Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DEC 19th, 2008  (Read 1046 times)
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« on: December 20, 2008, 01:49:31 AM »

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of Dec 19th, 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:  Dark Horse comics has recently launched a CLONE WARS comic series as a companion to the animated series.  Can we expect a related offering in the Expanded Universe Comic 2-Packs that utilizes the animated style figures?

ANSWER:  We have no plans to introduce animated Clone Wars-themed comic packs, at least for now.


QUESTION:  The CLONE WARS series seems to be a fountain of new characters with every passing episode.  Can you give us some insight on how the Hasbro Star Wars team is able to plan the figure line in conjunction with Lucasfilm for an ongoing television series?  Is the Star Wars team seeing episodes in advance or preliminary artwork?  And on a related front has  the team seen any preliminary artwork or plans for the live action television series?

ANSWER:  Yes, we collaborate with Lucasfilm well in advance so we can design and deliver figures as close to the original airing as possible. This usually involves reading scripts and seeing character art well before the episodes get put together for viewing.  We do get a chance to view episodes well before the public does, but by the time we see them, our work on new characters (if any) drawn from that episode would have begun long ago. Lucasfilm has no news to report on the live action show, although we can't wait to talk about it when there is information ready to share!


QUESTION:  In a March Q&A session with 4-Inches.De Hasbro stated the following:
"We really like the Rebel Pilots, and can guarantee that not too far down the road there will be a red-suited Sullustan pilot."

Our tracking of the Q&A sessions has indicated that there are still some spots in the early 2009 RETURN OF THE JEDI wave which have yet to be filled.   Could we see this previously mentioned red-suited Sullustan pilot in the basic figure line?  And could it in fact be an update on Nien Nunb?  The previous version is a 1997 figure and is in dire need of being brought up to the current aesthetic.

ANSWER:  There is indeed a red-suited Sullustan pilot in the wave, in the B-Wing outfit developed for the Evolution packs.  Our hope is that it will be named Nien Numb, but we are working with Lucasfilm on that now and have not nailed it down yet.




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


BANTHA SKULL

QUESTION:  In previous Q and A's I know the topic of weapons integrity has come up. When looking at the new Sarlacc Ultimate Battlepack it seems as though the weapons are becoming even more flimsy. I for one have seen a skiff guard weapon almost bent at a 45 degree angle in the package. Is anything being done to rectify these problems?

ANSWER:  As simple as it seems, there are actually numerous issues that surround this - including what else is in the tools that need to be run (like a soft-fitting helmet). We will be taking it up with vendors to make sure we do not see the softness creep back into the weapons and accessories.


QUESTION:  Hasbro Toy Shop, in the past, offered a bundle of the Display Stands that were used as "pack-ins" for figures. Has there been any discussion about the possibility of offering a package of random droid parts through Hasbro Toy Shop Online? The Build a Droid concept is great and I'm sure many collectors would love to create there own unique droids.

ANSWER:  We're glad you like the Droid Factory idea. We have thought about getting more Droid parts out somehow, and are looking for ways to do it where it feels special. It may not be until 2010 if we are able to deliver the idea, so stay tuned.


QUESTION:  In the last set of answers, you stated that there will be another EU wave late 2009, early 2010. Also you mentioned that one of the figures would more than likely be Shaak-Ti from TFU. Can you give any other insight as to whom the other 5 may be that are included in this wave?

ANSWER:  At this point, we don't want to confirm any more of the characters from our 2009 waves, so we can hold some info for future panels. Suffice to say it will be a knockout wave of six figures. Some of the past Q&A sessions do hold additional clues to more of the figures in this wave, so for folks willing to dig they might be able to put more pieces together. But that's as far as we want to confirm right now.




COLLECTION STATION

QUESTION:  Now that you've confirmed that there will be 4 new concept figures in '09, that one of them is Anakin, and that they'll be from both OT and PT sources, could you confirm whether the other 3 concept figures will be based on major characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure character and even alien design concepts, such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxies Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?

ANSWER:  One will be a top-tier named character, two will be secondary named (but prominent) characters, and the fourth will be a trooper concept.


QUESTION:  Now that The Clone Wars TV series has a set schedule, in the future could you possibly coordinate Hasbro's Clone Wars figure releases to coincide with the episodes those figures are in context to? We understand there's a long lead time on figure production, but there's also a long lead on episode production. Seeing a character on the series one day and then being able find the figure in the store the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 "Goldie" appeared in 2 episodes in early and mid November '08, but the R3-S6 "Goldie" figure isn't due until around February '09. Wouldn't the figures have more appeal with the characters fresh in kids' and casual collectors' minds? Would coordination like that be possible?

ANSWER:  We do coordinate as much as possible, and Lucasfilm has been great in getting us scripts as far ahead as possible. With a movie, we try to get figures in shelf as quickly as possible at the movie launch, but with the cartoon series, since it's so heavily kid-focused, it's actually better to have the episode air before the figures are available - ideally a couple weeks delay, to create demand for the figure.


QUESTION:  For vehicles that must have dedicated, non-removable astromech droid domes - such as the Ep 2 Jedi Starfighter, Y-wing, V-wing, and Naboo Fighter - might it be possible to get future revisits to have at least removable droid domes? Thanks to Build-A-Droid, we now have lots of different droid dome molds available, so if they were interchangeable on those dedicated droid slots it would add considerable play and display value for kids and collectors alike while taking advantage of existing elements and decreasing manufacturing costs slightly (it's gotta be cheaper to just pop a peg into a hole than to screw a dome permanently into a ship).

ANSWER:  Interesting suggestion - we'll take that into account next time we look at updating those vehicles. Thanks!




FIGURES.COM

QUESTION:  When can fans expect to see other Droid types - besides the basic R2 and 3PO-type droids included now - in the Build-A-Droid series? Fans would love to see unique IG-units, Battle Droids, and more...

ANSWER:  They are coming soon, along with some other cool versions of the protocoland astromech droids. The next one up in Spring will be the HK-47 in the EpV wave, and there will be at least three more unique 6-piece droids coming in 2009. Stay tuned!


QUESTION:  With Star Wars crossing over into other Hasbro properties - like Transformers - when can fans expect to see Star Wars' My Little Pony and/or Littlest Pet Shop? Are there any other new crossover products scheduled for release soon?

ANSWER:  Interestingly, both of the mash-ups you mention have been presented internally at Hasbro. While there are some really cool concepts there, we don't think we'll be going this direction any time soon, and aside fromStar Wars Transformers there are no additional cross-overs currently planned.


QUESTION:  When can fans expect to see more "Shadow" related products? A full-size Shadow AT-AT - similar to the one released in the Titanium line - or other troopers or vehicles given the "Shadow" treatment would be great...

ANSWER:  Right now, there are no more concrete Shadow-themed figures or sets lined up, but it is a very cool theme that seems to really have a strong fan following. It's certainly possible that we'll be doing more in thefuture. The AT-AT would be much further down the list, though....we can think of several vehicles we'd want to see before that one.





To be continued.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2008, 07:01:22 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 02:02:35 AM »

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - Week of Dec 19th, 2008 - PART 2



GALACTIC HUNTER

QUESTION:  How soon might we expect to get the last two Seperatist characters: Tikkes and Rogwa Wodrata? Do they have a good chance of being made to complete this group soon, or are they pretty far down on your priority list? Am I being too optmistic in thinking that the headsculpt on the new Clone Wars Quarren Soldier was designed for potential re-use on Tikkes later on, or perhaps Senator Tundra Dowmeia or an upgraded Tessek from Jabba's Palace? — Shabby Blue, Parliamentary Procedural Specialist

ANSWER:  Hi again, Shabby Blue! At this point, we do not have any more Separatist personalities slotted into the lineup.They are at the top of our "parking lot" for consideration, but it will not be in the next couple of years. Eventually though, it's a virtual certainty we'll get them. As for the Quarren Soldier's head, we did not design it with Tikkes in mind... it's just that to us humans, all Quarren look remarkably similar. Tell that to Lord Maleval at your own risk....


QUESTION:  Hypothetically, if you were to release Jacen Solo (who could also become the Sith Lord Darth Caedus) and Jaina Solo in a particular carded wave next year, might Anakin Solo be released with them?  Does he have a much lesser chance of being made?

ANSWER:  Anakin Solo is certainly an important figure to do at some point when we have another EU-wave slotted into the lineup.  However, he would not be in the first wave we do.


QUESTION:  If you had to bet on one racer from the Boonta Eve Pod Race Challenge, who would you (the team) most like to see win?

ANSWER:  You just have to go with the Gran (Mahwonic). Three eyes should give him an advantage, right? Or does the extreme slipstream reek havoc with the eyestalks?


QUESTION:  How long are we going to have to wait to find out what this "unique" ROTJ Princess Leia is??? It's killing us!

ANSWER:  As for the interesting Princess Leia figure, you'll have to wait a bit longer…we probably won't have images until around Toy Fair timing (February).




HAN'S HIDEOUT

QUESTION:  Thanks for the info on the 2009 Legacy basic figure plan. Now that we know to plan for 54 new Legacy figures in 2009, how about a ballpark for the Clone Wars basic figures planned for 2009? Still in the 36-40 figure (6-8 waves) range for 2009?

ANSWER:  Yes, we are still in the 40+ basic figure range for Clone Wars.


QUESTION:  OK, the site is called "Han’s Hideout", so it should come as no surprise that we love to see new Han figures. One thing that we were pondering today is the apparent lack of Han Solo figures in the Comic Packs line. When are we going to get our hands on a sweet, sweet Marvel Star Wars # 15 Han Solo & Crimson Jack Comic Pack? Or how about a Marvel Star Wars # 28 Han Solo & 'Jabba the Hut' (you know, Marvel's non-slug looking Jabba) Comic Pack?

ANSWER:  Aside from Marvel # 3, with Han in Stormtrooper disguise, it's true that we haven't done any other Comic Pack Hans. One of the main reasons is that he seldom changes outfit, and that makes him much less interesting for that reason, as we try to come up with a new take on the core characters as one of the reasons for doing the pack. Luke, for example, has tremendous variety in the comics and that is why he tends to get more attention. The Marvel # 28 issue is something we have looked at and it's an interesting idea, but we just have not slotted that one into the lineup yet.


QUESTION:  A few weeks ago, you sent out pictures of a pair of upcoming TRU exclusive Clone Wars vehicles with pack-in figures (Hailfire Droid and V-Wing). Any update on when these are scheduled to appear on the shelves?

ANSWER:  They are scheduled to appear on-shelf around April next year. It's possible they could be out in March but April should be the latest.
 



IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS

QUESTION:  Will we be getting  Nute Gunray and Wat Tambor figures in the Clone Wars 3D line?

ANSWER:  Right now, there are no plans to do these figures in the Clone Wars line.


QUESTION:  What are the chances of a Bacta Tank General Grievous being released in a comic two pack from the Visionaries comic story The Eyes of Revolution, accompanied with say a new San Hill sculpt and a Nexu cub as an accessory?

ANSWER:  Very slim that we would do a transitional version of Grievous like that.  We have already done a pre-Cyborg Grievous which is a better figure choice, so if we ever did reprint that story, this figure would be a better choice to pair with someone.


QUESTION:  Is the Super Vulture Droid that's being released in the Clone Wars 3D line the same thing as the Hyena Droid Bomber?

ANSWER:  No, the Hyena Bomber Droid is a unique ship.  The "Super Vulture Droid" is a larger and more true-to-scale version of the Vulture Droid. We use the word "super" in this case to describe its size and function as compared to the original Vulture Droid.




JEDI INSIDER


QUESTION:  Is there any chance you will re-release the "Hunt for Grievous" Battle Pack? If no, what is the reason for not doing it with so many other Battle Packs getting re-released?

ANSWER:  We wanted to take it easy on too much of the prior Clone Wars Micro series figures from now on, the exception being Wave 2 of Legacy/Droid Factory, which were delayed from its original Spring date. We don't have the ability to release a ton of the prior Battle Packs, but as that one was very popular, it's possible we could get Lucasfilm's permission to re-release sometime.


QUESTION:  Any chance of Darth Revan and Darth Malak being re-released, maybe as a comic pack or paired with a third figure such as Bastila Shan for a new Evolutions set?

ANSWER:  Re-releasing these two is something we have considered. If we do it, it probably won't be as a comic pack, or as an Evolution pack, since this doesn't really fit with that theming. We are looking for another avenue to get them out, but it may not be until 2010 at this point.


QUESTION:  Images of new Battlefront II Battle Packs surfaced recently. Can you tell us how, when and where these sets will be released?

ANSWER:  The sets are the *exact* same as the two sets previously released - clones and battle droids - only updated to the new blue & white line look. They will both be out at Toys 'R Us in early Spring - perhaps February or earlier.





To be continued.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2008, 07:01:51 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2008, 02:23:50 AM »

JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DEC 19th, 2008 - PART 3



JEDI NEWS


QUESTION:  A lot of collectors no doubt have a list of figures / vehicles / playsets / creatures etc. that they would love to see made, but is there anything on your own personal lists of wanted items that a) you know will be made and you can reveal to us and b) you can say categorically, is never going to see the light of day?

ANSWER:  Very soon (mid-February) we will be revealing much more about what is coming next year and are going to hold that information until Toy Fare. Please trust us when we say it is going to be a fantastic year for kids and fans alike.

As for what won't get made, that is a lot easier unfortunately.  One vehicle we would really love to see is the Sail Barge, but the chances of this vehicle ever seeing the light of day are extraordinarily slim.  We can dream, though!  Another one would be a real Krayt Dragon, a virtual impossibility given its massive size.  Even doing a skeleton as a background scenic element is daunting from a costing standpoint (and trust us, we've looked!).  So those are a couple things right there that would be very cool, but will likely never happen.


QUESTION:  You mentioned recently that a Galactic Heroes Snowspeeder is in the pipeline, and with that in mind, can you share an image of what the new 2009 Galactic Heroes Snowspeeder will look like and tell us what figure(s) it will come packaged with?  Can you also advise what the likely date for UK availability will be?

ANSWER:  Here you go [The picture was not attached but we're chasing it].  This should give you a good idea of how cool this one will be.  We do not know yet when it will be exactly available in the UK, but our expectation is around April or May.


QUESTION:  There are lots of new characters coming out of The Clone Wars, but in particular I would like to know if Hasbro will be releasing a Senate Commando figure (the blue armoured variant of the Senate Guard)?  If so, how likely are we to see a red variant as an "off camera" Red Guard Commando?

ANSWER:  Yes indeed, we will be releasing a blue guard next year in the Clone Wars basic figure lineup.  No plan for a red version yet, but if it shows up in the animation it's a good bet we'll follow.





JEDIDEFENDER

QUESTION:  Expanded Universe waves of figures have come into vogue it seems, and while 2007 saw a mix/match wave of EU figures, the 2008 wave of Clone Wars 2D figures has me wondering if the next EU wave we could get will be a mix of characters from various sources, or if it will be a specific source that all the figures come from (IE: all Knights of the Old Republic characters hypothetically). Do you happen to have any information you could share on that, and the thought process that goes into the EU picking for a single wave?

ANSWER:  Yes, we can confirm that there will be six figures in that wave, and they will be drawn from various sources. This wave is comprised of some pretty high-demand figures from top-to-bottom, and we are confident that when we do release the details they will be *very* well-received. Right now, this wave is slotted in for very late 2009/early 2010 if the current schedule holds. Right after that, we will have a dedicated wave of The Force Unleashed figures.


QUESTION:  With the awesome Yavin IV scramble pack coming, is there a chance the sled from it could get re-used for an Echo Base scramble pack in the future as well? I'm pretty sure a large segment of collectors wouldn't mind that at all!

ANSWER:  Alas, the transports are pretty different. It's unlikely we'll get to a set like this for Hoth, even though it is one we want to do some day, perhaps as an exclusive if we are able to get it to the right price point.


QUESTION:  Last year's "Ultimate Battle Pack" for Hoth featured the incredibly cool and large Hoth Turret. It makes me wonder though, will this item will ever make a re-release somehow, as the UBP was pretty pricey to pick up multiples? I can't really think of how off-hand, but I know I'd love a crack at more of this cool piece at a lower price if I could get them, as it's probably one of my favorite larger pieces in the collection.

ANSWER:  We are looking at a possible re-use of this one, but right now it's not confirmed. It remains a strong possibility for down the road.




MOUSEDROID


QUESTION:  After this year of collecting I have been introduced to the Mighty Mugg. These are very cool toys. My question is will we see the likes of Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin etc from the prequel movies. Also will we ever get more EU ones as I expect the new Darth Revan MM to be extremely popular especially here in Australia. A lot of Forums are already asking for a Darth Malak to go with him but a Quinlin Voss or Master K'Kruhk would also be very, very welcomed.

Can you please shed a little on future ideas for these cool figures? Also, due to the limitation of the one basic shape, have you had any thoughts about releasing a new design, i.e. Mighty Muggs Version 2.0?

ANSWER:  The characters you cite are cool choices, but we don't have any of them planned into the lineup yet. As for a version 2.0, we plan to stick with the current silhouette, but noting that there are a few subtle changes here and there (such as a the "robe" lower torso, smaller statured figures such as Yoda and Teebo, and different head add-ons.).


QUESTION:  The surprise announcement last round on Mousedroid of a twin pack featuring Coleman Trebor got me thinking. Rather than do items like Build-a-Droid, Comic or Order 66 packs, could you make twin packs into build a scene? That is, make a wave have inclusions or bases that join together to create a scene. e.g. Coleman facing off a droid, Secura with Super Battledroid, etc, etc, etc and the entire wave joining together to form part of the Geonosis Arena.

ANSWER:  We believe that your suggestion would not be more appealing to most fans than the current figure-focused strategy, and in our experience playsets struggle in terms of appeal versus figures and vehicles. In addition, the cost of the parts to make any significant kind of base would either be too expensive, or would require too many parts to be reasonably attainable if we attempted to make a "must have" scene. Instead, we'll stick to the strong theming and figural focus for our special multi-pack series.


QUESTION:  Next year it is rumored that we will be getting four concept figures from four different artists. Can you please confirm if we will be getting Plo Koon from Jun? Also is there any chance of more concept figures in 2010 and beyond scattered through a series like 2007's TAC? These were all very, very cool figures which would be fantastic to get more as some of the ideas are great for favorite characters.

ANSWER:  Plo Koon is not among the figures selected for the concept series. It's unlikely to return in 2010, although it will be an area that we periodically look toward if we feel there is a strong concept or sub-collection that we can create.





RAVING TOY MANIAC

QUESTION:  Do the same factories that produce Star Wars produce GI Joes, too? If not, when can they start? Smiley I ask because soft goods jackets, detail, etc can be applied to Joes and Cobras, and vice versa with articulation, and that would be a nice cross-pollination of toy concepts.

ANSWER:  The GI Joe team may be looking to achieve a certain aesthetic for their figures, and soft goods may or may not play a role in that. That's a better question for their team, as we don't comment on other brands' efforts... just our own. However, the materials selected are due to design, and not any particular factory's expertise.


QUESTION:  What is the policy on creating figures based on "no-named" characters? Is it possible for us to get an generic "Imperial Commander" or a "Rebel Hoth Trooper" that isn't based directly on a named character? Or does Hasbro feel that the fans need the name? I'm looking forward to getting Lt. Renz, but I'd hate to think that he's going to be the only black-tunic'd officer representative in my Imperial army.

ANSWER:  Our preference is to make generic troopers whenever possible, especially when they are the rank and file troops. The Rebel Hoth Trooper coming next year, for instance, will be generic. It's a little trickier when it comes to commanders (both Rebel and Imperial) since they are individuals, and we prefer to give them names when they have unique personas. Since there are so many "unmade" commanders still, or commanders that need to be upgraded, we prefer to stay in this vein for a while rather than go the "generic" commander route.


QUESTION:  The decision to make the latest B-Wing with squadron colors from the Rebellion comic series threw many for a loop. At a time where the design team seems to be having some fun with designs, is it possible to see some fun repaints of older vehicles? I for one would love to see Wedge's X-Wing in his Bacta War paint job.

ANSWER:  What can we say - we loved the collaboration with Dark Horse that resulted in the creation of the Dagger Squadron and the very cool "origin" story for the B-Wing. As for Wedge's X-Wing, we would likely do his iconic EpIV X-Wing first.




To be continued.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2008, 07:02:25 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2008, 02:30:05 PM »

JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DEC 19th, 2008 - PART 4



REBELSCUM

QUESTION:  As we know, Hasbro is always trying to come up with new versions of the main characters, so have you ever decided to look at the EU and some of the "younger" depictions of these guys? Such as Han and Lando from Star Wars Tales, Leia from Force unleashed and Tales, Obi-wan from "Jedi Quest" Luke from "Luke Skywalker's Walkabout" and even younger versions of Jango and Dooku from "Open Seasons"?
I'd love a Lando without the 'stache, as seen in the New Essential Chronology...

ANSWER:  What we look for first are unproduced versions or potential significant upgrades to core characters from the films or from the same time frame in the EU. The target here is really kids, to give the waves some key character strength. We have looked at all of these versions. Of the list you cite, Jango would be a definite candidate someday, and possibly Dooku, but we would probably not pursue the rest since they are a little too far from what we need for recognizeability..


QUESTION:  Since the TFU wave in addition to other various released figures proved that Video Game based figures sell well does it mean there's is a very good chance of seeing more like Atris, Bao-Dur, Bastila Shan, Blaze Trooper, Cin Drallig, Clone Assassin, Jolee Bindo, Juhani, Mission Vao, Selkath, Serra Keto, or Visas Marr?

ANSWER: Some of those characters are certainly possibilities. The EpIII ones, in particular, are interesting candidates since they are versions of Clones.  As for the rest, Bastila Shan and Cin Drallig are highly probable over the next couple of years. As for the rest, we may have to wait and see...if we do another fans' vote, we may look to the overall results to see what game characters bubble to the top of the request list. We know we aren't going to have that many extra slots to devote to game characters, so we need to make sure that we select the best, especially for older games.


QUESTION:  Can you give us any info on the theme of the new two-packs next year that will be replacing the Order 66 two-packs? Can we expect to see Coleman Trebor (recently an early photo surfaced showing what appears to be a new version of this figure) in this two pack line, or will he be in the Wal-Mart Droid Factory two packs? Will he be paired up with the Geonosis Battle Droid Commander?

ANSWER:  Coleman Trebor is indeed in the new 2-pack series lined up to replace Order 66. It is not the Wal-Mart Droid Factory packs, but another theme. We don't want to give away the theming just yet, but we can't wait to show more around Toy Fair timing.




SANDTROOPERS

QUESTION:  One vehicle that is getting quite a bit of screen time in the new Clone Wars series is Padme Amidala's Naboo yacht. This vehicle is pretty important in the Prequels, bringing Padme and Anakin to Geonosis, taking Padme and Yoda to Ilum, and now being pretty prominent in the last Malevolence episode and on Rodia. This ship isn't really that big, about the size of the Sith Infiltrator toy, and could easily retail for $20. All it would consist of would be the cockpit and boarding ramp really. What are the chances of this happening?

ANSWER:  Virtually none.  We are pursuing some great new vehicles, but they are more aggressive vehicles central to the battles in Clone Wars. The Yacht is, as yet, too passive for us to consider.
 

QUESTION:  By now I'm sure you've seen some of the many talented people out in cyberspace that make custom figures, whether it be simple repaints (which I'm sure you're verrry familiar with) or actual sculpted from scratch action figures. My question is this: how would one go about applying to a position with Hasbro to help make toys? What type of education/degree would one need? And then, how would someone actually go about applying? Bring a portfolio of work to a convention that Hasbro attends? Send an email to a particular person at Hasbro HQ?

ANSWER:  Hasbro is always looking for talented sculptors and designers.  The main criteria for consideration is having an industrial design education.  All of our designers and sculptors have this key background, since beyond the ability to draw or sculpt they are called upon to problem solve for incorporating and designing features, different materials, achieving costing targets, manufacturability, and the like.  There are numerous great educational institutions out there, many of which have co-op programs with Hasbro, and we encourage folks serious about being in the toy industry to seek out the education needed and then come talk to us at the appropriate point.
 

QUESTION:  What's the possibility of a Naboo Queen Evolution Set with Queen Apilana Queen Jamillia and a new Queen Amidala figure, or just the first two being released?

ANSWER:  After the last three Evolutions sets next Summer, the line will be put on hiatus and we do not know when/if it will be back.  It is a popular format, so we don't rule out its return some day.  If it does return, the pack you mentioned is a very interesting one.  It might also be likely that we get to the Queens before then.  If we do, Jamillia would be the first and most important one to do.




SIR STEVE'S GUIDE

QUESTION:  In the Comic-Con presentation, the Clone Wars Magnaguard was shown to include an alternate, cloak-wearing head. Now that carded images have shown up, it appears as though this extra head is not included. Is it actually included and just hidden behind the insert, or is it another case of an accessory being taken out due to cost? If it is the latter, then can we expect a variant down the road?

ANSWER:  We had originally planned to do the cloaked version first (with the sculpted cloak head), but cost pressures forced us to go forward with just the one mode. We hope to be able to do the version with the cloak in 2010.


QUESTION:  Assuming you do decide to make the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, which last you told us was likely since it is in the Clone Wars cartoon, would it have a cockpit and working treads? What other features would you put into it?

ANSWER:  To do this vehicle in the Starfighter Vehicle assortment, which is the most likely place it would go if we did green light it someday, we would not be able to solve all the demands of size, features, inside figure capacity, and treads without making strategic choices to be able to afford it. We would probably not design working treads, but would make sure that we can fit a couple figures inside while maintaining the overall aesthetic of the vehicle and looking for features to add elsewhere (like missiles for example).


QUESTION:  With the upcoming Wioslea figure, we have another Jedi-style outfit with soft-goods cloth robe and "skirt", but the upper tunic remains sculpted to the torso and thus doesn't match the color or design of the "skirt" that is supposed to continue the tunic. Don't get us wrong, Wioslea's outer robe looks far better than the oversized VOTC Obi-Wan's robe, soft-goods cloth does have its place in the line. But for matching the "skirt" to the top half of tunic, have you ever considered doing a figure with the tunic entirely as soft-goods? Would you consider doing a major super-articulated Jedi figure with a cloth tunic this way?

ANSWER:  We have looked at this, and even done it occasionally on figures such as the Evolutions and Order 66 Anakins. We have generally found that the upper torso is much more problematic for getting the exact aesthetic that we are trying for. Aside from robes, which are deliberately bulky, any kind of more form-fitting shirt or top will come out bulkier and will potentially be a distraction on a 3-3/4" figure. That is not a problem for the lower torso, where we can anchor the top at the waist, and the straight drape hugs the legs and looks natural. We may still occasionally look for this approach, but we don't anticipate it will be a bigger focus for us.




SW ACTION NEWS

QUESTION:  What is the initial read on the success of the AT-TE and Falcon? Has the sell-through met expectations? And with the release of the Costco exclusive AT-TE, can you tell us specifically which figures (by number, i.e. Clone Wars figure #7, etc) have been repacked in that set, and if there are any new figures (repaints or new molds) exclusive to that set?

ANSWER:  There are no unique figures in that set, just repacks.  In addition to the Clone that is packed exclusively with the AT-TE, it also includes Obi-Wan, Grievous, two Clone Troopers, and two Battle Droids.  It is still too early to tell regarding the higher-priced vehicles to know if we will be pursuing another next year.  If we do have an announcement, it would not be until February at Toy Fair. 

 
QUESTION:  With the economy being in a slump and a slow down in consumer spending and the price of oil dropping per barrel how does this affect Hasbro with the production, pricing, and release of action figures? Will we continue to see the large quantities of figures release per year (60+) that seems to have been the norm since 2006, or will we see the amount of releases/waves/number of products contracting? A lot of collectors are watching their wallets and would hate to have to miss out or have to keep up with a deluge of product in these financially uncertain times.

ANSWER:  We do plan to pull back a little bit in the number of new figures next year in the Legacy Collection/Droid Factory, if only because it's been our experience that 60 is just too many for our system to handle when so many are substantially new.  We would rather get further ahead in our development so we can count on our schedules rather than try to put too much in.  That said, our ideal count would be about 8 waves a year, with 6-8 figures per wave...next year, by latest count, there will be about 54 figures available in Legacy/Droid Factory.  There will be an additional 40+ figures be in Clone Wars. Comic 2-Pack count will remain unchanged with about 12 new ones. As for how the macroeconomic issues are affecting Hasbro and Star Wars in particular, those are details that we simply do not discuss in the Q&A as it reveals financial details that are proprietary and could impact the investment community's opinion of Hasbro one way or the other. 

 
QUESTION:  The Mighty Muggs seem to have turned out to be a popular take on the urban vinyl meets Star Wars. There seem to be quite a few that are must haves such as Lando with his winning smile. One thing that had me slightly disappointed was the lack of a weapon to go with the Return of the Jedi version of Boba Fett. If Boba was to be revisited in his Empire attire, would it be possible to include two guns so one can be given to his RotJ brother? Boba needs his signature blaster and other Muggs like Jango and Grevious came with multiple weapons. Alternatively would it be possible to have an online/exclusive accessory set? Something to contain extra light sabers or other add on pieces like pilot gear, cloaks, and extra blasters for the characters that have no weapons or could use more armaments like clones?

ANSWER:  Yeah, we definitely made a mistake by not including a weapon with Boba.  At the time, it came down a costing decision, and in hindsight we should have tooled one up to include.  As for future versions, we don't have another Boba slotted in at this point, but if we do, your suggestion is a good one.  We don't have any plans to offer accessory packs.





To be continued.
« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 05:41:58 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008, 06:39:20 PM »

JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DEC 19th, 2008 - PART 5



SW COLLECTOR


QUESTION:  Any movement yet towards new product designs for the Force FX lightsaber line?

ANSWER:  We are not ready to reveal any new designs yet, since we still have a long way to go to get to our goals for the first series. When we feel that we have retailer and consumer support in place we will start releasing info on the new designs.


QUESTION:  The light-pipe eyes on The Clone Wars C-3PO are quite striking. Could we see this feature in a future movie-styled Threepio figure?

ANSWER:  It is a very cool feature. There's a good possibility we will look at that for the Legacy collection at some point as well, even though it's not currently slated for any Legacy figure.


QUESTION:  The Force Unleashed game seems to have generated some renewed interest in Shadows of the Empire, because of their similar "bridging" themes. With a new comic pack already out, can we expect anything else from SOTE down the line, such as a Guri or a new Dash Rendar figure?

ANSWER:  Guri and Dash are at the top of our own wish lists, having recently re-read all of the early EU comic series (Dark Empire, Heir to the Empire, Shadows) ourselves for the same reasons you suggested. We do feel very confident that we'll get to the both of them either separately or together, in the next couple of years.




THE JAWA


QUESTION:  With oil being so much cheaper of late (under $50 a barrel) will Hasbro forgo it's decision to include only four figures per battlepack and return to including fifth figure?

ANSWER:  There are many factors, not just the price of commodities, that affect what we include in packs (labor, packaging, cube size, and pricing are all critical elements).  Suffice it to say Value is an important attribute of Battle Packs, and we try and include as much as possible to be as appealing as possible.


QUESTION:  Any chance of seeing a figure made of the Droid Commando or any of the other "new" Battle Droids that were recently featured in the Clone Wars series?

ANSWER:  Certainly….the Droid Commando and several other cool new droids will be coming in the Clone Wars basic figure lineup next year, in addition to a few other formats as well (Battle Packs, etc).  Stay tuned!


QUESTION:  The RotS 2-1B figure was one of the most out-of-scale in Hasbro's history: it was far too small and I noticed a few collectors saying that they would only buy it when it went on clearance because the tiny size didn't justify buying it at regular retail price (I skipped it entirely). What happened here?  You've mentioned in the past that sometimes a figure turns out smaller due to issues with the material or the tooling, but this one seemed too tiny for it to be just error.  Was it cost-saving due to higher plastic costs?  And can you promise us that an eventual TESB 2-1B will be correctly scaled?

ANSWER:  It might appear small because of the vintage one we all know and love, but it's actually accurate. We designed 2-1B to the height standards for the 2-1B series droids relative to all other figures, or roughly about the same size as Leia and shorter than Luke.




YAKFACE

QUESTION:  Will you be updating the Stormtrooper mold in 2009/2010 to include the new style blaster holster utilized on the new Han and Luke Stormtrooper figures? Also, are there plans to upgrade the stormtrooper to give it the new ball wrist and hip joints like the Commander Gree has from TAC 2008?

ANSWER:  We will be updating the Stormtrooper to include the new belt later in 2009. As for a new ball wrist and hip joints for the classic Stormie, that's under consideration for further down the road.


QUESTION:  Dear Hasbro, you've done an outstanding job in giving us new takes on previously release figures in terms of sculpt, detailing and accessories. One figure (or series of figures) that have yet to receive today's level of modernizing are the Bith. Can we expect to see an all new Cantina Band Member released in the Fall 2009 EIV wave?

ANSWER:  We don't have any plans to update the Cantina band any time soon (having just released updates in 2007). Eventually, with time, we are certain that we will get to them, but it won't be in 2009/2010.


QUESTION:  Now that we have a better sculpted Ep3 Clone Pilot in the Evolution line, when can we expect to see named pilots such as Oddball and Capt. Jag' Gakaar from Ep3 in the Legacy Collection as I have a few Republic Gun Ships and ARC-170s with no crew members? Also on the topic of Clone Pilots do you have any plans to release or re-release the Ep2 Clone Pilot any time soon in the legacy or Saga Legends collection? The 2002 Saga version is becoming impossible to find anywhere thesedays at a fair common sense price.

ANSWER:  Eventually, we do hope to get the EpIII pilots (especially Jag) out there in quality bodies. The EpII pilot, from the Evolution packs, will be out as a "greatest hits" sub line figure in the Legacy/Droid Factory waves, starting with the EpII wave next Spring. Oddball and Jag have yet to be slotted into the mainline or exclusive lineup, but given time there is no doubt they will be.




YODA'S NEWS

QUESTION:  Are we going to see more Galactic Heroes based off the Clone Wars line (specifically from the new Animated Series). And if so, will we also see some sets specific to certain episodes and adventures?

ANSWER:  Yes, in fact most of our upcoming Galactic Heroes 2-packs will be based on the new characters from the animated Clone Wars series. We will also look for inspiration for Cinema Scenes sets as well, such as the currently available Obi-Wan with Starfighter.


QUESTION:  Again related to the GH line. Many children (and collectors) enjoy army building with these little guys as well, any chance we will see 4 packs if solid clone and solid battle droids in the future?

ANSWER:  We do not have a 4-pack format available in the Galactic Heroes. Instead, we are sticking to the bread and butter 2-packs and Cinema Scenes, which have been a big hit. We occasionally do troop-oriented packs in both assortments, and will continue to look to these options to round out the line.


QUESTION:  In keeping with the GH theme, can GH fans look forward to any type of mail away offer for the line (like the Indiana Jones on Horse one this past summer)? I think it would be well received with younger fans who may not have yet had the chance at a "mail away" offer as well as collector friendly.

ANSWER:  We don't have any plans to do a mail-in for Galactic Heroes. While the GH line has a lot of adult fans, kids remain the primary recipient. As such, they do not have a great response to mail-in offers. The IJ Adventure Heroes offer had, by a pretty wide margin, the least interest of the three mail-in offers. Therefore we'll keep the Star Wars offers in the 3-3/4" line to give the most folks possible the chance to participate.




Please keep checking back as more sites continue to file their Hasbro Q&A sessions.


Want to discuss the latest news from Hasbro from the Q&A process?  Head into OUR FORUMS and speak your piece!
« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 05:42:35 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2008, 07:03:42 PM »

JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DEC 19th, 2008 - THE INDIANA JONES REPORT


INDIANA JONES COLLECTORS

QUESTION:  Hasbsro wrote IndianaJonescollectors.com not so long ago that Hasbro had the plan to release in 2009; a special re-release line for  Indiana Jones with their latest 'Raiders of the lost Ark' figures on  the Kenner cards that were made in 1982 (with the large photo of the particular character on the card). Unfortunately the "death" of the  Indiana Jones Line is coming at the end of the year. Is there still a  change that Hasbro will release this special line?  Hasbro has already the 'Raiders of the lost ark' figures and perhaps also still the 1982  'Kenner' cards.

ANSWER:  He was planned to be in a later wave in 2009, not in the wave that  was shown. The IJ line has been put on hiatus. Beyond the Temple of Doom line, there will be no more lines produced unless a fifth movie happens.


QUESTION:  We saw on the Internet, the Hasbro 'Raiders of the lost ark' Cargo Truck in a different box; from the Cairo scene. Will Hasbro  release this other version of the Cargo Truck?

ANSWER:  There are two versions of the Cargo Truck; the original version with the hard top, and a newly released one with a cloth rear cargo compartment top. This might be the one you are referring to. Due to sparse distribution on the last waves of IJ, it will be difficult to find the last issues (Temple of Doom basic figures, the last 12" figures, and the Cargo Truck, among others) at mass retailers. The product might eventually find its way to retail at Toys 'R Us, from Internet retailers, or at smaller specially chains.




Keep checking back for more Q&A sessions as they're posted.


« Last Edit: December 22, 2008, 07:49:03 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008, 07:49:28 PM »

UPDATED!  Three sites added
Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Gold 5
War Room Staff
Jedi Council Member
*****

Karma: +25/-1
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1682


Stay on target!


« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2009, 05:35:26 PM »

Hasbro posts their OFFICIAL Q&A ROUNDUP.


Adding the following sites to the roundup:

SW ACTION NEWS

And there's now an image of the Galactic Heroes Snowspeeder as requested by JEDI NEWS...


« Last Edit: January 05, 2009, 05:39:14 PM by Gold 5 » Logged

Stabilize your rear deflectors.  Watch for enemy fighters.
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Themes


Permanent?
TinyPortal v1.0 beta 4 © Bloc