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JediTricks
05-02-2008, 02:52 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 May 16th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 49 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=1320); to ActionFigs.com's questions (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=12&p2_articleid=1916); 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=617136#post617136).

Current questions (vote for up to 6):


- 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 recent Clone Trooper and Rebel Trooper role-play blasters are pretty cool. 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?
- Will you ever release any Neimoidians & Separatist Leaders in the Galactic Heroes line? How about a General Lando/ Nien Nunb set?
- 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.
- 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?
- The Order 66 packs from last year were great and the new ones out now 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.
- Although the Cruisemissile Trooper vehicle has its share of detractors, including those at Hasbro, the concept and design have some fun and interesting toy merits, though not fully realized. Perhaps the original design could be embellished and resized to fit into either the current Starfighter Vehicle pricepoint or a Battle Pack or other smaller medium. And of course, this time around it could have a removable pilot and cooler features to make it a fun new vehicle with unique Star Wars credibility. Would Hasbro ever consider making an update to this vehicle with design and features befitting the modern line?
- With 2 of the finalists in the most recent Saga Legends fans choice poll being from the Battle of Geonosis - Pablo-Jill and Coleman Trebor - might Hasbro consider releasing a second Battlepack focused on the Geonosis Arena battle containing those 2 figures? Pablo-Jill could use some actual leg articulation and this would be a good time to add it to the figure, you could also include a retooled Nikto Jedi (his actual name is Fi-ek Sirch) since he was in the scene but the figure was nearly unarticulated, and of course the prerequisite core characters that each Battlepack needs. This would make a nice counterpart to the first Geonosis Battlepack, plus it'd get some popular figures re-released.
- With the AT-TE and Millennium Falcon being released on the same day, while exciting it does lead to a few questions: After years of saying there's not enough interest in large vehicles, how do we get 2 extremely large vehicles at the same time, was there something specific which precipitated this change in thinking? Why release them at the same time, wouldn't conventional wisdom say to release them months apart so they don't detract from each other's sales or retail shelf real-estate? For those collectors who want both but cannot afford 2 $100+ pricetags at the same time, for approximately how long will each vehicle be shipping to retailers? And finally, will these be produced in roughly equal amounts, or is will there be more of one vehicle over the other, and if the latter, which vehicle and why?
- In the past, Hasbro's had a fairly good ability to get new Star Wars waves and lines onto shelves in a timely fashion within the prescribed dates Hasbro claimed. However, a few lines recently have suffered delays, such as the Saga '03 line, TAC twice (wave 1 and 4), the General Grievous starfighter wave, and now the announcement of the preview Captain Rex mail-away figure not coming out until July (thus negating the "preview" aspect). Why has it been getting more difficult to get new Star Wars products released on time?
- Many fans are glad to hear your recent confirmation that Han and Luke in stormtrooper disguises will be coming this year. This leads to the question of what bodies and heads will be used here, will these be merely movie-accurate repaints of the Comic Pack versions, or will they have any resculpting, perhaps new heads or new bodies? Luke particularly would benefit from a more-accurate head and a new body that accurately portrays his being "a little short for a stormtrooper".
- The Indiana Jones line has been pretty cool so far, and while looking at potential scenes from the IJ saga, some fans were wondering if Hasbro would ever consider making an Adolf Hitler figure from his amusing-yet-chilling scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Other fans also wonder what Hasbro's official stance on not creating movie-accurate toys with swastikas on them is. What do you say to these fans who demanded we ask you about their Nazi toys? How about to the rest of us who find the notion in poor taste, to say the least?
- Ever since the '04 OTC line, it seems like Hasbro's scheduled out an entire year's worth of figures only to find out later that the release schedule comes up short at the end and there's a scramble to fill that void with a wave or 2 of repaints which have to stretch the end of the year and sometimes even 1st quarter of the following year. It happened with the ROTS line, the TSC line, the TAC '07 line, and now apparently in The Legacy Collection line (though we know that is due to a delayed wave), and it's not just the SW brand, the Transformers brand has been doing this with almost every line for the past 5 years. Besides unexpected delays, what generally causes this sort of thing? Why repaints and not just a schedule with pacing that is spread further out to avoid such troubles (the TAC line's 2nd half really got slammed together in release scheduling before its repaint wave)?
- This question comes up quite a bit, so here goes. With the Indiana Jones line, will you be making another deluxe German Motorcycle, one that comes with a sidecar and perhaps Henry Jones sr.? Good way to reuse a few molds and get something new and desired into collectors hands.
- From the Indy line, any plans for more Marion Ravenwood figures such as Marion in white dress, Marion from the bar scene, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Marion? It'd be a good chance to work on the character's likeness, which the current figure doesn't capture all that well.
- The rumor mill had a Disturbance at the Lars Homestead battle pack appear in the Toys R Us computers, and recently a photo of a mock-up of this set has shown up. Can you give any comment on this set? The mock-up seems to show the old POTF2 Owen Lars figure which is well over a decade old and hasn't held up with the passage of time, will this be replaced with a new Uncle Owen? What other figures will come with the set, perhaps the April Fools Joke extra-crispy Owen & Beru skeletons? And does the igloo-type dome open to reveal an interior?
- With the Indiana Jones line's release, this question can no longer be contained... what has happened to the paint quality on the 3.75" figures' eyes over the past few years, both with Star Wars and now with Indy? The overwhelming majority of figures in the Indiana Jones line have big, sloppy whites and oversized pupils - too often also not painted at matching angles or looking upwards - which heavily detracts from the headsculpts, and the Star Wars line has been getting there as well. The Star Wars line had been doing much better in this realm up until a few years ago, a perfect example is comparing the Saga Luke Jabba's Palace with the TAC version which uses a modified version of the same head, the '04 Saga figure's eyes are much smaller and more realistic compared to the '07 TAC counterpart's which are bigger and gazing upwards.
- Might we ever get a Grievous figure as he appeared in ROTS when he was running from Obi-Wan on Utapau, where he inverted and ran on his arms, turning into a scorpion-like appearance?
- Word on the street (proverbially) is that the Titanium Series SW line is hanging by a thread and in danger of being canceled despite Hasbro's recent assurances that the line would go on through 2009. 2008 wave 4 has vanished from pre-orders, and store computers look unfortunately empty. What is going on? Is this just an SKU changeover, or something more drastic? If the line is continuing, what will we be seeing this year? When you said there were "12 all new tools for the Fall", did that mean 12 vehicles in just the Fall or for everything leading up to the Fall including vehicles currently out? And does that include Battlestar Galactica, is there anything new there?
- For years, fans have wanted a resizing/upgrading of the Millennium Falcon and, HOORAY!, now Hasbro has delivered one. Under ideal circumstances, what other vehicles would Hasbro consider resizing/upgrading? What would it take, under this train of thinking, for Hasbro to resize the AT-AT, for example?
- With the ROTS line, we got a couple vehicles that have removable droid slots, but due to some issues, the droids don't actually work that well with them. Both ships have enjoyed repaints, the Jedi Starfighter almost too many to count, so there are plenty of droid slots in collectors' hands which don't actually accommodate astromech droid figures. The ARC-170 holds the figure too high and so loose that play is hampered; the JSF also holds the figure too high and the mold cavity doesn't actually have enough room to accommodate the feet despite trying; and those aren't the only vehicles with droid slot issues - the Naboo Fighter and Y-wing suffer dedicated droid domes instead of actual droid slots. Granted, Lucas approved prequel designs that "bend" physics to get astromechs into their slots, but with the figures I've experimented with this and found many astromech droids would fit if only they didn't have their feet. But collectors shouldn't have to hack off their droids' feet, so might Hasbro consider making a "pilot" astromech body that could have removable lower legs, perhaps for the Naboo Fighter separately removable legs as well?

Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

El Chuxter
05-02-2008, 02:55 PM
I'm going to wait until the last minute, but my compliments on your re-wording of the gas/preorder question. :thumbsup:

Droid
05-02-2008, 03:09 PM
How about:

Fans were looking forward to the Indiana Jones May 1st launch date for Hasbro's line. Many collectors are reporting finding no Indiana Jones toys in many Target and Walmart stores. Many Toys R Us stores are only putting out small quantities. Almost no one has reported finding everything that was scheduled to be released by now. Was May 1st an intentional soft launch on Hasbro's part, are the stores planning their own Indiana Jones events later in the month, or is there just a distribution problem?

The pictures of the Last Crusade figures look terrific in the basic figure line and the Temple of Doom figures look great in the Adventure Heroes line. How soon until there are Temple of Doom figures released in the basic line and Last Crusade figures in the Adventures Heroes line?

In the new Millennium Falcon toy, is there a door/hallway connecting the cockpit and the rest of the ship or is it walled off?

You stated that the Millennium Falcon was supposed to be a surprise, are there any other suprises in store that will be released in July? Will there be additional original trilogy/Legacy figures released other than the Yarna wave?

You have released a German soldier on a motorcycle. Do you expect to release Indiana on a motorcycle with Henry, Sr. in the sidecar?

El Chuxter
05-02-2008, 03:13 PM
If we're asking Indy questions, how about:

"What do you guys have against Short Round? Seven 'Mutt' figures before Shorty? That's a crime. You guys should be locked up!"

lol

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-02-2008, 07:20 PM
I would actually prefer we don't ask any Indiana Jones questions, but since there are so few Star Wars ones (and most of them are terrible), I don't care too much I guess. I'll think of something to add later.

bigbarada
05-02-2008, 08:38 PM
I have a new question:

For two years in a row we've had to suffer through delays in getting Star Wars product out to stores. First the delay of the entire TAC line last year and now the recent announcement that the Captain Rex mail-away figure won't be out until July. For eleven years this never seemed to be an issue, so why is it suddenly so difficult to get new Star Wars toys out to the consumer?

Kidhuman
05-02-2008, 08:41 PM
New question:

Why does the Star Wars line have to have extravagant packaging? Alot of people are complaining about the price increase also. If you cut packaging back to a side bubble and neutral poses for packaging, wouldnt that save money and lower the cost of the figures all around?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-02-2008, 09:29 PM
New question:

Why does the Star Wars line have to have extravagant packaging? Alot of people are complaining about the price increase also. If you cut packaging back to a side bubble and neutral poses for packaging, wouldnt that save money and lower the cost of the figures all around?
I like the question, but in the past they have mentioned how the action poses help drive up sales or something. So maybe it should be changed to something like:

The basic figure line seems to have an excessive amount of packaging. While we realize that the "action" poses of the carded figures help make the overall product more appealing to the consumer, fans are worrying about the rising figure costs (which, while somewhat offset by pack-ins, could seemingly still be lowered with less packaging) and the waste's negative effect on the environment (as many fans do not have access to adequate recycling facilities and are forced to throw away the bubble and/or the card). Wouldn't it be better all around if you did away with much of the excess packaging? It would likely lower costs for both you and the consumer, which would in turn drive up sales as people would be more inclined to buy less expensive figures. It would also greatly ease the minds of more environmentally-minded collectors.

And Chux's question needs to be re-added:

Currently, there are no options for reserving out-of-stock items or for pre-ordering upcoming items on hasbrotoyshop.com. Given the skyrocketing cost of gasoline, which makes it tougher for many collectors to search for figures the way they did even a couple of years ago, is there any chance of Hasbro reconsidering this policy? It's likely that, with gas projected to break the $4/gallon mark this summer and continue rising, more and more collectors (and parents) would be willing to pay shipping charges instead of having to buy more gas (for what is often a fruitless search).

And I'd like to pose this one again, albeit in a slightly different form:
Might it be better if the upcoming AT-TE and Millennium Falcon were released farther apart in time? Both vehicles will go for $100 or more, feature heavy electronics, appeal to both kids and collectors, and are amazing pieces. It might be better for them to be released several months or a year apart from each other rather than both in July, don't you think? That way, both items could have their "time in the sun;" already some collectors are brushing off the AT-TE in favor of the Falcon when, before the Falcon was announced, they were drooling over the AT-TE. Perhaps more importantly, collectors and kids would be able to get both without putting too much of a strain on their wallets all at once or having to choose between the two, as many collectors are admitting to having to do.

JediTricks
05-02-2008, 10:51 PM
Ok, I will evaluate all the Qs when I have more time, I'm inclined to do something with the "before the Saga line, stuff shipped on time" question but it'll take me a little longer to think it through.


As for the "more packaging is too costly" question, that's dead out. The costs for the bubbles are ridiculously cheap compared to the cardbacks, inserts, and figures themselves. The difference in cost between a POTF2 bubble and an OTC bubble is microscopic, they make the trays and bubbles very inexpensively through a much simpler molding system than that of the figures. There's no money to be scrounged from cheaping out on the bubbles, you may as well ask them to use 1 less clearband or paint 3 less dots on the Stormtrooper's stomach panel.


The AT-TE vs Falcon question seems moot, that stuff is already on the ships. If you want to ask about the wisdom of it, I suppose that could be done, but to be honest, I suspect they don't give as much of a crap about collectors on the AT-TE anyway since it has the TV show to prop it up, while the Falcon has a little boost in budget time from the 3-month imposed break thanks to the Indiana Jones line. But I could be wrong, so LMK if you really think it's worthwhile asking.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-03-2008, 02:04 PM
Well, then at least ask about the recycling part.

May as well put up the Falcon/AT-TE question with the "wisdom" angle. See if people vote for it; the question can't be worse than the rest of the crap up there. :p

bigbarada
05-03-2008, 02:57 PM
I think Hasbro knows what they are doing with releasing the Falcon and AT-TE at the same time. In the end, fans who want both will find a way to buy both.

Even if the question gets asked, Hasbro's just going to give us a "let's wait and see what happens" answer.

sebillba
05-03-2008, 04:21 PM
A new question for consideration:

Many fans were delighted by your recent announcement that we'll finally be getting updated versions of Han and Luke in stormtrooper armour at the end of the year. Can you confirm if they'll simply be the comic pack versions in neutral colours, or if they'll be new sculpts? Luke in particular would benefit from being rescaled.... he was, after all, "a little short for a stormtrooper".

Kidhuman
05-04-2008, 05:49 PM
New Question:

We understand the need for exclusives to stores, but why re-release the figures again so soon? EE's Comic 2 pack is now available, the line of Legends figures is all former exclusives and even the Vintage style figures make their way into the main line eventually. Last years Treachery battle pack exclusive Commander NEyo is even out on a card now.

Sinscia Fat'o
05-04-2008, 05:58 PM
Thanks Hasbro for making the Indiana Jones movie line very enjoyable, but after looking at potential dioramas, i was wondering if you would ever consider making Hitler as he was seen in "The Last Crusade"?

JediTricks
05-04-2008, 06:43 PM
Questions 10-14 added.


Fans were looking forward to the Indiana Jones May 1st launch date for Hasbro's line. Many collectors are reporting finding no Indiana Jones toys in many Target and Walmart stores. Many Toys R Us stores are only putting out small quantities. Almost no one has reported finding everything that was scheduled to be released by now. Was May 1st an intentional soft launch on Hasbro's part, are the stores planning their own Indiana Jones events later in the month, or is there just a distribution problem?Why does this matter as a question for Hasbro? I don't understand the point of this, it's a soft launch, the date was almost certainly a limitation LFL put on Hasbro. Stores will do what they do - supposedly Target has a bigger launch in mind for the middle of the month - but I don't get why we're asking Hasbro this. Most of the product is out there now and it's only the 4th, it's just not a big launch item. How does that differ from what they did with TAC wave 1 or Marvel Legends or Iron Man or GI Joe 25th Anniversary or Incredible Hulk (which is also now out there)? Are we looking for them to say "there just aren't as many collectors as excited about the Indiana Jones" line or something?


The pictures of the Last Crusade figures look terrific in the basic figure line and the Temple of Doom figures look great in the Adventure Heroes line. How soon until there are Temple of Doom figures released in the basic line and Last Crusade figures in the Adventures Heroes line?Pretty sure we already know when TOD figures are coming, check the Indy thread for which wave that is. As for Last Crusade in the Adventure Heroes... really? You care enough about LC and those little AH figs enough to warrant this?


In the new Millennium Falcon toy, is there a door/hallway connecting the cockpit and the rest of the ship or is it walled off?You can see there isn't, it's a sticker. Do you want to ask why there isn't though? My speculation is structural integrity and the electronic features in the cockpit, but that's only an educated guess.


You stated that the Millennium Falcon was supposed to be a surprise, are there any other suprises in store that will be released in July? Will there be additional original trilogy/Legacy figures released other than the Yarna wave?... are you serious? "Hi, I know you didn't want to tell us about the Falcon, anything else you don't want to tell us about?" ;)


You have released a German soldier on a motorcycle. Do you expect to release Indiana on a motorcycle with Henry, Sr. in the sidecar?That'd be more product than a deluxe figure set in that line has, it's either 2 figures or 1 figure and 1 accessory, not 2 figures and 1 accessory.



If we're asking Indy questions, how about:

"What do you guys have against Short Round? Seven 'Mutt' figures before Shorty? That's a crime. You guys should be locked up!"

lolLet's see, Shorty sucks, and he's not the co-star of the new movie. Mutt may or may not suck (though we know he will because he's being played by Shia LePutz) but he's the co-star of the new film.



I have a new question:

For two years in a row we've had to suffer through delays in getting Star Wars product out to stores. First the delay of the entire TAC line last year and now the recent announcement that the Captain Rex mail-away figure won't be out until July. For eleven years this never seemed to be an issue, so why is it suddenly so difficult to get new Star Wars toys out to the consumer?I reworked it a little, added it, and counted your vote.



And Chux's question needs to be re-added:That'd be kinda silly since we just sent it to Hasbro 2 days ago.


Well, then at least ask about the recycling part.I'm not adding this recycling thing again, we asked it once before and got our answer, it wasn't as satisfying as you guys wanted but I felt it was fully justified. These are trinkets, meaningless baubles here purely for our enjoyment, it's not surprising that they produce waste - they technically are waste - consumerism is the opposite of conservationism. As for the packaging being excessive, it's not, compare the surface area of 1 bubble and 1 tray to the bag you brought that figure home in, and realize how many of those bags end up in the landfill compared to our figures' packaging. The bubbles and trays are already fairly minimalistic as it is while still displaying the product in a contextual pose, and protecting it from shipping damage and theft. You want to recycle this stuff? Petition your local government to make recycling easier to do.


May as well put up the Falcon/AT-TE question with the "wisdom" angle. See if people vote for it; the question can't be worse than the rest of the crap up there. :pI took out the bum-smooching and turned it into more of a policy-based question than an attack on their intelligence, but it is added. Vote counted.


I think Hasbro knows what they are doing with releasing the Falcon and AT-TE at the same time. In the end, fans who want both will find a way to buy both.

Even if the question gets asked, Hasbro's just going to give us a "let's wait and see what happens" answer.That's my suspicion too, which is why I rewrote it to get at least some sort of answer.



A new question for consideration:

Many fans were delighted by your recent announcement that we'll finally be getting updated versions of Han and Luke in stormtrooper armour at the end of the year. Can you confirm if they'll simply be the comic pack versions in neutral colours, or if they'll be new sculpts? Luke in particular would benefit from being rescaled.... he was, after all, "a little short for a stormtrooper"."Armour" :p Question added, vote counted.



New Question:

We understand the need for exclusives to stores, but why re-release the figures again so soon? EE's Comic 2 pack is now available, the line of Legends figures is all former exclusives and even the Vintage style figures make their way into the main line eventually. Last years Treachery battle pack exclusive Commander NEyo is even out on a card now.I don't understand the point of this question. Are you complaining that figures which were exclusive are now too easy to get? If so, is that really something we want to complain about?



Thanks Hasbro for making the Indiana Jones movie line very enjoyable, but after looking at potential dioramas, i was wondering if you would ever consider making Hitler as he was seen in "The Last Crusade"?Hey, thanks a bunch, now we're gonna be "that site that tastelessly asked about a Hitler action figure!" After all, Hitler would make for such an exciting figure too, what with his huge muscles, belt covered in lightsabers, pet Ysalimiri draped around his shoulders, removable armor, and action-packed scenes in the film where he drove that tank right over Indiana Jones and then got out and picked him up by his neck and threw him across the parking lot. Hell's bells, while I'm at it, I'm going to make this even more despicable and ask about the missing swastikas, let's go out with a f'ing bang. Question added, vote counted, but don't be surprised if we get a ton of complaints and I change my mind & don't ask it when it comes time.

El Chuxter
05-04-2008, 07:49 PM
I always love when you include my joke questions in your posts in these threads, alongside all the serious questions. :)

Regarding KH's question about exclusives, maybe it could be rephrased to point out that it undermines the point of exclusives altogether, and if they continue to release exclusives in the regular line, it could p*** off the retailers who had the "exclusives" (especially if it results in a massive "Hell, this is gonna be carded next year anyway; why pay $20 for it now?" from collectors). If the retailers were to (worst case scenario) get mad enough to stop carrying exclusives and cut back on their SW ordering, it would be bad for both us (less new stuff) and Hasbro (less revenue).

JediTricks
05-04-2008, 08:21 PM
Regarding KH's question about exclusives, maybe it could be rephrased to point out that it undermines the point of exclusives altogether, and if they continue to release exclusives in the regular line, it could p*** off the retailers who had the "exclusives" (especially if it results in a massive "Hell, this is gonna be carded next year anyway; why pay $20 for it now?" from collectors). If the retailers were to (worst case scenario) get mad enough to stop carrying exclusives and cut back on their SW ordering, it would be bad for both us (less new stuff) and Hasbro (less revenue).
No, why the hell should we protect the retailers' interests? Why should we protect the scalpers' interests? If it takes making a figure exclusive at first to get the toy out and then the rest of the folks who missed out the first time get it in inferior packaging, what's so wrong with that? Are you talking about protecting your "investment"? Screw that! This is a collecting site, not a money marketing site, our questions should be about the love of the toy, if Hasbro wants to make it a little easier to get exclusives, why should that bother us? If we don't reward Hasbro for making exclusives that are too easy to get or not worth their value, how is that going to negatively impact the rest of the line? I don't see that at all. Look at the stupid Target melted crayon Obi-Wan & Anakin figures, those things tanked and yet we still have a myriad of other exclusives pouring into our hands from the big red circle. There's nothing to be feared from exclusives going into the basic line except the fear of the unknown.

El Chuxter
05-04-2008, 09:37 PM
Okay, let's back up. You totally misinterpreted what I was saying.

The fact is that the big retailers INSIST on getting exclusives from Hasbro. Hasbro's reps themselves have stated, time and again, that it's essentially a matter of "If you want us to order X amount of stuff, then you'd better give us something special."

Most people still get their toys from the big three (Toys R Us, Target, and Wal-Mart). A little behind those are KB and K-Mart/Sears. All five get exclusives on a fairly regular basis. Most of them sell quite well. A small number not selling as well doesn't bother these guys, since they'll more than make up for it on other overpriced exclusives.

In other words, it's not wise for Hasbro to tick these five companies off. Were one of them--and again, this is by far a worst-case scenario--decide that their exclusives weren't as "special" as they wanted, and cut their orders, that is a lose-lose proposition for Hasbro and collectors. First, many items like Imperial Shuttles and Ilum Battlepacks won't be made. Second, that's fewer places for people to find a good selection of Star Wars toys. Third, Hasbro won't sell as much product overall, so that means less variety.

This is especially possible if collectors start passing on the majority of (if not all) exclusives on their initial release, expecting a cheaper re-release within a short time frame.

Yes, it's all farfetched. I know that. But it is possible.

All KH's question posed was why the exclusives were being released again "so soon." Two of these former exclusives now getting wide release are barely a year old! We're not talking about five or six years, we're talking about one year.

bigbarada
05-04-2008, 11:01 PM
I reworked it a little, added it, and counted your vote.


Cool, you can also add 2, 12, and 14.

I also vote that question 13 be removed from the list; but I might be in the minority here.

Kidhuman
05-05-2008, 04:34 AM
What the point of the question is JT, is tat exclusives are being widely released qucikly, so what is the sense in sopending big money when we know we can get them 2 years later 5 dollars cheaper.

sebillba
05-05-2008, 05:48 AM
"Armour" :p Question added, vote counted.

That's right, the correct spelling. ;) :p

Thanks for adding my quesion JT. Not much else I'm really interested in, but I'll also vote for 4, 10, 11, 14.

Cane_Adiss
05-05-2008, 10:36 AM
My votes:

4, 8, 9, 12, and ....13.

I'm a little hesitant to vote for 13. Even though I would probably snatch up a Hitler action figure, I understand how even the idea would be offensive to some people. I'll bet there's some unwritten rule in the toy industry to not use swastikas or any extremist political symbol (based in reality anyway) on products to avoid boycotts and the like. There may even be legal issues surrounding such an issue, and I know that I for one would not buy my child a toy that has a swastika on it and I'll bet 95% of the country would agree with me. A Hitler action figure (with no "accurate" symbols) I'd be more likely to buy, if not for my kid then for myself. I'd bet he would be a marketing nightmare.

RENDAR LIVES
05-05-2008, 10:47 AM
I'd like to vote for 3, 10, 12 and 14 for now. Am I the only one interested in a Marcus Brody figure for the indiana Jones line? I feel he was a cruscial character and that scary nazi guy who burns his hand in Raiders would be cool too.

RENDAR LIVES
05-05-2008, 10:59 AM
I wouldn't want a Hitler figure regardless. I'm not bothered by the swastika accurate Nazi either. That's like not giving Jabba his hooka cause it promotes drugs. Might as well take Indy himself off of shelves too then because he comes with a gold bobble headed idol with a penis and boobs. Hell Belloq comes with a much larger one even. Personally I'm more offended that 25th anniversary Duke came with the American flag painted on his arm backwards but I still bought it.

Sinscia Fat'o
05-05-2008, 11:42 AM
My votes:

4, 8, 9, 12, and ....13.

I'm a little hesitant to vote for 13. Even though I would probably snatch up a Hitler action figure, I understand how even the idea would be offensive to some people. I'll bet there's some unwritten rule in the toy industry to not use swastikas or any extremist political symbol (based in reality anyway) on products to avoid boycotts and the like. There may even be legal issues surrounding such an issue, and I know that I for one would not buy my child a toy that has a swastika on it and I'll bet 95% of the country would agree with me. A Hitler action figure (with no "accurate" symbols) I'd be more likely to buy, if not for my kid then for myself. I'd bet he would be a marketing nightmare.

Personally I really didn't think about the "Politcal" stance of the figure...and honestly I never even thought about the swastika on the figures, I was just really curious as to how far Hasbro is willing to go with the line, and if historical figures like Hitler and Nazi Death Squads are being thought of for the line. I look at the events of WW2 as historical and as horriable as they were...they happened. And with the Nazi's being Indy's worst enemie in the previous flicks i thought the question just sorta made sense. Hopefully i didn't offend anyone by asking, i should have actually thought about it before i asked...a Dee-Duh-Dee moment.

Also i'll vote for number 9 as well.

bigbarada
05-05-2008, 12:27 PM
I wouldn't want a Hitler figure regardless. I'm not bothered by the swastika accurate Nazi either. That's like not giving Jabba his hooka cause it promotes drugs. Might as well take Indy himself off of shelves too then because he comes with a gold bobble headed idol with a penis and boobs. Hell Belloq comes with a much larger one even. Personally I'm more offended that 25th anniversary Duke came with the American flag painted on his arm backwards but I still bought it.

That's not a penis, the statue is giving birth to a baby, hence the name "fertility idol."

And that American flag on the Duke figure is accurate to the patches that the American soldiers wear:
http://www.flagpride.com/news/soldier.php

DarkArtist
05-05-2008, 12:29 PM
I would like to add this question:

with the recent Indiana Jones line are there plans for making another deluxe German Motorcycle with perhaps a sidecar for Henry Jones Sr. also what are the chances of seeing some of the original Kenner playsets redone for the modern line like the Map Room, Streets of Cairo, Wells of Souls. will we ever see a Marion Figure from Raiders in her White Dress or even an updated Marion for the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull line ?

DarkArtist
05-05-2008, 12:33 PM
my vote goes for :

2,7,12,13 and if my question for Indiana Jones gets added.

Cane_Adiss
05-05-2008, 03:01 PM
Personally I really didn't think about the "Politcal" stance of the figure...and honestly I never even thought about the swastika on the figures, I was just really curious as to how far Hasbro is willing to go with the line, and if historical figures like Hitler and Nazi Death Squads are being thought of for the line. I look at the events of WW2 as historical and as horriable as they were...they happened. And with the Nazi's being Indy's worst enemie in the previous flicks i thought the question just sorta made sense. Hopefully i didn't offend anyone by asking, i should have actually thought about it before i asked...a Dee-Duh-Dee moment.

Also i'll vote for number 9 as well.

I personally was not offended by your suggesting an Adolf Hitler action figure. I like the idea actually. What I find a little more controversial would be the inclusion of the Nazi symbol on toys aimed primarily at young children who may or may not understand the historical context. And I'm aware that this was not part of your suggestion, but JT's. I wouldn't have an issue with the symbol being included on products/collectibles aimed at older collectors (like Sideshow stuff) because generally it's not the kids who want that stuff.

Neuroleptic
05-05-2008, 04:49 PM
5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14 get my vote.

RENDAR LIVES
05-06-2008, 07:40 AM
That's not a penis, the statue is giving birth to a baby, hence the name "fertility idol."

And that American flag on the Duke figure is accurate to the patches that the American soldiers wear:
http://www.flagpride.com/news/soldier.php


Y'know I thought it looked like it had eyes. But it also looks like ****s between the legs too. I suppose thos could be arms. Still my line of thinking was that a "fertility" idol or god having male and female organs really made a lot of sense, after all if you had both would you even bother to leave the house? :D

Thanks for clearing up the G.I.Joe thing.

ChrisLyne
05-06-2008, 01:42 PM
11, 12, and 14

Iíd like to add;

Youíve said in the past NJO fans would have reason to look forward to comic con and an item based on the series would be shown there for the first time. Were you referring to the Kyle Katarn Vs. Yuuzhan Vong comic pack (which isnít actually part of the main NJO, just a Tales comic set in that era) or can NJO fans look forward to seeing something based on the novels at SDCC?

I apologise if the Kyle/Yuuzhan Vong pack hasnít been officially confirmed (I know both Kyle and the Yuuzhan Vong Warrior have been confirmed separately, and itís been confirmed Kyleís comic pack is based on the NJO era Tales comic). I just want this cleared up so NJO fans know whether or not they should get their hopes up before SDCC.

mtriv73
05-06-2008, 03:30 PM
3
7
10
11
12
14

darth_robb
05-06-2008, 09:59 PM
Here are my questions.

1. What are the chances of getting a General Calrissian / Nien Numb Galactic Heroes set?

2. Are there any plans for more Marion Ravenwood figures in the Indiana Jones line like Marion (white dress) and Marion (bar scene) from Raiders and one of Marion from Crystal Skull?

Thanks.

RENDAR LIVES
05-07-2008, 08:59 AM
11, 12, and 14

Iíd like to add;

Youíve said in the past NJO fans would have reason to look forward to comic con and an item based on the series would be shown there for the first time. Were you referring to the Kyle Katarn Vs. Yuuzhan Vong comic pack (which isnít actually part of the main NJO, just a Tales comic set in that era) or can NJO fans look forward to seeing something based on the novels at SDCC?

I apologise if the Kyle/Yuuzhan Vong pack hasnít been officially confirmed (I know both Kyle and the Yuuzhan Vong Warrior have been confirmed separately, and itís been confirmed Kyleís comic pack is based on the NJO era Tales comic). I just want this cleared up so NJO fans know whether or not they should get their hopes up before SDCC.


I'd like to vote for this question if it gets added.

joe-da
05-07-2008, 12:53 PM
4
9
10
11
12
14

Battle Droid
05-07-2008, 01:35 PM
Just 4 for now.

joe-da
05-07-2008, 03:56 PM
Just 4 for now.

The first post said I can vote for up to 6, but I can delete two of them...:(

Battle Droid
05-07-2008, 04:50 PM
No, I meant 4 for one of my votes. lol :p

joe-da
05-07-2008, 06:07 PM
Just a little try at humor (admittedly not that funny), as my posts are usually limited only to voting in polls.

Droid
05-07-2008, 11:44 PM
Hey, thanks a bunch, now we're gonna be "that site that tastelessly asked about a Hitler action figure!" After all, Hitler would make for such an exciting figure too, what with his huge muscles, belt covered in lightsabers, pet Ysalimiri draped around his shoulders, removable armor, and action-packed scenes in the film where he drove that tank right over Indiana Jones and then got out and picked him up by his neck and threw him across the parking lot. Hell's bells, while I'm at it, I'm going to make this even more despicable and ask about the missing swastikas, let's go out with a f'ing bang. Question added, vote counted, but don't be surprised if we get a ton of complaints and I change my mind & don't ask it when it comes time.

I really don't think we should ask this. The question as written seems REALLY tasteless. Could we add a sentence that states that it would seem to be in poor taste to make a Hitler figure or any product with swastikas on it and does Hasbro agree that would be a bad idea?

Blue2th
05-08-2008, 02:13 AM
Questions 10-14 added.


Hey, thanks a bunch, now we're gonna be "that site that tastelessly asked about a Hitler action figure!" After all, Hitler would make for such an exciting figure too, what with his huge muscles, belt covered in lightsabers, pet Ysalimiri draped around his shoulders, removable armor, and action-packed scenes in the film where he drove that tank right over Indiana Jones and then got out and picked him up by his neck and threw him across the parking lot.
Hey that's pretty close to my avatar! but I agree, why even ask the question. It is tasteless, and reminds me of a "I double-dog-dare you to ask" kinda question.
btw: I'll vote later.

master J
05-08-2008, 01:10 PM
I vote 12, 13, 14 for now.

Plus I have a new question:
So a possible mock up of the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead has turned up (its also showing up in TRU computer). Can you make any comment on this set? Is the Owen going to be replaced with a new one? That mold is REALLY old and doesnt hold up compared to the new figures. Also, will the igloo dome have a removeable top and is it plastic? Finally, can you possibily have the "extra crispy" skeletons in there as an accessory? Would be nice to make up for that April fools joke made years ago!

JediTricks
05-09-2008, 03:31 AM
Questions 15-18 added.

Questions 4, 13 modified.

Question 18 is mine, I had to ask it after buying some Indy figs.


Okay, let's back up. You totally misinterpreted what I was saying.

The fact is that the big retailers INSIST on getting exclusives from Hasbro. Hasbro's reps themselves have stated, time and again, that it's essentially a matter of "If you want us to order X amount of stuff, then you'd better give us something special."Everything I've seen from Hasbro on the matter has been the opposite, Hasbro either "shops" the exclusives around until someone bites, or the retailer asks for an exclusive item and Hasbro works with them to deliver it.


This is especially possible if collectors start passing on the majority of (if not all) exclusives on their initial release, expecting a cheaper re-release within a short time frame.

Yes, it's all farfetched. I know that. But it is possible.Too farfetched for me, I think I made good counterarguments to this already.


All KH's question posed was why the exclusives were being released again "so soon." Two of these former exclusives now getting wide release are barely a year old! We're not talking about five or six years, we're talking about one year.And again, I don't understand why anybody but scalpers would care about that, I firmly don't believe the risks are as great as you're suggesting, you're going way out on a limb with this assumption. So far, we've seen absolutely nothing that suggests collectors are planning some sort of mass revolt against exclusives, we've been kvetching for years about them yet Hasbro's sales keep going up with the line, not down. Exclusives are niche items, as I understand it, if 10% of the buying audience buys them it's good enough, so even if some of us in that 10% take the risk of re-releases, there's still a lot of potential buyers who want it "now" or don't want to take the risk or up until then didn't think they could get exclusives and now they can. I just don't think we fans can be so sure of a hypothetical level of trending when we show ourselves in general to be so myopic about other aspects of the market.



Cool, you can also add 2, 12, and 14.

I also vote that question 13 be removed from the list; but I might be in the minority here.Votes counted, and anti-vote counted for #13.



What the point of the question is JT, is tat exclusives are being widely released qucikly, so what is the sense in sopending big money when we know we can get them 2 years later 5 dollars cheaper.No sense? There's a risk it won't get rereleased? I just still don't understand why collectors should worry about this, this is Hasbro's concern (if they see it as a concern at all, which I doubt), but it's a boon to us.



I would like to add this question:

with the recent Indiana Jones line are there plans for making another deluxe German Motorcycle with perhaps a sidecar for Henry Jones Sr. also what are the chances of seeing some of the original Kenner playsets redone for the modern line like the Map Room, Streets of Cairo, Wells of Souls. will we ever see a Marion Figure from Raiders in her White Dress or even an updated Marion for the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull line ?I'll add the motorcycle since it keeps coming up, and count your vote for it.

I am hesitant to ask about Marion figures at this point, kinda specific, but since someone else asked it too, I'll add it as a separate question. I have NOT counted your vote for it yet though, LMK.

As for playsets, they've already shot down playsets...

Playset answer, March 20th:
YodasNews.com: This one is a Indiana Jones question, With the Adventure Heroes Line will we also see play sets and environments like with Star Wars? Something along the lines of the Cantina Sets and Falcon sets?
Hasbro: Not initially, but eventually we hope to get to do some Cinema Scene-type ideas as the line continues into future years.
and August 17th, 2007:
Yakface.com: Now that the Indiana Jones figures have been confirmed and a few revealed at Comic-Con (which look great by the way, I'm extremely excited). Will you be accepting any questions about this line in future Q&A sessions as well?
I know it's the Star Wars Q&A, but SW and Indy have always gone hand- in-hand down through the years, and since they're being worked on by the same team, I'm hoping you'd be willing to field a few questions about this exciting new line.
IF so, let me attempt to be the first by asking whether or not the "vintage" playsets will get an update (Well of the Souls, Streets of Cairo, Map Room) as well as vehicles (German army truck w/ Ark crate). The flying wing with shredible German Mechanic would also be a cool new addition.
Finally, IF the playsets and vehicles get an update, will they utilize the molds from the vintage toys like many of the current Star Wars vehicles or would they be all new sculpts?
Hasbro: Yes, Indy questions can be sent to the same address here, and since it's the same team bringing you the IJ excitement, we can answer. The answer to playsets is about the same as you might expect from Star Wars - It's a been a struggle so we are adopting a wait and see attitude on them and seeing where our figure/vehicle demand nets out first before going too far in the playset direction. The cargo truck is a definite probability for 3-3/4", but the wing is tough because it really is a big one. One thing that is known is that NONE of the original Indy tools exist anymore, so we will not be going back to the vintage tools.

I’d like to add;

You’ve said in the past NJO fans would have reason to look forward to comic con and an item based on the series would be shown there for the first time. Were you referring to the Kyle Katarn Vs. Yuuzhan Vong comic pack (which isn’t actually part of the main NJO, just a Tales comic set in that era) or can NJO fans look forward to seeing something based on the novels at SDCC?

I apologise if the Kyle/Yuuzhan Vong pack hasn’t been officially confirmed (I know both Kyle and the Yuuzhan Vong Warrior have been confirmed separately, and it’s been confirmed Kyle’s comic pack is based on the NJO era Tales comic). I just want this cleared up so NJO fans know whether or not they should get their hopes up before SDCC.Hmm, this is a toughy, on the one hand it is a fair question, while on the other it's a rumor question which we try to avoid. Right now, I'm leaning towards not adding it because of how they buffered their Dec 7th answer on the matter:
YodasNews.com: I would like to know from Hasbro if there are any plans to do figures from the New Jedi Order series of books? I would really like to see something done with The Yuuzhan Vong, and the Jedi?
Hasbro: Yes. One of the first figures we will be releasing is the NJO Luke Skywalker figure in the first new wave of the upcoming Evolutions line. That might not be the only NJO character in 2008, either, it depends on how schedules work out, but we should have very exciting news around Comic Con next year about the next NJO figure. Stay tuned!
It's very easy to get caught in several traps here, they could say the Vong is an NJO character so it still counts, that it's not a confirmed item, that their original answer didn't make any promises... I dunno, I guess you guys give me more feedback on the matter first.


Here are my questions.

1. What are the chances of getting a General Calrissian / Nien Numb Galactic Heroes set?

2. Are there any plans for more Marion Ravenwood figures in the Indiana Jones line like Marion (white dress) and Marion (bar scene) from Raiders and one of Marion from Crystal Skull?

Thanks.I'll tack #1 onto question 4, I never really liked #4 being so short anyway. :p Vote counted.

#2 added. Vote counted.


I'd like to vote for this question if it gets added.Check out my comments to the post a few paragraphs up, I haven't added the question yet but it's not off the table.


Just a little try at humor (admittedly not that funny), as my posts are usually limited only to voting in polls.Heh heh, that was bad. lol



I really don't think we should ask this. The question as written seems REALLY tasteless. Could we add a sentence that states that it would seem to be in poor taste to make a Hitler figure or any product with swastikas on it and does Hasbro agree that would be a bad idea?Anti-vote counted.

I've added your "poor taste" comment as a question to the end which better counterbalances it, I originally thought I did a good job with that but re-reading it felt a lot less sure.



Plus I have a new question:
So a possible mock up of the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead has turned up (its also showing up in TRU computer). Can you make any comment on this set? Is the Owen going to be replaced with a new one? That mold is REALLY old and doesnt hold up compared to the new figures. Also, will the igloo dome have a removeable top and is it plastic? Finally, can you possibily have the "extra crispy" skeletons in there as an accessory? Would be nice to make up for that April fools joke made years ago!While I'm not in love with asking more rumor questions, the photo does seem pretty believable, so I'll add it and count your vote.

sebillba
05-09-2008, 04:51 AM
I'm suddenly finding the questions more interesting.... I think i've got one vote left, could I drop #10, and add 15 and 17 instead?

I've also been tempted by the Hitler question.... perhaps it could be mentioned that Hitler was played by Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), so the SW connection might be a more valid reason for some fans wanting this figure.

Also, I'd want to vote for question 16, if it didn't just focus on Marion, but instead asked about updates of other vintage figures, like Toht and the German Mechanic.

Kidhuman
05-09-2008, 05:27 AM
Will we ever et a Greivous figure that can be turned into the "bug like" creature we saw when he was running from Obi-Wan on Utapai?

Droid
05-09-2008, 09:01 AM
I've also been tempted by the Hitler question.... perhaps it could be mentioned that Hitler was played by Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), so the SW connection might be a more valid reason for some fans wanting this figure.

I didn't know that was Ozzel! That is interesting.

Hitler could have been played by anyone and I still think an action figure of him would be a really bad idea.

Droid
05-09-2008, 09:07 AM
I'll vote 10, 11, 15, and 17.

El Chuxter
05-09-2008, 09:16 AM
Maybe it just p***es people off when Hasbro puts out a cool figure, says it's an exclusive, charges $15 or more for it, then re-releases it for half that price (or less) after everyone who wanted one bought it?

mtriv73
05-09-2008, 09:49 AM
Can I change my votes for 3 and 7 to 17 and 18?

I think 18 especially needs to be addressed soon. The sloppy paint jobs kept me from buying any of the figures when I planned on getting several of them.

master J
05-09-2008, 11:35 AM
Can you add 15 and 16 to my votes... and scratch off 14. Thanks!

bigbarada
05-09-2008, 01:35 PM
I think I have two votes left so I'll take 17 and 18. In case I only have one vote left, then I'll take 18.

JediTricks
05-09-2008, 05:01 PM
Question 13 stricken.

I ran it by Steve and he made my job much easier, he said no.

The following folks are refunded 1 vote:


Sinscia Fat'o
Cane_Adiss
DarkArtist
Neuroleptic
master J



I'm suddenly finding the questions more interesting.... I think i've got one vote left, could I drop #10, and add 15 and 17 instead?Will do. Next time vote for one of my questions tho'. :p


I've also been tempted by the Hitler question.... perhaps it could be mentioned that Hitler was played by Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel), so the SW connection might be a more valid reason for some fans wanting this figure.I have no interest in trying to validate the question, I'm still not even sure I'm going to ask it, and it doesn't add any value to the actual question, it just tries to soften it which honestly isn't what I'm looking for, I find the whole business distasteful and want to make that clear, if we do ask it I want the hard answer for this so we can move on from it one way or the other.


Also, I'd want to vote for question 16, if it didn't just focus on Marion, but instead asked about updates of other vintage figures, like Toht and the German Mechanic.Remind me to ask about Toht and the mechanic after July, if they're not shown at Comic-Con I'll add that.



Will we ever et a Greivous figure that can be turned into the "bug like" creature we saw when he was running from Obi-Wan on Utapai?You mean when he was running on his hands and his legs were like scorpion tails? Can you find me a screenshot of this? I want to better describe it but don't remember it well enough from memory (unless I just did :p).



Maybe it just p***es people off when Hasbro puts out a cool figure, says it's an exclusive, charges $15 or more for it, then re-releases it for half that price (or less) after everyone who wanted one bought it?Doesn't p*ss me off, we know the risks with these things, it's part of collecting. Look at the extra as a guarantee versus a gamble waiting for it to get into the basic line, or you could look at it like a fee for getting it early, or you could simply NOT BUY IT. Ultimately, if I sided with your question, I'd be disgusted at the VOTC Boba Fett's release in the Saga Legends, or the Stormtrooper rerelease, or the Biker Scout, and I just don't feel that way, those entries BETTER the majority of collectors.



Can I change my votes for 3 and 7 to 17 and 18?

I think 18 especially needs to be addressed soon. The sloppy paint jobs kept me from buying any of the figures when I planned on getting several of them.Sure thing.

And thanks for voting for my paint question, I feel similarly.


Can you add 15 and 16 to my votes... and scratch off 14. Thanks!
Sure, but I'm a little confused why you're pulling 14 since you had 2 vote slots left anyway (and in a minute, you'll have another as 13 is being pulled). I've pulled your vote for 14 for now, but you can re-vote for it if you believe in it.



I think I have two votes left so I'll take 17 and 18. In case I only have one vote left, then I'll take 18.You previously voted for 2, 11, 12, and 14, so you had 2 vote slots left. Whenever you need to know how many votes you have made already, from the sub-forum page, click the number of posts and it'll show you how many posts each forumite has contributed, click that number and it'll show you JUST your posts - that's how I figured out which you voted for.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-09-2008, 05:58 PM
5, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17

Kidhuman
05-09-2008, 06:12 PM
You mean when he was running on his hands and his legs were like scorpion tails? Can you find me a screenshot of this? I want to better describe it but don't remember it well enough from memory (unless I just did ).

Thats the one, let me try and find a shot of it.

Also: I am trying to reword the exclusive question: how about this:

Over the last two years quite a few figures that were labeled as exclusive or special subline have been released again at cheaper price points. Are you worried that if this trend continues it will scare collectors away from buying the exclusives and await a release of them in the regular line?

Edit: here is the screen shot, sorry its so crappy, had to get it from youtube, couldnt find an image anywhere else, but it should help you know what I mean

obi-dad
05-09-2008, 06:20 PM
12, 17, 18, 4, 11, 14

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-09-2008, 09:21 PM
12 has been more or less answered on Yakface:

Q2: You confirmed/revealed for our friends at Galactic Hunter that SA versions of Luke and Han in Stormtrooper Disguise will be released in the EIV themed wave. Will these be simple head swap creations and will Luke be released on the smaller 2007 TAC #30 Imperial Stormtrooper body, you know because he is "a little short for a Stormtrooper"?

A2) The figures are based on their countrparts from the Comic Packs. We had actually designed the mid torso to be adjustable in production so you could get a normal or shorter version, but the manufacturer modified the tool model. We are however improving the belt/ holster to better hold the Imperial blaster.

So, there ya go.

CaptainSolo1138
05-09-2008, 09:27 PM
I second KH's question about "bug" Greivous.

Battle Droid
05-09-2008, 09:35 PM
I third it.

Blue2th
05-10-2008, 12:48 AM
Yay, no question 13. my votes are for questions:

10
12
15
17
18

If KH's Grievous "bug question" is added, I'll use my remainder vote for that.

sebillba
05-10-2008, 02:38 AM
Remind me to ask about Toht and the mechanic after July, if they're not shown at Comic-Con I'll add that.

Thanks, but they've sort of answered this now at Cool Toy Review (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Hasbros_STAR_WARS_INDIANA_JONES_QA_The_Answers_114 508.asp).

Cool Toy Review: Do you plan to complete the vintage line (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/Kenner_IJ.asp) of Indiana Jones figures? Meaning, can we hope for modern versions of Toht, German Mechanic, Marion in dress, Indy in German uniform, and Belloq in white suit?

Hasbro: As the IJ line continues on, we defintely have plans for versions of all of those iconic supporting characters in the line. At least three of those are planned for early 2009.

JediTricks
05-10-2008, 03:59 PM
Question 19 added.

Question 12 stricken.

...because it was answered.

The following users are refunded 1 vote for #12:


sebillba
bigbarada
Cane_Adiss
RENDAR LIVES
DarkArtist
Neuroleptic
ChrisLyne
mtriv73
joe-da
master J
Mr. JabbaJohnL
obi-dad
Blue2th


12 has been more or less answered on Yakface:

So, there ya go.Thanks, I'll cut it.


Thats the one, let me try and find a shot of it. Edit: here is the screen shot, sorry its so crappy, had to get it from youtube, couldnt find an image anywhere else, but it should help you know what I meanMan, that is pretty bad, I can't really make out anything. I'll add the question though, and count your vote.


Also: I am trying to reword the exclusive question: how about this:

Over the last two years quite a few figures that were labeled as exclusive or special subline have been released again at cheaper price points. Are you worried that if this trend continues it will scare collectors away from buying the exclusives and await a release of them in the regular line?Exclusives aren't a primary source of income for the line, if they don't excel the line doesn't suffer, it's not like losing the basic line, it's no skin off anybody's teeth if folks do get cheesed off and stop buying exclusives (which is unlikely to happen anyway). I just don't see a reason to ask this, their actions don't seem to suggest any fear of retribution, and I don't see how this negatively impacts the collector base as a whole - especially when that base is constantly complaining about exclusives anyway.


I second KH's question about "bug" Greivous.
I third it.
If KH's Grievous "bug question" is added, I'll use my remainder vote for that.Votes counted.



Thanks, but they've sort of answered this now at Cool Toy Review (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/story/front/Hasbros_STAR_WARS_INDIANA_JONES_QA_The_Answers_114 508.asp).

Cool Toy Review: Do you plan to complete the vintage line (http://www.cooltoyreview.com/Kenner_IJ.asp) of Indiana Jones figures? Meaning, can we hope for modern versions of Toht, German Mechanic, Marion in dress, Indy in German uniform, and Belloq in white suit?

Hasbro: As the IJ line continues on, we defintely have plans for versions of all of those iconic supporting characters in the line. At least three of those are planned for early 2009.Cool, good to know.

sebillba
05-10-2008, 04:17 PM
Will do. Next time vote for one of my questions tho'. :p

Oh go on then, seeing as I'm owed a vote, put me down for #18. Though I have to say I've been really happy with the paint apps I've found so far, but since they're obviously hit or miss, I've been reluctant to order any online. I also dislike the upward gazes on some SW figures, the worst offender for me being TSC Carbonite Han.

bigbarada
05-10-2008, 08:59 PM
Question 19 added.

Question 12 stricken.

...because it was answered.

The following users are refunded 1 vote for #12:

bigbarada



I'll take #19 - bug Grievous.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-11-2008, 02:03 PM
I'll also vote for 19.

Darth Duranium
05-11-2008, 09:39 PM
My first question for Hasbro... cuz enquiring minds wanna know!

PLEASE VOTE! EXECUTE QUESTION 20!

Dear Hasbro,

Rumour has it that the SW Titanium Series is in imminent danger of being cancelled, despite recent assurances from Hasbro that the line would go on through 2009. 2008 Wave 4 has vanished from pre-order and some store computers look suspiciously empty.

Please tell us what's going on! If the line's continuing, what will we see this year? Does "12 new Titanium tools for the Fall" mean 12 all new ships at retail this Fall? Any new BSG ships coming our way? Will we see more SW capital ships?

Maradona
05-11-2008, 10:46 PM
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Here's my suggestion for two more which are seemingly contradictory:

A) For years, fans have wanted a resizing/upgrading of the Millennium Falcon and now Hasbro has delivered one. Under ideal circumstances, what other vehicles would Hasbro consider resizing/upgrading? What would it take, under this train of thinking, for Hasbro to resize the AT-AT, for example?

B) Can you please stop making so many figures? Many kids and even more collectors buy more than one of your lines and every year there seems to be more and more product to pick up. Granted we are no longer in the 80s, but back then we'd get about 10-15 new figures a year and still had the previous year's assortments being shipped to give us all a chance to complete. In just a year, we've gotten almost as many Star Wars figures as the entire vintage run from 78-85 (which is also happened the year before) and in that same year, we've received about as many GI Joes as were in the first several years of that line's original run, dozens of Transformers, and you just dropped about 20 or so Indy figures...and this doesn't even take into account your Marvel lines. At what point do you wonder if maybe you're overdoing it?

The last question may sound like a complaint, which to an extent it is, but my fear is that with the current economic situation, so much product will have negative effects on the hobby and its enthusiasts.

Blue2th
05-12-2008, 12:07 AM
My first question for Hasbro... cuz enquiring minds wanna know!

PLEASE VOTE!

Dear Hasbro,

Rumour has it that the SW Titanium Series is in imminent danger of being cancelled, despite recent assurances from Hasbro that the line would go on through 2009. 2008 Wave 4 has vanished from pre-order and some store computers look suspiciously empty.

Please tell us what's going on! If the line's continuing, what will we see this year? Does "12 new Titanium tools for the Fall" mean 12 all new ships at retail this Fall? Any new BSG ships coming our way?
Good question, hope it gets answered.

bigbarada
05-12-2008, 12:32 AM
A) For years, fans have wanted a resizing/upgrading of the Millennium Falcon and now Hasbro has delivered one. Under ideal circumstances, what other vehicles would Hasbro consider resizing/upgrading? What would it take, under this train of thinking, for Hasbro to resize the AT-AT, for example?

If this one gets added, then I definitely want to vote on it next round; but only if it specifically addresses the idea of a larger AT-AT.

JediTricks
05-12-2008, 03:31 AM
Questions 20-22 added.

I came up with another question, sorry folks. :p

My first question for Hasbro... cuz enquiring minds wanna know!

PLEASE VOTE!

Dear Hasbro,

Rumour has it that the SW Titanium Series is in imminent danger of being cancelled, despite recent assurances from Hasbro that the line would go on through 2009. 2008 Wave 4 has vanished from pre-order and some store computers look suspiciously empty.

Please tell us what's going on! If the line's continuing, what will we see this year? Does "12 new Titanium tools for the Fall" mean 12 all new ships at retail this Fall? Any new BSG ships coming our way?Where did this rumor come from? I'll add it, but I'd like to know.



Here's my suggestion for two more which are seemingly contradictory:

A) For years, fans have wanted a resizing/upgrading of the Millennium Falcon and now Hasbro has delivered one. Under ideal circumstances, what other vehicles would Hasbro consider resizing/upgrading? What would it take, under this train of thinking, for Hasbro to resize the AT-AT, for example?

B) Can you please stop making so many figures? Many kids and even more collectors buy more than one of your lines and every year there seems to be more and more product to pick up. Granted we are no longer in the 80s, but back then we'd get about 10-15 new figures a year and still had the previous year's assortments being shipped to give us all a chance to complete. In just a year, we've gotten almost as many Star Wars figures as the entire vintage run from 78-85 (which is also happened the year before) and in that same year, we've received about as many GI Joes as were in the first several years of that line's original run, dozens of Transformers, and you just dropped about 20 or so Indy figures...and this doesn't even take into account your Marvel lines. At what point do you wonder if maybe you're overdoing it?

The last question may sound like a complaint, which to an extent it is, but my fear is that with the current economic situation, so much product will have negative effects on the hobby and its enthusiasts.I've added the first question. As for the second though, I'm not interested in another "we know what we're doing" answer. I'm sure they have plenty of market testing and research which makes these release schedules possible. TF and Star Wars have been at the top of the game for the past few years, and GI Joe and Indy have strong collector presence right now, I don't want to voice-of-doom at them only to have a perfectly corporate response in return, especially when the line seems to be holding strong.



Good question, hope it gets answered.It has, if you'd like to resubmit your vote choices with that one in place of another, just LMK what you're pulling out for it.



If this one gets added, then I definitely want to vote on it next round; but only if it specifically addresses the idea of a larger AT-AT.It has and it was, but that's only an example, they could ignore the example and answer the question without it.

Droid
05-12-2008, 10:00 AM
I'll vote for 21.

mtriv73
05-12-2008, 11:06 AM
I'll replace my refunded 12 with 21.

Darth Duranium
05-12-2008, 04:19 PM
This is where I first heard about it:

http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=3205393&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=93&fpart=1#3205393

joshephe
05-12-2008, 05:15 PM
i vote for 20

bigbarada
05-12-2008, 11:03 PM
If I could change my vote from 19 to 21 that would be great, otherwise I'll just vote for 21 next round.

JediTricks
05-13-2008, 03:13 AM
This is where I first heard about it:

http://threads.rebelscum.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=3205393&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=93&fpart=1#3205393What am I looking for there? The opening post is edited and now says what I suspected, a new SKU is coming, hence the lack of new orders under the old one.



If I could change my vote from 19 to 21 that would be great, otherwise I'll just vote for 21 next round.Ouch. Ok then.

obi-dad
05-13-2008, 06:48 AM
I'll replace my refunded 12 with 21.

I'll gladly jump on this bandwagon.... replace my 12 with one for 21, as well.

joe-da
05-13-2008, 10:54 AM
I vote for 22, instead of my "12".

Lacan Draven
05-13-2008, 11:09 AM
4, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21,

El Chuxter
05-13-2008, 01:42 PM
Humbly submitted for your approval. It might be a bit rough, but this is a seeming paradox of sorts that has long bugged me.


With the exception of Ellors Madak and (to an extent) Amanaman, all of the Fan's Choice figures have been shortpacked, short-shipped, and hard to find. Ephant Mon and the first release of the McQuarrie Stormtrooper are two of the most notorious. The Fan's Choice Legends up to this point have been a bit more plentiful, but it looks like, judging from recent Q&A results, the current wave of Legends (all potential army-builders except for Zev Senesca) are going to be shipped in lower numbers and for a shorter time, making them hard to find. Many people have reported finding several Zev Senescas, but none of the Stormtrooper or Clonetrooper re-decos. Is there a reason for making the figures that fans vote on be so tough for us to actually add to our collections? And, is it possible to see these re-deco figures again in a future wave of Legends?

Kidhuman
05-13-2008, 07:31 PM
I vote for EC's question

JediTricks
05-13-2008, 09:09 PM
Humbly submitted for your approval. It might be a bit rough, but this is a seeming paradox of sorts that has long bugged me.We got this answer on Dec 7th over on ActionFigs.com:

Why are the fans' choice figures so often hard to find? One would think that as a poll winner determined by the fans, it should be packed more than one per case and in multiple waves - especially an army-builder like the current Saga Legends winner, the Darktrooper. Darth Revan, the Darktrooper, the original Saga McQuarrie Stormtrooper, the OTC Imperial Scanning Crew Trooper, and of course Ephant Mon have all been overly difficult to find. So why isn't more done to get the fans' choice figures into the hands of the fans?
In the case of the recent Fans' Choice figures, like Revan and Darktrooper, you will find that over the course of time we will release these over and over and they should be relatively easier to find (we can point to last year's Cody and Scorch, and this year's McQuarrie Boba Fett, Galactic Marine, and Airborne Trooper as figures that have been continuously released). The reasons for 1/case pack is not due to percieved demand, but, as we have answered many times over in the Q&As, due to how many can be manufactured in a given amount of time. When figure demand runs high, we need to produce a *lot* of figures and can only produce so many in a given time with the tooling we have available. As figures prove popular, we will continue to release them as we can.

I vote for EC's questionAHAHAHAHAHA! Then why didn't you when we added it back in November? http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?t=36437
You and Chux were both active in the thread and didn't vote for it despite having votes remaining. :p

El Chuxter
05-14-2008, 01:32 AM
Yeah, but at that time there wasn't an entire wave of army builders that is impossible to find and that Hasbro recently answered a question for another site by saying they wouldn't be shipping much longer. :)

Tycho
05-14-2008, 07:00 AM
Tycho here for a long overdue visit to one of these threads. I haven't participated for a while. So everyone thank me!

Now for my votes, hmmmm.....


(1) 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?


(5) 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.

(10) With the AT-TE and Millennium Falcon being released on the same day, while exciting it does lead to a few questions: After years of saying there's not enough interest in large vehicles, how do we get 2 extremely large vehicles at the same time, was there something specific which precipitated this change in thinking? Why release them at the same time, wouldn't conventional wisdom say to release them months apart so they don't detract from each other's sales or retail shelf real-estate? For those collectors who want both but cannot afford 2 $100+ pricetags at the same time, for approximately how long will each vehicle be shipping to retailers? And finally, will these be produced in roughly equal amounts, or is will there be more of one vehicle over the other, and if the latter, which vehicle and why?

(17) The rumor mill had a Disturbance at the Lars Homestead battle pack appear in the Toys R Us computers, and recently a photo of a mock-up of this set has shown up. Can you give any comment on this set? The mock-up seems to show the old POTF2 Owen Lars figure which is well over a decade old and hasn't held up with the passage of time, will this be replaced with a new Uncle Owen? What other figures will come with the set, perhaps the April Fools Joke extra-crispy Owen & Beru skeletons? And does the igloo-type dome open to reveal an interior?

(18) With the Indiana Jones line's release, this question can no longer be contained... what has happened to the paint quality on the 3.75" figures' eyes over the past few years, both with Star Wars and now with Indy? The overwhelming majority of figures in the Indiana Jones line have big, sloppy whites and oversized pupils - too often also not painted at matching angles or looking upwards - which heavily detracts from the headsculpts, and the Star Wars line has been getting there as well. The Star Wars line had been doing much better in this realm up until a few years ago, a perfect example is comparing the Saga Luke Jabba's Palace with the TAC version which uses a modified version of the same head, the '04 Saga figure's eyes are much smaller and more realistic compared to the '07 TAC counterpart's which are bigger and gazing upwards.

Tycho
05-14-2008, 07:02 AM
New Question:


With the sculpt tooled, will the YUUZHAN VONG figure lined up for a Comic 2-pack with Kyle Katarn for SW Tales 21 be re-released single-carded, so people can army-build this warrior?

JediTricks
05-15-2008, 04:47 PM
Yeah, but at that time there wasn't an entire wave of army builders that is impossible to find and that Hasbro recently answered a question for another site by saying they wouldn't be shipping much longer. :)Ok, first off, let's look at this again, we're talking about asking for a filler wave of repaints & reissues to be extended, is that not as bizarre as it gets? We spend years dumping on the rehash lines and now we're asking them why they're not MORE common? I don't know how we can get behind this. Yes, the figures are troopers mostly, but they're not what I consider true army-builders, Neyo is an individual and the others are just EU-light repaints. And the revision cases do have more of the shadow troopers to boot. What is the crux of your question, are you really accusing Hasbro of screwing fans over intentionally? Because we already know what their answer on that is. LMK where the core of the question is and I'll see what I can do, but right now it's still on the fence.


New Question:


With the sculpt tooled, will the YUUZHAN VONG figure lined up for a Comic 2-pack with Kyle Katarn for SW Tales 21 be re-released single-carded, so people can army-build this warrior?Do we have an actual source on it being from a Comic Pack set? I haven't seen this, just loose rumors.

JediTricks
05-15-2008, 05:44 PM
Ok, last day to vote.


Here's mine...


2 roleplay
11 delays
14 pacing
18 paint
20 titaniums
22 droidslots

Kidhuman
05-15-2008, 06:17 PM
Mine are

19(already counted)
21
14
11
10

Thats all

Warstar
05-15-2008, 06:23 PM
First Post, Question 20 (Word on the street is... Concerning Titaniums)

Darth Duranium
05-15-2008, 07:38 PM
I'm not sure if this is totally redundant but I vote for #20!

JediTricks
05-16-2008, 03:21 PM
Well, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who voted, this round was a HUGE success compared to the last one and I'm really pleased with the new crop of questions. For any of the potential questions left hanging by discussion, feel free to continue that discussion either in the new thread or send me a PM.

I'll tally up the votes now and send off the questions.

Here are this round's questions:


Ever since the '04 OTC line, it seems like Hasbro's scheduled out an entire year's worth of figures only to find out later that the release schedule comes up short at the end and there's a scramble to fill that void with a wave or 2 of repaints which have to stretch the end of the year and sometimes even 1st quarter of the following year. It happened with the ROTS line, the TSC line, the TAC '07 line, and now apparently in The Legacy Collection line (though we know that is due to a delayed wave), and it's not just the SW brand, the Transformers brand has been doing this with almost every line for the past 5 years. Besides unexpected delays, what generally causes this sort of thing? Why repaints and not just a schedule with pacing that is spread further out to avoid such troubles (the TAC line's 2nd half really got slammed together in release scheduling before its repaint wave)?
With the Indiana Jones line's release, this question can no longer be contained... what has happened to the paint quality on the 3.75" figures' eyes over the past few years, both with Star Wars and now with Indy? The overwhelming majority of figures in the Indiana Jones line have big, sloppy whites and oversized pupils - too often also not painted at matching angles or painted looking upwards - which heavily detracts from the headsculpts, and the Star Wars line has been getting there as well. The Star Wars line had been doing much better in this realm up until a few years ago, a perfect example is comparing the Saga Luke Jabba's Palace with the TAC version which uses a modified version of the same head, the '04 Saga figure's eyes are much smaller and more realistic compared to the '07 TAC counterpart's which are bigger and gazing upwards.
The rumor mill had a Disturbance at the Lars Homestead battle pack appear in the Toys R Us computers, and recently a photo of a mock-up of this set has shown up. Can you give any comment on this set? The mock-up seems to show the old POTF2 Owen Lars figure which is well over a decade old and hasn't held up with the passage of time, will this be replaced with a new Uncle Owen? What other figures will come with the set, perhaps the April Fools Joke extra-crispy Owen & Beru skeletons? And does the igloo-type dome open to reveal an interior?
In the past, Hasbro's had a fairly good ability to get new Star Wars waves and lines onto shelves in a timely fashion within the prescribed dates Hasbro claimed. However, a few lines recently have suffered delays, such as the Saga '03 line, TAC twice (wave 1 and 4), the General Grievous starfighter wave, and now the announcement of the preview Captain Rex mail-away figure not coming out until July (thus negating the "preview" aspect). Why has it been getting more difficult to get new Star Wars products released on time?
With the AT-TE and Millennium Falcon being released on the same day, while exciting it does lead to a few questions: After years of saying there's not enough interest in large vehicles, how do we get 2 extremely large vehicles at the same time, was there something specific which precipitated this change in thinking? Why release them at the same time, wouldn't conventional wisdom say to release them months apart so they don't detract from each other's sales or retail shelf real-estate? For those collectors who want both but cannot afford 2 $100+ pricetags at the same time, for approximately how long will each vehicle be shipping to retailers? And finally, will these be produced in roughly equal amounts, or is will there be more of one vehicle over the other, and if the latter, which vehicle and why?
Will you ever release any Neimoidians & Separatist Leaders in the Galactic Heroes line? How about a General Lando/Nien Nunb set?

Look for the new round of voting soon.