HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF JUNE 12th, 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 - MORE VINTAGE UPDATES ON TAP?JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
Fans of the both the vintage and modern figure lines were excited with the news that the Ewok Warok (one of the few remaining vintage Ewoks) would be part of an upcoming battle pack. And it's always a great topic of conversation amongst collectors to see which figures from the vintage line have yet to be produced in the modern era. So when planning out the Basic Figure line, how much of a consideration is making modern resculpts of those vintage line stragglers? And which of those might be next on the list for their modern line rendition after Warok?ANSWER:
We do try to get some key upgrades into the lineup every year; when we can't fit them in the basic figure lineup we look for other ways to have
them "in the bag." There are quite a few more surprises lined up for nextyear as well, but we need to keep that close to the vest. Trust us when we say that the list is shrinking although perhaps not enough for some fans (some like the Imperial Dignitary will still take a long while to find their way into the lineup). GOLD 5: Updateson vintage era figures have been something of a hot topic over the past several years. Especially as the number of vintage figures yet to be redone in the modern era continues to shrink. Hasbro offers no speciifics in this response, but does let on that Imperial Dignitary Sim Aloo is NOT among them.
HEADLINE - CAPTAIN COLTON FROM REVENGE OF THE SITH - CONFIRMED!BANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
Rumor has it that there will be a Captain Jeremoch Colton figure in the ROTS wave later this year. Are we talking about a new sculpt or just a kit-bashed version of the 2005 Captain Antilles figure?ANSWER:
He's an all-new figure with much more articulation than Antilles.GOLD 5: Rumors had been swirling about a figure made in the likeness of actor Jeremy Bulloch. The actor that most know as the man behind the mask of Boba Fett also played roles in both the OT and the PT. Speculation had it that his OT Imperial Officer character, Lieutenant Sheckil was in the work. But Hasbro's response confirms that it is actually Bulloch's PT character, Captain Jeremoch Colton who pilots the Tantive IV for Senator Bail Organa in REVENGE OF THE SITH that is on the way.
HEADLINE - CAMIE & FIXER COMIC 2-PACK DELAYEDBANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
Can we get a better look at the Camie & Fixer comic pack that was recently mentioned to be coming soon?ANSWER:
Actually, the Camie & Fixer pack has been removed from the Comic Pack lineup due to some changes we had to make to balance the tooling budget (the tooling bill was staggering and could not do everything we wanted). We are looking for a home for the set, and it will eventually come out, but have not settled on final plans yet. In any case, it's too soon to release any pics on that. It would likely be early Spring of next year before we talked about it.GOLD 5: This particular comic 2-pack was actually seen in THIS GALACTIC HUNTER ARTICLE back in April. It was from STAR WARS: EMPIRE #8, part of the "Darklighter" storyline. Camie & Fixer were featured in this particular comic, but are probably best known for having been in one of the most legendary deleted scenes from A NEW HOPE, as Luke meets with Biggs at the Toschi station.
Speculation had it that since there were packaged samples that this pack MIGHT be released in late 2009. Hasbro's response confirms that the set is on track for release, however it has been delayed until further notice.
HEADLINE - BOUNTY HUNTER UPDATES ON TRACKBANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
Bounty hunters seem to be lacking lately or in need of update. Any chance of getting Zam, Dengar, Zuckuss, or Aura Sing (non animated)?ANSWER:
Yes, there are a strong chance that they all will be updated within the next 24 months in one form or another.GOLD 5: Hasbro has previously confirmed that Zuckuss is set to be updated, and most likely will be released in late 2009. However, this response indicates that the remaining Bounty Hunters, Zam Wessell, Dengar and Aurra Sing may be updated as well over the next two years. This follows suit with one of the central themes of the modern vintage line, which updated many of the Bounty Hunters with highly articulated versions.
HEADLINE - Y-WING COCKPIT LIKELY TO BE UPDATEDCOLLECTION STATIONQUESTION:
Recently, Hasbro has updated cockpits on a few OT ships, including the B-wing, TIE Fighter, and A-wing, not to mention the detailed cockpit on the new Millennium Falcon. We understand that the B-wing and A-wing got new detailed cockpits because they had the opportunity from their use as exclusives, but exclusives or not, are there any plans or thoughts about continuing that practice on other ships? The X-wing, Vader's TIE, and Y-wing are all good candidates for new, detailed cockpits, but would the small size of some of those cockpits prevent those upgrades? ANSWER:
We would like to eventually work the same cockpit treatment on all of the classic ships. Right now, the Y-Wing is likely to be up next. GOLD 5: We've seen a recent pattern of vehicles being released with a greater degree of detail in the cockpits. One such vehicle appears to be the upcoming TIE Interceptor. Hasbro's response indicates that this is a pattern we can expect to continue, and that the Y-Wing is most likely to be up next for an update. Whether or not the new sculpt features a functional droid socket remains to be seen, but this should be a point of interest for vehicle collectors in the months to come.
HEADLINE - NEW CADE SKYWALKER IN THE WORKSGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
Is there any chance of a retooled or kitbashed Cade Skywalker without the jacket and with sleeveless arms (similar to the first Quinlon Vos' arms)? We see him like this more in the comic than with his jacket on. And on the subject of Cade Skywalker, is there a possibility of someday getting a version in Sith Armor for when he was being mentored by Darth Krayt?ANSWER:
As to a sleeveless version, yes there is one in the works. The Sith Armor version is interesting but short-lived in the comic relative to other characters from Legacy that we are looking at. It's unlikely we'll get to this version.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms a new Cade Skywalker figure with this response. It will most likely be a comic 2-pack offering, but that has yet to be confirmed.
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS TACTICAL DROID INCOMINGGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
Are we going to get a version of the Tactical Droid seen in the new Clone Wars cartoons, such as TX-20 or TA-175. Several have appeared in episodes with different paint jobs but they all have the same body design. It would be a great candidate for multiple releases with the different paint jobs.ANSWER:
Yes, we will be getting the Tactical Droid out there sometime within the next 12 months.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms a Seperatist Tactical Droid for the Clone Wars line. Tactical Droids have appeared in a number of STAR WARS - THE CLONE WARS episodes, including "The Hidden Enemy", "Jedi Crash", "Bluee Shadow Virus", "Innocents of Ryloth" and "Liberty on Ryloth".
HEADLINE - UGNAUGHT VARIATION DUE OUT IN FALL '09HAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
Can you clear up for us when that second Ugnaught sculpt is shipping? We thought he was coming with the Phantom Menace Wave, but the case packs don't list him. Is he delayed until the RotJ wave (or later) or has he been cancelled all together as some are claiming?ANSWER:
The second Ugnaught sculpt is shipping in the Fall red & white line look. We decided to make him a "seventh" new figure in a Fall wave rather than not have him ship. GOLD 5: The running change Ugnaught appears to have been pushed back to some time in the fall. And this may very well show up in a TESB themed wave.
HEADLINE - POD RACERS - WILL THERE BE ONE OR TWO?!?!JEDIDEFENDERQUESTION:
We've noticed a few of the e-tailers are now soliciting a Ratts/Clegg 2-pack in the Phantom Menace wave cases. Can you please confirm/deny for us if you've been able to work out the tooling cost to give us a Pod Racer 2-pack instead of just a lone Cliegg?ANSWER:
That image was not vetted before it went out and as such had outdated information. We are working to correct this with our retailers. Even if we could have been able to cost him back in, which we couldn't, it is far too late now.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms that Clegg Holdfast will be shipping as a single figure, and not as part of a Pod Racer 2-pack as seen in some e-tailer listings. When Ratts Tyerell will ship remains to be seen.
HEADLINE - MORE SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE FIGURES ON THE WAYREBELSCUMQUESTION:
Will we see more Shadows of the Empire figures remade (the Prince Xizor & Leia Comic Pack is great!) like Chewbacca in Snoova Bounty Hunter disguise and Dash Rendar, Luke Skywalker In Imperial Guard Disguise and a few characters that were never made like Guri, Furlag, and Leebo!ANSWER:
Yes, there will be some more Shadows figures from the list you mentioned, but it will take some time. Our guess is that within the next two years there will be at least two and perhaps more make it into the lineup in one form or another. Guri is the top choice, but she is not likely to be the first one out.GOLD 5: Hasbro confirms that they are looking to SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE as source material for figures. Most likely these will appear as part of the Expanded Universe comic 2-pack line, since Hasbro has already made Prince Xizor and Princess Leia from SOTE in that format.
HEADLINE - JABBA'S PALACE ALIENS - GEEZUM IS "IN THE PARKING LOT"SW COLLECTORQUESTION:
I really like how you keep adding a few new cantina aliens to the lineup every year. The accessories that some of them have come with are great too! What I am wondering is if a similar yearly focus on Jabba's Palace aliens could be successful as well, or is there a fear that collectors would not support that kind of a theme as well as they have the cantina denizens? There are still a lot of great palace characters that have yet to be made such as Wam Lufba (Yuzzum), Geezum, Loje Nella and many more.ANSWER:
We would like to follow the Jabba's skiff/Sail Barge aliens systematically, and hope that we can get a couple new ones in each year. Geezum would be a likely candidate someday. The other two are doubtful, at least for a very long while.GOLD 5: This is far from any kind of a confirmation, but for Hasbro to specifically mention Geezum means that the Snivian is "in the parking lot" as one of the next aliens on tap for Jabba's Palace. Be on the lookout for him in the next year or two.
HEADLINE - REVISED SLAVE I BEING CONSIDEREDTHE PRIVATE UNIVERSEQUESTION:
You have made bigger scale X-Wings, Tie Fighters and Millennium Falcon, is there any chance of there being bigger scale Slave 1? With Boba Fett being such a popular character I am sure that a bigger Slave 1 would be welcomed by collectors.ANSWER:
The Slave 1 is very high up on the list of vehicles we'd like to see re-done someday. If there were entertainment support behind, we'd feel more confident about it's chances of success, since we'd need more than collectors to get behind what would be a more expensive vehicle.GOLD 5: This response is intriguing, but a total "what if?" kind of situation. It basically seems that "IF" Slave I should appear in future Star Wars entertainment projects, it could get consideration for an overhaul along the lines of the larger TIE Fighters, X-Wing and Millenium Falcon. The current storyline of the CLONE WARS animated series doesn't appear to involve Boba Fett, although there are rumblings of season 2 involving Bounty Hunters. There was even a brief glimpse of a Mandalorian in footage that was recently shown at Star Wars Weekends at Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.
However, Slave I *MAY* make an appearance in the upcoming Star Wars live action series. Actor Daniel Logan who portrayed a young Boba Fett in ATTACK OF THE CLONES is currently rumored to appear as Boba Fett in THIS IMDB LISTING for the series. And that project is listed as being in production now. Should that come to pass, and given the timing involved, we may not see a new Slave I for at least 2 years.
HEADLINE - ICE CREAM MAKER GUY TO BE REVEALED AT COMIC CONYAKFACEQUESTION:
It's been a while since we've heard anything about the progress of Willrow Hood, can we expect to see a finished version of him on display at SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con)? If not*, would it be possible for you to share a teaser photo with us of the prototype (or final figure) to see how this fan fav's sculpt is coming along?ANSWER:
Yes, you will see Willrow in all his fan-requested glory, with signature accessory, at Comic Con GOLD 5: ICMG fans rejoice! Willrow Hood will be unveiled next month at San Diego Comic Con. Stay tuned, as JTA will have FULL Comic Con coverage live from San Diego!
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