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JediTricks
05-04-2007, 08:44 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, June 1st. Keep in mind that your votes in round 28 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:
She's been one of the most consistently-requested figures since the modern line began, she has far more screentime than Dengar and Bossk and IG-88, a prototype of her was even made for the original Kenner line. She was second runner-up in the ToyFare Fan Choice poll by only a small margin, she had more votes than any other movie character in the poll, and the 2 above her in the poll have already been confirmed to be made (as have Darth Malak, Hermi Odle, ROTJ Luke, Mara Jade, Kir Kanos, Clone Commander, Padme Ilum, and Commander Neyo who all got significantly less votes than Yarna, half of those 4 poll-losers there have even already been released). You obviously recognize some level of demand, based on your April Fools-style joke at 2006 San Diego Comic Con. So why is it that you will joke about collectors wanting a Yarna d'al Gargan figure, but have been unwilling in the past to produce this figure and will not confirm that you are committed to releasing this figure in the foreseeable future?
Anakin, Padme, R2-D2, C-3PO, and now the moisture vaporator.... We have everything we need to make killer AOTC Lars homestead displays with one glaring exception: the Lars family itself - Cliegg, young Owen, and young Beru. Is this something that you plan to correct soon? If not or you can't talk about it yet, why the continued vagueness about these 3 characters for so long?
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.
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? You were recently quoted as saying the Cylon Basestar and the classic Cylon Base ship were not likely to happen due to "complexity of production", what does that mean and how would they be different from something like the recently-released classic Cylon Raider? Also, what happened to the plans for the Titanium Forged Figure of the Cylon Centurion, is there a future release here?
Can we please have a new, more accurate Dr. Evazan figure? The original POTF2 Cinema Scene figure has been repainted a few times, but the sculpt is still among the least-accurate likenesses of any figure that's never enjoyed a full resculpt. After all, he's got dialog in the movie and an action scene, and it is Star Wars' 30th Anniversary.
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?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 brand? What about maybe some nifty Star Trek and Stargate Titaniums?
- 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?
- 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 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). Why did the Death Star Trooper figure ship with the incorrect E-11 stormtrooper blaster?
- 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 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 we be getting a Geonosis Battle Droid and/or 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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? How about the ROTS green Anakin and blue Obi-Wan Jedi Starfighters?
- 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?
- 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)?
- 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.
- Fans are enjoying the characters' artistic renderings featured on the TAC card fronts, is there any chance we'll be seeing something like a poster containing all this art, perhaps as a giveaway through conventions or the official Star Wars site or Hasbro.com? It would make a great display piece.
- Hasbro still seems to be focusing a lot on Revenge of the Sith. If the Target-exclusive Order 66 packs do well, would Hasbro consider making similar packs based on Attack of the Clones? For example, a clone trooper in each pack with either a Jedi or a Separatist force?
- The new Clone Trooper and Rebel Trooper role-play blasters are pretty cool and seem to be selling fairly well out of the gate. With that in mind, will Hasbro be offering more role-play weapons such as all-new sculpts of Han's blaster, the Stormtrooper blaster (with more accurate size and folded stock under the barrel), Biker Scout pistol, and perhaps even larger ones like the Hoth Rebel rifle and Clone Trooper long rifle?
- Why has it seemed that so many of the items high on fans' wish lists ("Snowbunny" Ilum Padme, the Senate Pod, and now Galactic Heroes Qui-Gon and Jar Jar) only see release in large, pricey multipack sets that contain many items that we either already have (such as the rest of the Galactic Heroes/Playskool Naboo set) or that are inferior quality (eg, the incorrect C-3PO from the Illum battlepack)? Given that the cost of developing molds would be the same whether they are released in this manner or on normal cards, why not release them as regular basic figures instead and most likely sell more of them at the original retail price (as opposed to clearance prices of as much as 75% off the original price, which so many of these sets wind up selling for) - and keep longtime collectors happy as well?
- Some collectors are growing a little tired of seeing Darth Vader over and over, often lately just a reuse of a previously-existing figure. Might you ease up on the Vader releases, especially in Battle Packs and pack-ins? As well, might you consider giving Anakin ROTS #02 a rest since the figure has been reissued half a dozen times in just 2 years?
- With several figures from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series and an entire wave dedicated to SW: Force Unleashed coming in the next year or so, as well as rumors of multipacks dedicated to the SW: Battlefront series, and 2006's popular Scorch figure which led to an entire SW: Republic Commando boxed set, video games seem to be back on the radar. With that in mind, is there any possibility of getting figures from older video games such as SW: Bounty Hunter (Roz, Montross), SW: Clone Wars (Cydon Prax), SW: Revenge of the Sith (Claw Droids, Cin Drallig), SW: Jedi Knight (any of the Dark Jedi), even going back to SW: TIE Fighter (Marek Stele) or even Masters of the Teras Kasi (Arden Lyn, Jodo Kast)?
- Seeing as how we're getting obscure, non-canon figures in the Comic Packs such as the Dark Woman and Infinities Vader, what are the chances of getting figures from the early Marvel storyline about the Star-Hoppers from Aduba-3, particularly a figure of Jaxxon? You could even base their appearances off the cover of the Star Wars Gamer magazine from a few years ago that featured them, which showed many of them in a less cartoony way.
- In 2002, heavy pegwarming led several figures to be recalled. Will this happen again anytime soon, perhaps to remedy the problems of Moff Jerjerrod, Lushros Dofine, and the abundant TSC-era Greatest Hits leftovers which are still pegwarming hard nearly a year after their releases?
- Are we ever going to get a Octuptarra Droid? The best place to put one would either be in a Battle of Utapau or Clone Wars Battle of Coruscant Battle Pack.
- After a decade, you've given us badly-needed updates of minor but essential characters like R5-D4 and Biggs Darklighter X-wing pilot, and while they are very welcome, these new versions falter where their earlier, poorer POTF2 predecessors did not: the new versions are missing some of their movie decos. How does it happen that 1998 Biggs' helmet has the full design with the stripe and pattern elements on the back while the 2007 version is just plain white? How is it that 1996 R5-D4 has the blue slot on the front painted blue while 2006 is missing this, as well as the 3 red panels on his back that only the Kenner vintage version correctly employs? We do enjoy these new figures, but why do things like this get missed thus leaving the updated figures less than all they could be?
- In several Q&As, you've been quoted as saying that the environment pieces included with many figures in this year's basic figure line have been stretching your budgets and probably won't be carried forward in 2008. Since the only deluxe-pricepoint line your SW brand enjoys right now is the Vintage-style, how about doing a new deluxe line that focuses on more environment pieces and similar large, movie-derived accessories?
- In your response to the question of individual figure pricing in battle packs vs basic figure single cards, you stated that one of the major factors as to why the figures in Battle Packs can often be produced for less per unit is because the tooling for them already exists and thus doesn't factor into the cost of reusing it - this argument is consistent with prior comments made by Hasbro about costs and mold development. Since that is the case, why is it that the various recent Greatest Hits basic figure lines such as Saga Legends have been the same price as the new, non-refresh, basic main-line figures? (Please be aware that we understand that consumer pricing is set by retailers and not by Hasbro, but we also know that retailers set their prices based on how much they're paying per unit so when Hasbro raises retailers' prices, retailers pass that on to consumers, hence the across-the-board price increases.)
- Since you're reissuing older figures anyway in the "Saga Legends" greatest hits line, how about revisiting the robot that saved the galaxy, 2-1B? 2-1B has dialogue and has become a fan-fav over the years, yet hasn't been available for a decade and has a lookalike in the birth of Vader's armor" scene in Episode III, so this seems like a good fit for the Saga Legends line. Or better yet, how about an all-new, better-articulated 2-1B?
- Ten years ago, Hasbro produced the Cruisemissile Trooper- although not a very exciting toy, the vehicle's design is quite interesting and looks like something the Empire would conceivably use in combat. However, the design has never appeared in any comic, novel, videogame, or reference work before or since. Details as to its genesis seem to be nonexistent. Can you provide a brief history of how this toy came to be, and maybe why it's never been seen elsewhere?
- What are the requirements that a retailer must go meet to get a Star Wars exclusive, do they have to be a certain size company, make a certain number of Hasbro orders a month, etc.? Is there some sort of process that a retailer has to go through to get an exclusive, do they work with Hasbro on what item to produce or is it out of their hands?
- Recently in Q&A you said that figures in Battle Packs can be sold cheaper in large part due to savings made on packaging multiple figures together and due to the tooling for most Battle Pack figures already existing. Many collectors, both adults and kids alike, take their figures out of the packaging to jump immediately into play and display patterns, sending the packaging into the garbage chute. In the past, we've seen troop builders and mail-away figures come in simple white cardboard boxes, which have logically cut down on your costs. While that would not work for mass-retail, what about setting aside figures for online sales that would be packaged in simple baggies and cardboard boxes, without the printing and pack-in complications of the mass-retail figures to offer them at lower prices? Please consider this for both individual figures where they could be sold individually or in a set with a few other figures from that wave, and army-builders where the tooling already exists and those costs can be exploited in greater numbers.
- What are the chances of getting Cyborg Darth Maul & Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars Visionaries in a Comic Book 2 Pack?
- This year has more convention-exclusive figures than any other: CIV McQuarrie Droid 2pack, CIV McQuarrie Luke, SDCC Shadow Scout on Bike, SDCC McQuarrie Obi-Wan & Yoda 2pack, and the 5 variations on the Disney SW Weekend exclusive Cantina Band Member. What's the thinking behind all these convention exclusives? And why only offer any scant leftovers online, why not just make enough for a larger online presence and make them available to everybody a little later. A lot of collectors cannot make it to these conventions and don't want to shell out scalper prices just to get a complete McQuarrie concept line, can't more accomodations be made?
- In the SW Republic #31 Comic 2pack, why does the A'Sharad Hett figure come with the traditional "bandage wrapped" Tusken Raider head coverings rather than the accurate "leather wrapped"-style one that he wore in the comics which made him visually unique? What do you say to A'Sharad Hett fans that are going to be disappointed they're not getting the character as accurately as they hoped?
- When putting already-released vehicles in new packaging, why do you re-release vehicles that were already out in the previous year's line instead of waiting a while for demand to build back up again? Isn't there the chance of burnout from kids and collectors alike, seeing Obi-Wan and Anakin paint jobs on Jedi Starfighters year in and year out? Why rerelease something like Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter in new packaging only months after a previous line's rerelease when there are still some vehicles that haven't been rereleased in years like the Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter or the Snowspeeder?
- From your display at Celebration IV, we noticed that the Dutch Vander Gold Leader rebel pilot sculpt is being used twice MORE for 2 new rebel pilots, Lt. Lepira from the Gold Squadtron Y-wing, and from the Rogue Squadron #24 Comic 2pack Hobbie figure. While the Vander sculpt is pretty nice, many collectors believe it should not be used as the standard rebel pilot body due to its height and oddly-posed arms, not to mention a specific uniform that differs in some ways from other orange-clad rebel pilots. With these 2 new entries, that's 5 rebel pilots - Vader, Wedge, Biggs, Lt. Lepira, and Hobbie - all with the same height (Wedge being especially too tall) and with identical bodies and unusual poses. Might Hasbro start using a different pilot body that isn't as tall or preposed or so identical in costume layout?Vote now, and feel free to add new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-04-2007, 09:47 PM
Good God, now we're asking Battlestar Galactica questions? :rolleyes:

I'll vote for 23, 28, 36, 55, 57, and 58.

For 28, since there are rumors that they're rereleasing the Ilum pack later this year, it might not be a bad idea to change the question to suggest a change to the more proper gray C-3PO instead of just asking about it.

Kidhuman
05-05-2007, 05:40 AM
On number 58, can you add the G&H and GB figs to the list. WM still has over 100 for me here and suspect it is the same in other areas.

joshephe
05-05-2007, 07:18 AM
3 (maybe add an example like star trek or stargate), 15, 32, 33, 52

Battle Droid
05-06-2007, 12:45 PM
18. - Any chance of ever seeing the Ultra Battle Droid made that appears in the Clone Wars Adventures Volume 1 comic story Heavy Metal Jedi?

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

30. - Will we be getting a Geonosis Battle Droid and/or Commander in the Saga Legends line like the regular colored Commander?

59. - Are we ever going to get a Octuptarra Droid? The best place to put one would either be in a Battle of Utapau or Clone Wars Battle of Coruscant Battle Pack.

JediTricks
05-06-2007, 06:32 PM
Question 58 modified.


For 28, since there are rumors that they're rereleasing the Ilum pack later this year, it might not be a bad idea to change the question to suggest a change to the more proper gray C-3PO instead of just asking about it.I think they know that "Will we see a running change in the correct colors, or will it stay wrong?" means we're suggesting it, it's specifically worded to shame them into doing it right. :p


On number 58, can you add the G&H and GB figs to the list. WM still has over 100 for me here and suspect it is the same in other areas.Good idea. Howsat?


3 (maybe add an example like star trek or stargate), 15, 32, 33, 52You mean #4, don't you? Which should I count your vote for, 3 or 4? Right now I'm counting it for #4 because that seems to be what your addition points to.

Kidhuman
05-06-2007, 06:40 PM
Thanks JT, I vote for 58 right now and some more later.

joshephe
05-06-2007, 07:17 PM
yeah I meant 4. must of misread the numbers.

JediTricks
05-07-2007, 02:02 PM
No prob. Good thing I noticed though.

Devo
05-07-2007, 04:41 PM
New question:

You've given us badly needed updates of characters like R5-D4 and pilot Biggs and yet these new versions falter where their poorer predecessors did not - they are missing paint applications. At the risk of seeming a tad fussy how does it happen that the R5-D4 from 1996 has the full and correct paint scheme and the latest version does not? Likewise the new Biggs figure's helmet is only decorated at the front and is now plain white at the back yet the 1998 version seems to have full decor. And to end on a non-complaining note thanks for the Rebel Honor guard!! An obscure figure no one was expecting but which adds nicely to the ANH collection.

JediTricks
05-08-2007, 03:23 PM
Can you show me an example of what's up with R5-D4? I don't see a difference in paint layout between the POTF2 version and the TSC version. I'm familiar with the Biggs helmet difference, but I would like to add your question with both figures you mentioned and I just want to know what I'm asking them before I ask.

Devo
05-08-2007, 04:47 PM
Actually you're right the only difference paint scheme-wise between the '96 R5-D4 and the new one is the little blue stripe on the front of the old one. It was the vintage figure which correctly had 3 vertical red panels on its back. I guess its a little easier to see how they went wrong in this case. They got it wrong in 1996 and unfortunately didn't notice during the intervening period and simply made the same mistake again. However a film accurate R5-D4 would have both the blue stripe and the 3 vertical red panels on his back if I'm not mistaken. Its just a pity that after such a long wait for a proper R5 figure it is just kept from being perfect by this error.

DarkArtist
05-08-2007, 08:32 PM
I only have two questions I would liked answered :

21 & 46 the rest I could take or leave.

JediTricks
05-10-2007, 03:59 PM
Question 60 added.

Devo, you have 5 votes remaining.


Actually you're right the only difference paint scheme-wise between the '96 R5-D4 and the new one is the little blue stripe on the front of the old one. It was the vintage figure which correctly had 3 vertical red panels on its back. I guess its a little easier to see how they went wrong in this case. They got it wrong in 1996 and unfortunately didn't notice during the intervening period and simply made the same mistake again. However a film accurate R5-D4 would have both the blue stripe and the 3 vertical red panels on his back if I'm not mistaken. Its just a pity that after such a long wait for a proper R5 figure it is just kept from being perfect by this error.The blue stripe, you mean the slot under his head, between the rotation line and his grasper arms right? That's the only thing I know is missing there (the front).

I didn't even remember the 3 red stripes on his back, but yeah, I just looked it up, they're there in the film and not on either Hasbro version.

I added the question with some rewriting and counted your vote for that.

El Chuxter
05-11-2007, 12:23 AM
39: Why have there been so few Ep 2 & 3 Anakin figures with accurate likenesses of Hayden Christensen?

52: Hasbro still seems to be focusing a lot on Revenge of the Sith. If the Target-exclusive Order 66 packs do well, would Hasbro consider making similar packs based on Attack of the Clones? For example, a clone trooper in each pack with either a Jedi or a Separatist force?

54: Why has it seemed that so many of the items high on fans' wish lists ("Snowbunny" Ilum Padme, the Senate Pod, and now Galactic Heroes Qui-Gon and Jar Jar) only see release in large, pricey multipack sets that contain many items that we either already have (such as the rest of the Galactic Heroes/Playskool Naboo set) or that are inferior quality (eg, the incorrect C-3PO from the Illum battlepack)? Given that the cost of developing molds would be the same whether they are released in this manner or on normal cards, why not release them as regular basic figures instead and most likely sell more of them at the original retail price (as opposed to clearance prices of as much as 75% off the original price, which so many of these sets wind up selling for) - and keep longtime collectors happy as well?

55: Some collectors are growing a little tired of seeing Darth Vader over and over, often lately just a reuse of a previously-existing figure. Might you ease up on the Vader releases, especially in Battle Packs and pack-ins?

56: With several figures from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series and an entire wave dedicated to SW: Force Unleashed coming in the next year or so, as well as rumors of multipacks dedicated to the SW: Battlefront series, and 2006's popular Scorch figure which led to an entire SW: Republic Commando boxed set, video games seem to be back on the radar. With that in mind, is there any possibility of getting figures from older video games such as SW: Bounty Hunter (Roz, Montross), SW: Clone Wars (Cydon Prax), SW: Revenge of the Sith (Claw Droids, Cin Drallig), SW: Jedi Knight (any of the Dark Jedi), even going back to SW: TIE Fighter (Marek Stele) or even Masters of the Teras Kasi (Arden Lyn, Jodo Kast)?

57: Seeing as how we're getting obscure, non-canon figures in the Comic Packs such as the Dark Woman and Infinities Vader, what are the chances of getting figures from the early Marvel storyline about the Star-Hoppers from Aduba-3, particularly a figure of Jaxxon? You could even base their appearances off the cover of the Star Wars Gamer magazine from a few years ago that featured them, which showed many of them in a less cartoony way.

BTW, with the news from the past week, it looks like #34 can probably be scrapped.

Also, given that the lousy ROTS Anakin Vader is getting its 43rd re-release in the Saga Legends wave, could the wording of question #55 get a resculpt of sorts, so that it's clear we mean both "the same old Darth Vader in armor figures that we've seen a million times" and "that damned Anakin/Vader figure that has been released more times than all other figures from the entire history of SW combined... except maybe for POTJ Han"?

Devo
05-11-2007, 04:25 PM
40]- 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?

42]- 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?

44]- 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?

54]- Why has it seemed that so many of the items high on fans' wish lists ("Snowbunny" Ilum Padme, the Senate Pod, and now Galactic Heroes Qui-Gon and Jar Jar) only see release in large, pricey multipack sets that contain many items that we either already have (such as the rest of the Galactic Heroes/Playskool Naboo set) or that are inferior quality (eg, the incorrect C-3PO from the Illum battlepack)? Given that the cost of developing molds would be the same whether they are released in this manner or on normal cards, why not release them as regular basic figures instead and most likely sell more of them at the original retail price (as opposed to clearance prices of as much as 75% off the original price, which so many of these sets wind up selling for) - and keep longtime collectors happy as well?

55]- Some collectors are growing a little tired of seeing Darth Vader over and over, often lately just a reuse of a previously-existing figure. Might you ease up on the Vader releases, especially in Battle Packs and pack-ins?

These are my other votes. I thinking question 34 has now been rendered moot what with the announcement of the repaints wave. Also your wording of my new question is perfect, thanks.

Kidhuman
05-11-2007, 08:02 PM
In your response to the battle pack single-figure price points you stated Battle packs can be produced for less because if the tooling is there already and it doesnt factor in the cost of the product. If that is the case, why is the Legends line/Greatest Battles/Heroes and Villians the same price as the rest of the "newer" figure lines?

Jargo
05-12-2007, 10:26 PM
question 34 has been answered by hasbro. we are getting a red version in the last wave of the year. so that question can be removed

I vote for
9. 14. 42. 49. 54. leaving me one more vote.

JediTricks
05-16-2007, 03:59 AM
Questions 61-62 added.
Question 55 modified.
Question 34 stricken.

Kidhuman, you have 4 votes remaining.

Question 61 is mine, I came up with it on Friday but haven't had a chance to put it into the list till now.

BTW, with the news from the past week, it looks like #34 can probably be scrapped.Good call, thanks! :cool:


Also, given that the lousy ROTS Anakin Vader is getting its 43rd re-release in the Saga Legends wave, could the wording of question #55 get a resculpt of sorts, so that it's clear we mean both "the same old Darth Vader in armor figures that we've seen a million times" and "that damned Anakin/Vader figure that has been released more times than all other figures from the entire history of SW combined... except maybe for POTJ Han"?I wanted to blast them for ever releasing it in the first place, then I was going to say "could you stop reissuing it so often, especially because nobody ever thought it was any good" but eventually I dialed it back to just "half a dozen in 2 years" since you didn't mention how cruddy the figure is. :p


In your response to the battle pack single-figure price points you stated Battle packs can be produced for less because if the tooling is there already and it doesnt factor in the cost of the product. If that is the case, why is the Legends line/Greatest Battles/Heroes and Villians the same price as the rest of the "newer" figure lines?NICE! I only wish I had thought to ask it, should have been obvious.

Droid
05-16-2007, 09:42 AM
They would never have the Heroes and Villains line be cheaper than the regular basic figures. At every store in America people could easily scam employees into selling them the newest figures at the Heroes and Villains price.

Kidhuman
05-16-2007, 09:55 AM
JT, I actually didnt come up with the question, it was Rogue II, I just posed it there. Maybe we should include something about MSRP since they will claim the stores make up the prices, MSRP should be lower to allow the initial price to be lower

El Chuxter
05-16-2007, 12:03 PM
New question for next week:

Since you're reissuing older figures anyway, how about some love for the droid who saved the guy who saved the galaxy, 2-1B? The Deuce is a fan favorite who's been unavailable for almost a decade now. Especially since a lookalike medical droid can be seen at the end of Episode III, this seems like a perfect choice for the Saga Legends line.

Or, better yet, a newly-sculpted, super-articulated 2-1B?

El Chuxter
05-16-2007, 01:12 PM
Just came up with another one. I am totally serious about this, even though it doesn't deal with new product.

Ten years ago, Hasbro produced the Cruisemissile Trooper. Although not a very exciting toy, the vehicle's design is quite good and looks like something the Empire would conceivably use in combat. However, the design has never appeared in any comic, novel, videogame, or reference work, before or since. Details as to its genesis seem to be nonexistent. Can you provide a bried history of how this toy came to be, and maybe why it's never been seen elsewhere?

JediTricks
05-16-2007, 05:26 PM
Questions 63-64 added.


They would never have the Heroes and Villains line be cheaper than the regular basic figures. At every store in America people could easily scam employees into selling them the newest figures at the Heroes and Villains price.How is that our problem? ;)


JT, I actually didnt come up with the question, it was Rogue II, I just posed it there. Oh, well then, it's crap. :p J/k, it's a good question, thanks for bringing it to my attention.


Maybe we should include something about MSRP since they will claim the stores make up the prices, MSRP should be lower to allow the initial price to be lowerYou are absolutely right, they would have nailed us there, I'll see what I can do to fix it. I fear the fix I just did may be too aggressive, we'll see.


New question for next week:

Since you're reissuing older figures anyway, how about some love for the droid who saved the guy who saved the galaxy, 2-1B? The Deuce is a fan favorite who's been unavailable for almost a decade now. Especially since a lookalike medical droid can be seen at the end of Episode III, this seems like a perfect choice for the Saga Legends line.

Or, better yet, a newly-sculpted, super-articulated 2-1B?Where's the similar-looking droid, in the birth of Vader scene? That's where I remember it, but I don't remember it well.


Just came up with another one. I am totally serious about this, even though it doesn't deal with new product.

Ten years ago, Hasbro produced the Cruisemissile Trooper. Although not a very exciting toy, the vehicle's design is quite good and looks like something the Empire would conceivably use in combat. However, the design has never appeared in any comic, novel, videogame, or reference work, before or since. Details as to its genesis seem to be nonexistent. Can you provide a bried history of how this toy came to be, and maybe why it's never been seen elsewhere?Ooookay. And you mean "brief", right?

Kidhuman
05-18-2007, 07:43 PM
63, 61, 55 54

JediTricks
05-19-2007, 03:59 PM
I have to tell you, Hasbro gave me quite a scare yesterday regarding this Q&A. The person in charge of collecting the questions had emailed me after 4pm EST reminding me that questions were due at 5pm, I didn't read the email until 4:55pm EST and at that point it was a mad scramble, I sent him a quick note asking if this was different from the scheduled send-date of June 1st we got. While he was crafting a reply I threw together the questions email, sending it with less than 30 seconds to spare (I didn't want to miss out, just in case). After that, I checked my email and he had replied, he realized his mistake and apologized, but by then I was on pure adrenaline. :p Anyway, I took a moment to calm down from the mad rush and chuckled, asked him to ignore the questions I had sent in. :D

Luckily, we still do indeed have almost 2 weeks left to vote.

jedibear
05-19-2007, 10:51 PM
Am I too late?
Here's my choices from this round...
2, 40, 50, 51, 52, 63

and one more for consideration later maybe...

WHERE ARE THE BASIC FIGURES? Is this line still happening or is the whole line a Target exclusive? :rolleyes:

Darth Cruel
05-19-2007, 11:46 PM
2 new questions for the next round.

What is the process a retailer goes through to get an exclusive?

And

What are the criteria a retailer has to meet to aquire an exclusive?

DarkJedi5
05-20-2007, 12:46 PM
I'll vote for 60 (paint jobs) and 64 (cruise missile trooper). I would also like to pose a suggestion and a question. The suggestion is that maybe questions in the que expire after a while. Some of those questions have been on this list a long time. I just think that if a question goes a while without receiving any votes maybe it should fall off the list. Now my own question;

I read last week in a Q and A that the reason you are able to sell battle packs at their bargain price in large part due to the money you save on packaging. Many Star Wars collectors, and kids (and I know because I was one when I started collecting), take our figures right out of the packaging for display or play and all this complicated packaging goes straight in the trash. In the past we've seen troop builders or mail-away figures come in a simple cardboard box to cut down cost. Now I know this would not work on the pegs, but would it be possible to sell figures online cheaper without the extra cost of packaging or any of the pack-ins?

Edit it, change it around, add stuff, whatever. I just want cheap figures for my displays and I don't want to pay extra for packaging or lame little red holograms and coins.

JediTricks
05-20-2007, 08:35 PM
Questions 65-66 added.

Darth Cruel, you have 5 votes left.

DarkJedi5, you have 3 votes left.



Am I too late?No, sorry if my story confused, we have nearly 2 more weeks. I'll change that post.


WHERE ARE THE BASIC FIGURES? Is this line still happening or is the whole line a Target exclusive? :rolleyes:Actually, I have been seeing a lot of them at TRU lately as well, now only WM in my area is suffering Obi-Wan and R2-itis. Also, the popular understanding is that the last waves of TSC still hitting retailers is holding up more shipping for TAC. I can put it on the list if you want, but I am not sure what'll happen to it, and it'll probably need some sort of expansion if it is serious.


2 new questions for the next round.

What is the process a retailer goes through to get an exclusive?

And

What are the criteria a retailer has to meet to aquire an exclusive?Uh, isn't that the same question twice? I'll add it as one, LMK how it's different if it's different.



I'll vote for 60 (paint jobs) and 64 (cruise missile trooper). I would also like to pose a suggestion and a question. The suggestion is that maybe questions in the que expire after a while. Some of those questions have been on this list a long time. I just think that if a question goes a while without receiving any votes maybe it should fall off the list.I tried to do that, I actually have pulled a few questions over the year we've been doing this, but not lately. I went back 2 months and nearly every question received 1 vote at least once in that period, it was very frustrating and time-consuming. I am willing to pull any question off the list though, if you have any suggestions I will be glad to hear them and check to see if they've gotten any noteworthy support that could save them. If anybody feels uncomfortable posting their anti-support on a question in public, PM me.


I read last week in a Q and A that the reason you are able to sell battle packs at their bargain price in large part due to the money you save on packaging. Many Star Wars collectors, and kids (and I know because I was one when I started collecting), take our figures right out of the packaging for display or play and all this complicated packaging goes straight in the trash. In the past we've seen troop builders or mail-away figures come in a simple cardboard box to cut down cost. Now I know this would not work on the pegs, but would it be possible to sell figures online cheaper without the extra cost of packaging or any of the pack-ins?

Edit it, change it around, add stuff, whatever. I just want cheap figures for my displays and I don't want to pay extra for packaging or lame little red holograms and coins.You're not paying for the stupid holograms and coins, the stupid holos and coins and pack-ins are meant as "value compensators", Hasbro had to raise figure prices and threw in pack-in junk to make it feel like you were getting more for your money.

Anyway, I made a pretty big change to the question, so LMK if you don't agree with it and I'll try to accommodate.

Rogue II
05-20-2007, 08:53 PM
JT, here is a possible solution to cleaning up the Q&A. Since it sounds like Hasbro has a lot to show at CIV, it will probably spawn a whole new wave of questions.

With that in mind, you could either start over with a clean slate or ditch all of the questions over a month old (which would probably clear out about 45-50 questions). Don't delete the old unanswered questions. If someone wants the question bad enough, they can ask it again in the new thread.

JediTricks
05-20-2007, 09:14 PM
You are right that if they want it, they can ask it again, but I don't want to wholesale cut questions based on their date, it seems unfair to questions like #4 that always get votes, just not as many as others. If I had the free time, I could probably cut 20 questions right now in a fair manner based on how much support they've ever gotten, but it'd take me hours to do it because I didn't set up a round-to-round votes database. By you guys suggesting which should get cut individually, it's easier for me to just look at that ONE question throughout the ages regardless of what number it was 3 months ago.

Rogue II
05-20-2007, 11:51 PM
If #4 is getting support, someone will ask it again. Heck, it will probably get more support if it happens. I doubt most people even look at those low numbers anymore when they are voting. You give everyone 6 votes, every 2 weeks. I'm sure the worthy questions would survive the purge if you started over with a clean slate. Besides, it would be a lot less work for you.

Battle Droid
05-21-2007, 10:48 AM
New question,

What are the chances of getting Cyborg Darth Maul & Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars Visionaries in a Comic Book 2 Pack?

JediTricks
05-21-2007, 04:43 PM
Question 67 added.

Battle Droid, you have 1 vote left.


I get what you mean Rogue, but here's the thing, only the first 15 questions are actually 6 months or older, that's really not that much, and nearly all of them have had votes in the past few rounds. Most of the questions are fairly new, so there wouldn't be a huge dent if I did it by date.

DarkJedi5
05-22-2007, 09:06 AM
I've got a question, I don't know if it'll fly and I guess it's more of a complaint disguised as a question but here goes;

What's the idea behind convention exclusive figures? Why not release them to the general public just a little later on instead of only selling the few leftovers online. You can make people wait a few months to get their hands on them but they should be available to the general public. I'm not going to make to any of the conventions this year and I'm not shelling out the $50 or whatever a Luke Skywalker is going to sell for on eBay. So without Luke, what's the point of even trying to track down the rest of the impossible to find McQuarrie series?

LTBasker
05-23-2007, 12:49 AM
4. - Are more properties aside from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Marvel, and Transformers planned for the Titanium Series brand? What about maybe some nifty Star Trek and Stargate Titaniums?

17. - 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.

19. - 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?

32. - 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?

33. - 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.

53. - The new Clone Trooper and Rebel Trooper role-play blasters are pretty cool and seem to be selling fairly well out of the gate. With that in mind, will Hasbro be offering more role-play weapons such as all-new sculpts of Han's blaster, the Stormtrooper blaster (with more accurate size and folded stock under the barrel), Biker Scout pistol, and perhaps even larger ones like the Hoth Rebel rifle and Clone Trooper long rifle?

Droid
05-24-2007, 02:08 PM
I've got a question, I don't know if it'll fly and I guess it's more of a complaint disguised as a question but here goes;

What's the idea behind convention exclusive figures? Why not release them to the general public just a little later on instead of only selling the few leftovers online. You can make people wait a few months to get their hands on them but they should be available to the general public. I'm not going to make to any of the conventions this year and I'm not shelling out the $50 or whatever a Luke Skywalker is going to sell for on eBay. So without Luke, what's the point of even trying to track down the rest of the impossible to find McQuarrie series?

I wanted to ask something similar: Do you recognize that a good portion of the collector base is unable to attend the conventions and that you have alienated them because they can not buy the McQuarrie Luke and the droids and that as a result some collectors intend to skip the entire McQuarrie line, even though they were initially very excited about it?

Another question I would like to ask:

Will the Ewoks from the 2-pack be named on the packaging, are they inspired by specific Ewoks from Return of the Jedi, and are they intended to represent Lumat, Warok, or Romba?

El Chuxter
05-24-2007, 02:12 PM
Here's a simple one:

Why do you hate us? We put shoes on your wives' feet, and food in your children's bellies. So why the animosity?

Droid
05-24-2007, 02:16 PM
Here's a simple one:

Why do you hate us? We put shoes on your wives' feet, and food in your children's bellies. So why the animosity?

Maybe because we suggest that without us their wive's would be barefoot and their children would starve. :D

I picture all of their wives wandering around in 1994, barefoot and wistful for a new toy line to save them. Interestingly enough, the year the Power of the Force line was launced, the infant hunger mortatlity was cut in half!

mtriv73
05-24-2007, 02:23 PM
37, 48, 58, 61, 63, 64

Darth Cruel
05-24-2007, 07:00 PM
By the criteria I meant what does a company have to have achieved as a company to get an exclusive? Do they have to be in business a certain amount of time first? Be a certain size, first? Or can a start-up company (like mine) get one?

By process I mean how does the company and Hasbro work together to decide what exclusive they get? Are the exclusives pre-made and chosen from a list? Does each company get to decide what they have made for them as an exclusive?

Bacta Beast
05-24-2007, 10:26 PM
Why does the A'shared Hett figure come with the incorrect "bandage wrapped" tusken head instead of the accurate "leather" looking one that he wore in the comics. This is one of the features that made him unique and I have waited along time to see this figure made only too find that when Hasbro annouces it, it is too be without one of the features that I desired most. I'm sure Hasbro isn't terribly worried about upsetting one collector (and yes I'll still buy it) but I don't think anyone would have complained at all about it being accurate. Why not pay more attention to detail and accuracy?

Bacta Beast
05-24-2007, 10:28 PM
Why are the McQuarrie figure always packed one per case? Does Hasbro think two per case would create a glut of unsold McQuarries? There's an obvious demand for this characters, and Hasbro is obviously expanding the line, so why continue to short pack these?

Bacta Beast
05-24-2007, 10:38 PM
When making the decision to re-pack vehicles, why re-pack vehicles that were available the year previous? Why not wait awhile to let a demand for them build up again? I would be afraid that adult collectors and children alike will quickly get tired of seeing Obi-Wan and Anakins Starfighters. Could Hasbro at least look into re-releasing some vehicles that haven't been in circulation for awhile? When you look at the resale (ebay or Briantoys) pricing on vehicles like the ROTS Clone Gunship, Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter (outrageous), Gold Leader X-Wing and TRU exclusive OTC Y-Wing (I know there's a new one coming but mybe it could be re-visited the following year)there would seem to be a desire for some of these still. I know I'm sorry I missed them and would love to have a crack at them again. They could be exclusives (which the retailers love), and you already have the molds (which Hasbro loves). Just throw them in a new box and ship em' out.

Bacta Beast
05-24-2007, 10:45 PM
Why does Hasbro consistently choose to make R2-D2 with the none accurate "chrome" dome instead of the more movie like brushed steel look? It seems that the vacum metal process would be more expensive anyway (I would assume that's why the C-3PO with Salacious Crumb doesn't utilize that finish). Why not save some money and make R2 more accurate at the same time? I would rather you save it for for the protocal droids that need it.

El Chuxter
05-25-2007, 01:51 PM
Here's a new one:

Given the Lanny Mulletman: Y-Wing Pilot (http://www.rebelscum.com/c4/c4hasbroredos/image31.asp) figure you debuted at Celebration IV, can we expect white trash variants of other figures, such as Imperial Officer Foxworthy with Beer-Drinking Hat, Pregnant Smoking Padme (in Halter Top), and, of course, the coveted Rebel General Larry the Cable Guy: Git 'r Done?

Devo
05-26-2007, 05:47 PM
This may have been asked in some form before, its more like a request:

New pictures have shown that the Dutch Vandar sculpt has been used twice more for 2 new rebel pilots, one being the pack-in with the Gold squadron Y-wing and the other being part of a comic two-pack. While the Vandar sculpt is quite excellent many fans believe it should not be held as the standard rebel pilot mould due to its tallness, preposed arms and the fact that not all rebel pilots had totally identical uniforms. To clarify, we now have 5 rebel pilots - Vandar, Wedge, Biggs, Lt.Lepira and an X-wing version of Hobbie - all being of identical height (Biggs&Wedge particularly being too tall)and with the same bodies and poses. Might Hasbro consider creating a new pilot sculpt that isn't quite so tall, is more poseable and which shows differences in the uniform other than just the helmet markings so as to reflect diversity?

LTBasker
05-26-2007, 09:08 PM
Since the high-price of the vintage figures seem to boil down not so much to the product we're paying for but rather the retail product pricepoint (deluxe) we're paying for, could the vintage line become HasbroToyShop exclusives in order to drop the price?

mtriv73
05-26-2007, 09:16 PM
Why are the McQuarrie figure always packed one per case? Does Hasbro think two per case would create a glut of unsold McQuarries? There's an obvious demand for this characters, and Hasbro is obviously expanding the line, so why continue to short pack these?

They have addressed this one already. They can only make X number of figures at a time depending on molds available etc. Unless they want to decrease the number of cases shipped, they have to put certain figures at lower ratios. (Which actually begs the question Why not scale up the number of molds in use for figures that are most likely going to be in high demand?)

They've already said they're going to ship the McQuarrie Stormtrooper and Fett in later waves like they did for the Republic commando last year.

The trick is to get people to stop buying from scalpers (making it unprofitable) so they stop snatching up the figs we want.

I still haven't seen a concept stormie or Fett "in the wild" and I've seen the remnants of the cases they shipped in at least 20 times now.

Rogue II
05-26-2007, 09:51 PM
Recently, GalacticHunter.com asked what the Star Wars team has learned from the Q&A sessions. You said you learned of the interest in EU figures and seemed suprised that there is no interest in the 2" Unleashed or Transformers lines. Are you sure you have been listening to what the fans have been asking for? Since the begining of the Q&A sessions, no less than 3 different sites have asked about things like Yarna and the Twin Pod Cloud Car. Each time you said there are other vehicles you'd rather do before the Cloud Car. The Yarna answers haven't been quite as consistant. What is the real reason Hasbro is reluctant to make a Yarna figure?

DarkArtist
05-27-2007, 08:23 AM
I'm not sure if this question has been asked already or not but here's my question:

Hasbro, is there any chance of releasing a coin set similiar to the Kenner one back in the days of the original POTF era. I for think love these coins and have most of the Kenner ones as well and would love to see Hasbro perhaps pay a tribute to the company that first gave us action figures from that galaxy far far away. perhaps you could do this like a mail in exclusive with all those Jedi Master points or with today's proof of purchases.

JediTricks
05-31-2007, 07:25 PM
Just so you know, I haven't forgotten that tomorrow's the deadline on this, I'm just WAAAAAY behind from the convention. Actually, on last Saturday I believe it was, Steve and I got to ask Hasbro a few questions in private, we tried to use some from our list, and I'm transcribing them now (it's really slow going at the moment). I'm changing my plans for the evening specifically to deal with THIS thread, so once I'm done with my transcription that'll be my next cause.

Anyway, if you guys could do some more voting, we still have a wide open field after a month and more votes would be extremely helpful (more questions would be extremely hurtful :cry: but I'll accept 'em anyway if you absolutely must add them).

JediTricks
05-31-2007, 10:32 PM
Question 30 stricken.
(because Hasbro has shown one and said the other at their panel)

Question 33 and 51 stricken.
(because we were able to ask them at Celebration IV (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=37&p2_articleid=870))

Battle Droid, joshephe, and JediBear each get refunded 1 vote.

JediTricks
06-01-2007, 12:47 AM
Questions 68-71 added.

DarkJedi5, you have 2 votes left.

Lt Basker, you are refunded 1 vote for your vote on #33.

Bacta Beast, you have 4 votes left.


I've got a question, I don't know if it'll fly and I guess it's more of a complaint disguised as a question but here goes;

What's the idea behind convention exclusive figures? Why not release them to the general public just a little later on instead of only selling the few leftovers online. You can make people wait a few months to get their hands on them but they should be available to the general public. I'm not going to make to any of the conventions this year and I'm not shelling out the $50 or whatever a Luke Skywalker is going to sell for on eBay. So without Luke, what's the point of even trying to track down the rest of the impossible to find McQuarrie series?I tried to ask basically exactly that to Hasbro's face last week, but since they had so many non-con-exclusives they only answered that part - I'll add it now.


I wanted to ask something similar: Do you recognize that a good portion of the collector base is unable to attend the conventions and that you have alienated them because they can not buy the McQuarrie Luke and the droids and that as a result some collectors intend to skip the entire McQuarrie line, even though they were initially very excited about it?I'll count that as a vote for it.


Will the Ewoks from the 2-pack be named on the packaging, are they inspired by specific Ewoks from Return of the Jedi, and are they intended to represent Lumat, Warok, or Romba?Romba and Grak or something like that, they said it at the panel, so no need to add this.



Here's a simple one:

Why do you hate us? We put shoes on your wives' feet, and food in your children's bellies. So why the animosity?Because always with you, what can't be done. :p



By the criteria I meant what does a company have to have achieved as a company to get an exclusive? Do they have to be in business a certain amount of time first? Be a certain size, first? Or can a start-up company (like mine) get one?Ah, ok. Technically, the say anybody can get one if they have the moolah, but the reality is that they want you to be a regular customer and they want you to have assurances that you can handle the requests and a lot of stuff like that, stuff they're not going to actually answer in public (we've tried before). I'll put it on the list though.


By process I mean how does the company and Hasbro work together to decide what exclusive they get? Are the exclusives pre-made and chosen from a list? Does each company get to decide what they have made for them as an exclusive?Ok, I'll add too. LMK if it needs fixin'.



Why does the A'shared Hett figure come with the incorrect "bandage wrapped" tusken head instead of the accurate "leather" looking one that he wore in the comics. This is one of the features that made him unique and I have waited along time to see this figure made only too find that when Hasbro annouces it, it is too be without one of the features that I desired most. I'm sure Hasbro isn't terribly worried about upsetting one collector (and yes I'll still buy it) but I don't think anyone would have complained at all about it being accurate. Why not pay more attention to detail and accuracy?You can admit it, you hate me don't you? You just want me to suffer combing through all this misery day in and day out, compiling a list of never-ending questions. And you didn't even spell his damn name right so it took me forever to google it just to see what the hell you're talking about. :p And most sources didn't even have him in that helm! Anyway, question added.



Why are the McQuarrie figure always packed one per case? Does Hasbro think two per case would create a glut of unsold McQuarries? There's an obvious demand for this characters, and Hasbro is obviously expanding the line, so why continue to short pack these?Yes, that's why. They're repacking the figures in later cases so I don't really feel the need to ask this question, you'll need to push me next round to get it on the list. Not personal, I just don't think it really needs asking.



When making the decision to re-pack vehicles, why re-pack vehicles that were available the year previous? Why not wait awhile to let a demand for them build up again? I would be afraid that adult collectors and children alike will quickly get tired of seeing Obi-Wan and Anakins Starfighters. Could Hasbro at least look into re-releasing some vehicles that haven't been in circulation for awhile? When you look at the resale (ebay or Briantoys) pricing on vehicles like the ROTS Clone Gunship, Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter (outrageous), Gold Leader X-Wing and TRU exclusive OTC Y-Wing (I know there's a new one coming but mybe it could be re-visited the following year)there would seem to be a desire for some of these still. I know I'm sorry I missed them and would love to have a crack at them again. They could be exclusives (which the retailers love), and you already have the molds (which Hasbro loves). Just throw them in a new box and ship em' out.You can kiss all those over-$30 vehicles goodbye, I'm not asking them because Hasbro won't do them, anything at that pricepoint is going to be new paint only until demand hits a roar.



Why does Hasbro consistently choose to make R2-D2 with the none accurate "chrome" dome instead of the more movie like brushed steel look? It seems that the vacum metal process would be more expensive anyway (I would assume that's why the C-3PO with Salacious Crumb doesn't utilize that finish). Why not save some money and make R2 more accurate at the same time? I would rather you save it for for the protocal droids that need it.Asked and answered by us on SSG: Nov 10th
Q: Vacuum-metallizing is nearly always used for C-3PO and R2-D2 even though it seems to be more troublesome to work with, makes the parts more fragile, is difficult to keep paint applied to, limits the amount of articulation & gimmicks that can be have, and the chromed-look doesn't scale down very well. The only time R2's vac-metallized dome has looked right is on the Episode I figure where a dull-coat was applied over it, and unfortunately this technique was never used again. And painted R2-D2 domes generally aren't painted shiny enough even though Hasbro has used shinier paints in other items. Why use vac-metallizing so often with these figures, why not use shiny metallic paints instead, and for remaining vac-metallized elements what about using dull-coat again? A: Simply, kids like things that are as bright and shiny as they can get. Currently available metallic paints don't achieve the same results, so we haven't been excited by thaem. There are, however, some new paint techniques available that our R&D lab is evaluating for future vac-metal applications that may offer the same solution you are talking about. We don't know if or when we'll use these (they have to pass our rigorous play test standards), but if they work out, you'll see us using these for future shiny parts or figures.

This may have been asked in some form before, its more like a request:

New pictures have shown that the Dutch Vandar sculpt has been used twice more for 2 new rebel pilots, one being the pack-in with the Gold squadron Y-wing and the other being part of a comic two-pack. While the Vandar sculpt is quite excellent many fans believe it should not be held as the standard rebel pilot mould due to its tallness, preposed arms and the fact that not all rebel pilots had totally identical uniforms. To clarify, we now have 5 rebel pilots - Vandar, Wedge, Biggs, Lt.Lepira and an X-wing version of Hobbie - all being of identical height (Biggs&Wedge particularly being too tall)and with the same bodies and poses. Might Hasbro consider creating a new pilot sculpt that isn't quite so tall, is more poseable and which shows differences in the uniform other than just the helmet markings so as to reflect diversity?I kinda mangled the question, but did add it.



Since the high-price of the vintage figures seem to boil down not so much to the product we're paying for but rather the retail product pricepoint (deluxe) we're paying for, could the vintage line become HasbroToyShop exclusives in order to drop the price?That would raise the price, not lower it, as they'd be making less of them and not selling them through as many outlets.



Recently, GalacticHunter.com asked what the Star Wars team has learned from the Q&A sessions. You said you learned of the interest in EU figures and seemed suprised that there is no interest in the 2" Unleashed or Transformers lines. Are you sure you have been listening to what the fans have been asking for? Since the begining of the Q&A sessions, no less than 3 different sites have asked about things like Yarna and the Twin Pod Cloud Car. Each time you said there are other vehicles you'd rather do before the Cloud Car. The Yarna answers haven't been quite as consistant. What is the real reason Hasbro is reluctant to make a Yarna figure?I'm not adding that at this point, they were asked a subjective question and their answer was subjective, I cannot argue with their answer because it's their perspective, that's what they've learned, it's not what we'd like but it is what it is. Kvetching at them about the Cloud Car and Yarna won't make them happen any faster, we've already got Yarna questions on the board and the Cloud Car they're standing fast on until they see a real demand, which doesn't seem to be in the buzz right now.



I'm not sure if this question has been asked already or not but here's my question:

Hasbro, is there any chance of releasing a coin set similiar to the Kenner one back in the days of the original POTF era. I for think love these coins and have most of the Kenner ones as well and would love to see Hasbro perhaps pay a tribute to the company that first gave us action figures from that galaxy far far away. perhaps you could do this like a mail in exclusive with all those Jedi Master points or with today's proof of purchases.Asked and answered in just the last round, May 11th:
SWcollector.com: From joenubb: Will there be any way to purchase the 30th Anniversary coins seperately from the figures? Maybe some sort of mail-in offer?
Hasbro: We do not have plans for any mail-in offers. The only way to complete the coin collection will be by getting the individual figures.


And with 2 hours down the drain, JT is finally done! Here come my votes!

4 other titas
25 12" regrets
39 hayd
56 older game figs
61 environment pieces to dlx
68 con exclusives

LTBasker
06-01-2007, 02:37 AM
Lt Basker, you are refunded 1 vote for your vote on #33.


Don't suppose I could vote a second time on #4 then, huh? :p Yeah, big no there. So I shall use it for:

42. - 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?


That would raise the price, not lower it, as they'd be making less of them and not selling them through as many outlets.

I guess that would be true, I was thinking they'd still make the same quantity but suppose that would leave them with a ton to sell. Big shame though.

How about this? "It was mentioned at Celebration that the Vintage line could only be seen as lasting for a couple more waves, assuming these are 6-figure waves (or even if they had a chance of being 12-figure such as the VOTC wave) that could still leave alot of good figures undone. If this happens, will the Vintage line still get occasional additions (through exclusives) and will fans have the ability to vote on which figures are in the next two waves?"

Droid
06-01-2007, 09:43 AM
Actually one of the other sites shows a scan of all of the stand stickers and Lumat and Romba are both listed, so I would assume that will be the two Ewoks.

El Chuxter
06-01-2007, 11:38 AM
Dude, I was serious about the white trash question, or maybe say something like "Bo'Shek had macking sideburns, Biggs has the ultimate pimp moustache, and now Lieutenant Lepira has a mondo mullet. Can we expect any Star Wars figures with huge honkin' afros soon?"

I know it's ridiculous, and sort of a waste of a question. But I'd love to see the reaction if a question like that is mixed in, totally nonchalant, in the middle of the "serious" questions.

Kidhuman
06-01-2007, 02:46 PM
I'd vote for it.

JediTricks
06-01-2007, 03:12 PM
I guess that would be true, I was thinking they'd still make the same quantity but suppose that would leave them with a ton to sell. Big shame though.Yeah, the realities of business keep ruining our good time. :D


How about this? "It was mentioned at Celebration that the Vintage line could only be seen as lasting for a couple more waves, assuming these are 6-figure waves (or even if they had a chance of being 12-figure such as the VOTC wave) that could still leave alot of good figures undone. If this happens, will the Vintage line still get occasional additions (through exclusives) and will fans have the ability to vote on which figures are in the next two waves?"Who mentioned that??? You'll not be able to reply in this thread since I'm closing it, but either PM me or post it in the next round's thread going up this weekend. Nothing of the sort was said as far as I know, in fact Hasbro was taking a survey on how much further the future of Vintage should go, as far as 95 figs or more, totally open-ended. RS has it up in 3 parts in their poll right now.



Actually one of the other sites shows a scan of all of the stand stickers and Lumat and Romba are both listed, so I would assume that will be the two Ewoks.I should open my stands set. :p I can only tell you guys what Hasbro said at the panel, "Romba and Grak" or something similar-sounding. Anyway, they will be named, so that answers the question.



Dude, I was serious about the white trash question, or maybe say something like "Bo'Shek had macking sideburns, Biggs has the ultimate pimp moustache, and now Lieutenant Lepira has a mondo mullet. Can we expect any Star Wars figures with huge honkin' afros soon?"

I know it's ridiculous, and sort of a waste of a question. But I'd love to see the reaction if a question like that is mixed in, totally nonchalant, in the middle of the "serious" questions.I don't want to waste 1 of our precious bi-weekly questions on something that frivolous, we have 70 more serious questions I need answered first right now. One of the other sites was asking stuff like that for a while and Hasbro was just rolling with it, but ultimately they just stopped.

JediTricks
06-01-2007, 03:13 PM
Well, that's it for this round, voting is closed and I'll be submitting the questions to Hasbro in a few minutes. Thanks for voting, and check back soon for a new round!