Here is the news you can use from the Hasbro Q&A sessions for the week of July 11th, 2008!HEADLINE - REPUBLIC GUNSHIPS TO FEATURE SQUADRON NOSE ARTJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES
& BANTHA SKULLANSWER:
The Republic Gunship will be shipping by itself and not as part of an assortment. The colors are reminiscent of the EpIII color scheme with the addition of the new Squadron-approach to nose art insignia. In this case, it's a cool version of a Twi'Lek.ANSWER:
Right now our Fall exclusives for the Republic Gunship are inspired by the nose art found on some Clone Wars squadrons, but are otherwise close to the movie colors. There is no sticker sheet for this one - all of the deco is factory-applied. It is very possible that some day we would ďrereleaseĒ these in the Clone Wars line without nose art if it is in the animation. We have not looked at the AT-RT but itís possible it could return at some point. GOLD 5: Rumblings around the collecting community indicate that there may be as many as 3 exclusive Republic Gunships, spread amongst WalMart (Twi'lek nose art), Target & Toys R Us.
HEADLINE - NEW BESPIN GUARD LIKELY IN 2009BANTHASKULLQUESTION:
As Iím sure youíre well aware of, army building has become an obsession with many collectors. Iíve personally observed army building become more of the norm rather than the exception it was only five or six years ago. To that point, there are two Original Trilogy armies for which there seems to be constant demand. The first is the Bespin Security Guard. While the POTJ figure was a noble effort, the guards never appeared on screen with an open jacket. The second is the Rebel Fleet Trooper. Again, the POTJ figure was great at the time, but Hasbro has spoiled us with articulation on other army builders, so an update would be well received. Each have ample opportunities for running changes for face sculpts and various nationalities. Hasbro has in the past indicated a desire to update each of these figures, but can you give us any firmer indication as to how long weíll have to wait on each? ANSWER:
It is highly likely that the Bespin Guard will make it out in 2009.
HEADLINE - DISTURBANCE AT THE LARS HOMESTEAD DETAILSGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
How many Sandtroopers come with the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead Battle Pack? What mold is the Sandtrooper based on (The Saga Collection or Evolutions)? What color are the pauldrons? ANSWER:
The pack comes with one Sandtrooper, with a black pauldron. It is based on the The Saga Collection Sandtrooper (with articulated torso).
HEADLINE - DROID FACTORY DETAILSGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
Is there actually a vac-metallized R-3PO (a la the Droid Factory) coming, or was it just a prototype? Also, is there any chance we'll see a silver RA-7 (a la the classic Death Star Droid) in the Build-A-Droid series?ANSWER:
There is not a vac-metallized R-3PO or any other vac-metal buildable droid coming. While we have done tests on the feasibility, it does not meet our wear standards. There is an excellent chance you will see a silver RA-7 buildable droid in the Droid Factory line!GOLD 5: Variation hunters can rest easily that there is NOT a variation on the R-3PO figure that is packed in the current WalMart exclusive Droid Factory 2-pack (also featuring Han Solo in Hoth gear ). The silver RA-7 droid had been previously confirmed in the Q&A process, but this response indicates that it's paint job will not be on the vac-metal variety.
HEADLINE - AHSOKA TANO IN CLONE WARS WAVE 2IMPERIAL SHIPYARDSQUESTION:
Recently, Amazon.com listed another wave of Clone Wars figures, including Ahsoka. This looks to be an exciting character in this new series. Can you confirm if she is going to get made in an upcomming wave? Any chance we can see a prototype or mock up of her? ANSWER:
She will indeed be in Wave 2, and she is one great figure. However, right now we can't share any images as they are part of an upcoming feature. Stay tuned!
HEADLINE - TATOOINE SKIFF TO BE RE-RELEASEDJEDI INSIDERQUESTION:
Since a new sculpted Skiff is not going to happen, will the old one be reissued again? ANSWER:
Yes it will. Look for more details at Comic Con.GOLD 5 - Details are yet to emerge regarding the Skiff. However with some of the plot of the CLONE WARS theatrical release involving Jabba the Hutt, it is possible that the Skiff may be a CLONE WARS line item. But in the same regard, with the theme of LEGACY COLLECTION wave 1 revolving around the Rebels after the Skirmish at the pit of Carkoon, a LEGACY COLLECTION release might seem equally likely.
HEADLINE - SAGA LEGENDS & GREATEST HITS FIGURE LINES TO CO-EXISTJEDI NEWSQUESTION:
We've seen a few images of the new Greatest Hits figures. Can you please give us details of what figures will make up the first wave(s) of the Greatest Hits figures and when these are likely to hit shelves?ANSWER:
There are two types of Greatest Hits figures. The first type will be a new line of Saga Legends figures and will be have their own assortment, numbered serially SL-1, 2, 3, 4, etc. The second type will be more collector-focused Greatest Hits that will be packed in with The Legacy Collection/Droid Factory figures, although they will have "redundant" droid parts to complement the new figures. This type will be numbered "GH-1" (and 2, 3, 4, etc). Both types will begin to show up at retail on 7/26.GOLD 5 - This seems to be one of the more confusing things that Hasbro is doing with this year's basic figure line. But as Hasbro states in their response, SAGA LEGENDS will continue as it's own assortment. These figures will include Clone gear/weapons in cardboard equipment lockers as their value-added pack-in.
The GREATEST HITS figures are set to be packed in cases with LEGACY COLLECTION-DROID FACTORY basic figures and will also include Droid Factory parts for the build-a-figures. Keep checking back for more details as this particular
HEADLINE - NEW TITANIUM VEHICLESMOUSE DROIDQUESTION:
With the recent release of images of vehicles from the upcoming Clone Wars movie and series, we've seen some new vehicles that will make their debut here just as the modified AotC Jedi Starfighter with the astromech droid in the middle (as on the new Galactic Heroes version); a Republic mobile artillery piece; Anakin's B-wing-like transport; and what looks like a more military-oriented version of the Imperial Shuttle. We're also seeing the Acclamator/Republic Attack Cruiser from 'Attack of the Clones' in full red colouring instead of the all-grey scheme used in AotC (which would make a great re-paint). Are any of these vehicles going to be coming up in the Clone Wars-themed Titanium re-launch, or to coincide with the launch of the Clone Wars film and series?ANSWER:
At least two of these will be coming out this Fall for Titanium - the Twilight (Anakin's transport), and the modified Clone Wars Starfighter. The others are likely down the road, but might not be before 2010.
HEADLINE - CANTINA DISTILLERY ON HOLDREBELSCUMQUESTION:
Can you give us an update on the release of the centerpiece of the Cantina bar with the distillery that was mentioned awhile back?ANSWER:
Alas, that is one piece that we had to drop from the line as to do it right, it would not fit into the basic figure card. We have not revived the idea but will look at it again as a possibility for perhaps a future multi-figure pack.
HEADLINE - MILLENIUM FALCON PASSENGERS BATTLE PACKSANDTROOPERSQUESTION:
Pictures on the box for the new Millennium Falcon show a Luke figure with the blast shield helmet interacting with the training remote. Does this mean that you plan to re-release and/or retool this figure so it will be available for kids and collectors alike to recreate the scene? ANSWER:
While some kids do want the specific figure to go with a vehicle, a lot of kids generalize, for instance using main characters or clones in their vehicles. The Millennium Falcon though is a pretty big one so in the Battle Pack assortment this Fall there will be a "Millennium Falcon Passengers" pack with Luke, Obi-Wan, C-3PO and R2-D2. The figures will not be new, but repacks, so this should help those kids out there recreate the iconic scenes. GOLD 5 - Repacked versions of Luke, Obi-Wan and the droids appear to be on the way in this upcoming battle pack. However, the specific versions are unclear at this time.
HEADLINE - POTENTIAL COMIC 2-PACKSTHE JAWAQUESTION:
What are the chances that Hasbro will produce a comic 2-pack based on the Jango Fett: Open Seasons
comic? Aside from the fact that there are plenty of Mandalorians to pick from, I noticed that it is also an excellent chance for collectors to get both a young Count Dooku (before he left the Jedi Order) and a young Jango Fett wearing the Boba Fett-style armor! Both figures would be relatively cheap to make since you obviously now have the Evo Fett tooling and any number of existing Jedi bodies to kitbash a new Christopher Lee character.ANSWER:
There is a very strong chance that some day you will see at least one, if not more, comic packs based on this series.GOLD 5: Jango Fett: Open Seasons was a 4-issue limited run title from Dark Horse comics about the origins of Jango Fett. You can read more about this Dark Horse title at Wookieepedia's entry for Jango Fett - Open Seasons, along with what characters make appearances in the series, and might be likely sources for figures. Notable characters include Jango Fett, Count Dooku (as a Jedi Master and after his departure from the Jedi Order), Jaster Mareel, and the antagonist of the series, the Mandalorian Montross.
HEADLINE - YAVIN REBELS LIKELY IN 2009THE JAWAQUESTION:
Given that there seem to be many other rebels at Yavin who wear an outfit similar to the Rebel Honor Guard, will Hasbro be reusing that mold any time soon to churn out a few more Yavin rebels for us? It seems like most are only a quick color change or head swap and baseball cap a way from being realized and obviously the cost of making these guys from existing tooling is relatively cheap for Hasbro to do.ANSWER:
We have been looking at some of these guys, and we will probably do at least one of them before the end of next year. There is a very good chance we'll do more of them as time goes on, although it will be a more patient approach to them since they are pretty minor background troopers. Still, we are very glad to see fans of the Rebels asking for more!GOLD 5: The Rebel Honor Guard referenced in this question can be seen IN THE JTA VISUAL GUIDES.
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