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JediTricks
11-04-2006, 05:49 PM
Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on Friday, November 10th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 16 do not count in this round, so if your question is still on the list, you may want to vote for it again.

Also, when submitting a new question post it separately from your votes, a moderator will later add it to the list and edit if needed. Try to keep new questions as clear and concise as possible, and keep in mind Hasbro is not answering questions about potential specific 2007 figures at this point. Here are Hasbro's answers from previous SSG questions (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=76); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=77).

Questions we asked from the last round:
Why go with the full card-width bubble and figures displayed in poses via the tray? Have you thought about going back to side-bubble, neutral-posed figures for basic figures a la the Vintage, POTF2, and Episode I lines which were easier to store carded and could fit more units into cases?
What are the chances of seeing a relauch of the Collector Fleet series (the larger, electronic starships of the Rebel Blockade Runner, Imperial Star Destroyer, & the very-rare Super Star Destroyer from '96), with new entries such as ROTS ships like the Venator Class Star Destroyer and The Invisible Hand?
Vacuum-metallizing is nearly always used for C-3PO and R2-D2 even though it seems to be more troublesome to work with, makes the parts more fragile, is difficult to keep paint applied to, limits the amount of articulation & gimmicks that can be have, and the chromed-look doesn't scale down very well. The only time R2's vac-metallized dome has looked right is on the Episode I figure where a dull-coat was applied over it, and unfortunately this technique was never used again. And painted R2-D2 domes generally aren't painted shiny enough even though Hasbro has used shinier paints in other items. Why use vac-metallizing so often with these figures, why not use shiny metallic paints instead, and for remaining vac-metallized elements what about using dull-coat again?
Would Hasbro willing to create a catalog of replacement parts for those parts that break or get easily lost on vehicles and playsets so consumers can always get replacements even long after the toy has stopped manufacturing? If not, why not?
Will fans have a chance to vote for any never-before-made figures in 2007?
Will the final 22 The Saga Collection figures be available in Canada? Current questions (vote for up to 6):

- What is the status/future of Action Fleet under its original concept - minifigure interaction and true play features? And what is the status/future of actual Micro Machines (the smallest vehicles Galoob regularly made in plastic)?
- What is the status of Playskool's Jedi Force line?

- Having met some of you at SD Comic-Con, where I've been able to talk to you and learn all sorts of things about the struggle involved in making these toys, I wonder if maybe you'd consider sharing a lot more of that with collectors in general? If not, why? - asked by Plasticfetish
- Back when you were posting updates about the Fan's Choice figure development on your site, it did a lot to generate interest. Any chance that you'd go back to doing somethig like that? If not, why?
- I've seen the Kenner and Galoob logos on a few things lately. Is that just a "special" thing, or are we looking to see a relaunch of some old brands?
- Are more properties aside from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel, and Transformers planned for the Titanium Series lines?
- With each figure in The Saga Collection line having at least 6 different "exclusive hologram figure" pack-ins, some collectors think these were created solely to sell multiples of the same figure to completists. What was the thinking behind these "exclusive hologram figure" pack-ins, and why change the color from blue to red when there were no red character holograms in the movies?
- Any chance of getting a figure of "Heater", the character name given to the human actor stand-in for Jabba in for A New Hope played by Declan Mullholland?
- Canadaian collectors miss out on a many of the US-only store exclusives. Any chance Canadians could have every exclusive figure/vehicle/combination made available on shop.starwars.com after their shelf runs in the US stores?
- Why were there only 5 Vintage-style figures this year, and why was Empire Strikes Back left out of the line-up when there are such candidates as Snowtrooper, Bespin Luke, Bespin Han, the Hoth incarnations of Han, Luke, & Leia, and even ESB style Boba Fett waiting to be made?
- Is there any possibility of seeing a 7" Unleashed Clone Wars Animated wave?
- Removable lightsaber blades so Jedi figures could have saber accessories that were "on" or "off" and could be worn on their belts was a good concept, but this made the blades more fragile. Are there any plans to release Jedi figures - both main characters and secondary - with both solid one piece ignited lightsaber and "off" lightsaber hilt accessories?
- What is the status of the Holiday line? Any thoughts to a release of a Padme & Anakin with baby Luke manger type of scene?
- With talk about the Expanded Universe figures returning in 2007, are the EU figures going to be short-packed like Scorch or will there be enough for everyone?
- If Hasbro feels that mid-sized vehicles is the way to go, then will we be seeing more airspeeders and landspeeders in the forseeable future? Some of the airspeeders are pretty much snubfighter sized.
- Eventually will all the Episode III Clone Commanders be released as an entire set?
- With the release of the George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise and the Lucas Family Collection, can we expect to see a George Lucas the Director action figure in his trademarked flannel shirt and perhaps variations of old and young Lucas?
- Will there ever be a Fan's Choice Titanium Series Forged Figure?
- Has Hasbro considered taking figures that were released in the original Kenner vintage line that have already been remade with modern VOTC quality (example: OTC Cloud Car Pilot) and packaging them on VOTC-style packaging, perhaps for a lower price than new-mold VOTC go for (msrp $10)?
- Are there going to be any more silver 'raw metal' Titanium 3" ships like the silver Slave I, 5-pack Millennium Falcon, 5-pack Death Star, etc.?
- Since two recent Neimoidian figures (Neimoidian Warrior and Lushros Dofine) were extremely heavy pegwarmers, how does that affect the chances of more Neimoidian figures being made in the future?
- Since the Saga Collection was extended, will the miniature hologram figures change color once again, stay red, or go back to blue?
- Is Hasbro considering doing a mail-away promotion for a complete set of the 60 basic figure coins in 2007 like Kenner did with the original POTF coins?
- Knowing you can't (or won't) divulge any specifics - has pre-production begun on any of the new toy products that will come out in support of the 2 Star Wars tv series that are currently being developed?
- Was it intentional for the recent Target-exclusive Rogue II Snowspeeder to be without stickers and the spring-loaded landing gear? (The landing leg in previous releases had a spring which held it in the down position when the door holding it was slid open.)
- Will the Rebel Troop Transport or Tantive IV vehicles ever be offered?
- Any chance of getting a TIE Defender, Moldy Crow, or other Expanded Universe vehicles? EU figures need EU ships to fly around in.
- In the Episode I line, the "Naboo Pilot" Anakin figure came with a "flight simulator" accessory that was really the panel with control sticks and actually fit in the Naboo Fighter vehicle. Would you consider reissuing this accessory in more accurate colors, and making similar "flight simulator" control stick accessories for the X-wing, Snowspeeder, Y-wing, TIE Fighter, Jedi Starfighters, etc.? These control stick accessories add a welcome layer of realism to the toys and could be released with future pilot figures or with the vehicles themsleves.
- Since we've seen Star Wars crossovers with Transformers done in the Star Wars Transformers line, the Attacktix line, and even some might argue the Titanium Series line; and Marvel Superheroes now have Titanium and Galactic Hero-styled entries, will we get other kinds of crossover entries, perhaps GI Joe Galactic Heroes? Star Wars, Transformers, and GI Joe all had their first comic ties to Marvel, so it'd be... uh... "perfect"!
- Though you said you wouldn't be releasing any new Separatist Leaders or Neimoidians in 2007 does this include repaints and retools of existing ones?
- Hasbro has said that for future releases of Battle Droids they would be released as 2-packs, how about releasing a blue Pilot Battle Droid 2-Pack?
- What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels for source material for the Expanded Universe collection?
- In the photos that recently showed up of the 2007 battle pack "Capture of Tantive IV", why are the Stormtroopers in the box using the Evolutions Sandtrooper mold - the one without any mid-torso articulation - and why are they sporting the Sandtrooper's dirty paint job?
- Why is it that with some of Hasbro's Star Wars non-main lines (most recently the Potato Head line), the initial item ships in large quantities while further releases are released in smaller numbers that diminish as the waves continue, resulting in a glut of the first items, later items very difficult to find, and diminished sales overall for that line? And why use secondary waves to replenish initial waves when often there's no way to tell how the early waves sell, such as stores having plenty of Darth Tater while the Spudtrooper's case has more Darth Taters in it so stores have less room for Spudtroopers and even less room for them when the R2-Potatoo comes out? The POTJ-era Mega Action line was the same issue, and these examples are hardly alone.
- Since the upcoming Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter is an orange version of the AOTC ship, does this lower the chances of getting a green and gray ROTS version of his ship as seen in the Clone Wars cartoon, or is it possible that we will still see one in the future?
- Will all the straight repacked figures solely be in the Greatest Hits collection next year, or will they also be mixed in with the regular line as they were this year?
- Why is the upcoming Saga Collection #64 figure being called Commander Appo? He is clearly modeled after Commander Bow (as he appears in comics, with the pauldron), not Commander Appo (who in the film wears the same armor and markings as the other 501st clones). If it is to differentiate between him as a commander and the regular grunts, why not just call him Commander Bow for the sake of accuracy? Vote now, and feel free to add new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Battle Droid
11-04-2006, 06:31 PM
21 & 30 for now.

Battle Droid
11-04-2006, 06:39 PM
New question,

You said for future releases of Battle Droids you'd release them as 2-packs, how about releasing a blue Pilot Battle Droid 2-Pack?

Bobby Fett
11-04-2006, 07:51 PM
7, 10 and 27, please.

JediTricks
11-04-2006, 08:29 PM
Question 31 added.

Battle Droid, you have 3 votes left.

Tycho
11-05-2006, 11:09 AM
2 What is the status of Playskool's Jedi Force line?



12 Removable lightsaber blades so Jedi figures could have saber accessories that were "on" or "off" and could be worn on their belts was a good concept, but this made the blades more fragile. Are there any plans to release Jedi figures - both main characters and secondary - with both solid one piece ignited lightsaber and "off" lightsaber hilt accessories?


15- If Hasbro feels that mid-sized vehicles is the way to go, then will we be seeing more airspeeders and landspeeders in the forseeable future? Some of the airspeeders are pretty much snubfighter sized.



21 Since two recent Neimoidian figures (Neimoidian Warrior and Lushros Dofine) were extremely heavy pegwarmers, how does that affect the chances of more Neimoidian figures being made in the future?


[26]- Will the Rebel Troop Transport or Tantive IV vehicles ever be offered?

[27]- Any chance of getting a TIE Defender, Moldy Crow, or other Expanded Universe vehicles? EU figures need EU ships to fly around in.

Tycho
11-05-2006, 11:14 AM
What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels for source material for the Expanded Universe collection?

LTBasker
11-05-2006, 06:38 PM
6.
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19.
27.
28.

Bacta Beast
11-05-2006, 10:00 PM
Okay. Exactly what questions are there for us to vote on, and how do we post new questions for consideration? Does anyone else want to know why the Stormtrooper in the pictures of next years "Capture of the Tantive IV" Battle pack are dirty instead of clean? Maybe if we bring it to their attention now maybe they'll correct it.

JediTricks
11-06-2006, 03:06 AM
Questions 32 and 33 added.

Bacta Beast, you have 5 votes remaining (I counted your first for the new Tantive IV question I just added).


Okay. Exactly what questions are there for us to vote onThe first post in the thread has a numbered list of questions, you simply reply to the thread with the number of the questions you would like to vote for in this round.


, and how do we post new questions for consideration? Does anyone else want to know why the Stormtrooper in the pictures of next years "Capture of the Tantive IV" Battle pack are dirty instead of clean? Maybe if we bring it to their attention now maybe they'll correct it.Just post the question and I'll add it. I took your comments and turned them into question 33, counted your first vote for it.

cussie
11-06-2006, 12:10 PM
12, 26, and 32 for now. Thank you.

Mothman
11-07-2006, 12:16 PM
1, 27 & 28 for now

El Chuxter
11-07-2006, 01:03 PM
I've got a new one, but I'm not sure exactly how to phrase it. Here goes a first attempt:

Why is it that on several of the Star Wars lines (most recently the Potato Heads), Hasbro has shipped one or two items in large quantities initially, and further releases are in ever smaller numbers as the cases are still heavy on older items that everyone has? This results in the later releases being quite tough to find, as well as large amounts of stock of older items that retailers have a hard time moving, and it makes the sales numbers much smaller than they should be. (For example, first there were solid cases of Darth Tater for several months. Then the Spudtrooper was introduced into the case as a shortpack, though stores already had plenty of Darth Taters on the shelf. And then R2-Tatoo was released as a further shortpack in a case assortment that still was primarily Darth Tater. Or so I hear; I've never seen R2-Tatoo anywhere other than hasbrotoyshop.com.)

Rogue II
11-07-2006, 03:06 PM
26 and 33 for now.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-07-2006, 06:20 PM
33 Definitely
21
28
31

New questions:
*Since the upcoming Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter is an orange version of the AOTC sculpt, does this lower the chances of getting a green and yellow ROTS version of his ship as seen in the Clone Wars cartoon, or is it possible that we will still see one in the future?
*Will all the straight repacks solely be in the Greatest Hits collection next year, or will they also be mixed in with the regular line, as they were this year?

JediTricks
11-07-2006, 08:46 PM
Questions 34 - 36 added.

Chux, you have 5 votes left.

Jabbajohn, could you find me a link to a picture of the Clone Wars Saesee Tiin Jedi Starfighter you're talking about? Just for my personal knowledge, I don't remember seeing it and I would like to know what I'm asking before I ask it. :p

Devo
11-08-2006, 08:24 PM
1
7
10
28
31
33

Thanks.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-08-2006, 08:37 PM
Well, in case you need it, here (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=404) is the orange one (which I assume you know about). For good measure, here (http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/9/90/Jedi_Starfighter_fightmodus.JPG) is a picture of it from a comic, which shows that it has at least been in other media besides the toy.

But, anyway, here (http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/8/86/Jedi_Starfighter.jpg) is a pic of the ship I'm talking about. I guess it's not really that yellow apart from the droid, but still. In the cartoon, it featured when Saesee fought in the Battle of Coruscant, before (I think) he left with the clones to take down the Separatist ship.

Kidhuman
11-08-2006, 09:30 PM
33, 34, 36, 31, 16 and one more for any new questions that might arise, will finalize Thursday night JT

Darth Jax
11-08-2006, 09:32 PM
4 - internet updates
16 - clone commanders set
22 - holograms in expanded TSC
29 - gi joe galactic heroes
36 - repacks in 30th anniversary or only GH

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-08-2006, 09:58 PM
Oh, and another new one:
Why is the upcoming Saga #64 figure being called Commander Appo? He is clearly modeled after Commander Bow (as he appears in comics, with the pauldron), not Commander Appo (who, in the film, was dressed as the other 501st clones). If it is to differentiate between him as a commander and the regular grunts, why not just call him Commander Bow for the sake of accuracy?

JediTricks
11-09-2006, 04:12 PM
Question 37 added.



Well, in case you need it, here (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=404) is the orange one (which I assume you know about). For good measure, here (http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/9/90/Jedi_Starfighter_fightmodus.JPG) is a picture of it from a comic, which shows that it has at least been in other media besides the toy.

But, anyway, here (http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/8/86/Jedi_Starfighter.jpg) is a pic of the ship I'm talking about. I guess it's not really that yellow apart from the droid, but still. In the cartoon, it featured when Saesee fought in the Battle of Coruscant, before (I think) he left with the clones to take down the Separatist ship.Ok, thanks. Green and gray, I'll amend the question. Do you know which episode it was shown in? Likely one of the eps in season 3, but if you have the specific ep number it'd help.

JediTricks
11-09-2006, 04:17 PM
And my votes:

1-af/mm

25- snowspeeder

28- controls

33- tantive bp

34- non-main lines

36- repacks

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-09-2006, 04:29 PM
Question 37 added.


Ok, thanks. Green and gray, I'll amend the question. Do you know which episode it was shown in? Likely one of the eps in season 3, but if you have the specific ep number it'd help.
Holy God, I don't know that much about this damn ship. :p I know it was in Season Three (Volume Two on the DVDs) but don't remember the exact one. I assume Hasbro will know what you're talking about (if it ever gets asked), but if not, you could always give them the link.

JediTricks
11-09-2006, 05:13 PM
Holy God, I don't know that much about this damn ship. :p I know it was in Season Three (Volume Two on the DVDs) but don't remember the exact one. I assume Hasbro will know what you're talking about (if it ever gets asked), but if not, you could always give them the link.
It's only 5 episodes in that whole season, if you can't remember which of the 5 it's in, I fear it's going to be too obscure for them to even consider. If they don't know what I'm talking about, the question is going to be dead on arrival, they're not going to take a link and re-answer it later, so I want to give them as much info about it as I can.

Battle Droid
11-09-2006, 06:47 PM
It was in Chapter 23. :)

Kidhuman
11-09-2006, 08:18 PM
33, 34, 36, 31, 16 and one more for any new questions that might arise, will finalize Thursday night JT


37 for my last vote JT(commander Appo/Bow question)

JediTricks
11-10-2006, 04:33 PM
Well, that's it for this week's voting. I'm gonna tally up the final votes and send 'em in. Look for the next questions poll soon.


It was in Chapter 23. :)Awesome, thanks! I've added that to the question, that should be enough to guarantee they have no way to weasel out of answering. ;)