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JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of October 17th, 2008


Thanks for dropping by and checking out JTA's roundup of all of the Hasbro Q&A sessions from around the web.  This week's answers come in a little late as Hasbro has slid back the time to answer.  The roundup is continually updating as we get more and more responses posted at the participating websites.  If you know of a site that's participating in the Q&A's but isn't represented in our roundup, please drop us a line with a hyperlink to that site's Q&A.

You can check out each site's postings by clicking on the website title.  The Star Wars Q&A's are posted alphabetically, and are followed by any Indiana Jones Q&A's that the Hasbro Lucasfilm team has fielded.

Also be sure to check back as we distill the Q&A's down to the real nitty gritty with out Q&A Headlines.  That is where we give you real news that comes out of the Q&A:  newly confirmed items, assortments, exclusive details, etc.  And feel free to post about what Hasbro is saying in the Q&A process here in the Jedi Temple War Room.

That being said, let's start of at home:


JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES

QUESTION:  Of the current Dark Horse comic titles on the stands ( Knights Of The Old Republic, Dark Times, Rebellion & Legacy ), we've only seen Comic 2-pack offerings for the Legacy series.  When can we expect to see some offerings for the current comic titles?  And can you give us some hints about which characters might be in the running?

ANSWER:  We have been concentrating more on Legacy because of the amazing impact and excitement this title has brought to the EU (however, don't forget that Rebellion actually inspired the Dagger Squadron B-Wing and pilot Netrem Pollard!).  As far as comic packs go from the current DH titles, the next one up will be Rebellion #3 out late this year/early 2009 featuring a pair of characters in the awesome new Rebel stealth suit. After that will be two more Legacy titles in 2009 (one which will feature Darth Krayt), and finally the first KotOR issue should be out late 2009 if the schedule holds.


QUESTION:  We were very pleased to read in the Q&A's that the vintage Klaatu, Wooof, has been confirmed for 2009's basic figure line.  And we were equally happy to see that Jabba's palace aliens will be part of the 2009 RETURN OF THE JEDI basic figure wave.  But can we expect to get some of the never before made aliens from Jabba's palace?  Perhaps aliens like Yoxgit, Cane Addis, Geezum or Loje Nella?

ANSWER:  Long term we do plan to get to some of these guys, but they are not in the 2009 lineup.


QUESTION:  In the most previous Q&A session with Jedi Temple Archives, Hasbro confirmed that there would be a new Imperial Officer on the way in 2009.  And that said officer would be an identified character, and not generic.  Are we looking at an all new character, or is this going to be bringing another Imperial Officer up to date?  And could this perhaps be the Captain Needa figure that's been talked about in collector circles for the past couple of years?

ANSWER:  It will indeed be Captain Needa.




And now to continue on through the Star Wars Collecting Community....


ACTION FIGS

QUESTION:  Back in May, one of your answers about The Force Unleashed was that you're looking at 1 more TFU figure for 2009, and that as the Hasbro Star Wars team saw and played more of the game new ideas for toys from TFU would "spring forth"; more recently, you said that the soonest there could be new TFU items is 2010. Now that we've all had a chance to play this awesome new Star Wars game, some collectors are champing at the bit for another whole wave of TFU figures. What TFU items have found their way onto the Hasbro team's wishlists (beyond PROXY, whom you've already said is on your list)?

ANSWER:  We agree with you, and the TFU is an outstanding game with a ton of figure potential. There are quite a few figures we see as having potential, but only so many slots that could go around. Right off the top of our heads our favorites would be PROXY, both Darths, the Mandalorians, Starkiller's father, some of the many new trooper types, and more.


QUESTION:  Might you be willing to give us some of the lowdown on what will be coming up from the Greatest Hits sub-line? With the Saga Legends line (we're aware this is different from GH) reusing last year's Yoda on Kybuck, fans would like to see if Greatest Hits might find some figures from that TAC EU wave which were hard to get, such as Darth Revan, Darth Malak, Pre-Cyborg Grievous. And it's not like the main lines where everything's a secret until development's done, Greatest Hits is made up of existing figures, so could we know what to expect in the sub-line?

ANSWER:  We don't have room for them in the lineup right now, but we are looking for ways to get the two Darths back out there somehow. No plans right now for a re-release of the Pre-Cyborg Grievous, but he would certainly be another re-pack candidate someday, and we'll consider it when we have an opportunity.


QUESTION:  While we were very pleased to see many new tools for Titanium Series at your Comic-Con display, fans of the line have had a bumpy ride lately. Hasbro didn't bring any new Titaniums to Toy Fair last February, '08 wave 4 was summarily canceled and supposedly redistributed into other waves - though we've not seen any sign of this is case listings so far - and until July many of the line's collectors had only the words in a few Q&As to assure them of the line's progress and were left wondering whether there was a future for it at all (we were thrilled that Comic-Con reconfirmed the Hasbro Star Wars team's commitment to this line). With that in mind, could you give us a preview of any new Titaniums being developed for the future, and what's scheduled for the first half of '09? We'd really appreciate it, it'd help sustain the line's momentum and build a collecting base. And will the Titanium Cylon Basestar you previously confirmed for the last wave of 2008 actually get released since retailer preorders are up to January '09's wave 6 with no sign of it yet the BSG license expires at the end of the year?

ANSWER:  Our line presentations tend to focus on the biggest sublines, so if we don't show something, it doesn't mean it isn't in our focus... just that we don't have the time in limited formats to present. That is the case with Titanium - it is a smaller line with a passionate fan base, so we are happy to communicate our "vision" for the line. It's our intent to keep this line going with as many new tools and meaningful repaints as we can to keep fans excited. In the first half of 2009 there will be 8 Newly tooled ships as well as 6 re-decos to keep your eyes out for. The new ships will be a combination of the new Clone Wars Animated ships as well as Classic Star Wars vehicles. The re-decos will help continue our fleet building efforts with new Y wings, new X wings and new Jedi Starfighters. Regarding Wave 4, it was a victim of the late switch to the new line look, and it ultimately did not ship. As the Battlestar license is up at the end of the year, this vehicle will not end up shipping. The Star Wars vehicles in the wave will be worked back into future waves and will come out in time.





CREATURE CANTINA

QUESTION:  Seeing the plethora of different ’Troopers in The Force Unleashed and the debacle that was the Stormtrooper Commander release, what are the chances of seeing a few retailer exclusive TFU Trooper sets?  As a ’Trooper collector I would love to see the Stormtrooper (with 501st clone markings), Navy (Naval) Comando, Clone/Stormtrooper hybrid, Scout Trooper Commander, Shadow Navy (Naval) Commando, etc. etc. etc, not to mention an accurate Shadow Guard (with correct armour) and a re-release of the Stormtrooper Commander.  Help me Hasbro, you’re my only hope.

ANSWER:  The Force Unleashed looks to be on its way to being perhaps the best selling Star Wars game in history - no mean feat with predecessors like Battlefront III and KoTA. Equally as passionate have been the fans, and "when are we getting more TFU figures?!!" is easily the top question for this Q&A session.  We like TFU as much as you and we are looking at adding additional characters.  If we did, they might not be here before Spring 2010, but many of the characters you suggest are high on our list.  We are looking at a way of getting the TFU Stormtrooper Commander back out and available, possibly for Comic Con next year. 
 
 
QUESTION:  With the Darktrooper winning Fan’s Choice, does that improve the odds of a new Phase III Darktrooper with proper scale and, I don’t know, maybe increased articulation?
 
ANSWER:  Yes, and no.  The Fan's Choice vote was to guide us in the re-release of classic characters, not to impact future development of the line.  However, the response has been so huge to this figure that we have something very special planned for a new version next year. Details will be available around February.  Trust us that this one will be very special.

 
QUESTION:  It’s pretty obvious that someone at Hasbro loves Bossk.  I mean, he uttered three words and one snarl onscreen, and he’s had, what, four or five different toy versions since 1995?  I realize there’s probably very little or no chance of 3¾”-scale versions of his Hound’s Tooth or Nashtah Pup ships being made, but howzabout a ginchy retro-jag CAP-2 Captivator reissue for our little Trandoshans to tool around in?  Or, come to think of it, any of the cooler mini-rig-sized toys?  I’m thinking specifically of the ISP-6 Shuttle Pod, Desert Sail Skiff, One-Man Sand Skimmer, Ewok Catapult, and Vehicle Maintenance Energizer.
 
ANSWER:  It isn't just us.  Bounty hunters are *cool* and fans seem to have an insatiable appetite for their kind. You will no doubt be very pleased by one of the ships we have in store for the Titanium Series next year.  As for 3-3/4" versions of Trandoshan ships, it's highly unlikely except if they do show up in a significant way in the animation or live-action entertainment. Given the animated Clone Wars team's affinity for cool canonical alien species, it wouldn't surprise us if they did show up at some point, and our vote is for Bossk and his ship to be part of the action.   




HAN'S HIDEOUT

QUESTION:  Regarding the upcoming A New Hope wave of Legacy figures, any chance we can get a picture of Trinto Duaba wearing his hood/cloak? Or how about a better look at the Jawa & WED Droid duo?

ANSWER:  We're sorry but we don't have too much more beyond what was shown at Comic Con. Hopefully the attached images of the Jawa and WED will suffice.
 
Click on the links for a closer look!
JAWA
WED DROID

On Trinto, we have no images with the cloak at all. Sorry!


QUESTION:  In a previous Q&A session, you confirmed a Clone Commando update was coming in in an Evolutions set in Spring 2009 (schedule permitting). Can we hope for a new SA Endor Rebel Commando to be included or should we be expecting more Clones to fill out the set?

ANSWER:  It will be Clone-focused.





GALACTIC HUNTER

QUESTION:  If and when you do a Guri figure as part of a future Shadows of the Empire comic pack, would she be in the more prominent yellow/blue dress based on the Hildebrandt Brothers' Shadows of the Empire artwork (from the Topps cards series), or the less familiar red/grey dress from the comic book itself? Obviously it's a Comic 2-Pack so I'm sure you're leaning towards the comic design, but there's a lot of us that would greatly prefer the Hildebrandt yellow/blue version since it was featured more prominently in a lot of the Shadows of the Empire marketing back in 1996.

ANSWER:  Neither, actually. If we are to do a Guri, our choice would be the more action-oriented outfit from Shadows of the Empire: Evolution line.
 

QUESTION:  Given the general reluctance to release many female characters in the basic line each year, I was wondering if the Padmé Amidala Evolutions set has been considered successful enough to warrant another Evolutions Asst. set for Padmé Amidala sometime in 2009 or 2010, or is it more likely a one time release? Additional Evolutions Asst.  Imperial Pilots and Rebel Pilots sets have already been confirmed for 2009, so I'm hoping we might eventually get another Padmé Amidala set too (or better yet a Princess Leia Evolutions Asst. set). It would be a good opportunity to release a retooled version of the Evolutions Asst. Padmé Amidala with a torn shirt from her appearance in the Geonosis arena.

ANSWER:  Great to see another excellent question from Shabby Blue! Thanks for writing in… the Evolutions packs are certainly doing well and we were pleased to be able to extend the line through Spring of 2009 with some additional packs. By the time we decided to add more packs, it simply was not possible to get any more substantially new sculpts into the line and could only work with some partial new sculpts, which is great for pilots and troopers. However, Padme would require an all-new approach as each figure is so substantially different from each other and requires a new sculpt. If the Evolutions line does return some day, which we would not rule out based on its popularity this year, we would not rule out there being another Padme pack as part of the lineup.


QUESTION:  Over the last few years we collectors have had to go through water torture with re-tool after re-tool of the TIE Fighter. Will we ever see the finally finished perfect re-tooled TIE Fighter? Or are you going to continue releasing the TIE Fighter time after time with minor adjustments of every release like we have endured over time?
 
What I mean is, are you in the future going to:
 
1. Re-do the cockpit interior to match the movie ship and get rid of the 1970's mold seat and bare interior?
2. Get rid of the middle nipple between the guns and remove the horrid stick out 'nubins' where the screws go (another throwback of the 1970's mold).
3. Have the proper guns and not those red 'dots'.
4. Have a re-re-tool on the cockpit hatch that matches the hatch on the Darth Vader TIE Fighter, getting rid of the terrible 1970's hatch 'nubins'.
5. Re-tool the cockpit window of the TIE Fighter to get rid of the 1970's one that is so bulky?
6. Basically, all of the original vehicles have been retooled except for the TIE Fighter body. Isn't it time to take on the TIE Fighter?

See references:

http://www.scifigeek.info/events/StarWarsExhibit/dsc_0324.jpg
http://www.pixelandpoly.com/graphics/SW_contactsheets/TIE_TN.jpg

 
[Editor's Note: You can also click on the picture to see what changes the TIE Fighter fanatics would like.]

Then I think you will have the perfect up to date TIE Fighter! Pretty please?
 
ANSWER:  Those are all great comments and we will take them into account if and when we do another TIE version.  For now, we are excited about the "Mutiny on the Ran Ecliptic" Rebel Squadron TIE coming out this year from Diamond Comics…a dream come true for fans of both the classic TIE and the EU.




To be continued.
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JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of October 17th, 2008 - PART 2



IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS

QUESTION:  I have heard of numerous stories where there were inadequate supplies of the Game Stop Exclusive Stormtrooper Commander  figures on hand for those who bought the game. I haven't heard of one store who stocked more than a dozen of these figures to be honest. Knowing that part of the issue was not Hasbros, are there any plans to send Game Stop more figures or are there any future plans to release this figure again as part of a legends or basic carded wave?

ANSWER:  Not only was the problem not ours, we had nothing to do with distribution and did not know the dispensation of this figure until the Friday before the on-sale date for the TFU game. We scrambled to get the word out once we learned, but it was too late to do anything but inform at that point.  We do have plans to get this figure back out there, possibly as early as Comic Con next year.


QUESTION:  There are SO many great characters from The Force Unleashed game that beg for their own card.  Are we going to see any Incinerator Troopers,
Shadow EVO Troopers, Kazdan Paratus, or even the giant Phase Troopers?  Maybe a 2-Pack of Phase Troopers as a battlepack?  I know that the incinerator troopers and shadow troopers are in the Wal-Mart exclusive 3-Packs, but will we see these on their own cards?

ANSWER:  The Force Unleashed looks to be on its way to being perhaps the best selling Star Wars game in history - no mean feat with predecessors like Battlefront II and KotOR. Equally as passionate have been the fans, and "when are we getting more TFU figures?!!" is easily the top question for this Q&A session.  We like TFU as much as you and we are looking at adding additional characters.  If we did, they might not be here before Spring 2010, but many of the characters you suggest are high on our list.  We are looking at a way of getting the TFU Stormtrooper Commander back out and available, possibly for Comic Con next year.


QUESTION:  Any idea when we'll see more speeders? Luke's landspeeder should be about due for a re-release or upgrade since it hasn't been available for several years, as well as upgraded versions of Anakin and Zam's speeders from Episode II. And please, please, please consider Boba Fett's Silver Speeder too! It's about time for Boba's other vehicle! (Please see pic at http://www.droidsandewoks.com/silver_speeder.htm)

ANSWER:  Speeders are admittedly less of a priority for us while we concentrate on more "aggressive" new vehicles and upgrades to key creatures.  We are sure at some point we will re-release Luke's speeder, however.  The others are highly unlikely to ever be re-released or upgraded.  Thanks for making us aware of Boba's speeder.  As cool as it is, it stands a very low chance of seeing the light of day unless it shows up somewhere in future entertainment.
 



JEDI NEWS

QUESTION:  With more Ultimate Battle Packs being announced Stateside, the UK has still yet to see either of the first two from last year?  Do you have any update on if, when and where we might get these?  Also, talking about things Stateside, will we be seeing the just announced Clone Wars DVD Packs (that are Wal*Mart exclusives in the US being released to coincide with the DVD\Blu-Ray release of the film) in the UK?

ANSWER:  The previous two packs (released at Target in late 2007) will be coming to retail in the UK any time now so look for those soon.  The two Ultimate Battle Packs coming to Target later this Fall are currently being looked at for Spring 2009 in the U.K. although we do not have the specific retailer nailed down (the assumption is that it will be Toys 'R Us).  We hope to get distribution lined up before too long - stay tuned.  On the Clone Wars DVD 3-packs, they are getting distributed in the U.K. as well and should be hitting any time now.


QUESTION:  With the credit crunch hitting people's pockets hard, it's been suggested that lines like the Saga Legends and the continual vehicle and battle pack re-packs are making it easy for collector's to make cut-backs in their spending.  Do you see certain lines suffering as a result and with these kinds of things, do you have lower production runs to take this into account or will you also be cutting some of these products/lines back to cope with this?

ANSWER:  While that would seem to be a concern, the current situation is the exact opposite, in fact. The Star Wars vehicle and battle pack lines have never been more popular than they seem to be right now, in part due to the strong product offering but also the continued popularity of Star Wars. 

If some collectors are deciding to forego purchases, an equal number (plus a large number of kids) may be just joining the collecting ranks and have helped keep the popularity high.


QUESTION:  The Galactic Heroes line continues to go from strength to strength and it's very much a fan's favourite - thanks for the vehicles you've added this year, very much appreciated.   There are a few core vehicles yet to be made thought which would fit perfectly into the range; they are Slave I, standard TIE Fighters, AT-ST and the AT-AT.  Can you let us know if any of these are on the drawing board and if we may see any of them in 2009?

ANSWER:  We're glad that you are enjoying the GH line - we are certainly having fun bringing it to you.  At least two of your vehicle wish list are on the drawing board and will see the light of day in 2009. No telling which just yet - for that, you will have to stay tuned until the time of the spring Toy Fairs.




JEDI INSIDER


QUESTION:  Why do Star Wars figures still use T-crotches instead of switching over to the newer types of sculpts used now on G.I.Joe and the upcoming 3 3/4" Marvel figures?

ANSWER:  In most cases, it's because of the added expense and for aesthetic reasons - we want the articulation to work seamlessly with the visual appeal of the character rather than be the driving force behind the figure. Based on the continued popularity of our current figure lineup, fans seem to appreciate the results as well and we don't have plans to deviate from the model.


QUESTION:  With the inclusion of Fen Shysa in the Expanded Universe Comic Packs, it seems like Hasbro is more willing to go way back into the Marvel run of Star Wars comics. Any chance we could see more old favorites like Kiro, Dani, Bey, Rik Duel, Knife, Drebble, or maybe even a Stenax?

ANSWER:  Beyond a Luke/Lumiya 2-pack and the Wal-Mart exclusive Ewok 3-pack next Spring, we will not be doing much with the Marvel comic run in 2009. We do hope to come back in 2010 with some more packs, including, hopefully 1-2 of the characters that you mentioned. Of the ones you mention, Dani and Rik Duel would be highest on our priority list.


QUESTION:  In a previous Q&A segment, you guys seemed to indicate that Nom Anor would be making an appearance in plastic form in the near future. Since then, you've showered us with Crimson Empire-related love; first with the Jax/Kanos comic pack and now the upcoming Entertainment Earth exclusive set. This may be splitting hairs, but would it be safe to assume we'll be seeing our favorite Vong infiltrator sporting his armored and cloaked look as seen in the Crimson Empire series or, perhaps, do you plan on retooling [or even pre-tooling] the mold used for the now confirmed Kyle Katarn/Yuuzhan Vong warrior comic pack to offer up a more diplomatic look? This question comes from JI reader Die Fighting X.

ANSWER:  A Nom Anor pack did not make the list for 2009, but we can confirm that he'll be in the 2010 comic pack lineup.





MOUSE DROID

QUESTION:  I have to say, the upcoming figures in the Legacy collection are very good but one of the figures confuses me... Wioslea. She was a civillian on Tatooine and THOUGHT to be a jedi, may I ask why has a lightsaber been put with the figure set? Many people have been asking this question and I also wanted to know where do you the inspiration for the lightsaber.

ANSWER:  This was a mistake in the image that was sent out, as it seems our studio mistakenly put Obi-Wan's lightsaber in Wioslea's hands. The figure does not come with the lightsaber.


QUESTION:  Now that we've all played The Force Unleashed we see the potential for another wave of TFU action figures.  I would really love to see Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller in Raxus Prime Survival Gear, Shaak Ti (Felucia) General Kota's Millitia Guards, PROXY, Imperial Purge Trooper, Kazdan Paratus, Captain Ozzik Sturn, Felician Warriors, Rodian Ripper and Rodian Heavy Defender.

You may even want to upgrade the Shadow Guard sculpt, to be more accurate and if you do, there are another two repaints there (Imperial Royal and Senate Guard). I'd even buy a young Galen Marek and Kento Marek figure two pack! You might even want to consider re-releasing the Stormtrooper Commander figure, as there are people who missed out due to retail stores either not receiving enough stock, or perhaps very sneakily, taking them for themselves and profiting from them on the secondary market. I guess what I am asking is...when can we see more Force Unleashed Figures and what will they be???

ANSWER:  The Force Unleashed looks to be on its way to being perhaps the best selling Star Wars game in history - no mean feat with predecessors like Battlefront III and KoTA. Equally as passionate have been the fans, and "when are we getting more TFU figures?!!" is easily the top question for this Q&A session. We like TFU as much as you and we are looking at adding additional characters. If we did, they might not be here before Spring 2010, but many of the characters you suggest are high on our list. We are looking at a way of getting the TFU Stormtrooper Commander back out and available, possibly for Comic Con next year.


QUESTION:  At SDCC you revealed that there will be a Magnaguard in THE CLONE WARS line early next year. In the recent Round of QnAs you revealed that you will be releasing the Magnaguard Starfighter early next year too. My question is: When can we expect to see a NEW, more articulated Magnaguard (hopefully with a soft goods cape) in THE LEGACY COLLECTION?

ANSWER:  We do not have plans right now for a new Magnaguard figure in the Legacy Collection lineup in 2009…possibly in 2010, but not before. The ship, however, is being designed with our standard vehicle aesthetics meaning it will straddle both the Legacy and animated Clone Wars worlds.




To be continued.
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JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of October 17th, 2008 - PART 3





REBELSCUM

QUESTION:  I know it's been stated already that we won't be seeing any realistic style versions of characters from the Clone Wars animated series. But now we've seen a picture of what appears to be a prototype for an incredible realistic style Clone Wars Anakin. Will this figure be released at some point? It's such a great-looking potential figure! Please?

ANSWER:  We have no plans to produce realistic versions of the Animated Clone Wars characters. Those images are from the very first treatments we did of the figures back in Fall 2006, to show Lucasfilm the figure aesthetics that we proposed pursuing. The sculpts consisted of a dead match for the original Animated Clone Wars Anakin proportions, what a "realistic" take on the figure would look like, and a hybrid that adopted more of the realistic proportions with the animated look, which became the one approved to go forward. Part of the challenge with the original proportions was that the limbs were very thin, making it difficult to incorporate the desired articulation, necessitating the suggested hybrid.


QUESTION:  Will Titanium fans see these five ships/vehicles in 2009?

Sith Fighter

Naboo Yacht

SPHA-T

Republic Gunboat

Asajj Ventress' Fanblade starfighter

I and many others would love to see all these! By the way, thank you so much for all the new molds in 2008...Great job Hasbro! I would also like to know the Republic Carrier you mention for 2009, is that the CR-20 Republic carrier from the first Clone Wars animations or is it the NU-Class Attack Shuttle from the Clone Wars movie. (Heck, why not both?)

ANSWER:  We were referring to the Attack Shuttle from the new Animated Clone Wars. None of the vehicles you ask about are in the 2009 line plan, but we are looking at some of these as potential new vehicles for 2010. There are a bunch of new vehicles we'd like to do, and as usual, only so many slots for "new" that we will actually be able to do. In any case, we think what we have coming down the road will be very exciting. Stay tuned!


QUESTION:  I was wondering if you had any updates on some figures that you've already confirmed for us, like if they'll be in comic packs, basic figure line, Evolutions, when they'll be released...pictures if possible! Wink
1. K'kruhk
2. Lumiya
3. Exar Kun
4. Kyle Katarn
5. Vong Warrior

ANSWER:  Sorry, we do not have any pictures for you. Kyle Katarn and Yuzhong Vong, from Star Wars Tales 21, will be up first in a Spring 2009 comic pack, followed a wave later by both a Luke/Lumiya pack and an Exar Kun/Ulic Qel-Droma pack. K'Kruhk will not see his debut until very late 2009 in the last basic figure wave of the year, which should tell you the theme of that wave.




SANDTROOPERS

QUESTION:  Since the information flow around the TFU Stormtrooper Commander left something to be desired is there any way we will see this rereleased since it sounds like this was shipped in extremely limited quantities. I know you said that you are not handling the distribution but you could still release more of them right? If there was ever a figure to scream Saga Legend or Battlepack.

ANSWER:  We are aware that a lot of fans were frustrated at the inability to get this figure and we will be looking at ways to get it back out there at some point, possibly for Comic Con next year.
 

QUESTION:  Back in July you said in a Q&A session that there will be about 4 or 5 figures based on concept art coming in 2009. I'm just wondering if you could give an update on these. Do you have a definite number nailed down now? Will they all be in one wave or spread out over the year? Will they be exclusives? (please no!) And finally, can you drop any hints at all about who they might be?

ANSWER:  There will be no exclusives - they will all be mainline figures in Legacy/Droid Factory waves like the majority of the McQ figures in the 30th lineup.  At present time it looks like there will be four figures in 2009.


QUESTION:  Now that you've entered the realm of removable hats for Imperial officers, any chance of a General Veers resculpt with a removable hat? This would have the added bonus of providing a nice custom "Walter Donovan" head for Indiana Jones enthusiasts who might be saddened by the demise of the Indy line and the absence of a Donovan figure.

ANSWER:  It's unlikely we'll be getting to another Veers version any time soon.




SIR STEVE'S GUIDE

QUESTION:  With the recent release of The Force Unleashed and the success of Hasbro's TFU product in the 2008 TAC line, what are the chances of getting more TFU figures beyond the 2009 Felucia Shaak Ti you recently confirmed? Understanding that the soonest there could be new TFU items is 2010, collectors want PROXY, more of Starkiller's costumes, a new Juno Eclipse more accurate to the final game, accurate Incinerator Troopers, teenage Princess Leia, battle-damaged Rahm Kota, Kazdan Paratus, accurate Jump Troopers, shadow versions of the various troopers, and even a 3.75" figure version of the Rogue Shadow and the Bull Rancor. Any of these gonna happen, and what can we do to increase that likelihood?

ANSWER:  The Force Unleashed looks to be on its way to being perhaps the best selling Star Wars game in history - no mean feat with predecessors like Battlefront II and KotOR. Equally as passionate have been the fans, and "when are we getting more TFU figures?!!" is easily the top question for this Q&A session. We like TFU as much as you and we are looking at adding additional characters. If we did, they might not be here before Spring 2010, but many of the characters you suggest are high on our list. However, we don't think the Bull Rancor or Rogue Shadow are likely candidates unless they show up elsewhere in entertainment as well - neither is really as central as we'd like to have the peace of mind we'd be able to recoup the massive investment needed for these (as it is, we had to split the Rancor into two different packs to be able to justify it, something we can't do with the more confined Bull Rancor).


QUESTION:  Not long ago, we asked which EU figures were their personal favorites and wishlist entries, but none of the ones listed were from the Marvel series. With the upcoming Lumiya figure (and by the way, who will she be coming with in that comic 2pack? Issue #96 suggests Luke from the duel, but perhaps someone else maybe?), what other Marvel figures might be on the team members' EU wishlists?

ANSWER:  Lumiya will indeed be coming with Luke, to allow fans to recreate their epic duels. Along with the recently released favs K-3PX, Fenn Shysha, Tobbi Dala, and the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive Ewok 3-pack, we're glad to have been able to get to some of our top candidates this year. Next year will be a bit drier for the Marvel characters as we concentrate on more Dark Horse facets, but it's a good bet that there will be more Marvel-inspired goodness in 2010. High on our wish list would be some new versions of Luke and Leia, Valance the Hunter, Dani, Rik Duel, and Tippet (to round out the clan). How many will actually make it, if any, in the 2010 line plan remains to be seen.


QUESTION:  Back in Dec '07, you told us that while you didn't have a carded basic Wedge Antilles planned, there was "at least one cool new Wedge figure" due in '08 if your schedule held. This August, you told another site that you "had plans for a great Wedge this year, but the project was delayed and will appear in Fall 2009," (again, if schedules held). Then on Sept 5th, a third site asked about Wedge, and you gave a similar answer about the set he's in being delayed until "later in 2009". Now, an online retailer has listed a case assortment for Comic Packs Wave 5 which includes "X-wing Rogue Squadron #32 with Borsk Fey'la and Wedge Antilles (Academy Outfit)" expected out around February '09. Is their set listing accurate, and if so, is this your aforementioned Fall '09 Wedge or a different figure altogether?

ANSWER:  That listing *is* accurate and it is not the Wedge we were hinting at, but in fact another set centered around Wedge. Stay tuned!




SW COLLECTOR

QUESTION:  With the recent release of images of Anakin figural sketches at Target.com, are the Saga-style sculpts something you will pursue for "The Clone Wars" animated characters?

ANSWER:  Nope. Those images are from the very first treatments we did of the figures back in Fall 2006, to show Lucasfilm the figure aesthetics that we proposed pursuing. The sculpts consisted of a dead match for the original Animated Clone Wars Anakin proportions, what a "realistic" take on the figure would look like, and a hybrid that adopted more of the realistic proportions with the animated look, which became the one approved to go forward. Part of the challenge with the original proportions was that the limbs were very thin, making it difficult to incorporate the desired articulation, necessitating the suggested hybrid.


QUESTION:  With The Legacy Collection encompassing all six films and the Expanded Universe, any chance for more Concept Art figures down the line? Lots of fans would still love to see Concept Emperor, Concept Lando, or even Concept Jabba.

ANSWER:  There are four more concept figures coming in the 2009 line, although they are from artists other than Ralph McQuarrie. Stay tuned!


QUESTION:  Has the response to the AT-TE and new Millennium Falcon been positive enough for Hasbro to consider doing a 3 3/4" scale Jabba's Sail Barge?

ANSWER:  We will not be pursuing a Jabba's Sail Barge. Instead, we have to stick to the most iconic and high-demand vehicles for these upper price points. The Sail Barge, as cool as it is, just would not be popular enough with kids to justify the enormous costs.




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JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of October 17th, 2008 - PART 4



THE JAWA

QUESTION:  Will Hasbro ever release the VTSC Snowtrooper in the Legends repack line, and if so, any chance we could get a more "Whiter" version? Both VTSC and the Hoth Ultimate Battle Pack had snowtroopers which had some form of brown muck (or rust or dung or whatever it was supposed to be) and a discolored helmet which was very unappealing. I'd prefer to see a way more cleaner white snowtrooper to army build with. And of course Hasbro would cut their costs on the reissued figure by not having to paint that muck on. It's win-win!

ANSWER:  Indeed it would be.  We do have plans to get out a Snowtrooper in either the Saga Legends line or as re-pack figure in the Legacy/Droid Factory Collection.  We really liked the VTSC version but we'll take your comments into account and look into it when we re-release..


QUESTION:  I think BaD is the best idea for a SW pack-in ever. It's really well-thought out and I am grateful that the parts can be mixed-and-matched so that I can customize my own astromechs and protocol droids! I was wondering: since you sell the figure stands on Hasbro Toy Shop which used to be pack-ins too, why not also sell a pack of BaD body parts as well? These don't have to be the same parts that are included in the Legacy waves. I'd actually like to see complete BaD figures for R2-D2, R5-D4, R4-P1, R4-G9, R3PO, K3PO, gold RA-7, and of course C3PO whose pieces I can then mix in with the Legacy parts and make a new R2 or R5-D4 etc.  The customization aspect is actually more appealing to me than just building the actual character. Heck, I bought Yarna and Bane recently and left the figures in the packaging while I played with the BaD pieces first!  BaD is the new "LEGO"(tm) of Star Wars, fun for kids and adults alike!

ANSWER:  We're thrilled that you like the Droid Factory concept and are experiencing the magic we hoped exactly to be delivering.  Some of us remember that thrill of the original Droid Factory and the fun that having a variety of parts to custom build droids can bring.  Some of the characters you ask about will be coming in the BAD format in one way or the other (possibly not in the basic figure packs though) and in time we will reveal those details.  We are committed to keeping this cool "play pattern" going in different formats, and we are glad you are along for the long haul.


QUESTION:  Since we have a release of Cade Skywalker... Is there any chance on the rest of the crew of the mynock being released?

ANSWER:  Eventually they are a strong possibility but it may be a while before we get to more members.  There are some other very cool Legacy packs we have in store first, however, so stay tuned….




THE PRIVATE UNIVERSE

QUESTION:  Why does the Force Unleashed Juno Eclipse figure differ so much from the game model - where as other Characters do not.

ANSWER:  We designed the figure with the input we were given at the time. As it is, PROXY does feature this outfit in the scene where we first meet the both of them.


QUESTION:  How successful has the Falcon been in the US and UK - and will that reflect on whether more larger scale types of product will be made in the future?

ANSWER:  There is still a long way to go with the majority of the selling season in front of us. We will have a better handle after the holidays regarding the consumer appetite for our higher-end vehicles. Spread the word, just in case, and make sure that every young Star Wars fan has one or both this
coming holiday!


QUESTION:  The Build A Droid Droid Factory droids are great, but when you selectively buy figures rather than the whole wave, it can be off putting. Are there any plans to release the droids in a set or on individual cards?

ANSWER:  There are no plans to offer the figures in sets or on individual cards. We look at it this way: if your buying behavior has always been to get individual figures, then you are doing nothing that you did not do before, except that you are accumulating some cool droid parts that you can save and customize together when you have enough. If perhaps the droid parts entice you to maybe pick up a figure you would not have otherwise, then we have done our job in creating a pack-in that has amplified desire where you had lower interest before. For the fan who is more of a completist and is sticking with us through all of the new figure releases, it's downright cool as they will be the happy owner of a number of great new droids only available as bonus pack-ins. From the way we see it, everyone comes away with something cool from the Droid Factory pack-ins.




YAKFACE


QUESTION:  The Gamestop Force Unleashed Stormtroooper Commander promotion was, at best, horribly managed by all parties involved. Some stores said they had no troopers, some gave them to their employees, some didn't hold for the preorders as promised, and others just gave them away. Plus we didn't know the official details of the promotion until just days before the game release.

So....are there any plans to make this figure available in some format to collectors who may actually want one (maybe similar to how the Battlefront Scout Trooper was available through StarWarsShop.com) rather than having to resort to EBAY for them?

ANSWER:  We are aware that a lot of fans were frustrated at the inability to get this figure and will be looking at ways to get it back out there at some point, possibly as early as Comic Con next year.




YODAS NEWS

QUESTION:  Now that The Force Unleashed is out, it was really great to see some of those new figures from the TAC TFU wave in action, like General Kota and Juno Eclipse. However, I noticed that a few key characters don't have figures. Does Hasbro have any plans to revisit TFU and make some more figs? There is easily enough for a whole wave: The Apprentice (carded), Proxy, Kazadan Paratus, Purge Trooper, Incinerator Trooper (carded), Shadow Trooper (carded), Felucian Warrior, Shaak Ti (Felucian outfit), Raxus Prime Junk Warrior, The Apprentice's Father, and more. That's plenty, and it would drum up more interest in the game. And speaking of figures/characters from the game, are there any plans to re-release the Stormtrooper Commander somehow? The fact that it was an exclusive to GameStop for the game's releases was okay, but some stores in my area (and over 100 miles away) didn't even know about the promotion, much less get any figures. I was lucky enough to get one, but I know a ton of collectors who didn't and are griping about the extremely limited release.

ANSWER:  The Force Unleashed looks to be on its way to being perhaps the best selling Star Wars game in history - no mean feat with predecessors like Battlefront III and KoTA. Equally as passionate have been the fans, and "when are we getting more TFU figures?!!" is easily the top question for this Q&A session. We like TFU as much as you and we are looking at adding additional characters. If we did, they might not be here before Spring 2010, but many of the characters you suggest are high on our list. We are looking at a way of getting the TFU Stormtrooper Commander back out and available, possibly for Comic Con next year.


QUESTION:  Is there any chance and is it even possible to have an updated sound chip for the BMF? Perhaps with sounds and dialogue from the other films in which the Falcon was in? It would be pretty cool if you could swap out a chip and have the sounds and dialogue from each film! While I realize it's probably not possible now that it's been produced, it might be an idea to think about in future vehicles that appear in multiple films.

ANSWER:  We packed in what we felt were the key audio clips that really make the Millennium Falcon's character come alive. It is not possible however to swap out the sound chip, and it is doubtful we would release a new version with alternate sounds.


QUESTION:  Will we be seeing any more figures based on Ralph McQuarrie's concepts in the future or has that ship sailed?

ANSWER:  The concept figure sub-series will be back in a more limited way in 2009, with four figures. There are none from Ralph McQuarrie in the lineup next year, as we are spreading out the concept to some other very cool artists and characters.




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JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of October 17th, 2008 - THE INDIANA JONES REPORT



COOL TOY REVIEW

QUESTION:  At one of the premieres of “Crystal Skull”, George Lucas stated - “I have an idea to make Shia [LaBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.” Does the prospect of another Indiana Jones movie play a role in deciding the future of Indiana Jones toys for Hasbro? While Hasbro’s contract for Indiana Jones toys did appear to only refer to four films, could a “stripped back” line for the lean years between Crystal Skull and the next film satisfy a big company like Hasbro’s bottom line, or would this be a “movie year only” line, rising and falling solely on movie/DVD launch support?

ANSWER:  IJ is a property that closely follows the entertainment support. Given the intensely competitive nature of the boys' toy aisle, it can shine during a movie year but otherwise does not have the support to continue the line when there is no entertainment to keep consumers interested. If there is another film, we will be there with toys for it, including items that were planned for the 2009 line but have been placed on hold.


QUESTION:  I was wondering if, in deciding to continue the Indiana Jones line or not, Hasbro takes into account the truly staggering improvement in toy quality from the first assortments in May to the latest assortments? I came into this late – I took one look at the Indy figures in May and kept walking. In all honesty, some of them looked like bootlegs. Then I saw the upcoming Indy figures shown at SDCC (Toht etc,) looked up images of the new “Last Crusade” and “Temple of Doom” assortments, and was hooked. These new figures surpass the best of the current Star Wars line (which I also collect,) in both attention to detail and accuracy of face sculpts (Kate Capshaw thanks you.) I have never seen a line improve so much – going from, in my eyes, an F to an A+. Could this issue of radically improved quality – so obvious to buyers standing in the retail aisle regardless of age, yet perhaps lost on the accounting department at Hasbro counting up pegwarmers – factor into deciding the future of what has at the "eleventh hour" blossomed into a truly fantastic line? If I totally ignored the line in May, yet have bought up everything released within the last two months, could it be that I am the tip of the iceberg of disappointed fans who have suddenly seen the new releases and jumped onboard this line?

ANSWER:  You are not the tip of the iceberg, but thanks for finally jumping into the water. A property like IJ, with a smaller (but passionate) fan base needs an entertainment backdrop to keep kids engaged in the property as well.


QUESTION:  What has been your assessment of the foray into 12” figures for the Indiana Jones line? I was surprised to see them when the line was announced given the handing of the Star Wars 12” line to Sideshow and a bit of movement away from the scale, but was impressed with the decent quality of the sculpts and accessories of these dolls for a very low $20 pricepoint, an easy “yes” for parents. Hasbro’s 12” Star Wars figures may have been hit and miss, but a decent number were terrific quality - the 1998 Luke Jedi and Bib Fortuna 2 pack figures are in some respects superior to the Sideshow offerings – along with being terrific value at a $20 pricepoint generally. This made me wonder what Hasbro’s opinion of the 12” scale is in general in today’s mass-market setting, and of the Indiana Jones product specifically. While local retail experience can be deceiving, these toys seemed to sell through in the end and remain pretty strong price wise on eBay. There were mis-steps – i.e. German soldier and Mutt (a somewhat weak character Hasbro understandably assumed was the “new Indy” and therefore produced in heavy numbers) – but these appeared to be the exception. These 12” figures do seem to have value at retail when the character choice is right and the sculpt delivers – any thoughts on both the scale and the future for Indiana Jones 12”?

ANSWER:  12" is a scale back in a couple lines at Hasbro - most notably IJ and GI Joe, as it is a great play pattern for kids. It's likely that if there is another IJ movie that 12", in some form, will be back. However, we do not have plans to return to the format for Star Wars, instead enjoying the systematic exploration of that space that Sideshow is providing.





HAN'S HIDEOUT


QUESTION:  Things are looking pretty bleak for Dr. Jones as all signs unfortunately seem to point to the end of his toy line. How about this - If retail is drying up and on-lines sales alone won’t support the line, how about putting that nifty 2009 Raiders wave into an SDCC’09 Exclusive Box Set to reward those of us who loved the line? We get the figures we want, you get HUGE amounts of warm fuzzies from us Indy collectors. SDCC seems like the perfect outlet/market for this type set… yes, no, maybe? Please?

ANSWER:  Interesting idea, but it's not in the works for Comic Con next year.





INDIANA JONES COLLECTORS

QUESTION:  With the "death" of the Indiana Jones Line coming at the end of the year, are there things you wished you did differently (besides not  doing it at all maybe)? I know a lot of collectors who were on the fence with the line and had decided not to pursue it after hearing  rumors about it's impending demise over the summer.

Do you think if it was advertised more or if you planned a shorter  run and issued more key characters and vehicles up front it would have  lived on? I realize it was a movie year but maybe if there was less  emphasis on KOTCS and stores were not jammed with the same figures, there would have been better success? 

ANSWER:  We are *thrilled* to have been able to bring a very ambitious Indiana Jones line to reality after all these years. For many of us, the IJ series remains one of our favorite film franchises, up there with Star Wars, and it was our passion that was instrumental in bringing the franchise to Hasbro. IJ was labor of love for us, and the passion and commitment that we brought to the line are evidenced in the quality and depth of the line, not just the 3-3/4" line up but across the board targeting both kids and collectors.

As for the lineup we had to work with, the reason for doing the line in the first place was the new movie that brought a new excitement and potential audience to the IJ franchise, so that would always form the core of the line. We reacted as quickly as we could to the news of the movie, so getting out more figures from the original films was not the answer when we had all hands on deck trying to bring new movie figures to light as quickly as possible. In hindsight, we would not have done anything differently than we did.

Regarding the fans who "waited"...well, we can't really build lines around those who wait on the fence and if they weren't enjoying the offering after close to 30 3-3/4" figures, deluxe sets, and vehicles, we're not sure what could get them into the line. To repurpose a phrase from the upcoming election, people have to be "in" and voting, otherwise their votes aren't heard.


QUESTION:  If there is another IJ movie, will you bring the line back in any capacity?

ANSWER:  Definitely. We plan to bring the line back if/when there is another IJ movie. All of the development work we have done on the line, but did not get a chance to ship or finish, will be brought back onto the front burner if we get word of another film in development.
 

QUESTION:  Any chance of doing one last wave, based on collector voting at  various sites on the web and at Hasbro.com? It could include one of  each figure in a solid case and be sold directly at HasbroToyShop.com as a case only. That would give the collectors a chance to finish off  the figures that never made it.

ANSWER:  This will not be a possibility due to the large production volume requirements and the relatively smaller sell-through opportunity online vs brick and mortar retailers.





TOY NEWS I

QUESTION:  There are rumors the Toht wave of figures has been canceled. Is this true?

ANSWER:  This is true - the second Raiders line will not be coming to retail in 2009 as previously planned.


QUESTION:  As a follow-up to the first questions, many readers fear that this line is basically dead in the water and about to be canceled. Is this true or is there something you can tell them that will help put their fears to rest?

ANSWER:  Without a movie or entertainment backdrop to maintain kids' interest in the line, it's just not possible to maintain momentum in the intensely competitive boys' action aisle. We are extremely passionate fans of the IJ line ourselves and anticipate that the line will return if and when there is another IJ movie. Until then, the decision to rest the brand will position it for the best possible return.


QUESTION:  Why is it these days (and probably since Star Wars first hit the shelves back in the late 70's), an action figure line has to have something like a movie or TV show pushing it to survive? Why isn't it possible to create a cool action figure line (not nessecairly Raiders but any line), promote it with other ways (like advertisements on TV, web and magazines), and have it survive? There are many toy lines that fall outside of action figures (like girls dolls and video games) that seem to survive without a movie or TV show pushing them, but we always hear with action figures that if there is no show or movie, the line can't survive. I'm just curious where this line of thinking in the toy industry comes from and do you think that it's a possible reason why boys' action figures have become somewhat limited as far as sales in the overall toy industry as compared with video games, girls toys, etc etc? (This question really pertains more to the selling of action figures to parents and their kids not adult collectors.)

ANSWER:  Toys are grouped together at retail by consumer-insight driven play patterns (as you mention), but the retail performance expectations for each category are very different regarding top line sales, margin delivery and the like. It is entirely possible that a toy line one aisle over delivers a fraction of the sales but meets retailer satisfaction in other areas, and this is measured against different standards. In an aisle dominated by entertainment, as the boys aisle is and has been for 30+ years, expectations are very high and the competition intense. It is very difficult for non-entertainment-backed brands to succeed, and even GI Joe (the only standout in the last 15 years to have succeeded continuously without persistent entertainment) has a major movie coming down the pike. Entertainment is not only the cost of entry to the boys' aisle, it is necessary to keep kids engaged and coming back to provide a healthy core of support for any line.




YAKFACE

QUESTION:  Is there any chance that a Christmas miracle with huge sales accompanying the KOTCS DVD release could lead to a resurrection of the line? Or have the reports of the line's demise been greatly exaggerated?

Also, NOT getting Toht will register as a punch in the face for those of us who faithfully collected this line. Now, our collections will have a gaping hole in it that can never be filled. So how about taking the sculpt you made, which looks excellent, and producing it as a gesture of good will to us?

If you can't release it stores, go ahead and sell it as an online exclusive for 20 bucks a pop, I'll buy it and so will many other folks. Or, some folks have suggested maybe a "chase" figure in the Star Wars line? Or, instead of putting the remaining stock on clearance, call it back and put them in big movie packs with one of each figure from the movies in them, and sneak in Toht that way? Please? Pretty please with sugar on top?

We simply must have Toht Hasbro, we must! Otherwise, a word of warning: Karma is very unforgiving!  Would it make any difference if we descended on your headquarters holding placards in protest? 

ANSWER:  At that point, no. Without a movie or entertainment backdrop to maintain kids' interest in the line, it's just not possible to maintain momentum in the intensely competitive boys' action aisle. We are extremely passionate fans of the IJ line ourselves, and anticipate that the line will return if and when there is another IJ movie. Until then, the decision to rest the brand will position it for the best possible return. Your other suggestions are interesting but we can't do IJ as chase figures in the Star Wars lineup - we have to keep them separate, and the online marketplace cannot support our release volumes.


QUESTION:  Hasbro, there's a lot of collectors who are very disappointed in how the Indiana Jones line was handled.

We know that you tried, but we feel that one problem was that there just wasn't a good choice of character selection in the initial waves, and ther were some overpacked certain characters (heck, EVEN WAVE FOUR has a lot of figures in it that are pegwarming from the early waves).

Now that the line is ending, is there any part of your decision being influenced by the new line for the GI JOE movie line coming out? And are you going to re-evaluate how you approach that line based on how Indy turned out?

ANSWER:  We're not sure exactly what you are asking here....our decision to rest IJ is not in any way influenced by the GI Joe movie, but based on the realization that without an entertainment backdrop for the line to keep kids engaged in the brand we would not be positioned for success. As far as character selection, we based our release decisions based on the most popular characters, with a heavy reliance on IJ and secondarily on Mutt. That is not something we would ever second guess, as those are the characters that resonate with kids who form a vital part of the audience and knowing as we do that an IJ line cannot be built on collectors alone. As far as the release decisions made for the secondary characters, we will certainly take that into account the next time we plan out an IJ line if and when there is another movie.




Keep checking back for more Q&A postings as sites continue to post their sessions with Hasbro.
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