JTWR HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22nd, 2010
Thanks for checking out JTWR's roundup of all of the Hasbro Q&A sessions from around the web. This edition of the roundup was unfortunately delayed by unruly holiday schedule conflicts. But back to the roundup! The roundup continues to update 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.
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Now onto the questions from Jedi Temple War Room and our affiliate site Jedi Temple Archives!JEDI TEMPLE WAR ROOMQUESTION:
It was great to see a sneak peek at the new Vintage Collection Wave 1 for 2011. The new Stormtrooper and Clone Trooper with ball jointed hips both look to be crowd pleasers. Han Solo from the Yavin ceremony has been on wishlists but appears to be something of a kitbash.
Cutting to the chase, my question is this: when are we going to see a completely brand-new figure; not a reissue (Gree) or a redo (R5-D4) but an actual, honest to goodness new figure? A character that has never been done before in some costume variation. And when might we see such an offering in the Vintage Collection?ANSWER:
Weequay Skiff Master, a brand new figure that has never been done, is in the very next wave (as is Fi-Ek Skirch, who has also never been done before). Looking across the '11 line plan, there are a considerable number of needed upgrades featuring all new sculpts debuting in the Vintage Collection packaging. The 100% new characters will be fewer, but include Skiff Master, Bom Vindin, Nom Anor, Bastila Shan, and a couple of other surprises. Stay tuned! QUESTION:
The new Senate Guard in the upcoming ATTACK OF THE CLONES wave looks to be superbly done. The softgoods and accessories alone show that Hasbro has upped their game since the REVENGE OF THE SITH figure came out in 2005. But what we saw in 2005 was that the blue uniformed Senate Guard was released as part of a running change with a red uniformed Royal Guard as the other offering. Since the blue Senate Guard shares so many design features with the red Royal Guard, how likely are we to see this new Senate Guard figure's design applied to a new red Royal Guard? And if that is in the works, will we see such an offering in The Vintage Collection in 2011?ANSWER:
It is fortunate that the Emperor did not mandate substantial design changes to the Senate Guards when they became his personal security force, since it enables us to get a great variant out without having to re-tool an entire figure. A red guard, though, won't be out in '11. We do have a version planned for EpVI in '12, though.
JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVESQUESTION:
In one of the most recent Q&A sessions, one site asked about Captain Fordo and many of us interpreted your answer to mean the phase II version seen in Volume 2 of Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars (and that the figure would ultimately appear in The Vintage Collection at some point). But now we’re second-guessing ourselves because a generic phase I Captain Fordo-looking figure was just released in the ARC Troopers Battle Packs set in The Clone Wars line (animated style). Can you please confirm this once and for all for us? Are you releasing a realistic styled “Captain Fordo” (that will not be named Captain Fordo), or is The Clone Wars Battle Packs version it? ANSWER:
Yes, we are releasing a realistically-styled figure in the Vintage Collection at the end of next Spring. Per Lucasfilm direction, it will be called "ARC Trooper Commander" instead of "Captain Fordo," but will be about Captain Fordo on the back. QUESTION:
The Defense Of Hoth set has finally been released and elation is felt by all. Thank you so much for finally releasing that amazing Hoth Rebel Trooper variant. He is better than we ever expected. We hope you utilize this body sculpt shortly and get additional Hoth rebel troopers out to us in one way or another! That being said, can you give us any update on the Utai that was briefly shown at Comic-Con then just disappeared as well as Kneesa from the originally planned Wicket two-pack, and finally Ratts Tyrell that was supposed to be part of the Clegg Holdfast two-pack? Along the same lines, do you have any plans to give us another (or multiple) Cloud City Wing Guard? It would be ideal to get the Causcasian/Latino/Asian (we’re not sure how to refer to him anymore) version out from the vintage era on your spectacular The Vintage Collection line look (as well as many other flavors). Please keep the variants coming (in other formats which seem to be working well at this point)! We hope you know how much these variations mean to us. And while we know you have stopped including them as part of the basic figure line, we want to encourage you to continue to bring them to us in other ways.ANSWER:
We're glad that we were finally able to bring out the alternate Rebel Trooper….and equally glad that collectors are responding to these great Hoth sets. Their success certainly tees up the opportunity for more sets like it in the future. As for other "lost figures," we have a mixed bag of news. The Utai still has not found a home, Knessa has not found a home, and Ratts Tyrell we can confirm *will* be coming out with the movie line coming in '12. We do not have a Bespin Wing Guard set up for Vinatge yet, but we agree that the version you suggest would be an excellent version for the line.
And continuing on through the online Star Wars collecting community....16 BITQUESTION:
Aside from the Toys "R" Us Battle of Endor Pilot/Droid/More Pilot sets, are there any exclusive Star Wars items slated to hit retail stores between the end of 2010 and Toy Fair 2011 that may not have been announced yet? (Or can you give us a list of what has been announced for the post-holiday, pre-Toy Fair timeframe?)ANSWER:
There are not any more surprise exclusives planned for this time frame. Next up, in March, will be three exclusives delivered to each of the big three retailers in the U.S. The first is the set of two Vehicle Figure packs for Toys 'R Us (Yavin Hangar vehicle and the non-Zombie Geonisian Warrior with speeder), followed by a set of DVD + figure 2-packs for Wal-Mart. The Target exclusive will be an assortment of Vintage 3-packs, continuing the theme teed up by the upcoming 9-pack. We, and Target, are so excited by the special 9-pack that we have decided to make this an ongoing assortment with at least two more assortments of 3-packs lined up for '11. All of them are modern recreations of the legendary Kenner 3-packs, so the 9-pack is a must-have start to this exciting new ongoing collection. Don't miss it!QUESTION:
We've had it for over 8 years and we still don't know how to do it. Is there any way to possibly fit Zam Wesell into the 2002 Hasbro Zam Wesell speeder vehicle? If not, can we ask what hurdles prevented the ship from being designed to be compatible with the very figures it was sold with during Attack of the Clones?ANSWER:
The EpII figures were designed at a time when we were going for different aesthetics in figures. That was a time when we were going for dynamic posing over playability. Plus, the Zam figure was designed early as a Sneak preview figure, before the vehicle, so it was probably too late to change once the team decided to produce her speeder. Hindsight is everything, and we're glad we can correct the compatiability issue nearly 10 years later!
ACTION FIGURE INSIDERQUESTION:
What is the one action feature you’ve always wanted to make on a 3 3/4" figure but never have due to cost or technical limitations?ANSWER:
Light-up lightsabers has always been something we wished we could do in the basic figures, especially for kid-targeted figures. Cost and getting the aesthetics right have always been the limitation. QUESTION:
What is keeping us from getting a vac-metal Death Star droid? Is it a price issue or something else?ANSWER:
We actually haven’t thought about it. Since we just did a Death Star Droid in the buildable droids from Droid Factory, it may be some time before we look to do a Death Star Droid again. If and when we ever do one in the Vintage Collection (and there is nothing planned right now), we will look at vac metal as an option. If we do, it will have to be on a figure with no insert-molded joints, because these figures can’t be vac-matallicized.
To be continued....