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SirSteve
05-01-2003, 06:14 PM
Do you think Hasbro should make this Playskool set and if they did would you but it?

JediTricks
05-01-2003, 06:29 PM
I can't think of too many Playskool sets from the OT that I wouldn't buy! I think these are some of the most fun Star Wars toys Hasbro has put out in the past 5 years and we DEFINITELY need more.

Another set I'd like to see, just off the top of my head, is a TIE Fighter set with another Stormtrooper, TIE Pilot, and maybe an Imperial Probe droid or something.

sith_killer_99
05-01-2003, 07:05 PM
This would be a cool set. I'm with JT on this one, there aren't many sets from the OT I wouldn't buy.

roneyzf
05-01-2003, 07:06 PM
me and my nephew would love to see more play school sets. especially an at-at, we would also love to see a tie fighter set with a tie fighter pilot, a death star gunner and may be a fleet trooper. we have all the sets and we play with them but there are not enough bad guys and no bad guys ships. or may be a skiff set with lando and boba fett and a han in carbonite.


the best stuff about the play scool line is that it keeps him from touching my figures.

Deoxyribonucleic
05-01-2003, 07:16 PM
AS cutsie as these toys are, I just can't get into them so I voted no because I don't buy any of the playschool sets. If I had kids, it would be another story and I would buy them specifically for my "would-be" children. :)

jedimarvin
05-01-2003, 08:33 PM
I'm not a fan of the playschool line. It's just too cartoony. They don't seem to have much display or collectable value either. There's plenty of other stuff I think we could be petishining Hasbro for. Granted, if I had kids, I agree, I would deffinatly buy these for them, but I don't, so I won't.

TheDarthVader
05-01-2003, 08:41 PM
I don't see what the big deal is with these sets. Maybe its a "I have kids" thing (no offense). These sets are cool for really young children but for me as a collector, I'd rather Hasbro spend time sculpting all of those OT figures we still need. With the price, I am still not sure if I would buy them for my children. They should be happy with plain toys. But anyways...just my opinion.

Darth Jax
05-01-2003, 08:41 PM
i have no children to play with my playskool sets. i've boughten all of them i could find (still missing the endor set). i'd buy any playskool sets if still done in the same cartoonish/young style as the ones we have.

my main complaint with them echoes everyone else, we need more bad guys and have no imperial ships. they made a wampa, so i really want a jabba set with jabba, rancor, guard and leia (although she's probably too undressed for a kids set).

bring back the playskool sets. give us more, more i say.

JediTricks
05-01-2003, 08:52 PM
For those voting "no" or those not seeing what the big deal with these is, how many of you have actually played with these sets in person? When these first came out, I didn't think much of them either but after Thrawn gushed about how great the sets he bought were, I gave 'em a chance and immediately dug 'em.

JangoFart
05-01-2003, 09:05 PM
I would so be all over that set! I have kids but that set would me MINE, ALL MINE!

And, where'd the art work come from, SirSteve? Seems mighty "official-like" to me.....

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SJKimmett
05-01-2003, 09:16 PM
These sets are awesome and personally, I can't get enough of them! I don't have kids, but I originally bought these because I thought they were too goofy to pass up.
After the first set (the Wampa), I was hooked! Anyone who says they're not interested should check out the Millenium Falcon set. It has fantastic play features regardless of what number childhood you may be having.
If Hasbro is listening, PLEASE MAKE MORE SETS AND WHEN YOU DO, MAKE SURE THEY MAKE IT TO STORES IN QUANTITY! The only complaint I have with this line is how difficult they were to locate.

Thunderstorm1
05-01-2003, 09:16 PM
I would buy any playskool set they made, they are great!!!

Tycho
05-01-2003, 11:02 PM
I thought I'd done a Playskool poll for the main page before?

I guess I was wrong or could have been mistaking it for this thread that I've been posting in about the Playskool line (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18082) already.

In any case Thank you THRAWN for posting this poll and having that great picture done.

YES I'd buy it! I love the Playskool line (why in a minute).

I posted in the other thread my list of "totally want its" from the possibilities this line could allow.

Each set comes with a ship and some characters that support it, and an 'enemy' to fight it, hence why I included characters like a Playskool Wedge with an Imperial Fighter, and so-on.

Anyway, THRAWN: maybe your artist friend could draw up some other Playskool versions from this "hopeful list" I attach below:

Again, notice how there's always a group of characters that belong together with the vehicle and at least one "enemy" of the others? (Thrawn's artist friend did this by including a Rebel Soldier with the AT-AT - but a big vehicle should have 4 figures with it, like the Falcon set did. Shouldn't it? I can't get enough of these little guys!)

I keep thinking of these other cute set ups....





Landspeeder with Luke, Obi-Wan, Sandtrooper, Greedo

Dewback with Sandtrooper, R2, C-3PO, Jawa

Sandcrawler with Jawa, R5, RA-7, Gonk

Vader TIE with Vader, Tarkin, Stormtrooper, Wedge

TIE Fighter with TIE Pilot, Piett, Stormtrooper, Biggs

Y-wing with Grey Leader, Ackbar, R3 Droid, TIE Pilot

Cloud Car with Lando, Lobot, Cloud Car Pilot, IG-88

Slave-One with Boba Fett, Bossk, Dengar, Frozen Han

Snowspeeder with Hobbie, Janson, Hoth Soldier, Snowtrooper

AT-AT with AT-AT Driver, Veers, Snowtrooper, Leia Hoth

TIE Bomber with TIE Pilot, Chewbacca, Snowtrooper, Han Bespin

Lambda Shuttle with Emperor, Royal Guard, Vader, Luke Jedi

Sailbarge with Jabba, Klaatu, Gamorrean, Bib Fortuna, Luke Jedi

B-wing with Nien Numb, Lando General, Leia Endor, Bikerscout

A-wing with Han Endor, A-wing Pilot, Logray, Bikerscout

TIE Interceptor with TIE Pilot, Royal Guard, Imperial Gunner, Wedge Antilles

Sith Infiltrator with Sidious, Darth Maul, BattleDroid, Qui-Gon Jinn

AAT Tank with Nute Gunray, OOM-9, Rune Haako, Captain Tarpals

2 Kaadu with BattleDroid, JarJarBinks, Gungan Warrior, Destroyer Droid

Gungan Sub with Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, JarJar Binks

Queens Starship with Queen Amidala, Captain Panaka, R2D2, Anakin Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul

2 Droid Fighters with BattleDroid, TC-14, Daulty Dofine

Sebulba and Anakin's Podracers with Anakin, Sebulba, Watto, Shmi Skywalker, C-3PO

Senator's Starship with Padme Pilot, Captain Typho, R2D2, Corde, Zam Wessel

2 Coruscant Speeders with Zam, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Jango Fett

Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan, Kit Fisto, Shaak-Ti, Count Dooku

Solar Sailor with Dooku, Poggle the Lesser, BattleDroid, Yoda

Geonosian Fighter with Geonosian Warrior, Padme Arena Battle, Clone Trooper, Destroyer Droid

Republic Gunship with Mace Windu, Yoda, Ki-Adi Mundi, Clone Trooper, Super Battle Droid

Acklay Beast with Nexu Beast, Anakin Skywalker, Plo Koon, Super Battle Droid

Hailfire Droid with Spider Droid, BattleDroid, Clone Trooper, Aayla Secura




...and I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of other possibilities


REASONS WHY THESE SETS ARE COOL TO ME:


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You can open them and toss them around without damage
you won't lose any parts
I put my Hasbro figures in delicate dioramas - these I can pick up and play with
they are cute, and make me feel more like a kid, while as an adult collector, I'm worried about whether re-releases have all the right accessories and paint colors -these are just simple and fun - THEY'RE BACK TO BEING JUST TOYS!
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bobafrett
05-01-2003, 11:14 PM
Tycho, I do remember something about PlaySkools sets that you started, but I don't think it was a poll. I remember because of your references to how many new set ideas you had. I love the playskool line, and I had been waiting for something like this for a long time. It's something for the younger children to start into the Star Wars toys. I personally have all the sets released to date. I really wouldn't mind a TIE fighter, seeig as they have the X-Wing. Love the At-At sketch.

Jargo
05-02-2003, 04:36 PM
Hmmm, if these were available in the UK at regular retail rather than at specialist stores where the prices are high I'd say yes. Certain things just don't work like the palm talkers but these are fun items. I thought the Reek and Geonosian warior wewre among the better of the designs and Threepio turned out wonderfully. The stormtrooper too was pretty darn good design wise.
I'd like to see something in a simialr style done in a more adult way much in the vein of Urban vinyl Hong kong style. Same comic books styling thought processes but not so much cute as simplified. clean lines and stylised interpretation.
But as far as this line goes I hope it continues on and on. And I hope it becomes more widely available and I hope Hasbro broadens it as they mooted in the recent *confidential* survey.
There's essentially more work design wise in characaturing the star wars galaxy than simply rendering it in miniature for the regular lines of figures. In some respects the Playskool line is a greater achievement.
I would like to see other attack beasts done Playskool style so we get the Acklay and the Rancor and maybe the Nexu.
I can imagine certain characters like the Jawas and tusken raiders would look good too. A mini Sandcrawler and Luke's landspeeder, A mini shuttle even. And definately a mini TIE fighter.

But please, can we have them in the UK at regular retail?

El Chuxter
05-02-2003, 04:50 PM
I can't think of any theoretical Playskool set I wouldn't get. If they hadn't killed this line so quickly (despite the popularity--that's some good business sense there, huh?), I'd still be more excited about the Playskool figures than the regular Hasbro 3.75" and 12" lines.

stillakid
05-02-2003, 11:22 PM
I'd buy that AT AT set in a heartbeat. Maybe even two. :)

Seriously, for all those saying "no," this really isn't just a kiddie item.

In my experience, when I show someone my 3" collection, I get a lot of "cools" and a kind of "observation" type behavior,

But once these things get pulled out of the kid's toy box, the whole mood changes. Their eyes light up and they can't help but reach out to play with the toys. They are irresistable. :)

Kidhuman
05-02-2003, 11:38 PM
These ar some of the coolest SW toys that were ever made. My problem is finding them. I found them once when the Saga line first came out. I didn't have money for them at the time. I went back the next day and only got the Naboo set. All the rest were sold out. I really wanted the Ewok set.

bobafrett
05-03-2003, 01:04 AM
I hear you kidhuman, had I not got my hands on the Falcon playset the day it came out, I'd probably have to locate it at some online retailer.

Tycho
05-03-2003, 03:36 AM
My KayBee had the Hoth set with the Stompin Wampa just the other day.

I went in to take advantage of the sale and picked up another Anakin (Coruscant) speeder for my chase-scene montage, as well as another Luminara I decided to put in an EU scene with Bariss (whenever I get enough to the point where I have an extra of her), and there was the Stompin Wampa.

I didn't need one and my collecting buddies had theirs, so I left it.

Someone will be glad they found it - that's for sure.

They must have gotten the case I'd seen around Christmas: 2 Reeks, 1 Endor chase, and 1 Wampa.

They also had more Millennium Falcons, Naboo fighter sets, and the X-wing sets in stock.


When I got my Endor set, btw, I found it by my Mother's town, 110 miles from where I live in San Diego. There they had probably 6 or more sets of each, the Wampa & Endor Speederbikes, and twice that many Arena Battle Packs. I guess KayBee's distribution got really funky. But there it was: the motherload. At the time, all my friends who collected the Playskool already had theirs, so the only thing I bought was that one Speederbiker set for 9 bucks.

The funny thing was, as a group the 7 of us communicate a lot about what we find, where, when, and how much of it we can pick up for the rest of the members of the group.

Well I guess none of us admitted to having the Playskool bug until I had a few of my friends over and they saw my ships over the case where I keep my Battle of Endor thing going on for my dioramas. Then I guess we all just admitted we'd been collecting them. - And all of us would look forward to the day we'll be able to get more of them.

JediTricks
05-03-2003, 04:44 AM
These things only seemed to hit retailers in my area at the k stores, Kmart and KB. Kmart had a rocky start with theirs but sold out fairly quickly after that yet never ordered again; KB really put their backs into selling this line as my local stores are still getting sets (1 store had a ton of that HTF Ep 2 set). It's too bad WM, TRU, and Target didn't get behind these, they were a surprise hit of last year and deserve better.


I think that if any future is to be had with this line, it has to balance the needs of the mature collectors like ourselves with the intended playskool audience... which basically means ONLY immediately-recognizable characters and vehicles. Figures like Tarkin, Biggs, Shaak-Ti, etc., will be a strain on the cost concerns that Hasbro will naturally have because they'll basically be "extra figures" that kids probably won't get excited about. That's probably the area that has given Hasbro so much pause in continuing the line - but I think it can be overcome and lead into a popular line. Look at the Rescue Heroes figures out now, they're quite popular and have spawned imitators like Spider-Man & Friends and now a Disney-themed line - Star Wars All In One Adventures should continue to be there with them. Hell, that Spidey line keeps chugging on and on even though it seems like it should have died a quick death.

Darth Jax
05-04-2003, 11:58 PM
originally posted by tycho
they are cute, and make me feel more like a kid, while as an adult collector, I'm worried about whether re-releases have all the right accessories and paint colors -these are just simple and fun - THEY'RE BACK TO BEING JUST TOYS!


couldn't agree more. i still get giddy when i handle these. the rest of my opened collection gets positioned and left on shelves. the playskool toys get handled weekly.

the set i'd want is a couple of ewoks, at-st, and imperial driver/officer/bikerscout, some generic imperial figure to complete the set as the enemy figure. of course this needs to come after the jabba set i previously requested from hasbro.

skeeziks22
05-05-2003, 03:37 AM
Are there really that many people out there that would BUY these toys for themselves. I think they are nice toys for kids to play with, but like all other toys that are nice for kids to play with, I wouldn't buy them. The KBs up in AK have these sitting on the shelves collecting dust... that may be a reason they ended the line so quickly... no one bought them when they first came out.

However, I gave these toys good marks in a recent poll that Hasbro sent me via e-mail... it sounds like they are testing the market for more sets to hit the shelves. I guess this is good news for all you who "love" these... but for me I will admire them as they sit on the store shelves, and then hunt for the 3 3/4" figures.

tgr3328
05-08-2003, 03:50 PM
If my son where too young for the regular figures, then I would definitely buy one. That way, he could have his own Star Wars toys to play with. But he likes the regular line of figures (because that's what I have), is too old for us to worry about him choking on the small parts, and does a reasonbly good job of taking care of them.

On the other hand, I will have our first grandchild soon. In a year or two, it will be time to introduce her to the world of Star Wars! I can't wait!:D

InsaneJediGirl
05-14-2003, 10:47 AM
I would buy that AT-AT set in a heatbeat.Its awesome,something to display on my computer without worrying about breaking them.

The sets have also been hard to find in my area.WM had them when the Saga Line first came out,and the sets sold out within a week and I havent seen any since.(Either that,or I'm looking the wrong isle)I would like to see Hasbro continue the Playskool line,a great way to introduce younger kids to collecting!

El Chuxter
05-16-2003, 02:49 PM
They could possibly do a "Clone Wars" tie-in set with Kit Fisto (you've got to admit he'd look awesome in this style), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku, and maybe a swoop bike or some other pack-in.

Dar Basra
05-21-2003, 02:49 PM
My wife and I bought them all for our 2 year old (who turns 3 this weekend), even though we've also since given him regular 3 3/4" figures (sans accessories). We all love them, and look forward to our 2 week old daughter getting to play with them in a year or so. My wife's only complaint is that in all the sets (and we have them all) there's no Leia!

Equator
05-23-2003, 09:50 PM
I will buy whatever Playskool Star Wars toys are released.

Just to let everyone know, though -- don't blame Hasbro for the lack of supply of this toy line nor for the fact that it may be dead. As a manufacturer, Hasbro only ships out what the retailers buy. If the company whose store you are shopping at doesn't buy that particular item, then of course you won't find it in their stores. I, too, am disturbed by the difficulty at finding everything I want in Star Wars toys of all types, but I just thought I'd point out that Hasbro shouldn't really be taking all the blame here.

As for the Playskool thing, I actually spoke to Hasbro's V.P. in charge of the Star Wars division at Celebration II last year in Indianapolis. He told me that everyone there at Hasbro was excited about this toy line as well, and that they did in fact have a couple more set ideas on the drawing board at that time. When I asked him if they would ever see production, or if they planned on expanding the Playskool line in the same manner as the Saga stuff, he said it all depends on sales. And of course, to a manufacturer, "sales" does not mean you and I buying the toy, it means the retailers buying the toy. So if the Playskool line has indeed died, we should be blaming Target and WalMart and Toys R Us, all of whom seem to have either never carried it or dropped it right after the first batch for some crazy reason.

No one would be happier than I to see this line of toys continue. They are brilliantly made and of a quality far superior to any of the stuff for older kids and collectors. My Mace Windu Saga figure can almost never hold his lightsaber for more than two seconds, while my Playskool X-Wing can be dropped on the floor from ten feet off the ground and not have a scratch. The use of magnets within the hands of the characters to simulate a "force push" against the Biker Scouts and Wampa is simple but genius, and the way the Millenium Falcon responds to your "repairs" is great.

As much as I love the Saga toys as a collector, I also watch my son play with all of his (both Saga AND Playskool), and honestly the Saga toys are not good for playing with. It's like they were designed solely with the collector in mind and not the kids, and that's what I love so much about the Playskool line. Father AND son can both appreciate them equally.

Someone in one of the previous responses said there is no collector value to the Playskool toy line. Considering how few retailers picked these things up, how hard they have been to find even at the stores that do carry them, and how few people have been buying them to keep them mint in package, I'd say the collectability of these toys is probably BETTER long term than the Saga toys, which are mostly plentiful and are bought just as much by collectors keeping them MOC as by people who open them. Twenty years from now, your MIP Saga Palpatine will be one of thousands, while your MIP Fast Through The Forest will be far more rare a piece.

I'll stop rambling now. :)

JediTricks
05-24-2003, 01:01 AM
I think Hasbro was caught off-guard with how this line did, they didn't know what to expect to show their retailers and too many of those retailers shied away. That is, in part, what Toy Fair and PR people are supposed to do, convince retailers to buy and show them how to market the product to customers. So I do blame Hasbro a little for how the line has floundered out of the gate, but mainly I'm concerned that now they have 2 proven audiences for the line they simply won't exploit that properly and keep the line alive.

MaltbyRob
05-28-2003, 09:28 PM
I like the fact that Tycho suggested a lot of new sets, but his suggestions don't seem very realistic. If Hasbro chooses to continue this line, we will probably not get dozens of new sets, with every possible character covered. If we look at the current release objectively, we will see that more realistic is the possibility of 10-12 new sets, released over the next two or three years of peak interest, with a lot of repeats in the characters presented. We're not going to get a complete set of everything everyone could ever want, as these are designed to appeal to kids and not completionest adult collectors. I love these toys, and they have given me hours of pleasure in the 6 months I've owned the full set. I want to see Playskool Star Wars continue, if even only for a few more waves. I say that It's time to get more specific with what we want from hasbro. Posting dozens of ideas is not a clear statement to the people in charge of this line, and does no good. It's greedy and unrealistic. On the other hand, clear, well thought out suggestions to what the fan community would like to see, suggestions that also make good business sense and that might also appeal to children, might carry some weight.

So, let's figure outwhat to expect from the suits...
*In the first and second waves, we had a ratio of 4 figures with the Deluxe Playset (the falcon), 3-4 figures with the medium sized sets (X-wing and Naboo) and 2-3 figures and a beast with the smaller sets.
*Having action features, the X-wing fighter was more expensive to produce than the naboo fighter, and because of this the set only came with 3 figures.
I think that in the future, we can expect no more than three full size figures and a "little" figure (Anikan, R2, Jawa, Yoda, etc.) with any set. This means that we have to choose carefully. As much as I love lobot and would love to see a toy made of him, it's more realistic to expect a Bespin Luke and MAYBE an Ugnaught to come with the Bespin Cloud Car that Tycho Suggested. Heck, it's probably even more of a stretch to expect the Cloud City Car at all. Again, as much as I'd love a Lobot and Cloud City Guard and Bespin Lando, I'd rather see the line sell well.
I suggest the following for the next release, I think that they would sell well with kids and collecters alike, and lend themselves to the Playskool Style...

Deluxe Vehicle Playset
The Slave 1 w/Han in Carbonite
Figures:Boba Fett, IG-88, Bespin Lando, Ugnaught

Mid-Sized Vehicle Sets
Tie Fighter
Figures: Death Star Leia, Imperial Pilot, Grand Moff Tarkin, Imperial R2 Unit
Luke's Landspeeder
Figures: Tatooine Luke, Tusken Raider, Uncle Owen, Jawa

Small Sets
Jabba's Palace Set
Jabba The Hutt w/platform, Gammorean Guard, Slave Leia, Salacious Crumb
Tatooine Escape
Dewback, Tatooine Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sandtrooper, Greedo
Naboo Battle
Jar Jar Binks, Battle Droid, Federation HoverBike Qui-Gon Jinn

These suggestions are modest, but I think reasonable given what we have seen from the line thus far. If these sell well, it might be possible to expand the line to also include booster packs of less popular characters (Lobot, Sebulba, Mon Mothma) mixed with popular characters that don't fit in with a vehicle set (Yoda, Watto, Admiral Akbar) It might even be fun to have a mail away figure or two (Maybe a set of Jango Fett with a baby Boba Fett)
I've tried to preditct what we might expect from Playskool Star Wars based on what we've seen. If we all can agree on a direction then maybe we can persuade Hasbro to give it another go.
What are two or three of your dream sets?

Tycho
05-28-2003, 10:32 PM
Fair enough. While MaltyRob was right, I do want a lot more than we will probably get, I can focus on 3 favorites for right now.

This won't be easy to choose, but they would be:




Vader TIE with Vader, Tarkin, Stormtrooper, Wedge

Slave-One with Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88, Frozen Han

Republic Gunship with Obi-Wan, Yoda, Clone Trooper, Super Battle Droid






...and that was hard for me to choose!


but kids can pitch Vader against Luke in their starfighters...

the Gunship can invade the arena and blast the reek....

and

Slave-One can square off with the Falcon.

I think these ships go best with what the Playskool line has already produced.

shortcat
05-29-2003, 02:13 PM
Maltyrob has the right idea. These are very nearly the same sets that I drew up and sent to Thrawn. Rest assured, there are more pics to look at, at some point in the near future. I even did an Ep II set based on the Arena Battle. I can't think of anything in the Star Wars line that I have been more excited about, and I would think that Hasbro would see that they dropped the ball on this one. Someone else said that they had been surprised by the popularity of the Real Heroes, and Spidey & Friends lines, and I agree. There is far more play value in the Playskool line - even the figures that aren't articulated. There has to be some way to convince Hasbro that it should be extended.

MaltbyRob
05-29-2003, 11:13 PM
Yes. Playskool Star Wars is the coolest thing around. It seems that as soon as someone makes the decision to pick one of these sets up and opens them, they're hooked. Part of the appeal must be their SUPERIOR play value (Better than almost any toy I've ever owned, and I've been playing with toys for the past 15 years). I almost wonder if the chubby proportions strike a psychological cord in some, like we're dealing with babies or puppies. My girlfriend calls them "Star Wars-Wee Wars" toys.