are primarily targeted toward a younger audience, and the results are often not esthetically pleasing. While "quick-draw" and "lightsaber slashing" action is great for play value, many collectors prefer the see added articulation and detailed sculpts instead. Is it too soon to talk about this yet? If they are returning, how extensive will they be?ANSWER:
Dan - we hear you and think you will be very pleased when you see the lineup. While we won't get too specific at this point, we will say that we are developing the line so that it achieves both objectives - the figures have feature play (although it won't be built-in in all cases) and also meet the sensibilities of collectors.
Stay tuned...!GOLD 5: This response seems to indicate that some sort of action feature might be returning, albeit on a limited basis.
Looking at some of the figures of minor characters that were made years ago, I started to think about how cool they could be if some of them were brought up to today's standards. Some examples that come to mind are Boshek, Tessek, Adi Gallia, Takeel, Dr. Evazan, Prune Face and Ree-Yees. Most of these figures looked nice in their day, but they just don't hold up to today's standards anymore. I understand that remakes of minor background characters can't happen very often, but I'm wondering who, if any, is one minor character that the Hasbro team would really like to have another shot at?ANSWER:
Great question. As we have produced "definitive" versions of many such backgrounders lately and added them to our shelf displays, we, like you, have noticed that many of these old-timers, while great in their day, do look a little soft around the edges. We would say that of the seven figures you single out, we have plans to update three of them over the next couple of years, and will probably get to a couple more of them as well before too much longer. Of the remaining ones, it's unlikely that we'll update Boshek or Takeel for a looong time, if ever, since we would be more likely to spend that "slot" in the lineup on a new Cantina figure.GOLD 5: This response seems to indicate that the following characters might be due for some kind of resculpt: Tessek, Adi Gallia, Dr. Evazan, Prune Face and Ree-Yees.ANSWER: ...We can also confirm that there will be one more special surprise set in this wave....centered around The Force Unleashed. Look for more information on that after the new year.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms that there will be a Force Unleashed Evolutions pack, contents TBA
In the last session of the QnAs, you confirmed that there will be a ROTJ-themed wave in Fall '08. Can you confirm if one of the figures in the wave is a female or a droid? ANSWER:
Yes, consider it confirmed.GOLD 5: This response is interesting at least from a line planning POV.
Also, any plans for new vehicles that haven't been released before?ANSWER: There *will* be new vehicles in the 2008 lineup that have not been released before...GOLD 5: A vague answer, but it's interesting background info as Hasbro has mentioned the plural vehicles, meaning more than just one new vehicle.