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JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th, 2009


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.  And please do, as some of these websites need the traffic.  The Star Wars Q&A's are posted alphabetically.

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:  The Target exclusive Geonosis Arena 2-packs seem to be selling through nicely. The character choices in these 2-packs give us a nice mix of army builders, core characters and some fan requested Jedi.

Since the revelation of these sets we have already heard some rumblings that a second series of Geonosis Arena 2-packs may be in the works, and that either Jedi knights Sarissa Jeng or Sar Labooda might be in consideration for that release. But first it seems worth asking how has the response been to the first round of Geonosis 2-packs? Does it seem likely that we might see a second round of Geonosis 2-packs? And might a second such wave give us the opportunity to get Anakin Skywalker with his green lightsaber from the arena, or perhaps a new arena battle Padme?

ANSWER:  We won't know the fate of the second wave of Geonosis Arena figures until after the holiday.  There is a long way to go still with these figures and we won't have a clearer picture until sometime in January.  If there is another wave, there is a good chance that we will announce the details at Toy Fair in February.


QUESTION:  Looking forward to 2010, we've been seeing indications about potential wave themes for the Legacy basic figure line.  Particularly, that there will not be a wave of figures representing A NEW HOPE.  Will the Legacy Collection and the following movie based figure line that's set to launch next summer continue to follow an individual movie theme for each wave?  And can you give us an indication of which movies will be represented in these waves for 2010?

ANSWER:  The EU wave that was shown at Comic Con will be the last of the red/white Legacy series for Spring 2010. The Legacy-type basic figure line scheduled to launch next Fall will follow a wave theme to ensure that each movie gets one focused wave, then we will change to a non-wave based system. The way it looks currently, there will be Fall 2010 waves for EpII, III, V, and VI (not in that order) with EpI and IV getting waves at the beginning of 2011.


QUESTION:  A number of collectors expressed disappointment with the recent news that a Bespin Han Solo figure, which had been previously confirmed, has been pushed back in the pipeline.  The news from Comic Con seemed to indicate that THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK would be a core theme for 2010's line as the 30th anniversary of that movie.  Can we perhaps expect a different Episode V Han Solo in place of the Bespin version?  And might that be an update of Han Solo in carbonite?  We have not seen a TESB version of Han in carbonite since the POTF2 days.

ANSWER:  We don't think we will disappoint, as there will be a different EpV version of Han Solo in next Fall's figure lineup.  It will not be an EpV Carbonite version. A new Bespin Han is slated for 2011.




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



BANTHA SKULL


QUESTION:  I love the comic packs and it's very cool that you are giving fans some characters we wouldn't otherwise get in the main line. I was curious as to when something similar for video game figures would emerge. For some reason, VG characters always seem to rank high on fan's choice polls.

ANSWER:  Thanks for question, Ruadh. We have already produced a significant number of video game figures in the main line and multi-pack format that have been heavily concentrated on three games, including some key KotOR figures, a large number of TFU figures in basic figures and multi-packs, and multipacks of Battlefront figures.  Some more good news is on the way with Spring 2010 Toys 'R Us exclusive multi-figure packs of more TFU figures (including some sensational troopers) along with a basic carded
mainline figure of Shaak Ti from TFU. The exclusive video game figure program with continue with Toys 'R Us in Fall 2010 with a very special figure from a recent Clone Wars videogame release, and then through 2011 with some additional new multi-packs. In short - the future of video game tie-in figures looks very healthy.


QUESTION:  I presume you check the SW fan sites often, disguised as collectors or not, whatever. So, how do you cope internally as an organization, when you read all the "negative" feedback a figure is getting out there? Many times I read that the collectors, even though buying your pieces, are still wondering how your company, having
"experts", designers, researchers and what-not, can still miss details in characters that are pretty obvious, even for the untrained eye? I am not looking for an "economic based" answer, I want to know how do you feel when you know for sure this or that figure is not 100% correct and it is released anyway?

ANSWER:  We do read the forums (although we are precluded from making comments in them so we are there as silent listeners), so generally know what is being
said and read reactions to learn from it and make ourselves better. When it comes to criticism, we have to have thick skin. We are making toys, after all, intended for play just as the original Kenner figures were, and we try our best to get all the details right but it's not always possible to get everything perfect as originally conceived. It is not always
possible to catch everything that may be wrong with a figure when production does start, even when we do notice it. We may not have a choice sometimes and will need to ship a figure when it might mean otherwise holding up an entire wave which would prove disastrous for retailer expectations. In short, we try our best.


QUESTION:  Any hints as to who will be in the Force Unleashed multipack that's on
the horizon? Maybe a picture or two (or three)?

ANSWER:  Your wish is our command. Attached is a figure from one of the upcoming sets. We'll have more info at Toy Fair next year to complete the sets, each of which will have five figures. Enjoy!

CLICK FOR IMAGE OF JUNO ECLIPSE





COLLECTION STATION


QUESTION:  To some SW fans, Luke is THE hero of the saga, and is seen as never more triumphant and important than his final cinematic duel in the throne room of the 2nd Death Star. Yet Hasbro has dragged their feet every time with this iteration of Luke, despite releasing 6 Luke Jabba's Palace costumes in just the last 5 years (TLC '08, TAC '07, TSC '06, OTC '04, 2 different figures for Saga '04). In the past 14 years of the modern line there have been just 3 Luke Death Star IIs, and all are incomplete in some way: POTF2 Cinema Scene 1997 (preposed, soft sculpt, limited articulation), Saga 2003 (limited articulation due to action gimmick, preposed, Harpo Marx face), and now TLC 2009 (ill-fitting recycled limbs, wasp waist and odd proportions accented by reused limbs, incorrect belt, odd hand poses); and that's putting aside the whole "wrong lightsaber accessory every single time" issue. Now you've answered another site that the belt won't be corrected in this run, which suggests we won't be seeing Luke DS2 for a while again. We do appreciate that you've been trying to get the design better this time, but whether conscious of it or not, Hasbro clearly seems to have a problem with Luke Death Star II, so what is that problem? Who is drinking the Haterade, why does Luke DS2 keep getting the short end of the stick?

ANSWER:  We do try to make the best figures we can, and sometimes when we start with existing parts (which is inevitable, as we can't tool every figure from scratch) the parts don't have a totally perfect aesthetic fit. We do not think that the current DS2 is a bad figure at all - he looks great and hit our objectives, but we do understand the desire for figures that are as authentic as possible and will be taking this into consideration next time we plan for an EpVI DSII Luke.


QUESTION:  Wizard/ToyFare's Fans Choice top 30 poll has begun, but a few anomalies have cropped up that we'd like to get official word on. First is the picture of Bom Vimdin, the image comes from the Holiday Special rather than ANH, which version would we get should he win? Same with the ROTS Palpatine pic being from the scene where he announces the formation of the Empire rather than the claimed Senate Duel look, which would we get? There's also the suggestions that Cliegg Lars might have removable legs yet no mention of his hoverchair, and that Queen Apailana might get packed with another Naboo character despite being closer in size to a full-sized adult character than a youngling and not remotely Comic Pack-worthy. So would Cliegg likely have removable legs and/or his hoverchair, and would Apailana likely come with a second Naboo character?

ANSWER:  The winners of the Toy Fare poll will be announced this week (and may have been by the time this answer is circulated back). We were aware that some images got changed at the last minute, but that was Toy Fare's choice. If we do a Bom Vindin figure, he will be based on EpIV. Likewise, the first Palpatine we would do would be Senate Duel. It's unlikely we'd do Cliegg without the hoverchair, but this might be too big for a basic figure card so this one is going to be challenging for us should he win. Queen Apailana would come as a single figure.


QUESTION:  Although Aayla Secura is getting a Clone Wars figure in 2010, your answer about a new realistic version said it didn't make the cut for 2010 and may have to be an exclusive. What about, instead of that trouble, just revisiting the ROTS mold and tooling up a new set of arms? You don't even need to tool up hands or the right shoulder since that figure has satisfactory versions of both, just new arms with working elbow joints. That could be a significant budget savings, she could be in one of those re-release waves that occasionally come out, and you'd get another popular Jedi figure definitively made. Any chance of seeing this happen in the foreseeable future?

ANSWER:  We haven't decided yet exactly what we want to do. We think we could upgrade here as you suggest but were hoping to deliver an all-new version. What we eventually decide will be based on the tooling available for her at the time. We do want to get her back out before too long and an upgraded (versus all new figure) would still be welcome. Thanks for the suggestion.




DEWBACK PATROL


QUESTION:  With next years line up completed can we get some of my favorite info? How many Legacy figures? How many CW figures? What movies will be represented? How many waves? How many figures from each movie? How many comic packs? How many of the super build a droid figures that I hope continue? Any info would be great! Thanks!

ANSWER:  In the Legacy-type line, there will be one EU-focused wave to close out the red/white line look, and then a gap until August when the new movie-focused line will debut. This wave will feature the last of the buildable Droid Factory figures. In Fall, there will be waves for EpII, II, V, and VI (although not in that order) with about 24 new/retooled characters for Fall debuting along with a number of "greatest hits" (package refreshed) to round out the waves. There are about 32 new Clone Wars characters between spring and Fall. The last Comic Pack wave will be the Fall 2010 wave shown at Comic Con which will be out sometime in March; the Spring 2010 Comic Packs have been canceled, but we are looking for opportunities to bring these figures out in 2011.


QUESTION:  Collectors are noticing a particular pattern with the Legacy/BAD waves lately. Often, a wave hits a store only once and is snatched up completely by one collector (including myself). In many cases, news waves completely skip stores. I could hit 10-20 stores in a day and find nothing that I am looking for (I don’t usually hit 20 in a day but it has happened). This leaves many collectors with only the option of purchasing figures online. That is not always the best option for collectors who care about perfect paint applications (I hate crooked eyes) or perfect card condition. And, sometimes army builders snatch up multiples so they sell out very quickly. Is this the future of SW collecting?

ANSWER:  You are seeing a situation that is due to several factors (lower collector demand, higher retail inventories, the need to deliver all of the red/white Legacy waves we ave shown), and a resulting retail situation that we think will be temporary. Due to the large abundance of previous Legacy figures, we have taken to supplying retail slightly differently to ensure that new waves do indeed get out to retail. It has meant in some cases, that a smaller number of any wave will get out there, rather than risk skipping some stores entirely if they currently don't need inventory. We think that after the holidays we should be straightened out and will be back to a situation where we can turn on automatic replenishment once again. We can confirm that production runs of the current Legacy red/white line look are the smallest they have been in the past five years, which is in reaction to our need to match production to the actual active collector population which has declined significantly in the past 16 or so months. We have been giving folks a heads-up int he Q&A for a while now that this going to be the case, since it's the only way to ensure that we continue with a healthy collector-based figure business. The way we used to manage our Legacy-type figures had to change to react to demand, so the new way of lower batch size ensures tat new figures can continue to flow in. A corollary of that is that there may not be an ample supply of the "greatest hits" type figures, including troop builders, since there are fewer remix type of waves that we typically deliver between main waves to keep retail demands fed. Instead, we have cut back to pretty much the "primary" (new figure) waves and so this puts something of a cap on the greatest hit like Luke, Darth Vader, R2-D2, and the like that we would usually produce wave in, wave out. We are more closely matched to the collector figures, currently, in order to bring in all of the waves we've developed. It is not our intention to deliberately short demand, but to make sure that the fans who want the figures can get them. Our strategy for the mass retailers is to make sure that the new waves get out as soon as they are available, which means that we will start shipping the new wave when we get them into our warehouse, even if it means holding back on supplies of previous waves if we have not finished shipping them yet. As we have windows to ship previous waves, we will fill in with those. Meanwhile, Internet retailers can order specific waves for which we still have supply, meaning that they can continue to be a safety valve for collectors in cases where demand is running higher than the supply in their local stores.


QUESTION:  Recently I watched the Clone Wars movie and Episode "Rookies" with my son. During our viewing we both noticed that the shuttle that delivers Ahsoka, Commander Cody, and Captain Rex is a very cool ship and definitely has the feel of the Imperial Shuttle. Has Hasbro looked into creating this vehicle?

ANSWER:  Answer TBD





To be continued.
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JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th, 2009 - PART 2



GALACTIC HUNTER


QUESTION:  You mentioned in a Q&A a few months ago that a new Wookiee character is coming in 2010.  Is it Ralra from the Heir to the Empire comics, or perhaps Merumeru from Revenge of the Sith?

ANSWER:  Neither. Ralra was originally slated for a mainline Heir to the Empire Comic 2-Pack, paired with a Noghri Assassin.  This pack has been pushed back and is slated to come out some time in 2011 if things go as planned. Merumeru is not in the lineup.


QUESTION:  I crossed over and bought the G.I. Joe Pit — which is one mighty toy. Obviously throwing scale out the window, could this type of design be used for a large wedge-shaped ship spanning the entire saga?

ANSWER:  No, we would not follow this design for a Star Wars playset.


QUESTION:  In another past Q&A you stated that a new Aayla Secura figure missed the 2010 main line cut and may become an exclusive next year. Any update on this figure, or what particular version/costume we can expect? Is it possible to strike gold twice and ask to see a reference sketch? (Sorry, they're so cool.)

ANSWER:  The exclusive that might have featured her did not materialize.  We have a new Aayla Secura planned for the 2011 line.  No sketches are available at this time




HAN'S HIDEOUT


QUESTION:  Following up on a question from a previous round of Q&A - we asked you about the future of the second Imperial Scanning Crewman and you said he's in the EU Wave... but that's the case where the second Bespin Guard is, so we think you may have confused your variants. Is the second Scanning Crewman displaced at the moment or will he definitely make the basic figure line in 2010, even if it takes a card change before we see him?

ANSWER:  We were trying to get the second Imperial Scanning Crew Member into the EU wave, but we can confirm now that this will *not* happen since all production has been wrapped up for the red/white Legacy lineup and the factory was not able to get the Crewman in. At this point, he will not be produced in the Legacy line. He remains an important variant to bring out and we will be looking for ways to get him into the line, but at this point it will likely not be before 2011. He *will* eventually make it out, but we just need time to slot him in.


QUESTION:  Again, a follow up from previous - no Bespin Han in 2010, eh? I have to tell you, that's a huge bummer to a big Han fan like myself. With the 30th Anniversary of ESB, I thought he'd be a lock for 2010. Now you have to tell me which Han we're getting in 2010 so I can regain confidence that my main man is going to be treated all right in 2010! If you can't tell us which Han it is, can you at least tell us the source he's from?

ANSWER:  Bespin Han has been pushed out to 2011, to make room for a *new* Han that we have not produced before. We can't tell you exactly which one just yet, but it is from a brief scene and features a new jacket. We were excited to be able to deliver some newness for next year with the 30th Anniversary of EpV on tap.


QUESTION:  Well, we're heading into the home stretch for 2009. By the time we get answers to these questions, we could very well have the final 2009 wave (Willrow!) in our hands. Looking back at the past year, with the Legacy drop-off issues you've had to deal with, where there any big surprises? Any item that sold more than you were expecting? Any item that didn't sell as well as you'd hoped? What were the team's favorite items for 2009?

ANSWER:  2009 was without a doubt one of the most challenging years we have had to deal with. The year is not over yet but some of the surprises have been the lower than anticipated interest in many of the new exclusives. We thought that this year was a high watermark in terms of the number of significant new exclusives we were able to deliver, but it simply may also be that there are too many choices. The exclusives were also some of the team's favorites, with the Geonosis Arena 2-packs bringing many new characters, along with the Wal-Mart power trio of the AT-ST, Dewback, and Octuptarra Droid. The latter in particular is a simply astonishing piece that many fans seem to have missed, and should be one of the centerpieces of any modern droid army. On the bright side, we were pleased with the strong reception to the Deluxe Figure/Vehicle packs, showing that there is a real need for individual craft in a dedicated assortment.




IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS


QUESTION:  We are eagerly waiting for the release of the upcoming at-st, sandtrooper with dewback, and gelagrub battlepack, is there any reason your targeted street date for the release of these offerings is so far off?

ANSWER:  The AT-ST and Dewback were pushed back to coincide with Wal-Mart's later promotional dates, while Gelagrub was delayed due to production issues with the wave it was in.  All of them are at retail right now in the U.S.


QUESTION:  We are all loving your new Freeco speeder and thought the frosted glass was a very nice touch. Wouldn't it have made more sense to release this great vehicle with a Winter Geared Obi Wan or Anakin or Captain Rex and are we going to see these nonproduced winter environment figures in the future?

ANSWER:  The characters were not ready when we had the reference for the vehicle, and we decided it was too good to wait.  And yes, you will see the winter figures next year


QUESTION:  I would like to know if there is any attempt at a schedule for Australian star wars legacy collectors?, it seems to me that all of the figures that are on the pegs are Clone Wars, Clone Wars, Clone Wars!!! when we do get some legacy it's always seems to be wave 4 in blue and white packaging i haven't even seen new stock for 6 months.. so why is it that all that is ever stocked on our limited pegs is clone wars figures when the show is not even on air in our country?

ANSWER:  Retailers have placed their emphasis on Clone Wars due to the new entertainment. Season 1 was very successful, and Clone Wars will be back on the air February with Season 2. The Legacy/Droid Factory basic figure SKU has definitely been a challenge for us in Australia but it has not been dropped. It has been hit hardest by the changes in the last year, resulting in less consumer takeaway of the early waves - this has resulted in inventory buildup at retail which has affected our ability to get new waves into the market. We are trying to get the remaining new waves for Spring 2010, but there is a strong likelihood that we will not be able to get them due to the current stock situation.  We are working to correct this going forward and think that we will be in a good position to "restart" the collector-targeted basic figure line when the brand resets Fall 2010.




JEDI INSIDER


QUESTION:  The very ends of the Y-wing exhausts have a pattern which provides a pretty clear orientation - there is one fin that sticks out further than those around it giving either the appearance of a horizontal or vertical orientation. The vintage Y-wing, which had to be assembled, allowed one to orient those last exhaust pieces whichever way one might choose. Pictures of the original movie models seem to indicate they should be oriented in a "vertical" position. I've noticed however that the new Clone Wars Y-wing has one vertical and one horizontal. Was this an accident or on purpose, and will it be fixed for subsequent re-issues? It seems like a small thing but once you notice it, you can't un-see it and it looks a little odd. On a similar topic, how much of a chance is there we might see those end exhausts re-done so one could see down into the nacelle, in other words, make them look like the vintage Y-wing's exhausts?

ANSWER:  The different orientation seems to have been a vendor mistake partway during the run that was not corrected, since our initial samples were correct. At this point, we cannot correct since the production is completed. It will have to be something we correct if we should ever release the Y-Wing again in the future. The inside of the tubes are pretty boring, so to open them up would not provide much detail unless the entire tube section were retooled, and honestly we're not sure whether it would be worth it to redo it. That's a big chunk of expensive steel and we'd rather look at something new and different for the investment.


QUESTION:  A minutia question: the Essential Guide to Vehicles, both the earlier edition in '96 and the updated edition in '03, refer to the Turbo Tank as the "Juggernaut". Was that name not carried forward into the toy version becaue of trade-mark issues with Marvel - either the company or the toy line - or for another reason?

ANSWER:  We actually chose to call it the Turbo Tank over the Juggernaut, sinceTurbo Tank conveys a more descriptive image which we felt was essential for our kid communication including the TV Commercial.


QUESTION:  The question of playsets/large vehicles comes up quite regularly in these Q & As and the answer tends to be the same. With the exception of the Falcon which will always be an iconic vessel, other big items need a) media support and b) to be multi-faceted i.e, vehicle AND playset such as the new Falcon, AT-TE and Juggernaught (Turbo Tank). Multiple requests for Anakin's Twilight from the Clone Wars have met with the dreaded "not exciting enough" response time and again, yet the Falcon in and of itself, is not very dynamic (I believe the famous quote was, "What a hunk of junk!"). It's only through seeing it in action (aka "media support") that it became the ship we all love. With this in mind, Anakin and Ahsoka spend a high percentage of their time on board the Twilight. It's saved their hides more than once. It bears all the basic hallmarks required to become a new classic - "ugly" by conventional standards but souped up with much more under the proverbial hood than one might think thanks to Anakin's tinkering and tough as nails. Couple this with the thought that it also seems to be a great shape to offer some playset playability. A toy Twilight, with the length of the B-wing (or only slightly longer) and the volume of the original Vintage Falcon toy (but in a more convenient boxy shape) would be a good compromise between size and playability and could fold out or open in such a way as to have a usable interior. With some solid designs, I could easily see a Twilight fit in to the new 75 dollar price-point, and maybe the hundred if you guys really went all out.

All this is to say, you'd be hard-pressed to find a vehicle that is not a starfighter of some sort with MORE media support than the Twilight right now, and I'm curious how it could still be considered such a dog for forecast sales - can you please give it another look?

ANSWER:  We have actually done a lot of work on what size and price the Twilight would be if we did one, but have always come back to the same place: it simply does not have the gravitas in the show that a big vehicle would need to have in order to succeed. It has not shown itself to be as truly heroic and universally memorable like the Millenium Falcon. Unless the Twlight gets a lot more attention and becomes something that really gets kids excited, we won't be adding it to the 3-3/4" line.




To be continued.
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JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th, 2009 - PART 3



JEDI NEWS


QUESTION:  A while ago you confirmed a jacketless Cade Skywalker figure.  Will this figure be all new or a retool of the previous Cade figure?  Any pictures of the figure would be cool as well :-)

ANSWER:  Sadly, this figure was to be part of the Spring 2011 Comic Pack Asst, which has been canceled.  He was not a new figure but based on the existing Cade.  We will be looking for ways to bring this figure out eventually, but it may take some time and will not be before 2011 at this point.


QUESTION:  Saga Legends is obviously the medium for ensuring that previously released "Core Characters" are still readily available for kids and collectors (that are perhaps joining the hobby late), so I was wondering what the reasoning is behind including re-packs in the regular Legacy Collection line (in some cases, more than once, e.g. Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Hero), Jango Fett etc), particularly when it leaves gaps in the numbering system for those collectors that don't want to buy these figures again?  This is especially true here in the UK and Canada where the Saga Legends line has been taken in preference to the Legacy Collection.

ANSWER:  These figures are extremely important, because without them we would not be able to do many of the newly tooled characters.  The more obscure, fan-targeted figures like Cantina patrons, Jabba's Palace denizens, Pod Racers, and the like are figures that can only be produced in small batches to meet the interests of the hard-core collectors.  These figures by themselves are not financially viable for us to pursue, and thus can only see the light of day if they are offset by re-releases of our "greatest hits" or characters that continue to be in demand (like many troop builders).  Due to the further softening of the Star Wars collector base, these greatest hits-type figures have become more important than ever.


QUESTION:  The "Scramble on Yavin" Battle Pack has been very hard to find at retail or even on eBay.  Please can you confirm if this Battle Pack will be re-released in the new Red\White packaging and if so, when?  Also, how do you decide on which Battle Packs to re-release?

ANSWER:  The Scramble Pack is one pack that has bucked the trend of the collector slowdown, and interest in this pack has remained high.  Still, our focus on Battle Packs has shifted primarily to kids and we will not be re-releasing this one in the red/white line look.  At this point any re-release looks unlikely since the package size of Battle Packs will change for Fall next year.




JEDIDEFENDER


QUESTION:  On the topic of the recent "way too purple-y" Jango Fett figures: In a past Q&A answer, you said that (due to the timing) you couldn't change the Target Geonosis Arena Jango Fett to a blue/gray version, but that you had a blue/gray figure planned for 2010. Is that still happening? If so, are we talking basic figure line or some other release?

ANSWER:  We wanted the Target Geonosis pack to remain the current even more screen accurate color. A blue/gray Fett is planned for the basic figure line in 2010.


QUESTION:  The recent Fan's Choice Poll highlighted a few of the resculpts that the community is clamoring for (Tarkin, Ponda Baba, Dr. Evazan). We'd like to toss a few more out there for consideration as well - the Star Wars entertainers! What are the chances of revisiting and updating the Cantina Band Members, Jabba's Dancers (including Oola), or the Max Rebo Band Members?

ANSWER:  Oola is scheduled to appear in 2010 if all goes according to plan. Of the others, we'd like to see a new Bith musician at some point, but would not be for a few years. We just don't see doing anything with the Max Rebo band members for many years, if at all.


QUESTION:  When you started planning the 2010 basic figure line, did you approach the year with the idea that the line was maybe "burned out" on any particular film? For example, maybe one of the six films where you felt that the 'parking lot' was running a bit bare now that you're thinking in terms of "more A, less C (or D) list" characters these days and ultimately ended up skipping that film for 2010?

ANSWER:  We were surprised that there was a lot of life left in both EpIII and EpV, given that these films seem to have been more thoroughly mined than most. We think we have great waves for both lines up for Fall 2010. After we get through one focused wave for each of the six films, which will take up through mid-Spring 2011, we will be taking a new approach with the line and going with mixed-film waves, which will help ensure that characters from all films are still represented in the line without having to have core hero "anchor" figures for each film to provide the backbone for a specific wave.




RAVING TOY MANIAC


QUESTION:  Hasbro previously said that the Attack of the Clones wave was rather limited. Well, the Phantom Menace wave so far seems to be even more limited. Toys R Us, Khol's, Meijer, and KMart didn't stock it at all. It showed up only a few times at Target stores over just two or three weeks and only seems to have hit Walmart stores once or twice over just one week. Even Hasbrotoyshop.com only restocked it once. Why? Will it ship again?

ANSWER:  We can confirm that the EpI wave was indeed produced in greater quantities than the EpII wave, but some quantity was held for other merchandising so not all of it has found its way to retail yet. Also, given the nature of the figure build-up for the holiday crush, we tend to ship a lot of figures to retail and Legacy has a lot of waves; what retailers move out of their distribution centers (DCs) first may not be the first product in.


QUESTION:  We have had many and varied versions of the Clone Pilot but will we ever get the Actual V-Wing Pilot (full face-mask) that was in ROTS? I know I could kit-bash one but I want to pay you for an "official" version.

ANSWER:  We did do a Clone V-wing pilot in the Evolutions "Imperial Pilots Legacy" set (87650 / 87874). There is actually no official pilot from the movie as they were never seen, but we used a closed helmet concept design based on an official LFL concept sketch to develop our figure. We just double checked LFL's data base and there is no new info on the V-Wing pilot. If you have information that we or LFL do not have in their database, we'd love to see it.


QUESTION:  As 2010 is the 30 Anniversary, can we expect to see at least one TESB-related item in each of the toy line categories: figure, battle pack, beast, vehicle?

ANSWER:  There will be an Ep V themed item in three of the four categories you mentioned.





REBELSCUM


QUESTION:  Being a huge cantina fan, I am wondering if the two aliens that were seen in the original film release of ANH but were both eliminated in the Special Editions, Lak Sivrak and Arleil Schous, are still possibilities for a future release in the modern line? Also, Lak would be somewhat easy since his legs, hands and head are the same as the TAC '07 Voolvif Monn figure and could easily be re-used. I love Arleil and hope he is not lost and forgotten in the echoes of time.

ANSWER:  Neither of those characters should be off limits, especially since we did a Lak figure post-Special Editions. They just have not been high on our wish-lists since there were so many other Cantina denizens that we felt wanted to get to first. We would not rule them out some day, but it will likely be a few years off before we do one or both.


QUESTION:  Considering the difficulty involved in getting head variant and running change figures out in the Basic figure line, would you consider releasing collector targeted Battle Packs, possibly as exclusives, that consisted of head variants of troop builder figures such as the Rebel Fleet Trooper(which you said you are looking to get out in the next couple of years), Endor Rebel Soldiers, Hoth Rebel Soldiers, Rebel Technicians, Bespin Guards, Death Star Troopers, Imperial Techinician/Scanning Crew Troopers, Imperial Officers of various types, etc. It would be nice to have some variety amongst the troops whose faces are visible and Battle Packs that contained 4 troopers of the same type(again, say 4 Rebel Fleet Troopers in one Battle Pack) with each having a different head sculpt would be a great way to bring that about. You could still release these type of troop builder figures in the Basic line as these would just be extras on top of the Basic line releases of those figures.

ANSWER:  This is an excellent idea, and something that we think would have appeal now that have built a library of quality bodies for many of the troopers. We would have to match up the idea with a willing retailer and a format that works for them, but we are looking for ways to get more of these great classic troop builders out there for fans. It will likely not be as four packs as you suggest. Thanks for the suggestion.


QUESTION:  It seems the fate of the comic pack line is ambiguous. There has been little indication as to when we might see the next new wave of comic packs which should have hit the stores by now. It is understood there have been distrubution problems, but I was curious to know if and the comic packs showed at Comic-Con and the Wal-mart exclusive wave or still on tap. What is the status of the current unreleased comic packs?

ANSWER:  Comic Packs have really fallen off and we have not been able to get to any new releases past the first wave. At this point, we are working to get the last five Fall packs out (including Tholme/T'raa Saa, the Clones from Routine Valor, and the Black Hole Trooper). They will be out in about March. The Spring packs at this point will not make it out to retail. The Wal-Mart Comic Packs have been pushed out at this point and it's not certain if/when they will make it out. We will be looking at any packs that don't get released to try and bring them out (removed in) somehow, but probably not as Comic Packs.






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JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th, 2009 - PART 4



SANDTROOPERS


QUESTION:  Why do you move the foot peg holes around from heel on some figures or in the arch (middle) of the foot on others?  Is there a reason why don't you keep them on the heel all of the time?  I have these stands and it seems that the figures with the hole in the middle does not sit all the way down on the stand.

ANSWER:  When a figure has ankle articulation, it may not be possible to locate the footpeg on the heel.  Some figures do have more shallow footpegs, and we need to do a better job making sure they are a depth that works with the figure stands, especially when we go to re-release those figures.


QUESTION:  You have basically said on several sites that the comic packs are not meeting sales expectations. my question is how will this affect the throm and exar kun wave and the walmart exclusive wave? will these still be released this year?

ANSWER:  Right now the last wave of five packs (including the Exar Kun/Ulic Quel Droma pack) is pushed out to Spring 2010, and we don't expect that it will be out until March at this point. The Spring 2010 packs (including the ones shown at Comic Con) are cancelled, while the Wal-Mart exclusives have been delayed; they are likely to make it out but we don't know when.


QUESTION:  Last night I recieved and read Star Wars Legacy: Issue 41. There is some great Mando fodder in that issue! Any chance that will become a comic pack? A green and yellow or a black and gold Hondo Karr and his wife as a two pack? Heck, you could even do Auch's and Mandalore Ordo as repaints off the Hondo Karr! The Hondo Karr figure,with a new head could potentially make 4 characters that wouldnot warm the pegs!

ANSWER:  The Comic Packs are cancelled, although we don't rule out doing an occasional one or two as exclusives periodcially.  Hondo is an excellent figure, but as far as the EU goes, we are going to be very selective about which characters we do and there are a good number that are behind, currently.  We hope one day to be able to expand out EU focus again and the comics, especially Legacy, are an exciting area from which to draw.




SIR STEVE'S GUIDE


QUESTION:  The new Battle Droid figures in the Geonosis Arena Showdown sets are quite nice, but there are a few issues too, even aside from the eye design problem which you've already talked about. On the long-awaited commander, the yellow chest circle is positioned incorrectly, it should be moved up a bit as was shown correctly on the package art, as well as the 1999 OOM-9 figure and the 2007 Saga Legends two-pack figure. Then there's the issue of arm position: in the films, whenever the droids hold their blasters, they do so with both hands, yet Battle Droid figures from the last 4 years still can't do this, despite this new sculpt being made as a big upgrade. And finally, there's the the battle droid neck, which is assembled backwards with the angle bar in the front instead of in the back, and separately it telescopes into the torso rather than pivots down the way it does in the films, especially odd since we've had previous Battle Droid figures that could pivot. What caused these issues? It can be assumed that the Target sets won't be modified, but before either of these droids gets re-released, will we see any of these issues addressed?

ANSWER:  The Target sets will not be modified, as they have already been at retail for some weeks now but we will take the deco issues into consideration if/when these figures are ever re-released. The choice to have the neck compress down into the torso was a deliberate design decision since the goal was not to accurately recreate the way a droid collapsed but to produce the best figure that could get to both states. We also hear you on the hands and holding blasters, and are working on a future Battle Droid modification that will address that. We don't know if this will make it in the second wave of (planned, but not confirmed) Geonosis Arena sets, or will make it into a future release somewhere else.


QUESTION:  Back in January, we asked about what happens to pulled-back pegwarming figures, and at the time you hadn't bought back some in a while so your answer focused on other methods of using the packaged figures, but on October 2nd you answered another site that this year's pulled-pack figures were being destroyed. How exactly are they being destroyed, and are those destroyed materials being recycled in some manner, or are they just destined to become landfill? Can Hasbro further clarify the details of this issue and address rationale behind this measure which could negative effects on the environment?

ANSWER:  Due to their nauture, they cannot be recycled. Beyond that, we don't have any details on the specific method of disposal.


QUESTION:  With the updating of Imperial trooper figures lately to have more accurate designs and sharper sculpting, the Biker Scout is so far one of those figures left out. Although one of the "vintage-style" figures, the existing Scout figure could use some upgrades including sharper armor and undersuit sculpting, a slightly larger helmet, more accurate arms including the missing elbow pads, less bulky shoulders, and better range of motion for the head, knees, torso and hips. How likely are we to see an updated Biker Scout figure like this? What would hold something like this back from being delivered in the foreseeable future?

ANSWER:  A new Biker Scout is currently not in the plans as we have thought the Vintage one to be quite sharp and have kept that in the lineup, and have other troops we feel we need to focus on. We'll take another look at your suggestions for a possible figure further down the road.




SNOWTROOPERS


QUESTION:  For years we've had 8D8 and his torture rack lever, but no Power droid to put in a turning harness to melt his feet.  Would you consider doing one with harness to go along with 8D8??  Could it be done as a BAD figure?

ANSWER:  We could not do a Power Droid as a buildable droid figure, due to his unique construction, but something like this would be an interesting accessory some day.  Right now we don't have it in the lineup, but we like the idea of continuing to focus on droids after the Legacy/Droid Factory concept comes to a close.


QUESTION:  With the year coming to an end there are a number of items which  have not made it to Canada or came in small quantities.  In an August Q&A the possibility was raised about periodically publishing a list for Canadian collectors confirming what products are shipping. We appreciate the exclusives timetable that was provided but will there be something similar for mass retail products? Perhaps just as important is a list of items confirmed as not coming.

In lieu of such lists wondering about the status of the following products:
Toys’ R Us Crumb Bomber Gunship
Wal-Mart Under the Helmet Ambush 2 packs 1&2 (Rookies 2 packs did come)
Grey Ugnaught (ROTJ revision case)
Ahsoka Tano’s Jedi Starfighter  / Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Battlepacks – Geonosis Assault, Gelagrub Patrol, Rishi Moon Outpost Attack, Battle For Endor
Comic Packs - Katarn/Vong, Luke/Lumiya, Dare/Krayt (London Drugs reports, can we expect them at national retailers?).

The Legacy ROTJ figure wave (non-revision case) arrived recently. Is it known what other 09 Legacy waves we will be getting? We have been told further Comic Packs for Canada are highly unlikely. Might other 2010 Legacy products specifically basic figures suffer a similar fate?

ANSWER:  We are checking with the Canadian team to see if a checklist can be made.  It's not so easy since there are a lot of considerations that need to be
made.

Specific answers for you:
Republic Gunship: Will not be coming to Canada.
Under the Helmet (Wal-Mart): Wal-Mart passed on this item and did not get pick-up at other retailers.  It will not come to Canada.
Grey Ugnaught: This will not be coming to Canada.
Ahsoka's Starfight/Corporate Alliance Tank Droid: These will be available in Canada and should be out soon if not now.
Battlepacks: Good news here - Geonosis Assault, Gelagrub Patrol, Battle for Endor, and Rishi Moon are coming to Canada and are either out now or will be within the next month.
Comic Packs:  This wave is in our Canadian warehouse, but Comic Packs have been slow overall so it's not clear how much of this wave will eventually get to retail. "


QUESTION:  Any chance of seeing Hondo Karr in his Mandalore armour as seen in Legacy #41?  I'm sure you could find a two-pack combo... maybe throw in his wife in her armour?  Hey... a husband-wife two-pack... got some possibilities there for future packs...

ANSWER:  It's a cool idea, but we have no more plans for Hondo at present time.




SW ACTION NEWS


QUESTION:  In recent Hasbro Q&A's you have repeatedly referenced a waning adult Star Wars collector base.  I was wondering what evidence you are seeing of that?  Is it just the more collector oriented figures like Yarna sitting on pegs, or do you have deeper research?

ANSWER:  We have some research that confirms the trend.  The timing is tied to the economic trends, and it seems to have hit Star Wars particularly hard.  We also think because Star Wars collector interest was so high for so long that we were able to release a lot of different things - basic figures, vehicles, creatures, evolutions, comic packs, various exclusives, etc... that it became simply too much for people to keep up with once dollars became tighter.  Going forward for collector targeted toys, we'll be narrowing the breadth down and keeping production quantities tighter in check to make sure that we keep the collection manageable and deliver significant, must have toys to bring back some of the fans who've been on the sidelines.


QUESTION: It seems lately that figures, ANY figures, are scare on our pegs.  While some waves have shown up recently, they sell through and seem not to be restocked as often if at all.  And this holds for both the Legacy and the Clone Wars lines of figures.  Some Star Wars fans are beginning to speculate that there are less of these figures being released into the market.  While I know you can't give specific numbers, can you tell us if the production runs of Star Wars figures are smaller today than they were 1, 2 or even 5 years ago?  Or is there some other reason for the scarcity of these newer waves?

ANSWER:  You are seeing a situation that is due to several factors.  A lower collector demand, higher retail inventories, the need to deliver all of the red/white Legacy waves we have shown, and a resulting retail situation that we think will be temporary.  Due to the large abundance of previous Legacy figures we have taken to supplying retail slightly differently to ensure that the new waves do indeed get out to retail.  It has meant in some cases that a smaller number of any wave will get out there, rather than risk skipping some stores entirely if they currently do not need inventory.  We think that after the holidays we should be straightened out and will be back to a situation where we can turn on automatic replenishment once again.  

We can confirm that production runs of the current Legacy red/white line look are the smallest they have been in the past 5 years, which is in reaction to our need to match production to the actual active collector population which has declined significantly in the past 16 or so months.  We have been giving folks a heads up in the Q&A for a while now that this is going to be the case, since it's the only way to ensure that we continue with a healthy collector base figure business.  The way that we used to manage our Legacy type figures had to change to react to demand.   So the new way of lower batch size ensures that new figures can continue to flow in.  

A correllary of that is that there may not be an ample supply of the greatest hits type figures, including troop builders since there are fewer mix type of waves that we typically deliver between main waves to keep retail demands fed.  Instead we had to cut back to pretty much the primary new figure waves, and so this put something of a cap on the greatest hits like Luke, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and the like that we would usually produce wave in and wave out.  We are more closely matched to the collector figures currently in order to bring in all of the waves we've developed.  It is not our intention to deliberately short demand, but to make sure that the fans who want the figures can get them.  Our strategy for the mass retailers is to make sure that the new waves get out as soon as they are available.  Which means that we will start shipping the new wave when we get them into our warehouse even if it means holding back on supplies of previous waves if we have not finished shipping them yet.  As we have windows to ship previous waves we will fill in with those.  Meanwhile, internet retailers can order specific waves for which we still have supply, meaning that they can continue to be a safety valve for collectors in cases where demand is running higher than the supply in the local stores.


QUESTION:  While the extra accessories packed with some recent greatest hits figures were nice, collectors and diorama builders have been asking on our forums for more types of accessories, be they lightsabers or original trilogy era weaponry.  Are there any ways such additional accessories might be made available for collectors in the future, either in more greatest hits figures, through Hasbro Toy Shop, accessory packs, etc?

ANSWER:  YES!  We are working right now to vary things up for future Saga Legends figures.  We won't be doing lightsabers since they are character specific.  But we will be getting some different types of blasters in there using the blaster library from the Mandalorian multipacks.  Look for them to be randomly packed out next fall!






To be continued.
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JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th, 2009 - PART 5



SW COLLECTOR


QUESTION:  I am really glad that you have made much needed updates to two of the core characters from the Phantom Menace (Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan) and I am hoping that there will be more coming soon. Do you have any plans to add new Episode I versions of Anakin, Padme, Jar Jar and a much desired super articulated Darth Maul to the line in the next year or two?

ANSWER:  For most of these, the answer is yes. Anakin is one character who won't likely be updated. His sculpts are very good, even though they have not been back in circulation, and it's tough to justify adding any more articulation to smaller figures like his. If we decide to get young Annie back out there it might be one of the existing sculpts.


QUESTION:  We know that you do have some new astromechs coming up in the Clone Wars line, but that Ahsoka's R7-A7 is not among them. Does this mean that we are finally getting an animated R4-P17, or maybe Kit Fisto's R6-H5?

ANSWER:  Yes, for 2010 R4 is in the plans but we do not have plans for Kit's Astromech right now. Over time, we will be working more of the Astros into the line, perhaps using the exclusives program as well to salt them in.


QUESTION:  I've been getting pretty fed up with getting figures home, opening them up, and then discovering one of their hands has been permanently mangled by the accessory being rubber-banded into its hand. Surely there's got to be a better way to package figures so that they aren't damaged by their own packing materials?

ANSWER:  Quality is of paramount concern to us, and the clear bands methods we've arrived at for securing accessories should not permanently disfigure our figures. In the large number of figures we have opened ourselves for checking product and adding to our own collections, we have yet to see any figures rendered unusable. There may be some deformation, which is temporary but the figure will return to it's molded shape over time. Keeping the figure in a warm room will help speed the process. If there is a figure that for some reason is damaged, our consumer affairs team would like to hear about it and we will work with you to replace your figure to ensure that you are satisfied. Please let us know more specifics about the figure(s) in question so we can examine them too. Thanks for letting us know about your issue.




THE JAWA


QUESTION:  Do you think we can expect many more figures from the Marvel comic series? Luke and Lumiya were by far the best two figures to come from that series to date, so I'm holding out hope for more like them! Five future figure hopefuls at the top of my list are Z-X3 from issue 47, Flint (Dark Lord of Belderone) and Luke Skywalker wearing his white and black outfit from issue 92 (first Star Wars comic with art by Jan Duursema by the way!), and Vlix and Tig Fromm from Marvel's Droids issue 2. I don't know if any of these characters have a real shot at being made in plastic someday, but whether they do or not, please keep looking for ways to slot in a few figures from the old days of the EU!

ANSWER:  With the Comic Packs being shut down after Spring, it's going to be a while before we have a vehicle to really bring out some more of the Marvel characters. The Marvel comics are certainly fun.  There are some interesting characters on your list, and we would have some different ones we'd want to get to first (Valence and Dani would be our top choices).  We are hopeful that we will be able to get to some of these someday, but for the near-term the focus will be on more of the movie figures with less overall focus on the EU.


QUESTION:  Many of us assume that one of these days, Hasbro will finally get around to releasing a Sim Aloo figure.  Would Aloo be designed/produced in a way that he will blend in with the existing Janus and Kren Blista-Vanee figures?  I'm a fan of SA and softgoods, but here my concern is that Hasbro will actually do something similar to the recent Ghost Anakin and put too much softgoods in order to ensure he is SA.  While I didn't like how Janus and Kren were basically statues, and would like Aloo to be able to do a bit more posing than his predecessors, perhaps Hasbro could stick to plastic and give Aloo arm articulation similar to your Po Nudo?   Maybe a removable hat or some accessories, but let's keep softgoods out of it so that all the Imperial Dignitaries look alike on my shelf :-)

ANSWER:  Thanks for the comment.  You may have a point in that sometimes, too much articulation may not be warranted depending on the figure, and soft goods may or may not be merited for Sim.  We don't have him in the lineup for the next couple of years but it's a good bet he'll make the lineup shortly after that; a new Imperial Dignitary, especially with the strong nod to the vintage Kenner line, is long overdue.


QUESTION:  With news of a forthcoming Force Unleashed battlepack, will we get a newly sculpted head for Galen Marek?  I recall reading that the actor who plays Galen (Sam Witwer) wasn't cast until late in the game development which presumably is why the earlier Starkiller figures don't really resemble him at all - now that the game has been out for a while and Hasbro has a good idea of what Galen looks like, can we please get a better likeness for the next Galen figure?

ANSWER:  There will be a couple new takes on Galen Marek in the two TFU multi-figure packs lined up as Toys 'R Us exclusives next Spring.  They each have the same sculpt, which is all new and based on new reference supplied by Lucasfilm that looks like the character in the games.




THE PRIVATE UNIVERSE


QUESTION:  With some great new cantina patrons out now I was wondering if or when it is likely we will see updates to some of the earlier characters like Ponda Baba, Momaw, Labria, Muftak, Dr Evazen, Wuher and Duros? All could do with some improvement in articulation to fit in better.

ANSWER:  We have some resculpts planned for an early wave in 2011 at this point. Two of the ones you ask about (Ponda Baba and Dr. Avazan) are in the lineup. Wuher would be the next we would get to after that. The rest are much lower on the list and will likely not be updated for a long time.


QUESTION:  There has been a steady increase of EU figures being made, which has been very welcome, are we likely to see this continue to include maybe whole waves of EU characters? Also is there any chance that we will see characters from Shadows of the Empire like Dash, Leebo or Guri? Out of interest do sales of EU characters sell as well as characters from the movies?

ANSWER:  It has been a good run, but we're sorry to report that the number of EU characters will be scaled back going forward. After the final EU wave of the red/white Legacy collection next Spring, there will be a hiatus of EU characters in the basic figure lineup for quite a while while we focus on the core movies. With the demise of the Comic Packs, this removes a significant venue for important and interesting EU characters. We will be continuing to look at exclusives as a format for EU, and the video game focused packs will continue at Toys 'R Us, with a great pair of The Force Unleashed multi-packs coming next Spring. We love the EU ourselves and will bring out occasional additional EU-focused items as we match an idea with retail interest. Some EU figures have done very well, while others have struggled when compared to the collector-targeted movie figures. It is still a very fertile area of focus for us, but we have to be careful on our selections in an era where collectors are being much more cautious with their spending.


QUESTION:  This is a cheeky request for any images of anything that has not yet been seen in any detail of anything that is currently in the making... I don't want to be specific as I want to cover all bases. Go on give a little British fan site a scoop Wink

ANSWER:  We're sorry that we don't have anything to show. We are still working to release everything that we showed a little over four months ago at Comic Con, and any Spring waves are still some ways off. At this point, the next time we will have new news is going to be Toy Fair in February.




YAKFACE


QUESTION:  With the new season of The Clone Wars in full swing and the recent airing of the action packed and merchandise laden episode "Landing at Point Rain", a few questions have come to bear. Will we in fact see a red version of the Y-wing Bomber and if so, will it be in 2010? Also, speaking of repaints/reissues, might we see a return of the Geonosian fighter due to it's prominence in this Geonosis battle story arc?

ANSWER:  We do not have a redeco of the Y-Wing planned since we still have a large number of the (first) yellow ones to get through.  There are no plans to release the Geonosian fighter, but we like the bugs too and if they continue to play a big role we would not rule out a return.


QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions regarding the new Clone Commander Cody (BD44) from the Legacy Collection. First off, from the articulation to the deco - what a marked improvement over the previous version - although there is one slight problem. Despite the figure's overall accuracy there is one familiar malady from which it suffers - he has been assembled with the belt upside down. On a plain clone trooper this oversight is generally looked past, but on this figure it causes 2 problems:

A.) the yellow and gray ammo pouches end up being on the wrong side of the body
B.) the Obi-Wan's lightsaber hilt is carried on the wrong hip (note: the figure on Cody's card back is assembled correctly)

Is there any chance that this manufacturing/assembly error will be corrected before the end of its production run? Oh, and one more thing... Now that Cody has a more subdued orange coloration, would it be possible to reissue his Utapau clone troopers (TSC-026) with this matching color as the previous version's paint is practically fluorescent orange in comparison.  Cody needs his troopers to coordinate!

ANSWER:  Unfortunately, the entire production run of Cody had finished before we became of aware of the belt error and there was no chance to make a correction.   We do not have a Cody re-release planned, but if and when we do, we will make the correction.  We are working on getting Cody's troopers back out there and will look to match to Cody's exact colors.


QUESTION:  Since their reveal at SDCC, collectors who missed out on acquiring all of carded TAC McQuarrie Concept figures were overjoyed at being able to fill those holes with additions of the McQuarrie Signature Series boxed sets to their collections. Now that they have been released, those same collectors are in a state of disappointment as many of the accessories have been left out, leaving Jedi without the lightsabers, holsters without blasters to fill them and alternate head sculpts to never be displayed. What is the reasoning behind the short change considering the missing parts exist? Was it a costing issue? If so, why then were some of the figures repainted slightly from their original releases?

ANSWER:  The paint differences were not deliberate.  Nowadays, when we re-release figures, the factories have to create all new spray masks for figures if the figure has been out of production (as all of the McQuarrie figures had been).  As such, some differences, even if subtle, resulted.  This was not intentional.  Regarding the accessories, we are baffled ourselves as to why these were left out as the intention to was re-release the McQuarrie figures exactly as they were originally released. However, at this point there is nothing we can do, since we did not indicate on package that they come with anything beyond what is shown in package.




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JTA - HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF DECEMBER 10th, 2009 - PART 6


YODA'S NEWS


QUESTION:  Are any of the following characters on tap for the Clone Wars line: OOM-224, Republic Gunship pilot Hawk, Wat Tambor, Nute Gunray, and generic gunship pilots?

ANSWER:  None of these are in the Clone Wars figure lineup right now.


QUESTION:  Have you ever thought about doing a promotion where a select amount of "tickets" were randomly inserted in Star Wars products with special codes on them, and five or ten of the tickets would be winners and get a VIP type tour with the Hasbro Star Wars team, spend a day in the meetings, pitching ideas, a prize pack., etc?

ANSWER:  We are actually precluded from doing "Golden Ticket" promotions like this. Instead, if we did something, it would be more of a sweepstakes where no purchase was required. We've found that kids generally don't regard these types of promotional prizes as significant and interesting, and the number of entries is generally lower than more tangible prizes like a huge collection of Star Wars, etc.


QUESTION:  Is Hasbro planning the same type of Press Day event this year at NYTF for the collectible sites as they have with years in the past? Hasbro has put on some fantastic shows in years past with sneak peeks, movie trailers, new products and more. Without blockbuster movies like last year, can we still plan on an event this February?

ANSWER:  Right now, we are planning an event for Toy Fair but it has not been 100% confirmed. The timing as an important launch venue for our collector-targeted brands (Star Wars, Transformers, Marvel, and GI Joe) since we are revealing many toys from our full year lineup at the show. You are wrong on one thing, though - Iron Man 2 will be a big focus for Hasbro.






Keep checking back for more Q&A sessions as sites continue to post their individual sessions with Hasbro.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2009, 05:43:08 PM »

We've got a late update to this round with the addition of Raving Toy Maniacs
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