Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7th, 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 - CLONE WARS Y-WING STRONGLY HINTED AT BY HASBROJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
Several weeks ago we asked about the Clone Wars era Y-Wing and it's chances of making it into the vehicle line. Now that the Clone Wars episode Shadow Of Malevolence has aired, and the Shadow Squadron Y-Wings have gotten some serious action along with fan acclaim, how much more likely are we to see the Y-Wing in the Clone Wars vehicle line?ANSWER:
There is a strong chance that we will be doing a Y-Wing at some point. GOLD 5: Numerous sites asked about the Y-Wing this week and got much the same answer. This appears to be a veiled hint on Hasbro's part regarding the CLONE WARS incarnation of the Y-Wing fighter.
HEADLINE - HASBRO CONFIRMS LEGACY COMIC 2-PACK TO INCLUDE DARTH KRAYT & SIGEL DAREBANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
Who is going be packed with Darth Krayt in the upcoming comic pack? Forum member DarthFaganís guesses include Cade Skywalker (as he looked when he was Kraytís captive), Emperor Roan Fel, Sigel Dare (female imperial knight), or Jariah Syn (Cadeís Bounty Hunter friend). Or how about a sith 2-pack with Darth Wyyrlok or Darth Nihl? So are we close? (DarthDre758) ANSWER:
It will indeed be Sigel Dare. GOLD 5: Sigel Dare is the confirmed 2nd figure for a comic 2-pack set to include Darth Krayt. Sigel Dare is an Imperial Knight in the service of Emporer Roan Fel. She appears in three issues of STAR WARS LEGACY, issues number 3, 6 and 22. It is unclear which issue will be the basis for this set, but issues #22 seems very likely since Dare is featured prominently, and Krayt is featured on the cover.
HEADLINE - POSSIBLE DROIDS ON TAP FOR THE CLONE WARS LINECOLLECTION STATIONQUESTION:
Will there be more droid repaints in the Clone Wars line? The molds already exist, so they shouldn't be too difficult to achieve. For instance, will there be TC-70 based on the C-3PO mold, R4-P17 based on the R2-D2 mold, or KRONOS-327 based on the IG-86 mold? TC-70 obviously would be a good companion piece to the upcoming animated Jabba you're developing, and Obi-Wan needs a droid to fit in his Jedi Starfighter's droid slot. ANSWER:
Two of three droids you cite will be out within a year. The remaining one has a strong likelihood of also coming out, perhaps as an exclusive at some point. Stay tuned! GOLD 5: This question basically poses the question of which two of the following three droids will we see in the CLONE WARS animated figure line. Those being TC-70, R4-P17 and KRONOS-327. TC-70 may be included in a battle pack with Jabba the Hutt, and R4-P17 seems like a solid choice since Obi-Wan will need a droid for his Delta 2 starfighter.
HEADLINE - NUMEROUS LEGACY COLLECTION FIGURES CONFIRMEDGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
In past Q&A responses, you confirmed the following figures for release sometime in 2009. It's been awhile since we've heard about these, so can you tell us if plans have changed for any of them -- 2X-7KPR
(the final unreleased droid from the ANH Jawa Sandrawler scene -- doesn't appear to be part of the upcoming ANH wave, so is he to be released in another way?); Holo Darth Sidious with Mechno Chair (still part of 2009's TPM wave?); Maroon Battle Droid Commander (part of the AOTC wave?), the "Interesting ROTJ Leia"
(which was formerly intended to be a Slave/Sandstorm variant); and finally one of the following Jedi upgrades you said were coming in 2009: Coleman Trebor, Pablo Jill, or the Nikto Jedi? Are all these figures mentioned above still coming in 2009, or have some been cancelled or pushed back to 2010?ANSWER:
The last droid from "Purchase of the Droids" is planned as a pack-in with a Jawa in a later wave of 2009. Darth Sidious and Mechno Chair
is still on target for release next year, as is the Leia, Coleman Trebor
, and Maroon Battle Droid Commander
. Pablo Jill and the Nikto Jedi upgrades are not in the works for 2009 at this point.GOLD 5: Hasbro offers up confirmations for several TLC Basic Figures in this session. Those being:
-Jawa with 2X-7KPR (likely to be in an A NEW HOPE themed wave in late 2009)
-Darth Sidious with mechno chair (most likely in a THE PHANTOM MENACE themed wave, but could also show up in a CLONE WARS figure wave)
-"Interesting ROTJ Leia" (possibly refers to a sandstorm RETURN OF THE JEDI slave Leia)
-Coleman Trebor (possibly a new figure, but possibly a repack, no doubt set for the ATTACK OF THE CLONES wave)
-Maroon Battle Droid Commander (most likely a repaint of the current Battle Droid molds, but with a Geonosis paint job, likely for the ATTACK OF THE CLONES basic figure wave)
HEADLINE - BESPIN HAN ON TRACK FOR 2010JEDI INSIDERQUESTION:
When can we expect to see a Bespin Han Solo figure from Empire Strikes Back with VOTC type articulation made?ANSWER:
Hopefully we'll be getting to Bespin Han in 2010.GOLD 5: Hasbro appears to be spacing out versions of Bespin Han Solo after 2007's Han Solo - Bespin Torture. From what Hasbro is saying, this may be an early 2010 offering.
HEADLINE - MORE ON TLC CONCEPT FIGURESJEDI NEWSQUESTION:
We've seen the new list of stickers that come with the Hasbro figure stands and we've sort of put 2 + 2 together based on previous Q&A's to reveal that the concept figures for 2009 include Anakin Skywalker. Will these concept figures be based around the Clone Wars (i.e. the animated style) or the Prequel's (i.e. realistic) or perhaps even a mixture of both? What other figures will we see in this line - you said that there'll be a total of 4 concept figures next year - are they all from the same period of time and will they all complement one another?ANSWER:
There will indeed be a concept Anakin figure - that much we can confirm. All of these will be realistic figures that fit the Legacy Collection, and will be drawn from a mix of original and prequel trilogy sources.GOLD 5: Hasbro doesn't let much more out on the previously mentioned concept figure. But they do confirm a Concept art Anakin Skywalker. This had also been confirmed by a Hasbro Star Wars figure stand that was seen in online imagery in the past few weeks.
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS DELUXE FIGURESMOUSE DROIDQUESTION:
In the last couple of QnA rounds you have confirmed that next year we will see a "deluxe"-type assortment for "The Clone Wars" line as a way to bring back things such as the Spider Droid, Crab Droid, Vulture Droid and Speeder Bikes. This is a move that I, and many other Army Builders from around the world, will surely support.
My question is: Would this type of assortment also see such things like the "Republic Artillery Guns" which were used during the Battle of Christophsis? And could an Assortment like this still find a place in The Legacy Collection as a way of releasing Speeder Bikes for the Clone Lancer Trooper and IG Lancer Droids, and perhaps even for Luke and Leia, and perhaps even Darth Maul's Speeder Bike?ANSWER:
Many of the things you mention will not be released in the new deluxe-type assortment because they do not relate to the new Clone Wars series, which is what this new format will be 100% dedicated to. We have a limited ability to add new segments to the Star Wars line, and if we added something like this for the Legacy Collection, it would mean that something else would have to go away, and we do not feel it would be the best addition for the Legacy line. Incidentally, the Clone cannon from Battle of Christophsis are way to big for this price point, let alone the Starfighter Vehicle Assortment, so we do not have plans to do them, at least for now.GOLD 5: A CLONE WARS Deluxe figure line appears to be in the works. But the offerings seem yet to be determind. Keep checking back for more on this topic.
HEADLINE - EMPIRE WAVE DETAILS & BAF DROID REVEALEDREBELSCUMQUESTION:
We've started to see what appears to be figures from the Empire Strikes Back wave (seemingly slated for early 2009) start to show on retail websites (such as Walmart.com) - can you fill in the blanks on the wave and/or share pictures. It's been a while since we've seen much of anything new directly from you, and instead of letting some other outlet get the jump on you (like Previews did on the upcoming comic packs), perhaps you'd consider showing us this upcoming wave? At minimum can you tell us who the sixth figure is beyond Luke and Leia from the Medical Frigate, the Hoth Rebel Soldier, Captain Needa and the Ugnaught (grumble - at least tell us that there's something coming with the little guy to fill up the bubble a little further!). Time to get rolling on more early 2009 information don't you think? ANSWER:
You have sussed out the entire wave, with two exceptions. The last figure from the wave is a refresh of the Evolution Emperor, with a great new head. The Droid Factory figure is going to be a hot one - the EU favorite HK-47. How's that for some more information? As for photos, we aren't ready to release any photos of this wave yet, but they should be available soon.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms the lineup for the TESB wave, and offers some details on the Emporer. Additionally Hasbro confirms that assassin droid HK-47 will be the BAF droid for this wave. HK-47 is from the widely renowned Knights Of The Old Republic video game, and this droid points out that the BAF droids will not be drawn from the movie/wave theme.
HEADLINE - EVOLUTION OF THE COMMANDOS 3-PACK DETAILSREBELSCUM
QUESTION: In a recent Q&A you confirmed that a super-articulated Republic Commando figure was coming in a spring 2009 Evolutions pack. Will this figure be a generic white-armored commando, a commando from Omega or Delta Squad (if so, which character?), or a commando of Hasbro's own creation? We Republic Commando fans need something to tide us over for the next few months!
ANSWER: It will actually be one we have not done before - Fi, aka RC-8015, who was associated with Omega Squad. Sweet!GOLD 5: Hasbro reveals one of the three figures from the Evolution of the Commandos 3-pack. According to previous reports the other two figures in the wave are supposed to be clones of some sort.
HEADLINE - EXPANDED UNIVERSE WAVE NEWSSIR STEVE'S GUIDE
& YAKFACESSG QUESTION:
Recently, you confirmed that in the '09 Legacy line, there will be an EU wave; separately, you have said that there won't be more TFU figures in '09 beyond Shaak Ti, no KOTOR possible before 2010, no more Clone Wars micro-series figures, and no realistic figures from the new Clone Wars series. With all those EU sources out of the way, and the comic characters getting tons of coverage in the Comic Packs line, does that mean the '09 EU wave will finally show some love for characters from the novels? SSG ANSWER:
Excellent detective work. Yes indeed, there will be a couple figures from novels in there, including two from the famous 2006 Toy Fare top 25 poll.
(Editor's note - for reference, here are all of the remaining yet-to-be-made winners of that poll: Bastila Shan, Padme Amidala Funeral, Corran Horn, Exar Kun, Nom Anor, Jaina Solo, Anakin Solo, and Jacen Solo. -JT)YAKFACE QUESTION:
During the 30th Anniversary collection, you had a designated "EU" wave with figures like Darth Revan and Darth Malak. Are there plans on the horizon for a similarly themed basic carded wave in 2009 or are Comic Packs, Battle Packs and Evolutions sets to be our sources for most EU material figures? YAKFACE ANSWER:
There was an EU-themed wave slated as the very last wave of 2009, but now it has slipped a bit and we anticipate that it will be on-shelf in January 2010 at this point. This wave will include the previously announced The Force Unleashed Shaak Ti as well as K'kruhk and a few other major figures drawn from other EU sources. GOLD 5: SSG does an excellent job of expanding on a question that JTA asked Hasbro back in September. It appears from Hasbro's response that some New Jedi Order era characters are on tap for late 2009. Additionally, it appears that this wave may have slipped back in the schedule for one reason or another.
HEADLINE - MULTIPLE PALPATINE'S ON THE WAYTHE JAWAQUESTION:
When will we get a new Palpatine? I know there is a new comic pack clone Emperor coming, but it's been a long time since a brand new movie accurate Palpatine figure has been released. Today, virtually all Palpatine figures are in need of an update. The only Episode I version is nearly a decade old, there was only one Episode II version ever made, the Episode III red-robed Jedi duel version is really lacking in articulation, several other Episode III versions have never been done, and a new Episode VI version that can sit on his throne is long overdue. Can we expect at least one or more new Palpatine figures in the near future, and if so, could you fill us in on which movie(s) it might be from?ANSWER:
We hear you. It may take a little while, but we eventually plan to introduce several new Palpatines over the next couple of years. The first one up will be a new EpV version that will be due out early next year, with a new head sculpt on the Evolutions body. Following that, we have the long-awaited hologram Emperor on mechano chair slated for later next year. After that, our hope is that we can attack a couple more great versions over the next couple of years, including Senate Duel which is our #1 next "wish list" figure. Stay tuned!GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms at least 2 Palpatine's with supposedly more on the way.
HEADLINE - SHADOW SQUADRON CLONE PILOTS CHECKING INTHE JAWAQUESTION:
What are the chances for seeing in 3-3/4" plastic, some of the unique clone pilots (ie matchstick and others with unique paint jobs) from shadow squadron that piloted the y-wing bombers against the Malevolence with Anakin in the clone wars series?ANSWER:
There is a strong chance at least one of them, if not more, will be out next year.GOLD 5: Expect some Shadow Squadron Clone pilots some time in 2009 for the CLONE WARS figure line. Matchstick seems like a likely candidate.
HEADLINE - GREATEST HITS FIGURES TO RETURNYAKFACEQUESTION:
Are there new Greatest Hits ("GH" designated) repack figures planned for the TLC line in '08/'09? Most case revisions from here on out don't specify any further offerings. If so, what are they and when should we expect them? If not, why? ANSWER:
Yes, there will be approximately a dozen Greatest Hits figures in the 2009 lineup. It's too early to reveal them all, but for the most part they will be drawn from various multi-packs and select basic figure releases from the past couple of years. GOLD 5: Expect to see some repacks filling out LEGACY COLLECTION figure cases. History has shown that we've gotten mostly troop builders in this assortment, along with some core characters.
HEADLINE - DELTA 2 JEDI STARFIGHTER WITH HYPERDRIVE RING BEING SHOPPED AS AN EXCLUSIVEYAKFACEQUESTION:
Can you give us a preview of what the new Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter looks like when separated into its 2 vehicle mode? Also regarding the new JSF, will the hyperspace ring from the TAC release interface with this new design? If so, will we get a hyperspace ring optioned JSF say for Anakin or future releases since it has been featured in the CW series right out of the gate? ANSWER:
The Hyperspace ring will indeed be compatible with the new Jedi Starfighter. Right now, we are looking for a retail partner for a future version of this ship released with the right. It may not be Anakin as his ship is most likely to be in the mainline Starfighter vehicle assortment, but we could do additional Jedi Starfighters in this manner with the right retail partner.GOLD 5: A Delta 2 Jedi Starfighter with hyperdrive ring seems to be getting shopped at retail. However, with an Obi-Wan fighter and Anakin fighter on the way in the starfighter vehicle assortment, they don't seem likely for being issued with the hyperdrive ring. It seems plausible that a Plo Koon fighter with hyperdrive ring could be offered since it has appeared in the CLONE WARS series.
HEADLINE - LINE RELAUNCH TO HAPPEN IN FALL 2009YODA'S NEWSQUESTION:
Previous collection lines have run for approximately a year (Saga Collection, Original Trilogy Collection, etc.), so what is the projected lifespan of Legacy Collection and Clone Wars? Will those two merge into a single unified line when the live-action show's merchandising appears on the market?ANSWER:
There will be a new "line look" starting next Fall, but the three basic figures lines as we know them will remain in place at least through Spring 2010. Legacy and Clone Wars will never merge into a single basic figure SKU due to the different audiences and composition of those lines. We don't know anything about live action yet, so we don't know how we're going to handle it. It might be it's own line entirely....we just don't know yet.GOLD 5: Expect a new look and name for the Star Wars line come fall 2009. It's most likely to be launched at next summer's San Diego Comic Con.
HEADLINE - PT YODA IN THE WORKS FOR 2010SW COLLECTORQUESTION:
Just about all of the Yoda figures from the Prequels have had an action feature of some kind. Any chance for a more articulated, non-action feature Yoda along the line somewhere?ANSWER:
Interesting question. We are planning a new prequel Yoda in 2010 that should meet your interests.GOLD 5: This is interesting news. There have been some reasonably well articulated Yoda's over the course of the PT lines. Notably the ROTS Yoda with firing cannon which was reissued with a softgoods robe in the 30AC Episode III commemorative tin set. This hint from Hasbro may indicate that a Senate duel Yoda could be in the works.
Keep checking back for more Q&A Headlines as we continue to pore over the Hasbro Q&A sessions for newsworthy items!