Hasbro Q&A Roundup - Week of April 25th, 2008 JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
The Hasbro ventures into the EU have begun to get more and more interesting with each passing month. The comic 2-packs have been a great addition to the line. And now we're starting to see forays into figures/vehicles that are derived from reference material such as the Hoth Speederbike patrol battle pack. Could we see more EU exploration that draws from reference art in the near future? I know there's an image of Dooku as a Jedi Master with the much talked about Jedi Master Sypho Dias that drew my eye from THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE FORCE.ANSWER:
Chuck - our exploration into this world has been carefully managed to keep a "film-first" focus, but based on the success so far fans have indeed shown a strong appreciation for the efforts and we see about the same balance continuing going forward into 2009 and beyond. Master Sypho Dias is certainly a character that has been on our wish lists for some time, and while he isn't in the line-up yet, with time we have a feeling he will be someone we'll want to explore. Based on the intriguing mention in EpII alone we think he would make an interesting basic figure possibility
In our Q&A session a few weeks ago, we asked about the starfighter vehicle assortment in the Clone Wars line. One of the fighters that was mentioned was the Anakin Skywalker modified starfighter. Can you please clarify if this be the blue and white Jedi starfighter from the original Clone Wars line? Or can we expect a yellow and grey decoed version of the Delta 7 Aethersprite Jedi Starfighter like the one that LEGO has already released?ANSWER:
In our mainline Starfighter vehicle assortment, we will be releasing Anakin's blue/white modified Starfighter from the (original) Clone Wars line, last released in 2004. Look for this later this Fall. QUESTION:
The 2008 Commander Gree figure was a huge improvement over the previous version, not just in likeness but in overall sculpt and articulation. Is there any chance we will see more uses of that sculpt in other clones such as the Utapau Clone or a Shock Trooper? ANSWER:
The Gree tooling is very specific to him so we wouldn't use it for any other character. However, he has some nice articulation features that turned out well, and there is a possibility that down the road we would do other core Clones with this model. Right now, we don't have any specific updates planned, but the Utapau Battalion would be a good one (along with Shocks).
And now to run through the collecting community:ACTION FIGSQUESTION:
Might the build-a-droid concept be applied to other build-a-whatever ideas such as build-a-beast or a piece of scenery?ANSWER:
We have had discussions on other types of things we could do if there were no limit, but right now there are no other plans beyond Droid Factory. QUESTION:
After six years, you've finally made a highly articulated Jango Fett figure that has a great sculpt and lots of articulation. Trouble is, his jumpsuit is a garish shade of lavender that never appears in the film or any EU source, the one in the film was a far more muted, bluish tone. Was this an error or intentional, and if in error, will it be corrected in future shipments?ANSWER:
It was intentional. We don't plan a running change for this set (other than to add the tampo that was omiitted for the first run of Boba Fett). QUESTION:
In the Galactic Heroes line we have gotten an AT-AT Commander and Driver figures, and now several new vehicles and beasts. Might that increase chances of getting a Galactic Heroes AT-AT?ANSWER:
We would certainly like to do an AT-AT at some point. If kids and fans continue to show an increasing appetite for GH, we'd say there is a strong possibility. For now, we continue to be focused on the Cinema Scenes and an AT-AT is just too big a beast for that format.
Can we expect more product for The Force Unleashed in the 3¾" line later this year to coincide with the release of the video game in September? You've stated that there won't be any more basic line figures, but is it possible to see more new characters like Proxy and Shaak Ti released in another The Force Unleashed Battle Pack? What about plans for any vehicles, such as the Rogue Shadow. If you're reluctant to divulge specific details before Comic Con, can you at least confirm whether or not you have plans for more NEW The Force Unleashed toys beyond what's already been revealed? (From reader Shabby Blue)ANSWER:
Beyond the Wal-Mart 3-packs, and one special promotional Stormtrooper Commander figure, there will be no more The Force Unleashed figures this year. We are looking at the possibility of doing Shaak Ti at some point, but Proxy really isn't in our plans for the foreseeable future as we are focusing on other characters for our EU offerings.QUESTION:
Will you ever rerelease the Tri-Droid retooled as the Octuptarra Droid with the different guns, legs and eyes? (From reader Rune Haako)ANSWER:
That's an interesting variant we could do someday. While we don't have any plans for it now, there is a really good bet that it will happen someday.QUESTION:
We've heard rumblings several times of a Death Star Escape themed wave and/or Battle Pack in the Third Quarter. Is there any merit to this? (Obviously Hasbro knows we'd like nicely articulated Han Solo and Luke Skywalker as Stormtroopers, a revised Princess Leia, and some other third-reel goodness.) Are Original Trilogy fans going to be overlooked as The Clone Wars rage?ANSWER:
While there is an EpIV wave slated for the end of the year, there is no "Death Star Escape" theme to it (we're not sure where that rumor came from but it seems to be persistent on several fan sites - we have never, not even conceptually, had such a wave planned). However, we can indeed confirm that SA Stormtrooper versions of our heroes *are* finally coming as part of the EpIV wave along with some more surprises that will be revealed at Comic Con. QUESTION:
As a follow-up to your revelation of a new Princess Leia - Slave Girl and Sandstorm Princess Leia planned for 2009, can you clarify if these are meant to be one in the same, or two separate figures coming next year? If they are one and the same, can we expect Sandstorm Princess Leia to accurately resemble the Princess Leia - Slave Girl we know once the cloak and goggles are removed? (From Shabby Blue) ANSWER:
Regarding Slave Leia, we have had a bit of a change-up in our plans and will clarify. Originally, we wanted to do the Sandstorm Leia, but have instead selected a different version of Leia for our EpVI wave. We think that you will find this Princess Leia every bit as interesting, if not more so (that's all the info we can give!). We will eventually get to Sandstorm Leia, but we think you will like what we have for her in '09.
Dear Hasbro, with the re-emerging interest in the Expanded Universe, do you plan to include troopers that you can army build? I would love SOTE Coruscant Guard and Imperial Commando. Also the Brown Imperial Officer, Yellow and Red Patched Field Stormtroopers and the Imperial Commando from DF II. However, the figure I want most has to be Xandel Carivus' Bodyguard Troops. I will do anything to get these made. I even paid to have customs of them made, but I want official ones, I would gladly sell you my soul to make them! ANSWER:
Some of our packs do indeed have troop building components such as the current Republic Commando/Super Battle Droid, and the WM exclusive Kasshyyyk Clone/Wookiee set. We plan to continue these here and there as we go forward with the line but will not make it an overt focus. Specifically regarding the figures you suggest, we do not have a way of doing Dark Forces in the comic packs, but some of the others may be possible someday if the line continues. We especially like the Xandel Carivus' personal guard from Crimson Empire II as well, but to be honest the chances of this one happening in the next couple of years is slim given the other more prominent figures we are planning. QUESTION:
Dear Hasbro, Since quite a few of Dooku's Dark Acolytes have already been made into figures (including Asajj Ventress, Tol Skorr, Sora Bulq and Quinlan Vos) I'm wondering if there is hope for some of the remaining Acolytes like the female Chiss Confederacy General Sev'rance Tann, Zabrak female Kadrian Sey, and possibly more evil looking versions of Bulq and Vos? ANSWER:
That's a very cool theme you have identified that unites a lot of cool characters. We don't have any of them planned specifically, but we know the evil version of Sora Bulq is out there as a pretty easy update at some point. An update like this to Vos would probably be a ways off because we will be getting to our second Vos version at the end of this year and want to spread it around rather than do him again in such a short time As for new characters, Kadrian Sey is interesting because of the comic reference, but Tann is much more iffy since her video game appearance is a little more obscure. QUESTION:
Are there plans to expand on the novel characters seeing there is a rise in EU, especially in the games and the comics. I know there are a few in the pipeline but it seems many new major characters are sparse. ANSWER:
They are sparse currently, but we will be exploring some key ones a few at a time - most likely as part of any basic figure EU waves or occasional entires like NJO Luke or "crossover" characters in the Mando packs and comic packs. But we are thinking of ways to bring the novels in whenever we can.
Even though we've seen tons of images and details on the new BMF Falcon, can we get an official confirmation that this is coming, when will it be released, what the SRP will be, and will it be a store exclusive?ANSWER:
Can we say we held back confirmation because we really couldn't believe it ourselves that it was happening, and didn't want to dash hopes if it somehow fell through? No? OK then, it is time to come clean. As most people have seen by now, pictures did get leaked of what we were hoping would be the biggest secret we ever held onto - the massive, new 3-3/4" Millennium Falcon. We can confirm that it *is* real, and it *is* spectacular! Please trust us when we say that our intentions were truly in the right place - we wanted to surprise fans everywhere with the biggest secret we had ever tried to hold back leading up to the massive 7/26 launch date for Clone Wars/Legacy. We do expect the first availability to be 7/26 at the same time as everything else. We have been working against a reveal plan, including a world debut in Wired Magazine (June issue, on sale in May!), followed by some very key celebrity reviews and additional exposure prior to the public debut at Comic Con. At least that was our intention...with something like this, as big as it is, and as intense the interest is in Star Wars, it proved impossible to hold. Look for additional details to roll out as per the schedule above, and look forward to the full public debut at Comic Con.QUESTION:
First seen at Toy Fair, the Droid Factory 2 packs with the Hoth Han Solo figure has the R-3PO who was first released in 2004. Will the new R-3PO figure feature the silver/white highlights that were absent in this toy's previous release?ANSWER:
R-3PO will be pretty much as shown at Toy Fair - without the highlights.QUESTION:
Is there any kind of midnight maddness release event planned for the Clone Wars toys like we've seen with previous movie releases?ANSWER:
Each retailer is shaping up its plans, and it is too early to reveal any specifics. Trust us to say that 7/26 will be a HUGE date for Star Wars, and folks should plan on marking that date down on calendars. More details as they become available!
Over the past 2 years, you guys have really been going to town on the characters from the ToyFare 2006 Fan Choice Poll. Over half of the “Top 25” finalists from that poll have been made into figures, with a few more rumored for 2009. Sounds like it’s time for a new poll, don’t you think? ?ANSWER:
Yes indeed, yes indeed. We have to say that poll was a great way to get the pulse of what resonates with fans, and it has been a great inspiration as we have planned out the line. At our current count, by the end of 2009, we will have released 18 of the 25 choices with another 3-4 likely in the 2010 line. We do think it's time for a new poll (perhaps with a retrospective) and will talk with Toy Fare about the possibilities. Stay tuned!QUESTION:
At Toy Fair, there was little info on the planned “1st Day of Issue" summer launch promotion for Clone Wars and Legacy (all we saw was the example sticker on a cardback). Do you have any more details that you can share on this promotion yet?ANSWER:
The "1st Day of Issue" foil variants will be like the UGHs in prior years in that they will be a special hunt variation that is differentiated by packaging only. This includes a sticker and foil version of the logo. The difference in timing is that this year, these variants will be available only during first shipment of product to support our 7/26 launch, so literally collectors will want to try and get to retail that very first day or week. Segments that will have a 1st Day of Issue version will be the Clone Wars basic figures and Legacy/Droid Factory only. Some other segments will have foil logos for a while (including the new Titanium and Evolutions) but these will not be variants but the main issue of those lines, and these will not officially be part of the 1st Day of Issue special run.QUESTION:
A few questions on the Deluxe Map Room Indy with Ark set. Why no poles (or even rings for poles) on the Ark? Will there be another Ark released later with the rings and poles? And where’s the Staff of Ra? Will there be a single-carded Map Room Indy released on down the line, with the Staff of Ra included?ANSWER:
The Deluxe pack is a bit of a hybrid but one we felt we needed to get out early since both this version of Indy and the Ark are so important. It was added later, so that is why the staff is in with the Belloq in Ceremonial disguise basic figure. The rings and poles weren't in the scope for this one, but could be a possibility down the road.
Is there any more information on the “1st Day of Issue” variants that were revealed at Toy Fair and will these be available in the UK? Is the difference between these and regular figures just the “1st Day of Issue” sticker or is there more to it? Finally, on the same subject, is this the equivalent of the foil carded UGH figures from the previous two years?ANSWER:
The "1st Day of Issue" foil variants will be like the UGHs in prior years in that they will be a special hunt variation that is differentiated by packaging only. This includes a sticker and foil version of the logo.
The difference in timing is that this year, these variants will be available only during first shipment of product to support our 7/26 launch, so literally collectors will want to try and get to retail that very first day or week. Segments that will have a 1st Day of Issue version will be the Clone Wars basic figures and Legacy/Droid Factory only. Some other segments will have foil logos for a while (including the new Titanium and Evolutions) but these will not be variants but the main issue of those lines, and these will not officially be part of the 1st Day of Issue special run.QUESTION:
What’s the possibility of releasing replacement weapon/accessory packs for the 3¾” figures since these are the first items that go missing?ANSWER:
We hear you, and have decided to include special weapons packs as a plus-up feature in the new Saga Legends line coming this Fall. As the other basic figure lines have added value features (launching weapons in Clone Wars, and Droid parts in Legacy/Droid Factory), this was a great way to round out the Saga Legends line. Each cardboard weapons locker (similar to the little box that houses the relic in the Indiana Jones line) will have 5 clone weapons - the same weapons in every single Saga Legends figure.QUESTION:
Have Hasbro thought about setting up an official website that allows collectors to tick off their collection against everything ever released (including variants)? StarWars.com and others have tried this before but it’s not been up-to-date for a while now and doesn’t necessarily include variants – you’re obviously best placed to do this.ANSWER:
That is a pretty big task and right now, well beyond our abilities to devote the time and attention to go backward and cover past years. We will take a look at this for the current year and going forward - however, we think that the existing fansites remain the best way to get a comprehensive view of the recent past.