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JediTricks
02-23-2007, 07:34 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, March 9th, March 23rd April 5th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 25 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 asked last round:
- Last time we asked this question in October, you said " We won't be answering any more specific questions on the 2007 line at this time. However, she is definitely a possible future figure. Not out of the question." However, now that Toy Fair has come and gone, can you tell us what the odds are that we will see Yarna D'al Gargan in 2007?
- When Episode II came out, there was a big fuss made about Hasbro using Realscan technology as an advanced guide assisting in the sculpting process - especially for heads and accessories. In the 5 years after, how often has Realscan been used since then, how helpful has it been, what are some of the most common drawbacks when using it for you, and what is the figure or figure's accessory that is closest to the Realscan source data?
- In the past, figures have included interlocking bases that can create larger diorama pieces. Will we see more of these in the future?
- The Galactic Heroes line has really taken off with kids and collectors alike, however the most "kid-friendly" film in the saga - Ep I: The Phantom Menace - is heavily underrepresented with the only offerings being re-releases of the now-defunct Playskool line and 1 new Maul set. Characters like Jar Jar Binks, Sebulba, and Qui-Gon Jinn seem like obvious choices for the line. Will there be more Episode I offerings in the future?
- Will Academy outfit Biggs from wave 3 have his cape, and if not, why?
- 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?Current questions (vote for up to 6):

- 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?
- 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?
- 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, a Galactic-Heroes-styled 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?
- 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?
- 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, perhaps 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Some collectors missed out on the Vintage-style figures and now must look to ebay and other wretched hives of scum and villainy for these fine figures. What is the likelihood of seeing any or all of those Vintage-style figures rereleased and getting more of collectors' money directly? (They'd prefer to give it to you rather than overpriced after-market guys.)
- Will the Battle Droid Commander in the Saga Legends line have a backpack or just the antennas? And will we be getting a Geonosis Battle Droid Commander in the Saga Legends line like the regular colored Commander?
- Why do hologram figures come with weapons when they're almost never shown using weapons in the holograms in the movies?
- Now that we've seen photos of the new Jedi Luke figure with cloth vest, what can you tell us about him? Is it an all new sculpt? Is his Death Star 2 costume on underneath the vest, is the vest and outer belt removable? What accessories will he have? What are the chances of seeing him repacked without the vest?
- Concerning Titanium Series 3" repaints, will the Titanium AT-RT get another release with a repainted green & brown driver the way the repainted Clone Swamp Speeder did with its pilots? And will we be seeing the Titanium AOTC Jedi Starfighter repainted in all the color schemes the figure scale one has come in (Clone Wars teal, Saesee Tiin's, Kit Fisto's), the way it is currently slated for a Plo Koon repaint?
- What are the chances of seeing mult-packs for the Titanium Series 3" vehicle line where the package can double as a play environment similar to the recent Galactic Heroes line's 3 battle packs? Concepts like multipacks of the Trench run, Battle above Endor, Battle above Coruscant, etc., with play environment packaging and the appropriate repacked vehicles.
- The movie scene photo on the back of The Saga Collection #50 Naboo Soldier's card shows characters in red versions of the same uniform, was this considered for a variation during production, or perhaps will we be seeing it in an upcoming year?
- The Snowspeeder has only been an exclusive item in the past two releases for it where prior releases were regular mass-retail. Why the exclusivity and accompanying higher pricepoint on this vehicle? If it's due to its somewhat large size compared to other vehicles, could it be scaled down to accurate proportions (since it is actually a little too large as-is) and released in the $20 line?
- Many fans feel that the Super Articulated Clone Trooper mold from the ROTS line is the best version of this figure, however there are several problems with the sculpt that continue to show up including: upside-down belt packs, one elbowpad strap smaller than the other, different-heights on the knee joints and a 1mm variance from the left to right upper leg leading to leaning figures, and an asymmetrical "cheek" sculpt on the helmet. Will these issues ever be addressed on future figures?
- Will Hasbro be re-releasing the straight sections of the cantina bar in the near future to coincide with the release of the curved end pieces coming out? If so, please consider re-releasing the blue Snaggletooth from the K-Mart exclusive as well.
- Will the moisture vaporator be available only with this upcoming Luke figure so those who want multiples of this accessory will need to buy multiple Lukes, or will there be other ways to get it in the foreseeable future? (One possibility is to reuse the accessory with Ep 2 Owen Lars, Beru Whitesun, and Cliegg Lars figures.)
- Recently, several unique figures and accessories have been released in boxed sets (multi-packs, vehicles) - for example: Zev Senesca, removable-helmet Snowtrooper, white AT-RT Driver, the Geonosian energy binders, etc.. As many collectors who have been with the line for 12 years haven't wanted to purchase (for example) yet another Snowspeeder they already had just to get a new figure, have you given any thought to releasing these figures separately, either carded or as hasbrotoyshop.com exclusives?
- Since Boba Fett from the Holiday Special has now been revealed, and POTJ Zutton is actually taken from the Holiday Special as well, is there a possibility for other figures from the show, most notably the cantina scene?
- Why didn't the Kashyyyk Elite Corps Clone Trooper from The Saga Collection come with the long blaster rifle the figure is shown holding on the figure photo on the back of the card? That is the weapon a number of these troopers sported in the movie, yet the figure only comes with the Biker Scout pistol and the Clone Trooper blaster pistol.
- Why have there been so few Ep 2 & 3 Anakin figures with accurate likenesses of Hayden Christensen?
- There has been some confusion about the upcoming Vintage-style Han Solo in Hoth gear figure, specifically his headgear. Pictures from Toy Fair show a version with a removable hat/goggles combination, but will the figure also be able to wear the hood-up look that covered the hat in the movie, and if so, how will this be achieved? If not, why is the movie-accurate hood-up look not being utilized here? What was it about Vintage-style Han Hoth's hood-up accessory which made Lucasfilm pull approval of that item?
- The Titanium Series line has shared its space with Battlestar Galactica license for some time now with much success. Can you give us a hint as to your plans for the future of this license? Also, what happened to the plans for the Titanium Forged Figure of the Cylon Centurion?
- With the Titanium Series 3" Star Wars vehicle line, there's been a growing problem on the pegs consistently reported from all across the nation. At each of the 3 major retailers (TRU, Target, Wal-mart), the Titanium 3" Transformers figures - even though they ship in separate cases under unique assortment numbers meant for separate spots in stores planograms - often end up getting placed on the Star Wars Titaniums' pegs by employees because the packaging is the same unique shape and both lines sport the "Titanium Series" badge at the top. That ends up mixing 2 dissimilar lines together, burying and even choking off pegspace for the Star Wars Titaniums while slowing sales for the Transformers Titaniums. Your current solutions mentioned above (asst #s, planograms) don't seem to be enough at the retail level to ensure a separation of product which often means no pegspace for Star Wars Titaniums so they don't get put on shelves as often - can you do something else to ensure that Star Wars Titaniums aren't overwhelmed at the pegs by Transformers Titaniums?
- Are there folks today at Hasbro who were working on the Star Wars line back when it was reborn in 1995? Was there any clue behind-the-scenes back then that the Star Wars toy line would garner such a huge adult collector following? Were adult collectors considered at all on any level back then when forging the line's beginnings? What do you folks think of the extensive adult collector enthusiasm for the line today, 12 years later?
- In the Toys R Us-exclusive Bantha with Tusken Raiders boxed set, the Bantha's pelt appears inaccurate with curly fur and the eyeholes not cut or attached correctly, compared to the movie character and the original POTF2 Bantha that this is based upon. What is the reason for the unattractive visible eyeholes and bizarre curly fur? Also, if boxed Star Wars items sell better the closer they are to $20, why turn the Bantha into a larger $45 set?
- Recently, you were quoted about a Battle Pack with 2 figures and 2 speederbikes as saying it "is not part of the same Battle Pack line that is at all retailers. We are open to thinking of figure/vehicle packs like this for ideas further down the road. Stay tuned…" and we've since also seen the Bantha/Tusken Raiders Battle Pack that fits within the concept. With Toy Fair now behind us, what are some plans for these future non-traditional Battle Packs?
- In the rumored upcoming TRU exclusive Geonosis beasts pack which supposedly includes the Acklay, Reek and Nexu, would the Nexu and Reek retain their electronic sounds or would those features be absent? Also, would the Acklay's weak legs problem be fixed so that it can stand on its own, along with the irregular jointing of the hips where some move vertically and others move horizontally (adding ratcheting swivels to the legs just below the universal-joints would probably solve this)? And will there figures included in this set as well as creatures, and if so which ones?
- Similar to the Toys R Us exclusive AT-ST that came with a speeder bike, have you ever thought about doing a vehicle multipack? Getting two or three vehicles in one package would be awesome. How about a pair of X-wings?
- Why is it that Hasbro produces some vehicles that are incredibly difficult, even impossible, to fit regular figures inside such as the Ep 1 Flash Speeder, or Ep 2 Zam's & Anakin's Speeder?
- In the vintage line, Kenner included a cloak with Bib Fortuna that was made out of a wonderful material that lay down closely to the body of the figure. The modern cloaks leave a lot to be desired, as it appears a number of materials have been tried but all leaving much to desire. Why not use the material that was in the Bib cloak?
- Might we ever get the Mustafar hovering lava harvesting platform for the Mustafar Lava Miner, Obi-Wan, and Anakin as Vader to ride on, perhaps also coming with the lava panning droid for Vader to ride on top of? Granted, the hovering platforms were done in the Mustafar playset, but those seemed too small and lacking in accurate detailing.
- Will the troop-builder clones from the Order 66 2-packs, Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack, Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack, and Mace Windu's Attack Battalion Battle Pack ever be released as basic figures?
- Will Anakin's Jedi Starfighter and the regular Jedi Starfighter from the Clone Wars line ever be re-released?
- Twice during the prequels, a vehicle toy's MSRP was dropped significantly without any changes to its mold - the first being the Episode I Naboo Royal Starship which went from $100 to $50, and the second being the Republic Gunship which in the Saga line was $40 but subsequent releases were $30. What were the causes of these price drops? Why hasn't this happened with other vehicles in similar high pricepoints?
- Why are basic carded figures so much more expensive in relation to battle packs that have 5 figures in them? A battle pack which MSRPs for $19.99 and has 5 figures, or 4 plus a larger accessory of some kind, costs less than 3 carded figures (who MSRP at $6.99 a piece). Any chance that the MSRP might be dropping on the single basic carded figures in the near future?
- For Star Wars' 30th anniversary this year, the US Postal Service painted hundreds of mailboxes to look like R2-D2. Might Hasbro create a figure of R2-D2 as a mailbox to commemorate this quirky postal tribute, perhaps a 2-pack with Major Derlin as a mailman (since Derlin was played by John Ratzenberger who for 11 years portrayed know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers)?
- A number of questions about the possibility of seeing specific figures vehicles realized as toys have met with answers about their chances largely hinging on whether or not they appear in the upcoming Star Wars tv shows. Hypothetically, if Lucas changed his mind tomorrow and decided the Clone Wars and live action Star Wars shows were just not going to happen at all, what would happen with those potential toy concepts, and how would Hasbro's general outlook on the future of the Star Wars line change?
- As this is the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars' release and your line this year is called the "30th Anniversary Collection", now seems the best time to ask this one: what are the chances that we'll be getting a figure of the very first person ever seen in all of Star Wars, the white-haired Rebel Fleet Trooper who shows worry and then steadies to hold off the Stormtroopers for control of the Tantive IV? This would also be a great chance to do a new, better-articulated Rebel Fleet Trooper body.
- In a recent question about the new Vintage-style clamshells, you were quoted as answering "The clamshells will be sealed, like the majority of last year's run." However, the heat-sealed Vintage-style Saga Collection clamshells were generally rendered unusably damaged once the seals were opened, thus defeating the main purpose of the supposedly-reusable clamshell packaging that is part of the significantly-increased Vintage-style pricepoint. So will that issue be taken into account, or are collectors going to have to damage the clamshells to access the contents within?
- The preview pictures and images from Toy Fair of the Vintage-style Snowtrooper show a cloth "skirt" on the figure that is shaped significantly differently from the movie version. This looks like a great figure, but we don't want an awesome sculpt to be held back by lesser "soft goods". Will you be fixing/altering the cloth skirt so that the VTAC Snowtrooper hits shelves as accurate as can be? If not, why not?
- Now that you've redone many of the ESB Bounty Hunters, such as the upcoming IG-88, Bossk, and rumored 4-LOM, when will we be getting an all new Zuckuss?
- With there being so much competition in regards to high end collecting with other licensees, has Hasbro considered perhaps making the figures' accessories out of metal like the already established saber hilts from the 2002 Saga line? (This was even recently used again with the reissued Sith Training Darth Maul from the end of the TSC line.) They could also do it this time with blasters and other non-lightsaber accessories as well.
- Will we be getting a new Hoth Rebel Trooper in the foreseeable future? We've got a new, high-quality Snowtrooper coming finally but the Rebel side of the battle hasn't been well-represented in quite a while. The last version was in the 2004 Saga line and was very short (shorter than the protocol droid R-3PO from the same wave even), had little usable articulation, was overly preposed, and had an odd face. It seems like most of the other OT troopers have gotten decent figures in the past few years except the Hoth Rebel Trooper, the Hoth battle scenes are very 1-sided over this, when will it be his time?Vote now, and feel free to add new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Kidhuman
02-23-2007, 08:12 PM
43, 38, 37, 34, with hold the last two for later votes

Slicker
02-23-2007, 08:13 PM
I'll go with:

26
27 (although they'll skirt the question)
39
44 (thanks for adding it JT :thumbsup:)


That's it for now. I may come in later and add some.

El Chuxter
02-23-2007, 08:32 PM
I'd like to toss this one out if it's not too close to one that's been asked before:

Are there any plans to produce at least the major speaking characters who have not been made before (especially the Lars family, Jocasta Nu, Jira, Tey How, and Torryn Farr) in the near future?

JediTricks
02-23-2007, 09:04 PM
I'd like to toss this one out if it's not too close to one that's been asked before:

Are there any plans to produce at least the major speaking characters who have not been made before (especially the Lars family, Jocasta Nu, Jira, Tey How, and Torryn Farr) in the near future?We've asked that in 2 different ways...

SSG, July 14th:
Q: With so many high-demand characters with speaking roles in the movies that have not yet been made (such as Tey How, Tagge, Ask Aak, Jocasta Nu, Lando in Smuggler's Gear, Queen Jamilla), why do you produce new sculpts, not just re-releases of existing sculpts, for minor characters who were done adequately in the past and who have five seconds or less of screen time (eg, Hammerhead, Garindan, Bossk, Dengar)?
A: The selection of figures for a wave or the year is always a balancing act to keep the widest possible fan (kid and collector) traction in the brand. In many cases the characters you listed as being re-released are more popular than the ones you suggested for new figures overall. While we do like many of the figures you mentioned, and some or all will probably see the light of day over the next few years, the fact is that Cantina aliens and Bounty Hunters are very high-demand segments of the Star Wars figure world. They stand out among others for their strong iconic nature and important role in taking us to a galaxy far, far away in Episodes IV and V.
And ActionFigs.com, Oct 6th:
Is it an objective of Hasbro's to eventually make every character that had a speaking role in the films - whether or not they interacted with core characters - into action figures? Nearly all these characters have been given names by Lucasfilm or EU authors.
Not a stated objective, no. The objective is to field what we think is the overall best lineup each year between core character and collector-types. We may put a background character with no speaking part (Cantina or Jabba's Palace guys, or many droids) over someone with a speaking part just because it's a better or cooler figure.

Droid
02-23-2007, 10:00 PM
I vote 42.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-24-2007, 10:20 PM
What happened to the questions they postponed due to Toy Fair? Now everyone is two rounds behind; they better do a double-question week or something.

I'll go with 17, 24, 31, 40, and two to save for later.

Tycho
02-25-2007, 05:11 AM
[9]- 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.

[26]- 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?



[42]- Will the moisture vaporator be available only with this upcoming Luke figure so those who want multiples of this accessory will need to buy multiple Lukes, or will there be other ways to get it in the foreseeable future? (One possibility is to reuse the accessory with Ep 2 Owen Lars, Beru Whitesun, and Cliegg Lars figures.)


[45]- Why didn't the Kashyyyk Elite Corps Clone Trooper from The Saga Collection come with the long blaster rifle the figure is shown holding on the figure photo on the back of the card? That is the weapon the majority of this trooper sported in the movie, yet the figure only comes with the Biker Scout pistol and the Clone Trooper blaster pistol.

dr_evazan22
02-25-2007, 06:11 AM
43
42
23
22

obi-dad
02-25-2007, 04:22 PM
20 - 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?

29 - 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?

35 - Now that we've seen photos of the new Jedi Luke figure with cloth vest, what can you tell us about him? Is it an all new sculpt? Is his Death Star 2 costume on underneath the vest, is the vest and outer belt removable? What accessories will he have? What are the chances of seeing him repacked without the vest?

42 - Will the moisture vaporator be available only with this upcoming Luke figure so those who want multiples of this accessory will need to buy multiple Lukes, or will there be other ways to get it in the foreseeable future? (One possibility is to reuse the accessory with Ep 2 Owen Lars, Beru Whitesun, and Cliegg Lars figures.)

43 - Recently, several unique figures and accessories have been released in boxed sets (multi-packs, vehicles) - for example: Zev Senesca, removable-helmet Snowtrooper, white AT-RT Driver, the Geonosian energy binders, etc.. As many collectors who have been with the line for 12 years haven't wanted to purchase (for example) yet another Snowspeeder they already had just to get a new figure, have you given any thought to releasing these figures separately, either carded or as hasbrotoyshop.com exclusives?

Bacta Beast
02-25-2007, 10:26 PM
I don't have any votes for any of the existing questions, but I would like to ask why it is so hard to find product currently. Though I have 4 Wal-Marts within an half hour radius that I check on a daily basis, I still haven't found all of the WM exclusive figures yet. I've seen parts of this wave twice, and I've yet to find Aurra Sing! Also the last wave of regular figures. I still need more Commander Appos and Elite clones. Is Hasbro done shipping these waves? Is what's out there all that we're going to see. If that's it than they seem to share a much smaller distribution number than other waves. It's not that there's product backed up on shelves either. All the stores I've gone into recently (Wal-Mart, Toy-R-Us, K-Mart, Target, & Meijers) have a very small amout of figures (and they're all Moff Jejerrod Gen. Reiken and an occasional Clone) with plenty of room for new cases! I afraid that the 30th ann stuff is gonna hit and I won't have found everything from the previous waves! And I'm sure I can't be the only one.

Bacta Beast
02-25-2007, 10:30 PM
Okay, I have another question. Is Hasbro going to include both head versions of Han Solo in the upcoming "vintage" wave. The "hood up" version is more accurate then using the other head with just the hat. Hasbro, you need to include this!
Also did we get an answer on the question about Biggs cape?

Devo
02-26-2007, 01:30 PM
I'm happy with the Saga version of Hoth Han with hood up for my 'hood-up' needs. Since up to now we'd never gotten a Hoth han with hood down and no cap it was most important that the VTAC figure have nothing on his head.

Also what about the Jan19th questions already?? If memory serves 2 of them were mine and i've seen no answers to them, rather typically the week I choose to ask some questions is the week Hasbro skips.

Tycho
02-26-2007, 01:32 PM
I thought that we were either getting 2 variations for the TAVC Hoth Han, or the figure would include 2 heads? The rumor I heard was that Hasbro hadn't had time to get Lucasfilm approval on the hood-up version in time for Toy Fair.

DarkArtist
02-26-2007, 03:44 PM
so far I good with 16, 22 and 23 will hold my other votes for later.

Bacta Beast
02-26-2007, 04:19 PM
Okay, since there's conflicting rumors about the VATC Han, can we ask Hasbro and find out? I personally am not satisfied with the "hood up" saga version. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It's a much better sculpt than the POTF version, but I long to have all of the major characters in SA sculpts and movie accurate. As far as a hoth Han, to be movie accurate needs a "hood up" and a hatless head. I don't recall Han with just the hat exposed (though I could be wrong).

LTBasker
02-26-2007, 04:26 PM
4. - Are more properties aside from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel, and Transformers planned for the Titanium Series lines?

12. - 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)?

18. - 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.

36. - Concerning Titanium Series 3" repaints, will the Titanium AT-RT get another release with a repainted green & brown driver the way the repainted Clone Swamp Speeder did with its pilots? And will we be seeing the Titanium AOTC Jedi Starfighter repainted in all the color schemes the figure scale one has come in (Clone Wars teal, Saesee Tiin's, Kit Fisto's), the way it is currently slated for a Plo Koon repaint?

37. - What are the chances of seeing mult-packs for the Titanium Series 3" vehicle line where the package can double as a play environment similar to the recent Galactic Heroes line's 3 battle packs? Concepts like multipacks of the Trench run, Battle above Endor, Battle above Coruscant, etc., with play environment packaging and the appropriate repacked vehicles.

39. - The Snowspeeder has only been an exclusive item in the past two releases for it where prior releases were regular mass-retail. Why the exclusivity and accompanying higher pricepoint on this vehicle? If it's due to its somewhat large size compared to other vehicles, could it be scaled down to accurate proportions (since it is actually a little too large as-is) and released in the $20 line?

Tycho
02-26-2007, 05:35 PM
I don't recall Han with just the hat exposed (though I could be wrong).

No. You're right, BactaBeast. Your memory checks out. Please test again in approximately 40 years and we'll see if we have Alzheimer's in stock on the 70th Anniversary Card. And you better write youself a note, as by then you might forget. ;)

On a side note, a lot of us have been here at SSG for 10 years. Can any of us imagine being around for 40 more? Hasbro only has the license for 11 more years, though they could renew.

SpartansOnFire
02-28-2007, 01:59 AM
18, 28, 30, 33, 40, and 45

JediTricks
02-28-2007, 04:26 PM
Question 47 added.


What happened to the questions they postponed due to Toy Fair? Now everyone is two rounds behind; they better do a double-question week or something.That is an excellent question. Basically, they just pushed the schedule back 2 or 3 weeks, it's a tad confusing but they just put us off. I wasn't entirely sure I was supposed to send in questions last Friday, but I figured better to be early than to be wrong and miss out - now we've got too many questions in-queue but hopefully they'll be able to sort it out.



I don't have any votes for any of the existing questions, but I would like to ask why it is so hard to find product currently. Though I have 4 Wal-Marts within an half hour radius that I check on a daily basis, I still haven't found all of the WM exclusive figures yet. I've seen parts of this wave twice, and I've yet to find Aurra Sing! Also the last wave of regular figures. I still need more Commander Appos and Elite clones. Is Hasbro done shipping these waves? Is what's out there all that we're going to see. If that's it than they seem to share a much smaller distribution number than other waves. It's not that there's product backed up on shelves either. All the stores I've gone into recently (Wal-Mart, Toy-R-Us, K-Mart, Target, & Meijers) have a very small amout of figures (and they're all Moff Jejerrod Gen. Reiken and an occasional Clone) with plenty of room for new cases! I afraid that the 30th ann stuff is gonna hit and I won't have found everything from the previous waves! And I'm sure I can't be the only one.Is there a question in all that? It seems to be a lot of complaints sandwiching a small question, I'm not sure how much of that is really what you're asking. Think you could whittle that down for me? If I tried it right now, basically it'd be "Are the last 2 TSC retail waves and the Wal-mart wave still shipping, or are they done on your end?" which is pretty small compared to all you have.



Okay, I have another question. Is Hasbro going to include both head versions of Han Solo in the upcoming "vintage" wave. The "hood up" version is more accurate then using the other head with just the hat. Hasbro, you need to include this!Where have you seen a hood-up head? I've only seen the VTAC figure with the removable hat, as far as I know there is no separate hood-up version.


Also did we get an answer on the question about Biggs cape?We only sent it in 5 days ago.



Also what about the Jan19th questions already?? If memory serves 2 of them were mine and i've seen no answers to them, rather typically the week I choose to ask some questions is the week Hasbro skips.They're the next in queue, the ones we resubmitted that were supposed to be answered 2 weeks ago but Hasbro put them off for Toy Fair.


I thought that we were either getting 2 variations for the TAVC Hoth Han, or the figure would include 2 heads? The rumor I heard was that Hasbro hadn't had time to get Lucasfilm approval on the hood-up version in time for Toy Fair.This is why Hasbro tries to dissuade posting rumors, as far as I've heard none of that is accurate. We're not getting 2 heads, we're not getting a variation, there's no LFL-approval issue - that's what I've heard. If Han Hoth had approval issues he either wouldn't have been available for photography or would have been behind a sign explaining as such.


Okay, since there's conflicting rumors about the VATC Han, can we ask Hasbro and find out? I personally am not satisfied with the "hood up" saga version. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It's a much better sculpt than the POTF version, but I long to have all of the major characters in SA sculpts and movie accurate. As far as a hoth Han, to be movie accurate needs a "hood up" and a hatless head. I don't recall Han with just the hat exposed (though I could be wrong).Alright, I'll craft a question now, and will count your posts about the issue as 1 vote for it.

mtriv73
03-01-2007, 06:23 PM
Since we didn't find out anything at toy fair about the Battlestar Galactica license, I'd like to put back in that question I suggested a few weeks ago (with some minor modifications):

With the great success of the BSG titanium line (I know I can never find enough), can you give us a hint as to Hasbro's future plans for this license?

also, 35, 37, 41, 42, 43

JediTricks
03-01-2007, 08:30 PM
Question 48 added.

Mtriv, I hope you don't mind I took a little liberty with the question, LMK if you think it needs changing.

mtriv73
03-02-2007, 10:26 AM
I like it, thanks!

JediTricks
03-03-2007, 05:36 AM
Question 29 is being stricken because it was asked nearly word-for-word by Yakface who got it answered this round. I would consider a new version of the question about at least changing the paint apps to better represent it, but I'm not in love with the message that'd be sending so I'm not volunteering it.
Yakface.com: 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). Also, the hilt in on the attached saber hand for the Ep. III Obi-Wan (which was made early on).
Hasbro: We know that the hilt is wrong, but have been spec'ing it when we need a hilt that gets us pretty close. It's something that we are aware of and will be looking at for future releases.obi-dad, because of this you are refunded 1 vote, thus you have 2 votes left.

Tycho
03-03-2007, 06:45 AM
New Question:

There are dozens of Star Wars fan sites in existence that have been developed by 20-somethings to 50-somethings who make up a huge segment of Hasbro's Star Wars product fan base - and focus their media's coverage largely on Hasbro. Are there folks in the Hasbro Toy Group today (perhaps even still on the Star Wars team) who were there when the renaissance began in 1995? Was there ever the expectation that this toy line would have a huge adult following or was it just figured that there'd be a small market for the nostalgic and the kids? What do you think of the adult enthusiasts for Star Wars today? (be honest)

Blue2th
03-03-2007, 12:06 PM
My votes this round are: 4, 19, 28, 31, 46, 48. Also, I read somewhere here about how is Hasbro going to address the Titanium Transformers, overwhelming all the peg space at retail, and the stores will not stock any Star Wars Titanium because there is no room, and they all get mixed up together (we all knew this was going to happen) Maybe JT can word this question better, but it needs to be asked.

JediTricks
03-03-2007, 04:26 PM
Question 49 added.


Also, I read somewhere here about how is Hasbro going to address the Titanium Transformers, overwhelming all the peg space at retail, and the stores will not stock any Star Wars Titanium because there is no room, and they all get mixed up together (we all knew this was going to happen) Maybe JT can word this question better, but it needs to be asked.I'll add it, but I fear they're going to give us the brush-off answer they gave us with the figure lines' Greatest Hits:
ActionFigs.com, Oct 22nd:
Q: Buyers have long suffered basic figure case assortments that cause more collecting problems than they solve, whether they be cases trying to refresh older product, focus on unpopular figures across multiple cases, or an extended lack of focus on popular figures - even a perception of intentional shortpacking (and I don't mean chase figures like UGH, that's a separate can of worms). Case revisions often don't do enough to remedy the problem, sometimes making it even worse. Currently, the "Greatest Battles" and "Heroes & Villains" older-figure assortments are in heavy rotation and are choking off shelfspace for actual new assortments in many markets. Nearly every Target, Toys R Us, and Wal-mart is stuffed with those figures which move much slower and have no room to put out the newest TSC wave, Endor 2/The Phantom Menace. Now Hasbro is saying this "greatest hits" style of assortment will be continuing next year. Why are new-product case assortments still such a problem, what is Hasbro doing to deal with the problems beyond simple case revisions, and - understanding that there is some need for older figures to keep a continued presence on shelves - how will the current problems of the "greatest hits" assortment be addressed?
A: Just as Collections 1 and 2 in prior years had dediciated space on the pegs, so too will the two basic figure assortments next year (and they also do now, by the way, sit side by side with separate assigned space in the planogram). Retailers replenish figures based on the sell through rate of the assortment, so when stores sell down on 85770 (TSC), they will reorder more. The 87181 (Greatest Hits) have no effect whatsoever on this replenishment. Inventory is managed to keep ample stock on both assortments, independent of how you see them put back on the pegs at the end of the day. One more thing, too - you couldn't be further off regarding the sales of the Greatest Hits figures. They have been a runaway hit and the reason why we are creating a new assortment for next year to keep this going.
FFURG, Nov 3rd:
FFURG.com: At FFURG, we're quite excited about the new fan poll at Rebelscum for next year's Greatest Hits (GH) as it will give customizers an opportunity to obtain many figures that are currently quite scarce on the secondary market. You've stated in previous Q&As on other sites that the Greatest Hits are a separate collection from the main collection of new releases. Does it concern Hasbro that the pegs in stores are full of GH figures that aren't moving, leaving no room for other waves of new figures? We're concerned that if there's no room on the pegs, we won't see much of the 2007 GH waves. Is it simply the result of having this year's GH figures be such recent releases from EP3? Do you feel 2007 line of GH figures, with the entire saga to draw from, will do better than the current 2006 GH?
Hasbro: Actually the situation is the reverse, which is why we like to remind folks that what they see (or would like to believe) does not reflect the real, national situation for Star Wars. But it does give us a chance to explain. Flow of new stock in to retail is automated based on stock levels and the need to replace sold inventory. The Greatest Hits figures are flying even faster than the main collection, due largely to a huge amount of kids engaged in the brand (a very good thing). However, since they are separately managed from a stock perspective (there are two different assortments set up, like Coll 1/Coll 2), with dedicated pegs, the abundance or lack thereof of Greatest Hits has nothing to do with the stock levels of the regular Saga assortment. And thanks for the support on the Fan's Choice vote!
Yakface, Nov 17th:
Yakface.com: In prior Q&A's, Hasbro stated that there is an even mix of Greatest Battle figures and new figures being released and that stores will make room for the new stuff. I spoke with a Hasbro rep at a local Walmart in San Diego last week and she contradicted this information and stated exactly what some of us think is an ever increasing problem. Stores appear to be so over-saturated with Greatest Battles figures (both on the shelf and in the storerooms) that they have no room to put out any of the EP1/Endor waves. It appears only TRU is receiving these waves, yet they were initially released nearly 2 months ago. How does Hasbro ensure their latest products get put on the shelves or even get ordered by stores when the stores have no shelf space for their current stock? Does Hasbro ever recall their merchandise so stores have room for the new products? When will Targets start receiving the new waves?
Hasbro: You should not worry about the latest waves getting to retail. They are on the way or showing up now in greater numbers. All figures are strong right now. The greatest hits figures will NOT be a problem for the new Saga figures getting to shelf. The figures should be put out in the proportion to which they are selling, barring any temporary log jams due to the holiday build-up.
And Rebelscum, Dec 1st:
Rebelscum.com: What question are you guys most tired of answering -or if you'd like to be more diplomatic- Which question have you been asked the most since this feature started?
Hasbro: It's all fair game, after all, that's what the Q&A is about. We welcome the chance to explain our decisions and thinking. We are often asked about our approach to maintaining balance in the lines, such as the fact that kids are as important to us as collectors, which some collectors still don't recognize as a very positive sign of health for the future of the brand; the misperception that the Greatest Hits means that the regular basic figure line is disrupted, etc. Or questions that require some more detail on the business situation (like the case for playsets). It's all good dialogue and we're happy that we can make it as 2-way as possible.
As you can see, Hasbro's got a very different view about these sorts of problems which is quite disheartening. I hope they do take your question to heart though rather than just giving us a pat answer again, but I'm not counting on that.


New Question:

There are dozens of Star Wars fan sites in existence that have been developed by 20-somethings to 50-somethings who make up a huge segment of Hasbro's Star Wars product fan base - and focus their media's coverage largely on Hasbro. Are there folks in the Hasbro Toy Group today (perhaps even still on the Star Wars team) who were there when the renaissance began in 1995? Was there ever the expectation that this toy line would have a huge adult following or was it just figured that there'd be a small market for the nostalgic and the kids? What do you think of the adult enthusiasts for Star Wars today? (be honest)What does the first sentence have to do with the second one? What does the third sentence have to do with the final one? I can't add this question until I understand what you are intending to ask here.

Also, why would you bother bolding the whole question?

And finally, some of it I think may have been convered already in this answer to ActionFigs.com on Oct 22nd:
Q: We often wonder why the current "kids market" is treated so much differently from the "collectors market", could you explain Hasbro's perceptions of the distinctions between the "collectors market" and "kids market" in Star Wars collecting? What are the percentages of "kids" collecting the line right now? Isn't that line blurred since most adult collectors started their interest as kids dating back to Kenner's first Star Wars action figures with notions of "collect them all" in 1978? There's a notion among collectors that the "kids market" is more important to Hasbro in the Star Wars collecting even though collectors make up a significant portion of the line's consumers and often buy multiples of each item, are kids today that much different in how they buy and enjoy their toys from 28 years ago that they should be treated as "non-collectors"?
A: Last year, kids outnumbered the collectors by a very wide gap. The reason is simple - we had a great movie, and Star Wars became the thing that kids everywhere wanted to get involved with. Just like collectors love Star Wars figures, kids piled on that bandwagon too. Well, kids didn't jump off that bandwagon this year, just like we thought they wouldn't given the product that we were designing to keep them engaged in Star Wars. Usually after a movie year we see kids' interest shift in a different direction, and some did wander away this year, but kids continue to be involved in Star Wars in a big way and are a very important component of the line's current and future success. Collectors do not want to see us focus on just collectors either - a healthier overall line means we can do more products than we otherwise would because retailers see the demand. If the line were just focused on collectors, the relatively smaller volumes would be at risk for being delisted, or we would have to create so many new, more obscure figures to keep the line going that we could not commit the resources and tooling dollars to get everything done. The healthiest Star Wars line is one that has both audiences, kids and collectors, engaged in the highest possible way. How do kids interact with Star Wars figures? Some have a more casual engagement, picking up a few core hero figures, while others dive deeper and appreciate another tier of characters like Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, Plo Kloon that are the next step for someone who really wants to build up "the world of Star Wars." Others do a deep dive like an adult collector, and these kids may never leave the brand like many of us never did. These kids behave like colelctors but our data shows them as kids.

Blue2th
03-03-2007, 04:56 PM
I suppose you are right about this sort of question being asked before JT. Maybe these will thin out by the time the Transformers movie comes out. I don't complain about the Battlestar Galactica Titaniums mixed in there.

Tycho
03-03-2007, 05:53 PM
[QUOTE]What does the first sentence have to do with the second one?

Kids aren't operating elaborate fan sites: Steve, Phillip, Michael - others are.


What does the third sentence have to do with the final one?

It's gauging whether they were at one point, ever shocked by the large adult response to the toy line? What were their original results they expected from bringing it back on the market? Certainly not dozens of professional websites with thousands of followers? Or did they expect that?


I can't add this question until I understand what you are intending to ask here.

Also, why would you bother bolding the whole question?

I bolded it just to get attention from YOU, JT. You're like my babysitter as I regress into childhood again. :D

Anyway, I constantly like to get your attention. Can I stay up late tonight and post some more on the internet? Please?

- And while the older Q&A from ActionFigs did sort of go a round what I was asking, their answer focused a lot on what they think kids' reactions are / have been. I'd like to see a question more focused towards what they think adults' reactions have been / are today. You can try rewording my question. I think I wrote it in an insomnia episode. It's still inspired, but perhaps misrepresented.

ROTJLuke
03-04-2007, 07:32 PM
I'll go ahead with the following:

20
24
27
32
35
47

:)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-04-2007, 07:47 PM
Two new questions:

In an earlier Q&A session, you stated that a super articulated Qui-Gon Jinn would be released "sometime in 2007." However, none of the rumor lists mention this, or any other figures from The Phantom Menace. Will we still be seeing a super articulated Qui-Gon Jinn in 2007? Will we ever see one?

In pictures that recently surfaced online of the Toys R Us exclusive Bantha with Tusken Raiders Battlepack, the Bantha's eyes are visible and the fur is shaggier than necessary. Will the actual product look more like the accurate 1998 version, or will it have the ugly, visible eyes and bizarre fur?

And another (this doesn't have to count as a vote, though):

You've announced plans to "expand" the Battlepack idea beyond just five figures. We've seen a few examples of these, including the upcoming Treachery on Saleucami (which includes two clones and two speeders) and Bantha with Tusken Raiders sets. What are some plans for future Battlepacks?

JediTricks
03-04-2007, 10:10 PM
Questions 50-52 added.

Tycho, you have 1 vote left.



I suppose you are right about this sort of question being asked before JT. Maybe these will thin out by the time the Transformers movie comes out. I don't complain about the Battlestar Galactica Titaniums mixed in there.The BSG pieces at least have justification to be there, they're space vehicles and they ship in that case under that assortment number, the friggin' TF 3"ers have no such justification. It's just a shame that Hasbro likely won't see the folly of the situation when they answer us on this - and I DO hope they answer it.



Kids aren't operating elaborate fan sites: Steve, Phillip, Michael - others are.That would be a much more apt response if I wasn't talking about the SECOND sentence which read "Are there folks in the Hasbro Toy Group today (perhaps even still on the Star Wars team) who were there when the renaissance began in 1995?" and has nothing to do with kids not operating fan sites. I'll assume it's just background into the people there and how it corresponds to their qualification to answer the question.


It's gauging whether they were at one point, ever shocked by the large adult response to the toy line? What were their original results they expected from bringing it back on the market? Certainly not dozens of professional websites with thousands of followers? Or did they expect that?Ok, I see that one now. I still don't get the second sentence's connection to the rest though.


I bolded it just to get attention from YOU, JT. You're like my babysitter as I regress into childhood again. :D Mainly those types of antics end up making me ignore what you have to say more.


- And while the older Q&A from ActionFigs did sort of go a round what I was asking, their answer focused a lot on what they think kids' reactions are / have been. I'd like to see a question more focused towards what they think adults' reactions have been / are today. You can try rewording my question. I think I wrote it in an insomnia episode. It's still inspired, but perhaps misrepresented.It barely makes sense to me, but I'll see what I can piece together out of it.... "Are there folks today at Hasbro working on the Star Wars line back when the line was reborn in 1995? Was there any clue behind-the-scenes back when then that the Star Wars toy line would garner such a huge adult collector following? Were adult collectors considered at all at any level back then when forging the line's beginnings? What do you folks think of the extensive adult collector enthusiasm for the line today, 12 years later?" And your vote has already been counted for it.



In an earlier Q&A session, you stated that a super articulated Qui-Gon Jinn would be released "sometime in 2007." However, none of the rumor lists mention this, or any other figures from The Phantom Menace. Will we still be seeing a super articulated Qui-Gon Jinn in 2007? Will we ever see one?I'm not adding that one only because they already said it's slated for this year AND that we haven't seen everything of what's coming for '07. Since SSG tries to distance our news from rumors and rumor lists, it would seem unnecessary for us to ask the question at this point since "the word" we have is that it's coming this year - I'd probably add the question June/July if we still haven't heard anything new by then though.

On your Bantha question, I had been wondering that same thing. I rewrote the question slightly and then tacked on a second question related to the set, LMK if there are any issues with either.


You've announced plans to "expand" the Battlepack idea beyond just five figures. We've seen a few examples of these, including the upcoming Treachery on Saleucami (which includes two clones and two speeders) and Bantha with Tusken Raiders sets. What are some plans for future Battlepacks?You're referring to this Jan 12th answer, yes?:

GalacticHunter.com: Through European outlets, images of the Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack have leaked out, and the set quite obviously includes two Republic Speederbikes. Is this, perhaps, the future for the small-sized vehicles, or is this Battle Pack a one-off? (Is this a Target exclusive?)
Hasbro: This is an exclusive for Wal-Mart, and is not part of the same Battle Pack line that is at all retailers. We are open to thinking of figure/vehicle packs like this for ideas further down the road. Stay tuned…
I've included that answer with the new question, LMK if I'm off-base there. Since I didn't include your first question in the post, I counted your 6th vote for this new question, tell me if you'd prefer it otherwise.

Tycho
03-04-2007, 11:23 PM
"Are there folks today at Hasbro working on the Star Wars line back when the line was reborn in 1995? Was there any clue behind-the-scenes back when then that the Star Wars toy line would garner such a huge adult collector following? Were adult collectors considered at all at any level back then when forging the line's beginnings? What do you folks think of the extensive adult collector enthusiasm for the line today, 12 years later?" And your vote has already been counted for it.



Thanks JT. That's really good.

Jargo
03-05-2007, 12:48 PM
New question from me.

In the 'rumoured' upcoming TRU exclusive Geonosis beasts pack, which 'allegedly' includes the Acklay, Reek and Nexu - will the Nexu and Reek retain their electronic sounds or will those features be absent? Also, will the Acklay's weak legs problem be resolved along with the somewhat squiffy irregular jointing of the legs at the hips? And are there figures included in this set and if so which ones?

JediTricks
03-05-2007, 05:03 PM
I'd really appreciate some more votes gang!

Question 53 added.

Mr. Daddypants, you have 5 votes left.



Thanks JT. That's really good.Actually, I notice a few issues that need fixing, such as "when then", I have now fixed 'em.


Also, will the Acklay's weak legs problem be resolved along with the somewhat squiffy irregular jointing of the legs at the hips?Squiffy? I put "iffy" for now since I have no idea what that means. Also, what is the problem with the hip joints? I don't own it. Is it that some of the universal joints go up and down while others go back and forth? (That's what I'm seeing in photos)

JediTricks
03-05-2007, 05:10 PM
Speaking of votes, here come mine:
30 - Geonosian Fighter
35 - New ROTJ Luke
46 - Hayden accuracy
47 - VTAC Han Hoth questions
49 - Titanium peg issues
51 - Bantha Set(my original list had 10 votes, tough to whittle down)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-05-2007, 05:53 PM
JT, both questions are good, and I'm fine with everything. :)

Jargo
03-05-2007, 06:10 PM
Squiffy? I put "iffy" for now since I have no idea what that means. Also, what is the problem with the hip joints? I don't own it. Is it that some of the universal joints go up and down while others go back and forth? (That's what I'm seeing in photos)

Yes exactly so. It makes posing the thing really awkward. an actual universal joint where the legs could go any direction would be better.
I don't know if they did it to try and stop the thing collapsing on itself but it doesn't work. If nothing else, a clear plastic cradle for support under the belly would be most beneficial.

Squiffy means a bit tipsy or slightly drunk.

my remaining five votes follow thusly
9.
20.
38.
39.
51.

Devo
03-07-2007, 06:17 PM
Ha Ha!! There's a thread at rebelscum complaining about my 'ball-joint head' question in the Q&A! I posted a defence but it probably won't turn anyone, I never persuaded anyone here on the issue for that matter so I don't expect much success over there. Don't think I persuaded Hasbro either going on their answer. Oh well, jawless figures are the future it seems and for some reason people like it.

JediTricks
03-07-2007, 09:44 PM
This round's voting has been extended 2 more weeks, now we'll send in the questions on March 23rd. The reason for this is because of the number of unanswered questions that Hasbro still has backlogged from us, we've now heard back from Hasbro's reps on this and this should be the solution that works best for everybody.

Anyway, keep voting gang, the field is still wide open at this point, and thanks again for all your support. :thumbsup:



Yes exactly so. It makes posing the thing really awkward. an actual universal joint where the legs could go any direction would be better. Isn't it a universal joint already? That wouldn't solve the problem though, the u-joint would have to rotate at the other end to fix that. I'll change the question to represent this.


I don't know if they did it to try and stop the thing collapsing on itself but it doesn't work. If nothing else, a clear plastic cradle for support under the belly would be most beneficial.I think strongly they fix this SOB enough to torment Obi-Wan, not some sad stand. I don't think this part of the question needs touching up tho', it covered it fine already.


Squiffy means a bit tipsy or slightly drunk.Ah, live and loin. :p



Ha Ha!! There's a thread at rebelscum complaining about my 'ball-joint head' question in the Q&A! I posted a defence but it probably won't turn anyone, I never persuaded anyone here on the issue for that matter so I don't expect much success over there. Don't think I persuaded Hasbro either going on their answer. Oh well, jawless figures are the future it seems and for some reason people like it.
Those chumps! They're just ripping us off, I was complaining about that question of yours before I even added it to the list. ;) I think Hasbro did get the message and I thought their response wasn't entirely negative, even if it didn't give you exactly what you wanted it did show they were aware of the issue and were attempting to remedy the issue.

Blue2th
03-07-2007, 09:57 PM
Ha Ha!! There's a thread at rebelscum complaining about my 'ball-joint head' question in the Q&A! I posted a defence but it probably won't turn anyone, I never persuaded anyone here on the issue for that matter so I don't expect much success over there. Don't think I persuaded Hasbro either going on their answer. Oh well, jawless figures are the future it seems and for some reason people like it.
I remember your thread long ago on this subject. I was with you on this issue from the beginning. As were a few others if I remember correctly. Those idiots in the shark pit RS can go you know what. Sounds to me like Hasbro might take a look at this. Hopefully.

Devo
03-08-2007, 05:47 PM
Might aswell throw in some votes:

21, 35, 42, 43, 47 and 50

Oh and thanks for the support Blue2th, oddly though I can't remember receiving anyone elses support back when I initially started a thread on the balljoint head issue - the thread died a quick death if I recall.

JediTricks
03-17-2007, 08:56 PM
I'm considering changing question 47 due to an answer given to other sites, but our question has more in it that makes it viable. Your guys' input would be helpful.

The others' answer:

GalacticHunter.com: Vintage series Hoth Han Solo -- will he come with two heads (one of which was "accidentally" shown at Toy Fair)? Also, is there a chance that we'll get him in both blue and brown variants again? (Two heads, two color schemes, and completists will have to buy four of the same figure!) [From reader MikeCT2000]
Hasbro: OK, good question. The answer is that the vintage figure will only feature *one* color version - the brown coat. We will look to deliver the blue coat at some point but we do not want to split the vintage run in two to do it. So it will just be brown for 100% of the vintage run. As for the hood-up head that was shown briefly at Toy Fair, it was not approved by Lucasfilm and will not be included in the vintage product. It was a mistake that was removed from the Toy Fair display right after we noticed the error, but not before pictures got out. One more note in vintage....it will start to appear on-shelf on or about 6/1. Because of this timing, we will not be making as many figures as we did in 2006, and are cutting back some to 2004 levels make sure we don't have a lot of lingering stock this Fall. Collectors should make sure to get them when they see them because they will not be as abundant as they were in 2006.

JediDefender.com: The 30th Anniversary Collection "Vintage" Hoth Han Solo - are we going to see a blue coat variant? And what’s the story on that unapproved (as of Toy Fair) "hood-up" head sculpt? If approved by LFL, will we see the alternate head included as part of the 2007 figure or will it be saved for a re-issue down the road?
Hasbro: OK, good question. The answer is that the vintage figure will only feature *one* color version - the brown coat. We will look to deliver the blue coat at some point, but we do not want to split the vintage run in two to do it. It will just be brown for 100% of the vintage run. As for the hood-up head that was shown briefly at Toy Fair, it was not approved by Lucasfilm and will not be included in the vintage product. It was a mistake that was removed from the Toy Fair display right after we noticed the error, but not before pictures got out.

TheDarthVader
03-17-2007, 10:44 PM
I have a question I would like to ask Hasbro. You can include this or use it on round 27 if you want.

Similar to the Toys R Us exclusive AT-ST that came with a speeder bike, have you ever thought about doing a vehicle/ship multipack? I think getting two or three vehicles in one package would be awesome. How about a Luke, Wedge, and Biggs X Wing ship three pack?

thanks JT :)

Bacta Beast
03-17-2007, 10:49 PM
I would like to ask them why in the heck Lucasfilm wouldn't "approve" the movie accurate version! Maybe they forgot to ask.....

Also I'd like to know why they produce vehicle but no pilots to fit in them (Zam & Anakin's Speeder, and "flas" Gian Speeder). And why there making the tunics on certain figures (jedi for example) with "skirts" that are so non-pliable that one cannot pose their leg joints.

JON9000
03-26-2007, 03:04 PM
I have a question about the cloaks included with jedi figures. In the vintage line, Kenner included a cloak with Bib Fortuna that was made out of a wonderful material that lay down closely to the body of the figure. the modern cloaks leave a lot to be desired, as it appears a number of materials have been tried but all leaving much to desire. Why not use the material that was in the Bib cloak?

Battle Droid
03-26-2007, 03:21 PM
19. - Any chance of ever seeing the Ultra Battle Droid made that appears in the Clone Wars Adventures Volume 1 comic story Heavy Metal Jedi?

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

30. - 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.

33. - Will the Battle Droid Commander in the Saga Legends line have a backpack or just the antennas? And will we be getting a Geonosis Battle Droid Commander in the Saga Legends line like the regular colored Commander?

JediTricks
03-26-2007, 04:18 PM
So, here's the deal, Hasbro's people told us we'd be getting answers to our missing questions in the last round, then confusion led to that not happening. Steve and I have worked hard to fix this situation, but it meant that we couldn't send in new questions last week, so I'm pushing this thread forward to the next scheduled date.

I very much appreciate your patience in this trying matter, and want you to know that however frustrating this all may be, your votes really have made a difference.

Questions 54- added. Question 47 changed.

TheDarthVader, JON9000, you have 5 votes left.

Bacta Beast, you have 4 votes left.


I have a question I would like to ask Hasbro. You can include this or use it on round 27 if you want.

Similar to the Toys R Us exclusive AT-ST that came with a speeder bike, have you ever thought about doing a vehicle/ship multipack? I think getting two or three vehicles in one package would be awesome. How about a Luke, Wedge, and Biggs X Wing ship three pack?

thanks JT :)I'm not sure folks would want to spend $90 for 3 X-wings in a single pack, but I'll add the question none the less. Any other examples you can think of to add to the question so they don't think it's JUST X-wings?



I would like to ask them why in the heck Lucasfilm wouldn't "approve" the movie accurate version! Maybe they forgot to ask.....That's a good question, I'm going to add it to #47 since it fits there pretty well.


Also I'd like to know why they produce vehicle but no pilots to fit in them (Zam & Anakin's Speeder, and "flas" Gian Speeder). And why there making the tunics on certain figures (jedi for example) with "skirts" that are so non-pliable that one cannot pose their leg joints.I'm leaving that skirt part out for now because they haven't done it in a while. If you can give an example of a fairly recent figure that suffers this, LMK and I'll add that part to the question.



I have a question about the cloaks included with jedi figures. In the vintage line, Kenner included a cloak with Bib Fortuna that was made out of a wonderful material that lay down closely to the body of the figure. the modern cloaks leave a lot to be desired, as it appears a number of materials have been tried but all leaving much to desire. Why not use the material that was in the Bib cloak?Added. I think the material is velour, but I don't own one to be sure, any thoughts?

Tycho
03-26-2007, 04:29 PM
I'm leaving that skirt part out for now because they haven't done it in a while. If you can give an example of a fairly recent figure that suffers this, LMK and I'll add that part to the question.

It's a valid question because the new Comic 2-pack Obi-Wan has the cloth skirt for the lower portion of his tunic and a hard cloak shell - which REALLY doesn't make any sense because the hard cloak shell is the vest kind, which means that when it's removed, Obi-Wan's arms are still in the brown sleeves. :rolleyes:

This so annoys me. Softgoods could be done like the final E1 figures with the cumberbunds being soft and the rest sculpted, but perhaps inaccurately higher on their hips - then add the softgoods Jedi Cloak so that it is removeable. They have yet to do a good Alec Guiness Obi-Wan this way as well (to ride in Luke's landspeeder or sit in the Falcon, for example).



Added. I think the material is velour, but I don't own one to be sure, any thoughts?

I think I voted already, but these are excellent questions.

Battle Droid
03-27-2007, 04:14 PM
New question,

Might we ever get the Mustafar lava harvesting skimmer for the Mustafar Lava Miner, Obi-Wan, and Vader to ride on? It should also come with the lava panning droid for Vader to ride on top of.

Tycho
03-27-2007, 06:12 PM
Another good question. What about making them deluxe figures and including the characters with them?

JediTricks
03-27-2007, 09:57 PM
Question 57 added.

Battle Droid, you have 1 vote left.


It's a valid question because the new Comic 2-pack Obi-Wan has the cloth skirt for the lower portion of his tunic and a hard cloak shell - which REALLY doesn't make any sense because the hard cloak shell is the vest kind, which means that when it's removed, Obi-Wan's arms are still in the brown sleeves. :rolleyes: I can't use that example because it's essentially a pack-in kitbash.


New question,

Might we ever get the Mustafar lava harvesting skimmer for the Mustafar Lava Miner, Obi-Wan, and Vader to ride on? It should also come with the lava panning droid for Vader to ride on top of.They're probably gonna cite the playset that had wonky versions of them, so I'll try to buffer that. Also, I thought the skimmers were droids too, and are these the official names of these things? I can't find references online.


Another good question. What about making them deluxe figures and including the characters with them?I'm not going to include that only because BD's question is open-ended enough to accommodate that already without locking Hasbro's answer into JUST about deluxes - which, btw, Hasbro isn't making at this juncture, the dlx pricepoint being served by Vintage-style instead.

Battle Droid
03-27-2007, 10:20 PM
They're probably gonna cite the playset that had wonky versions of them, so I'll try to buffer that. Also, I thought the skimmers were droids too, and are these the official names of these things? I can't find references online.

Hmm, well the Mustafarian databank entry calls them a hovering harvesting platform.

http://www.starwars.com/databank/species/mustafarian/

Darth Cruel
03-27-2007, 10:26 PM
From the list...

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26
32
50

Darth Cruel
03-27-2007, 10:30 PM
Questions to add to the list:

Will the troop-builder clones from the Order 66 2-packs, Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack, Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack, and Mace Windu's Attack Battalion Battle Pack ever be released as basic figures?

Will Anakin's Jedi Starfighter and the blue regular Jedi Starfighter (both from Clone Wars) ever be re-released?

TheDarthVader
03-27-2007, 10:59 PM
JT, you could change that statement to "how about two x-wings"? Or "how about two ships?". I was thinking that the MSRP may be cheaper if Hasbro would just package two ships together. You don't have to list three ships because that would be pricey.

I vote

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7
12
26
54

JediTricks
03-28-2007, 12:01 AM
Questions 58-59 added.

TheDarthVader, you have 1 vote left.


Hmm, well the Mustafarian databank entry calls them a hovering harvesting platform.

http://www.starwars.com/databank/species/mustafarian/Doesn't seem like an official title, but I'll work it in there since it's on the site. LMK if my changes made things worse. :p



Will the troop-builder clones from the Order 66 2-packs, Treachery on Saleucami Battle Pack, Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack, and Mace Windu's Attack Battalion Battle Pack ever be released as basic figures?I'll add the question and see if we can't get any traction, but don't be surprised if hasbro does a little dance with it "not likely, but maybe if you campaign for it with the greatest hits line..." type of answer.


Will Anakin's Jedi Starfighter and the blue regular Jedi Starfighter (both from Clone Wars) ever be re-released?You're talking about the Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter from the ROTS line, right? http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS05plokoonfighter.asp Same paint scheme as Anakin's CW JSF but on the Ep 2 JSF mold, yes? If not, hit me up with a source for that blue JSF so I can fix the question.



JT, you could change that statement to "how about two x-wings"? Or "how about two ships?". I was thinking that the MSRP may be cheaper if Hasbro would just package two ships together. You don't have to list three ships because that would be pricey.Ok, I put "how about a pair of X-wings?" at the end, and hopefully that'll leave it ambiguous enough to let Hasbro focus where the idea goes.

BTW, I already counted your vote for #54 when I added the question, so you can't vote for it separately, thus you have 1 more vote left.

Darth Cruel
03-28-2007, 12:05 AM
This one


http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-SAGA-CLONE-WARS-JEDI-STARFIGHTER_W0QQitemZ230108170382QQcategoryZ48984Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohost ing

JediTricks
03-29-2007, 04:06 AM
I came up with a new one, so Question 60 added.

This one


http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-SAGA-CLONE-WARS-JEDI-STARFIGHTER_W0QQitemZ230108170382QQcategoryZ48984Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohost ing
Ah, ok, totally forgot about that one. They've really been abusing this Jedi Starfighter repaint thing.

Kidhuman
03-30-2007, 12:43 PM
Unsure if I have any questions left for this round but here is a new one:

Why are carded figures so much more expensive in relations to a battle pack that has 5 figures in them? A battle pack($19.99) with 5 figures or 4 and usually an accessory of some kind costs less than 3 carded figures(MSRP: $6.99). Any chance that the price might be dropping on the single carded figures in the near future?

Tycho
03-30-2007, 02:33 PM
Will Hasbro create a 30th Anniversary figure of R2D2 as a Mailbox to commemorate the United States Post Office Tribute? Perhaps a 2-pack with Major Derlin as a mailman? (I'm serious - it would be cute :yes: )

What is a holiday without a traffic jam at the Post Office? And SW 30th will have a great SW flavor at the Post Office for at least this spring holiday season.

JediTricks
03-30-2007, 04:04 PM
Questions 61-62 added.

Kidhuman, you have 1 vote left.


Unsure if I have any questions left for this round but here is a new one:

Why are carded figures so much more expensive in relations to a battle pack that has 5 figures in them? A battle pack($19.99) with 5 figures or 4 and usually an accessory of some kind costs less than 3 carded figures(MSRP: $6.99). Any chance that the price might be dropping on the single carded figures in the near future?You have 1 vote left after this new question, you originally voted 4 times saving 2 votes for later.

Kidhuman
03-30-2007, 04:07 PM
Cool, thanks for the update and adding the new question JT.

Rogue II
03-30-2007, 04:15 PM
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61

JediTricks
03-31-2007, 05:01 AM
Questions 63-65 added. Question 12 stricken.

LTBasker, TheDarthVader, you each have been refunded 1 vote each due to question 12's changed status.


I had some inspiration and came up with 3 new questions, hence 63-65.


Question 12 was cut because of the following answer this week:
YodasNews.com: When will we see a long lineup of vintage pack figures again? When the OTC lineup was released we got 12 figures total. Now we are lucky if we get half that each year. Not to mention 2005 was skipped altogether. Also, Why do we get excellent super articulated figures from the original Kenner lineup in basic figure packages instead of in the Vintage Collection lineups? You did an excellent job with Saga Collection R5-D4, the 30th Anniversary Jawa, and the Death Star Trooper so why didn't you take the extra step and pack them into Vintage packs? There are many more instances to speak of, but you get the idea.
Hasbro: Here's one way to look at it: There is the heart and soul of our figure line - the basic figure mainline, which consumes a good chunk of our design resources - and then there is "all other" which includes or has included vintage, comic packs, Battle Packs (when they have new figures), exclusives (ditto), and Evolutions packs over the past couple years. Each of these takes resources from our pool, and vintage in particular is extremely resource intensive. That's why as long as other lines are going you won't see a huge offering of vintage like you did in 2004, when it was the only ambitious new subline in that lineup. Also add to that the fact we are trying to do more new or substantially refreshed figures in the mainline and you see that we just can't drop big sublines into our production without risking derailing something else. Instead we make sure that we can deliver everything in the "bites" that keep collectors excited, but it just takes more time to get around to everything probably everyone wants. As to why we didn't hold some of the figures for vintage, well we felt that it was too important not to wait on those and to get those in the mainline when we did even though they are vintage-quality and probably will see an upgraded version for a long long time. So in short, we couldn't wait.

AmanaMatt
03-31-2007, 11:19 AM
Hey all - I love these Q&As. Thanks for the hard work, JT and Steve!

My questions:

1) Hasbro: will you be fixing/altering the soft goods karma on the Vintage 'VTAC' Snowtrooper! The pics we have seen shows it to be wildly off! I love this fig, but I just don't want that awesome sculpt 'held back' by less-than soft goods! Thank you.

2) Hasbro: now that you have redone many of the Bounty Hunters, such as the upcoming Ig-88, Bossk, and 'soon-to-be-seen 4-Lom', when will we be getting an all new Zuckuss and SA Dengar? Thank you



Thanks, everyone!

JediTricks
03-31-2007, 04:20 PM
Questions 66-67 added.

Amanamatt, you have 4 votes left.


Hey all - I love these Q&As. Thanks for the hard work, JT and Steve!Sure thing, thanks for the support. :)


1) Hasbro: will you be fixing/altering the soft goods karma on the Vintage 'VTAC' Snowtrooper! The pics we have seen shows it to be wildly off! I love this fig, but I just don't want that awesome sculpt 'held back' by less-than soft goods! Thank you."karma"? That can't be right, can it? I'll put "skirt" for now.


2) Hasbro: now that you have redone many of the Bounty Hunters, such as the upcoming Ig-88, Bossk, and 'soon-to-be-seen 4-Lom', when will we be getting an all new Zuckuss and SA Dengar? Thank youI'm going to hold back on Dengar for now only because the Saga Dengar is pretty decent already, they'll think we're crazy if we don't return with specific improvements.

AmanaMatt
03-31-2007, 04:45 PM
"karma"? That can't be right, can it? I'll put "skirt" for now.

I'm going to hold back on Dengar for now only because the Saga Dengar is pretty decent already, they'll think we're crazy if we don't return with specific improvements.

You know, I heard someone call it that - I did not actual verify, so 'skirt' is probably best.

Cool on Dengar; honestly, I thought I was 'pushing my luck' when I wrote that part. The Saga Dengar is pretty sweet - only thing missing is his holster - so much better than the backpackless POTF2 one!



Thanks, JT!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-31-2007, 07:13 PM
It's not karma, but the skirt is technically called a kama.

Tycho
03-31-2007, 07:57 PM
Well, it's not really supposed to be a kama. We all know it's supposed to look like it's part of the plastic tunic that all Jedi wear, however they've tried to match the plastic look from above the waist, with the cloth below it, to allow the hip articulation to work. Except in the cases of the E1 softgoods which only made the cummerbund ties softgoods, and the tunic unauthentically shorter E1 Obi-Wan softgoods (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/episodeI/e1obiwanjediknightloose.jpg), this hardly ever looks good SaeSee Tiin looking like crap (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/ROTS/rots0530seaseetiinloose.jpg).

The first figure they tried this with was Princess Leia CommTech (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/potf2/POTF2ctleiafr.jpg) and I avoided this figure like the plague. It was not my cup of tea. I really wish Hasbro would knock it off with doing figures in this manner (half plastic / half softgoods).

By comparison, All plastic looks the best, but for where a figure with articulation that makes it compatible with the vehicles for example is to work, all soft-goods is the better route to go down. (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/potf2/POTF2leiaanh-leiacompare.jpg&text=<center>Comparison&#37;20Photo:<br>PLC%20Leia%20(left)%20and%20All-New%20Likeness%20Leia%20(right)</center>) The Princess Leia Collection Imperial Senator figure looks much better than the CommTech one, though as you can see, the best quality is achieved with the "All New Likeness" figure on the right. However, "All New Likeness" cannot sit in the Millennium Falcon.

To take it a significant step further, there is no Alec Guiness Obi-Wan that can sit in Luke's Landspeeder. I use a '95 Obi-Wan, his cloak "vest" removed and an E1 Accessory Jedi Robe added over him since he does not have the white tunic sleeves and the figure of him (POTJ) from the Falcon is all plastic so his hip articulation is incidental.

AmanaMatt
03-31-2007, 09:03 PM
Thanks for the information, both of you - I understand that the soft-goods has a lot of ties with the original vintage line, and that could be some of the motivation of them to do this, but I really wish they had stuck with using a plastic molded skirt/kama (thanks on that one!).....if the soft goods looked good, I would not care. Vader capes always look decent and the recent Mace cloak is pretty sharp.

Tycho
04-01-2007, 01:33 AM
Amanamatt, the final issue is "compatability."

You need to have figures that work with the vehicles. While many of you just keep your stuff carded, you are fans of a child's toy playline that interacts with the ships and such.

As it stands:

Captain Panaka and Queen Amidala (Royal Decoy) cannot sit in the Royal Starship.

Old Obi-Wan Kenobi cannot ride in Luke's landspeeder even after 11+ years.

I know you understand, but does everyone?

Looking at vintage - the figures used vinyl capes to start out with (1978 Obi-Wan, Leia, 1980 Lando - except really for the 1978 Jawa and the 1980 Yoda)
The 1981 Zuckuss (then called 4-LOM by mistake) used a leather cloak which was pretty cool.

By "Return of the Jedi," softgoods got really good: Royal Guard, Bib Fortuna, Han Solo Endor, Klaatu (Woof), Squidhead (Tessek), and so forth. Kenner did much better than Hasbro has in most cases.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-01-2007, 01:57 PM
Old Obi-Wan Kenobi cannot ride in Luke's landspeeder even after 11+ years.

Yes he can, use the VOTC one. He doesn't have knees but he looks fine in the Landspeeder.

Also, the second "s" in Saesee is never capitalized, just to be anal.

JediTricks
04-01-2007, 08:26 PM
Question 68 added.

Tycho
04-01-2007, 10:19 PM
I had 2 votes left, so I'd like to add my votes below to the ones that should already be counted in my quote:


[9]- 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.

[26]- 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?



[42]- Will the moisture vaporator be available only with this upcoming Luke figure so those who want multiples of this accessory will need to buy multiple Lukes, or will there be other ways to get it in the foreseeable future? (One possibility is to reuse the accessory with Ep 2 Owen Lars, Beru Whitesun, and Cliegg Lars figures.)


[45]- Why didn't the Kashyyyk Elite Corps Clone Trooper from The Saga Collection come with the long blaster rifle the figure is shown holding on the figure photo on the back of the card? That is the weapon the majority of this trooper sported in the movie, yet the figure only comes with the Biker Scout pistol and the Clone Trooper blaster pistol.

[56]- In the vintage line, Kenner included a cloak with Bib Fortuna that was made out of a wonderful material that lay down closely to the body of the figure. The modern cloaks leave a lot to be desired, as it appears a number of materials have been tried but all leaving much to desire. Why not use the material that was in the Bib cloak?

[62] - For Star Wars' 30th anniversary this year, the US Postal Service painted hundreds of mailboxes to look like R2-D2. Might Hasbro create a figure of R2-D2 as a mailbox to commemorate this quirky postal tribute, perhaps a 2-pack with Major Derlin as a mailman (since Derlin was played by John Ratzenberger who for 11 years portrayed know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin on the sitcom Cheers)?

JediTricks
04-02-2007, 03:57 PM
Question 51 modified.

Because the set is actually out now, the question needed changing from:
In pictures that recently surfaced online of the Toys R Us-exclusive Bantha with Tusken Raiders boxed set, the Bantha's pelt seems inaccurate with curly fur and the eyeholes not cut or attached correctly. Will the actual product look more like the accurate 1998 version, or will it have the unattractive visible eyeholes and bizarre curly fur? Also, if boxed Star Wars items sell better the closer they are to $20, why turn the Bantha into a larger $45 set?
to:
In the Toys R Us-exclusive Bantha with Tusken Raiders boxed set, the Bantha's pelt appears inaccurate with curly fur and the eyeholes not cut or attached correctly, compared to the movie character and the original POTF2 Bantha that this is based upon. What is the reason for the unattractive visible eyeholes and bizarre curly fur? Also, if boxed Star Wars items sell better the closer they are to $20, why turn the Bantha into a larger $45 set?

Tycho, you didn't have 2 votes left because I counted your last 2 votes for the new questions you added to the list, questions 50 and 62. LMK if this needs adjusting.

Tycho
04-02-2007, 04:29 PM
Yeah, for the time being, please drop 50 and count 56 in its place. The rest are fine. Thanks.

TheDarthVader
04-04-2007, 05:49 PM
51, 54 and I will save the other votes until I decide.

JediTricks
04-04-2007, 07:59 PM
Alrighty, but keep in mind, I have to send these in TOMORROW by 5PM EST, not Friday (due to the holiday). And thanks for the votes. :cool:

Kidhuman
04-04-2007, 08:16 PM
Make my last vote for question 64.



Jedi Master Sal has been MIA as of late

DarkJedi5
04-04-2007, 11:50 PM
I want to know if a new Rebel Hoth trooper is on the horizon. We've got an excellent Snowtrooper but we haven't had anything to date that is on par. The last one we saw was in 2004 and had zero articulation (not to mention a really stupid look on his face)! We've got All other distinct rebel troops have gotten good sculpts and Stormtroopers have achieved their zenith. Isn't it time for some infantry that look as good as our Major Derlin and General Rieekan?

AmanaMatt
04-05-2007, 02:08 AM
47 is a good question - they will probably not really answer it.

56 is another good one - why is the vintage soft goods from 30 years ago nicer looking than some of the modern ones today?



:)

JediTricks
04-05-2007, 04:26 PM
Question 69 added.

Voting is now closed, thanks to everybody who participated, look for a new round of voting soon.


I want to know if a new Rebel Hoth trooper is on the horizon. We've got an excellent Snowtrooper but we haven't had anything to date that is on par. The last one we saw was in 2004 and had zero articulation (not to mention a really stupid look on his face)! We've got All other distinct rebel troops have gotten good sculpts and Stormtroopers have achieved their zenith. Isn't it time for some infantry that look as good as our Major Derlin and General Rieekan?I've added it, mainly for the next round of course. We actually asked them if they'd be doing a new Rebel Hoth Trooper and they shined us in the answer:
SSG, Jan 26th

Q: 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? A: We didn't see this figure as particularly short, at least it wasn't designed to be deliberately so. When we do another new one, he'll probably be more of an average height (regression toward the mean).