View Full Version : SSG's Bi-Weekly Hasbro Q&A - March 12th

03-12-2008, 05:10 PM
A few days late due to who knows what this time, but it's still Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for March 12th, 2008. Thanks again to Hasbro for the answers, to all the folks who sent in questions and especially those who voted on them.

Hasbro Q&A for the week of March 12th
SSG: Why was Titanium Series so poorly represented at your Toy Fair display? Can you tell us what's forthcoming for Titaniums later in the year (preferably with pictures), and why they are delayed until fall? Are we ever getting the Outrider mentioned back in '06?
Hasbro: We simply could not give adequate coverage to everything at Toy Fair, and some sublines regrettably did not get the true time and attention they deserve. Titanium certainly was not alone in this respect, as we lightly covered it as well as Unleashed 2" and Star Wars Transformers Crossovers as well. In Fall, we will be doing a Clone-Wars inspired redeco wave for the 7/26 Clone Wars brand reset. After that, Titanium will have some exciting new vehicles, a total of twelve all new tools for the Fall including the Cloud Car, and some other surprises we will reveal at Comic Con. Going forward, we are determined to keep Titanium vibrant and exciting, with new tools drawn from movies as well as Expanded Universe.

SSG: The Hasbro SW Toy Fair press release has The Legacy Collection clocking in at 30 basic figures. Back in October, you told us "For 2008, we are going to take the classic total down by about one wave. So from the current 60 figures this year, expect around 53 figures or so." The '08 TAC line has 15 figures total across its 2 waves, so according to your info, adding another 30 basic figures will give us a total of just 45 figures, a whole wave smaller than the 53-ish you originally stated. Has an '08 wave been pushed back out of the year, or are there more figures to be expected in the TLC line than the press release stated?
Hasbro: The answer is that yes, a wave has moved due to sculpting delays, but no the number will not come down to less than 50 figures for 2008. Here's the score: you know about the 15 from TAC in Spring, along with the 16 that were shown between Waves 1 and 2 of Legacy Collection (Droid Factory), bringing the total to 31 "seen" so far. In addition, another 24 figures are on schedule, including a redeco wave which was created to replace the delayed wave (there will now be 8 unique Droid factory figures for the Fall figures, four Astro droids in Waves 1 & 3 and 4 Protocol droids for the subsequent waves). These figures will be spaced out from 7/26 launch until the end of the year, or about 6-8 per month through the Fall if all goes according to the firmed up schedule.

SSG: 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?
Hasbro: The thickness of the soft goods chain cannot be reduced any further than it already is due to minimum material strength needs. Sculpted plastic would be the alternative, but it doesn't always work with the soft goods that we choose.

As well as the questions, we sent to Hasbro these 2 comments:
- In your Toy Fair display, one of the Comic Packs is from SW Legacy, it's of 2 Imperial Knights. While the figures look very accurate, they are sporting red lightsaber blades which is inaccurate, in the comics they use "silver" saber blades as seen here (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Imperial_Knight) . We're mentioning this now so if it was done as a mistake, it could be corrected before the error goes to production.
- Finally, on behalf of the readers and forumites of SSG who have been campaigning for over 7 years (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=1343) to get a Yarna d'al Gargan figure made, and the collector community overall, it is a great pleasure to extend a huge thanks to the folks at Hasbro who have made our Yarna figure a reality. THANK YOU TO THE HASBRO STAR WARS TEAM!!!

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And the questions at ActionFigs.com (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=1916):

- You've said in the past that you were done with animated figures, that your testing had shown the realistic style to be far preferred over animated, yet the new Clone Wars show's figures are based on its animation rather than the realistic style. What was the thinking behind going animated-style with these rather than realistic?
- Hasbro's Toy Fair press release uses a July 26th availability date for all the Clone Wars products, as well as the new Legacy Collection line, and does not include an "approximate" qualifier. Will this be just a tentative on-shelf date, or is this a more "concrete" release date like those of the intial prequel films' product lines?
- The Comic Packs are a very welcomed addition to a lot of Star Wars collectors, but there is a lot of buzz about Hasbro's choices of whom to include in these packs. Many collectors are wondering how does Hasbro chose which characters to make, since the ToyFare fans' choice poll a few years ago included a lot of comic-based characters such as Exar Kun, Guri and others who have yet to receive the action figure treatment. So how does Hasbro plan these packs, and just what goes into your choices?

03-12-2008, 05:15 PM
BTW, I was literally closing my email about to leave when I saw this come in, so I stuck around and put it all together right away just for you guys. I worked extra hard to make sure the questions we sent in this round were exceptional and covered as much ground as possible, don't expect that much work again. ;)

I'm thrilled we've got confirmation on Exar Kun, Titanium Cloud Car, the hard-date for the Clone Wars line, and what's going down with the 2008 lineup. I'm a little frustrated with their "animated vs ANIMATED" answer, but what's done is done and they've made their case.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-12-2008, 07:33 PM
Their answer on the Vader chain was retarded; of course they can't make it thinner, it's just way too damn long and sticks out too far. Ah well, at least they finally answered it.

Good to know that the Clone Wars stuff is indeed concrete for July 26.

03-12-2008, 10:00 PM
I think the examples threw them, like they thought we just meant those versions.

Sinscia Fat'o
03-12-2008, 11:53 PM
*Wipes tear from eye* Thank you Hasbro!!! Exar Kun's first figure! I can finally say i have my favorite SW character!!! (Within a year!) I now know how the Yarna fan's felt! Great news all around!

03-13-2008, 01:56 PM
Well, I dunno about that, I doubt Yarna is anybody's FAVORITE character. :p

I just got done going through all the other sites' Q&As, this thing is getting epic, no wonder they run 5 days late on 'em now. And the freaky part is that with all the 15 other sites participating, only 1 question on our Q&A voting thread was modified in any way.

03-13-2008, 02:24 PM
Midnight Madness is back. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOoo

Yakface.com: First off thanks for having another fabulous showing at this year's Toyfair, With all the announcements made, 7/26/08 (Saturday) is going to be the busy day at most retailers which begs the question - are there any TRU (or other retailer) "midnight madness" plans like with past major line releases?
Hasbro: Yes indeed, retailers are shaping up their plans and there will be activity similar to 2005 and the launch of Episode III toys. As for specific details, it is too early to talk about it but as things take shape we will keep fans informed.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-13-2008, 05:52 PM
That Emperor's head hologram set sounds absolutely wicked. :eek:

If they do Midnight Madness somewhere, I might actually go for the first time. If not, then I'll still get to the stores early. :D

Oh, and the super articulated Bacara will be a nice upgrade.

03-13-2008, 08:27 PM
huh? Emperor's head?

glad there's a couple more pod racer characters on the way.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-13-2008, 09:52 PM
huh? Emperor's head?

glad there's a couple more pod racer characters on the way.
Check out the questions from other sites on the main SSG page; there's a set of Vader and the hologram Emperor head with a base that lights up and plays a sound clip. I think it's a SDCC exclusive?

03-14-2008, 08:26 AM
Ah. See i never check the main page. I enter the site via the forums. TY for the info.

03-18-2008, 03:02 AM
That's what the SSG News forum is for. :p