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Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 5th, 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 - CONCEPT FIGURE ARTISTS REVEALED!

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.


GOLD 5:  Hasbro reveals the artists for the concept figure series.  Those being as follows:
-Ralph McQuarrie (contrary to previous reports)
-Joe Johnston
-Sang Jun Lee - Concept & Storyboard artist - REVENGE OF THE SITH
-Derek Thompson - Concept & Storyboard artist - REVENGE OF THE SITH





HEADLINE - VISIONARIES COMIC 2-PACK UPDATE

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES


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.


GOLD 5:  Hasbro remains mum on the subject, but reading into their response it's confirmed that either Obi-Wan Kenobi or cyborg Darth Maul will be a part of this pack.  My own money is on cybrog Darth Maul paired with either Owen Lars or a young Luke Skywalker.




HEADLINE - SNOWSPEEDER PILOT LUKE SKYWALKER CONFIRMED

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES


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.


GOLD 5:  Hasbro seems to be making the most of their new Snowspeeder pilot figure molds by offering a new Luke in snowspeeder pilot gear.  Hopefully this version will include the correct lightsaber unlike last year's Battle of Hoth Ultimate Battle Pack.




HEADLINE - 2009 LEGACY COLLECTION WAVE LINEUP REVEALED

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:  The 2009 basic figure order looks like this: Spring consists of EpIV (8 figures), EpV (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 48 figures. An 8th 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.


GOLD 5:  Major news out of this response from Han's Hideout.  This is contrary to a previous report about the 2009 LEGACY COLLECTION wave lineup.  Hasbro had previously stated that there would be an ATTACK OF THE CLONES wave of figures but this response negates that.  You can check out the full list of LEGACY COLLECTION waves in our 2009 - THE LEGACY COLLECTION - Line Index




HEADLINE - RETURN OF THE JEDI WAVE UPDATE

HAN'S HIDEOUT


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.


GOLD 5:  This is a change from Hasbro's previous comments on the ROTJ wave.  The Klaatu known as Wooof (previously seen in figure form as the vintage Kenner Klaatu) has been pushed back.  A Nikto guard is replacing that figure, but still has the potential to fill one of the much coveted spots of vintage figures that have yet to be made into modern era figures.




HEADLINE - GENERAL WHORM LOATHSOM FIGURE DETAILS

IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS


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.


GOLD 5:  Hasbro confirmed General Whorm Loathsom in a previous Q&A session.  The news of accessories is something of a revelation.  However Hasbro's additional comment regarding the droid rings of a hint.  The assistant droid is very similar to Count Dooku's pilot droid from ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and this may be the "other form" of which Hasbro speaks.




HEADLINE - COMMANDO DROIDS?  ROGER, ROGER!

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.


GOLD 5:  The Droid Commandoes of the CLONE WARS "Rookies" episodes are on the way.  No word on when these are slated to be released.




HEADLINE - NEW FX LIGHTSABERS ANNOUNCED


JEDI NEWS


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.
 


GOLD 5:  Hasbro reveals two never before made FX Lightsabers - Count Dooku and Obi-Wan Kenobi's saber from THE PHANTOM MENACE.  These are two all new FX sabers that were not made during the Master Replicas era.




HEADLINE - COLEMAN TREBOR UPDATE

MOUSEDROID


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. 


GOLD 5:  With the news that there is no ATTACK OF THE CLONES figure wave, this is somewhat remarkable news.  Hasbro's response indicates that Coleman Trebor is likely to be released in a new line of exclusive 2-packs similar to the Order 66 or the Droid Factory 2-pack lines.




HEADLINE - REPUBLIC COMMANDO FIGURE DETAILS

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.


GOLD 5:  Hasbro confirms increased articulation and accessories for the EVOLUTIONS Republic Commando figure.




HEADLINE - MORE THRAWN TRILOGY FIGURES ON THE WAY?

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).


GOLD 5:  Hasbro lets on that more Thrawn trilogy figures seem to be in the works for 2009.  Stay tuned!




HEADLINE - BEASTS ON THE WAY IN BATTLE PACKS

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.


GOLD 5:  There's no confirmation regarding which beasts are set to be reissued or how.  But expect some news on this front in the coming months.




Check for more Q&A Headlines as more sites continue to post their Hasbro Q&A sessions.
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We've got some additional headlines to report since some sites filed their Q&A sessions in the past 24 hours.  Check 'em out!





HEADLINE - NEW TARGET EXCLUSIVE 2-PACKS ON THE WAY FOR SPRING 2009

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.


GOLD 5:  Target's exclusive ORDER 66 series may be over, but it appears that a new series of exclusive 2-packs will be gracing Target store shelves this coming spring.  If Target's planning holds true to pattern we can expect these around March or April '09.  It remains unclear if Coleman Trebor will be a part of this series or the second series of WalMart exclusive Droid Factory 2-packs that are also in the pipeline.




HEADLINE - MORE THE FORCE UNLEASHED FIGURES ON THE WAY!  AND A SECOND CHANCE AT TFU THE STORMTROOPER COMMANDER!

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.



GOLD 5:  Tremendous news for fans of THE FORCE UNLEASHED.  Hasbro reveals yet another wave of TFU Basic Figures that will be due out in 2010.  And if you missed out on the TFU Stormtrooper Commander you'll be able to get one at San Diego Comic Con through either StarWarsOnlineShop.com or HasbroToyShop.com.  No word on whether these exclusives will also be available online, however past Hasbro SDCC exclusives have been readily available through online outlets.





HEADLINE - EXPANDED UNIVERSE COMIC 2-PACK HINTS

RAVING TOY MANIAC


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.


GOLD 5:  Hasbro reveals the issues for two expanded universe 2-packs.  Those being:
Star Wars Legacy 22: The Wrath of the Dragon - This set has already been confirmed to include Darth Krayt and Imperial Knight Sigel Dare.
Star Wars Legacy 7: Broken, Part 6 - The figure lineup for this set is unclear, but as it features the Force spirit of Luke Skywalker on the cover, it is entirely possible that we may see this incarnation of Luke included in the set.

Hasbro also goes on to mention another two Legacy comic packs for 2010 but there is no information on these sets at this time.







Keep checking for more news out of the Hasbro Q&A sessions as we continue to roundup the news from around the online Star Wars collecting community.
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