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JediTricks
03-14-2008, 01:23 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 March 28th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 46 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=1298). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=607983#post607983).

Current questions (vote for up to 6):
- Canadian 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?
- 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, 13 years later?
- 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?
- 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? (Please discuss the specific possibilities of each of the examples in this question.)
- 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?
- Many collectors have noted that Moff Jerjerrod was not a great seller and can still be found in stores, while it seemed as though Admiral Ozzel, Captain Piett, and Grand Moff Tarkin seemed to have sold better. There are times where Hasbro really nails a likeness, but unfortunately Moff Jerjerrod did not look like the actor and had an angry facial expression not seen in Return of the Jedi. Would Hasbro ever consider resculpting this figure or does the perceived poor performance of the Jerjerrod figure make it unlikely he would ever be revisited. Do you agree that if this figure sold poorly it may have been in part because of a poor likeness?
- Would Hasbro consider releasing a complete set of clone troopers with only a basic, plain white deco? Many customizers would enjoy having a blank clone to decorate with their own designs, and regular fans could enjoy the uniform look - the white AT-RT Driver from the Ep 3 Commemorative Tin set looks great and is easy to customize. So how about a box set with all the various clone types without specialized deco or even weathering? It could even be offered in simpler packaging, white mailer boxes with simple baggies.
- In the Galactic Heroes line we have gotten an AT-AT Commander and Driver figures, and now several new vehicles and beasts. Might that increase chances of getting a Galactic Heroes AT-AT?
- Why are nearly all of the Galactic Heroes figures smiling, even bad guys like Tarkin and the AT-AT Commander?
- Since Hasbro is showing some interest in SW: Battlefront, releasing the multipacks and the Rebel Vanguard figure, will the rocket launcher from the Battlefront II Clone pack be included if a blue ARC Trooper is ever released on single card again? (It's the weapon he carries in the first Battlefront game.)
- Will you ever release any Neimoidians & Separatist Leaders in the Galactic Heroes line?
- A few times in Q&A's history, you've suggested collectors submit their local stores' pegwarming data to you so Hasbro store reps can get these problems fixed. Some of the stores did show signs of improvement in this department, however others still suffer old TSC pegwarmers (Moff Jerjerrod is pretty consistent) and show absolutely no signs of moving, and the reports on these were coming in from all over the country. What if anything was done to fix the problem, and what will be done in the future? If nothing else, having several Hasbro Star Wars pegs filled up with very old product is going to hamper sales of newer product hurting your business and hindering collectors' ability to get new figures.
- The current R5 droid mold (used on R5-D4, R5-J2, and R5-F7) is close to "perfect", but there are a few glaring issues that should be addressed before this mold becomes the all-purpose version. They include the antenna, which comes out and may be lost easily; the pop-up motivator, which worked on R5-D4 but had diminishing returns on later uses; and the chest plate being a separate piece, which has been a problem on every figure to use the VOTC R2-D2 body. The head could just be retooled and used on the more-accurate R4-G9 body. Will these issues be addressed, or will we continue to get more less-than-perfect R5 figures?
- With The Force Unleashed videogame being pushed back to late August, will early TFU product be re-released to coincide with the game's release?
- 2007 was likely the best year ever for army builders. Every trooper - with the exception of the McQuarrie Concept figures - was widely available in large numbers, even in the heavily competitive Los Angeles area. Several battle packs reflected the love of army builders. Even the troops from the 2006 Saga line were available far into the year due to the delay in the TAC. Is this the distribution model Hasbro will be using from now on, where troops will be plentiful and the previous year's assortment will available into the next year's line?
- Has there been any thought about doing a few deliberate variations to some of the figures this year as running changes offered in later assortments, like you did with the ROTS line? For instance, the new '08 Anakin-as-Vader figure could be repainted with Sith eyes, or the '08 Obi-Wan could be redecoed with battle damage.
- The Order 66 packs from last year were great and the ones shown at Toy Fair look just as good. How long will it be before we start to see these clones sold on their own though? It would be great to army build them but not on a 1 to 1 ratio with their Jedi commanders.
- After six years, you've finally made a highly articulated Jango Fett figure that has a great sculpt and lots of articulation. Trouble is, his jumpsuit is a garish shade of lavender that never appears in the film or any EU source, the one in the film was a far more muted, bluish tone. Was this an error or intentional, and if in error, will it be corrected in future shipments?
- Will the Republic Gunship be re-released to coincide with the release of the Clone Wars cartoon? Several are featured in the preview, and some even have new deco.
- One of the Starfighter-class ($20) vehicles at your Toy Fair display was the V-19 Clone Fighter, it was also seen in the slideshow. However, both the physical one at the show and the one seen in Hasbro's photos had the side wings folded down to only nearly a horizontal position, while in the Clone Wars cartoon they fold down well past horizontal to around 45 degrees below horizontal. Will the wings on this one fold down past the position shown at Toy Fair?
- Since the second half '08 figures don't seem to come with stands, will the action figure stand packs from HasbroToyShop get new name labels so they can be used with late '07 and late '08 figures who don't have existing stands or labels? Also, will we see a specific "Clone Wars" stand added to the line-up?
- In the Indiana Jones line, what are the odds of seeing the tank from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade made in the action figure scale?
- Regarding Luke Jedi in his Death Star 2 look, the only basic figure of this is from 5 years ago, is preposed, has an action gimmick with floppy arms, and a likeness somewhere between "caveman" and "Harpo Marx". That despite Luke DS2 being the only OT main character figure in the last Fans' Choice poll's top 25 - 10 of the 14 figures above him are made or confirmed, as well as 4 of the 9 figures beneath. Hasbro's past answer on this matter was "theming issues, it may be a while, hang in there," yet since the 2003 DS2 Luke figure there have been 7 ROTJ waves and 2 Vintage-style lines with ROTJ figures; 4 more Luke Jedi with Jabba's Palace outfits and Toy Fair has shown yet another ROTJ wave, this time with a Jabba's Palace-styled Luke Jedi from a deleted scene; and the previous new Luke Jedi figure could have fit the bill with its removable vest and outer belt yet was designed specifically against making it into DS2 Luke. Fans want Luke DS2, most of the other Fans' Choice poll results have been made or confirmed, Hasbro's had several opportunities, now we have sandstorm Luke coming - a deleted scene figure - over Luke DS2 which is baffling. So what's the full story here, why no Luke DS2 yet again? When can collectors finally get the last main OT character's significant costume yet to be done as an action figure?
- Back in 1996, Kenner/Hasbro was developing a Virago vehicle toy for the Shadows of the Empire figure line to go along with the 2 other vehicles the line produced. Several pieces of concept and packaging art were produced, a retailer-enticement sheet describing some cool features was found not too long ago, as well as a prototype model, but the vehicle never materialized. The Galoob Action Fleet Virago remains one of the most sought-after vehicles on ebay, this ship makes for a unique and exciting Star Wars toy. Did your Virago design ever get turned into a mold? Does Hasbro still have any molds or prototypes of it? What would the chances be of seeing a Virago released today?
- A number of fans would like to see more figures from the SW Holiday Special, which you've stated is not a priority for Hasbro. One of the characters from it, Ackmena, played by Bea Arthur, has been getting some traction lately in the collector community as a figure they'd like to see made. Before fans get too fired up, might you comment on if Hasbro even has the licensed authority needed to make a Bea Arthur Ackmena figure?
- Might the build-a-droid concept be applied to other build-a-whatever ideas such as build-a-beast or a piece of scenery?Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

master J
03-14-2008, 02:41 PM
I have two new questions, one indy related the other starwars:

What are the odds of us seeing the tank from the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade being released are? In the 3.75" scale!


So there are rumors floating around that there is a disturbance at the lars homestead. Wondering if you have heard anything in regards to this? If so, would you think of A New Hope of Attack of the Clones?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-14-2008, 06:39 PM
12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21

Droid
03-14-2008, 08:18 PM
6 - Jerjerrod ... again.

I'd be surprised if they'll comment on any Disturbance cinema scene since even if it was true they often won't comment at all on exclusives.

ROTJLuke
03-15-2008, 01:33 AM
18,2,6,16

And a question to submit myself:

Why has Hasbro blatenly disreguarded fan outcries for a Death Star 2 Luke Jedi figure? Fan's were seriously unsatisfied with 2003's Throne Room Duel figure, and fan's also don't find the 2007 TAC Jedi Luke an adequent enough sculpt to fit the bill. To top it off, the release of the Sandstorm figures only further baffels the mind as to why another incarnation of Luke Jedi is chosen over Death Star 2 Luke. All in all, Hasbro, what gives? Do you have plans to do a Death Star 2 Luke Jedi? Will it (**HOPEFULLY**) be a new sculpt (or at least TAC Jedi Luke retooled with smaller ball joints and correct detail/paint app). Fan's just want to know what gives, and a clear answer would be great, as you've ducted this question in the past!!

THANKS FOR CONSIDERING MY QUESTION!!

Devo
03-15-2008, 10:06 AM
Q6 (jerrjerrod's poor likeness being responsible for his not selling)

and ROTJluke's question should it be submitted. I'd prefer an entirely new attempt as I just don't think anything from the TAC figure is salvageable. I'd also like a straight reuse of Saga Jabbas palace luke's swivel head but I know that won't happen.

obi-dad
03-16-2008, 09:41 AM
6, 8, 13 & the ROTJ Luke question if added.

joe-da
03-19-2008, 10:19 AM
6, 13, 16, 18

Val Da Car
03-19-2008, 02:01 PM
Ask Hasbro does The Virago molds still exist?

I know the license that this came from is long gone but it's worth a try.

Thanks Galactic Hunter dot com and Adam_May

Picture in this forum.

http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=37583&page=3

El Chuxter
03-19-2008, 02:08 PM
Hasbro still has the license, VDC. It would fall under the Star Wars umbrella.

I've never been a big fan of SOTE (at least not as much as a lot of folks), but I thought it was rather good, and I've always loved that vehicle design.

Val Da Car
03-19-2008, 02:53 PM
Hasbro still has the license, VDC. It would fall under the Star Wars umbrella.

I've never been a big fan of SOTE (at least not as much as a lot of folks), but I thought it was rather good, and I've always loved that vehicle design.

Sorry, poor sentence construction on that.

For the SOTE ship I was thinking that most current fans would not really know of the Virago since the storyline is currently inactive.

Unless the Virago class has appeared in other recent storylines.

Droid
03-19-2008, 03:25 PM
A number of fans would like to see more figures from the Holiday Special, which you have stated is not a priority for Hasbro. Starwars.com recently had a series on figures that would likely not make it in the Unleased line - one of those was Ackmena, the cantina bartender, as portrayed in the Holiday Special by Bea Arthur. Ackmena is getting some traction in the fan community as a desired figure. Before people get too fired up, could or would Hasbro comment on if it even has the proper contractual licensing authority needed to make a Bea Arthur Ackmena figure?

JediTricks
03-19-2008, 05:37 PM
Questions 22-25 added.


I have two new questions, one indy related the other starwars:

What are the odds of us seeing the tank from the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade being released are? In the 3.75" scale!Added.


So there are rumors floating around that there is a disturbance at the lars homestead. Wondering if you have heard anything in regards to this? If so, would you think of A New Hope of Attack of the Clones?We don't deal in rumors very often here, so I'm going to hold off on this one.


And a question to submit myself:

Why has Hasbro blatenly disreguarded fan outcries for a Death Star 2 Luke Jedi figure? Fan's were seriously unsatisfied with 2003's Throne Room Duel figure, and fan's also don't find the 2007 TAC Jedi Luke an adequent enough sculpt to fit the bill. To top it off, the release of the Sandstorm figures only further baffels the mind as to why another incarnation of Luke Jedi is chosen over Death Star 2 Luke. All in all, Hasbro, what gives? Do you have plans to do a Death Star 2 Luke Jedi? Will it (**HOPEFULLY**) be a new sculpt (or at least TAC Jedi Luke retooled with smaller ball joints and correct detail/paint app). Fan's just want to know what gives, and a clear answer would be great, as you've ducted this question in the past!!

THANKS FOR CONSIDERING MY QUESTION!!First off, I fear this sandstorm Luke ensures we won't be getting DS2 Luke for at least another year. Now, that said, let's see what Hasbro's said on the matter lately...

ActionFigs.com, Oct 26th:
For some reason, nearly all the Jedi Luke figures have been from Jabba's Palace with permanent vests. The only Death Star II version in recent memory is the rather unfortunate Saga figure with its rather unfortunate action gimmick, preposed body, and bizarre face sculpt. The newest Jedi Luke (TAC #25) has a cloth vest but it's not meant to be removed and the costume underneath is incomplete for Death Star II Luke. In ToyFare's Fans Choice poll, this was the only OT main character - not to mention the only version of Luke - to make the top 25 (and 3 characters who got less votes have already been made as figures now). So, do you have any plans to make a Death Star II Jedi Luke at this point? If not, why has this popular version been continuously overlooked in favor of Jabba's Palace Luke?
Good point about needing to update him….it's just that for our theming we have picked different ones. It may be a while still, but hang in there - we will get to him.
Ok, clearly we have to ask them about this again. I just spent the last hour researching and writing this:
At Toy Fair, one of the new ROTJ figures shown was a new Luke Jedi, this time from the sandstorm cut scene. While certainly an interesting piece of Star Wars behind-the-scenes lore, collectors have to wonder why we're seeing yet another Luke Jedi that's not representing his Death Star 2 outfit. Your previous answer on the matter said theming issues were the cause and it may be a while until collectors get their Death Star 2 Luke. Let us remind you, the last and only Death Star Luke Jedi is from 5 years ago, it's preposed, sports an action gimmick resulting in floppy arms, and has a likeness that's somewhere between caveman and Harpo Marx. Death Star Luke Jedi was the only OT figure - and the only Luke figure at all - to show up on the ToyFare Fans' Choice poll result's top 25 results (he was #15, only 4 figures above that have yet to be made or confirmed, while 3 figures beneath Luke have already been made and 1 more is confirmed). Since the Saga '03 figure's release, there have been 7 ROTJ waves and 2 Vintage-style waves with ROTJ figures in them, plenty of opportunities to make this figure. There seems to be a proclivity at Hasbro towards the first half of ROTJ, 5 of the 8 ROTJ waves since '03 are from it, and now fans of Luke Death Star 2 are being snubbed in favor of a cut-scene version which is baffling. The results are clear, fans want this figure, most of that fans' choice poll have been made, and Hasbro's had multiple opportunities - including a recent one where a Luke Jabba's Palace figure could have had a removable vest and belt to reveal our Luke DS2 yet was designed specifically to avoid this (though fans would prefer an all-new body and headsculpt rather than that figure's modified Saga head) - yet still no Luke Death Star 2. So what's the real story here? Why no Luke DS2 yet again? When can collectors finally get the last main OT character's significant costume yet to be done as an action figure?
Number cited from the above -
The 7 previous ROTJ waves since 2003's Death Star Luke:
TAC wave 7 (which is a second half of ROTJ wave)
TAC wave 4
TSC wave 6 (Battle of Endor wave, had Speeder Bike Luke)
TSC wave 1
2004 Saga wave 4 (another second-half ROTJ wave)
2004 Saga wave 3
2004 Saga wave 2The 4 fans' choice poll figures above Luke that haven't been made or confirmed:
Bastila Shan
HK-47
Padme Amidala (Funeral)
Corran HornThe 4 fans' choice poll figures below Luke that are made or being made:
Padme Amidala (Clone Wars)
Exar Kun
Padme Amidala II (black dinner dress)
Kir KanosThe Luke Jedi figures since 2003:
Luke Jabba's Palace (Saga '04 wave 2)
Luke Holo (Saga '04 wave 3)
Luke Endor (TSC #44)
Super-articulated Luke Jabba's Palace (TAC #25)
Sandstorm Luke (TLC, fall '08)So obviously, there's a lot of evidence floating around, and the question is just too thick. I don't want to say things like "Why has Hasbro blatenly disreguarded fan outcries" because it comes off antagonistic and presumptuous. But at the same time, this situation is too far along to try to be slick about it, the question has to be direct and well backed-up... yet it can't be that novel I just wrote above. So I spent ANOTHER hour writing:
Regarding Luke Jedi in his Death Star 2 look, the only basic figure of this is from 5 years ago, is preposed, has an action gimmick with floppy arms, and a likeness somewhere between "caveman" and "Harpo Marx". That despite Luke DS2 being the only OT figure in the last Fans' Choice poll's top 25 - 10 of the 14 figures above him are made or confirmed, as well as 4 of the 9 figures beneath. Hasbro's past answer on this matter was "theming issues, it may be a while, hang in there," yet since the 2003 DS2 Luke figure there have been 6 ROTJ waves and 2 Vintage-style lines with ROTJ figures; 4 more Luke Jedi with Jabba's Palace outfits; Toy Fair has shown yet another ROTJ wave, this time with a Jabba's Palace-styled Luke Jedi from a deleted scene; and the last new Luke Jedi figure could have fit the bill with its removable vest and outer belt yet was designed specifically against making it into DS2 Luke. Fans want Luke DS2, most of the other Fans' Choice poll results have been made or confirmed, Hasbro's had several opportunities, now we have sandstorm Luke coming - a deleted scene figure - over Luke DS2 which is baffling. So what's the full story here, why no Luke DS2 yet again? When can collectors finally get the last main OT character's significant costume yet to be done as an action figure?And it's still pretty epic. For now, that's going to be "the question", but if anybody has any betterments, please hit us up with them.


obi-dad, Devo, and of course ROTJLuke, your votes have counted for the question.


and ROTJluke's question should it be submitted. I'd prefer an entirely new attempt as I just don't think anything from the TAC figure is salvageable. I'd also like a straight reuse of Saga Jabbas palace luke's swivel head but I know that won't happen.Totally agree on not recycling anything we currently have, the TAC figure is sorta close minus the gap waist and missing belt, but the likeness doesn't really reflect what we're going for here. I really just can't find a way to fit it into the question though.


Ask Hasbro does The Virago molds still exist?

I know the license that this came from is long gone but it's worth a try.

Thanks Galactic Hunter dot com and Adam_May

Picture in this forum.

http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=37583&page=3Hmm, the photo of the toy prototype seems to no longer be on TSWCA entry (http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&item_id=48886) which is more than a little frustrating, apparently it's in a book though. I don't believe there were any molds of it made, I'm pretty sure the one we saw was an unfinished prototype, Gus there says it was a styrene model which is a beginning-stage prototype, nothing you could pull molds from. But what the hell, it's a cool ship, I'll add a question about it.


Hasbro still has the license, VDC. It would fall under the Star Wars umbrella.

I've never been a big fan of SOTE (at least not as much as a lot of folks), but I thought it was rather good, and I've always loved that vehicle design.Should I count that as another vote for the question?


A number of fans would like to see more figures from the Holiday Special, which you have stated is not a priority for Hasbro. Starwars.com recently had a series on figures that would likely not make it in the Unleased line - one of those was Ackmena, the cantina bartender, as portrayed in the Holiday Special by Bea Arthur. Ackmena is getting some traction in the fan community as a desired figure. Before people get too fired up, could or would Hasbro comment on if it even has the proper contractual licensing authority needed to make a Bea Arthur Ackmena figure?Crud, you just HAD to post while I was working, eh? :p

This one is dicey, I don't want to get into an area that's too legal and end up shut down for it. But it's an interesting question, so I'll give it a shot. I haven't seen that SW.com Unleashed article, could you hit me up on it? I don't want to include it until I'm familiar.

Droid
03-20-2008, 10:02 AM
The Ackmena page on the Unleased article.

http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/hasbro/f20071205/indexp10.html

I would probably buy this figure as a novelty, because it is BEA ARTHUR, but really have no real interest in her being made. But before this turns into a Tonnikas situation where people are begging for a figure we might not get, before Ackmena is topping future Most Wanted Lists, I'd be interested to know if they even have the rights to make sure a figure. I think we could be setting ourselves up for, "We do not comment on legal and licensing issues", but I'm very interested to see if they'll answer.

Droid
03-20-2008, 10:07 AM
I'll vote for the Death Star Luke question (#23) and obviously vote for the Ackmena question I submitted (#25).

This phrase in the Luke question confuses me, "that despite Luke DS2 being the only OT figure in the last Fans' Choice poll's top 25"...

Yarna (#3), Willrow Hood (#8), Hermi Odle (#9), and Death Star II Luke (#15) all made the list. Do you mean Luke DS2 is the only currently unproduced or unannounced OT figure in the last Fan's Choice Top 25?

Cane_Adiss
03-20-2008, 07:05 PM
I like questions 25 and 26. Those are my votes for now, can't think of anything else to ask at the moment.

JediTricks
03-20-2008, 10:11 PM
Question 23 modified.
Question 20 stricken.


Question 20 was cut due to this, the answer: http://jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3762


This phrase in the Luke question confuses me, "that despite Luke DS2 being the only OT figure in the last Fans' Choice poll's top 25"...

Yarna (#3), Willrow Hood (#8), Hermi Odle (#9), and Death Star II Luke (#15) all made the list. Do you mean Luke DS2 is the only currently unproduced or unannounced OT figure in the last Fan's Choice Top 25?only OT Main Character figure in the top 25. All the shuffling of info, that got lost, it was in my original question I sent to them back in October.


I like questions 25 and 26. Those are my votes for now, can't think of anything else to ask at the moment.Uhhhhh, there is no question 26.

Gothiczartan
03-21-2008, 11:38 PM
any chance for evolutions of lukes, hans, leias, landos?

would it be nice if there will be a evolutions of luke skywalkers, snowspeeder pilot, dagobah and jedi, evolutions of han solos, ceremony, bespin, han with carbonite ESB version? could you at least add this to a new question?

Cane_Adiss
03-21-2008, 11:49 PM
Uhhhhh, there is no question 26.

Doh! I should be riding the short bus sometimes. I meant 24 and 25. I'm a big fan of SOTE and the Virago would be super cool. Don't really have much hope of ever seeing it as a toy tho. Ackmena would rock my socks!

The Virago question reminds me of one of my favorite toys from when I was little. I know some of you will hate me for even asking this question, but anyway:

The people at Hasbro seem to like the idea of creating new concepts for Star Wars toys. A favorite from my childhood was the POTF2 Cruisemissile trooper vehicle. Any chance we would ever see this vehicle updated (perhaps with an all-new removeable pilot), or even re-released?

jediguy
03-22-2008, 01:57 AM
7, 13, 23

for now

Dexter
03-22-2008, 08:06 AM
My votes:
23, 25, 13, 12, 8, 11

evenflow
03-22-2008, 12:11 PM
25, 24, 21, 23

Battle Droid
03-22-2008, 12:53 PM
11 for now.

JediTricks
03-22-2008, 03:32 PM
any chance for evolutions of lukes, hans, leias, landos?

would it be nice if there will be a evolutions of luke skywalkers, snowspeeder pilot, dagobah and jedi, evolutions of han solos, ceremony, bespin, han with carbonite ESB version? could you at least add this to a new question?No, this question was just answered on Thursday...
JediInsider.com: Will we see more Evolution sets centered around original triology characters, for example Luke (Tatooine, Bespin, Jedi) or Han (ANH, Bespin, Endor)?
Hasbro: We do not have any plans for Luke or Han Evolution sets for this year, since many of those figures were recently done or will be upcoming in basic figures in the next couple of years. In general, on Evolutions, our tendency is to cover a theme with multiple characters (like Legacy of the Sith, Legacy of the Jedi, Legacy of the Fetts, upcoming Rebellion and Imperial pilots) or a single character we are not likely to do in basic figures for a long, long time (Secret Apprentice, Padme).

Doh! I should be riding the short bus sometimes. I meant 24 and 25. I'm a big fan of SOTE and the Virago would be super cool. Don't really have much hope of ever seeing it as a toy tho. Ackmena would rock my socks!

The Virago question reminds me of one of my favorite toys from when I was little.Awesome!



I know some of you will hate me for even asking this question, but anyway:

The people at Hasbro seem to like the idea of creating new concepts for Star Wars toys. A favorite from my childhood was the POTF2 Cruisemissile trooper vehicle. Any chance we would ever see this vehicle updated (perhaps with an all-new removeable pilot), or even re-released?I dunno, I'm a little gun-shy about asking for a new (and it would have to be new) version of this after we asked 'em on July 20th:
Q: 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 (you can omit its later entry in the 'Batman & Robin' toy line ;) ), and why it's never been seen elsewhere in Star Wars?
A: A very interesting question. Hasbro (and Kenner) have periodically had a need to tailor vehicles to strategic, consumable pricepoints for vehicles, such as the mini rigs back in the 1980s. Such was the case for the creation of the Cruise Missile trooper, when our designer Mark Boudreaux set about to create a new mini-vehicle that fit into the Star Wars universe. Of course, due to the need to come in on cost targets, it had to have a dedicated (not removable) pilot, deciding to spend more of the "cost" of the set on getting a substantial vehicle feel rather than the figure element. In consulation with Lucasfilm, the idea took hold and the concept came to life. It has a cool silhouette, very "Empire" as you note, but the reason it probably hasn't been picked up and embraced by any writers (novel and comics) is a question better asked of them. As far as we know, it's fair game to use.
And on Sept 29th, 2006, its fate was pretty much sealed:
GalacticHunter.com: Is there any toy in the 3¾" line, that you regret making or releasing? My thoughts go to the Cruise Missle Trooper. I know Kenner was responsible for that, but what would you say is the most regrettable toy in the line?
Hasbro: There are many that make us wince, but I think you hit on one of them. The Cruise-Missile Trooper is neither a figure nor a vehicle, and that certainly was dissapointing. How do you display it? I would also say that the bulkiness of many of the early POTF2 figures is something we could take back if we could. As for modern figures, there are a couple that we wish we could have back again to make tweaks, but overall we're very happy with the way the factories are executing the product we turn over.
I tell you what, read these answers over and get back to me on this, if you really think there's ANY chance they might do this, craft me a new question that aims it more towards a vehicle they could actually sell.

Jargo
03-23-2008, 07:34 AM
- After six years, you've finally made a highly articulated Jango Fett figure that has a great sculpt and lots of articulation. Trouble is, his jumpsuit is a garish shade of lavender that never appears in the film or any EU source, the one in the film was a far more muted, bluish tone. Was this an error or intentional, and if in error, will it be corrected in future shipments?Has been answered on another site. hasbro said they'd be re-issuing the set later this year with corrections. If the question is referring to the Evolutions Jango.

Cane_Adiss
03-23-2008, 09:04 AM
How about this:

Although Hasbro has made it's lack of enthusiasm for the Cruisemissile Trooper clear in past Q&A's, back in it's day it was a good toy that basically served it's purpose in the line well. In that light, would Hasbro ever consider slightly redesigning this vehicle so it would fit the aesthetics of the modern line? Perhaps with a removeable pilot and more kid-friendly features this could be another great vehicle revisit down the road!

Thanks for posting those past answers JT. I knew some questions were asked about it in the past but didn't know when or where. I still think it was a cool concept for it's day!

Gothiczartan
03-23-2008, 02:31 PM
anything possible for a repaint ROTS Aayla Secura figure for the attack of the clone era?

StbrianofMinneapolis
03-23-2008, 08:07 PM
Dear Hasbro, please consider doing Build-a-Beast asortment after the the droid factory line ends. Maybe some of these larger beast peices could come with vehicles in the line as well as the indiviual figures.

I rarely buy more than 15% of any given figure or vehicle line, but I would change my tune with these kinds of incentives. Plus the droid factory promotion does not excite me at all. Droids are awesome, but I already have an army of astromechs.

Here are a some suggestions.

Krayt dragon, alive or skeleton (Tatooine)
Eopie (Tatooine)
Orray (E2 arena steed)
Knobby white spider (Dagobah)
Master Thon (Tales of the Jedi)
Nerf (Tatooine)
Jerba (Tatooine)
Lava flea (Mustafar)
Womp rat (Tatooine)
Mynock (Space)
Worrt (Tatooine)
Small/baby bantha (Tatooine)
Aiwha (Kamino E2)
Misc. Naboo animals, Ikopi, ect.


The original thread can be seen below.
Build-a-Beast assortment?
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=37638

Devo
03-24-2008, 03:07 PM
Plus the droid factory promotion does not excite me at all. Droids are awesome, but I already have an army of astromechs.

Thats an excellent point. I don't get what should excite people about this either - not when the droids you assemble are non-film, made-up crap that won't really gel with other figures when they're assembled. Plus the title was misleading - it got people thinking we'd be able to build one of the large droids from the abysmal Droid Factory scene in AOTC. People may have already said all this in another thread - I haven't read - apologies. Having said that I'd be sceptical about 'build a beast' aswell, apart from the alliteration in the title. Hasbro might consider it a tad wierd and unmarketable having disembodied animal legs and torsos packed with figures.

JediTricks
03-24-2008, 06:25 PM
- After six years, you've finally made a highly articulated Jango Fett figure that has a great sculpt and lots of articulation. Trouble is, his jumpsuit is a garish shade of lavender that never appears in the film or any EU source, the one in the film was a far more muted, bluish tone. Was this an error or intentional, and if in error, will it be corrected in future shipments?Has been answered on another site. hasbro said they'd be re-issuing the set later this year with corrections. If the question is referring to the Evolutions Jango.They did not answer that question, they only addressed the missing emblem on Boba's costume, they totally sidestepped the lavender jumpsuit part.


How about this:

Although Hasbro has made it's lack of enthusiasm for the Cruisemissile Trooper clear in past Q&A's, back in it's day it was a good toy that basically served it's purpose in the line well. In that light, would Hasbro ever consider slightly redesigning this vehicle so it would fit the aesthetics of the modern line? Perhaps with a removeable pilot and more kid-friendly features this could be another great vehicle revisit down the road!

Thanks for posting those past answers JT. I knew some questions were asked about it in the past but didn't know when or where. I still think it was a cool concept for it's day!"slightly redesigning"? That'd be a major change, there's gearing where the figure's body would go. I'll change that part, but also, I have NO idea what to say about how they're supposed to sell this thing - they have the $20 line, nobody's gonna buy a $20 cruisemissile trooper; they have the Battle Pack line, should it go there? Throw me thoughts and we'll run it up the flagpole, see if anybody salutes.


anything possible for a repaint ROTS Aayla Secura figure for the attack of the clone era?Not adding that, it's very specific, and I don't even know of a significant change that figure needs for AOTC, from what I can see there's just a slight tone change in the browns of her outfit.


Dear Hasbro, please consider doing Build-a-Beast asortment after the the droid factory line ends. Maybe some of these larger beast peices could come with vehicles in the line as well as the indiviual figures.

I rarely buy more than 15% of any given figure or vehicle line, but I would change my tune with these kinds of incentives. Plus the droid factory promotion does not excite me at all. Droids are awesome, but I already have an army of astromechs.

Here are a some suggestions.

Krayt dragon, alive or skeleton (Tatooine)
Eopie (Tatooine)
Orray (E2 arena steed)
Knobby white spider (Dagobah)
Master Thon (Tales of the Jedi)
Nerf (Tatooine)
Jerba (Tatooine)
Lava flea (Mustafar)
Womp rat (Tatooine)
Mynock (Space)
Worrt (Tatooine)
Small/baby bantha (Tatooine)
Aiwha (Kamino E2)
Misc. Naboo animals, Ikopi, ect.


The original thread can be seen below.
Build-a-Beast assortment?
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=37638I'm going to have to think this one over, my initial response was that it's way too far outside Hasbro's business model, and a lot of these beasts won't do well being spread across 6 or 8 different parts (how does that work for a mynock? 2 wings and a body? Lava Flea? Cut his body into abstract pieces?). But it's a big idea, so I need to think about it some more, try to find a hook that'll give it some legs as right now I don't see it, it seems fringe.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-24-2008, 09:17 PM
For the build-a-beast thing, you could ask something like:

Will the Build a Droid feature ever be applied to things other than droids - such as beasts or pieces of scenery?

The Eck
03-24-2008, 10:42 PM
Any thoughts to a series of figures from all the PC games or many of the SW novels?

misosazai7
03-25-2008, 10:39 PM
I vote for 15, 16, 17, 23 and 25.

As a write in I submit the following Question:

A number of years back in the POTF collection, there was a wave of Two-packs called the Princess Leia Collection. Each featured Leia in a SG version of one of her costumes and paired her with either a new sculpt in SG or a repackaged figure (Luke Ceremeony, Han Bespin, R2-D2 and Wicket). Can you comment on the possibility of Hasbro taking a similar approach in order to knock out some of the yet to be produced Padme figures or even a SG version or resculpt of a previously produced Padme? This isn't too far off from the Comic packs, and there is a precident in the princess Leia collection. It could also be a way to offer up some yet to be produced figures or resculpts. For example: Padme and Anakin in their Freighter travel outfits from AOTC; Post Senate Padme (Black Dress) and Jar Jar; Senator Amidala with Captain Typho in formal Uniform; Picnic scene Padme and Anakin; Return to Naboo Padme with handmaiden etc, etc.

Cane_Adiss
03-25-2008, 11:32 PM
"slightly redesigning"? That'd be a major change, there's gearing where the figure's body would go. I'll change that part, but also, I have NO idea what to say about how they're supposed to sell this thing - they have the $20 line, nobody's gonna buy a $20 cruisemissile trooper; they have the Battle Pack line, should it go there? Throw me thoughts and we'll run it up the flagpole, see if anybody salutes.

I said "slightly" because what I had in mind was expanding on the original design to fit in the $20 vehicle line, which wouldn't have to be a major design overhaul. It could be larger and with a more intricate cockpit for a removeable pilot, plus some extra "action features" worked in (missiles, snap open guns/wings etc.). Plus, who's to say that nobody would buy this at the $20 price range? If it's a well made, visually interesting product with an exclusive figure I'm sure it would have an audience. Back then, Kenner had a lower priced vehicle line so this was designed to fit that price range (in other words, it had to be made cheaply so the finished product was lamer than it could've been). I think that the vehicle's design could be made "cool" and modern enough for the $20 price tag. The idea of a high-tech Imperial hang glider with guns is pretty neat and unique.

JediTricks
03-26-2008, 05:02 AM
Question 26 added.

I haven't counted any votes for this yet as I'm not sure who wants to vote for it.

For the build-a-beast thing, you could ask something like:

Will the Build a Droid feature ever be applied to things other than droids - such as beasts or pieces of scenery?That's a good way to do it, but it seems so not bulletproofed, and they've already shut down scenery in the past. Dang, I'm just gonna add that. LMK if you want to vote for it.


Any thoughts to a series of figures from all the PC games or many of the SW novels?ActionFigs.com, Dec 7th, 2007:
Several recent multipacks featuring EU figures - such as the Rebel Commando, Battlefront, and Mandalorian sets - seem rather popular with collectors. Has there been any consideration given for using the multipack format for characters that have only appeared in novels? Perhaps the Myrkr strike team of Jedi from Star by Star, or maybe members of Rogue and Wraith Squadrons in box sets, something like that?
What you suggest is a good idea and we will explore it as the multi-packs have indeed proved popular. We're a little leery of the boxed set format for the novel figures, simply because it's a lot of development and a higher price point devoted to characters who don't have a lot of visual development to support them (Mandalorians, we felt, carried their own visual weight and demand to justify). Rogue Squadron has ample comic support, and is a great idea, but we have other plans to systematically get to them over the course of time. Wraith Squadron is very interesting - as we tackle Rogue Squadron, we can look to Wraith for additional ideas.
SirStevesGuide.com, July 20th, 2007:
Q: 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)? A: This is a great question, since the LucasArts video games have indeed been strong and our figures tied to them have proven to be very popular. Next up are the two Battlefront II multi-packs slated for this Fall from Diamond Comics, which will be debuted at Comic Con. After that, we will see where the direction leads. Probably the first priority for us will be looking to the name games Lucasfilm has been doing, but we do not rule out covering some of the other memorable characters from previous games. Probably the best way to gauge overall fan demand for these figures would be to embark upon another "fans' choice" poll (discussions we've already begun with Toy Fare Magazine) ideally early next year. Last year's poll gave great visibility, and underscored demand for the KOTOR figures, and it's possible that now that we have addressed many of the major wants from the last poll, new choices from classic videogames will emerge as favorites on the next one. If so, we will certainly consider them. Thanks, too, for the detailed list - it's very helpful.
ActionFigs.com, Jan 12th, 2007:
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.
July 6th, 2007:
Yakface.com: I'm seeing the new Comic Packs everywhere and it's great to see new figures with these cool sculpts on the pegs - and for the most part, they seem to be selling rather well. I am wondering if you are considering expanding this into perhaps video games? I would think that a few video game 2-pks would be another way to get some of those characters made into plastic that fans would like to see... perhaps some more KOTOR characters, Dark Forces, etc. As for a pack-in, you could replace the comic book with a fold-out poster from the game or something.
Hasbro: Thanks for the comment and the suggestion. Based on the fans' response, the comic packs do indeed appear to be tapping into a great area. We see it as a way of bringing some very interesting characters to life who have played intriguing roles in Star Wars storytelling in comics (and in many cases, the novels as well). We think the comic as an important part of the storytelling, and don't plan on changing that any time soon. That's an interesting idea on posters, and we can look at it for the future, but we think what we have in store for handling some of the game figures will please you, including multi-packs (like this years Battlefront II packs) and next year's The Force Unleashed basic figures....as well as a few more surprises along the way.
Jan 26th, 2007:
FFURG.com: In previous Q&A's you have mentioned that it is difficult for Hasbro to design Expanded Universe based figures due to a lack of visual reference material and that has led in part to the creation of the Comics 2-Pack line which has the visuals you need. I was wondering for EU characters from novels which do not have comic adaptations, would Hasbro consider using the various Novel covers, Reference Guides, and CCG Cards that exist depicting EU characters?
Hasbro: If we select to do a novel-based character who does not have any comic appearances, then any other canonical artwork from any source would be valuable inspiration and would not be ruled out for that characters' appearance. It isn't our intent to re-create characters when good information already exists.
Dec 15th, 2006:
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.
Dec 1st, 2006:
JediTempleArchives.com: With non-movie stories becoming the future of Star Wars it seems like you are (will be) really jumping into tying in the comics and the future TV series into the toy line. The Legacy of the Force novel series is right in the thick of things now. Do you have plans in offering characters from this series or other novels into the line?
Hasbro: First, I would rather say that we are embracing the EU storytelling right alongside of (and not replacing) the movies. The movies are the foundation and will remain that way for a good long time. We know the novels are looming out there, but it's tough to make the direct connection to figures since they are not an inherently visual media. We will have to see how these figures do on future fans' choice polls, and if the strength of the characters continues to resonate, we'll consider them.
Aug 11th, 2006:
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.

As a write in I submit the following Question:

A number of years back in the POTF collection, there was a wave of Two-packs called the Princess Leia Collection. Each featured Leia in a SG version of one of her costumes and paired her with either a new sculpt in SG or a repackaged figure (Luke Ceremeony, Han Bespin, R2-D2 and Wicket). Can you comment on the possibility of Hasbro taking a similar approach in order to knock out some of the yet to be produced Padme figures or even a SG version or resculpt of a previously produced Padme? This isn't too far off from the Comic packs, and there is a precident in the princess Leia collection. It could also be a way to offer up some yet to be produced figures or resculpts. For example: Padme and Anakin in their Freighter travel outfits from AOTC; Post Senate Padme (Black Dress) and Jar Jar; Senator Amidala with Captain Typho in formal Uniform; Picnic scene Padme and Anakin; Return to Naboo Padme with handmaiden etc, etc.Sept 28th, 2007:
4-inches.de: The call for substancially more Padmé figures seems to be unbroken. While you just made clear that multipacks do have another focus not just for one figure there would be another way launch more than one figure at one time besides the main line. In 1998 you realised 4 2-Packs with Princess Leia in the POTF2 Princess Leia Collection Subline. Like Leia was in the classic trilogy Padmé is the one female main character in the new trilogy and with their multiple dresses she wears in Episodes I to III it would be difficult to realise all or most of her dresses among the main line so some other forms of realisations could hold for launching the mayor sculpts of Padmé. Padmé could get her own 2-Pack subline in a way like the recent Order 66 2-Packs. Each set could come with a Padmé figure in new dress with another main character as Repack, Repaint or another new character. Even a 2-Pack from some deleted scenes with a Separatist Senator would be possible that way. Easily around 6 sets could be possible. More Padmé figures can be produced from time to time with the main line if there will be a slot for her. How do you think about an idea like this?
Hasbro: The challenge is that these 2-packs were not very successful at the time, because of the narrow focus, and while we *could* do something like that we have not because we do not think it would be the best idea for us. Female figures, in general, so struggle and are not very popular with kids, so we will continue to turn our attention to Padme periodically in the "collector" slots we have in the lineup. This means that you will likely not see too many at one time because there are many other popular segments that we must also pay attention to. More Padme's will come with time.

I said "slightly" because what I had in mind was expanding on the original design to fit in the $20 vehicle line, which wouldn't have to be a major design overhaul. It could be larger and with a more intricate cockpit for a removeable pilot, plus some extra "action features" worked in (missiles, snap open guns/wings etc.). Plus, who's to say that nobody would buy this at the $20 price range? If it's a well made, visually interesting product with an exclusive figure I'm sure it would have an audience. Back then, Kenner had a lower priced vehicle line so this was designed to fit that price range (in other words, it had to be made cheaply so the finished product was lamer than it could've been). I think that the vehicle's design could be made "cool" and modern enough for the $20 price tag. The idea of a high-tech Imperial hang glider with guns is pretty neat and unique.It'd be too small for the $20 range as it is, so that's a big upsizing, a total restart. It'd be a hard sell because it was a hard sell the first time around. So what you want is something I hadn't considered from your previous questions, you're talking about basically double-sizing the thing, going from its current size to as big as the Jedi Starfighter. Thoughts? Maybe a 2pack of smaller vehicles, one the Cruisemissile Trooper and one a Rebel version? I dunno, get back to me.

Cane_Adiss
03-26-2008, 08:26 AM
It'd be too small for the $20 range as it is, so that's a big upsizing, a total restart. It'd be a hard sell because it was a hard sell the first time around. So what you want is something I hadn't considered from your previous questions, you're talking about basically double-sizing the thing, going from its current size to as big as the Jedi Starfighter. Thoughts? Maybe a 2pack of smaller vehicles, one the Cruisemissile Trooper and one a Rebel version? I dunno, get back to me.

It wouldn't have to be a "total restart". Like I said, just take the original design, alter it slightly to accommodate a figure and to make it big enough to fit in the $20 vehicle line. (Look at the sith infiltrator, thats not a whole lot bigger that the Cruisemissile. And the Infiltrator is plenty lame.) Expand on it a little with extra features and an exclusive figure. So yes, it would be a completely new tool. It would be less of a hard sell IMO because the people who would chiefly be buying this (kids/parents) probably don't even know/remember about the old vehicle so they wouldn't automatically assume a new and updated one would be lame, although I had alot of fun with mine when I was a kid. And collectors could be drawn in because it's a "new" vehicle with collectible/ nostalgic appeal and an exclusive figure.

JediTricks
03-28-2008, 01:07 AM
I don't mind saying it'd require a new mold, but I just don't think it'd be the same size, the old one was in the same box as the speederbikes, it's just not that big, even compared to the teeny Sith Infiltrator Junior - which isn't a particularly favorable comparison really as that thing sucks. Are you advocating upsizing it by about double or do you have another idea?


Anyway, here's my votes:
3 vehicle price drops
4 Role Play
6 Jerjerrod
18 Lavender Jango
23 Luke DS2
24 Virago

StbrianofMinneapolis
03-28-2008, 09:09 AM
Has this been suggested yet? I tried to search but found nothing.

I want senate pods with every padme figure or senator figure.

I dont care if it is not a senate version of Padme. I just bought the "sexy-black-dress-padme", she is a tiny figure that could have used a decent sized accesory.

On top of that, why not a senate pod wave? I dont care if it is Aunt Beru with senate pod. We all know the pods will be moved over to our senate diaoramas anyway.

Cane_Adiss
03-28-2008, 09:58 AM
I don't mind saying it'd require a new mold, but I just don't think it'd be the same size, the old one was in the same box as the speederbikes, it's just not that big, even compared to the teeny Sith Infiltrator Junior - which isn't a particularly favorable comparison really as that thing sucks. Are you advocating upsizing it by about double or do you have another idea?

I thought I've clearly communicated my idea already. Whether it would have to be double the size or whatever to fit in the current line I'm not sure, but what I suggested is to expand on the design slightly and make it big enough to fit in the $20 vehicle line. Actually, my original question had nothing to do with size or price range. I was merely asking if Hasbro would ever be willing to consider updating the Cruisemissile for the modern line, however they choose to do it. And I offered suggestions on how to make it "cool" (spring loaded action features, removeable exclusive pilot etc.). I don't really know how else to word the question. I think the guys at Hasbro would be able to understand what I'm asking.

Here, I've revised the question:

Although Hasbro has made it's lack of enthusiasm for the Cruisemissile Trooper clear in past Q&A's, back in it's day it was a good toy that basically served it's purpose in the line well. In that light, would Hasbro ever consider updating this vehicle so it would fit the aesthetics of the modern line? Perhaps the original design could be expanded on and resized to fit into the current vehicle line. With an exclusive removeable pilot and more kid-friendly action features this could be another great vehicle revisit down the road!

El Chuxter
03-28-2008, 02:03 PM
We should strive for one Cruisemissle question per week, to keep them on their toes. Good work, Cane! :thumbsup:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-28-2008, 02:21 PM
Yeah! F*** the Cloud Car, I want a new Cruisemissile Trooper!!!

JediTricks
03-28-2008, 02:57 PM
Has this been suggested yet? I tried to search but found nothing.

I want senate pods with every padme figure or senator figure.

I dont care if it is not a senate version of Padme. I just bought the "sexy-black-dress-padme", she is a tiny figure that could have used a decent sized accesory.

On top of that, why not a senate pod wave? I dont care if it is Aunt Beru with senate pod. We all know the pods will be moved over to our senate diaoramas anyway.While I applaud you giving Hasbro both barrels over the fact that Padme figures are a ripoff for being minimal product, I really don't see them saying anything positive about the idea of including senate pods with basic figures. The one we have is far too big for a basic card, it just wouldn't be feasible, especially right now when they've taken larger accessories away.


I thought I've clearly communicated my idea already. Whether it would have to be double the size or whatever to fit in the current line I'm not sure, but what I suggested is to expand on the design slightly and make it big enough to fit in the $20 vehicle line. Actually, my original question had nothing to do with size or price range. I was merely asking if Hasbro would ever be willing to consider updating the Cruisemissile for the modern line, however they choose to do it. And I offered suggestions on how to make it "cool" (spring loaded action features, removeable exclusive pilot etc.). I don't really know how else to word the question. I think the guys at Hasbro would be able to understand what I'm asking.

Here, I've revised the question:

Although Hasbro has made it's lack of enthusiasm for the Cruisemissile Trooper clear in past Q&A's, back in it's day it was a good toy that basically served it's purpose in the line well. In that light, would Hasbro ever consider updating this vehicle so it would fit the aesthetics of the modern line? Perhaps the original design could be expanded on and resized to fit into the current vehicle line. With an exclusive removeable pilot and more kid-friendly action features this could be another great vehicle revisit down the road!I said I felt it had to be something reasonably marketed, which is how we got into the "how would they sell it?" territory that led us to "upsizing for the $20 pricepoint", but that's where it got stuck because it'd be way bigger, not this gentle upsizing.

Anyway, after going through various thought processes on the matter and looking over their answers in the past about new vehicles, it's clear what we'd get since this is the phrase we keep seeing: "it would need animation support to make it happen. There is a very low chance of them getting made if they are not in the series" - this is where they're looking right now, and if we can't buffer the new question against that, there's no reason to add it except for the academic response (e.g., to find out HOW they say "no"). I'm not interested in finding out what nice version of "no" we get at this point, so I'm not adding it. I'll take another look at it when we get back the Virago question next week though.

JediTricks
03-28-2008, 03:00 PM
Well, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who voted!

Here's what we sent in this round:

Regarding Luke Jedi in his Death Star 2 look, the only basic figure of this is from 5 years ago, is preposed, has an action gimmick with floppy arms, and a likeness somewhere between "caveman" and "Harpo Marx". That despite Luke DS2 being the only OT main character figure in the last Fans' Choice poll's top 25 - 10 of the 14 figures above him are made or confirmed, as well as 4 of the 9 figures beneath. Hasbro's past answer on this matter was "theming issues, it may be a while, hang in there," yet since the 2003 DS2 Luke figure there have been 7 ROTJ waves and 2 Vintage-style lines with ROTJ figures; as well as 4 more Luke Jedi with Jabba's Palace outfits and Toy Fair has shown yet another ROTJ wave, this time with a Jabba's Palace-styled Luke Jedi from a deleted scene; and the previous new Luke Jedi figure could have fit the bill with its removable vest and outer belt yet was designed specifically against making it into DS2 Luke. Fans want Luke DS2, most of the other Fans' Choice poll results have been made or confirmed, Hasbro's had several opportunities, now we have sandstorm Luke coming - a deleted scene figure - over Luke DS2 which is baffling. So what's the full story here, why no Luke Jedi DS2 yet again? When can collectors finally get the last main OT character's significant costume yet to be done as an action figure?
Back in 1996, Kenner/Hasbro was developing a Virago vehicle toy for the Shadows of the Empire figure line to go along with the 2 other vehicles the line produced. Several pieces of concept and packaging art were produced, a retailer-enticement sheet describing some cool features was found not too long ago, as well as a prototype model, but the vehicle never materialized. The Galoob Action Fleet Virago remains one of the most sought-after vehicles on ebay, as this ship makes for a unique and exciting Star Wars toy. Did your Virago design ever get turned into a mold? Does Hasbro still have any molds or prototypes of it? What would the chances be of seeing a Virago released today?
The current R5 droid mold (used on R5-D4, R5-J2, and R5-F7) is close to "perfect", but there are a few glaring issues that should be addressed before this mold becomes the all-purpose version. They include the antenna, which comes out and may be lost easily; the pop-up motivator, which worked on R5-D4 but had diminishing returns on later uses; and the chest plate being a separate piece, which has been a problem on every figure to use the VOTC R2-D2 body. The head could just be retooled and used on the more-accurate R4-G9 body. Will these issues be addressed, or will we continue to get more less-than-perfect R5 figures?
Many collectors have noted that Moff Jerjerrod was not a great seller and can still be found in stores, while it seemed as though Admiral Ozzel, Captain Piett, and Grand Moff Tarkin seemed to have sold better. There are times where Hasbro really nails a likeness, but unfortunately Moff Jerjerrod did not look like the actor and had an angry facial expression not seen in Return of the Jedi. Would Hasbro ever consider resculpting this figure or does the perceived poor performance of the Jerjerrod figure make it unlikely he would ever be revisited. Do you agree that if this figure sold poorly it may have been in part because of a poor likeness?
A number of fans would like to see more figures from the SW Holiday Special, which you've stated is not a priority for Hasbro. One of the characters from it, Ackmena, played by Bea Arthur, has been getting some traction lately in the collector community as a figure they'd like to see made. Before fans get too fired up, might you comment on if Hasbro even HAS the licensed authority needed to make a Bea Arthur Ackmena figure? (If by some miracle the answer is "yes", could you posit on its chances of being made?)
Has there been any thought about doing a few deliberate variations to some of the figures this year as running changes offered in later assortments, like you did with the ROTS line? For instance, the new '08 Anakin-as-Vader figure could be repainted with Sith eyes, or the '08 Obi-Wan could be redeco'ed with battle damage. Look for the new round of voting soon.