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Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF OCTOBER 17th, 2008


Check out the news you can use from the latest Hasbro Q&A session.  We've distilled down the Q&A process so that you can get right to the heart of the matter.  Because these are the things that Hasbro is confirming, so read on!



HEADLINE - DARTH KRAYT & KOTOR COMIC 2-PACKS CONFIRMED

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.

GOLD 5:  Luke Skywalker & Deena Shan in Rebel stealth suits were confirmed recently when images showed up online.  But here Hasbro is confirming for the first time comic 2-packs that will include Darth Krayt of the LEGACY title, a second LEGACY comic 2-pack, and a Knight Of The Old Republic comic 2-pack.




HEADLINE - HASBRO CONFIRMS CAPTAIN NEEDA

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES


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.

GOLD 5:  This is Hasbro's official confirmation of a Captain Needa figure.  However an online listing was found for Captain Needa on WalMart's online store.




HEADLINE - HI-RES IMAGES OF JAWA & WED DROID

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

GOLD 5:  These are the first hi-res images of the new Jawa and WED droid from 2009's TLC wave 1.  The WED droid appears to have articulation on par with the POTJ FX-7 figure.




HEADLINE - EVOLUTION OF THE COMMANDOS DETAILS

HAN'S HIDEOUT


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.


GOLD 5:  This response from Hasbro seems to narrow the character choices for this particular Evolutions 3-pack.  Likely candidates include ARC Troopers & the Republic Commandos.




HEADLINE - THE FORCE UNLEASHED STORMTROOPER COMMANDER - POSSIBLE REISSUE AT COMIC CON

IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS & Numerous other sites


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.


GOLD 5:  Numerous sites filed this question.  We've only included the Imperial Shipyards response as including others might seem redundant.  But Hasbro's response seems encouraging for those who were unable to get a Stormtrooper Commander figures through GameStop stores.




HEADLINE - NEW GALACTIC HEROES VEHICLES ON TAP FOR 2009

JEDI NEWS


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.

GOLD 5:  Hasbro's response seems to indicate that at least 2 of these 4 vehicles will be part of the 2009 Galactic Heroes vehicle line:
-Slave I
-TIE Fighter
-AT-ST 
-AT-AT

So stayed tuned for JTA's coverage of the NY International Toy Fair to see which of these vehicles will make it into the Galactic Heroes line for 2009.





HEADLINE - LUMIYA COMIC 2-PACK TO INCLUDE LUKE SKYWALKER, FEWER MARVEL COMIC 2-PACKS ON TAP FOR 2009

JEDI INSIDER


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.

GOLD 5:  Hasbro confirms Luke as the 2nd figure in the Lumiya comic 2-pack.  And Hasbro also seems to be indicating that they're backing off of the Marvel comic titles as source material for the Expanded Universe 2-pack line.  There had previously been rumors of a 2-pack featuring the Marvel comics incarnation of Jabba the Hutt, but looking like the character Mosep.  This response from Hasbro seems to indicate that offering may be on the back burner.




HEADLINE - NOM ANOR CONFIRMED FOR 2010

JEDI INSIDER


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?

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

GOLD 5:  This is a followup question to one that JTA had asked in THIS Q&A SESSION.  Hasbro confirms one of the figures that JTA had asked about in that sessions as coming out in 2010, that being the Yuuzhan Vong Nom Anor.





HEADLINE - EXPANDED UNIVERSE FIGURE DETAILS

REBELSCUM


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!
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.

GOLD 5:  Hasbro ponies up some info on a number of figures previously mentioned in the Q&A process.  They offer no specifics about the Yuuzhan Vong packaged with Kyle Katarn.  But Luke is confirmed to be packed with Lumiya, and the previously reported Exar Kun is to be packed with Ulic Qel-Droma.  Jedi Master K'krukh also gets confirmed as a Basic Figure, as part of the Expanded Universe themed wave for The Legacy Colletion's Droid Factory line.




HEADLINE - CONCEPT ART FIGURES ON THE WAY IN 2009

SANDTROOPERS

SW COLLECTOR


SANDTROOPERS 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?

SANDTROOPERS 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:  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!

 

GOLD 5:  Hasbro confirms a series of figures based on concept art.  The response to the SW COLLECTOR question seems to indicate that these concept figures may be drawn from the prequels, since these figures will not be based on Ralph McQuarrie's work.  Keep checking back for more news & information on this series of figures.




HEADLINE - WEDGE ANTILLES DEVELOPMENTS

SIR STEVE'S GUIDE


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! 

GOLD 5:  Hasbro confirms the Wedge Antilles & Borsk Fey'la comic 2-pack.  But they also hint at another set which features Wedge Antilles.  This is most likely a RED-2 exclusive X-Wing vehicle offering.  A mockup photo of this recently appeared at the POTF2.COM FORUMS.  If recent history has shown us anything, it is that all of the exclusive X-Wing fighters with pilots have Toys R Us exclusives.  Keep checking back for more news.





HEADLINE - MOVIE-REALISTIC CLONE WARS FIGURES NOT ON THE WAY

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. 

GOLD 5:  Images appeared on Target's website which showed a movie-realistic version of Anakin Skywalker from the CLONE WARS.  Hasbro confirms that the figure mockup that was shown on their website was part of a proposal to Lucasfilm, and movie-realistic Clone Wars figures are NOT on the way.





HEADLINE - POSSIBLE DROID FACTORY BUILD-A-FIGURE CANDIDATES

THE JAWA


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. 

GOLD 5:  Hasbro confirms that some of the following droids may be Build-A-Figures in the Droid Factory series:
R2-D2
R5-D4
R4-P1
R4-G9
R-3PO
K-3PO
gold RA-7
C-3PO

Keep checking back for more news!





Keep checking back for more Q&A Headlines as sites continue to file their Hasbro Q&A sessions.
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