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JediTricks
07-13-2007, 04:08 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 Monday, July 23rd. Keep in mind that your votes in round 32 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 to previous SSG questions (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=716); to ActionFigs.com's questions (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=1384); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=510). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=559871#post559871).

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?
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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 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.)
- 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?
- 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?
- Unleashed 7" figures are now found in Transformers; both Attacktix and Galactic Heroes-styling is now found in Marvel, Spider-Man, and Transformers; Titanium Series is now found in Transformers, Spider-Man, Marvel and Battlestar Galactica -- all these lines started as Star Wars offshoot lines before branching out into new franchises. How did this happen? Is this intentional, is Star Wars a guinea pig for Hasbro's testing of new ideas?
- There are plenty of classic Kenner vehicle molds still in service today, many of which enjoy modifications to the tooling for various purposes. However, one aspect that almost never changes is the cockpits and interiors of the vehicles, leaving them under-detailed and unappealing compared to all-new vehicles. Vehicles, such as the TIE Fighter and Snowspeeder for example, are little more than blank seats for their figures. Will we ever see updated interiors on vehicles such as these, and if not, why?
- The number of Mos Eisley Cantina patrons who have yet to be immortalized as action figures grows smaller every year as more and more of these iconic scum and villainy are made. One of those still yet to be made characters could be created partly using existing tooling: the other Duros, Baniss Keeg - the one wearing the red tunic seen sitting next to Ellors Madak. Baniss could be made using the existing POTJ Ellors Madak head sculpt and perhaps recycling other parts from him as well, plus limbs with a little more added poseability. So what say you to the idea of a Baniss Keeg figure?
- The Turkish bootleg figures known as "Uzay" in the 1980s, based off of vintage Kenner Star Wars figures, had a few bizarre pieces that are interesting and intriguing to many collectors, especially in light of a recent Star Wars Insider article. Two figures fit this bill in particular: Blue Stars was a blue repaint of a Snowtrooper and Head Man was a Royal Guard with a chrome head and a black body. Seeing as how we've had a trend of seeing repaints and retools on many, many figures in the past few years, would these figures ever be possible candidates for release? At the very least, they would make interesting conversation pieces, much like the blue Zutton figure from 2004.
- A few Battlepacks have featured Jedi, a Clone Commander, and three Clone Troopers. Will we see this concept applied to more sets in the future, perhaps something like Ki-Adi-Mundi, a grittier repaint of Commander Bacara, and three Galactic Marines? What about extending this idea to the other films beyond Ep III?
- You mentioned another possible poll in ToyFare magazine for next year. An interesting idea, but could you ask them to limit the number of votes per person to stop multiple votes from individuals trying to sway the numbers and get their personal favorite pushed higher in the ranks?Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-13-2007, 05:10 PM
12, 21, 27, 29, and more later

waterfarmer
07-13-2007, 07:49 PM
#4..I need the vong..

Darth Cruel
07-13-2007, 09:30 PM
2, 5, 8, 11, 12, and 14

JediTricks
07-13-2007, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the votes, we're on our way!

Mr Burns
07-14-2007, 12:23 PM
8, 9, 22, and 23 for me

evenflow
07-14-2007, 12:27 PM
- 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?

- 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.

- The number of Mos Eisley Cantina patrons who have yet to be immortalized as action figures grows smaller every year as more and more of these iconic scum and villainy are made. One of those still yet to be made characters could be created partly using existing tooling: the other Duros, Baniss Keeg - the one wearing the red tunic seen sitting next to Ellors Madak. Baniss could be made using the existing POTJ Ellors Madak head sculpt and perhaps recycling other parts from him as well, plus limbs with a little more added poseability. So what say you to the idea of a Baniss Keeg figure?

- The Turkish bootleg figures known as "Uzay" in the 1980s, based off of vintage Kenner Star Wars figures, had a few bizarre pieces that are interesting and intriguing to many collectors, especially in light of a recent Star Wars Insider article. Two figures fit this bill in particular: Blue Stars was a blue repaint of a Snowtrooper and Head Man was a Royal Guard with a chrome head and a black body. Seeing as how we've had a trend of seeing repaints and retools on many, many figures in the past few years, would these figures ever be possible candidates for release? At the very least, they would make interesting conversation pieces, much like the blue Zutton figure from 2004.

Droid
07-14-2007, 12:40 PM
28 - the Duros question

jberlin
07-15-2007, 03:35 PM
11
13
18
27
28

Kidhuman
07-15-2007, 04:05 PM
For now:

26, 29(UZAY is some nice looking figures and cardbacks)

JediTricks
07-16-2007, 04:00 PM
Thanks for the votes guys!

Just a reminder, due to Hasbro's SDCC schedule, this poll ends early in just 1 week from today, next Monday rather than a week from Friday.

DarkJedi5
07-17-2007, 09:09 AM
7 Vader Cape
11 snowspeeder
15 speeder fits
16 66 clones
27 vehicles

I'll save my sixth for later.

JediTricks
07-18-2007, 01:59 AM
Thanks for the votes!

C'mon gang, we need to get more votes in here!

Jangu Fett
07-18-2007, 04:04 PM
With all the hype surrounding the new Force Unleashed video game, aside from the figures shown. And not giving away to much, can we expect to see, vehicles, role play, transformers, titaniums?

Devo
07-18-2007, 05:04 PM
my votes

15, 22, 25, 27, 28

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-20-2007, 02:04 PM
I'll give a vote to 25, and also to this one:

A few Battlepacks have featured Jedi, a Clone Commander, and three Clone Troopers. Will we see this applied to more sets in the future, perhaps with Ki-Adi-Mundi, a repainted, grittier Commander Bacara, and three Galactic Marines? What about extending this idea to the other films?

Kidhuman
07-22-2007, 06:42 PM
My final 4 votes:

27, 23, 22

and this:

You mentioned another possible poll in Toy Fare Magazine for next year. A good idea, but can you limit the number of votes per person to stop multiple votes from people to get their personal favorite pushed higher in the ranks.

JediTricks
07-23-2007, 01:35 AM
Tomorrow afternoon is the deadline, so get those votes in!

Questions 30-31 added.

Question 10 modified due to this (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=986).


With all the hype surrounding the new Force Unleashed video game, aside from the figures shown. And not giving away to much, can we expect to see, vehicles, role play, transformers, titaniums?They recently gave an answer not quite on the subject, but close:
SWcollector.com: From Darth_Zirock: Now that a trailer for The Force Unleashed has been unveiled, has there been any thought to developing a second wave of action figures based on the game?
Hasbro: We have known in detail about the game for some time, so the trailer didn't introduce any additional figures we did not know about. We have not, in any case, slotted a second wave against The Force Unleashed but are considering future figures as a possibility.
Think they'd say anything different for your ideas?



I'll give a vote to 25, and also to this one:

A few Battlepacks have featured Jedi, a Clone Commander, and three Clone Troopers. Will we see this applied to more sets in the future, perhaps with Ki-Adi-Mundi, a repainted, grittier Commander Bacara, and three Galactic Marines? What about extending this idea to the other films?Ok, I've counted both as your last 2 votes, LMK within 14 hours if that's not how you want it.

JediTricks
07-23-2007, 01:44 AM
My votes:

5 tx-130
8 the 12" line
12 SA clone imperfections
20 role play
25 over-rereleased vehicles
27 kenner cockpits

JediTricks
07-23-2007, 03:33 PM
Well, that's it for this round. Look for a new round later today. Thanks to everybody who participated.

The questions that got asked from this round:

There are plenty of classic Kenner vehicle molds still in service today, many of which enjoy modifications to the tooling for various purposes. However, one aspect that almost never changes is the cockpits and interiors of the vehicles, leaving them under-detailed and unappealing compared to all-new vehicles. Vehicles, such as the TIE Fighter and Snowspeeder for example, are little more than blank seats for their figures. Will we ever see updated interiors on vehicles such as these, and if not, why?
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 - that 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 consumer pricing is set by retailers and not by Hasbro, but we also know that retailers set their prices based in no small part on how much they're paying per unit so when Hasbro raises retailers' costs, retailers pass that on to consumers, hence the across-the-board price increases.)
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?
The number of Mos Eisley Cantina patrons who have yet to be immortalized as action figures grows smaller every year as more and more of these iconic scum and villainy are made. One of those still-yet-to-be-made characters could be created partly using existing tooling: the other Duros, Baniss Keeg - the one wearing the red tunic seen sitting next to Ellors Madak. Baniss could be made using the existing POTJ Ellors Madak head sculpt and perhaps recycling other parts from him as well, plus limbs with a little more added poseability. So what say you to the idea of a Baniss Keeg figure?
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?
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 re-release 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 re-released in years like the Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter or the Snowspeeder?