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 ARCHIVESQUESTION:
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)
-Sang Jun Lee - Concept & Storyboard artist - REVENGE OF THE SITH
-Derek Thompson - Concept & Storyboard artist - REVENGE OF THE SITH
HEADLINE - VISIONARIES COMIC 2-PACK UPDATEJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
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 CONFIRMEDJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
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 REVEALEDHAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
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 UPDATEHAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
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 DETAILSIMPERIAL SHIPYARDSQUESTION:
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 INSIDERQUESTION:
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 ANNOUNCEDJEDI NEWSQUESTION:
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 UPDATEMOUSEDROIDQUESTION:
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 DETAILSSANDTROOPERSQUESTION:
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 JAWAQUESTION:
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 PACKSYAKFACEQUESTION:
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.
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