HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF JULY 6th, 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 - NO MORE ULTIMATE BATTLE PACKS JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
One of the big attractions of the Ultimate Battle Packs has been the inclusion of some never before made set pieces. Items like the new Hoth Rebel turrets, the Sarlacc Pit and even the Endor logs wound up being a significant draw for some collectors. But something that collectors have become more and more mindful of in the Q&A process is that tooling these items is costly, and these sets take up a good deal of space at retail.
With that in mind, will collectors see more of these exclusive Ultimate Battle Packs in the future? And what of the larger accessories? I know that I for one would LOVE an Imperial Turbo Laser station from the trench run in A New Hope!ANSWER:
Right now, there are no more Ultimate Battle Packs on the horizon. We would like to do more, but recent costing challenges have forced us to abandon the concept. We hope to get back to it at some point - there are a bunch of things we would like do to if we did go back to the format.GOLD 5: One could certainly see the writing on the wall regarding the future of Ultimate Battle Packs this past holiday season. There was lackluster response from collectors to Hasbro's Sarlacc Pit offering. But truth be told, the only new offering in the pack was the Sarlacc. All of the figures and the skiff that was included in the set were reissues, and most appeared in a 2006 Battle Pack. Hasbro bears the sole responsibility for this set lacking appeal with collectors by giving it a weak figure lineup, and dooming it to poor sales performance. And with that goes the Ultimate Battle Pack line as an exclusive offering.
HEADLINE - CLONE WARS MANDALORIAN ON THE WAY IN 2010JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
One of the much talked about images from Clone Wars season 2 has to be the clip of a Mandalorian warrior that was shown at Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World. Can we expect to see a Clone Wars Mandalorian in that line in the coming year? And can you offer any insight into who this Mandalorian might be?ANSWER:
You can expect to see him in the lineup in 2010. We are not at liberty to reveal any more, except in due time. Stay tuned! GOLD 5: There's not much more to say about this figure other than a Mandalorian plus some other bounty hunters start to take a larger role in the second series of Clone Wars...along with the basic figure line!
HEADLINE - NEW BEAST TO BE ANNOUNCED AT COMIC CONGALACTIC HUNTERQUESTION:
Since the beginning of these Q&A sessions there have been hints about the resurrection of beasts (in particular the Dewback). What time frame are we looking at now? A lot of collectors are expecting/hoping to see this come to fruition at Comic-Con 2009.ANSWER:
We don't have plans to do a wholesale Beast SKU, but do hope to get them into the lineup occasionally. Look for news on a significant new one at Comic Con - we're not revealing which one it is just yet. Stay tuned! GOLD 5: Hints have been abounding about a new beast offering. Hasbro has already announced the Gelagrub patrol battle pack. And there are now rumors that a new tauntaun may be in the works. Check out JTA's full coverage of San Diego Comic Con starting two weeks from tomorrow for news as it happens!
HEADLINE - CANTINA PATRONS NARROWED DOWNHAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
In previous Q&As, you've revealed that there will be "a couple" of Cantina Dudes in the Fall ANH wave... but you've also indicated that you'd like to keep their exact identity secret until SDCC. How about this - we'll list off a pile of Cantina Dudes and you tell us generically if we've ID'ed one, two, or none of the figures? Sound Good? Ok, here we go: Mosep (aka Marvel Comic Jabba), Baniss Keeg, Reegesk, Hrchek Kal Fas (Saurin), Tzizvvt, Arliel Schous (Defel), Leesub Sirln, or Solomohal. How'd we do?ANSWER:
OK, since your approach was fun and you have a very high quality of selects on your list, we'll play along. That list you have there matches pretty well our personal wish list. We'll go ahead and acknowledge that both of the aliens coming this Fall are on your list. Complete details and a preview will be available in a few weeks - stay tuned! GOLD 5: The identity of a pair of new cantina patrons has been the subject of much discussion in many a forum. The candidates? A regular rogue's gallery from the Mos Eisley cantina:
-Mosep (aka Marvel Comic Jabba)
-Hrchek Kal Fas (Saurin)
-Arliel Schous (Defel),
So who will it be? I suspect we'll find out...in about two weeks!
HEADLINE - BOUNTY HUNTERS INCOMING IN THE CLONE WARS LINEJEDI NEWSQUESTION:
We've seen images of the animated Clone Wars Cad Bane figure - will we get the other Bounty Hunters from the last episode of Season 1 of the Clone Wars including Aurra Sing and others?ANSWER:
Yes you will - by next Fall there will be a tasty new assortment of Clone Wars bounty hunters to look for. We will have a lot more detail on the full range next Spring at Toy Fair GOLD 5: Aurra Sing has already been hinted at in the Q&A sessions. And in JTA's Q&A a Mandalorian bounty hunter appears to have been confirmed as well. Keep checking back for more on this story.
HEADLINE - MORE CONCEPT FIGURE INFORMATIONREBELSCUMQUESTION:
You've stated a number of times that there will be 4 concept figures this year. We know the first one is the Anakin concept figure in the AOTC wave. Without mentioning which figures you have on tap for the other three, could you let us know which waves they will be in and can we expect to see the other three concept figures this year, or have any been pushed back to 2010? ANSWER:
The three will be coming this year, in the last three waves slated for 2010 (EpIV, EpIII, and EpV respectively). The first two red/white line look waves (EpI, followed by the epic EpVI wave) will not have concept figures.GOLD 5: Hasbro states that the remaining Concept Art figures will be waves slated for 2010. This may be a typo/error that we'll try to seek clarification on in our conversations with Hasbro at Comic Con. But it seems likely that Hasbro may have meant to say that the Concept Art figures are slated for the last three waves of 2009.
HEADLINE - DARK TIMES COMIC PACK ON THE HORIZONREBELSCUMQUESTION:
I am very impressed with what you have managed to accomplish with the comic-packs line since it has become available. That said, there is one modern comic that has been ignored so far: Dark Times. Do fans of this series have some hope on the horizon?ANSWER:
We have our eyes on one Dark Times #6 pack for 2010 (pending final tooling allotment, which has run way over our prediction and as a result some items have been delayed, dropped, and shifted around). Once we get settled down, we hope to get that first one out there and then see where the series leads us. We know there are a couple more we'd like to do longer term if we can ever get to them as well.GOLD 5: Hasbro has been shying away from making outright confirmations on any product this close to 2009's San Diego Comic Con. However this response indicates that one of the comic issues that is on tap for an Expanded Universe 2-pack will be DARK TIMES #6, which is the first issue in the Parallels storyline. Jedi Master K'Krukh is featured on the cover. K'Krukh has previously been confirmed by Hasbro as being a future figure, but the lineup for this 2-pack remains to be seen.
HEADLINE - TLC BLUE WAVE 7 (ATTACK OF THE CLONES) TO BE A SHORT RUN - NO HARD DATE FOR TLC REDSIR STEVE'S GUIDEQUESTION:
As the first generation of TLC and Clone Wars packaging nears the end of its run, we are noticing smaller amounts of new waves hitting local stores, and odd case assortments in those waves and their revisions. The ESB wave seems to be trickling in very slowly, with many collectors not having seen it "in the wild". The AOTC wave has appeared online, but still not in stores as of June. Clone Wars wave 5 has appeared in short supply and with a case assortment that still only includes 1 of each new figure, padding shelves with existing figures that aren't in short supply and don't seem to need significant restocking, while ensuring new figures get choked out, and it seems to be continuing for the next few CW and TLC waves (we understand the Hasbro argument about not having enough new product manufacturing volume for a wave, but there seem to be less revisions to address that, and more figures not moving fast enough to make way). While we understand that there is always a retailer reset of the lines with new packaging, a holding of the breath, it seems like this year it's been a longer-term problem and many collectors are growing frustrated with the scarcity of newer figures. Are there other reasons behind the lack of new figures on shelves, is there a remedy for it before the new packaging comes in?ANSWER:
Clone Wars continues to be a monstrous hit with kids, necessitating waves with only 1/case of the new figures and constant repacks of the "greatest hits" to ensure that the most popular characters remain in rotation. The problem has been with Legacy; with sales not where we were expecting them, the new waves are having a harder time getting in to retail since there is still a good amount of previous waves on the shelves. However, there here should be plenty of EpV to go around by now. The challenge will be with the EpII wave - we cut back production on this one and it will be the scarcest of all the Legacy waves, and we needed to give new production over to the red/white waves to make sure they get in to retail approximately late August/early Sept. If folks want to be sure they can get the complete EpII wave, we recommend one of the Internet-based suppliers as they are able to order product directly from us by the specific wave, whereas the brick and mortar retailers do not have that precision and there is no telling which stores will get it. Just as an FYI - there is no hard planogram reset date this year for Star Wars, so the new red/white packaging will flow in right after the previous waves have gone through retail, and will not be the same for all retailers depending upon stock. GOLD 5: Hasbro's response is reminiscent of a pattern that many longtime collectors have witnessed. That being that the last wave of the line will be more scarce than the bulk of the waves. Hasbro's response indicates that they recognize the pattern, but also that Legacy Collection sales are lagging behind that of Clone Wars.
Additionally Hasbro reports that there will be no firm date for the launch of the new line. And that's clear to anyone who's been at retail in the past couple of weeks, since Deluxe figures and Vehicles have begun to show up at retail in the new packaging.
HEADLINE - DEATH STAR PROTOTYPE? FALSE ALARM!!!SW COLLECTORQUESTION:
Photos of a cardboard Death Star Playset prototype have surfaced online recently. Is this something currently in development, or an old concept that was abandonned?ANSWER:
That was an older concept model from several years back. There is no Death Star playset in development.GOLD 5: Hasbro puts the kibosh on the hopes of many who saw images of what appeared to be a Death Star playset mockup. Recently images surfaced that suggested that a Death Star playset might be in the work, but similar images have been shown at Star Wars Celebration forums on unproduced toys, and this appears to be one such example that may not make it to production.
HEADLINE - TARKIN RESCULPT ON THE WAY....EVENTUALLYYAKFACEQUESTION:
Now that we've received pretty much the ultimate Imperial officer sculpt in Captain Needa, can we expect an updated A New Hope version of Grand Moff Tarkin (or other officer) in the not to distant future?ANSWER:
Perhaps not as quickly as you'd like, but we do have plans to utilize this body for future officer releases and upgrades. Tarkin would certainly be high on the list of those we'd like to see updated.GOLD 5: The new Imperial Officer body that debuted with Captain Needa is likely to be the basis for a number of future Imperial Officer releases. Hasbro indicates that they would like to revisit Grand Moff Tarkin, but remains cagey about WHEN.
HEADLINE - EWOK 2-PACK IMAGESYODA'S NEWSQUESTION:
Can we get a high resolution picture of the new ewok 2-pack Paploo and NoApaak? More ewoks please!ANSWER:
Here you go. Keep in mind that these are pre-final versions; we should have final production versions for public viewing in a few weeks at Comic Con.CLICK FOR PAPLOO & NO'APAAK IMAGEGOLD 5: Hasbro gives the guys at Yoda's News a first look at the Paploo & NoApaak 2-pack. Hasbro continues to release Ewoks as 2-packs, unlike other small figures.
Keep checking back for more Q&A Headlines as sites continue to post their sessions!