HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A HEADLINES - WEEK OF DECEMBER 21st, 2009HEADLINE - COMIC 2-PACK REPURPOSED AS C5 EXCLUSIVE; SECOND C5 EXCLUSIVE TO BE TESB THEMEDJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
As of this writing, Celebration V has just been announced for August 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Comments from Steve Sansweet on December 3rd indicate that an exclusive figure like those at past Star Wars Celebrations may not be likely.
However, in a November 16th Q&A session with Jedi Temple Archives, Hasbro indicated that some items from the due to be cancelled Expanded Universe comic 2-pack line were now slated to possibly become convention exclusives. Obviously, the announcement of a Star Wars Celebration Hasbro exclusive is usually something of a news event of it's own. But can we expect one of the previously seen comic 2-packs to become a Celebration 5 exclusive? Or should we expect any C5 exclusive to be themed around the 30th Anniversary of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, since that is one of the main themes of Celebration 5?ANSWER:
Thanks for the chance to correct that statement. There definitely *will* be two CV exclusive sets. One of them will be a Comic Pack with two new figures originally slated for the main line that has been redirected to be a CV exclusive. The other set will have an EpV theme, although it will not necessarily debut new characters. Details of both sets will be announced at a later date as we get closer to CV.GOLD 5: There are signs of life for the comic 2-pack line, and that is as convention exclusives. So which previously announced comic 2-pack might be repurposed as a Star Wars Celebration 5 exclusive? Here are some of the comic 2-packs that had been revealed but will NOT be making it out in the final wave of comic 2-packs (the final wave is due in stores spring '10)
LEGACY - Darth Nihl & Deliah Blue
KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC - Jarael & Rohlan Dyre
VISIONARIES - Darth Maul cyborg & figure tbd
EMPIRE - Darklighter - Camie & Fixer
HEIR TO THE EMPIRE - Noghri & Ralracheen
HEADLINE - RUNNING CHANGES TO BE RELEASED...EVENTUALLYJEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
We've seen an admirable effort by Hasbro to offer some variety to the more anonymous characters of the Star Wars universe by offering running changes. However it seems that a number of possible factors affect the feasibility of bringing all of them to retail in a way that works for Hasbro, collectors and retailers. There seemed to be a question about the second Cloud City Wing Guard (Utris M'toc) until one site received a correction on that figure.
But on that roster of running change characters we've seen the Hoth Rebel Trooper, the Ugnaughts, Cloud City Wing Guards, the Utai and Imperial Scanning Troopers. Only the second Ugnaught has made it to market so far, and the Cloud City Wing Guard running change should be shipping with the next wave. How are the other running change figures faring? Can we expect these other figures reasonably soon? And in which format are they likely to be offered if at all?ANSWER:
Thanks for asking. The second beardless Hoth trooper has been slotted into an exclusive Battle Pack for Fall 2010. The Utai has not been slotted in but will eventually make it out, most probably as a basic figure, either in 2011 or after. The Imperial Scanning Trooper is the most vexing one at the moment, since we do not have a pack he can naturally go it. We will find a way to bring him out, most likely as either a Saga Legends figure or as part of an Imperial-themed Battle Pack no later than Spring 2011 if all goes well.GOLD 5: This is promising news for collectors who have been wondering where these running changes might wind up. To recap, here is Hasbro's current statement on each figure:
-Hoth Rebel Trooper (clean shaven) - Exclusive Battle Pack (Fall 2010)
-Utai (second version - seen at SDCC '09) - Likely Basic Figure (2011)
-Imperial Scanning Crew (alternate head sculpt, different scanning gear) - Status TBD
HEADLINE - MIXED SIGNALS ON McQUARRIE A-WINGACTION FIGURE INSIDERQUESTION:
Any chance of seeing a line of vehicles based on RALPH MCQUARRIE’S art work? A-wing—from the lithograph, its just a paint scheme that is different (easy to do) and changing the guns from two to single mounted laser cannons on the side. Add a new pilot to reflect RM art and bam, on to the next one. Go here to see what Im talking about
X wing–Oh this would be fantastic, the top half would have to be a total re-tool but it would be worth it. The four engines could have new caps on them to reflect a half moon look on each one. This would be a pricey one if you did it big style. Y-WING–I know the CW just came out, but there was an early design that looked piecemeal that could still look good with the rear bubble turret, it woud require new tooling but the rest of the body could still be re-used. Vader’s X-1 TIE FIGHTER–there was a pic of a prototype of his on screen tie fighter that looked very mean, the wings/panels had supports that slanted forward like the X-30 CONQUEST from GI JOE. The back had this huge, nasty looking engine. The RM concept is great, I would just love to see it extended to the vehicles.ANSWER:
We won’t be doing any vehicles based on the McQuarrie concept sketches. It seems that fewer collectors are active in getting vehicles compared to collectors, so we have to make sure that when we tool new vehicles that they go toward finding the biggest audience and the concept vehicles are just not well-known enough. The A-Wing actually can’t be done with just a repaint (we’ve looked at it) and the others just won’t find the enough interested collectors to justify the extraordinary work involved.GOLD 5: Hasbro's response regarding the A-Wing seems contradictory to some of the images that were recently posted over at CORE PLANETS. You can see this below:
And here's the McQuarrie artwork.
Based on the prototype/first shot image, it certainly seems that a new A-Wing may be in the works. But based on Hasbro's response it may not be accurate to the original McQuarrie design. Will this possible new A-Wing's deco be inspired by the McQuarrie drawing? That remains to be seen.
HEADLINE - MORE TALZ ON THE WAY IN THE CLONE WARS FIGURE LINEACTION FIGURE INSIDERQUESTION:
Now that you have a Talz Sculpt in Thi -Sen— Is there any chance we can get a Battle pack or deluxe figure set of a slightly different Paint job version of a Talz Warrior with a Narglatch mount– I think that fits your play pattern ideas since they fought against the clones– you could even do a coresponding Battle Pack with the snow clones or Rex with a repainted Freeco or Barc Speeder.ANSWER:
We will be doing additional Talz, but will not be doing the beast. As cool as it is, it does not have enough exposure in the series beyond that episode it was in to justify doing it. If it shows up again, we’ll consider it.GOLD 5: We've already seen etailer images of the Talz leader, Thi-Sen, offered in anticipation of another wave of Clone Wars basic figures. Hasbro's response indicates that more Talz from the Clone Wars will also be coming. Whether it's in a battle pack or the basic figure line remains to be seen.
HEADLINE - NEW JUNO ECLIPSE FROM FORCE UNLEASHED MULTIPACK REVEALEDBANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
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 JUNO ECLIPSE IMAGEGOLD 5: Hasbro initially reported the existance of the TRU exclusive Force Unleashed multipacks back at San Diego Comic Con, but Bantha Skull has scored a first look at one of the figures. And the image reveals a new version of Juno Eclipse in pilot gear as seen in The Force Unleashed.
Hasbro has also confirmed that both TFU battle packs will be anchored by new versions of the Secret Apprentice, Galen Marek. Will one of those versions be from the recently announced LucasArts title The Force Unleashed II? That remains to be seen, but as Hasbro has recently stated the future remains relatively bright for video game based figures.
HEADLINE - NEW CLONE WARS VIDEO GAME FIGURE INCOMINGBANTHA SKULLQUESTION:
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.GOLD 5: Hasbro's response is the first indication that there will be a new figure inspired by a recent Clone Wars videogame. What could it be? Keep checking back for more news!
HEADLINE - DROID FACTORY 2 CONTENTS TO BE PARSED INTO OTHER OFFERINGSCOLLECTION STATIONQUESTION:
In the November Q&A, Hasbro revealed that the latest Droid Factory 2-packs have not performed to expectations and the future planned sequel wave was canceled, with some sets possibly finding their way into other, future sets. With Wal-mart's spotty distribution on these - some stores getting none while others clearanced them for $5 soon after release - and Wal-mart not making them available online, is there any chance that the sequel wave could switch retailers to become another chain's line, or perhaps a shared online exclusive? And if it's not too bold, it sounds like plans were made, so what was the next Droid Factory wave going to be? ANSWER:
It would not be possible to move the Droid Factory packs to another retailer as the price, not the Wal-Mart distribution, was a critical factor in the sets not performing. The fact is that in the stores where these were properly merchandised, consumers did not respond to the $16.99 pricing of the sets. This would not be helped by moving them to another retailer. Due to the large tooling bill of the proposed sequel, there would have been no way to reduce the costs either. At this point, rather than tease fans with what could have been, we will hold on to the contents of the sets in the hopes that we can bring these out, even in smaller batches. We will confirm that the buildable figure was an alternate color deco of the Dark Trooper from the first Wal-Mart sets. The tooling in the set was not put against the buildable droid, but some of the other figures. Given the reception of the first set, and the lack of overall demand for the Dark Trooper, this is another reason why we will not seek another home for the sets using the buildable droid concept as we spec'd it.GOLD 5: While the actual question may have led to a disappointing answer for fans of the Droid Factory 2-packs, there are some positive notes to draw from this Hasbro answer.
The build-a-droid was scheduled to be a repaint of the Dark Trooper. However since the response to this spring's Droid Factory 2-packs was lukewarm, it seems that there may not have been too many disappointed Dark Trooper fans.
As for the figures that were set to be part of the 2-packs? Hasbro seems content not to reveal what these were. But they seem to be holding them in reserve for possible future releases.
HEADLINE - NEW STARFIGHTER VEHICLES ON HOLD UNTIL FALL 2010; CLOUD CAR CONFIRMED!HAN'S HIDEOUTQUESTION:
Things have been awfully quiet on the mid-sized vehicle line. We got a couple of great new additions this past summer (still loving the Droid Tank), but nothing since then. Any chance that you can spot us a couple of hints on upcoming starfighters/ships we'll see on the shelves this Spring?ANSWER:
Unfortunately, there won't be any new ones this Spring. The Starfighters are doing well, but the new wave that was planned for Spring won't make it out at this point and has been pushed out to Fall '10. When the new assortment starts up, it will be chock full of newness. We can confirm that both the new Snowspeeder and a new Cloud Car will be in the line. Stay tuned for official looks at this at Toy Fair.GOLD 5: It sounds like things will be somewhat slow on the general release vehicle front this spring. But on the upside, Hasbro officially confirms the new Cloud Car!
HEADLINE - MORE VARIETY TO BE ADDED TO THE CLONE ARMY'S RANKSIMPERIAL SHIPYARDSQUESTION:
A couple of weeks ago, the new Clone Wars episode "Landing at Point Rain" aired showing us two alternate color schemes of clones that we had seen before and one design that we had never seen on the series before. We had been wanting the snow version of the flamethrower trooper sculpt since the episode where it was debuted last season. What are the chances that we will see a release of the flamethrower trooper, the earmuff trooper " as it has been called" and Waxer and Boil type camo Arf trooper figures in the future? Also, even though you had stated that it is unlikely to happen, any random release to the Legacy line of a version of one or all of these troopers would be loved by all legacy collectors.ANSWER:
Chances are very good that you will see all of these troopers before the end of 2010 in the Clone Wars line. We still don't have any plans to cross the line over (Clone Wars figures done in realistic style, or vice-versa), but expect that you are right and new troops like these would be a welcome addition to the Legacy ranks.GOLD 5: This question seems to be pertaining to a number of Clones. And when it comes to Clone Troopers, a picture is worth a thousand words!
Based on Hasbro's response it seems to be a fair bet that most of these troops will be incoming to the Clone Wars line within the next year.
HEADLINE - EXCLUSIVES TO BE THE LAST REFUGE OF THE EUJEDIDEFENDERQUESTION:
It sounds like we're heading for a break from EU figures in the basic figure line after the upcoming EU wave ships. Is the break from EU figures just in the basic figure line or will we see an overall drop in EU based figures in 2010? Any plans to mix in more EU versions of the main 'A List' characters to sort of fill the gap for the EU figure fans?ANSWER:
It will not be a complete break, but exclusives look like the only way we'll be able to deliver EU until at least Fall 2011. With Comic Packs going away, and a scale back of EU in the mainline basic figures, we will look to the exclusives to keep the passions satisfied. The mainline, meanwhile, will concentrate on movies for a while. Hopefully we'll get back to a place where we can periodically work in high-demand EU figures, and fans have given us a good wish-list with the results of the Toy Fare Fans' Choice poll which just wrapped up.GOLD 5: It seems that the decline in the economy and the related drop in collector interest has hit Hasbro's expanded universe comic 2-packs in a bad way. Hasbro has previously confirmed that the last of the comic 2-packs will be offered in the spring of 2010. But it seems that EU might live on in exclusives. That could be in the form of exclusive comic packs or other multipacks.
HEADLINE - NEW CANTINA ALIEN SLATED FOR EARLY 2011SIR STEVE'S GUIDEQUESTION:
In a recent answer, Hasbro stated that there won't be an ANH wave in 2010, the next one being the beginning of 2011. Does that mean there won't be any new Cantina figures released in '10, or is it possible we might see 1 or 2 in a battle pack, a comic pack, an exclusive, or perhaps even another venue? If the answer is "no", is a Cantina figure planned for that early '11 basic figure wave, and if so, who?ANSWER:
The next Cantina figures will be out with the first wave of basic figures in Spring 2011, if all stays on schedule. There are no Cantina figures planned before that. It's too early to reveal which ones will be in the wave, but at least one will be new and one will be a resculpt.GOLD 5: In the most recent Q&A session Hasbro confirmed resculpts of both Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan. As for the new cantina alien? There's been a regular call for Bom Vimdim to be immortalized in plastic, but we've yet to see any kind of indication from Hasbro about who the new cantina alien might be.
HEADLINE - ONE TOYFARE POLL FIGURE SLATED FOR 2010, OTHERS TO COMESIR STEVE'S GUIDEQUESTION:
In the current Fans Choice final 30 ToyFare poll, there are several figures that have been mentioned by Hasbro to be figures they would like to do anyway. Without asking about too many specifics, could you tell us how many are already in some stage of production? How many of those finalists may be released in 2010 or 2011 alongside the winner? Were any finalists in some level of planning or production before the fan site lists came in? ANSWER:
Some of the 30 were already in the pipeline before the poll began, but only one of them will come in 2010. The rest will be out in 2011 to accompany the winner, although we won't reveal who they are just yet. The winner, along with a tease on the number of other figures already in the 2010-2011 lineup will be revealed in an upcoming issue of Toy Fare.GOLD 5: So 1 down, 29 to go!
In actuality, Hasbro states that some of the 30 characters in the most recent Fan's Choice Figure Poll were already on the drawing boards. One of which will be coming in 2010. And Hasbro reveals that when the winner of the poll is announced a number of other poll contestants will be revealed as being "in the parking lot".
HEADLINE - THREE OT FIGURE CANDIDATES...BUT WHICH ONES?YAKFACEQUESTION:
Some friends and I were throwing around our own "OT wishlists" the other day and we were wagering a few credits (read: cold beverages) on whether or not some are/were in the "parking lot" of upcoming soon-to-be released figures. Without been specific of course, care to give a count as to the ones "on the list"?
Princess Leia (Ceremonial)
Cantina Band Member
Grand Moff Tarkin
Luke Skywalker (Hoth Gear)
Leia Organa (Hoth Gear)
Saelt Marae ; )ANSWER:
You are batting .333 for figures in the lineup, which at this point extends through 2011. Or would that make you .167?GOLD 5: This is the kind of response from Hasbro that always gets the wheels turning. Based on Hasbro's answer it seems clear that about 3 of the 9 characters mentioned are slated to be made into figures over the next 2 years. Which ones are they? That's another discussion entirely!
Keep checking back for more Q&A Headlines as sites continue to post their Q&A sessions with Hasbro!