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JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of December 5th, 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:  We were somewhat surprised to hear that there are more concept art figures on the way in the 2009 Legacy Collection.  The answers from the Q&A sessions seem to indicate that there won't be any McQuarrie designs in the lot.  That seems to almost completely rule out much of the OT with the exception of artist Joe Johnston, who ironically is represented with the new Space Trooper.  But what about the PT concept artists?  Which artist's designs can we expect to see?  Can we expect to see some of the more iconic designs like the Sith Witch that was designed for EPISODE I?

ANSWER:  We actually have to ask for clemency on our previous answer for the concept figures, as there was a change....there will indeed be one McQuarrie figure after all.  In addition, there is one Johnston figure, one Jun, and one Thompson.


QUESTION:  Back in a May 2008 Q&A session with The Jawa it was mentioned that a VISIONARIES comic 2-pack would be on the way in 2009.  Can you confirm the figure lineup for this pack?  Will it feature the iconic final confrontation between Obi-Wan and cyborg Darth Maul?

ANSWER:  We now have more information on the timing of this set. Due to a crowded Fall 2009 comic pack schedule, this pack has now been slotted in with the first wave of 2010 which should be on shelf approximately January/February.  Since it is still so far off, we don't want to confirm the figures in the pack except to say that your guess on one of the characters is incorrect.


QUESTION:  In the most recent Q&A session, it was confirmed that there would be not just one, but TWO waves worth of figures representing THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK in the 2009 Legacy Collection.  We were pleasantly surprised to see the lineup for the first EMPIRE wave.  Can we expect a new Han Solo in carbonite or Snowspeeder pilot Luke Skywalker to anchor the second TESB wave?  While many collectors enjoyed the 2006 offering of Han with the ROTJ melting carbonite block, there hasn't been an EMPIRE Han in carbonite basic figure since the POTF2 days.  Can we hope for a new EMPIRE Han in carbonite soon?

ANSWER:  We can confirm that Luke - Snowpeeder Pilot is indeed one of the figures.  However, we do not have another Han in carbonite scheduled.




And now to continue on through the Star Wars online collecting community...


BANTHA SKULL


QUESTION:  As seen on the very same store shelves that we find our beloved SW figures there are all these really cool G.I.Joe battle packs that often come with 5 themed Joe or Cobra figures - basically troop building packs such as a cobra officer with four differently armed troopers. How cool would it be to get say a squad of stormtroopers with an imperial officer, an entire squad of sandtroopers with different colored pauldrons, or even a squad of rebel fleet troopers with an officer to lead them? Rebel troopers, stormtroopers, snowtroopers, bikerscouts, x-wing pilots, y-wing pilots, hoth troopers, endor rebel troopers…the possibilities are endless! So if it can be done for Joe then why not for the SW line? And how about some OT packs (we have plenty of clones)?

ANSWER:  We *have* made a significant number of Clone or Troop-focused Battle Packs over the years (with a couple of Clone Wars-focused ones coming out as we speak at Target). We will continue to look at these themes for periodic packs, but won't shift the primary focus of the line from highly kid-centric packs featuring figures to round out a battle.


QUESTION:  Why are so much Legacy Wave 1 and Animated Wave 1 figures still shipping, and such a small amount of Legacy Waves 3 and 4 showing up?

ANSWER:  Legacy Wave 1 figures should *not* have been shipping for some time, unless what you are seeing are stock that has been in retail distribution centers for some time which might be the case As for Animated Clone Wars basic figures, we are re-releasing many of the figures from the first
waves but this is "invisible" to you at retail since the card backs do not change (unlike with the Legacy/Droid Factory cards).


QUESTION:  I know this has been asked frequently last year but it appears through my very non-scientific research that new Legacy figures are selling like hotcakes while Clone Wars and Legends seem to move slower but ship more often. I can point to at least 2 Targets in my area that overstock Legends but under stock Legacy. Is this actually the case and if so, why? And what line is moving the fastest?

ANSWER:  All of the basic figure lines (Legacy/Droid Factory, Clone Wars, and Saga Legends) have been extremely well-received since we launched the new look on 7/26/08. Of the three, the most popular has been the new Clone Wars line, no surprise since the series is breaking viewership records on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and looks to enthrall a new generation of Star Wars fans around the world in similar fashion.




COLLECTION STATION

QUESTION:  With the confirmation of 2X-7KPR - the last unmade droid from the sale of the droids scene - being released in '09 as another Jawa/droid 2-pack, how will this set be released? This is an ANH scene, you've confirmed that ESB will be the only source getting 2 waves in '09, and the '09 ANH wave already has a different Jawa/droid 2-pack, so where will Jawa/2X-7KPR fit into the overall? Will this be a running change repacked into another wave, or has a second ANH wave been slotted - and if the latter, what other figures will be in that 2nd ANH wave?

ANSWER:  The EpIV wave that is coming in Janurary, which included the Jawa/WED droid combo, is not tecnnically considered a 2009 wave but one that was pushed out to the very end of 2008. So it does not count against the wave lineup for 2009, and there will be an EpIV wave slotted into the lineup for next Fall that will have this guy in it.


QUESTION:  In the past year, we've seen a lot of figures from the POTF2-era Expanded Universe line getting revisited one way or another. The Darktrooper was rereleased as a Fans Choice figure, while Mara Jade got an all-new sculpt in the Comics Packs line, and in that line we're also about to get an all-new Grand Admiral Thrawn, Dark Empire Clone Palpatine, DE Luke, and a new Kyle Katarn. That leaves just Dark Empire Leia, the Heir to the Empire Spacetrooper, and the Imperial Sentinel left to be done, will any of them be either reissued or resculpted any time soon to join their EU brethren? Was it a conscious choice to get all those other POTF2 EU figures rereleased, or just happenstance?

ANSWER:  It is no surprise that these figures are in the modern lineup, since their stories are still some of the most beloved of the EU expansion that helped relaunch Star Wars into stratospheric popularity in the early and mid-1990s. We did not make a conscious choice to redo all the PotF2-era EU figures, and two of the three that you mention still have not been slotted into the lineup to be updated. Given the comic pack format or occasional EU wave, we would not be surprised if we eventually get to them someday.


QUESTION:  Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the ROTS Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter? Will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters? With the Ring being featured in episodes of The Clone Wars for Plo Koon's and Anakin's Jedi Starfighters, and your confirmation that Hasbro's Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter will fit the existing Ring, will you be selling Anakin's and/or Plo's starfighters with their Hyperspace Rings as boxed sets to get the full product into kid and collector hands, taking advantage of the show's current momentum rather than waiting to double-dip down the road when interest has waned, a la the Ep 2 Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring?

ANSWER:  We have no plans right now to refit the ring to fit the EpIII (Eta-2) Starfighter. Instead, we are looking for additional ways to bring it out to retail with the Clone Wars Starfighters. Given the size, the most likely route is as an exclusive as was produced before with a combination of ship and ring. Selling it by itself, without a Starfighter, is probably not an option as we do not feel confident that it would succeed on its own as an accessory.





CREATURE CANTINA


QUESTION:  We’ve had the two Elite Forces of the Republic sets, the Fett Legacy Evolutions set, the comic two-packs with Fenn Shysa and Tobbi Dala, Jodo Kast hitting the pegs, and several different versions of Jango and Boba besides. The fans, we love us some Mandalorians, you betcha. Novels, comics, video games, it doesn’t matter; it’s all good. Any plans to further slake our thirst for more Expanded Universe Mando’ade action figures? Say, some Knights of the Old Republic video game and comic book Mandos, or a Kal Skirata & Walon Vau 2-Pack, perchance . . . ?

ANSWER:  There won't be many Mando-inspired figures in the 2009 lineup, but the theme will return in 2010 with some more fairly well-known Mandos appearing for the first time, primarily in the comic pack lineup.


QUESTION:  I know you’ve probably been asked this before, but are there any plans of releasing an updated Imperial Troop Transport from the old Vintage line? I mean, it was essentially the first piece of EU material. Hell, I’m sure Target or TRU would snatch it up for an exclusive. I’d settle just for a new, improved sculpt and minor electronics (and if you’re being really generous, a pack-in VOTC Stromie).

ANSWER:  This does indeed seem to be a popular question. Our point of view on this one is that there are many great "on-screen" vehicles that we have yet to do, or do in a definitive upgraded way, that we do not have plans to go the EU route for our larger vehicles. It is an interesting vehicle that "matches" some of the Rebel transport vehicles seen in Yavin and in Echo Base (the former of which is coming soon, the latter which we hope to get to eventually). So we would not rule out that we would to it some day, but it is very low on our priority list.


QUESTION:  Does Hasbro plan to keep doing the release guide like they did this past summer? It is REALLY helpful to have everything that is coming out (from 3.75” figures to vehicles to Mighty Muggs to Galactic Heroes to store exclusives) in one place so you know what is coming out, roughly when they are coming out, and how to budget accordingly.

ANSWER:  We have just been extremely busy of late tackling some issues, but we do hope to get to another one soon. Stay tuned....




To be continued.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2008, 06:54:40 PM »

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of December 5th, 2008 - PART 2


FIGURES.COM

QUESTION:  Photos have recently surfaced online of the new Mr. Potatohead Star Wars Clone Tuber. Will we see variants of this character with rank and/or color markings (green, red, blue, etc) and when can we expect to see additional characters in the Star Wars Mr. Potato head line?
 
ANSWER:  There will are no variations of Clone Tuber planned, but if it's a popular figure we could look at adding additional deco versions in the future.  We do not have any additional figures planned for this line past Clone Tuber, but history has shown that you can't keep a great spud down and it's likely that in the future we will look to produce more characters.

 
QUESTION:  What other Electronic Lightsabers are in the works and when can we expect to see Asajj Ventress or Ahsoka Tano's lightsabers? Likewise, are there any plans to make character-specific role play items - like Anakin's belt or Obi-Wan Clone Armor?

ANSWER:  We are planning to Kit Fisto to the electonic lightsaber assortment next year, but beyond that we will continue to keep our focus on the main characters from the Saga which remain the most popular.  We do not anticipate adding Asajj's or Ahsoka's sabers to the collection, since their appeal will be more limited (boys will for the most part not choose to play with the lightsaber of a female character, but girls show no hesitation when it comes to playing with the lightsaber of a male character).

 
QUESTION:  What other retailer, online or HasbroShop.com exclusives can fans expect to see for sale this Holiday season?

ANSWER:  There are no additional exclusives for this holiday season beyond the lineup that we shared at Comic Con, although some retailers decided to hold their exclusives to debut close to the holiday to make more of a splash (case in point, Wal-Mart's 501st-inspired Clone Trooper helmet and Clone Wars 3-packs, and Target's Clone Wars Battle Packs, all of which have just recently debuted).





GALACTIC HUNTER

QUESTION:  Since you recently revealed that Wal-Mart is getting a second wave of Droid Factory 2-Packs in 2009, can you also tell us if Target is getting a third wave of Order 66 2-Packs, or have we seen the last of that sub-line?

ANSWER:  The Order 66 series is over, at least for now.  It is possible that it will return at some future time.  Instead, Target will have another 2-pack exclusive assortment scheduled for late Spring.


QUESTION:  Has there been any further discussion about making select characters from The Clone Wars series into "realistic style"? The Plo Koon just released uses a realistic head with The Clones Wars animation style body, so he's a bit of a hybrid. (Just not the kind we all wanted to drive this past summer!) It's not as if Rotta The Hutt can be made realistic, but other characters (especially some of the unique-to-the-series Clone Troopers) would be welcome additions.

ANSWER:  Our stance has not changed - we have no plans to bring the animated Clone Wars figures into the "realistic" Legacy line (or vice-versa).


QUESTION:  (You may need to pull Mark Boudreaux [Endor Rebel Trooper] out of his toy-packed office for this one.) Back in the waning Kenner period, a cargo loader style mini-ship was conceptualized to fit between the mandibles at the front of the Millennium Falcon. Knowing that it wouldn't take much to whip up a mini-ship and some other cargo-goodies, would this be something that could come out of the (conceptual) mothballs and into the cargo bay? Bonus points if it came in a Battle Pack with the 1999 Pit Droids (not the Fan's Choice) a Pilot Droid, and maybe some of Jabba's Thugs waiting to ambush Han Solo mah-boogie and Chewbacca. (Those of us who didn't wait for the holidays for our BMF's are happy to keep adding new, cool things to it/them.)

ANSWER:  That’s an interesting idea, but much farther down on the list of things we'd like to do with our tooling resources.




HAN'S HIDEOUT

QUESTION:  Just to clear up some confusion, can you confirm the order of the waves next year? We’re pretty sure 2009 (or maybe late 2008) starts with the 8 figures from ANH, then comes the 6-figure ESB themed Wave 2, followed by the 6-figure RotJ themed Wave 3? Is that right?

ANSWER:  To clarify, the 2009 basic figure order looks like this: Spring consists of EpIV (8 figures), EpV (6 figures), EpII (6 figures), and EpVI (8 figures). Fall will see four waves: EpIV (8 figures), EpI (6 figures), EpIII (6 figures), and EpV (6 figures) for a total of 54 figures. A 9th wave, the EU wave (6 figures), has slipped to be on-shelf right now around late Dec/early Jan so we are not counting that in the 2009 count, unless we are able to bring that one back in.


QUESTION:  The 2009 RotJ Wave. You've confimed a new Leia of some sort (Slave Girl perhaps), Palace Guard Wooof, an Ewok, and a new Malakili. How about a hint at the other two figures in the wave - will we be running around with one of the figures from that wave yelling, "It's a trap!" Or will one of the new figures want to take our AT-STs out for a drive?

ANSWER:  We will not be revealing any more specific characters from the EpVI wave right now - look for a full preview in an upcoming issue of Star Wars Insider. One note - it turns out that we will not be doing Wooof after all, and instead have made sure he's in the 2010 lineup. In his place is another Nikto guard.





IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS

QUESTION:  Hasbro, I know we just got a holographic vader with the saga2 line, which I bought and loved. Still, I was wondering if we could get a holographic vader that was superarticulated or at least in the pose (hands on hips)  he is in when he is demanding a report on the Shield Generator during the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back?  Would there also be any chance we could get this same pose in the Ulimate Unleashed Battle Pack format?

ANSWER:  Right now, we don't have plans to offer another holo version of Vader.  If we do release another one, your suggestion of making it a more articulated version to recreate certain scenes makes a lot of sense.  As for a light-up base to highlight holo figures, we have looked at this but feel that the audience for this is very limited.  We'll continue to look at possibilities, though.  Finally, regarding the Unleashed 2" figures, we plan to stick with pretty Clone Wars for this line with one important OTC addition - a Bounty Hunters pack coming in early 2009


QUESTION:  Can we ever expect to see figures of the Gossam Commando and Koorivar Fusilier?

ANSWER:  No plans for either of these.  Regarding the Gossam Commandos, their primariy appearance (In StarWars.com webstrips) has not been reprinted so we could not do them as a comic pack.  As for the Koorivar soldiers, we will not be pursuing any additional background figures from the Clone Wars Microseries, with one exception.


QUESTION:  Will the General Whorm Loathsom figure you confirmed for us be coming with his assistant bunny droid?

ANSWER:  Loathsom is a large figure himself who comes with some additional accessories, so we were not able to get the assistant droid in there.  Maybe someday, in another form, we'll get to the droid.




To be continued.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2008, 10:28:58 PM »

HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of December 5th, 2008 - Part 3




JEDI INSIDER

QUESTION:  I just recently watched the Clone Wars episode "Rookies", and was introduced to the new Droid Commandos, I was just wondering if there was the possibility of a Droid Commando figure? I would just like to know, so I have something to look forward to.

ANSWER:  Yes indeed, you can look forward to a Droid Commando in the Clone Wars figure line-up next year.


QUESTION:  Can you tell us if the sales of recent large vehicles like the AT-TE and BMF Falcon have been decent enough to warrant more large-scale vehicles and or playsets in the foreseeable future?

ANSWER:  We have no plans for adding playsets to the line. It's too early to discuss the future of any Star Wars large-scale vehicle, as we still have a long way to go this holiday season. If we do make another announcement on vehicles, it would not be before Toy Fair 2009.


QUESTION:  I heard that there are a few new Transformers/Star Wars Crossovers coming:

Clone Trooper to AT-TE
Clone Pilot to V-19
Clone Trooper to V-Wing

is this true?

ANSWER:  We can confirm that all three of those versions are scheduled to hit shelves in the next couple of months (if they haven't been spotted already). Editor's note: These questions were sent in several weeks ago before we had posted news and images confirming these.




JEDI NEWS


QUESTION:  Gentle Giant and others have taken their respective animated lines across the whole Star Wars Saga (PT, OT and EU).  With the new animated Clone Wars line in place do you have any plans to release characters from the OT and/or EU to match this format or will you only do this if they appear in the Clone Wars series?

ANSWER:  We do not have plans to take classic characters into the animated format (or vice-versa) at this time.  This would no doubt be appealling to a sub-segment of collectors who appreciate the novelty of the expression, but this would tie up valuable figure slots that would otherwise be dedicated to new Legacy and Clone Wars figures.


QUESTION:  What's happening with the FX Lightsabres... can you tell us which new FX Lightsabres we'll be seeing in the near future and do you have any pictures you can share with us at this stage?  Will we see the new FX Lightsabres in the UK?

ANSWER:  The FX business has been off to a slower start than we expected due to initial production delays, but that should be behind us now.  We expect that the lightsabers will be available in the UK as soon as retailers place orders for them - expected to be in Spring 2009.  New ones in development include EpI Obi-Wan, and Count Dooku.  We need to make sure that we are in full distribution with the original contingent first, and then we can look at getting the new ones into the mix sometime (hopefully) mid-2009.


QUESTION:  With the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Special being celebrated by TOPPS and others it seems that Lucasfilm are allowing its partners to delve into an area us fans thought was totally off limits.  With this change of heart do you think we'll see any more figures from the Holiday Special - a Chewbacca Family Pack would be fun?

ANSWER:  The Topps cards were promotional cards only (not mass merchandised) produced only against the animated sequence the Special.  It doesn't signal a change in positioning for the live action parts.  It's something we priodically discuss with Lucasfilm, because Wookieees remain one of those special species that really strike a chord with fans, but we don't believe the stance will change.




JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION:  Aliens, aliens, aliens! It's always questions about aliens, but what I want to know is are you considering many humans from the Cantina, Jabba's Palace, or Mos Eisley? What about Garrouf Lafoe from the Cantina? What about Jabba's Goons from the Special Edition Falcon scenes? What about the guy that shoots Luke's hand on the Sailbarge? Any chance we'll get some human thugs and goons too?

ANSWER:  We do admit a fascination with aliens that makes the Star Wars galaxy seem so interesting and far, far away. Your point is certainly a great one as there are some strong humans in and amongst the aliens, and we'll consider them for future possibilities when we draw up Cantina or Jabba's Palace waves.


QUESTION:  We've gotten a TON of Sandtroopers lately, and they are great. The only question I have then is, when will we get new versions of Sandtrooper weapons? The double-barreled MG-type weapon Sandtroopers are seen carrying in a couple scenes, would be greatly appreciated. A new MG-34 type gun would also be great I think!

ANSWER:  Great suggestions, and we'll look at it for the next time we're crafting Sandtrooper plans. Thanks.


QUESTION:  You really seem to have a hit with the "Build-a-Droid" concept... It gives collectors a goal to attain the parts to create the droid, and it arguably gives you an "extra figure" at the end of the day. Will BAD then continue past the Legacy Collection or a future package change, or would you consider shelving the droid parts as pack-ins and going back to stands or some such? I collected the coins, and find stands useful, but I consider the BAD parts actually of some value to my collection whereas the other things I really don't care one way or another about. Basically we're just saying give us droid parts, please.

ANSWER:  The Droid Factory concept does seem to be a hit, and we will be running it for two years in the Legacy basic figure SKU, along with some key exclusives (such as a sequel to the Wal-Mart exclusive Droid Factory 2-packs lined up for next year). After that, it's too early to say, but we hope to keep it around every now and again with some sets focused on the concept.





MOUSEDROID

QUESTION:  The success of The Clone Wars movie and now the TV show clearly indicates a growth in a new generation "growing up with Star Wars". Even here in Australia (where we are still to premiere the TV show) Clone Wars figures are very popular. But...the recent economic crisis is sure to have an impact on how Star Wars in 2009 and beyond will be shaped.

Would initiatives such as reduced articulation, cheaper paint jobs, generic cards and/or cheaper packaging be considered to create a new line targeting kids more interested in the TV show and playing with the toys rather than those mature collectors that want nice cards, great paint jobs and unique characters from the films? Short question: Are there plans in place to release a "discount" line of figures that will be more affordable for families and leave the premium lines for collectors?

ANSWER:  There are no plans to "split" the lines by price point and we will stick to the strategy that has helped keep basic figures extremely popular. Despite what many collectors think, there is still a heavy kid audience in the "Saga" basic figure line, as well as a strong collector interest in Clone Wars basics. By doing what you suggest, we feel that we would marginalize the overall audience and set Star Wars figures on a backward course.


QUESTION:  It is a very exciting time to be a collector and lover of star wars. I'm really excited about the confirmation of Coleman Trebor coming next year. I was wondering if he will be a new sculpt or is he a repack and to what wave he will be associated with. Will he come with any accessories since he was on the council and the bigger point will he be able to sit? He is a great figure and I thank you for bringing him back. What are the chances of seeing Depa Billaba and Pablo Jill also in the next coming years?

ANSWER:  Coleman Trebor is a "refresh" figure meaning he is partly new, but designed to have more articulation than previous figures. In this case, we are using his head and possibly hands, another super-articulated Jedi body, and creating a new torso to bring them all together (and new calves as well). No word yet on being able to sit, but we hope so. As far as which wave he is in...the answer is "none." He will be part of a very cool exclusive 2-pack assortment coming mid-next year. Our hope is to get to much-needed upgrades to Deepa Billaba and Pablo Jill as well sometime, but they are not in the 2009 plans.


QUESTION:  One of the interesting aspects of The Clone Wars series is the individualness to many of the Clone faces. Do you have any plans to offer some of these designs in future Clone offerings? And do you think that this concept could be applied to Legacy figures, if only to Commanders? Maybe even create a "Squad Parts Pack" to customise the basic trooper figure into your own themed squad (i.e. multiple unique heads, weapon packs, accessories, armour customization decals, etc)?

ANSWER:  Yes, there will be many of the "unique" Clone Wars troopers coming in the Clone Wars lineup (basic figures as well as multi-packs like Battle Packs and other formats). We do not have plans to carry this to Legacy figures at this time, instead following the unique expression as seen on screen in the new animated show. This is an interesting new twist following the proliferation of unique armor deco we previously saw in EpIII. One thing we do not know the answer to is whether the under-the-helmet individualtiy carries "forward" to EpIII as well. It's an interesting question we'll ask Lucasfilm when we get a chance.





To be continued.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008, 02:13:01 PM »

HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of December 5th, 2008 - PART 4


RAVING TOY MANIAC

QUESTION:  The Force Unleashed game is really cool and it makes me glad I bought all of the figures when they first came out. During one of the other Q&A's, you mentioned that there was "one more" TFU figure due out. Was this the Stormtrooper Commander? Is it possible to have this figure available via HTS as I had no idea this figure was going to be sold and it was sold out when I went to my local store?

ANSWER:  The "one other" TFU figure mentioned was probably in reference to the GameStop exclusive Stormtrooper Commander, but it could also have been a reference to Shaak Ti who is scheduled for an early 2010 Expanded Universe wave at this point. We are also looking to add a wave of new TFU characters for mid-Spring 2010 and work has begun on these figures (at this time we will not be revealing which figures are in the 2010 lineup). Finally, fans will indeed have another chance to get the TFU Commander at the San Diego Comic Con 2009 - when it will be an exclusive shared by both StarWarsOnlineShop.com and HasbroToyShop.com.


QUESTION:  The Legacy comic book figures seem to be a big hit -- can we expect many more in 2009?

ANSWER:  The Legacy packs have indeed been a big hit; for anyone who has not delved into the rich world of Legacy, you are in for real treat. We have some god news for you - there are two more Legacy issues planned for the Comic Pack lineup, including issue #22 (on shelves around July) and issue #7 (around November). There are two additional Legacy packs planned for 2010 as well.


QUESTION:  Force Unleashed is a huge success, will the Evo Apprentice get a Saga Legends rerelease?

ANSWER:  There are no plans to release any of the Apprentice figures as Saga Legends at this point.






REBELSCUM

QUESTION:  Star Wars Mighty Muggs seem to be getting increasingly more popular. Han seems to be a favorite choice but there are a few versions missing. Is there a chance we will see a Bespin or Endor version anytime soon? Thanks and keep up the good work!

ANSWER:  We don't have either of these Han versions in our release plans.


QUESTION:  Thanks for all the updates in the recent Q&A, that filled in a lot of blanks, however, after releasing the details about the Imperial Pilots Legacy Set #2, we're now VERY curious as to what we might see in the Rebel Pilots Legacy Set #3, and while specific character names would be greatly appreciated, we'd be most interested to know whether or not the set will follow the current pattern of female X-Wing Pilot, Male Snowspeeder Pilot and Male/Alien B-Wing pilot - and if it WON'T follow those selections, and you're not yet willing to tell us specific character names, can you at least let us know what types will be included?

ANSWER:  We have an important update on the wave of Evolution packs that includes this pack as well as Rebel Pilots #3 and Imperial Pilots #2.

Originally scheduled as a continuation of the Evolution Packs lineup in Spring '09, development schedule delays have pushed this wave out and as such it will not receive distribution at all retailers. Once we nail down which retailer(s) will be carrying these packs, and the expected on-shelf time, we'll get an update out to all of the Star Wars sites. As for the characters in Rebel Pilots #3, they will be John D. Brannon (Red 4, Battle of Yavin), Jake Farrell (as Green Squadron Commander, Battle of Endor), and from the EU will be Shira Brie.


QUESTION:  I, and many other Titanium collectors, are very disappointed to hear that after months of promising fans to make a BSG Cylon Basestar, all of a sudden, this dream has been shattered with the news that this fantastic looking starship - an integral vehicle within the lore of modern BSG - will now only exist as an unproduced toy, never to see the light of day...

Considering its production was pushed back further and further until the reason for it's demise is down to Hasbro license to produce Battlestar Galactica Titaniums ending at the end of 2008 - Why did this occur, and do you see it as good business strategy to advertise products months before their release, and then cancel them at the eleventh hour?

What gives?

A Very Disappointed Titanium Collector...

ANSWER:  Unfortunately, this happens often with toy lines. Development schedules or demand changes constantly, and we adapt to the schedules as best we can. On a brand like Star Wars, because of the high demand, usually (but not always) shelved toys find their way to general release. Our Spring 2008 release quantities were lowered due to decreased Titanium demand, and we basically were put into the position where we skipped over an entire wave. It was too late at that point to slot them into the lineup for 2009. As the Battlestar contract was ending, this mean that there was no way to get it out. The Star Wars vehicles are a different matter as we are able to get them into the lineup in subsequent Titanium waves.





SANDTROOPERS

QUESTION:  To follow up on an answer given to Rebel Scum on November 7th, regarding the Commando Battle Pack due in Spring 2009, which weapon will be featured? The standard DC17 blaster or the DC17 anti armor variant that was included with the Republic Commando/Super Battle Droid Comic Pack? Will he be the black armor or another armor color variant that we have yet to see and will the upper body articulation remain the same or has the figure been completely redone?

ANSWER:  The figure has new knee and ankle articulation, and he will be predominantly blue-colored. We did not change the upper body.  He is based on the cover of the Karen Traviss novel Omega Squad: Targets. His weapon is the version that came with the Republic Commando Delta Squad set, as opposed to the version that came with Scorch basic figure or the comic pack. We have an important update on the wave of Evolution packs that includes this pack as well as Rebel Pilots #3 and Imperial Pilots #2. Originally scheduled as a continuation of the Evolution Packs lineup in Spring '09, development schedule delays have pushed this wave out and as such it will not receive distribution at all retailers. Once we nail down which retailer(s) will be carrying these packs, and the expected on-shelf time, we'll get an update out to all of the Star Wars sites.


QUESTION:  Hasbro has said that we will continue to see large vehicles again if the Millenium Falcon and the AT-TE sell well. Let's say that hypothetically they are selling well: What is the next large vehicle we would likely see and when? Turbotank?

ANSWER:  It's too early to discuss the future of any Star Wars large-scale vehicle.  If we do make another announcement, it would not be before Toy Fair 2009.     


QUESTION:  Is it at possible that Hasbro could reconsider their position on selling figures in an on-line form. Small runs, exclusives, limited editions similar to how Mattel is doing with their new Masters of the Universe Classics collection? Obviously no one would be willing to pay a $20 premium for a 3 3/4" figure but at a reasonable amount like $10-13. This would allow collectors to finally get a hold of some not so kid friendly figures. It could also allow Hasbro to release some figures from other lines. GI Joe, Indiana Jones and Transformers.

ANSWER:  Hasbro has pursued this option in the past, with no-so-great results. Quite simply, aside from special figures that we do for Comic-Con or for a specific promotional cause (such as R2-KT), these items are not successful for us we concentrate our items on bigger opportunities - such as the robust exclusive program already in place.  Internet distribution just does not have the reach - many collectors still prefer the "thrill of the hunt" of shopping in store - and because of that we prefer to bring our exclusives to our retail partners for the best overall program.




SIR STEVE'S GUIDE

QUESTION:  You said in a recent answer that the Solo twins, while difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to make these long-request characters, which versions would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a good picture of them in the recent Jedi vs. Sith guide), NJO-era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested versions, and based on Japanese cover art which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or Legacy of the Force-era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removable cape would allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?

ANSWER:  If we did them, hypothetically speaking, it would be the New Jedi Order-era, based on the Japanese cover art. This would be the most solid selection for the exact reasons you have pointed out - prevalence and familiarity with the character images. If we ever did Caedus, it would have to be new sculpt since the NJO-version would not work for a retrofit.


QUESTION:  With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?

ANSWER:  We have looked at this scene several times with the theme you suggested, but so far it hasn't made the cut for one reason or another. Maybe someday….


QUESTION:  When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.

ANSWER:  While we have looked at many different aspects of the Original Trilogy, the fact is that Kenner covered that ground extremely well, to the point where they even augmented the universe with many of their own original designs (Mini Rigs, the Imperial Transport, etc). Our focus for vintage collectors remains the still (in our opinion) large fertile ground of figures, vehicles, and creatures which have yet-to-be-updated over their vintage counterparts, along with the still numerous unmade characters from many scenes such as the Cantina, Jabba's Palace, Ewoks, and the line. Yet we do try to surprise by doing new things that we think are key to the OTC - like the recent Lars Homestead and Sarlacc pit sets that for the very first time create scenic display opportunities for these iconic scenes. We certainly hope that you enjoy these surprises as much as we get satisfaction from finding new ways to deliver OTC magic.





To be continued.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2008, 02:17:03 PM »

HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of December 5th, 2008 - PART 5



SW COLLECTOR

QUESTION:  With the new Build-A-Droid General Grievous finally giving us one that's properly scaled and has incredible split-apart arms, is it too much to hope for another version that comes with a softgoods cape and allows him to be posed hunched forward, with his neck jutting out, as seen in scenes on his ship the Invisible Hand in Revenge of the Sith? An inner cloak pocket with lightsaber hilts would be a really nice touch, too!

ANSWER:  Now that we have a truly great version of Grievous, we will certainlylook at other opportunities. The one you mention, with a detailed softgoods cape, is one we have discussed but doing this version as a basicfigure is simply not feasible because of the cost. It remains apossibility for a future multi-pack offering.


QUESTION:  Does the Emperor Palpatine Clone figure from the upcoming Dark Empire II #1 Comic Pack come with a "normal" left hand in addition to the Force lightning-casting one?

ANSWER:  Even better - the force lightning is an add-on piece.


QUESTION:  Speaking of the Dark Empire saga, any chance of seeing a figure based on fallen Jedi Empatoyajos Brand? He seems like a natural choice for the Comic Packs line.

ANSWER:  Honestly, it's very unlikely we'll get to Brand in the comic packline-up. There are other Dark Empire characters we'd like to get tobefore him, and because he is so…well…funky, we don't see being a strongdraw for a comic pack. We see other characters, like Kam Colusar, beingones we would do first. A Dark Empire multi-pack with Luke and the NewJedi Order would be an interesting one to look at someday, and would bethe more likely place for Brand, if we ever got to an idea like that.




THE JAWA

QUESTION:  I just want to say thanks for the Thrawn trilogy characters that have shown up in comic packs. Since this is probably one of the most famous EU storylines of all time, is it a good bet that we will see more new figures from this series in the next year or two? If so, could a certain insane clone of a Jedi master be one of them?

ANSWER:  We're glad you like them.  For 2009, we have another pack planned that will see a couple of new figures debut for the first time.  After that, we hope to get to more Heir figures within the next couple of years (including, hopefully one day, Jorus C'Baoth).


QUESTION:  You have recently stated that it is unlikely we can expect any new TFU figures until Spring 2010, which means about a year and half from now. Is there any fear that the hype/popularity of the game will have cooled off a bit by then and make the line less successful? If so, in the meantime, have you thought of releasing not only reissues of the TAC figures but perhaps also some clever repaints of stormtroopers, jumptroopers, etc? Or better yet, a carded release of the Felucian rider (perhaps with repaint/weapon swap)?

ANSWER:  We aren't worried about the enduring popularity and demand of figures from LucasArts video games, especially given the stratopsheric popularity of the major titles that have been released over the past several years. The figures we have done for Republic Commandos, Battlefront II, and Knights of the Republic have all done well even years after their debut,proving that fan demand will be there when games expand Star Wars storytelling and add exciting new characters to the pantheon. So we are confident that we can continue to look at opportunities from any of them, including TFU, for additional character considerations. As for repaints, 2009 is the first year for some time that we will not have a pure "repaint" wave scheduled, simply because there are so many new waves of figures in the Fall, and the schedule looks solid so we do not anticipate needing one to fill a gap.


QUESTION:  Since Hasbro has had to drop the 5th figure from battlepacks due to rising plastic/oil costs, what about substituting the loss of this value for customers by finally giving us a bonus cardboard diorama inside each battlepack? These don't have to be as complicated as the PotF2 Cantina or Jabba's Palace, just good enough to compensate for the loss of the extra figure in a way that is relatively inexpensive to Hasbro.

ANSWER:  We have looked at this approach.  Part of the appeal of the Battle Packs has been the way that they are presented requires a minimal amount of blister support to give the illusion of a scene. Because the majority of the audience for Battle Packs is kids (or parent gift-givers) it's important to maintain the presentation we currently strive for. Trying to preserve the background for us would force the blisters to become bigger, changing the aesthetic. It's unlikely that we'll pursue this approach in Battle Packs because of this.




YAKFACE


QUESTION:  Is there any chance that we could get some 21st Century love for some of our favorite beasties in 2009/2010? Say the Kaadu, Dewback or Tauntaun to go with the new Hoth Luke perhaps?

ANSWER:  At least one of those will be updated in 2009 in an exclusive pack. It's possible a second will be updated for 2010.


QUESTION:  With the re-release of Yaddle and Even Piell can we look forward to seeing more Jedi Council members being re-released on single card? Depa Billaba was a battle-pack exclusive and some weren't able to get her set when it was bout, so can we expect to see Depa Billaba along with other Jedi Council members, such as Adi Gallia and Eeth Koth released in a repaint/kitbash wave in 2009?

ANSWER:  These are all characters that we would like to get to in the basic figure waves at some point, and think that all three of these Jedi Council members need an articulation upgrade if they are to be released again (we felt that Yaddle and Even Piell would never be updated and were suitable for re-release). Currently, we do not have any of them slotted into the lineup but they are all highly likely over the next few years.


QUESTION:  Carded pictures of 2009's Kenobi and Pons Limbic have turned up and they both have the table, lots of us have got excited but I have a bad feeling about this; please don't say you have got our hopes up again just to dash them on the rocks of disappointment? Also, the holsters for the Luke and Han appear to be the old sculpt. Didn't you confirm with us that these figures would in fact have new, more accurately sculpted holders?

ANSWER:  In what will undoubtedly be well-received news for fans, we can confirm that the tables for both Obi-Wan and Pons Limbic are indeed shipping with these characters after all. It turns out the the order to remove them (in an effort to contain costs on this wave) were given just prior to Comic Con but were received too late as the factory had begun molding production pieces. At that point, it made more sense to keep them rather than remove them. We are glad they are able to come out as they are really great accessory pieces. Finally, on the holsters, they are in fact new in that they fit the blasters better, with a recess at the back of the pouch.





Keep checking back for more updates as sites continue to file their Q&A reports throughout the weekend.


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HASBRO Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of December 5th, 2008 - THE INDIANA JONES REPORT


COOL TOY REVIEW

QUESTION:  Will the Temple of Doom wave featuring Mola Ram still make it to mass-market retail (i.e. Wal-Mart, Target, etc, not counting the smaller retailers like Meijers)?

ANSWER:  It's not certain at this point that this wave will make it to Target and Wal-Mart before the end of the year, and your best option might be seeking it out online at this point.


QUESTION:  You stated that any toys that you had in the works (and are now shelved) would likely be released if a movie were to be made. What figures have made it far enough into production that they would likely be released (ie: we have had confirmation of ROTLA2, Club Obi-Wan wave, Ark Ghost, German Wing, Sidecar, Minecart, Tank...)

ANSWER:  The only wave for which tooling was completed was the RotLA wave. The others progressed significantly in development but were not tooled. The exception is the Tank, which was never in development.


QUESTION:  Regarding the 5th wave...how far along in the production process did the figures actually get? Would it be possible to re-use the existing tools for other lines? Toht was already used for the Cobra Commander exclusive figure from SDCC, but there are other characters from G.I.Joe (and now possibly even the Marvel Universe line) that could re-use the same body. The Indy-in-German disguise figure could be used for other German Soldier figures (perhaps fighting Captain America), parts of the German Mechanic could double for several other superhero (or villain) figures...so at least you could still get some use from them. (Although I am hard-pressed to find another use for Marion...I'm sure there is one!)

ANSWER:  The second Raiders wave was tooled, but never progressed beyond that (through engineering check stages, deco, etc). It's highly unlikely other lines could make use of the tools, since the articulation is very different from the aesthetics that GI Joe and Marvel are striving for. If those designers find them of value for their efforts, they are welcome to look at them.




HAN'S HIDEOUT


QUESTION:  Not really a question, just something I wanted to point out to you guys. If you key up the Pod Race scene in The Phantom Menace, hit pause, and look reeeeeeally close, I'm 100% positive that you'll find a spectator in that crowd named "Ar'nold T'o'ht". He’s easy to spot, he's the one whose face is melting... oh, and he's also in the Cantina, yeah that's the ticket. He's standing right behind Muftak... and he's also standing behind Ephant Mon in Jabba's Palace (he gets around). [Does that help his chances at sneaking into the Star Wars line?]

ANSWER:  Good try, but Toht will remain in the IJ holding pattern.
[editor's note: oh well, at least we tried!]





Keep checking back for more Q&A sessions as they're posted.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008, 12:13:06 AM »

We have an update from HAN'S HIDEOUT regarding one of their questions:

QUESTION:  Just to clear up some confusion, can you confirm the order of the waves next year? We’re pretty sure 2009 (or maybe late 2008) starts with the 8 figures from ANH, then comes the 6-figure ESB themed Wave 2, followed by the 6-figure RotJ themed Wave 3? Is that right?

ANSWER:  To clarify, the 2009 basic figure order looks like this: Spring consists of EpIV (8 figures), EpV (6 figures), EpII (6 figures), and EpVI (8 figures). Fall will see four waves: EpIV (8 figures), EpI (6 figures), EpIII (6 figures), and EpV (6 figures) for a total of 54 figures. A 9th wave, the EU wave (6 figures), has slipped to be on-shelf right now around late Dec/early Jan so we are not counting that in the 2009 count, unless we are able to bring that one back in.
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2008, 07:32:09 PM »

Check out Hasbro's full Q&A posting HERE.  And look for the previously unseen answers to be posted in the roundup.
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