HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF APRIL 10th, 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 - NEW AGEN KOLAR FIGURE ON THE WAYJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
In 2005 the Agen Kolar basic figure seemed to be quite an achievement in sculpting and softgoods. But even then the figure had a lightsaber that was not the correct color (for Revenge Of The Sith), and a molded cloak. Since that time we've seen a great new softgoods Jedi cloak with other basic figures, plus some highly detailed lightsabers. Given what could be some easy fixes, like a softgoods cloak and blue lightsabers, might we see a revised, Revenge Of The Sith accurate Agen Kolar in the near future? ANSWER:
Actually there will be an all-new EpIII Agen Kolar figure coming this Fall in the basic figure lineup, with even more enhanced articulation. He will not be coming with a soft goods cloak, and we will look into the saber coloring, since we were caught off guard by that one the first time. Stay tuned!GOLD 5: This is the first confirmation of any figures from the forthcoming REVENGE OF THE SITH wave. This version sounds like it will indeed have the ROTS accurate blue lightsaber as seen when the Jedi confront Darth Sidious.
HEADLINE - FIRST LOOK AT CLEGG HOLDFAST FIGUREBANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
Since you stated at Toy Fair that Ratts Tyrell will be replaced by Clegg Holdfast in the upcoming Phantom Menace Legacy Wave, would it be possible for us to get a good look at the Clegg figure?ANSWER:
You bet. See attached image. He will also come with his goggles and a blaster. We only had this pic to show of the figure. Enjoy!CLICK FOR AN IMAGE OF THE CLEGG HOLDFAST FIGUREGOLD 5: Hasbro announced Clegg Holdfast as a replacement for Ratts Tyerell in the pending THE PHANTOM MENACE wave, but did not have images at Toy Fair. This wave is expected to be in stores in August for the line relaunch.
HEADLINE - NEW JANGO FETT ON THE WAY IN 2010?COLLECTION STATIONQUESTION:
Based on your slideshow at Toy Fair, there seems to be a discrepancy on the subject of exclusive 2-pack figures. The Wal-mart Grievous Droid Factory figure with new cloth cloak shown in the slide was the 4-armed basic figure from 2005's ROTS line, however what was said during the slideshow was that it'd be the super-articulated 2008 figure. Which Grievous will actually be coming in that set with the new cloak? Also, it was noted that that the Target-exclusive Geonosis Arena figure pack Jango Fett would be tweaked, but there was no explanation given and the figure looks the same as the Evolutions version. What's the change there, can fans hope that the evo figure jumpsuit's lilac color is finally being changed to a more blue-gray look as seen in the movie? ANSWER:
Unfortunately, we could not deliver the new Grievous as we had hoped, and instead went with the 4-arm Grievous from the 2005 line. We'll look into the possibility of changing Jango to blue/gray for this Fall, but we're pretty far along with this one and it may not be possible. In any case, we *do* have a blue/gray version planned in 2010. GOLD 5: There seems to be some concern over the paint apps on the Jango Fett that will be packed in the Target exclusive 2-pack with Colman Trebor. However, Hasbro lets on that there may be another Jango Fett in the works for 2010. Informed speculation is that it may be part of a comic 2-pack based on earlier Hasbro Q&A responses.
HEADLINE - AHSOKA TANO'S JEDI STARFIGHTER IN THE WORKSHAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
OK, we've already got Obi-Wan's Delta 7 Starfighter and Anakin's yellow Delta 7 Starfighter is expected this Summer. How long before we get Ahsoka's ship to round out the set?ANSWER:
Not long, not long at all. Stay tuned!GOLD 5: Hasbro doesn't let any details slip on WHEN an Ahsoka Tano Jedi starfighter might be on the way, but this is as clear of a confirmation as one can get.
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS AURRA SING CONFIRMED FOR 2010JEDI INSIDERQUESTION:
Aura Sing is getting some good screen time on the Clone Wars cartoon, will she be making an appearance anytime soon in the Clone Wars action figure line?ANSWER:
Unfortunately, not soon enough, as we can't wait to get her into the lineup. She is slated right now for 2010.GOLD 5: Aurra Sing made her debut on the CLONE WARS cartoon network series for the first seasons's finale. Hasbro confirms a Clone Wars Aurra Sing for 2010's lineup.
HEADLINE - TWO C-3PO'S ON THE WAY IN THE NEXT YEARREBELSCUMQUESTION:
Do you have any plans for C-3PO in the near future? An AOTC repaint of the Ewok Deity mold would be great and all that is needed for TPM C-3PO is knee joints. ANSWER:
We do have a couple of takes on C-3PO coming later this year and 2010 that we think you will like. No plans to redo the "naked" version of C-3PO from Episode I, though, although some day we might get to him.GOLD 5: Hasbro deflects the question about a new TPM C-3PO, but not about a new ATTACK OF THE CLONES Threepio, so consider that a strong possibility. As for the other, there is a wave of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK figures that has yet to be completely revealed, and could very well include a new Threepio "in pieces". However, there's always the possibility of C-3PO being a part of the Droid Factory Build-A-Figure promotion. So keep checking back for more news on this as it develops.
HEADLINE - MORE BOUNTY HUNTER SHIPS TO BE PART OF THE TITANIUM LINEREBELSCUMQUESTION:
Since we are getting the IG-2000 and Hound's Tooth in the Titanium line, what are the chances you will make the other 2 missing Bounty Hunter ships (Mist Hunter and Punishing One)? It would really be nice to get these 2 ships in 3D form finally. ANSWER:
Both of them are well into development and will be out before the end of the year, as part of the last waves before Titanium goes on hiatus after this year.GOLD 5: Hasbro appears to be making a concerted effort to produce the Bounty Hunter ships before the Titanium line is discontinued. The IG-2000 (IG-88's ship) is in stores now and Bossk's Hound's Tooth is coming up in the schedule. The Punishing One is Dengar's ship and the Mist Hunter is Zuckuss's craft.
HEADLINE - AHSOKA TANO FORCE FX LIGHTSABER IN THE PLANNING STAGESSANDTROOPERSQUESTION:
Dear Hasbro, when will we see a release on the Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker (RotJ) Force FX sabers? Or with the popularity of The Clone Wars, we will be seeing an Ahsoka Tano Force FX lightsaber any time soon?ANSWER:
Unfortunately, we're off to a slower-than-expected start with the Force FX business, as consumer demand is not yet where we forecasted it to be for the original sabers. As such, we have to move through our material commitments to the original sabers before we can release the new ones. Hopefully they will be out this Fall. There are plans for an Ahsoka Force FX lightsaber, but in the longer term once we are successful with the current lineup.GOLD 5: Hasbro packaged Force FX lightsabers are currently at retail. The lineup consists of Yoda, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Maul's single blade. Hasbro's response indicates that they're looking to produce Ahsoka's lightsaber, but when it will arrive at retail seems to be in question.
HEADLINE - REPUBLIC GUNSHIP INCOMING THIS FALLSANDTROOPERSQUESTION:
I loved the Lucky Lekku and would love to have more individualized gunships like the Crumb Bomber. Are there more gunship repaints planned to coincide with The Clone Wars cartoon?ANSWER:
Ideally, we want to keep the Gunship in rotation every year, and as we see new and unique squadrons appear we'll look for a way to get them into the lineup. There will be at least one coming this Fall. Stay tuned for news at Comic Con….GOLD 5: Hasbro offers up that there will be a Republic Gunship due in stores this fall. The wording of the response indicates that this is most likely an exclusive, retailer TBD at Comic Con.
HEADLINE - PERSONA NON GRATA - FIGURES YOU WILL NOT SEE MADE!SIR STEVE'S GUIDEQUESTION:
When it comes to prequel Senators, we haven't seen much lately. The most asked of them is the Senator Grebleips figure, the E.T. alien - will we ever be getting this figure, is it just unlikely because it's a background alien, or is it totally off-limits because it's an easter egg from another film? Also, what about seeing senate figures from Ep 1 like Edcel Bar Gane, Sei Taria, Toonbuck Toora and Mot-Not Rab? ANSWER:
Senator and Separatist figures have been very slow sellers for us, so while we're not ruling them out, they are not high on our list of figures to target. We're confident that we'll get around to more some day, especially if the collector base rebounds as these figures are 100% collector-targeted. Until then, they'll stay on the sidelines. Grebleips is off limits per Lucasfilm, joining (among a few others) the oft-asked for female Cantina denizens, Holiday Special live action figures, and Tyvokka as figures we cannot/will not pursue.GOLD 5: SSG actually comes through with a list of figures we will most likely never see made. Senator Grebleips is the Easter Egg senator from THE PHANTOM MENACE who bears a remarkable resemblance to E.T. from the Steven Spielberg film of the same name. Hasbro states that he's off limits for a figure, joining a rogue's gallery of characters like the Tonnika sisters, live action characters from the CBS Star Wars Holiday Special, and wookiee Jedi Master Tyvokka. The last one being somewhat puzzling, however there seems to have been an edict from Lucasfilm that Wookiees should not or cannot be Jedi.
HEADLINE - ADMIRAL ACKBAR CONFIRMED - AGAINSNOWTROOPERSQUESTION:
When will we see the awesome Admiral Ackbar get the super articulated Hasbro 3 3/4" makeover?ANSWER:
We're hopeful that before 2010 is out you will have the famous Admiral updated and ready to command the ever growing army of Mon Calamari forces (we're not planning more in the near-term, but we would say that the recent additions of Mon Calamari Warriors and Ibtisam helped support the need for their fellow Mon Cal to stage a triumphant return!).GOLD 5: We actually got some confirmation on Admiral Ackbar in the last Q&A session by way of SANDTROOPERS. This response from Hasbro indicates that a new Admiral Ackbar is indeed on the way, but is more likely for the latter half of 2010. Now only if Hasbro will reintroduce CommTech chip technology so that we can always be treating to the Admiral shouting in amazement "IT'S A TRAP!"
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS PILOTS IN A HOLDING PATTERNSW COLLECTORQUESTION:
How about some squadron-themed Clone Wars battlepacks? You could do Blue Squadron with Ahsoka, R7-A7, Axe, and Kickback, or Shadow Squadron with Matchstick, Broadside, Anakin, and their Orange R2 unit. They would all basically be repaints, and would make a great complement to the vehicle line.ANSWER:
We do have plans for a lot of these guys, although not as Battle Packs per se. Stay tuned…GOLD 5: SW Collector cast a wide net with this particular question. But there has been a significant call in collecting forums for pilots like Matchstick and Axe. Keep checking back for more on these Clone Pilots over the coming months.
HEADLINE - RETURN OF THE JEDI B-WING PILOT IS TEN NUMBTHE JAWAQUESTION:
With talk that Hasbro might reuse the Ten Numb/Keyan Farlander sculpt again in 2009, can you fix the tendency for this figure to lean over to his left side? While the problem is not as bad on Keyan, on Ten he leans over quite conspicuously. I wouldn't want to end up with a small squad of B-Wing pilots that all lean over to one side as Hasbro uses this sculpt for future pilot figures.ANSWER:
The B-Wing figure was actually designed to stand more "at ease" rather than in a straight lineup, with one leg forward from the other, even though he was not packed out that way. We try to give our figures an overall neutral pose because collectors like to pose their figures in different ways, but we try to incorporate a natural stance to them so that they feel alive and don't feel stiff. That probably explains what you are seeing. At this point, the upcoming red version of Ten Numb will use the same figure.GOLD 5: there had been some confusion over the identity of the Sullustan B-Wing pilot slated for this summer's RETURN OF THE JEDI wave. Hasbro's response indicates that what we can expect is a repaint of the Ten Numb.
Keep checking back for more Q&A Headlines as sites continue to post their Q&A sessions through the weekend.