Hasbro Q&A Roundup - Week of June 6th, 2008
Starting off at home:JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander remains a source of some consternation to collectors. We've seen the images and in previous Q&A's Hasbro has stated that this is something being handled by LucasArts. Can we expect this figure to be packaged with The Force Unleashed game much in the same way that the Battlefront II Scout Trooper that was issued with the Battlefront II video game?ANSWER:
All the details will be given out by Lucasarts when they are ready. When we can release them, we'll let you know.QUESTION:
The Target Exclusive Force Unleashed Rancor is a very cool take on a classic creature. And it's release certainly gets wheels turning in the heads of collectors, making them think "Wow, this would be a cool way to expand on the classic Return Of The Jedi Rancor". And as luck would have it, Target has listings not only for the current Rancor in their computer system, but for an additional Raancor monster in their computer system. Can we expect a ROTJ Rancor later this year as part of THE LEGACY COLLECTION, and will it in fact be a Target exclusive? ANSWER:
There will not be a classic Rancor released later this year. It was planned for a Target exclusive in November, but due to schedule issues, it has been pushed out into 2009, and it will be contingent on the TFU one doing well. So.tell everyone you know to go grab this bad boy to make sure that the Classic one is also poised for success.QUESTION:
We're seeing information leaking out regarding some Clone Wars exclusive/promotional figures. Images have surfaced of a holographic General Grievous, rumored to be a Toys R Us exclusive, and there's a listing for a Commander Fox figure in the Target computer system. Can you give us more background on these figures, and can we expect similar Clone Wars offerings from some of the other major retail partners like WalMart or KayBee?ANSWER:
Wal-Mart, Target, and TRU will all have exclusives specific to the Clone Wars but we're not ready to release details just yet.
And now continuing on through the collecting community....ACTION FIGS.COMQUESTION:
This question comes up quite a bit, so here goes. With the Indiana Jones line, will you be making another deluxe German Motorcycle, one that comes with a sidecar and perhaps Henry Jones sr.? Good way to reuse a few molds and get something new and desired into collectors hands, and it looks like the motorcycle we currently have was designed to accommodate a sidecar.ANSWER:
We do have plans for a sidecar version in 2009, but Henry Jones will be coming on a basic figure card later this year so we wouldn't include him with the motorcycle. QUESTION:
From the Indy line, any plans for more Marion Ravenwood figures such as Marion in white dress, Marion from the bar scene, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Marion? It'd be a good chance to work on the character's likeness, which the current figure doesn't capture all that well.ANSWER:
We do have plans for another Marion figure - white dress. Like Toht, she was originally to be one of our Vintage wave figures, but when we scrapped the idea both she and Toht became great figures for our first Spring '09 wave. As for other Marions down the road? Quite possibly depending on how the line does long term, but it is our intent to spread the character focus around for 2009 to broadly cover as many characters as we can.QUESTION:
A great debate is now raging in the halls of Star Wars collectordom over your battle damaged Darth Vader figure from The Force Unleashed, some folks dig it while others revile it for various reasons. While most of the disagreements can be chalked up to differences in points of view (like why Vader's mask eye lens is well above his human eye, what's up with that?), there's one aspect to the figure which nobody can fathom: Vader's left foot. Granted, Vader got really tore up here, but why did that make his foot noticeably bigger than the boot on his right foot, isn't this left foot supposed to go IN the boot? What's the reasoning for this (real-world justification?), and what's your in-universe excuse (TARDIS boot?)?ANSWER:
Now that you point it out, it does look odd that the left foot is as large or larger than the right. We just didn't think about that proportionality when we sculpted him. We were thinking mainly of the thickness needed for the part to function properly and to support Vader's weight. However, we don't really know if the "boot" is really a boot he pulles on; it could have been just a thin covering that was torn away, so the difference may not be really all that great at all.
COOL TOY REVIEWQUESTION:
Will the Mail-Away Redemption Crystal Skeleton with Throne figure be carded just like(or similar to) the regular retail line of figures, or will it simply be white mailer-boxed?ANSWER:
Neither. It will be sent in a mailer box with crate graphics. It will not be blister carded.
Dan's Note: In fact, this figure's packaging was revealed earlier today.QUESTION:
Is there a chance that we will get the boulder trap from the Chachapoyan temple scene in ROTLA? That would make an awesome playset, or perhaps a "build a playset" series. It's an iconic Indy action scene!ANSWER:
It's just too big to deliver as a playset. We did look at it, and had some cool ideas on how to deliver it, but decided to hold off on it.QUESTION:
After seeing Indy IV, I noticed that most of the Russians (if not all of them) did not wear a garrison cap (or Pilotka as I think they call it) whereas your version of the soldier has one. Since they all wore some sort of newsboy cap in the film, do you plan to release a new version of the soldier with a more movie-accurate headgear (perhaps as a Deluxe 2-pack, like the German soldiers pack)?ANSWER:
That is an interesting idea. We have discussed Russian 2-packs, but not with the brimmed cap. We are still looking at this idea for later in 2009, so there's a good chance it might happen.
In the last Q&A on another website you indicated that the Droid Factory count is now up to 18 figures (10 astromechs and 8 protocol droids). Does this number include the already-assembled droids in the Wal*Mart Droid Factory sets, or are we actually getting 18 build-a-droids in the basic line now in addition to the Wal*Mart sets? Can you break down how many droids are expected in each remaining Build-A-Droid wave, because the math doesn't seem to make sense compared to previous information you've given. —Reader & Mathematician Shabby Blue ANSWER:
We can confirm that from this Fall through all of 2009 there are currently plans for 18 buildable droids to be delivered in the mainline Legacy Collection/Droid Factory assortment. Of course, this is always subject to change as things do tend to change around here and there in the basic figure plan. This does not include the Wal*Mart exclusive C-3PX. Keep in mind that this is an 18-month total; if you just want to look at this Fall alone, the plan is to deliver 4-6 Astromech Droids and 2 Protocol Droids; the Astromech count will vary on how close to the end of the year our last wave (EpIV) is coming in. Right now it's at the very end and may be realistically more like a January '09 wave.QUESTION:
The Bonus Clone Gear pack-ins seem like a great idea. Is there more than one accessory in the lockers, and will there be a variety of different accessories (binoculars, weaponry, bonus armor, alternate helmets)? Also, is there any chance that we might get something else to plug into the slots on our Clone Troopers' backs? (The antennae are great, but surely a hovering Hunter Droid or something else would be welcomed!)ANSWER:
We are going strictly with Clone Trooper weapons in the "lockers", and picked up the spare weapons from the Battlefront II Clone Troopers multi-pack (we are using most of the weapons although not all). There are no plans to include other types of accessories right now.QUESTION:
We know that Hasbro has looked at (and exercised) many different ways to bring us Jabba The Hutt, but, to date, there hasn't been an update for his throne/dais since the vintage Kenner years. With his key role in the Clone Wars animation, is it possible we'll see an animated Jabba The Hutt with the more realistic stone dais? (It has the "realistic" look like the vehicles in the animation.) And what would be the chances of getting the roasting spit with Jerba meat to cook in the background? (If you're going to do it, we Jabbaholics are a greedy bunch. Taxidermied Tauntaun and Jerba heads; rip-apart Gamorrean Guards; and a the odd skulls and bones to scatter around our Rancor pits -- all are welcomed.)ANSWER:
An animated Jabba The Hutt is in the works, but the dais is not part of the plan right now due to the need to keep this at kid-friendly price points. Later on down the road, for either Clone Wars or Legacy, we hope to create a new dais. Patience on this one; it may be a while but we are near 100% certain that it will come barring any unexpected developments.QUESTION:
"And for clarity, here's the count as of last night. The Carbondale, IL Wal*Mart still has 21 yellow Naboo Soldiers & 14 black Endor Soldiers. [That's] almost 5 pegs (out of 8 total for basic SW figures) are figures that are almost 2 years old now." — Could someone send a Hasbro Retail Rep out there to round those up? We have no idea where Carbondale, IL is, but we're sure it's an important market. Is there going to be any sort of culling old stock before Legacy Collection and Clone Wars debut?ANSWER:
On the basic figure situation, retailers are discontinuing both the 87500 30th and 85770 Saga Legends SKUs before the 7/26 changeover. This means that any inventory left at the end of the period - like the Carbondale Pile-Up - will be cleared out to make room for the new Clone Wars animated, Legacy/Droid Factory, and new Saga Legends. They may linger a bit but they will not get in the way of bringing in all new items tracked against the new Assortment numbers.
Is the BMF Falcon going to be a general release or a store exclusive? If exclusive, what store?ANSWER:
The new Millenium Falcon will be a general release, but the sheer size means that it won't fit on the planogram at all retailers, meaning that it needs special handling and as such may come in and out on end caps or pallets.QUESTION:
What is the BMF Falcon's escape pod based on? Is there a reference somewhere in Star Wars lore for it, or was it something Hasbro came up with on their own?ANSWER:
We came up with it in consultation with Lucasfilm. We felt that because the Millenium Falcon is simply too big to be flown by itself by kids, we needed a solution for kids to have some vehicular play. That part of the ship made a great place to "hide" the ship for a nice play feature.QUESTION:
If the BMF turns out to be a huge success like we all hope it does and you were given the greenlight to choose another classic vehicle to re-design, what vehicle would you choose?ANSWER:
We have a pretty good idea what vehicle we'd choose next to redo, but rather than get everyone excited we've decided to keep mum and take the "wait and see" approach. If the Millenium Falcon is successful, we hope it will definitely lead to some "bigger" opportunities.
Will the non-exclusive Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes be ready for the 7/26 launch? At Toy Fair, you thought that the Vader TIE set and the Obi-Wan Starfighter set would both be ready, but weren’t sure about the AotC Arena set and the Tatooine Dewback set. And what about the two TRU sets (Rancor and AT-RT), will those be out on 7/26?ANSWER:
The new ones are running late, so first up will be a national release of the former Target exclusives. After that, the new ones should come up about a month after. The TRU exclusives will probably be in store by September.QUESTION:
Will the Battle Packs for The Legacy Collection and The Clone Wars be shipped under one assortment number or will they be shipped under separate numbers? And since there is some conflicting info floating around, can you confirm for us that the “Speeder Bike Recon” and “B’omarr Monastery” packs mentioned/shown at Toy Fair are indeed based on the Clone Wars animation?ANSWER:
Battle Packs for both The Legacy Collection and Clone Wars will indeed ship under the same assortment number, sharing case packs. The two you asked about are indeed animated Clone Wars-themed sets.QUESTION:
Most folks are gobbling up the German Truck, Troop Car, and Russian Jungle Cutter from the Indy vehicles line. What can we expect to see from the vehicle line as the summer goes by? Will we have to wait long for something new to join the line or should we settle into expecting just those three for the summer?ANSWER:
That will be it for the vehicles until later in the Fall. It's still too early to tell when the next one will be available, but we should have more info at Toy Fair.
And, a follow-up from last week:QUESTION:
In an earlier Q&A, you said that you hoped to squeeze a 5th Sandtrooper variant (Clean with Black Pauldron) into the Saga Legends assortment before the end of the line in June. So far though, the only Sandtrooper that has shipped with the Fans’ Choice Legends is the Clean, White Pauldron Sandtrooper figure. Will the Clean, Black Pauldron version make it out before July 26th or has it been dropped from the plans?ANSWER:
With all the requested deco changes, it has been a very confusing task to sort out for all parties. We are still showing that a quantity did ship to retail, but it's possible that a substitution was made at the factory level, like for an older deco. This may have happened because we have been using the same UPC/product # for the variants and this may have slipped through the cracks. We will check on it and get back to you.
6/6 Update -
We did follow up on this, and found out what we suspected was the case: the version was not changed from the white to the black pauldron at the factory level. Unfortunate, but we can confirm that this version did not get a widespread release. So... we will look to bring this version into the line somewhere, probably as a refresh in the new Saga Legends Spring '09 wave.
With the success of the McQuarrie Signature Series of figures and the renewed commitment to vehicles shown recently, have you given any thoughts to producing vehicles based on Ralph McQuarrie's concept paintings to sit alongside the figures?ANSWER:
We probably would not get to these, as we would get better overall results from focusing on vehicles from new animation or updates to classic.QUESTION:
We have only seen/heard about eight basic figures from the Clone Wars (Yoda, Anakin, Obi Wan, General Grievous, Captain Rex, Battle Droid, R2-D2 and Clone Trooper) that will be debuting on the 26th July. Will these be the only Clone Wars Animated figures premiering on that date, or will there be more Clone Wars figures released on July 26th that we’ve not seen yet – and is so what are they? If that’s not the case, can you let us know when we’re likely to see more figures from the Clone Wars and what they’ll be? How about a few pictures too?ANSWER:
Those will be the only eight figures available on 7/26 for the mainline Clone Wars figures. There will be a couple others available as exclusives but that's it for the basic figures. The next wave won't be at retail until a couple months later - right now the end of September. Once we saw how amazing the animation was taking shape, we just couldn't get more into the line fast enough. Sorry, no pics are available yet for the future/upcoming waves. We plan to show many more at Comic Con.QUESTION:
You’ve recently been using the Deluxe C-3PO sculpts for Battle Droid figures, which has very little articulation and trouble standing. Would you not consider modifying the Security Battle Droid, from the Power of the Jedi line, who has articulated knees and a more movie-esque stance? (The action feature was the only drawback on this figure and if it wasn’t for that it would be a Battle Droid worthy of army-building).ANSWER:
We chose this one for the aesthetics which we think work very well. Noted that they don't stand as well. We are looking at options to correct down the road...one of our solutions will be in the battle stands pack. The next time we release battle stands (after the current ones sell out), we are planning to put two foot pegs on which will "solve" the warping problem or at least make sure they don't lean left or right. Long-term, we might look at doing a new Battle Droid, although there is a great one also coming in the Clone Wars basic figure line.
To be continued.