HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF JANUARY 30th, 2009
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 - THE FORCE UNLEASHED SHAAK TI - NOT IN THE FORCE UNLEASHED FIGURE WAVE!JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
The news of the 2010 Force Unleashed wave is very exciting indeed. With that news come all sorts of questions. First, will the TFU Shaak Ti that we've heard about move to this wave from the previously announced Expanded Universe wave? And what characters from the Force Unleashed are on the Star Wars team's wishlists? ANSWER:
Shaak Ti will stay in her wave, which is the EU wave slotted in prior to the TFU wave. There are a bunch of figures on our wish list, which is now moving into the sculpting stage, but we're going to keep the exact contents of this wave close to the vest. We have to have *something* to talk about in Spring 2010!GOLD 5: Shaak Ti stays put in the EU wave that is slated for later this year. The rest of the TFU wave is still TBD.
HEADLINE - BG-J38 ON THE WAY VIA THE DROID FACTORY!BANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
8d8 from Jabba’s palace shares a body with BGJ-38. Any chance these two will make it into the build-a-droid line?ANSWER:
BG-J38 *will* be coming as a buildable droid Factory figure in early 2010.GOLD 5: BG-J38 has long been on fan wishlists as one of their choices from Jabba the Hutt's droid dungeon. Check out a BG-J38's WOOKIEEPEDIA PAGE for images from RETURN OF THE JEDI.
HEADLINE - TWO NEW PADME AMIDALA'S IN THE PIPELINE!GALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
You've said that there probably won't be a second Padmé Evolution set in 2009 [or any as of this e-mail], but can we still expect at least one more non-animated realistic Padmé next year in addition to the animated Padmé in her white outfit that has already been revealed? Also on the subject of animated Padmé, is there a good chance of eventually getting Padmé in her Leia-esque battle uniform from the 4th episode of the series Clone Wars: Destroy Malevolence plot? It seems to be prominently featured on various Clone Wars books and advertising, so it deserves as much attention as the standard white bodysuit version you are already releasing.ANSWER:
Shabby Blue - this is your lucky day. We can confirm that there will indeed be a new Queen Amidala figure in the Episode I wave this year. As for Clone Wars Padmé, we will be releasing her in her "adventure" gear. Stay tuned!GOLD 5: Hasbro goes light on details, but they confirm another character from the LEGACY COLLECTION's EPISODE I wave in the form of a new Queen Amidala. And they confirm a CLONE WARS Padme in the process as well. Keep checking back for more news as it develops.
HEADLINE - NEW GAMORREAN GUARD IN THE WORKSGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
Two figures that haven't received the newer, fresher Hasbro update are Oola and the Gammorean Guard. We've heard that both have been at some phase of development, but how likely are we to see them in the near future? (Or how close are they to getting out of the "parking lot"?)ANSWER:
Oola is not in the works to be updated, but we think she is almost a certainty as the farther-but years unfold. She has been on several lists, but has been one of the last cuts each time. The Gammorean Guard will be updated within the next two years.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms that a new Gammorean Guard is in the works, but it might be a ways off. Hasbro says "within the next two years", which leaves things somewhat open.
HEADLINE - HAN SOLO ON TAP FOR '09 WAVE 5 (A NEW HOPE) HAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
Based on what you told us last time, we won't hold our breath waiting for our Han Solo with yellow space goggles from Marvel Star Wars # 15 (though we all know it'd rock). As Han Solo fans, what should we hold our breath waiting for in the coming year? With no new Bespin Han planned until 2010 and a new Carbonite Han not in our immediate future, is Stormtrooper Han really the only new Han figure we'll see in 2009?ANSWER:
There will be on additional version of Han later this year in the EpIV basic figure wave. After that, the next one up will be in later 2010.GOLD 5: Hasbro does not offer great detail in this particular answer. Based on the way Hasbro responded, it could lead one to speculate that this may be a refresh or carry-forward version of Han Solo. And considering this will be in a wave of A NEW HOPE figures there are many who might hope for a refresh of the Vintage OTC Han Solo. But stay tuned for more news on this front as the story develops.
HEADLINE - OT EXCLUSIVE VEHICLES ON TAP FOR LATE '09IMPERIAL SHIPYARDSQUESTION:
I would like to know if there are any OTC ships (especially TESB) planned for Legacy this coming year?ANSWER:
There are no new brand-new OTC ships scheduled for '09, but there are going to be some dynamite exclusive versions of classic vehicles if the schedules hold. We'll have more information on those at Comic Con.GOLD 5: Hasbro doesn't let any details slip here. But they seem to be setting the stage already for some interesting exclusive OT vehicles for the fall of 2009.
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS FIREFIGHTER BATTLE DROID CONFIRMEDIMPERIAL SHIPYARDSQUESTION:
Do you have any plans to release the Firefighter Battle Droid from the Destroy Malevolence episode of Clone Wars in the Clone Wars 3D line?ANSWER:
Yes indeed he will be coming, but likely not before the end of this year.GOLD 5: This question pertains to the Firefighting Battle Droids that were featured in the CLONE WARS episode "Destroy Malevolence". Hasbro remains mum on whether this droid will be part of the Basic Figure line or part of the upcoming deluxe figure line.
HEADLINE - NAHDAR VEBB NOT ON TAP FOR A FIGURERAVING TOY MANIACSQUESTION:
Will we see a figure of the Clone Wars Mon Calamari Jedi, Nahdarr Vebb?ANSWER:
There is no Nahdarr Vebb figure planned.GOLD 5: This is disappointing news to some fans of the Clone Wars series. NAHDAR VEBB made his one and only appearance in the CLONE WARS episode "Lair Of Grievous", and that episode has had some of the most significant fan acclaim. This seems to be an indication that while Hasbro will be making a significant number of figures from the CLONE WARS animated series, there are some one episode wonder characters that may fall by the wayside when it comes to making figures for a television series of up to 100 episodes.
HEADLINE - EPISODE I POD RACER WILL BE A SINGLE PACKED FIGUREREBELSCUMQUESTION:
It's already been revealed that there will be a Podracer pilot in the Episode I wave in 2009. Will this be a 2-pack, or will we see a single figure release?ANSWER:
It will be a single figure release. We would like to be able to do multi-figure packs, but it all comes down to what we can manage to get into the lineup based on costing, etc.GOLD 5: There are no indications from Hasbro's response on the identity of the new pod racer. However, the remaining pilots from the Boonta Eve classic that have yet to be made into figures include:
-Ark "Bumpy" Roose
Rumor mongering around the collecting community is leaning towards the Gran, Mawhonic. He seems a likely candidate since he gets a fair ammount of screen time. And Hasbro seems to have recently ruled out Ben Quadrinaros.
HEADLINE - BOM VIMDIM SCHEDULED FOR LATE 2010 RELEASESANDTROOPERSQUESTION:
This coming wave of New Hope figures have given us, the fans, 4 more Mos Eisley/Cantina aliens, and Kudos to you because I always wondered what Dice Ibegon would look like with a body. We have Trinto, Dice, Pons (Brainiac) and Wioslea, but we are missing ONE last crucial alien for the cantina. I am of course referring to BOM VIMDIM. Wheres the figure love for are favorite horned patron?ANSWER:
There are a couple more significant Cantina aliens coming this Fall, but Bom won't be among them. Right now, we think you can look for him near the end of 2010 as long as things stay on schedule.GOLD 5: Bom Vimdim is one of the few VERY recognizable Mos Eisley cantina aliens that has not been made into a figure. This news will no doubt be welcomed by cantina alien fans, and indicates that there should be an associated EPISODE 4 wave of figures on tap for late 2010.
***No word on whether or not Bom Vimdim will be in his A NEW HOPE gear or his Holiday Special duds!
HEADLINE - 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PHANTOM MENACE TO BE COMMEMORATED BY HASBROSIR STEVE'S GUIDEQUESTION:
2008 marked the 25th anniversary of ROTJ, however there was no fanfare, no commemorative figure sets, no special packaging, nothing from Hasbro mentioning the milestone. Is there a reason it got snubbed while ANH has enjoyed Hasbro products for both its 25th and 30th anniversary? Will 2009 pass without anything celebratory of the TPM 10th anniversary? What about ESB's 30th anniversary the year after? Judging by some of your Q&A answers over the last 6 months, it seems like there's thinking about maybe doing some cool ESB stuff in 2010 - like a Tauntaun, e-web cannon, Bespin Han, and Boba Fett - are those hints suggesting ESB 30th anniversary special stuff?ANSWER:
2008 was the year of Clone Wars and our focus was geared toward that as the big new story, with a portion of the very big spotlight being shared with the Millennium Falcon launch. The main story for both 2009 and 2010 will be the second and third seasons of Clone Wars, respectively, but it does not mean that the spotlight can't be shared to some extent. In 2009, there will be a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of EpI, small but significant, and details for that should be released at Toy Fair. For 2010, we are still looking at whether there is a program for the 30th Anniversary of EpV, but nothing is concrete right now. GOLD 5: Keep checking back for news from Toy Fair about how Hasbro plans to commemorate the 10th Anniversary celebration of STAR WARS EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE.
HEADLINE - EVOLUTION OF THE COMMANDOS LINEUP REVEALEDTHE PRIVATE UNIVERSEQUESTION:
You have released details for the 2nd Imperial Pilots and 3rd Rebel Pilots Evolution sets. Can you tell us the other 2 figures which will be included with Fi in the Commandos set?ANSWER:
The other figures are Alpha-17 (aka Alpha) in red armor and an Imperial Shadow Commando. We did not modify the torso or head, using the existing Commando body.GOLD 5: Hasbro had previously confirmed Republic Commando Fi in an earlier Q&A session, and this week they fill out the lineup with Alpha-17 and an Imperial Shadow Commando. Speculation has to abound if the Shadow Commando will actually be what we know as the Storm Commando. Nevertheless, we should have more information about this Evolutions lineup from Toy Fair.
HEADLINE - NEW CLONE WARS GRIEVOUS ON TAPYAKFACEQUESTION:
The recent "Lair of Grievous" Clone Wars episode seemed to beg this question – Are there any plans for a Battle Damaged General Grievous in the Clone Wars Line complete with removable legs and battle damaged face plate? ANSWER:
We will be updating our Grievous sculpt for 2009 with some cool new touches….you just may like what you see. Stay tuned!GOLD 5: Hasbro drops a veiled hint here. Stay tuned for what may be a tie-in to the popular "Lair Of Grievous" episode.
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS SUPER BATTLE DROID WITH CANNON ARM INCOMINGYAKFACEQUESTION:
Due to their prominence in the series, can we expect to receive a Clone Wars Super Battle Droid version that incorporates the large cannon-like arm in 2009? ANSWER:
Yes, yes indeed.GOLD 5: This figure had been the source of some speculation as there has been a Super Battle Droid listed on some retail rumor lists. Hasbro confirms it in this session.
HEADLINE - UPCOMING CLONE WARS FIGURESYODA'S NEWSQUESTION:
We have along wish list for figures from Clone Wars, to name a few Clone Trooper (scouts on Teth, from the movie) , Senate Security Clone Trooper (with pauldron, from Ambush), Nahdar Vebb, Jabba the Hutt's protocol droid, Clone Trooper (in Star Destroyer uniform), Senate Security Guard (from Cloak of Darkness), Nute Gunray, Toydarian king, and guards, Jabba's aliens (Weequay and Nikto), Trandoshan Trader (from Downfall of a Droid), Commander Gree, Lok Durd, Cad Bane and Twi'lek civilian! Make our Holiday and let us know which ones we will see in 2009 and share any pictures you may have!ANSWER:
The good news for you is that with the staggering success of Clone Wars that we have a great lineup of basic figures and other formats (Battle Packs, etc) lined up for 2009. Many of the figures you have asked about are in the mix, although not all. The reality is that with so many characters coming fast and furious in various episodes, there is just no possibility of getting to everyone, but we are doing our best to get to the important ones who appear across episodes. That means some characters who only appear once, like Nahdarr Vebb or background characters, stand a very low likelihood of getting a figure. Given time though we are satisfied that you will love the rich Clone Wars lineup. We won't be releasing any images this close to Toy Fair; look for a full report from the websites covering the show in a few weeks.GOLD 5: Hasbro has previously confirmed some of the figures mentioned in this question via a number of avenues. Among them are:
-Clone Scouts - CLONE WARS theatrical release - confirmed in THIS Q&A SESSION WITH IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS
-TC-70 - Jabba's protocol droid - Shipping in the Jabba the Hutt battle pack
-Senate Commando - From "Cloak Of Darkness" - confirmed in THIS Q&A SESSION WITH JEDI NEWS
-Commander Gree - cardback image shown in THIS OFFICIAL SITE ARTICLE
As for the rest? This week Hasbro confirmed that Nahdar Vebb is a no go. And the rest of these characters remain to be seen. Keep checking back for more news on the CLONE WARS line out of the NY International Toy Fair which you can check out RIGHT HERE, at JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES.
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