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Hasbro Q&A Roundup - Week of June 6th, 2008


Starting off at home:

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES

QUESTION:  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.COM

QUESTION:  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 REVIEW

QUESTION:  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.




GALACTIC HUNTER

QUESTION:  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.




JEDI INSIDER

QUESTION:  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.




JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION:  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.




JEDI NEWS

QUESTION:  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.
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2008, 02:20:50 AM »

Hasbro Q&A Roundup - Week of June 6th, 2008 - Part 2



RAVING TOY MANIAC

QUESTION:  Why all the "battle damage" and dirt marks painted on figures, especially Clone Troopers and Battle Droids? If you are going to do that, why not also make "clean" versions too as you did with the Battle Droids for Episode One?

ANSWER:  The idea is that the Clone Wars were pretty gritty, but we agree that we could use more clean figures in the lineup and that's something we'll look to do more in the future.


QUESTION:  Can we assume that because astromech and protocol droids are being built during The Legacy Collection via pack-ins, there will be no astromech droids or protocol droids sold separately in packaging as part of The Legacy Collection? In addition, will the build-a-droids from The Legacy Collection have biographies on their series' packages or on hasbro.com or anywhere, as they are rather obscure and many collectors would like to know how each fits into the Star Wars Universe?

ANSWER:  There will still be the occasional droid in the Legacy Collection/Droid Factory waves. Great idea on making sure we get the "new" Droid's bios out there somehow on starwars.hasbro.com.


QUESTION:  Will Hasbro make 12" Star Wars figures again?

ANSWER:  It's something we are evaluating, but we don't have a decision on whether we will pursue. In the meantime, we are enjoying the tremendous work that Sideshow is doing with the 12" figure line.



REBELSCUM


QUESTION:  You have recently said that a Darth Sidious with Mechno Chair may possibly be coming in the future, would such a toy be from The Phantom Menace, or the new Clone Wars tv series? Also would the Darth Sidious figure be a new sculpt, repack of the original holo Sidious, or simply a retool?

ANSWER:  It would be from the Phantom Menace. Sidious would likely be all new.


QUESTION:  There have been numerous rumours of the Titanium Series line being discontinued. Some stores are no longer stocking them, some don't even have pegs for them, and many are going on clearance. In addition, Entertainment Earth has removed some of the later waves. Is this just a transition to Clone Wars packaging/ delay, or is the line really being cancelled? If so, are you replacing the line with action fleet? Okay maybe not, but it would be great!

ANSWER:  Rumors of Titanium's demise are very premature, as the line continues to earn its keep (unlike other Titanium incarnations, which did struggle). The line is changing over to a new Assortment number for Fall, so that's probably what happened as the older one is phased out. The line will continue through 2009.


QUESTION:  In various replies by Hasbro we received several times the answer that the Cloud Car would not look "agressive enough" to be a success.

ANSWER:  Compared to all other vehicles we could do, we feel that the Cloud Car is visually uninteresting, has the least on-screen action, and would be perceived as the most boring (i.e. not aggressive looking) to boys compared to anything else we could do. The Twin Pod Cloud Car is probably the vintage vehicle that is the most plentiful and can be made the cheapest as well. You can pick them up for $15 and under - much less than the price we'd need to command for a new one.




SANDTROOPERS

QUESTION:  Prior to RotS, I remember a time when I and many collectors groaned when Hasbro would find a new way to release yet another Tatooine Luke in its basic wave year after year. Obviously Tatooine Luke is a core character that should be trotted out for the sake of kids and new collectors, but for older collectors we had already bought him ten times over and were sick of him. After RotS, it seems as if Darth Vader is the new "Tatooine Luke" as he has been issued over and over again in so many forms short of the eventual Funeral Pyre Vader.  Yes, it's true - kids love Vader, he's also a core character that needs to be trotted out no matter how often we collectors groan and whine. But still, even kids will eventually have all the Vaders they could want too.

 Now that brings me to 2007, when despite swearing I'd never buy another Tatooine Luke again, I bought three of him because Hasbro gave us the best pack-in that any collector would have to be a fool to turn down (moisture vaporators!!!). Is that the same direction that Darth Vader is headed in then? I'm running low when I try to come up with any other way that Hasbro could issue another Vader in the years to come given that we've got hologram. battle-damaged, silver, and even a White Vader now. I have 12 SA Vaders already and I'd have to think that unless he came with a pack-in Death Star playset the next time, it's getting very hard for Hasbro to sell me just one more.

ANSWER:  That is true, it is becoming harder to upgrade/innovate on a Vader beyond what we think is the greatest Vader yet - the upcoming version removable helmet.  Vader is still, by a good margin, the most popular Star Wars character and future generations of kids who will enter the franchise through Clone Wars or other avenues will still want to be able to get Vader as well.  So we'll need to keep looking for those interesting hooks or accessories to make him new and interesting; barring that, then the greatest hits or Saga Legends route is even more important to keep him in ample rotation without "forcing" long-time collectors to get a figure they already have.


QUESTION:  Poor Han Solo seems to be suffering from "skinny leg" syndrome lately... when I looked at the VTSC Endor Han, Torture Rack Han, and the latest deleted scene Han, I couldn't help but shudder that his legs seem too tiny to support his upper body. Any chance Hasbro can address this in the future?  The deleted scene Han looks as if he's more suited to be a ballet dancer than smuggler and rebel operative.

ANSWER:  You might want to check the aspect ratio on your TV to see if you don't have a compressed picture.  Seriously, we are pretty confident the latest sculpts match the reference.  We do review all aesthetics with Lucasfilm and the current sculpts have been the approved direction.  We'll take another look next time we update Han though and see if the legs are thinner than they ought to be.


QUESTION:  Given that Hasbro has done a number of figures based on the game Star Wars Battlefront 2, is there a likelihood that we'll see the sergeant (green) eps2 jettrooper from SW Battlefront 1?  This should be a dead easy figure for Hasbro to make by gluing a Fett jetpack onto the back of a SA eps2 clonetrooper (please don't use the Deluxe RotS jetpack trooper mold given it has more limited articulation and has always seemed to be a flimsy figure).

ANSWER:  That's an interesting suggestion.  We hadn't looked back that far for BFI, but given how cool that jettrooper is, he would make for a good release someday.  Thanks for the suggestion.




SIR STEVE'S GUIDE

QUESTION:  Might we ever get a Grievous figure as he appeared in ROTS when he was running from Obi-Wan on Utapau, where he inverted and ran on his arms, turning into a scorpion-like appearance?

ANSWER:  We refer to this version as "Grievous as bug form" and he has been considered for the baisc figure line but we haven't put him in yet. We have some other designs for Grievous that we will get to first.
(editor's note: we were going to refer to him as "Bug Grievous" in the question but weren't sure Hasbro would understand what was meant by that, guess that was unnecessary. -JT)


QUESTION:  Recently you said that there's a very, good chance of us getting Holographic Darth Sidious with Mechno-Chair. Would this have the actual removable chair part as well (the part we see Nute Gunray sitting in), or just the holo-projector part? If it had the chair part, would Nute come with this (seeing as there's no Nute figure that can sit in a chair),or would a Nute figure be offered later?

ANSWER:  This would be an expensive figure for us, so it would probably just be the walking projector base and holo figure. We don't know if we would offer a Nute later, but once we had the chair it would be a good thing to look at, and certainly very cool. It would probably be too expensive for the basic figure line so it might make a better candiate for another venue like a Battle Pack.


QUESTION:  Word on the street (proverbially) is that the Titanium Series SW line is hanging by a thread and in danger of being canceled despite Hasbro's recent assurances that the line would go on through 2009. 2008 wave 4 has vanished from pre-orders, and store computers look unfortunately empty. What is going on? Is this just an SKU changeover, or something more drastic? If the line is continuing, what will we be seeing this year? When you said there were "12 all new tools for the Fall", did that mean 12 vehicles in just the Fall or for everything leading up to the Fall including vehicles currently out? And does that include Battlestar Galactica, is there anything new there?

ANSWER:  The line is changing over to a new Assortment number, so that's probably what happened. The 12 new vehicles are just in the Fall lineup alone. The line will continue through 2009 at this point - we are moving full steam ahead and do not have any plans to shut it down. There are a couple new Battlestar ships and then that'll be in for that sub-series; our license expires at the end of the year.




SW COLLECTOR

QUESTION:  With the new Millennium Falcon and AT-TE vehicles coming out, isn't it about time for an improved version of the Desert Skiff from ROTJ or the Lars Landspeeder from ANH?

ANSWER:  It's unlikely we would do a new version of the Skiff; the existing one is still pretty darn good and we feel it holds up well. Also, it is a somewhat less "iconic" vehicle and would be farther down our list. As far as the Landspeeder goes, we don't have an update planned but we'll take another look at what we could do with it; it's been a while since we last released it (2002). The problem is that every time we slot it in, we find something that we think is even more compelling so the Landspeeder keeps taking a backseat. Someday, though, we are sure we'll get to it.


QUESTION:  Are The Force Unleashed basic figures being repackaged in the Legacy Collection so that they'll actually be available at retail when the oft-delayed game is released in September?

ANSWER:  Only a couple will be available in The Legacy Collection/Droid Factory line when the game debuts. The rest have not been slotted back in, but it's possible that we will get more of them out farther down the road as "greatest hits" to accompany the new figures in Droid Factory.


QUESTION:  With the "Build-A-..." accessories seeming to be hitting a new stride, could this be an option in the future for a new, movie-accurate version of Jabba the Hutt's hookah and dias?

ANSWER:  Not likely. We're focused on only one buildable concept - the Droid Factory droids.




To be continued.
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Hasbro Q&A Roundup - Week of June 6th, 2008 - Part 3



THE JAWA


QUESTION:  Previously someone asked whether we might see the "burnt and toasty" Owen Lars and Beru coming with the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead bp, you answered no. However I'd like to ask if Hasbro would consider this as a solution to giving us the two dead bodies: since they are pretty much skeletons anyway, what about including two articulated skeletons in a future Indiana Jones deluxe pack that could be used by SW collectors to recreate that scene? (the articulation is to ensure their arms can be posed to match the scene)  It's obvious that there's no way the SW line could justify making them as toys, but in IJones, having some charred skeletons around Indy is a less controversial idea.  Parents would never know, and it's be a nice wink and nod to SW collectors from Hasbro!

Also, will the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead be available outside of the US? It's been getting VERY frustrating that the battlepacks and ultimate bps which have the desirable diorama set pieces (Senate pod, Hoth turret, now possibly the Tatooine igloo) which are wanted by more than just US collectors are so hard (and expensive!) to get in Canada and other countries. If you ever revisted the SW Deluxe line again, what about offering such pieces in Deluxe sets so that foreign collectors can have easier access to them (and since it's old tooling, your costs for the Deluxe line would be cheaper). The pieces could be slightly redeco'd to make them appealing to US fans who may already have them too.

ANSWER:  We don't have plans to release the Deluxe sets as is but some of those accessories may find their way into the regular lineup again somehow, and it is our intention that they be made available in all regions.  The same can be said for exclusives; we are working hard to ensure that they get distribution in every region whenever possible.  As for the skeletons, sorry but we don't have plans for skeletons in the IJ line either.  They may come some day, but no plans for now.  That's an interesting suggestion, though.


QUESTION:  I've noticed that the new Homing Spider seems a bit "short", that is the spherical pod seems to be resting a little too close to ground level when compared to the film version. In the clips that I've seen the distance from the underside of the pod (including the cannon) to the ground seems to be high enough that a Super Battle Droid could stand just under the pod. In the toy however, that distance is far less, maybe half the height of the SBD. Is there any way to adjust the height higher or will Hasbro tweak it so that the pod will be raised higher as it is connected to its legs?

ANSWER:  Like many of our vehicles, we have had to make some sacrifices to deliver what we feel is a great toy.  That included keeping the legs the height they are to accommodate both the articulation we needed as well as keeping our costs in the right area.


QUESTION:  I assume that it's only a matter of time before Zam Wessell (a character that is sorely in need of an update) is given the SA treatment. Can Hasbro see to it that she gets a soft plastic skirt so that the figure can comfortably sit inside the old Zam Wessell speeder?  A friend of mine bought the speeder when it came out and bitterly complains to this day that Hasbro made a vehicle that couldn't seat any version of Zam that was out (the statue and the strangely articulated basic card one). So if for no other reason, I'd like to see him get some satisfaction on his purchase, and it'd be great if there were a swappable Clawdite head as a neat bonus.

ANSWER:  Great suggestion and we definitely want to decrease your "friends" bitterness if we can.  While Zam is not in the lineup yet, it's a fair bet that she will make it into the 2010 line as one of those very interesting figures that is defintely in need of an update.  Great idea on the removable head; while the mask has charm, a head may be the better way to go.




WELL OF SOULS

QUESTION:  You have indicated a reluctance to create figures from the "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" show and movies. Would you consider characters from other IJ media, such as video games or novels? For example, Sophia Hapgood?

ANSWER:  While Young Indy is a not IJ in our sights, primarily because the figures would have a very tenuous connection to the "core" IJ we all know and love, we are considering other relevant media. Sophia Hapgood is one of our favorite "IJ EU" characters that we would definitely like to produce if/when we get to the comic packs.


QUESTION:  Will the indy figure included in the Temple of Doom wave have the missing sleeve and ripped shirt as seen on the rope bridge?

ANSWER:  Yes he will. We will have the full wave of Temple of Doom figures at Comic Con for everyone to ogle in person (or experience vicariously online as we release our presentation to the sites in attendance).


QUESTION:  Was there any particular reason why Toht was left out of the first Raiders of the Lost Ark wave? It seems like you covered most of the vintage figures for new sculpts, but I'm left scratching my head why much lesser characters like Monkey Man and Cairo Thug were created before Toht?

ANSWER:  Don't scratch too hard. We actually were "saving" Toht for a possible Vintage IJ wave when we made the initial selects for the Raiders wave, so we locked him off. When we decided to put aside the idea of Vintage IJ, he was a natural for the next Raiders wave we planned (early 2009). We're not sure he would have been the right choice though for our first limited Raiders wave - on the surface, the Cairo figures are more natural opponents for IJ to fight with than Toht and a better choice for kid interest.




YAKFACE


QUESTION:  Dear Hasbro, there are pics of the new Droid Factory figures floating about and I noticed that Luke's face is now a "must less expressive" version - essentially a straight repack / redeco of the Vintage X-Wlng Pilot sculpt.

Can you confirm or deny that we are in fact getting this version versus the "smiley" Luke shown in the Droid Factory initial solicitation imagery?

Also Luke is shown having the wrong Lightsaber accessories will this common factory error be addressed.

ANSWER:  The smiley version was removed at Lucasfilm's request and changed back to the vintage version. The lightsabers are the same as the Vintage release, including, unfortunately, the same lack of black paint deco on the emitter on the lit version (the factory took our earlier reference and ran with it for this one, and we missed it). The unlit hilt is great though.


QUESTION:  Dear Hasbro - Imagery of the Legacy "Legends" Wave has shown up online and the pack in accessory shows "Clone Gear" lockers. What is the breakdown of the "gear" – Rifles? Blasters? Pistols? Armor? Binoculars?

ANSWER:  They are all blasters, taken from the Battlefront II Clone trooper figure packs. Not all of the blasters will be included, but some very basic and very cool ones will be included.


QUESTION:  Has the packaging been finalized for the SDCC exclusive "Disturbance in the Force" set yet? If so, think we could get a teaser image? Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

ANSWER:  Yes, yes it has.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  JTA BROKE THIS STORY SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AROUND TOY FAIR.  SEE THE PACKAGED YAKFACE IMAGE HERE.  YOU CAN SEE THE LOOSE IMAGE HERE






YODA'S NEWS


QUESTION:  At the beginning of the year Hasbro launched a promotion called "Play Rewards". Let me first say thank you, as I have received my rewards check and can’t wait to use it come July 26th!

When the promotion was in effect, there was a list of eligible items on the Hasbro website that included the 8 un-released Titanium Forged figures (Utapau Clone Trooper, AOTC Red Clone Officer, Jango Fett, Tusken Raider, R2-D2, Hoth Darth Vader, Han Solo and the Snowtrooper). Being a fan of the Titanium Forged figure line, I was truly looking forward to the release of these figures when word got out that the line had been canceled. I actually had several of them pre-ordered through online retailers and my orders were canceled, stating that the manufacturer had halted production on them. Upon investigating the matter further, a Hasbro representative informed me via voicemail that they had been produced in very limited quantities but had since been out of production. This news has me puzzled as I have seen nothing anywhere on the internet that would lead me to believe that they have ever been found or purchased by anyone.

So my question is this, have any of these remaining 8 Titanium Forged figures ever been released? If so when, where and in what kind of numbers?

ANSWER:  We're glad you like the Play Rewards - it seems to have been very popular. On Titanium Forged figures, we are not sure what did get out, as we found out long after the fact, but apparently some of the figures did manage to get out in small quantities in Canada before production was shut down. We're sorry that we don't have better information on these guys..


QUESTION:  Any plans to reissue some of the comic pack figures, that have been exclusive to the comic packs, on individual cards?

ANSWER:  Right now, there are no plans as we are keeping most of the comic packs in rotation and will be coming back in the blue/white line look. For some of the rest, we are likely not to release them because their proper context - especially the Marvel issues - is with the comics. Eventually, it's possible some of the others could see a single card release, but that will not be for a long, long time.


QUESTION:  When can we expect to see the new Comic 2-packs hitting the shelves? Also, do you have any plans on making a clamshell big enough for collecting the Comic 2-packs?

ANSWER:  We can't WAIT to get our hands on the new packs ourselves since it's been a long time since we last saw a batch of new ones. We deliberately decided that rather than cut the new ones super short at the end of Spring, we would roll them into the Fall assortment. The new blue/white line look is running a little late, so if the new ones are not out in time for 7/26, they will be there within several weeks after. Trust us, they are worth the wait - the new Fall waves are absolutely amazing.


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QUESTION:  Dear Hasbro,Last years Father’s Day set was a real treat! I know, as a Dad, I loved getting it as my 2 boys! The figures were not necessarily the greatest made but, I left mine sealed anyway. The whole packaging concept of a window box with closing “box” lid and card was great! Any chance we’ll see another one of these this year? Something new? Maybe Jango and Boba or, let the little girls get into the action and do a Vader Leia pack?   

ANSWER:  Unfortunately, the response to these was just not what we hoped.  The idea was very novel and our packaging design team really knocked themselves out on the concept of a self-wrappable gift package, but in the end it just didn't sell through like we hoped, enough to repeat it in any case.



QUESTION:  Dear Hasbro,Any chance we will see better (IE more articulated) versions of some of our favorite old figures? Namely… Dash Rendar, Aurra Sing (I know there are 2 out but, they are both pretty weak!), Dark Empire Luke and Assajj Ventress?       

ANSWER:  Dash Rendar - likely at some point but will probably come in 2010.  Aurra Sing - less likely.  Dark Empire Luke - on the way for late this year.  Asaaj - we've been pretty pleased with the one we have, and there is a new version coming out in the first new wave of Fall comic packs.
               

QUESTION:  Dear Hasbro,I know that you’ve stated there will be no more McQuarrie concept figures. However, concept figures seemed to be such great sellers any chance we’ll see more proto-figs? Perhaps a Proto-Jango or a Proto-Clone Trooper?       

ANSWER:  Actually, we didn't close the door on McQ figures, and there are plans for more concept figures (not just McQ) as they return in 2009.  There won't be as many as in the 30th Collection - probably no more than 4-5. 





STAR WARS ACTION NEWS


QUESTION:  We know that in '09 we will be seeing a Kyle Kattarn figure in a comic pack. Given that this is likely from the comic Equals and Opposites, might we be getting our first Yuuzhan Vong figure in that pack as well?       

ANSWER:  Yessir, that's the one.  It is shaping up to be an amazing pack.
               

QUESTION:  HasbroToyShop.com is often the last oasis for the desperate who cannot find one of more figures in stores, but I've not seen updates there for the final five Saga Legends figures. Given their scarcity in stores, might HTS.com be getting those soon?       

ANSWER:  We have comfirmed they will not get any.  With as hot as basic figures have been lately, other retailers came in and snapped up the last of the assortments before HasbroToyShop could get any supply. 
               

QUESTION:  Is there a chance that still in '08 we might see a release of a Jumptrooper that comes with a jet pack?       

ANSWER:  We haven't planned on it, but it's an interesting idea for a future accessory upgrade.




TOY TRADERZ

QUESTION:  I know it’s kind of a ways out, but are there any kind of commemorative lines/sets/etc planned for the 30th Anniversaries of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi?

ANSWER:  We haven't started working on 2010 yet but that will come very soon. As to whether we celebrate the 30th of ESB, we'd have to say it's unlikely.


QUESTION:  There have been several Astromech droids released in the last two years that use the R4-G9 body. That is probably the best sculpt (although a positive nod to the Vintage R2 sculpt) with one slight flaw; the middle leg.

This has been consistently assembled backwards on figures like the new TAC R2-B1, (R4-K5, R4-M6, R2-KT, etc). This causes the figures to not be able to have all three feet flat on the ground at the same time. If you're going to continue use of this mold (and I'm hoping you are) can you put out the word to fix the assembly of them?

ANSWER:  Now that you point it out, there has been inconsistency. We'll be extra vigilant on all the future figures using this sculpt. Thanks for the heads-up!


QUESTION:  Any plans for a cloth cape Jawa in future waves?

ANSWER:  No plans right now, but that is one we felt we'd try and save for a future Vintage Jawa, if we ever get to one. If we don't get to that then a cloth cape Jawa is a great idea for a mainline or future exclusive.
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