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JediTricks
06-03-2007, 05:29 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 15th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 29 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=716); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=510). And here are the questions we asked last round:
Some collectors are growing a little tired of seeing Darth Vader over and over lately, often it's 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?
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 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 would there figures included in this set as well as creatures, and if so which ones?
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 (e.g., 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?
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 to go up against our Star Wars ones?
In 2002, heavy pegwarming led several figures to be recalled, sent back to Hasbro. 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?In this round, it was time to cut a number of questions that just weren't getting the support they needed, the list getting over 70 questions made it less accessible to voters. Cut questions can be resubmitted if you feel strongly about them, but if so you should consider reworking them to garner more support this time around.

Current questions (vote for up to 6):

- 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?
- 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?
- 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 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 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 fabric 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?
- 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?
- 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.)
- 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?
- 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 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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 and Comic 2-Packs, 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 MSRP 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 who saved the man who 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 even though there's a creepy 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?
- 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?
- Since Hasbro ran out of time to bring a full presentation for Titanium Series at Celebration IV, might we get some info on what's coming in the line, especially beyond the small handful of new pieces that were there?
- With all the recent editions of the Galactic Heroes Cinema Scenes, might we get one for Endor as well? It would be cool to include a Leia on Speeder with the set as well as some more Ewoks.
- While fun on paper, in realistic settings chase gimmicks such as UGH and 1-per-case McQuarrie Concept figures seem to cater not to people that aren't in this hobby for the enjoyment of it, but rather to those here looking to turn a quick profit. With the already hard-to-find McQuarrie Stormtrooper and upcoming sure-to-be-popular Animated Debut Boba Fett both coming in UGH variations, this will further promote that type of scalping. Have you looked at ways to promote chase figures while still making sure they end up in the hands of folks who will truly appreciate them, such as mail-in promos (send in 5 POPs plus S&H for a chase figure) or online sales or other methods?
- Undersized heads are becoming more and more common with the 3¾-inch figures. For instance, the Vintage-style Biker Scout and Han Endor figures both have heads that are scaled just too small in proportion to their bodies. And it's not just limited to Star Wars, some of the figures in the upcoming GI Joe 25th Anniversary line seem to be suffering pinheaditis as well. What causes this issue? Is this a conscious design choice, and if so, why?
- Many collectors would like to see modern-day updates of the original Kenner figures from the '70s and '80s. Hasbro has made great progress in redoing those figures and, by any count, there are not many left needing updates. However, collectors don't always agree which Kenner figures are left to be done, nor what counts as a remake of an original figure - for example, Kenner did 2 separate Klaatu and Bespin Security Guard figures, but only 1 of each is currently represented in the modern line; or the Imperial Dignitary where we got a different dignitary character altogether in the modern line. We understand that Hasbro's stance on the remake issue is that, while it is not a stated specific goal of the line, it will likely happen in the line organically over time. That said, what classic Kenner figures does Hasbro consider have not been redone in the modern line yet?
- Two awesome sets released recently were the Death Star Conference set and the Rebel Commando set, and both had 7 figures. ROTJ offers another potential cool set like this, Ewok roast with Han and Luke (on spits), R2-D2 (tied up), Chief Chirpa, a Logray resculpt, and a mother Ewok with Wokling would be a wonderful way to get several figures that may not be as feasible if individually carded. Any chance of getting more sets like the ones mention earlier, as well as this Endor idea?Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Kidhuman
06-03-2007, 05:43 PM
New Question:

since you guys forgot the Titanium stuff at C4, how about some info on whats coming, a few pieces perhaps?

mark2d2
06-03-2007, 06:55 PM
[1]- 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.

[2]- (MODIFIED QUESTION) 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 an from the ground up resculpt of Dr, Evazan! Or perhaps, the other Duro!!!

[3]- 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?

[4]- 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?

[5]- 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 (An understandable concern, I might add...) So they probably won't be carried forward in 2008. Since the only deluxe-pricepoint line your SW brand enjoys right now is the Vintage-style and Comic 2-Packs, how about doing a new deluxe line that focuses on more environment pieces and similar large, movie-derived accessories?

[6]- (MODIFED QUESTION) 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 even though a creepy lookalike surfaces during birth of Vader's scene in Episode III. . . Have you ever thought about including him in the VINTAGE line? Isn't high time for an all-new, better-articulated 2-1B?

[7]- (NEW QUESTION) Such a huge part of the Vintage line seems to be the mail-away. Have you ever toyed with revisiting the very first Mail-Away? The classic display stand with the plastic base that holds 12 figures? The original is such a neat piece, it would be fun to have one updated with pegs to fit the modern figures. . .

El Chuxter
06-03-2007, 07:13 PM
Sorry, but I just noticed:

Question 29 should refer to "the robot who saved the man who saved the galaxy." It's taken from his old Insider column.

Kidhuman
06-03-2007, 08:02 PM
[7]- (NEW QUESTION) Such a huge part of the Vintage line seems to be the mail-away. Have you ever toyed with revisiting the very first Mail-Away? The classic display stand with the plastic base that holds 12 figures? The original is such a neat piece, it would be fun to have one updated with pegs to fit the modern figures. . .

Didnt they release a version of the backdrop for like 70 bucks a few years back?

mark2d2
06-04-2007, 12:16 AM
Didnt they release a version of the backdrop for like 70 bucks a few years back?

Nope. There was a new PRIDE display that had a vintage "feel." But this is not at all what I am talking about. The Walmart exclusive "early-bird" mailaway was awesome, but that was a different stand altogether as well. I am talking about the DISPLAY STAND offer that was on the original 12 back cards. . .

Devo
06-04-2007, 01:28 PM
[8]- In recent years, many Darth Vader figures have included a silver piece of fabric 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?


[17]- 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?

[26]- 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?

[27]- 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 and Comic 2-Packs, how about doing a new deluxe line that focuses on more environment pieces and similar large, movie-derived accessories?

[35]- 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?

[36]- 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?[/LIST]Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating![/QUOTE]

Battle Droid
06-04-2007, 03:12 PM
New question,

Will we ever see Captain Fordo in his Commander Neyo type helmet from the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon from Chapters 23 & 25?

obi-dad
06-04-2007, 06:45 PM
Five votes and a new one:

The new question: When writing off an idea as non-profittable, does Hasbro believe the time wasn't right for the idea or that the idea wasn't actuallized in the best manner? (ie... over the many years of playsets, Hasbro has NEVER created a screen accurate diorama, yet the answer in repeated Q&A's is that fan support would not be enough to make it profitable.) Similarly for certain vehicles. However, it is my understanding that EU was once viewed the same way after Shadows of the Empire, but when done correctly, it seems VERY popular as in the current figures being released.


[8]- In recent years, many Darth Vader figures have included a silver piece of fabric 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?

[10]- (modified) 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 in regular packaging and getting more of collectors' money directly? (They'd prefer to give it to you rather than overpriced after-market guys.)

[26]- 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?

[27]- 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 and Comic 2-Packs, how about doing a new deluxe line that focuses on more environment pieces and similar large, movie-derived accessories?

[36]- 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?

JediTricks
06-05-2007, 02:50 PM
Question 37 added.

Kidhuman, you have 5 votes remaining.


New Question:

since you guys forgot the Titanium stuff at C4, how about some info on whats coming, a few pieces perhaps?I fear they'll say "wait for SDCC" but I'll include it anyway.


[1]- 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.Please don't number your votes independently of the list's numbers, it confuses me so. :(


[2]- (MODIFIED QUESTION) 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 an from the ground up resculpt of Dr, Evazan! Or perhaps, the other Duro!!!We JUST asked them for Evazan, :p they answered it in the last round:
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.
This is a good suggestion and one we want to pursue at some point. We weigh updating a previous Cantina denizen (like we did for Momaw Nadon) against offering a new never-before-seen figure in terms of what will most pique collector interest. We are definitely considering it, but it may be a few years before we get to him because there are some other cool ones still to be done.
As for the second Duros, I'm not ready to add that to the question yet, it's a new body and the question is about re-releases, but I'll think it over some more.


[6]- (MODIFED QUESTION) 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 even though a creepy lookalike surfaces during birth of Vader's scene in Episode III. . . Have you ever thought about including him in the VINTAGE line? Isn't high time for an all-new, better-articulated 2-1B?The question already asks for a new 2-1b at the end, they can decide if they want to Vintage it but I don't want to limit the scope of the question. I'll add the "creepy" part though. :D


[7]- (NEW QUESTION) Such a huge part of the Vintage line seems to be the mail-away. Have you ever toyed with revisiting the very first Mail-Away? The classic display stand with the plastic base that holds 12 figures? The original is such a neat piece, it would be fun to have one updated with pegs to fit the modern figures. . .Their answer is just going to point us to the Pride Collectibles version, so I'm not adding it right now.



Sorry, but I just noticed:

Question 29 should refer to "the robot who saved the man who saved the galaxy." It's taken from his old Insider column.Thanks, that's very helpful. Now how about some votes?



Nope. There was a new PRIDE display that had a vintage "feel." But this is not at all what I am talking about. The Walmart exclusive "early-bird" mailaway was awesome, but that was a different stand altogether as well. I am talking about the DISPLAY STAND offer that was on the original 12 back cards. . .I'm confused then, what exactly are you after here? How is it different from the Pride one which is sub-licensed? Example links would be helpful.



New question,

Will we ever see Captain Fordo in his Commander Neyo type helmet from the Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon from Chapters 23 & 25?I'm not adding this type of question right now, they're too specific and not getting enough support around here, I just pulled a handful of 'em 2 days ago:
- Any chance of ever seeing the Ultra Battle Droid made that appears in the Clone Wars Adventures Volume 1 comic story Heavy Metal Jedi?

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

- 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.

The new question: When writing off an idea as non-profittable, does Hasbro believe the time wasn't right for the idea or that the idea wasn't actuallized in the best manner? (ie... over the many years of playsets, Hasbro has NEVER created a screen accurate diorama, yet the answer in repeated Q&A's is that fan support would not be enough to make it profitable.) Similarly for certain vehicles. However, it is my understanding that EU was once viewed the same way after Shadows of the Empire, but when done correctly, it seems VERY popular as in the current figures being released.I hate to do this to you, but could you explain the question a different way? I just don't think I totally understand what you're driving at there, and your examples are more confusing than helpful. I want to add this one, but I need to be sure I get it first is all.

Kidhuman
06-05-2007, 08:02 PM
Another new question:

With all the recent editions of the GH cinema scenes, might we get one for Endor as well? It would be cool to include a Leia on Speeder with the set as well as some Ewoks.

JediTricks
06-06-2007, 08:48 PM
Question 38 added.

Kidhuman, you have 4 votes left.

Banthaholic
06-07-2007, 09:33 PM
A little long for a question, but I almost feel it must be said to Hasbro...

We hear time & time again that Hasbro tries to tread the line in order to cater to kids as well as collectors. In 2007 Hasbro has decided to put out the special chase UGH figures short packed in cases. Last year for me and many fellow fans I had a difficult time seeing a couple of these on the shelves. I do toy stops everyday. So if me being a collector canít find them, there is no way in many markets that kids will get a decent chance at these either. While fun on paper these chase gimmicks cater to people that arenít in this hobby for the enjoyment of it, but to turn a quick profit. With the recent pictures that the now impossible to find McQuarrie Stormtrooper & the soon to be ahrd to find Animated Debut Boba Fett being UGH figures, this only promotes scalping in our hobby. Has Hasbro looked at ways to still promote chase figures but to make sure they end up in the hands of fans that will appreciate them, such as a mailaway gimmick or online sales. For instance make it that if you Hunt down 5, 30th anniversary action figures and send in the proof f purchases and $5 for the figure + $x for s&h. this would boost overall sales, and I know many collectors myself included as well as kids would want to Hunt down enough proof of purchases to send in for these.

Kidhuman
06-07-2007, 09:44 PM
I vote one more for that question above, in what ever form you put it in

Mad Slanted Powers
06-09-2007, 12:38 AM
I'm confused then, what exactly are you after here? How is it different from the Pride one which is sub-licensed? Example links would be helpful. I think he is referring to this stand (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/vintagepics/vingallery02large.php?toypic=51). I still have mine.

JediTricks
06-09-2007, 04:47 AM
Question 39 added.

Banthaholic, you have 5 votes left.

Question 33 stricken due to being answered.

29 was close too, but barely squeaks by.


A little long for a question, but I almost feel it must be said to Hasbro...

We hear time & time again that Hasbro tries to tread the line in order to cater to kids as well as collectors. In 2007 Hasbro has decided to put out the special chase UGH figures short packed in cases. Last year for me and many fellow fans I had a difficult time seeing a couple of these on the shelves. I do toy stops everyday. So if me being a collector canít find them, there is no way in many markets that kids will get a decent chance at these either. While fun on paper these chase gimmicks cater to people that arenít in this hobby for the enjoyment of it, but to turn a quick profit. With the recent pictures that the now impossible to find McQuarrie Stormtrooper & the soon to be ahrd to find Animated Debut Boba Fett being UGH figures, this only promotes scalping in our hobby. Has Hasbro looked at ways to still promote chase figures but to make sure they end up in the hands of fans that will appreciate them, such as a mailaway gimmick or online sales. For instance make it that if you Hunt down 5, 30th anniversary action figures and send in the proof f purchases and $5 for the figure + $x for s&h. this would boost overall sales, and I know many collectors myself included as well as kids would want to Hunt down enough proof of purchases to send in for these.This is a toughy to ask because if I start with kids, they'll point out that UGH is meant for collectors. I'm going to whittle it down to leave the kids aspect out since I'm very sure it'll get demolished anyway, but I'll try to include the core aspect of the question. LMK if you think it needs further work.


I vote one more for that question above, in what ever form you put it inYou got it!


I think he is referring to this stand (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/vintagepics/vingallery02large.php?toypic=51). I still have mine.Isn't this the sort of thing Pride has a license for? Anyway, let's make sure we're all on the same page before I add it.

Mad Slanted Powers
06-09-2007, 09:10 AM
Isn't this the sort of thing Pride has a license for? Anyway, let's make sure we're all on the same page before I add it.
I don't know. I got the first Pride set and it was more of a combination of two classic playsets - Creature Cantina and Land of the Jawas. The other sets have been a long time in coming.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-09-2007, 01:48 PM
8, 13, 25, 26, 27, 36

JediTricks
06-09-2007, 06:11 PM
Thanks for voting!


I don't know. I got the first Pride set and it was more of a combination of two classic playsets - Creature Cantina and Land of the Jawas. The other sets have been a long time in coming.
Ok, but isn't this the sort of thing their license covers?

Banthaholic
06-11-2007, 10:32 PM
7,30,2,18,25

bigbarada
06-12-2007, 12:22 AM
16, 20, 29, 36, 38

How about:

Overly small heads seem to be becoming more and more common in the 3 3/4" figures. For instance, the "vintage" Biker Scout and Han Endor both had heads that were noticeably too small in terms of natural human proportions. And it's not just limited to Star Wars, most of the figures from the upcoming GI Joe 25th Anniversary line seem to be suffering from the "pinhead" syndrome. So is this a conscious design choice on the part of your company? If so, why?

Droid
06-12-2007, 11:26 AM
Question proposal (and I would vote for it):

A number of collectors would like to see modern day updates of the original figures from the '70's and '80's. Hasbro has made great progress and by any count there are not many left to do. However, collectors do not always agree on which Kenner figures has left to do and what counts as a remake of the original figure (there have been two Death Star Trooper sculpts, but neither have the vintage figure's gray outfit, for example). Hasbro has stated previously that it is not a specific goal to remake all Kenner figures and plans to release sure figures organically within the line. What figures does Hasbro consider the figures from the '70's and '80's that have not yet been done in the modern line?

Feel free to modify it, JediTricks.

JediTricks
06-12-2007, 05:05 PM
Questions 39-40 added.

bigbarada, your last vote has been counted for your question.

Droid, you have 5 votes remaining.


Question proposal (and I would vote for it):

A number of collectors would like to see modern day updates of the original figures from the '70's and '80's. Hasbro has made great progress and by any count there are not many left to do. However, collectors do not always agree on which Kenner figures has left to do and what counts as a remake of the original figure (there have been two Death Star Trooper sculpts, but neither have the vintage figure's gray outfit, for example). Hasbro has stated previously that it is not a specific goal to remake all Kenner figures and plans to release sure figures organically within the line. What figures does Hasbro consider the figures from the '70's and '80's that have not yet been done in the modern line?

Feel free to modify it, JediTricks.I added the question but halfway through realized yours is not the MAIN example I'd be willing to use, I might use it as a secondary one but I see it like the Walrusman thing - just because Kenner screwed up that original figure doesn't mean POTF2 Ponda Baba isn't a remake of him. So for now, I've put it up but there's no example -- however that HAS to change before the question goes out because I don't want it getting shot down on a technicality like that Ponda thing.

El Chuxter
06-12-2007, 05:07 PM
The Imperial Dignitary or Klaatu might be a better example, JT. Or the African-Naboo Bespin Guard.

Droid
06-12-2007, 07:03 PM
Questions 39-40 added.

bigbarada, your last vote has been counted for your question.

Droid, you have 5 votes remaining.

I added the question but halfway through realized yours is not the MAIN example I'd be willing to use, I might use it as a secondary one but I see it like the Walrusman thing - just because Kenner screwed up that original figure doesn't mean POTF2 Ponda Baba isn't a remake of him. So for now, I've put it up but there's no example -- however that HAS to change before the question goes out because I don't want it getting shot down on a technicality like that Ponda thing.

There were Death Star Troopers who wore gray in the movie:

http://www.swtroopers.com/imp_costumes/imp_dst_graytunic.jpg

It was not a Kenner screwup, but I still see your point on the example.

Droid
06-12-2007, 07:05 PM
I'll vote for 38, Endor Galactic Heroes.

darko666
06-12-2007, 07:36 PM
7, 20, 21, 24, 33, 39

for a question, i will further elaborate on question 33 which i assume has been cut, but i feel it would be a great addition to the Comic Book series.

- What are the chances of getting a Cyborg Darth Maul & Owen Lars or Obi-Wan from Star Wars Visionaries in a Comic Book 2 Pack? It would be interesting to see a middle aged Owen Lars complete with infant Luke and blaster rifle or an older Obi-Wan complete with lightsaber along with Darth Maul w/cyborg legs, cloak and new modified double-bladed lightsaber. The Darth Maul figure could have a removable forearm wound from his attack with Obi-Wan. Maul could also include a replaceable head with either a blaster shot in it from the Owen Lars attack or broken horns from his battle with Obi-Wan. Since there is a figure of Grievous coming out that is based on the Visionaries comic, I can't see how this 2-pack would not be possible.

JediTricks
06-13-2007, 09:43 PM
Question 41 modified.


The Imperial Dignitary or Klaatu might be a better example, JT. Or the African-Naboo Bespin Guard.Klaatu and the black Bespin Guard are good ones since they made 2 of each, separately carded. The Imp Dignitary might need rewording, since they never made the other 2 that we ended up getting.


There were Death Star Troopers who wore gray in the movie:

http://www.swtroopers.com/imp_costumes/imp_dst_graytunic.jpg

It was not a Kenner screwup, but I still see your point on the example.From the production photos I've seen, that trooper isn't in a gray uniform, it's just that he's bathed in light which makes his regular black dst uniform look lighter. If you have another example in mind though, please LMK.


7, 20, 21, 24, 33, 39

for a question, i will further elaborate on question 33 which i assume has been cut, but i feel it would be a great addition to the Comic Book series.

- What are the chances of getting a Cyborg Darth Maul & Owen Lars or Obi-Wan from Star Wars Visionaries in a Comic Book 2 Pack? It would be interesting to see a middle aged Owen Lars complete with infant Luke and blaster rifle or an older Obi-Wan complete with lightsaber along with Darth Maul w/cyborg legs, cloak and new modified double-bladed lightsaber. The Darth Maul figure could have a removable forearm wound from his attack with Obi-Wan. Maul could also include a replaceable head with either a blaster shot in it from the Owen Lars attack or broken horns from his battle with Obi-Wan. Since there is a figure of Grievous coming out that is based on the Visionaries comic, I can't see how this 2-pack would not be possible.The question is indeed already cut, and there's no reason to ask it or modify the question when they just gave this answer last Friday:
SWcollector.com: With a pre-cyborg General Grievous from "Star Wars: Visionaries" coming, is there any chance we could eventually see a half-cyborg Darth Maul from the same anthology comic book?
Hasbro: It is certainly possible that this figure could come out, but is not slotted into the line right now. We want to gauge the reaction of these first few Visionaries/Infinities figures first, and then look to see where we could go down the road.


Thanks for voting gang, keep 'em coming!

Devo
06-14-2007, 11:15 AM
16, 20, 29, 36, 38

How about:

Overly small heads seem to be becoming more and more common in the 3 3/4" figures. For instance, the "vintage" Biker Scout and Han Endor both had heads that were noticeably too small in terms of natural human proportions. And it's not just limited to Star Wars, most of the figures from the upcoming GI Joe 25th Anniversary line seem to be suffering from the "pinhead" syndrome. So is this a conscious design choice on the part of your company? If so, why?

I think I used all my votes but I'd definitely vote for this one, I've been banging on about it in another thread.

Kidhuman
06-14-2007, 03:14 PM
New Question:

Two of the greatest sets released this year were the Death Star Conference set and the Geonosian/Rebel Commando set. Upon watching Empire Strikes Back, I thought of a new set to make. It is the Bespin Confrontation set, It should come with a table, Vader, Fett, Lando, Han, Chewie, Leia and a Stormtrooper. I think it would go over great. Any chance on getting more sets like the ones mentioned above and possibly this set?


JT, feel free to re word it and please LMK how many votes I have left. Thanks.

mtriv73
06-14-2007, 03:29 PM
7,14,27,29,39, and the one KH just asked.

El Chuxter
06-14-2007, 03:32 PM
KH, would you mind if I add on something about an Ewok roast set, complete with woklings?

Kidhuman
06-14-2007, 03:34 PM
Go for it. I am all for that as well.

JediTricks
06-14-2007, 05:27 PM
Question 42 added.

Kidhuman, you have 2 votes left.


I think I used all my votes but I'd definitely vote for this one, I've been banging on about it in another thread.Yeah, you did use up all your votes this round, but try to drum up more votes for it next round and I bet it'll get asked then.


New Question:

Two of the greatest sets released this year were the Death Star Conference set and the Geonosian/Rebel Commando set. Upon watching Empire Strikes Back, I thought of a new set to make. It is the Bespin Confrontation set, It should come with a table, Vader, Fett, Lando, Han, Chewie, Leia and a Stormtrooper. I think it would go over great. Any chance on getting more sets like the ones mentioned above and possibly this set?

JT, feel free to re word it and please LMK how many votes I have left. Thanks.I left out that part about the table for now, that's a tall order and the 2 sets you referenced didn't have any environment pieces and were narrow boxes. Basically, what you describe with the table would be a box as deep as the TRU Bantha set and a little wider and shorter, a very odd size. I am not unwilling to add that part back to the question, but your examples would have to be modified because they don't deal with the table issue.


7,14,27,29,39, and the one KH just asked.You got it!


KH, would you mind if I add on something about an Ewok roast set, complete with woklings?KH doesn't mind, but I at least need you to actually write up what you mean and how it'd fit into the question. Also, it'd be great if you actually voted for once. :p

JediTricks
06-14-2007, 05:38 PM
Remember, only 1 day left to vote in this round! Less than 24 hours now!

Speaking of votes, here's mine:

9 12" regrets
15 hayden likenesses
27 dlx enviros
30 cruisemissile trooper
35 vehicle repaint burnout
37 titaniums

El Chuxter
06-14-2007, 05:54 PM
Since I'm the worst about procrastinating until all the new questions are in, then missing the deadline, I'll get a jump on it now:

#24: Figures based on older video games

#25: Jaxxon!!!

#29: The Deuce

#30: Cruisemissile

#38: Galactic Heroes Ewoks

#42: Multipacks

Here's how I'd re-word #42 to work in the Ewoks:

- Two awesome sets released recently were the Death Star Conference set and the Republic Commando set, and both had 7 figures. ESB offers another potential cool set like this, the Bespin dinner where Lando betrays Han & Leia to the Empire. It could come with Vader, Fett, Lando, Han, Chewie, Leia, and a Stormtrooper, who were all in the scene. Also, an Ewok roast with Han and Luke (on spits), R2-D2 (tied up), Chief Chirpa, a Logray resculpt, and a mother Ewok with Wokling would be a wonderful way to get several figures that may not be as feasible if individually carded. Any chance of getting more sets like the ones mention earlier, particularly these Bespin and Endor ideas?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-14-2007, 06:07 PM
Umm . . . they're already releasing a Battlepack of the Bespin dinner scene, with all those figures but not Lando or a Stormtrooper. Here (http://www.rebelscum.com/c4/c4hasbropreview/image37.asp) is a picture; you might want to cut that part out of the question since they're obviously not going to do a seven-pack of this scene right after doing a five-pack.

El Chuxter
06-14-2007, 06:32 PM
Oh. Well, uh, that's a damned waste. :(

Rogue II
06-14-2007, 08:31 PM
29
32
41
42

DarkJedi5
06-14-2007, 09:32 PM
10 Vintage rerelease
32 packaging
39 chase figures
26 half *** redos

I'll hang on to my other two for now.

Kidhuman
06-14-2007, 10:47 PM
I say leave it anyway. JT will pop the Ewoks in there and see what happens.

jedibear
06-14-2007, 11:32 PM
For this edition:

#4 - What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels for source material for the Expanded Universe collection?
However, may I suggest re-working this question a bit...
"Would you consider doing a collection formatted like the Comic 2 Packs using the SW novels as inspiration?" - This way it could open the door to the possibilty of creating figures for other SW books as well...

#22 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?
Only PLEASE don't make them TARGET exclusives....I'll never see 'em...


#29 Since you're reissuing older figures anyway in the "Saga Legends" greatest hits line, how about revisiting the robot who saved the man who 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 even though there's a creepy 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?
...and make him with solid legs that don't easily warp so he may STAND.

#39 While fun on paper, in realistic settings chase gimmicks such as UGH and 1-per-case McQuarrie Concept figures seem to cater not to people that aren't in this hobby for the enjoyment of it, but rather to those here looking to turn a quick profit. With the already hard-to-find McQuarrie Stormtrooper and upcoming sure-to-be-popular Animated Debut Boba Fett both coming in UGH variations, this will further promote that type of scalping. Have you looked at ways to promote chase figures while still making sure they end up in the hands of folks who will truly appreciate them, such as mail-in promos (send in 5 POPs plus S&H for a chase figure) or online sales or other methods?
There's a couple of good questions here that could be asked 1) Can the red-hot, hard-to-find McQuarrie figures be offered as a box set at a later time (maybe through the fan-club or Hasbro.com) for those would want the figures but can never find them at retail? 2)And likewise, what about offering these chase gimmicks as a package deal to the fan club or other e-tailer later in the year with some addition incentive to order (a new figure, coupons to help clear shelf/pegwarmers etc)...and let them know that one side effect of these frustrating "chase" promotions is that it's breaking a lot of "completist" streaks with hardcore collectors...

#42 Two awesome sets released recently were the Death Star Conference set and the Rebel Commando set, and both had 7 figures. ESB offers another potential cool set like this, the Bespin dinner where Lando betrays Han & Leia to the Empire. It could come with Vader, Fett, Lando, Han, Chewie, Leia, and a Stormtrooper, who were all in the scene. Any chance of getting more sets like the ones mention earlier, as well as this Bespin idea?
While I can see their initial response to this one being something like "But you have the Battlepacks", I like this question...to me, the two sets mentioned are NOT Battlepacks and this "concept" could be a great way to create sets that might have more "movie" moments and collector appeal to them...like the "Bespin Betrayal" scene mentioned in the question...here's another one that could be cool for the concept: AOTC "Tatooine Farewell" Anakin(AOTC Evo version), Padme (SAGA white outfit version with cape), Owen Lars & Beru Whitesun(AOTC versions New) Cleigg Lars (in hoverchair, C-3PO & R2D2 (AOTC versions)- with homestead background (Shmi's Funeral) Concepts like that would work for this line....

Good job with the questions and organizing as always JT!

Kidhuman
06-15-2007, 02:35 PM
#27 ande this one:

Last year at Christmas time, you released the Shuttle Exclusive which sold out rather quickly. Are there any plans to release somehting like this again this year, maybe like the Eeopie with Qui-Gon Jin or possibly another large vehicle?

JediTricks
06-15-2007, 03:35 PM
Question 42 modified.

Ok, this round is about to end in a few minutes once I compile the last few votes.


Since I'm the worst about procrastinating until all the new questions are in, then missing the deadline, I'll get a jump on it now:Thanks!


Here's how I'd re-word #42 to work in the Ewoks:

- Two awesome sets released recently were the Death Star Conference set and the Republic Commando set, and both had 7 figures. ESB offers another potential cool set like this, the Bespin dinner where Lando betrays Han & Leia to the Empire. It could come with Vader, Fett, Lando, Han, Chewie, Leia, and a Stormtrooper, who were all in the scene. Also, an Ewok roast with Han and Luke (on spits), R2-D2 (tied up), Chief Chirpa, a Logray resculpt, and a mother Ewok with Wokling would be a wonderful way to get several figures that may not be as feasible if individually carded. Any chance of getting more sets like the ones mention earlier, particularly these Bespin and Endor ideas?Looks good, but there's only 6 figures listed and the tied up R2 is coming out as a basic figure. Plus, as they're Ewoks, I think you can list 8 instead of 7.


Umm . . . they're already releasing a Battlepack of the Bespin dinner scene, with all those figures but not Lando or a Stormtrooper. Here (http://www.rebelscum.com/c4/c4hasbropreview/image37.asp) is a picture; you might want to cut that part out of the question since they're obviously not going to do a seven-pack of this scene right after doing a five-pack.DAMNIT! How could I forget that set? That dang panel, updating live made me forget everything I wrote.


Oh. Well, uh, that's a damned waste. :(Frustrating, right?


I say leave it anyway. JT will pop the Ewoks in there and see what happens.No, I'm taking the Bespin part out, it's just a pit of despair that would ruin the question, so I'm afraid I'm removing that part and just leaving the Endor part for now.


#4 - What does Hasbro think about using the New Jedi Order (Yuuzhan Vong) series of novels for source material for the Expanded Universe collection?
However, may I suggest re-working this question a bit...
"Would you consider doing a collection formatted like the Comic 2 Packs using the SW novels as inspiration?" - This way it could open the door to the possibilty of creating figures for other SW books as well...They were asked about figs from the novels back on Jan 12th by ActionFigs.com:
Hasbro's answers about making EU figures based on the novels have suggested one of the reasons they're not as likely is because there are no singular visual representations of the characters. However, one of the licensed reference books currently out is "The Essential Guide To Characters" which use Lucasfilm-approved artwork of character likenesses from the novels that are not in the comics, such as many of the Yuuzhan Vong and the Solo Kids. Also, the Japanese cover art likenesses has been claimed as canon by Lucasfilm Licensing executive ficton & comic editor Sue Rostoni, these likenesses being used even on the StarWars.com EU main page as graphic elements. Will Hasbro consider using these sources for the inspiration for future Expanded Universe action figures?
We will look at all possibilities to bring popular EU characters out wherever they originate, including novels. The challenge is that novel characters can really only slot into the basic figure line right now and those slots are for the most part driven by the movies and Clone Wars. The comic packs will all have comics, which will house most of the EU this year and next, and is a comic-based format. So that's where we will continue to concentrate our efforts. For the EU characters that are relatively unfamiliar to the larger Star Wars audience, this is important as our strategy has been to tell some of that story (via their comic appearances) so the context is understood and appreciated. Kids like comics too, so that is a great medium for them, as well as for collectors. Novel characters unfortunately have little visual reference and their story is tough to convey in context so they are at somewhat of a disadvantage. All that said, there will likely be some novel-based characters in the comic line either based on the novels Dark Horse has done, or because they are cross-over character who are in other comic stories. Keep in mind that we are aware of the interest and are looking for opportunities to get novel figures in where it makes sense and where they would be positioned for success, rather than failure.
And Dec 15th:
Rebelscum.com: In terms of the Comic Packs, is this going to be the only series of action figures looking solely on the Expanded Universe? Because that leaves a massive hole in everyone's collection. Especially seeing that, apart from Splinter of the Mind's Eye and The Thrawn Trilogy very few, if any, Star Wars books have been made into Comic Series. Do you intend to do a wave of EU figures in next year's or even 2008's series of figures based entirely on figures that couldn't possibly be included in the Comic Packs?
Hasbro: Admittedly, books that do not have visual representation are very low in consideration for us, simply because we can't pack in a story as a way to convey the context for a figure that otherwise the broader audience may not be familiar with. We do not intend to slight the novel fanbase, but we do think we have some figures that will keep them very satisfied over the next couple of years. As we look to the future, we want to evaluate how we can better take advantage of the characters from the novels.
And Sept 22nd:
SWcollector.com: We're getting the Sith Starfighter and Vader's astromech droid from the novel Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. Any chance of action figures based on characters from the book, such as Senator Fang Zar (who was also seen in Revenge of the Sith), or Jedi Roan Shryne and Padawan Olee Starstone?
Hasbro: We might get to those figures, but it won't be for a while. The novel figures don't have much visual reference, so it's tough to work them into the comic 2-packs. This means the only "home" for novel figures right now is the very competitive slots we have planned for EU figures in the mainline basic figure assortments.
And, because RS seems to like asking the same thing twice, Aug 11th:
Rebelscum.com: Will the EU 2-packs be solely based on comic books? How about characters from the novels and/or video games? Even some of the fringe characters from the Miniatures game would make for great-looking action figures.
Hasbro: The 2-packs are going to be built around comic reprints, so novels are fair game if Dark Horse has done a comic version of it; the same holds true for the video games. Central to the idea, for the kid audience too, is to provide a great bite of the story so folks can get acquainted with it. Now most of the Dark Horse stories run over multiple issues so it won't be the complete picture, but it will be enough to introduce the characters and interest fans and kids in picking up the rest of the story if they haven't read it already. So that's the idea behind the comic and why we'll stick to that format. It doesn't mean that we can't do novel or video game figures elesewhere in the line, though.
And Hasbro mentioned them a few times without being asked, like back on May 11th:
GalacticHunter.com: What has Hasbro's Star Wars team learned about its devout collecting audience through these Q&A sessions (besides the fact that we really want playsets/display items and we like our armies)?
Hasbro: We have learned a great many things. One is that, as we suspected, passion for the EU runs deep and fans want us to look at videogame figures as well as core novel figures for future opportunities (we have listened). Another is the range of interest for which we have fielded questions about "what's next" for sub-lines such as Galactic Heroes and Titanium, indicating that these have really gained a following (interestingly, there hasn't been as much chatter about Star Wars Transformers or Unleashed 2", but I suspect it's because they are both relatively new and should find their voice as the lines continue). Of course, probably the biggest learning was there are a number of figures that fans wanted brought back for another chance at, which was very interesting to follow and led directly to the upcoming Saga Legends fans' choice line.
And March 30th:
Potf2.com: Has any of the questions or feedback from these Q&As led to any changes in product plans? If so, can you give some examples?
Hasbro: For one, it led directly to last Fall's Saga Legends Fan's Choice voting. Many characters were being asked about for re-release that we decided to open it up for vote, and that was a great result of this Q&A. There have been other results as well such as us slotting in a certain idea here or there for figures or pointing us to certain aspects of the EU that deserved attention - like figures from the novels. So yes, we do definitely listen and while results are seldom immediate, you will see some influence from the collective fan input. Keep up the great work!
So, nothing personal jedibear, but I'm not modding the question with that aspect. :p


#22 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?
Only PLEASE don't make them TARGET exclusives....I'll never see 'em...The question doesn't make any reference to new sets being Target exclusives, but since Target is the retailer that exclusives seem to flourish at compared to WM and TRU, it's more than 1/3rd likely.

#29 Since you're reissuing older figures anyway in the "Saga Legends" greatest hits line, how about revisiting the robot who saved the man who 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 even though there's a creepy 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?
...and make him with solid legs that don't easily warp so he may STAND.My 2-1B has been standing for nearly a decade in the same place without any warping, so I'm surprised to hear yours is having problems.


#39 While fun on paper, in realistic settings chase gimmicks such as UGH and 1-per-case McQuarrie Concept figures seem to cater not to people that aren't in this hobby for the enjoyment of it, but rather to those here looking to turn a quick profit. With the already hard-to-find McQuarrie Stormtrooper and upcoming sure-to-be-popular Animated Debut Boba Fett both coming in UGH variations, this will further promote that type of scalping. Have you looked at ways to promote chase figures while still making sure they end up in the hands of folks who will truly appreciate them, such as mail-in promos (send in 5 POPs plus S&H for a chase figure) or online sales or other methods?
There's a couple of good questions here that could be asked 1) Can the red-hot, hard-to-find McQuarrie figures be offered as a box set at a later time (maybe through the fan-club or Hasbro.com) for those would want the figures but can never find them at retail? 2)And likewise, what about offering these chase gimmicks as a package deal to the fan club or other e-tailer later in the year with some addition incentive to order (a new figure, coupons to help clear shelf/pegwarmers etc)...and let them know that one side effect of these frustrating "chase" promotions is that it's breaking a lot of "completist" streaks with hardcore collectors...I wish you had brought that up earlier, it's just too late for me to mod the question with that much info, the question is getting asked today for sure (it's got a ton of votes) and there's just not enough time to get discussions going if others don't like the additions. I'll try to mention the frustration part in the line about promoting scalping though. Keep thinking about the boxed set idea for a new question on the next round.


#42 Two awesome sets released recently were the Death Star Conference set and the Rebel Commando set, and both had 7 figures. ESB offers another potential cool set like this, the Bespin dinner where Lando betrays Han & Leia to the Empire. It could come with Vader, Fett, Lando, Han, Chewie, Leia, and a Stormtrooper, who were all in the scene. Any chance of getting more sets like the ones mention earlier, as well as this Bespin idea?
While I can see their initial response to this one being something like "But you have the Battlepacks", I like this question...to me, the two sets mentioned are NOT Battlepacks and this "concept" could be a great way to create sets that might have more "movie" moments and collector appeal to them...like the "Bespin Betrayal" scene mentioned in the question...here's another one that could be cool for the concept: AOTC "Tatooine Farewell" Anakin(AOTC Evo version), Padme (SAGA white outfit version with cape), Owen Lars & Beru Whitesun(AOTC versions New) Cleigg Lars (in hoverchair, C-3PO & R2D2 (AOTC versions)- with homestead background (Shmi's Funeral) Concepts like that would work for this line....Even though the question has a lot of votes, it's been fundamentally changed at the last minute so I'm not adding it. So keep your ideas in mind and suggest the question get modified in the next round.


Good job with the questions and organizing as always JT!Thanks, I really appreciate that! :thumbsup:


#27 ande this one:

Last year at Christmas time, you released the Shuttle Exclusive which sold out rather quickly. Are there any plans to release somehting like this again this year, maybe like the Eeopie with Qui-Gon Jin or possibly another large vehicle?I'm not adding it only because they NEVER admitted the Shuttle existed ever, so the question needs to be modified to buffer itself somehow.

JediTricks
06-15-2007, 03:36 PM
Alright, that's it for this round, look for a new round of questions soon.

Thanks to everybody who voted, your votes made an especially big impact this round!