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JediTricks
04-27-2007, 09:28 PM
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Hasbro Q&A? Find out in Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for April 27th, 2007. Thanks again to Hasbro for the answers, to all the folks who sent in questions and especially those who voted on them. Here come Hasbro's answers, and remember to check out ActionFigs.com (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=162) for their weekly Hasbro Q&A as well (which also got an update today).


Hasbro Q&A for the week of April 27th

Q: 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 toy 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?
A: We do not set retail pricing for our items, that is decided by our retail partners. In any case, soft goods are generally expensive and we could not get the bantha to cost out where we wanted. Knowing this, we went with the direction of adding more Tusekns to justify a higher price point, and to make it more like a complete Tusken clan set. On the fur, we wanted something different and more like the movie banthas with a matted look. We did the best job we could wih the fur available on the market in the time we had for completion of the set.

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Q: 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 (that's not a droid), the white-haired Rebel Fleet Trooper who shows worry and then steadies to hold off the Stormtroopers for control of the Tantive IV? For clarification, the Decipher CCG named this guy "Lt. Pello Scrambas" - though nobody seems entirely in love with that name so feel free to NOT use it ;). This would also be a great chance to do a new, better-articulated Rebel Fleet Trooper body.
A: We have not considered doing this figure, but it makes sense for a down-the-road variant of the Rebel Fleet Trooper -- at least for the head. We probaly won't update the Rebel Fleet Trooper body for a long time, as it is, it does pretty much everything you could ask of these poor doomed corridor fighters. (ed note: we at SSG would respectfully disagree as the Rebel Fleet Trooper could also use elbow, waist, and better shoulder articulation. -JT)
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Q: 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; and now this is happening with the Spider-Man 3 Titanium 3" figures as well. That ends up mixing several dissimilar lines together, burying and even choking off pegspace for the Star Wars Titaniums while likely also 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 and Spider-Man Titaniums?
A: There is little we can do to correct this this year, but a solution is in the works for 2008. Since the shelf tags are labeled and the product is separated by branding and visible product differentiation, it is up to the retail personnel to reset them to their right areas. This may or may not be happening due to the individual store. What is certain is that is SW Titanoum continues to sell down, it will continue to flow back in to that retailer. Typically there is not a lot of backstock on SW Titanium so the stores put it out as soon as they get it; it won't get in the way of getting new product out there.
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And the questions at ActionFigs.com (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=162):

** (this one not yet answered) ** 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?
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?
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? If the latter, why?

Battle Droid
04-27-2007, 09:30 PM
Huh????????

Kidhuman
04-27-2007, 09:32 PM
JT, dont make me lock it for spamming, this isnt the test area. :D :beard:

JediTricks
04-27-2007, 09:34 PM
Huh????????
Makes more sense now, eh?



JT, dont make me lock it for spamming, this isnt the test area. :D :beard:The thread was corrected before you even made this post, so there, nyeah :p


I cannot tell you how disappointed I was to see question 1 for ActionFigs.com not get answered after being held back a month. I mean, there's 1 Jedi Luke coming out this year, Hasbro even brought a carded sample to Toy Fair in February, I didn't think we had to be THAT specific for them to get it.

Kidhuman
04-27-2007, 09:49 PM
What is a variant for the Rebel Trooper? That is bogus. HE should have his own figure since he has a name and is singled out in the movie shots.

I dunno about the Jedi Luke. That is bogus.

LTBasker
04-27-2007, 09:59 PM
Makes more sense now, eh?
I cannot tell you how disappointed I was to see question 1 for ActionFigs.com not get answered after being held back a month. I mean, there's 1 Jedi Luke coming out this year, Hasbro even brought a carded sample to Toy Fair in February, I didn't think we had to be THAT specific for them to get it.

Not just that but was typing in caps really necessary? Hasbro has gone forum troll! :eek:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-27-2007, 11:58 PM
Gee, they must've gotten confused, seeing as how there are so many Luke figures this year that have vests. :rolleyes:

JediTricks
04-28-2007, 04:17 PM
Not just that but was typing in caps really necessary? Hasbro has gone forum troll! :eek:
I wondered if I should change that all-caps thing. I suspect they wanted it to be clear to me that they needed feedback to answer the question, they wanted it to stand out. But I then figured that the published answer should stand out just the same and left it.

Them not knowing about this Luke thing is weird, maybe it's not a cloth vest then, maybe he's wearing a black towel around his neck... yeah, maybe not.

Jargo
04-28-2007, 04:32 PM
you know it bothers me when hasbro reps say "we wanted to do something different" it's not about them it's about us the consumers. if they want a different bantha let them rip off the fur from a POTF one and redo it we as the consumers were asking for a re-release of the POTF version not a shaggy wigged faux bantha. I want to curse hasbro here quite loudly. the temptation to swear and use profane language is strong within me.........

figrin bran
04-28-2007, 09:36 PM
wow, i don't know whether to be more bothered by the all caps or the ignorance on the part of mr. hasbro answer man.

Kidhuman
04-28-2007, 09:54 PM
What irks me is they alsways say you will like the selection we have chosen, or we will be satisfied with the <fill in the blank>. No, we all will not be happy or satisfied.

Turbowars
04-29-2007, 12:10 AM
Funny how they avoided the eye problem on the bantha. I haven't seen my POTF2 version for a while, so don't remember if it suffers the same problem.

I can't believe the guy didn't know what Jedi Luke you guys were asking about. I mean it's there product.

For the most part I think Hasbro is getting better at answering these questions. It seems like they found someone else to do it and they have a personality to boot.

I kind of feel like I'm being too nice to Hasbro, but with the BS that GG and SSC are pulling, Hasbro is a God, well they would be if I could find one figure form wave 2.

Droid
04-29-2007, 01:03 PM
I have not wanted a Death Star II Luke as many as some, but it amazes me how they did the Complete Galaxy Luke above the Sarlaac, the Luke packed in with the Rancor, the Jabba's palace Luke from a few years back, the Holographic Jabba's Palace Luke, and this upcoming Rancor Luke but won't make the Death Star II Luke so many people want.

There have also been three distinctly different Endor Lukes (Speeder Bike, Toys R Us coin, and last year's figure with cloth poncho).

If I remember correctly the first carded Jedi Luke had a vest on so it was not suitable for the Death Star II.

Leaving only the Cinemana Scene Duel with Vader Luke that has a pretty extreme pose.

I guess there was also that terrible electronic Jedi Luke with a cape that is supposed to be for the Death Star II.

I guess we have no right to ask for the Death Star II Luke when they haven't made Luke sitting with Ben on Dagobah, Luke kneeling by Yoda while Yoda died, Luke caught in a net, Luke tells Leia she is his sister, and so many other great Lukes we don't have yet.

Devo
04-29-2007, 02:36 PM
Exactly, the delay in us getting a DSII duel Luke just baffles the mind.

Whatever about us not getting a Yak face resculpt because 'theres loads of other great characters we'd like to get to first' what the hell has been stopping us getting a DSII duel Luke??? What great characters have been putting this version of Luke on the backburner? Whats with the multitudes of Jabba's palace Lukes?

Mad Slanted Powers
04-29-2007, 02:49 PM
If I remember correctly the first carded Jedi Luke had a vest on so it was not suitable for the Death Star II.

Leaving only the Cinemana Scene Duel with Vader Luke that has a pretty extreme pose.

I guess there was also that terrible electronic Jedi Luke with a cape that is supposed to be for the Death Star II.You forgot to mention everyone's favorite, the 2003 Saga Throne Room Duel Luke (http://www.rebelscum.com/sw0317luketrd.asp).

JediTricks
04-29-2007, 03:59 PM
you know it bothers me when hasbro reps say "we wanted to do something different" it's not about them it's about us the consumers. if they want a different bantha let them rip off the fur from a POTF one and redo it we as the consumers were asking for a re-release of the POTF version not a shaggy wigged faux bantha. I want to curse hasbro here quite loudly. the temptation to swear and use profane language is strong within me.........I don't see it as ego-based, merely that they think they're representing the general consumer audience's desires in the matter - they're dead wrong here though, how they can look at this:
http://www.wheelon.com/swimages/sw/bantha.jpg
and see curly hair is totally beyond me.


Funny how they avoided the eye problem on the bantha. I haven't seen my POTF2 version for a while, so don't remember if it suffers the same problem.Its hair is accurately covering much more of the eyes that even if the pelt covered in that sloppy manner, it still wouldn't be the issue it is with this new one. But I don't think it is either, the mouth is a similar problem with the seam being a sloppy mess while on the original it's neatly applied.


For the most part I think Hasbro is getting better at answering these questions. It seems like they found someone else to do it and they have a personality to boot.Could be someone new, or it could be that they've gotten past the diplomatic safety aspects and are getting down to the nitty gritty finally, throwing out the parsley and vegetables so we can get to the greasy steak. I'd prefer they tiptoe around what they mean even less than they do now, but they have gotten better at it.



I have not wanted a Death Star II Luke as many as some, but it amazes me how they did the Complete Galaxy Luke above the Sarlaac, the Luke packed in with the Rancor, the Jabba's palace Luke from a few years back, the Holographic Jabba's Palace Luke, and this upcoming Rancor Luke but won't make the Death Star II Luke so many people want.I'm just glad they recognize that the stupid Saga version with the ridiculous face and action gimmick isn't the one we wanted. :p Yeah, they have harped and harped and harped on vest Luke for the entire line, the only one they did right was Final Jedi Duel cinema scene 3pack version and he's very preposed and a way oldschool sculpt compared to now.


I guess there was also that terrible electronic Jedi Luke with a cape that is supposed to be for the Death Star II.Can't I pretend that thing doesn't exist?!? :D

Droid
04-29-2007, 04:14 PM
You forgot to mention everyone's favorite, the 2003 Saga Throne Room Duel Luke (http://www.rebelscum.com/sw0317luketrd.asp).

Yes, I did forget that one. I guess we are lucky that when people request a Death Star II Luke they don't say they already gave us one with that horrible thing.

So I guess there have been three figures that tried to be specifically Death Star II Luke, two so terrible it isn't funny and one that was good, but preposed.

ROTJLuke
04-29-2007, 06:41 PM
How retarded is hasbro? They can comment on all the great articulation Pre-Cyborg Grievous has, and talk about stuff comming in 2008, hell they even said a Baron Fel Tie Pilot figure was comming, yet they don't know what figure we're talking about when we ask ABOUT F**KING LUKE SKYWALKER?!?!

At this point, I'm thinking they have to either be joking or seriously retarded, legally retarded, because there is NO WAY they can keep dodging this question.

Also, how do you mistake Jabba's Luke for Throne Room Luke, yet they know who Pre-Cyborg Grievous is, an Umpass Stay, etc. It'd be CHEAPER for them to do DSII Luke. I mean, c'mon, he wears an all black jumpsuit, a utility belt, and a black glove on his right hand. It's one of the more basic and boring costume designs in the ENTIRE F**KING TRILOGY, yet they INSIST on giving us Jabba's Palace Luke over, and over, and over, and over...


When they pull their fingers out of their ***es and answer the question, I'm curious to see what bone-headed answer we'll get. I'd expect nothing less than a 'wait and see' response.

I think the new Luke Jedi is a great looking figure. It's super articulated, the head sculpt is dead on, and even the tunic (when properly applied to the figure as seen at toyfair) looks great, a little bulky, but the idea's there. The joints may be a little on the bigger size, however still not enough to get me ****y or anything, those are minor flaws. What kills me is why it's Jabba's Palace Luke, and not Death Star 2 Luke. We've been yelling for that Luke the longest, since before 2003's awful TuRD Luke, and we still have not seen anything happen. Makes me wonder about Hasblow claiming they listen...


SOO, Listen to this hasbro: You suck. Your incompetence is amazing on stuff like this. You don't know what Jedi Luke we're talking about? We're not specific enough? Unless you have more Luke Jedi's comming out this year with cloth tunics, the cards still say your idiots. Make me eat my words and release the Luke Jedi we're all talking about. Hell, I'll provide you with pictures, as many as you want, to get it right. It's not hard. Your little brains can process it, I know they can. You've done fantastic work since 2005, and I've been fiercly loyal to you since 1999, and only to you. I only collect SW, and when you f**k up this bad it's uncalled for. Make me eat my words and answer this question as detailed as you can.

Old Fossil
04-29-2007, 07:32 PM
The vest on Jedi Luke looks removable.

JediTricks
04-30-2007, 01:42 PM
Someone's not happy. :p