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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.

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.

Now onto the questions from Jedi Temple War Room and our affiliate site Jedi Temple Archives!


JEDI TEMPLE WAR ROOM


QUESTION:  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 ARCHIVES


QUESTION:  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 BIT


QUESTION:  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 INSIDER


QUESTION:  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....
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JTWR HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22nd, 2010 - PART 2



ACTION FIGURE NEWS


QUESTION:  Will the Elite Forces of the Republic Mandalorian box sets ever see a re-release, either as sets or single cards? Being that they were EE exclusives they were very hard to come by for some fans.

ANSWER:  Sorry, but there are no plans to re-release the Mando sets at this time.


QUESTION:  With the upcoming Endor rebel pilots packs and new Admiral Ackbar, we're finally getting many of the characters for the Endor briefing scene. So is there any chance that Hasbro will also make the holographic table from Home One so that all of our pilots can gather around it as they plan their attack against the Death Star? You could include it in a battle pack, and have the packaging of the battle pack convert into the circular sitting area around the table. If not a BP, what about something similar to the Geonosian War room packs where the table is split into two halves?

ANSWER:  We love this idea and have been talking about it for some time, but have not found the right home for it. It may take a few years, but we do think that eventually we will get this idea.




ASM ZINE


QUESTION:  Now that there’s a new Clone Trooper body, are we likely to see previously-released named clones like Echo and Fives remade, or can we assume that what we’ve got are the only figures they’ll be getting?

ANSWER:  Unless Echo and Fives show up in future episodes, it’s unlikely we’ll be doing any more figures of them.
 

QUESTION:  Now that he’s showing up in the TV series again, have the chances of a Ziro the Hutt toy gone up?
 
ANSWER:  We still don’t have a Ziro figure in the lineup. If last Friday’s show, when Ziro was apparently killed, is really his last hurrah then the chances of ever seeing a Ziro figure are the opposite of his considerable girth. In other words, slim.




AWESOME TOY BLOG


QUESTION:  The smaller scale used in Mini-muggs really works for those figures, can we expect to see a 2nd wave of Star Wars Mini-Muggs?

ANSWER:  We’re glad you like them – the smaller they get, the cuter (and more collectible) they seem.  Right now we are looking at a second wave sometime in late ’11 or early ’12.


QUESTION:  With wave 5 of the Vintage Collection, waves will no longer be themed; can you provide some insight into the motivation to move away from the themes?

ANSWER:  We have been listening to collector input for some time on their response to the themed waves.  It seems that not all collectors actively collect all movies from the Saga, and as such, they may have had reason to skip waves entirely.  In order to keep folks engaged on a year-round basis, wave in and wave out, we decided to spread figures from each movie out more evenly.  Also, it has become hard to develop really strong waves for each movie, so by spreading it out, it enables us to deliver a better *overall* line rather than a line trying to balance each wave.




BANTHA SKULL


QUESTION:  If the ESB Slave 1 is a success (which it will be), what’s the chance of possibly retooling some other out of scale ships to fit them into that ‘larger vehicle’ price point the CW Y-Wing and ARC fighter sold at last year?  Specifically, I’d like to see the Tie Bomber redone. It looks ridiculous when displayed next to the other new updated Ties. The Tie Bomber would be a great candidate. 

ANSWER:  We just did a great update (with re-tooling) to the TIE Bomber. We feel it’s a great size right now and does not need to be super-sized, but felt that it needed to be updated in the cockpit area (consistent with our other recent TIE updates) and the bomb dropping mechanism was also changed.  It’s a great update and available at Wal-Mart - showing up just last week.  Check it out....if its success keeps going, there will be more enthusiasm for updating additional vehicles, so please show your support.


QUESTION:  What are the chances that we’ll see case fillers like Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead), Death Star Trooper, Galactic Marine, VOTC Han Solo, Jedi Luke, and other figures along those lines instead of just acrry forwards from previous wave? It seem that cases are being packed with the same carry forward greatest hits type figures that can be found in the Legends line anyway. Mixing things up in the Legends line by adding bounty hunters and other OT figures has made that line more attractive, so don’t you think it would work for the TVC line as well?

ANSWER:  We are limited in the number of figures that we can do in Vintage - either new, refreshed, or greatest hits in Vintage packaging.  So while we want to see many of these figures as quickly as possible, we need to put the best mix of figures that we feel will keep overall productivity at the highest level.  The reality is that the greatest hits-type figures are also some of our best sellers, similar to previous lines.  Once we have enough of these, we can take chances on more obscure figures, since we’ll have great figures (Vader, Jedi Luke, Anakin, Obi-Wan, R2, Stormtrooper, etc) we can carryforward to make sure productivity stays high.  In short, these figures pay the bills and allow the more obscure figures to make it to retail.




DEWBACK PATROL


QUESTION:  Lucasfilm recently announced that all six star wars movies will be re-released in 3D. Was this news to you or something that you had to keep under wraps? How does this affect your planning for the upcoming years?

ANSWER:  We had to keep the news under wraps, but that's not unusual as Lucasfilm is the only source for any news regarding upcoming Star Wars entertainment. They share information with us as early as possible so we can get started on planning, and we keep everything in confidence until its public. The news, of course, was tremendously exciting. It means that in addition to continuing Clone Wars animation excitement, there is another great reason to celebrate Star Wars. What makes the 3-D news interesting is that it will have been almost 10 years since Episode I debuted in theaters, and a new generation of kids has not experienced the magic of Star Wars in theaters. It's a perfect chance to engage yet another generation in Star Wars magic, and as always Hasbro will be there with new, exciting play experiences for kids and collectors alike.


QUESTION:  Why a protocol droid pack-in in the new Hoth Battle Pack at Target. This seems a missed opportunity to have 3 fighting figures to match the 3 fighting Imperials in the opposite set. There never was a protocol droid in the film out in the Rebel trenches. How was this decided upon?

ANSWER:  We thought that the figure choices we went with made the best combination of new and refreshed characters. The droid takes the spot of what might otherwise have been a troop building character, and this was a matter of some debate before we finalized the set. It may not surprise folks that these sets were originally designed to be bigger, and more expensive, but we decided to get them down to the current price point ($39.99) to ensure they had the best chance of selling through. So we drew these sets from an originally more expansive roster of figures, but decided a great K-3PO was the best option of the figures we had available, given the choices.




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JTWR HASBRO STAR WARS Q&A ROUNDUP - WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22nd, 2010 - PART 3



DROIDS & EWOKS

QUESTION:  Based on the season 3 trailer, it appears that the Blurrg beasts will see more action in the Clone Wars series. Can you produce a toy based on these creatures for the deluxe line? The deluxe line is almost entirely made up of small vehicles, when collectors and kids alike would also enjoy seeing small beasts, it helps make the line more diverse and keeps us interested.

ANSWER:  We are open to doing more beasts for the line, and we have looked at the Blurrg.  It helps that Clones actually ride them, but it doesn't help that their form is a little funky and the fact that beasts just don't sell as well as vehicles on a per-character basis.  Still, the Blurrg is in the mix for consideration and could crack the lineup some day, especially if the Clone Wars team continues to use it.


QUESTION:  Thank you for the new Wicket with his animated hood and pouch. Could you tell us what other Ewoks, if any, will be coming in 2011? Will they be all new Ewoks?

ANSWER:  Right now, we only have one Ewok planned for 2011 - an update to Logray.  It looks like he will be all-new but we don't know yet if we will need our tooling budget elsewhere and will look to other existing Ewok parts for help.  Even though Logray is the only Ewok for next year, we are still looking for opportunities in exclusives in '11 and '12. Ewoks are something that we would like very much to keep exploring - both updates to core characters, as well as new Ewoks, since fans have shown a great appreciation of all things Ewok in the last several years.




ECHO BASE FORUMS


QUESTION:  The recent episodes of Star Wars:The Clone Wars have provided some unique looking clone troopers. Is there any chance that we might see the rust colored troopers from Ryloth, their commander, or a red or yellow ARC Trooper within the next couple of years?

ANSWER:  Clone Wars has been a fantastic source for some great clones, and in recent years we have had an abundant variety from which to draw. Lately, it's been swamping our ability to be able to get them all out, but between basic figures, Figure & Vehicle Packs, Battle Packs, and exclusives, we are game to try. Look for the Ryloth-inspired Clones sometime in '12, with additional figures like ARC Troopers later in the year as well.


QUESTION:  Jedi Master Di, who briefly appeared (and disappeared) in the Clone Wars episode Supply Lines, was a really interesting looking Jedi, as well as a good fighter. While he was only a one-episode character, is there any chance that we may see him released as a toy? Perhaps a mail away like Nadhar Vebb?

ANSWER:  We have no plans at the moment for Jedi Master Di. We have very few slots for the one-episode type of characters. Due to lower response compared to the Vintage or Saga-focused mail-ins, it's unlikely that we'll be doing any more Clone Wars-focused mail-ins."




GALACTIC HUNTER


QUESTION:  So we know that there are a couple of figures that Hasbro just can't do (for some reason). We know that there are a handful of figures that the Hasbro team either won't do or does not want to do. (*COUGHJOCASTANUCOUGH*) However, is there one particular figure (or five if you want to list them) that the Hasbro Star Wars team wants to do, but just can't seem to get it into the line by hook or by crook?

ANSWER:  Yes, there are a couple of figures that have seemed to make the lineup every year,  but just seemed to get cut at the last moment to make way for another figure or line plan trims.  These include Ann & Tann Gella (we would do just one, unnamed one and fans could get two to complete the scene) as well as Kitster & Wald. At least one of these, if not both, will make the Episode I line for the 3-D movie.  One last figure that has made the lines but been cut a couple of times is Fozec, a character from Jabba's Palace who gets a curiously large amount of screen time but who has never made it into the final line.  He'll have to wait until more of the Sarlacc Pit characters have made it out, though.  


QUESTION:  Our Features Editor (ahem) spoke to the Line Lead for The Clone Wars at Celebration V, and there was some difficulty in working Duchess Satine into the line. Now that she's had several appearances in, frankly, powerful episodes, is there room for a refined lady in a gown? (The skirt can be "break-away" as a compromise - just make sure she has something on underneath, of course!)

ANSWER:  There are no plans for a Satine figure in the line.  Aside from Ahsoka, kids just don't respond to female figures all that well. With kids being the vast majority of the Clone Wars audience, we don't have the luxury of a lot of collector-targeted figures in the line.




HAN'S HIDEOUT


QUESTION:  What happened to the Vintage Collection Yoda that was shown this summer? He was shown with the RotJ wave, but hasn't been listed in any of the case assortments for either the RotJ wave or the AotC wave. Was he postponed into 2011 like Wedge or was he dropped altogether?

ANSWER:  We actually pulled him out of the waves to redo the card art to be reflective of the Senate Battle Yoda from Episode III that we first envisioned. He will find his way back into the line in early '11.


QUESTION:  Ooh look - Han! We were happy to hear that our favorite made the cut for 2011 Wave 1. Then, we were a bit sad when we saw what we were getting... it's just the recent Death Star Escape Han with a different belt and a medal. Why no leg strap for the holster? Why no upgrade to the torso to give us a screen-accurate buttoned-up shirt? We appreciate the effort to give us a 'new' Han, but we have to admit that we're a little disappointed with the end result.

ANSWER:  Sorry that the end-result did not measure up to what you had hoped to see for this figure. We cannot get to all of the tooling we want to every year, and we felt we could do a great version of Medal Ceremony Han with the tooling we had available.




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