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JediTricks
01-13-2007, 04:14 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, January 19th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 22 do not count in this round, so if your question is still on the list, you may want to vote for it again.

Also, feel free to post new questions. For reference, 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=510). And here are the questions we're asking this week:
What happened to the scale when you made the previous Hoth Rebel Trooper (Saga '04-01), which is very short next to other figures, even taking his pose into account? Can we expect a more definitive Hoth Rebel anytime soon to go with that great Major Derlin from last year?
What are the chances of seeing Titanium Series Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, and Destroyer Droid die-cast metal figures made? This would avoid the thin-wall problems of their plastic action figure counterparts.
Hasbro has previously said that vehicles for the Galactic Heroes line did not sell well, but the only vehicles that have been released in the Galactic Heroes line itself are 2 re-releases of previous Playskool vehicles at higher pricepoints and 2 transforming vehicles taken from an unrelated line. The Galactic Heroes line has only 2 movie vehicles to choose from, the Millennium Falcon and the X-wing, but no vehicles for them to fight. Given that there is now a TIE Fighter Pilot, it seems only natural to make a TIE Fighter around the same size as the X-wing. What might be done to rectify this situation? Also, are there any plans to re-release any of the Star Wars Playskool figures or elements that have not yet been offered in the Galactic Heroes line, such as Wicket or the Wampa or the Naboo Fighter?
Will we see a TIE Interceptor with the new, more accurate, center pod - the improved center cockpit TIE pod that has been released on the standard TIE Fighter the last couple of times? If so, would it have the old 2-piece hatch or the newest, 1-piece, side-opening hatch seen on the upcoming white TIE Fighter?
The 2001 POTJ Princess Leia Bespin Escape figure has the best likeness and the first real quality use of scale on a Leia figure ever, yet this figure has not seen any decent rereleases. How about re-releasing this figure with new limbs that aren't preposed, perhaps with a little better articulation? This mold could also be used with changes to the hair, boots, and hands (turned into gloves), plus a new vest that fits, to make a new Hoth Leia.
In the past, Toys R Us has had several promotional figures that could be obtained free with a purchase of $15 or so (such as Holographic Yoda and Palpatine, and some silver figures). Will we see more promotional figures such as these in the future, perhaps more holographic figures that would otherwise not be sold at normal retail?Current questions (vote for up to 6):

- 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 something 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?
- 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?
- Is there any possibility of seeing a 7" Unleashed Clone Wars Animated wave?
- 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 TSC's 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 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?
- What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels for source material for the Expanded Universe collection?
- Since the upcoming Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter is an orange version of the AOTC ship, does this lower the chances of getting the green & gray (with yellow droid) ROTS version of his ship as seen in the Clone Wars cartoon episode 23, or is it possible that we will still see one in the future?
- Since the AAT has been rereleased with the mid-sized vehicles, will the similarly-sized TX-130 Saber-class tank - seen in the Star Wars: Clone Wars and Battlefront videogames - ever be made? The vehicle was even used for both Republic and Imperial troops in Battlefront II.
- Any chance of ever seeing the Ultra Battle Droid made that appears in the Clone Wars Adventures Volume 1 comic story Heavy Metal Jedi?
- With basic figures waves, why is it that some waves will show up in such small amounts that there is never a trace of them, yet the next wave shows up soon afterwards in findable quantities?
- Understanding you don't want to divulge specific figures, can you tell us how many (if any) figures in the 30th Anniv. line will have running-change variant figures, a la The Saga Collection Endor Rebel Soldiers?
- The images released of the 30th Anniv. wave 2 carded and loose Death Star Trooper show him coming with the standard E-11 Stormtrooper blaster, however in A New Hope these troopers are shown sporting the DH-17, the blaster most often used by the Rebels (this blaster is even represented in this same wave with the Rebel Honor Guard and Biggs figures). Will the Death Star Trooper figure ship with the correct DH-17 blaster or continue with the E-11 shown in the photo sample, and if it's the latter, why?
- With the recent addition of the Comic Book Two packs, and the thoughts of EU Figures being shipped in future waves, will we ever see a new sculpt of Kyle Katarn, perhaps as he appears in either Jedi Knight or Jedi Outcast ? This would be great way also to release perhaps the Dark Jedi in the game as well as other characters in the games like Jan Ors or Rahn or even an older version of Luke Skywalker.
- Tech Mo'r is the member of the Modal Nodes who sits down and plays the ommni box, but both times he has been released (as part of the 1997 Fan Club exclusive and 2006 Wal-Mart Commemorative Tin Collection), he has been without knee articulation or the base for his instrument. Will we see him with these changes in the future?
- In the past, figures have included interlocking bases that can create larger diorama pieces. Will we see more of these in the future?
- Any chance that Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast will get together and pack in WOTC's Star Wars minatures with Hasbro basic figures?
- Any chance that we could get a new Rancor packed with a Dathomir Witch or Sith Witch instead of Luke?
- In recent years, many Darth Vader figures have included a silver piece of material around the neck to represent the chain that holds Vader's cape on. However, every time this feature has been included, the "chain" ends up looking too big and out-of-place, while Vader figures that do not include this chain end up looking much better. In the interest of accuracy, could the chain either be scaled down (to better match its look in Episodes III, V, and VI), or done as sculpted plastic (as on earlier incarnations), or simply left off (as in Episode IV) on future Darth Vader figures?
- In a future release, would it be possible to re-release Dannik Jerriko with the holes in his face (the ones caused by the removable proboscises) filled in?
- The only versions of the AT-ST to date have been the ESB Kenner mold, while at first glance it appears to be the same shape as the ROTJ version, in reality the ROTJ version is actually a significantly different design. Understanding that an ROTJ AT-ST would require an all-new mold to be made which likely lessens its chances, is it a vehicle that Hasbro might be considering making at any point in the future?
- Many collectors believe that the recent trend of figures having ball-jointed heads has more flaws than advantages, what with the joint requirements creating heads that appear cut off behind the jaw and below the ears making for a bizarre profile, as well as unrealistically long necks. In some circumstances the ball joint's range of motion can be so limited that it renders the joint all but moot. Also, with removable-helmet figures, sometimes the head comes off with the helmet. Some examples of the problems caused by ball-jointed heads are the Ep IV Commemorative Tin's Sandtrooper, the Evolutions Ep II Anakin figure, and VTSC Luke Pilot. So would it be possible to do away with ball-jointed head articulation and either go back to the traditional swivel neck or come up with something that looks and works better?
- Now that retailer inventory lists have given news of Quinlan Vos and Villie (Vilmahr Grahrk) figures coming up in a future release of the comic 2-packs, can you tell us if these will be all new sculpts for the figures, or reuses of a Jedi body and Devaronian head parts for each character, respectively?
- Will the Obi-Wan and Alpha 2-pack include a new sculpt of Obi-Wan in his Clone Trooper armor?
- Just about all modern Jabba the Hutt figures have been based on CGI models of the character which look notably different from the original ROTJ puppet. With the excitement generated by Sideshow's 12" Jabba figure, can we expect to see a Jabba with Throne of similar quality for the Hasbro 3" line?
- What are the chances of getting the Scorpenek Annihilator Droid from the New Essential Guide to Droids?
- With the excitement generated by Sideshow's 12" figure line, does Hasbro have any regrets about cancelling their 12" line, especially since it's clear that there is a strong market for high-quality 12" Star Wars figures? Did Hasbro recognize a deficiency in their 12" Star Wars product which didn't meet consumer's expectations of quality leading to a lack of success, and was that a chief factor behind the decision to end it? Is there anything that in hindsight Hasbro would have done differently with the 12" line to keep it in-house?
- Given that there are only a limited number of unmade figures and figures that need a serious resculpt, does Hasbro deliberately choose not give some figures up-to-date articulation (like knee articulation, etc - even for figures whose characters spend much of their screen time sitting)? We know and understand the argument for the additional cost factor for better articulation and spreading the cost throughout a wave or year, so that Star Wars is profitable, but we also know Hasbro has the license until 2018 and that a business model of *not* producing every figure as a super-articulated ultimate figure would allow Hasbro to continue for many years with later updates to previous sculpts - even when they were at modern quality - by simply adding more articulation (ball-joint knees, elbows, shoulders, etc.) while keeping the rest of the mold the same. Is that at all consideration on Hasbro's part?
- Recent high quality sculpts of R2-D2 and C-3PO have been for the most part clean and shiny when generally the droids were dirty and scuffed throughout the original trilogy. Could Hasbro fit in more worn, dulled, and resculpted versions of our droid heroes into the lineup anytime soon, such as Tatooine paintjobs and minor sculpt alterations including sand, restraining bolts and a dented head for Threepio? Modern sculpts of the twosome haven't yet been given such a treatment and collectors are still using outdated, inaccurate sculpts for Tatooine scenes.
- With 2007 being focused on the 30th Anniversary Collection, what plans if any are being made for 2008?
- In the Betrayal on Felucia Battlepack, why wasn't the corrected or more movie accurate variation of Commander Bly with brown accents used?
- In the carded and loose sample photos for the upcoming ANH Ceremony Luke, the figure has Darth Vader's lightsaber hilt plugged into his belt? (The carded photo it's even clear-banded onto his waist.) Is this merely an example of sample images with the wrong accessories, or if not, why does Hasbro keep giving the incorrect lightsaber hilt accessories to some figures? The VTSC X-wing Pilot Luke also had the Vader hilt on his belt. At the very least, shouldn't you paint the incorrect saber to match the correct one?
- Will you ever be rereleasing the Geonosian Starfighter, perhaps as a repaint? The ship had only a small release in a non-movie line and could use a rerelease. If so, is there anything you can do to strengthen the droopy dual-nose issue? This is a great mold with a very nifty exclusive pilot figure, but that droopy nose thing detracts from this cool set.
- In the Ambush on Ilum Battlepack, the C-3PO figure is gold, but during this sequence in the Clone Wars cartoon he was the same gray colors he was in Attack of the Clones. Why was the figure chosen to be in the inaccurate gold? The vac-metallized gold costs more to make even so this seems to run counter to a main goal of the battle pack line. Will we see a running change in the correct colors, or will it stay wrong? If this is just another example of "it's what we had on hand", could you walk us through the decision-making process that ok's something inaccurate like this? Vote now, and feel free to add new questions too. Thanks for participating!

JediTricks
01-13-2007, 04:15 PM
By the way, concerning one of the questions which has been fairly popular lately but not yet been asked:
- 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?
That question was removed because of the following from this week's answers:
YodasNews.com: Has Hasbro been given access to upcoming Star Wars projects, like the new tv shows, to begin working on products that will be released when the projects debut?
Hasbro: Lucasfilm Licensing does a great job of bringing us into the projects at an early enough stage to allow us to conceive well-rounded product lines. Beyond the animated line, which we have been looking at, I can't comment on any other entertainment being worked on.If you can think of a way to word it to get around the minefield of that Hasbro answer, give it a shot and I'll re-add it to the list.

Umbra
01-13-2007, 05:58 PM
(I seem to recall a question similar to 19 already answered this past week?)


My votes:
10
26
30
33
34
29

Tycho
01-13-2007, 06:34 PM
JediTricks does an awesome job with these. I think they are his singularly best contribution to the site over the whole 10 years+ he has been working here!

OK, time to vote.

1 - What is the status of Playskool's Jedi Force line?


11 - 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.


19- What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels for source material for the Expanded Universe collection?




34 - Many collectors believe that the recent trend of figures having ball-jointed heads has more flaws than advantages, what with the joint requirements creating heads that appear cut off behind the jaw and below the ears making for a bizarre profile, as well as unrealistically long necks. In some circumstances the ball joint's range of motion can be so limited that it renders the joint all but moot. Also, with removable-helmet figures, sometimes the head comes off with the helmet. Some examples of the problems caused by ball-jointed heads are the Ep IV Commemorative Tin's Sandtrooper, the Evolutions Ep II Anakin figure, and VTSC Luke Pilot. So would it be possible to do away with ball-jointed head articulation and either go back to the traditional swivel neck or come up with something that looks and works better?

Tycho
01-13-2007, 06:38 PM
New Questions:

*Now that store inventory computer lists have given up news of Quinlan Vos and Villie (Vilmahr Grahrk) figures coming up in a future release of the comic 2-packs, can you tell us if these will be all new sculpts for the figures, or reuses of a Jedi body and Devaronian head parts for each character, respectively?

* Will the Obi-Wan and Alpha 2-pack include a new sculpt of Obi-Wan in his Clone Trooper armor?

Consider me voting for these with whatever numbers they are assigned in the question que.

LTBasker
01-13-2007, 07:28 PM
5. - Are more properties aside from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel, and Transformers planned for the Titanium Series lines?

15. - 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)?

21. - Since the AAT has been rereleased with the mid-sized vehicles, will the similarly-sized TX-130 Saber-class tank - seen in the Star Wars: Clone Wars and Battlefront videogames - ever be made? The vehicle was even used for both Republic and Imperial troops in Battlefront II.

24. - Understanding you don't want to divulge specific figures, can you tell us how many (if any) figures in the 30th Anniv. line will have running-change variant figures, a la The Saga Collection Endor Rebel Soldiers?

25. - The images released of the 30th Anniv. wave 2 carded and loose Death Star Trooper show him coming with the standard E-11 Stormtrooper blaster, however in A New Hope these troopers are shown sporting the DH-17, the blaster most often used by the Rebels (this blaster is even represented in this same wave with the Rebel Honor Guard and Biggs figures). Will the Death Star Trooper figure ship with the correct DH-17 blaster or continue with the E-11 shown in the photo sample, and if it's the latter, why?

26. - With the recent addition of the Comic Book Two packs, and the thoughts of EU Figures being shipped in future waves, will we ever see a new sculpt of Kyle Katarn, perhaps as he appears in either Jedi Knight or Jedi Outcast ? This would be great way also to release perhaps the Dark Jedi in the game as well as other characters in the games like Jan Ors or Rahn or even an older version of Luke Skywalker.


JT, this question may need to be removed.

14. - Will there ever be a Fan's Choice Titanium Series Forged Figure?


JediDefender's Q&A:

We would love to continue to support the Forged Figure line and we will continue to support the line through Spring of 2007. Unfortunately there was not enough demand for this figure line which has resulted in a lack of retail support for the figures by our retail partners. My advice, buy them now because they will not be around for long.

bigbarada
01-14-2007, 11:05 AM
Just 33 for now.

What happened with the TIE Interceptor question? Was it answered somewhere and I just missed it?

New questions, and JT can probably word these better than I can:

1. What's status of new Ewok figures? I seem to remember that we were promised some new Ewoks in 2006 after Chirpa was released; but nothing has been announced yet.

2. All modern Jabba figures have been based on CG models rather than the ROTJ puppet. With the excitment generated by Sideshow's 12" Jabba the Hutt figure, can we expect to see a ROTJ Jabba with Throne of the same quality for Hasbro's 4" line?

Battle Droid
01-14-2007, 11:16 AM
New question,

What are the chances of getting the Scorpenek Annihilator Droid from the New Essential Guide to Droids?

Battle Droid
01-14-2007, 11:18 AM
One of my votes for now,

22. - Any chance of ever seeing the Ultra Battle Droid made that appears in the Clone Wars Adventures Volume 1 comic story Heavy Metal Jedi?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-14-2007, 01:01 PM
They also answered #9, saying that they stopped doing Christmas figures for 2006 and 2007 since there were no more ideas, and that we'll get another holiday figure this year, but not a Christmas one.

I vote for 20, 27, 28, 31, 34, and bigbarada's Jabba question.

bigbarada
01-14-2007, 01:22 PM
Another new question:

With the excitement generated by Sideshow's 12" figure line, do you have any regrets cancelling your 12" line of figures; since it's clear that there is a very strong market for QUALITY 12" figures? Did it occur to you that your 12" figure line just wasn't up to the level of quality that consumers expected and that's why it failed?

Maybe that can be worded a little nicer, although I did refrain from using "balloon-headed abominations" to describe Hasbro's 12" figures.:D

Tycho
01-14-2007, 03:09 PM
They also answered #9, saying that they stopped doing Christmas figures for 2006 and 2007 since there were no more ideas, and that we'll get another holiday figure this year, but not a Christmas one.


I really wonder if we'll get Hannukah figures? Maybe Jedi lighting a menorah with their lightsabers?

Or will we get Han Solo with Jaxxon as the Easter Bunny?

Thanksgiving and Halloween are the other two holidays that come to mind. Something like Yoda wearing a jack'o'lantern costume or a ghost sheet? Thanksgiving would be kind of harder.

Oh, one other would be a recreation of the Iwo Jima flag raising with Republic Clone Troopers raising a Republic flag on Geonosis as a Memorial Day or Veterans' Day exclusive. That would actually be quite cool.

obi-dad
01-15-2007, 08:34 PM
New Question: Given that there are only a limited number of unmade figures and figures that need a serious resculpt, does Hasbro deliberately choose not give some figures basic articulation (like knee articulation, etc - even for figures whose characters spend much of their screen time sitting [like the death star briefing set])? I know and understand the argument for the additional cost factor for better articulation and spreading the cost throughout a wave or year, so that Star Wars is profitable. But I also know Hasbro has the license until 2018 and that the business model (of not producing every figure as an ultimate, super-articulated figure) would then allow Hasbro to continue for many years with later updates to previous (many current) sculpts with simply adding more articulation (ball-joint knees, elbows, shoulders (or really any missing articulation) and keeping the rest of the mold the same.

Please feel free to reword this. I tried over and over to say this clearer and this is the best I could come up with. Not that I would expect them to admit this if it is true.

Tycho
01-15-2007, 08:41 PM
Obi-Dad, your question is awesome! I've long suspected a conspiracy. I think I've used my votes up this round, so I'll delete my vote for the Jedi Force question (just love to make this harder on JediTricks) and vote for your conspiracy theory question once JT assigns it a number.

Devo
01-16-2007, 11:25 AM
27, 31, 33, 34 for me please. So far anyway

New question:

Recent high quality sculpts of R2-D2 and C-3PO have for the most part been clean and shiny when generally the droids were dirty and scuffed throughout the original trilogy. Can Hasbro fit in tatooine paintjobs and minor sculpt alterations including sand, restraining bolts and a dented head for Threepio into the lineup anytime soon? Modern sculpts of the twosome haven't yet been given such a treatment and I am still using outdated sculpts for tatooine scenes.

And that'll be my 5th vote.

obi-dad
01-16-2007, 12:33 PM
Obi-Dad, your question is awesome! I've long suspected a conspiracy. I think I've used my votes up this round, so I'll delete my vote for the Jedi Force question (just love to make this harder on JediTricks) and vote for your conspiracy theory question once JT assigns it a number.

Thanks Tycho. I wasn't sure how clear that was with as many commas, parenthises, and run-on sentences I had in that post/question.

JediTricks
01-16-2007, 04:36 PM
Questions 35-38 added. Question 14 stricken.

bigbarada, you have 4 votes left.

Battle Droid, you have 4 votes left.

*** I have to stop at post #11 right now because I have to leave, I will deal with more of the votes and new questions when I get back.



(I seem to recall a question similar to 19 already answered this past week?)Yeah, but it was different enough that I'm still leaving 19 up for now.



JediTricks does an awesome job with these. I think they are his singularly best contribution to the site over the whole 10 years+ he has been working here!I've only been working here 9 years.

It's kinda sad that this is my best contribution since I'm only an editor and organizer, no actual writing. :(


* Will the Obi-Wan and Alpha 2-pack include a new sculpt of Obi-Wan in his Clone Trooper armor?I added the question, but don't actually know what it's talking about. Clarify?

Consider me voting for these with whatever numbers they are assigned in the question que.You had 2 vote slots left, so I did. (And for future reference it's "queue".)


JT, this question may need to be removed.

14. - Will there ever be a Fan's Choice Titanium Series Forged Figure?Rats, i should really have caught that!



What happened with the TIE Interceptor question? Was it answered somewhere and I just missed it?It was asked from the last round and thus hasn't been answered yet. The questions we ask from the last round are posted in the opening post of this thread in small type.


What's status of new Ewok figures? I seem to remember that we were promised some new Ewoks in 2006 after Chirpa was released; but nothing has been announced yet.I'm not adding that, only because your memory doesn't jive with the answers I've seen, here's a prime example from Nov 17th:
FFURG.com: With the vastly superior (and impressive) sculpt of Chief Chirpa coming out this past year, will there be an effort eventually on the part of Hasbro to re-scale or resculpt Teebo, Wicket, Logray, and the other Ewoks to make them all the proper scale to Chief Chirpa? There's something a little disturbing about the POTF2 Wicket towering over Chief Chirpa.
Hasbro: Yes, we will eventually get around to re-doing them, although we can't say when we'll slot each of them into the line. We'll probably take one or two at a time.
If you find another source on that, please LMK and I'll add the question to the list, but for now everything I'm seeing from Hasbro's answers about Ewoks includes similar phrasing about "eventually".


All modern Jabba figures have been based on CG models rather than the ROTJ puppet. With the excitment generated by Sideshow's 12" Jabba the Hutt figure, can we expect to see a ROTJ Jabba with Throne of the same quality for Hasbro's 4" line?I've added this one, but had to reword it because it's not entirely accurate, Jabba Glob is based on the ROTJ puppet and the Saga Ultra figure is based on the Jabba Glob figure.



They also answered #9, saying that they stopped doing Christmas figures for 2006 and 2007 since there were no more ideas, and that we'll get another holiday figure this year, but not a Christmas one.They did not definitively answer question #9, they only said that they don't have Christmas-themed figures planned for '06 or '07, but did not say that there was no future to the line or even give a status beyond the non-christmas holiday figure for this year.



Another new question:

With the excitement generated by Sideshow's 12" figure line, do you have any regrets cancelling your 12" line of figures; since it's clear that there is a very strong market for QUALITY 12" figures? Did it occur to you that your 12" figure line just wasn't up to the level of quality that consumers expected and that's why it failed?

Maybe that can be worded a little nicer, although I did refrain from using "balloon-headed abominations" to describe Hasbro's 12" figures.:DThey've actually touched on this a few times, I'm not sure if they answered your direct question, I have to leave right now so I'm waiting to add or deny this question until I can do the research when I get back.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-16-2007, 06:10 PM
Also, what happened to my question about C-3PO being the wrong gold in the Ambush on Ilum Battlepack? Was it asked, and I missed it? It's still a valid question.

bigbarada
01-16-2007, 06:49 PM
FFURG.com: With the vastly superior (and impressive) sculpt of Chief Chirpa coming out this past year, will there be an effort eventually on the part of Hasbro to re-scale or resculpt Teebo, Wicket, Logray, and the other Ewoks to make them all the proper scale to Chief Chirpa? There's something a little disturbing about the POTF2 Wicket towering over Chief Chirpa.
Hasbro: Yes, we will eventually get around to re-doing them, although we can't say when we'll slot each of them into the line. We'll probably take one or two at a time.


That was what I was remembering about the Ewoks, I guess it was just a comment made that had me thinking we were getting a couple this year.

I thought for sure that the Jabba Glob was based on the Ep1 Jabba; but I guess I shouldn't have been fooled by that Ep1 logo on the package.:p

Tycho
01-17-2007, 04:38 AM
I've only been working here 9 years.

See, my statement that you've made your best contribution in 10 years is still accurate then. :D


It's kinda sad that this is my best contribution since I'm only an editor and organizer, no actual writing. :(

You didn't think I was an admirer of your Transformer reviews, did you? ;)


I added the question, but don't actually know what it's talking about. Clarify?
You had 2 vote slots left, so I did. (And for future reference it's "queue".)

In the Clone Wars cartoon, Obi-Wan wore Clone Trooper armor. The figure was offered in a 2005 battlepack, but it sucked. It was mostly an add-on piece of plastic accessory. They might start with an actual SA Clone Trooper body, add Obi-Wan's head and sleeveless soft-goods Jedi robes to it, and so forth.

Alpha was a super-Hercules ARC Trooper basically. To make him accurate, he should be sculpted like a 1995 figure, hehe - but articulated like a 2007. You can decide how to best phrase the question. Incidentally, Alpha and Obi-Wan in that outfit do not actually appear together that way in the comic or cartoon medium, so I'm asking Hasbro to fudge accuracy there to get us 2 really good figures. It's surely too much to ask.

My question was:

Will the Obi-Wan and Alpha 2-pack include a new sculpt of Obi-Wan in his Clone Trooper armor?

That's what I meant by it (above)

dindae
01-17-2007, 08:45 AM
In the Clone Wars cartoon, Obi-Wan wore Clone Trooper armor. The figure was offered in a 2005 battlepack, but it sucked. It was mostly an add-on piece of plastic accessory. They might start with an actual SA Clone Trooper body, add Obi-Wan's head and sleeveless soft-goods Jedi robes to it, and so forth.

Alpha was a super-Hercules ARC Trooper basically. To make him accurate, he should be sculpted like a 1995 figure, hehe - but articulated like a 2007. You can decide how to best phrase the question. Incidentally, Alpha and Obi-Wan in that outfit do not actually appear together that way in the comic or cartoon medium, so I'm asking Hasbro to fudge accuracy there to get us 2 really good figures. It's surely too much to ask.

My question was:

Will the Obi-Wan and Alpha 2-pack include a new sculpt of Obi-Wan in his Clone Trooper armor?

That's what I meant by it (above)

I believe they stated that the two pack is based on Republic issue #55 which does not have Obi in the clone outfit.

Kidhuman
01-17-2007, 08:59 AM
By the way, concerning one of the questions which has been fairly popular lately but not yet been asked:
- 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?
That question was removed because of the following from this week's answers:
YodasNews.com: Has Hasbro been given access to upcoming Star Wars projects, like the new tv shows, to begin working on products that will be released when the projects debut?
Hasbro: Lucasfilm Licensing does a great job of bringing us into the projects at an early enough stage to allow us to conceive well-rounded product lines. Beyond the animated line, which we have been looking at, I can't comment on any other entertainment being worked on.If you can think of a way to word it to get around the minefield of that Hasbro answer, give it a shot and I'll re-add it to the list.

Can you ask this or is it too close:

With most of 07 being focused on TAC, what plans if any are there for 2008?

JediTricks
01-17-2007, 05:44 PM
Questions 39-42 added.

bigbarada, you have 3 votes left.

obi-dad and Kidhuman, you each have 5 votes left.

Devo, you have 1 vote left.


Another new question:

With the excitement generated by Sideshow's 12" figure line, do you have any regrets cancelling your 12" line of figures; since it's clear that there is a very strong market for QUALITY 12" figures? Did it occur to you that your 12" figure line just wasn't up to the level of quality that consumers expected and that's why it failed?

Maybe that can be worded a little nicer, although I did refrain from using "balloon-headed abominations" to describe Hasbro's 12" figures.:DIt was a little pointed, you might as well have called them "boneheaded" ;) I tried to take out the personal element of that but ended up going for the jugular with the question. :p



New Question: Given that there are only a limited number of unmade figures and figures that need a serious resculpt, does Hasbro deliberately choose not give some figures basic articulation (like knee articulation, etc - even for figures whose characters spend much of their screen time sitting [like the death star briefing set])? I know and understand the argument for the additional cost factor for better articulation and spreading the cost throughout a wave or year, so that Star Wars is profitable. But I also know Hasbro has the license until 2018 and that the business model (of not producing every figure as an ultimate, super-articulated figure) would then allow Hasbro to continue for many years with later updates to previous (many current) sculpts with simply adding more articulation (ball-joint knees, elbows, shoulders (or really any missing articulation) and keeping the rest of the mold the same.

Please feel free to reword this. I tried over and over to say this clearer and this is the best I could come up with. Not that I would expect them to admit this if it is true.That's a toughy in 2 areas: A) they're never going to admit to scamming collectors by holding back quality on figures :p but more importantly, B) the term "basic articulation" is problematic since knee articulation is not basic for this line, the line has standard-6 articulation for basics which is neck, shoulders, waist, hips, so I cannot call it "basic articulation". I thought about "modern articulation" but that'll give them an opening to explain how joints are costly and it's all extra bonus goodies, so I went with "up-to-date articulation" and hope they'll understand that we don't need to be schooled yet again on the issue of joint costs. I also took out the part about the "Death Star Briefing set" because that's just going to walk us off a cliff about how that set is a cost-saving measure and blah blah blah that helps Hasbro avoid the real question. LMK if my changes have missed the mark.

Unfortunately, I suspect no matter how we word it, Hasbro is going to eat that question for lunch when we ask it. That won't stop me from asking it though.


Also, what happened to my question about C-3PO being the wrong gold in the Ambush on Ilum Battlepack? Was it asked, and I missed it? It's still a valid question.I took it off the list, brought up the possibility of that last week: 522874



That was what I was remembering about the Ewoks, I guess it was just a comment made that had me thinking we were getting a couple this year.Yeah, it's real easy to get turned around with all the non-Hasbro comments flying about when these Q&As first hit, it's one of the hardest parts of this for me because a lot of folks have exepctations that are derived from rumors and Hasbro generally dumps on those questions for being inaccurate.


I thought for sure that the Jabba Glob was based on the Ep1 Jabba; but I guess I shouldn't have been fooled by that Ep1 logo on the package.:pYeah, Jabba Glob was a weird toy like that, a real ROTJ Jabba that was even rubbery but with the wrong colors, on an Ep 1 card, and he barfs goop. I still have a strong affinity for that set though, he can move his mouth where the Saga redux is hard plastic, I still have Globba on display with the Saga figure's tongue upside-down like he's being choked, it looks good. They should do another version of that Globba figure in rubber but in the right colors and with an armature inside to move the mouth. :D



You didn't think I was an admirer of your Transformer reviews, did you? ;)I've written a lot of real articles on this site in the past, though I've been burning out lately.


In the Clone Wars cartoon, Obi-Wan wore Clone Trooper armor. The figure was offered in a 2005 battlepack, but it sucked. It was mostly an add-on piece of plastic accessory. They might start with an actual SA Clone Trooper body, add Obi-Wan's head and sleeveless soft-goods Jedi robes to it, and so forth. Alpha was a super-Hercules ARC Trooper basically. To make him accurate, he should be sculpted like a 1995 figure, hehe - but articulated like a 2007. You can decide how to best phrase the question. Incidentally, Alpha and Obi-Wan in that outfit do not actually appear together that way in the comic or cartoon medium, so I'm asking Hasbro to fudge accuracy there to get us 2 really good figures. It's surely too much to ask. My question was: Will the Obi-Wan and Alpha 2-pack include a new sculpt of Obi-Wan in his Clone Trooper armor? That's what I meant by it (above)Fantastic. However, I was hoping you'd clarify on the confirmation that this 2-pack is indeed coming out, as I've heard nothing of the sort. The question is already up there, #36, and your vote's been counted for it, but I still haven't seen reference to any confirmation this set is actually planned.

And, like an idiot, I should have done the research and perhaps not included it due to this Nov 17th Hasbro answer:
SWcollector.com: Will there ever be a single-carded version of Obi-Wan Kenobi as a general of the Republic figure (dressed in Clone Trooper armor)? One that utilzes a Clone Trooper body, perhaps, instead of snap-on armor?
Hasbro: This would be a good figure for a future basic figure and is on the wish list for doing sometime down the road. It won't be in 2007, but there's a strong chance he'll make the 2008 roster.

Can you ask this or is it too close:

With most of 07 being focused on TAC, what plans if any are there for 2008?You know the t-shirt that some parents put on their toddlers that says "HERE COMES TROUBLE"...? :p

They're never going to answer it until well after the middle of the year, but I'll put it up just to see who's the bigger fool, the fool or the fool who follows him. ;)

Kidhuman
01-17-2007, 05:55 PM
Thanks, but you asked for it to be rephrased somehow. I know it wont be answered with specifics, just a wait and see type thing. Maybe after SDCC we can get a straight answer from them. here are the rest of my questions:

10, 11, 23, 39, 41.

thanks JT for all the hard work.

Blue2th
01-17-2007, 06:29 PM
I have a question: In the Betrayal on Felucia Battlepack, why wasn't the corrected or more movie accurate variation of Commander Bly with brown accents used?

JediTricks
01-17-2007, 06:42 PM
Question 43 added.

Blue2th, you have 5 votes left.


I have a question: In the Betrayal on Felucia Battlepack, why wasn't the corrected or more movie accurate variation of Commander Bly with brown accents used?
Why don't we have a "can of worms" smilie? ;)

Blue2th
01-17-2007, 07:01 PM
Question 43 added.

Blue2th, you have 5 votes left.


Why don't we have a "can of worms" smilie? ;)
Thanks JT. Alot of people were expecting this (see: GH Adam Pawlus' "Figure of the day" Bly) wonder how they are gonna squirm out of this one?....also I will vote for 34, 35, 37 for now.

Rogue II
01-17-2007, 08:02 PM
15
24
29
32
37

Devo
01-17-2007, 11:50 PM
Right then I'll have 37 as my last vote, the ROTJ Jabba question.

Obi-dad's question was tempting but I'm not sure how I'd expect them to answer that, they'd surely dodge the issue somehow, nor am I sure what I'd want to hear from them.

Nice bit of rewording on my R2&Threepio question by the way, that'll do nicely.

obi-dad
01-18-2007, 12:23 AM
[B]Questions 39-42 added.
I also took out the part about the "Death Star Briefing set" because that's just going to walk us off a cliff about how that set is a cost-saving measure and blah blah blah that helps Hasbro avoid the real question. LMK if my changes have missed the mark.

Unfortunately, I suspect no matter how we word it, Hasbro is going to eat that question for lunch when we ask it. That won't stop me from asking it though.


Good job. I seriously considered leaving out the Death Star Briefing set part for the same reason. I love Hasbro's Q&A, but hate when they take just part of one sentence and choose to comment on that instead of answering the question asked. I agree that no matter how it was worded, Hasbro will not answer it, but I'd love to see it asked.

I'll have to come back with my next 5 votes in another post

obi-dad
01-18-2007, 08:04 AM
New question:

I noticed that the hilt for the up coming Ceremony Luke is the hilt from Darth Vader. Is this just a case of a sample image with the wrong saber hilt? If not, why does Hasbro keep getting this wrong? (i.e. VTSC X-wing Luke also came with the Vader hilt). Another example is the hilt in on the attached saber hand for the Ep. III Obi-Wan (which was made before the movie was released), but that should not be an excuse this time for another incorrect hilt.

Battle Droid
01-18-2007, 09:32 AM
New question,

Will you ever be repainting and rereleasing the Geonosian Starfighter?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-18-2007, 04:10 PM
JT, for the C-3PO question, I hadn't seen that in last week's thing. I know that the final production piece is gold, but perhaps it could be better rephrased like this:
In the Ambush on Ilum Battlepack, the C-3PO figure is gold, but during this sequence in the Clone Wars cartoon, he was the same gray colors he was in Attack of the Clones. Why was the figure chosen to be in the inaccurate gold? Will we see a running change in the correct colors, or will it stay wrong?
Or something like that.

DocApoc
01-18-2007, 04:56 PM
Will Hasbro ever be releasing the Twin Pod Cloud Car in the future? They made a Cloud Car Pilot figure a few years ago but no Cloud Car to pilot!
They could use the old Kenner design and molds if they still exist and this vehicle would fit into their $20 price range so it seems like a no brainer they should do this. They have already done it several times with the TIE Fighter and X-wing. This would be considered a "new" vehicle for the new lines started in '95 using the old vehicle from the 80's so cost to Hasbro would be lower than starting from scratch. I am also suprised that more fans aren't howling for the TPCC to be made instead of more playsets which Hasbro seems resistant to produce.

bigbarada
01-18-2007, 05:56 PM
My finaly votes 23, 27, 40

Tycho
01-18-2007, 07:59 PM
Will Hasbro ever be releasing the Twin Pod Cloud Car in the future? They made a Cloud Car Pilot figure a few years ago but no Cloud Car to pilot!
They could use the old Kenner design and molds if they still exist and this vehicle would fit into their $20 price range so it seems like a no brainer they should do this. They have already done it several times with the TIE Fighter and X-wing. This would be considered a "new" vehicle for the new lines started in '95 using the old vehicle from the 80's so cost to Hasbro would be lower than starting from scratch. I am also suprised that more fans aren't howling for the TPCC to be made instead of more playsets which Hasbro seems resistant to produce.

Great question. I want at least 3 Cloud Cars I bought 6 pilots for back in 2004. I think Hasbro answered they weren't doing it in the immediate future, but they didn't rule it out. In another round, I'd vote to ask Hasbro the question again, if we need to. Hey, bothering them about something (more Ewoks for example) seems to work. It lets them know there's demand.

Darth Jax
01-18-2007, 08:49 PM
12. clone commander set? even though i've gotten all the ones made (movie accurate or EU versions) so far, i'd still like to see them all packaged and rereleased in one window box.

17. gi joe galactic heroes?

23. availablity of waves?

30. rancor rerelease?

DarkJedi5
01-18-2007, 10:45 PM
7 - Canadians
25 - Blasters
26 - Kyle Katarn
33 - AT-ST
40 - Articulation
41 - Dinged Droids

obi-dad
01-18-2007, 11:10 PM
Will Hasbro ever be releasing the Twin Pod Cloud Car in the future? They made a Cloud Car Pilot figure a few years ago but no Cloud Car to pilot!
They could use the old Kenner design and molds if they still exist and this vehicle would fit into their $20 price range so it seems like a no brainer they should do this. They have already done it several times with the TIE Fighter and X-wing. This would be considered a "new" vehicle for the new lines started in '95 using the old vehicle from the 80's so cost to Hasbro would be lower than starting from scratch. I am also suprised that more fans aren't howling for the TPCC to be made instead of more playsets which Hasbro seems resistant to produce.

I'm know I've seen this asked once and maybe more. If my memory serves me correctly, and it seldom does, they no longer either have the old mold or it is too degraded. So they must start from scratch, which is why it wasn't high on their priorities, considering it is not as iconic as an x-wing, tie, or falcon. I personally would love to see this reissued. I finally broke down and bought a vintage one off ebay last year. I only have 4 pilots, so I would love to buy two new TPCC.

obi-dad
01-19-2007, 12:06 AM
My final 4 votes:

27: Modal Nodes
32: Dannik Jerriko
37: Jabba
41: Dinged Droids

I may have to trade one for DocApoc's Cloud Car question, if JT allows it. I sure would like to keep pestering Hasbro for the release of it.

DarkArtist
01-19-2007, 08:27 AM
put me down for #'s 9,13,19,26,28,36

JediTricks
01-19-2007, 02:04 PM
Questions 44-46 added.

Battle Droid, you have 3 votes left.


Obi-dad's question was tempting but I'm not sure how I'd expect them to answer that, they'd surely dodge the issue somehow, nor am I sure what I'd want to hear from them.Ha! That's an interesting point, their response might be more infuriating than enlightening. :p



New question:

I noticed that the hilt for the up coming Ceremony Luke is the hilt from Darth Vader. Is this just a case of a sample image with the wrong saber hilt? If not, why does Hasbro keep getting this wrong? (i.e. VTSC X-wing Luke also came with the Vader hilt). Another example is the hilt in on the attached saber hand for the Ep. III Obi-Wan (which was made before the movie was released), but that should not be an excuse this time for another incorrect hilt.My apologies for not getting on this one sooner. I took out the Ep 3 Obi-Wan ref as they have a solid reason for that, they made the figure well in advance of the final version of the movie before Lucas changed that Ep 1 saber to the Ep 3 saber, you can still see Obi-Wan using the Ep 1 saber briefly in the Invisible Hand throne room duel.


JT, for the C-3PO question, I hadn't seen that in last week's thing. I know that the final production piece is gold, but perhaps it could be better rephrased like this:
In the Ambush on Ilum Battlepack, the C-3PO figure is gold, but during this sequence in the Clone Wars cartoon, he was the same gray colors he was in Attack of the Clones. Why was the figure chosen to be in the inaccurate gold? Will we see a running change in the correct colors, or will it stay wrong?
Or something like that.Ok, I padded it a little since I suspect I know what their answer will be.



Will Hasbro ever be releasing the Twin Pod Cloud Car in the future? They made a Cloud Car Pilot figure a few years ago but no Cloud Car to pilot!
They could use the old Kenner design and molds if they still exist and this vehicle would fit into their $20 price range so it seems like a no brainer they should do this. They have already done it several times with the TIE Fighter and X-wing. This would be considered a "new" vehicle for the new lines started in '95 using the old vehicle from the 80's so cost to Hasbro would be lower than starting from scratch. I am also suprised that more fans aren't howling for the TPCC to be made instead of more playsets which Hasbro seems resistant to produce.
We asked that on ActionFigs.com back on July 26th:
ESB vehicles - are there any plans to make a new Rebel Transport ship from Hoth? What about a Bespin Cloud Car?
Not at this time. However, we are always hearing requests for the Cloud Car, so perhaps someday.
And asked around the same time by another site:

Action-Figure.com: Cloud Car, please discuss... is it coming and is the vintage mould availible to use or will it be a new one?
Hasbro: It's not coming. At least for the foreseeable future.
There's been a lot of complaining about the Cloud Car and Hasbro's said "no" to all of it. I'm not adding your question right now simply because we already have an answer, but I am not shutting it down, if you can think of another way to ask it or just think it should be asked again after 6 months, get back to me in the next round's thread.

JediTricks
01-19-2007, 02:08 PM
Last hour to vote!!!

my votes:

21 tx130
23 distribution
33 at-st
39 12" failure
41 dingy droids
45 Geo Fighter

JediTricks
01-19-2007, 03:36 PM
Well, that's the end of this round. Look for the next round soon, and thanks to everybody who has voted.