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JediTricks
06-27-2008, 03:31 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 July 18th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 53 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=1553); to ActionFigs.com's questions (http://www.actionfigs.com/index.php?categoryid=61&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=625277#post625277).

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?
- 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?
- 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, but others still suffered old TSC pegwarmers (Moff Jerjerrod is pretty consistent) and showed absolutely no signs of moving for nearly two years (until they were clearanced before the Clone Wars/Legacy Collection SKU reset), and the reports on these were coming in from all over the country. What, if anything, was done on your part to fix the problem, and what will be done in the future? When these issues arise again (as they likely will since they often have), will we just have to wait several years until pegwarmers go on clearance when the line resets again (which doesn't always happen)? 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 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?
- With the July 26th street date for the new Star Wars lines, this comes during the most popular day of San Diego Comic-Con (midnight madness is the night after SDCC's Star Wars day). Many of the Star Wars collecting community will be attending the event that same weekend and won't have a chance to hit a local Toy's R Us or other retailer to grab up all the new product scheduled to come out. Will HasbroToyShop's SDCC booth be offering any of the new lines' items?
- Although we know that you've handed the baton off to Sideshow for the 12" line, in a recent Q&A you answered that you were thinking of making a return to the scale but had made no decisions. You've got 12" Indiana Jones figures simultaneously as Sideshow's, and The Clone Wars seems to have more kid factor which means a need for a lower pricepoint, which isn't Sideshow's thing, showing both precedent and motive for Hasbro restarting a 12" Star Wars line. If you were going back to 12", how about re-releasing some of the better 12" figures of the past, like Vintage-style Boba Fett, R2-D2 with tools, the Jawa, C-3PO - stuff like that which Sideshow isn't really focusing on right now - to test the waters?
- Concerning Hasbro's Clone Wars CGI line, will you be making any of the Separatist Leaders into figures? How about Destroyer Droid and IG-100 Magnaguard figures, will we be getting any/all of them in the line?
- Understanding that Mighty Muggs are a popular item, it seems that most stores rarely have any of these figures, and when they do it's only sparingly and from the latest wave. Will there be an increase in production of the line, or at least more product hitting stores, including older figures from the earlier waves?
- Concerning Indiana Jones, with the end of the pack-in relics next year, might there be another way for fans to get their hands on the cardboard crates - not assembled is fine - so that they can build up their Area 51 displays?
- In the latest trailer of Clone Wars animation, there is a sighting of Jabba's Sail Barge. Assuming the upcoming AT-TE and Millennium Falcon sell well, what would the chances be of getting a Sail Barge toy with its appearance in both the cartoon and being a key action segment of the first half of Return of the Jedi? I mean, it could help sell Clone Wars figures and OT figures, in ROTJ alone nearly every major hero is battling on it or right next to it, and it features one of the most well-known Star Wars characters ever, Jabba the Hutt, so you have tons of character recognition and interaction, plus animation support. Any of that help its chances?
- How far do you plan on taking the animated-style Clone Wars line? Will it continue indefinitely with a new stream of figures through the run of the show, or will it be more limited and spread out like the previous 2004-2005 line of animated figures?
- Will the weapons in the clone weapons locker pack-ins for the Saga Legends line be changed out for different accessories as the line continues? If not, why not? Would this not be a simple way to get more desired accessories into the hands of consumers, and keep variety fresh which could help sales?
- Given the focus on Rebel pilots and droids lately, would you consider hitting two birds with one stone and releasing two-packs of Rebel pilots with their corresponding astromech droids? This would be a good way to sell otherwise similar-looking pilots and get their droids at the same time, and also would be a good opportunity to finally update that underwhelming Red Leader figure and his cardboard droid from the 2003 X-wing.
- Why is it that the Y-wing mold was altered for a dedicated astromech droid dome, making it impossible to insert a droid figure? Might the Y-wing mold ever be remolded to once again accept droid figures into a droid slot?
- Some fans have noticed that the white paint on the goggles accessory from the Droid Factory Han Solo Hoth exclusive 2pack is flaking off at an alarming rate. This obviously would be a disappointment for fans eager to get this version of Han Solo. What is the cause for this, was a new technique for painting used, was it a new paint altogether, perhaps the clear plastic for the goggles different and not taking paint, something even simpler like too much mold-release oil?
- Many collectors are noticing that the Indiana Jones line of figures seems to be sitting around at stores and not moving as well as hoped. A glut of product seems to be preventing new figures from coming in, and many fans are worried that the line may be cut short as a result, despite the fact that you've announced that you have plans for 2009. Also, with late July came the return of Star Wars which limits the peg space available for the Indy line. Are the results of how this line is selling having an affect on its future?
- There are a lot of different clones from ROTS being done in the CW line in the phase 1 (AOTC-style) armor such as the 501st Legion and 212th Battallion to name a few. Is there any chance that these clones will eventually get released in the realistic-syle phase 1 armor as well as animated-style?
- Since we're getting a Captain Jag figure in the Galactic Heroes line, and a new super-articulated ROTS-armor Clone Pilot in the Imperial Pilots Evolutions set, can we expect to see a Capt. Jag figure as a basic figure, and if so, when? Also, might we see an Odd Ball figure as well using this new sculpt? Should be easy, they're just repaints.
- With the Dwarf Spider Droid being in the Clone Wars CG animated series, and aside from a few tiny issues looking pretty much identical to the one in AOTC and ROTS, might we possibly see a new Dwarf Spider released with more screen accuracy, actual leg articulation, and no wind-up walking feature? It'd cover both CG and realistic collectors' needs.
- After waiting over half a decade for a better R2-B1, many fans were very disappointed with the way the 2007 TAC R2-B1 came out. While he utilizes a superior body to the original version, the dome paint came out terrible. His dome is a dull, slightly purple, flat gray-colored plastic that doesn't look good and is out of place with every other astromech droid; the movie version had a silver metal dome only slightly duller than the average R2-D2 figure's (such as the silver paint on TAC #04 R2-D2, or R2-KT). Was the deco on the R2-B1 figure done so oddly on purpose, and if so, why? Is there any chance that we will ever get a better R2-B1 with a more metal-looking dome, perhaps as a build-a-droid?

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

Battle Droid
06-27-2008, 03:41 PM
13 as one of my votes and a new question,

Will the Geonosis Battle Droid Commander you confirmed be released in the 2009 AOTC Legacy Wave or the Saga Legends line, and will it be a new SA sculpt?

obi-dad
06-27-2008, 04:34 PM
So I don't forget....

New question:

In the recent trailer for the Clone Wars animated film, there is a sighting of Jabba's Sail Barge. Given the excitement generated by the upcoming AT-TE and BMF Falcon and assuming these sell well, I have the follownig question: Since, according to rumors, the kidnapping of Jabba's son is a key plot point in the film, is there a chance that we might see a large-sized toy of Jabba's Sail Barge as a tie in to the cartoon? This should be made with the CW's and ROTJ's details for exterior and interior rooms.

[not a whole lot of new thought put into the question... basically I copied bigbarada's question since you said you had some ideas of your own]

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-27-2008, 05:54 PM
Here's a new question for you, ya big damn baby. :p

In a recent Q&A, you said, "We have plans to produce the characters from the Clone Wars series in the realistic style. We are concentrating our efforts and tooling on making the most of each line." Which characters will be made, and when can we expect to see them? Furthermore, will they be in the Clone Wars packaging alongside the animated figures, in the Legacy Collection packaging alongside the realistic figures, or at some point in time after these lines may have ended? Or, given the bizarre wording of the answer, did you intend to say "We have no plans . . ."?

obi-dad
06-27-2008, 09:56 PM
7 Or, given the bizarre wording of the answer, did you intend to say "We have no plans . . ."?

I wondered that myself, too, when I read that answer.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-28-2008, 01:23 PM
Another new question . . .

Given the focus on Rebel pilots and droids lately, would you consider hitting two birds with one stone and releasing two-packs of Rebel pilots with their X-wing astromech droids? This would be a good way to sell otherwise similar-looking pilots and get their droids at the same time. It would also be a good opportunity to finally update that puny Red Leader figure and his cardboard droid from the 2003 X-wing.

And another:

How far do you plan on taking the animated-style Clone Wars line? Will it continue indefinitely with a new stream of figures through the run of the show or will it be more limited and spread out like the previous 2004-2005 line of animated-style figures?

And okay, here we go again:
Will the clone weapons lockers in the Saga Legends possibly be changed out for different accessories as the line goes on? For instance, there are several Jedi who could use cloaks.

dr_evazan22
06-29-2008, 02:09 PM
I'm going to call this #19:
At the Singapore Toy and Comic Con an Ewok Village was set up. Can you confirm if this playset will be re-released?

Also vote for #5

JediTricks
06-29-2008, 05:01 PM
Questions 13-15 added.

Question 8 stricken, because even if we send it in on this round, the answer won't come until a week after Comic-Con and by then it'll be moot.


13 as one of my votes and a new question,

Will the Geonosis Battle Droid Commander you confirmed be released in the 2009 AOTC Legacy Wave or the Saga Legends line, and will it be a new SA sculpt? Hasbro's saying "down the road" when asked about new Battle Droid body designs, a "maybe, in the future", so I'm passing on this question.



So I don't forget....

New question:

In the recent trailer for the Clone Wars animated film, there is a sighting of Jabba's Sail Barge. Given the excitement generated by the upcoming AT-TE and BMF Falcon and assuming these sell well, I have the follownig question: Since, according to rumors, the kidnapping of Jabba's son is a key plot point in the film, is there a chance that we might see a large-sized toy of Jabba's Sail Barge as a tie in to the cartoon? This should be made with the CW's and ROTJ's details for exterior and interior rooms.

[not a whole lot of new thought put into the question... basically I copied bigbarada's question since you said you had some ideas of your own]Hmm... I've reworked it some. I still feel like the question needs more punch somehow, but for now it's up and I've counted your vote for it.



Here's a new question for you, ya big damn baby. :p

In a recent Q&A, you said, "We have plans to produce the characters from the Clone Wars series in the realistic style. We are concentrating our efforts and tooling on making the most of each line." Which characters will be made, and when can we expect to see them? Furthermore, will they be in the Clone Wars packaging alongside the animated figures, in the Legacy Collection packaging alongside the realistic figures, or at some point in time after these lines may have ended? Or, given the bizarre wording of the answer, did you intend to say "We have no plans . . ."?Since we wouldn't get the answer to that until August if we asked it this round (4th of July and SDCC are killing the schedule), I'll just ask that one in person at Comic-Con if it's not answered by then. I've been totally sure since I first saw it that they meant "no plans" though, so I'm not inclined to waste one of our precious question slots on it. The answer is so likely to be "just a mistype" that I'd rather just spend 45 seconds with Derryl on it.



Another new question . . .

Given the focus on Rebel pilots and droids lately, would you consider hitting two birds with one stone and releasing two-packs of Rebel pilots with their X-wing astromech droids? This would be a good way to sell otherwise similar-looking pilots and get their droids at the same time. It would also be a good opportunity to finally update that puny Red Leader figure and his cardboard droid from the 2003 X-wing.Where would they sell these? Obviously not basics, and they don't have a deluxe line anymore, so how would they do this, like the Walmart Droid Factory 2packs? Do you really think there'd be demand for it?


How far do you plan on taking the animated-style Clone Wars line? Will it continue indefinitely with a new stream of figures through the run of the show or will it be more limited and spread out like the previous 2004-2005 line of animated-style figures?Added, vote counted.


Will the clone weapons lockers in the Saga Legends possibly be changed out for different accessories as the line goes on? For instance, there are several Jedi who could use cloaks.That's conceptually a little shaky, a weapons locker with a Jedi cloak doesn't make sense. Also, fabric stuff generally costs more, and the accessory couldn't be spread around since it'd take up a lot of space and be only 1 thing. If you're trying to hang the jedi cloak thing on this, I'm gonna pass, but if you have any other ideas, throw 'em out there. For now, I'm adding a simplified version of question and counting your vote for it, you can either rescind your vote or throw out another idea for it. (I get the feeling that if we don't ask that one this round, I'll probably ask Hasbro at SDCC though.)



I'm going to call this #19:
At the Singapore Toy and Comic Con an Ewok Village was set up. Can you confirm if this playset will be re-released?

Also vote for #5Ok, first off, you guys should let ME do the numbering. :p Second, that was an old Ewok Village complete with 25 years worth of dust on the top, it ain't a re-release. Hasbro isn't going to spend 2 years telling us that playsets are currently dead as a doornail and Ewoks are only popular enough for 1 new figure a year to then put that thing out.

Battle Droid
06-29-2008, 05:48 PM
Hasbro's saying "down the road" when asked about new Battle Droid body designs, a "maybe, in the future", so I'm passing on this question.

You could still ask what line it's going to be in. :p

And the Clone Wars Battle Droid is new with ball-jointed shoulders, so you never know, it may be a new body.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-29-2008, 07:00 PM
Where would they sell these? Obviously not basics, and they don't have a deluxe line anymore, so how would they do this, like the Walmart Droid Factory 2packs? Do you really think there'd be demand for it?
Either that or the Comic Packs line. I thought of this after buying the Luke/R2-D2 set. Or they could do it as an online exclusive. I'm just saying, with the EE exclusive that's looking like it'll be pilots, and the two Rebel Pilots Evolution sets, there is a big push on Rebel Pilots. With the BD figures and the Droid Factory sets, there is a big push on astro droids. And the pilots, who are somewhat visually uninteresting but still in demand, would make for a more attractive sale if paired with unique astro droids. So yes, I think there is a market/demand there.


That's conceptually a little shaky, a weapons locker with a Jedi cloak doesn't make sense. Also, fabric stuff generally costs more, and the accessory couldn't be spread around since it'd take up a lot of space and be only 1 thing. If you're trying to hang the jedi cloak thing on this, I'm gonna pass, but if you have any other ideas, throw 'em out there. For now, I'm adding a simplified version of question and counting your vote for it, you can either rescind your vote or throw out another idea for it. (I get the feeling that if we don't ask that one this round, I'll probably ask Hasbro at SDCC though.)
Well, they don't necessarily have to be in the locker. I asked about the cloaks since the Plo Koon from the Droid Factory sets looks so much better and more accurate with a cloak on, and many of their "hero" figures come without cloaks. I think the question is fine with or without the cloak aspect, but I don't think putting it back in would hurt.

I'll also vote for 3 and 13 for now.

JediTricks
06-30-2008, 03:52 PM
You could still ask what line it's going to be in. :p

And the Clone Wars Battle Droid is new with ball-jointed shoulders, so you never know, it may be a new body.I try to direct my questions about Fantasyland to the Disney company.

Blue2th
06-30-2008, 09:12 PM
For now I'll vote:

13.
I think the Clone wars appearance might be the only chance we get to see the Sailbarge made.

14.
There are still a few more characters I'd like to see from the first Clone Wars series done like Legacy Wave 2, but they need to get this animated-realistic style thing answered I think, as it can get confusing.

Darth Cruel
06-30-2008, 10:42 PM
From the list:
4, 5, 9, 14, and 15.

New question...Will there be realistic versions of the clone wars characters made like there were for the Cartoon Network Clone Wars cartoons?

Val Da Car
06-30-2008, 11:11 PM
The Toys R Us Exclusive Y Wing was great to include a loose Astromech. Will the Y Wing ever be slightly retooled to allow any Astromech to fit in the opening (similar to the Vintage Y Wing)?

JediTricks
07-01-2008, 02:39 AM
Questions 16-17 added.


You could still ask what line it's going to be in. :pOh yeah, that'd be a real dandy.


And the Clone Wars Battle Droid is new with ball-jointed shoulders, so you never know, it may be a new body.That was already asked, it was a "not right now" answer.


Either that or the Comic Packs line. I thought of this after buying the Luke/R2-D2 set. Or they could do it as an online exclusive. I'm just saying, with the EE exclusive that's looking like it'll be pilots, and the two Rebel Pilots Evolution sets, there is a big push on Rebel Pilots. With the BD figures and the Droid Factory sets, there is a big push on astro droids. And the pilots, who are somewhat visually uninteresting but still in demand, would make for a more attractive sale if paired with unique astro droids. So yes, I think there is a market/demand there.This gets us dangerously into "toy concepts shouldn't be submitted" thing they threw at us, and I'm not buying your argument for broad appeal - seems like they're already overkilling both concepts really, not to mention stepping on some of the EE droid pack exclusives. But I'll add it on a trial basis.


Well, they don't necessarily have to be in the locker. I asked about the cloaks since the Plo Koon from the Droid Factory sets looks so much better and more accurate with a cloak on, and many of their "hero" figures come without cloaks. I think the question is fine with or without the cloak aspect, but I don't think putting it back in would hurt.Back on June 6th, they were asked about changing the weapons, got this which shoots it down:

GalacticHunter.com: The Bonus Clone Gear pack-ins seem like a great idea. Is there more than one accessory in the lockers, and will there be a variety of different accessories (binoculars, weaponry, bonus armor, alternate helmets)? Also, is there any chance that we might get something else to plug into the slots on our Clone Troopers' backs? (The antennae are great, but surely a hovering Hunter Droid or something else would be welcomed!)
Hasbro: We are going strictly with Clone Trooper weapons in the "lockers", and picked up the spare weapons from the Battlefront II Clone Troopers multi-pack (we are using most of the weapons although not all). There are no plans to include other types of accessories right now.

New question...Will there be realistic versions of the clone wars characters made like there were for the Cartoon Network Clone Wars cartoons?This was JUST asked, the answer given was confusing, it reads strictly as if it were saying they will, but the reality is that it looks more likely a mistype and they're NOT going to.


The Toys R Us Exclusive Y Wing was great to include a loose Astromech. Will the Y Wing ever be slightly retooled to allow any Astromech to fit in the opening (similar to the Vintage Y Wing)?Ok, I'll add that, and count your vote for it.

obi-dad
07-01-2008, 08:15 AM
So, then, my votes so far are:

13. (which you already counted) for Jabba's Sail Barge
16. Rebel pilot & droid 2pack
17. Y-wing with droid slot

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-01-2008, 01:07 PM
Back on June 6th, they were asked about changing the weapons, got this which shoots it down
So are you going to get rid of the question, then?

I'll also vote for 17.

Battle Droid
07-01-2008, 04:58 PM
Oh yeah, that'd be a real dandy.


You can stop being so sarcastic now.

JediTricks
07-02-2008, 12:52 AM
Question 15 modified.


So are you going to get rid of the question, then?Yeah, what the hell was I thinking? I dunno. Anyway, since I didn't put 2 and 2 together there, I'll leave it up, and have modified it to help bulletproof it from that previous answer. If you have thoughts on how to better do that, LMK.


You can stop being so sarcastic now.But that's all I got in life! ;)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-02-2008, 04:26 PM
Yeah, what the hell was I thinking? I dunno. Anyway, since I didn't put 2 and 2 together there, I'll leave it up, and have modified it to help bulletproof it from that previous answer. If you have thoughts on how to better do that, LMK.
Well, I don't know if we need to ask it, since I assume they want to keep the weapons clone-themed and they'll likely just say as much in their answer. But, I suppose you could ask about different kinds of clone gear . . . eh, it's up to you.

JediTricks
07-02-2008, 04:53 PM
Yeah, I know I should have yanked it. I may just leave it up this round to remind me to talk quickly to Derryl about it at SDCC.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-02-2008, 04:55 PM
Okay. I had another question but never mind.

bigbarada
07-02-2008, 05:03 PM
13 (thanks for adding it), 16, and 17 for now.

Although I think I know the answer to #17. The vintage Y-Wing slot was made to fit the undersized vintage Artoo figure. Now that the Astromechs are more correctly scaled, a larger slot would likely compromise the structural integrity of the toy or something like that. They would have to design a new Y-Wing.

DarkJedi5
07-07-2008, 09:14 AM
17 and I have a new one but I'm not sure if it's a question or just a complaint, but here goes;

I have noticed recently that the white paint on the gogles of my Han Solo from the droid factory 2-pack has begun to flake off at an alarming rate. This seems like it would be a huge satey concern for parents and a real dissapointment to fans who have been eager for this version of our favorite smuggler. Does this represent a new technique for paint application, a new paint altogether, or just a one time mistake?

obi-dad
07-10-2008, 07:24 AM
For my last three votes, I'll go with 4, 5 & 9.

Cane_Adiss
07-10-2008, 09:32 AM
I'll vote 6, 10, 12, 13, 16 and a new question if added:

Recently, Hasbro stated it was "less likely" that Aurra Sing would be updated with better articulation. Would Hasbro ever reconsider their position given the fact that she was a major villain in several comic series, and is a character that merits a super articulated figure? She would go great in a comic pack with perhaps Sharad Hett, Ki-Adi Mundi, Reess Kairn, Torgo Tahn, Senator Tikkes or even an updated Adi Gallia.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-10-2008, 04:25 PM
New question:

Many collectors are noticing that the Indiana Jones line of figures seems to be sitting around at stores and not selling too well. A glut of product seems to be preventing new figures from coming in, and many fans are worried that the line may be cut short as a result. Are the results of how this line is selling having an affect on its future?

Or something like that . . . basically, "there's too much crap, so will we ever see the new stuff; do you realize that they're not selling," you know.

El Chuxter
07-10-2008, 04:35 PM
Be sure to include Short Round in the final version. I'm sure Hasbro will recognize his awesome coolness and realize they'll have massive riots on their hands if he isn't released.

Blue2th
07-10-2008, 05:59 PM
I was going to ask about, Nevermind

JediTricks
07-10-2008, 09:59 PM
I'm resting up right now from a tooth extraction. I'll be updating Q&A on Saturday or Sunday, so keep sending in votes and questions.

Jedi_Kal-El
07-11-2008, 01:10 PM
I only have one question this time.

There are alot of different clones from ROTS being done in the CW line in the phase 1 armor such as the 501st Legion, and 212th Battallion to name a few. Is there any chance that these clones will eventually get released in the realistic syle?

Bib Un-Fortuna
07-11-2008, 04:45 PM
vote: 10, 13, 14, 17

obi-dad
07-11-2008, 08:55 PM
For the next Q&A, Hasbro answered a Rebelscum question about the center piece of the Cantina bar with: "that is one piece that we had to drop from the line as to do it right, it would not fit into the basic figure card. We have not revived the idea but will look at it again as a possibility for perhaps a future multi-figure pack."

When you revive the idea, would you consider one of the two following options since there were multiple issues with the bar pieces including, but not limited to: paint apps not matching between the straight and curved pieces, bar stools that weren't in the movie, the curved pieces being too tight a curve to even fit the center piece in there, and the cracks at every joint between each piece, etc. What I would love is for the bar to be one continuous piece with either the center being attached by way of some kind of plastic floor or the center being an entirely separate piece. Either way, the only way to address the multiple issues with the old bar pieces is to redo them and if they were being remade for a multi-figure pack (like a battle pack), then making the bar piece one continuous piece would really make the set awesome.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-12-2008, 02:28 PM
Where are this week's answers? ActionFigs has them, but SSG doesn't.

On a side note, they said they'll consider giving Vader a more accurate hand, which is awesome, but aren't planning Indy's fridge. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

Anyway, new question: Since we've seen a Captain Jag figure in the Galactic Heroes line and a new super-articulated Clone Pilot in the Imperial Pilots Evolution set, when can we expect to see Jag as a basic figure? Also, will we see an Odd Ball figure using this new sculpt?

Beast
07-12-2008, 02:43 PM
Yeah, very lame that they're not considering Indy w/ Fridge for a Deluxe set.

Battle Droid
07-13-2008, 03:58 PM
New question,

With the Drawf Spider Droid being in Clone Wars might we possibly see a new one released with articulated legs, and without a walking feature?

JediTricks
07-13-2008, 10:55 PM
Where are this week's answers? ActionFigs has them, but SSG doesn't.Technical delays forced 'em to go up on SSG a day later.

I'll organize all the votes and new questions tomorrow gang.

JediTricks
07-13-2008, 10:55 PM
New question,

With the Drawf Spider Droid being in Clone Wars might we possibly see a new one released with articulated legs, and without a walking feature?
Animated style or regular?

Battle Droid
07-14-2008, 05:43 AM
Regular.:yes:

Battle Droid
07-14-2008, 08:37 AM
New question,

Are we ever going to see a blue Pilot Battle Droid released on a card, couldn't you just repaint the Security Battle Droid sculpt? The Security Battle Droid needs to be rereleased on a card as well.

JediTricks
07-14-2008, 06:52 PM
Questions 18-21 added.


Well, I don't know if we need to ask it, since I assume they want to keep the weapons clone-themed and they'll likely just say as much in their answer. But, I suppose you could ask about different kinds of clone gear . . . eh, it's up to you.I'm leaving it up to the voters.


13 (thanks for adding it), 16, and 17 for now.

Although I think I know the answer to #17. The vintage Y-Wing slot was made to fit the undersized vintage Artoo figure. Now that the Astromechs are more correctly scaled, a larger slot would likely compromise the structural integrity of the toy or something like that. They would have to design a new Y-Wing.Sure thing.

I dunno about that, there isn't THAT much difference between the sizes, is there? I just grabbed my Y-wing and checked, the width is clear, there's room on the sides for the modern figure and some sort of wall-strengthening (not much, but a little), but the height would make it go right to the floor, and there may not be room that way for gearing on the front landing leg. Or it could be there is, but that the thin-wall droid slot neck didn't pass drop tests (I can see where it wouldn't). I am curious enough to ask.



17 and I have a new one but I'm not sure if it's a question or just a complaint, but here goes;

I have noticed recently that the white paint on the gogles of my Han Solo from the droid factory 2-pack has begun to flake off at an alarming rate. This seems like it would be a huge satey concern for parents and a real dissapointment to fans who have been eager for this version of our favorite smuggler. Does this represent a new technique for paint application, a new paint altogether, or just a one time mistake?I am pretty sure the paint on the SW figures all passes US safety regs for toys, and wouldn't be a safety concern. But the rest seems reasonable, I've seen a few shots and it looks pretty bad. Most likely, the plastic used for the goggles is the culprit and the paint is the same they've always used - this is what a materials engineer is crucial for. And the worst part is, they probably won't even know the answer, just have suspicions, because they don't run the factory, they only contract it out.

I've reworked the question and counted your vote for it. I didn't include "one time mistake" because I wasn't sure what you meant in that context.


a new question if added:

Recently, Hasbro stated it was "less likely" that Aurra Sing would be updated with better articulation. Would Hasbro ever reconsider their position given the fact that she was a major villain in several comic series, and is a character that merits a super articulated figure? She would go great in a comic pack with perhaps Sharad Hett, Ki-Adi Mundi, Reess Kairn, Torgo Tahn, Senator Tikkes or even an updated Adi Gallia.List the comic series where you feel she's a major villain, and I'll probably add it.


New question:

Many collectors are noticing that the Indiana Jones line of figures seems to be sitting around at stores and not selling too well. A glut of product seems to be preventing new figures from coming in, and many fans are worried that the line may be cut short as a result. Are the results of how this line is selling having an affect on its future?

Or something like that . . . basically, "there's too much crap, so will we ever see the new stuff; do you realize that they're not selling," you know.Ok. I reworked it a little to buffer it from the knee-jerk reaction Hasbro would have ("we announced plans!!!") and added another concern I thought of (SW coming back limits space).

I can't count your vote for it because your votes are tapped out, if you want to change a vote, LMK what you vote you are subtracting to add this.



I was going to ask about, Nevermind...
(originally)

Recently pics of the new Torrent Fighter have surfaced, on the back showing it's features there is an AOTC Clone Pilot sitting inside it.
Will you be re-visiting this figure since he is the one we will need for that particular ship, and perhaps issuing some repaints of him for other vehicles, namely the Arc Pilot for the Shark Tooth Gunship. (don't hit me JT)They basically answered that this week actually.
Sandtroopers.com: Pictures on the box for the new Millennium Falcon show a Luke figure with the blast shield helmet interacting with the training remote. Does this mean that you plan to re-release and/or retool this figure so it will be available for kids and collectors alike to recreate the scene? I have found that there are several occasions where you folks depict a character or a certain figure on vehicle packaging, but they are nowhere to be found at the time of the vehicle's release (case in point, there are no Clone Pilots at retail for the V-Wing). Why does this continue to happen, and don't you think it's a bad idea to show kids figures that they can't find on the pegs at the same time as the vehicle? Not everyone will understand that a figure is ten years old and not available when they see it on a brand new package.
Hasbro: While some kids do want the specific figure to go with a vehicle, a lot of kids generalize, for instance using main characters or clones in their vehicles. The Millennium Falcon though is a pretty big one so in the Battle Pack assortment this Fall there will be a "Millennium Falcon Passengers" pack with Luke, Obi-Wan, C-3PO and R2-D2. The figures will not be new, but repacks, so this should help those kids out there recreate the iconic scenes. As for the clone pilots, we did have them available in the Clone Trooper Evolution pack, and more pilots will be added into the Clone Wars figure line as time goes on.

I only have one question this time.

There are alot of different clones from ROTS being done in the CW line in the phase 1 armor such as the 501st Legion, and 212th Battallion to name a few. Is there any chance that these clones will eventually get released in the realistic syle?This is one of those questions I kinda go "duh" on. We're talking about paint schemes, right? No actual armor changes, just paint schemes? That's how I interpreted it, rewrote the question slightly, counted your vote for it.



For the next Q&A, Hasbro answered a Rebelscum question about the center piece of the Cantina bar with: "that is one piece that we had to drop from the line as to do it right, it would not fit into the basic figure card. We have not revived the idea but will look at it again as a possibility for perhaps a future multi-figure pack."

When you revive the idea, would you consider one of the two following options since there were multiple issues with the bar pieces including, but not limited to: paint apps not matching between the straight and curved pieces, bar stools that weren't in the movie, the curved pieces being too tight a curve to even fit the center piece in there, and the cracks at every joint between each piece, etc. What I would love is for the bar to be one continuous piece with either the center being attached by way of some kind of plastic floor or the center being an entirely separate piece. Either way, the only way to address the multiple issues with the old bar pieces is to redo them and if they were being remade for a multi-figure pack (like a battle pack), then making the bar piece one continuous piece would really make the set awesome.I don't think this is particularly realistic. They just released new bar pieces that were quite an investment in tooling, you're asking them to scrap that and start over, make the big curve and the straights all 1 piece, then do the VERY complicated center distillery part as a new piece as well. This would not only be bigger than an Ultimate Battle Pack box footprint, but excessively costly with almost no chance of returns, much less reuses. I understand folks want this, but I really don't think what you suggest is feasible as suggested. And it totally ignores the whole "we're not doing playsets right now" thing too. So on the question as asked, I'm not going to add it right now.


Anyway, new question: Since we've seen a Captain Jag figure in the Galactic Heroes line and a new super-articulated Clone Pilot in the Imperial Pilots Evolution set, when can we expect to see Jag as a basic figure? Also, will we see an Odd Ball figure using this new sculpt?Wow. You're asking about helmet repaints, right? I guess I'll add this and let the votes decide.


On a side note, they said they'll consider giving Vader a more accurate hand, which is awesome, but aren't planning Indy's fridge. You win some, you lose some, I guess.Sounds like we won some and won some to me. :p



Regular.:yes:I can't ask this question, it's a figure-sized thing so it'd be done animated-style if we were to ask about redoing it from the Clone Wars. Only the vehicles are being done as realistic style. Look at the animated Battle Droid we're getting, we already tried to get Hasbro to use that as an excuse to do a realistic super-articulated BD and they shot that idea down. Would you settle for an animated one, or no? (Hit me up with a link to the CW Dwarf Spider, I haven't seen it yet, maybe it'll pass.)


New question,

Are we ever going to see a blue Pilot Battle Droid released on a card, couldn't you just repaint the Security Battle Droid sculpt? The Security Battle Droid needs to be rereleased on a card as well.I wouldn't want to see the pilot Droid on the Security's body, that body has an action pose (a cool one, I might add). Think it'd be worth asking about them reusing the Saga BD/ROTS BD (sans backpack) for the Pilot, or would it be too gummy?

Battle Droid
07-14-2008, 07:21 PM
The Clone Wars Dwarf Spider Droid looks more or less like the movie version, I was thinking it was different.

As for the Pilot Battle Droid, I'd like one that can stand up, and the only one I can think of is the Security Battle Droid.

Neuroleptic
07-14-2008, 10:16 PM
I'd like an answer to question 7 at some ponit. I finaly got a look at an opened JSF at a friends house a few days ago, and now I realy want one. So of course, all the variations that I want have already sold through. At some point I'll be trying to get one off E-bay though. Just the same, it'd be nice to know if they plan to somehow 'fix' the fit of droids in the sockets.

Also, this weekend I took apart a Y-wing to do some work for the landing gear and I realized that the new Y-wings with the permanently attached R2/R5 unit still have the socket underneath if you trim off the new addition.

I may do this with mine since some of the R2 units I have made before ROTS seem to fit (granted rather tightly, but still). It's a feture I greatly miss in the new vehicle vs. the old one from the 80s.

Has anyone been crazy enough to try this?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-15-2008, 02:15 PM
Given that all older figures are now on clearance, you may want to change question 3. Something like this, perhaps:

A few times in Q&A's history, you've suggested that 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, but others still suffered old TSC pegwarmers (Moff Jerjerrod is pretty consistent) and showed absolutely no signs of moving for nearly two years (until they were clearanced before the Clone Wars/Legacy Collection SKU reset), and the reports on these were coming in from all over the country. What, if anything, was done on your part to fix the problem, and what will be done in the future? When these issues arise again (as they undoubtedly will), will we just have to wait several years until pegwarmers go on clearance when the line resets again (which doesn't always happen)? 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.


I can't count your vote for it because your votes are tapped out, if you want to change a vote, LMK what you vote you are subtracting to add this.
Just leave them as is.

Neuroleptic
07-15-2008, 02:25 PM
Well, since I only voted for question seven, I'll throw my vote in for number three as well since now that I think about it, it'd be nice to know what they plan to do to fix the problem.

So I vote for three and seven.

Dexter
07-15-2008, 03:07 PM
New question: After waiting over half a decade for a better R2-B1, many fans were very disappointed with the way the 2007 TAC R2-B1 came out. While he utilizes a superior body to the original version, the paint came out terrible. His dome is a flat gray that makes him look completely ridiculous and out of place with every other astromech droid. Was the paint on R2-B1 done so oddly deliberately, and if so, why? Is there any chance that we will ever get a perfect R2-B1, perhaps as a build-a-droid?

Dexter
07-15-2008, 03:11 PM
I vote for questions:
11
16
17
19
and my own (above and unnumbered).

evenflow
07-15-2008, 09:19 PM
13 & 12 for me

Cane_Adiss
07-16-2008, 09:00 AM
She was a major character/villain in these comics that I'm familiar with:

Star Wars Republic: Outlander (appeared alongside Sharad Hett, A'sharad Hett, Ki-Adi-Mundi)

Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing (with Sharad Hett, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Adi Gallia, Senator Tikkes, The Dark Woman)

Star Wars Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing (with Reess Kairn)

Star Wars Jedi: Aayla Secura (w/ Aayla Secura)

Aurra's Song (story part of Dark Horse Presents Annual 2000: Girls Rule) with Torgo Tahn

obi-dad
07-16-2008, 10:29 PM
I saw on Rebelscum's roundup for the Hasbro Q&A that they answered the Sailbarge was unlikely and that in another thread, JT confirms he read that same Q&A... One point since I'd still like to see the question aimed back at Hasbro: did you notice the question was asked very blandly? But like we discussed, there are a few important variables that need to be brought up when asking that question, such as depending on the success of the BMF & AT-TE, the role of the Sailbarge in the Clone Wars movie & tv show, etc.... so I'd still like to see SSG follow up with the question they way you worded it. Just my 2 cents.

Banthaholic
07-16-2008, 10:51 PM
This years Disney's Star Wars weekends featured a Droid pack of prior Star Trour releases. This would have been an opportune time to release a repaint of the clear dome blue R3-D3 droid and make the clear dome orangish-red R3-A2. This droid is featured right next to R3-D3 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Might this droid be considered for future Star Tours released?

Banthaholic
07-16-2008, 10:52 PM
13 and 16 for me

sebillba
07-17-2008, 05:33 PM
18, 19 and a new Q:

Pictures have now been revealed of the Indy Temple of Doom wave, and they look awesome! We are really excited about all six figures, but possibly the most eagerly anticipated is Mola Ram. Can you tell us if his headgear will be removable?

JediTricks
07-17-2008, 09:02 PM
Questions 22 - 23 added.

Questions 3, 10 modified.

First off, concerning the question of whether Hasbro meant they had plans to do or NO plans to do a Clone Wars realistic line, they gave a more concrete answer this last round:
TheSithEmpire.net: Are there any plans for non-animated Clone Wars figures from the movie?
Hasbro: We will be keeping the Clone Wars and Legacy lines separately and have no plans to bring the unique animated or newly-outfitted core characters over into the Legacy line.
The Clone Wars Dwarf Spider Droid looks more or less like the movie version, I was thinking it was different.Hmm, I can see some differences, but it does look basically the same. Ok, question added, vote counted.

As for the Pilot Battle Droid, I'd like one that can stand up, and the only one I can think of is the Security Battle Droid.



Also, this weekend I took apart a Y-wing to do some work for the landing gear and I realized that the new Y-wings with the permanently attached R2/R5 unit still have the socket underneath if you trim off the new addition.

I may do this with mine since some of the R2 units I have made before ROTS seem to fit (granted rather tightly, but still). It's a feture I greatly miss in the new vehicle vs. the old one from the 80s.

Has anyone been crazy enough to try this?I haven't heard of anybody doing this, but always suspected that was the case. Did you try a test-fitting of a modern R2 in there, and if so, any issues?



Given that all older figures are now on clearance, you may want to change question 3. Something like this, perhaps:

A few times in Q&A's history, you've suggested that 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, but others still suffered old TSC pegwarmers (Moff Jerjerrod is pretty consistent) and showed absolutely no signs of moving for nearly two years (until they were clearanced before the Clone Wars/Legacy Collection SKU reset), and the reports on these were coming in from all over the country. What, if anything, was done on your part to fix the problem, and what will be done in the future? When these issues arise again (as they undoubtedly will), will we just have to wait several years until pegwarmers go on clearance when the line resets again (which doesn't always happen)? 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.Sure, question modified.



New question: After waiting over half a decade for a better R2-B1, many fans were very disappointed with the way the 2007 TAC R2-B1 came out. While he utilizes a superior body to the original version, the paint came out terrible. His dome is a flat gray that makes him look completely ridiculous and out of place with every other astromech droid. Was the paint on R2-B1 done so oddly deliberately, and if so, why? Is there any chance that we will ever get a perfect R2-B1, perhaps as a build-a-droid?Sure, that one stood out the second we all saw it, I'm sure folks are curious as to what happened. Question added, vote counted.



She was a major character/villain in these comics that I'm familiar with:

Star Wars Republic: Outlander (appeared alongside Sharad Hett, A'sharad Hett, Ki-Adi-Mundi)

Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing (with Sharad Hett, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Adi Gallia, Senator Tikkes, The Dark Woman)

Star Wars Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing (with Reess Kairn)

Star Wars Jedi: Aayla Secura (w/ Aayla Secura)

Aurra's Song (story part of Dark Horse Presents Annual 2000: Girls Rule) with Torgo TahnThose are kinda old ones, mostly '99 through '01, 1 title in '03, but I'd add them if you could source me on their Aurra claim - I cannot find it anywhere.



I saw on Rebelscum's roundup for the Hasbro Q&A that they answered the Sailbarge was unlikely and that in another thread, JT confirms he read that same Q&A... One point since I'd still like to see the question aimed back at Hasbro: did you notice the question was asked very blandly? But like we discussed, there are a few important variables that need to be brought up when asking that question, such as depending on the success of the BMF & AT-TE, the role of the Sailbarge in the Clone Wars movie & tv show, etc.... so I'd still like to see SSG follow up with the question they way you worded it. Just my 2 cents.Yeah, I was less than satisfied with the way it was asked, no suggestion of why they SHOULD do it, so I intend for it to go forward as we have it.



This years Disney's Star Wars weekends featured a Droid pack of prior Star Trour releases. This would have been an opportune time to release a repaint of the clear dome blue R3-D3 droid and make the clear dome orangish-red R3-A2. This droid is featured right next to R3-D3 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Might this droid be considered for future Star Tours released?
I'm confused, why would they do R3-A2 and R3-D3 again when they've already done them as figures? R3-D3 is a single-pack Star Tours figure, and R3-A2 is from a Saga line's Hoth multipack:
http://www.rebelscum.com/sw03trubattlehoth.asp
http://www.rebelscum.com/potjr3d3.asp
I mean, it's not like there's a ton of people clamoring for these, why do we need others than the ones already out?



a new Q:

Pictures have now been revealed of the Indy Temple of Doom wave, and they look awesome! We are really excited about all six figures, but possibly the most eagerly anticipated is Mola Ram. Can you tell us if his headgear will be removable?Hold onto that one until after Comic-Con, I'm pretty sure the headdress is removable and they'll show it as such at Comic-Con, so Steve will have up photos of that. If I remember and it's not displayed as such, I'll try to ask one of the Hasbro team about it while I'm there.

JediTricks
07-17-2008, 09:09 PM
And my votes...

3 pegwarmer
7 droid slots !
9 twelve inch
13 sail
17 y-wing altered
19 IJ concerns

Neuroleptic
07-17-2008, 09:28 PM
Ahead of time, I am sorry for going off topic.

I'll be taking my figures out of the bank's display case tomorow and I'll test it on the updated R5, the gold R2 for Ben's fighter, as well as a '96 R2, and just for laughs I even have a restored vintage R5-D4 I can throw in just to be stupid thorough.

I'll give you a rundown on how things go.

I did test it already with the AOTC yellow R3 droid and it was a rather tight fit, but I think it'd work. I'll double check again just to be sure and post the results tomorow night.

Cane_Adiss
07-18-2008, 12:55 AM
The question was asked by a site that was never included in Sirsteveguide's round up reports. You can find their questions included on Hasbro's official Q&A round up from July 10th. Also, as for the comics being older, a few of the comic packs have been based on comics from several years ago, especially the Marvel ones, so I don't think that's much of an issue.

Mandalorian Mercs (PJ)
2. Dear Hasbro,Any chance we will see better (IE more articulated) versions of some of our favorite old figures? Namely… Dash Rendar, Aurra Sing (I know there are 2 out but, they are both pretty weak!), Dark Empire Luke and Assajj Ventress?

Dash Rendar - likely at some point but will probably come in 2010. Aurra Sing - less likely. Dark Empire Luke - on the way for late this year. Asaaj - we've been pretty pleased with the one we have, and there is a new version coming out in the first new wave of Fall comic packs.

mtriv73
07-18-2008, 11:32 AM
16,17,18,19,20,22

JediTricks
07-18-2008, 03:14 PM
The question was asked by a site that was never included in Sirsteveguide's round up reports. You can find their questions included on Hasbro's official Q&A round up from July 10th. Also, as for the comics being older, a few of the comic packs have been based on comics from several years ago, especially the Marvel ones, so I don't think that's much of an issue.

Mandalorian Mercs (PJ)
2. Dear Hasbro,Any chance we will see better (IE more articulated) versions of some of our favorite old figures? Namely… Dash Rendar, Aurra Sing (I know there are 2 out but, they are both pretty weak!), Dark Empire Luke and Assajj Ventress?

Dash Rendar - likely at some point but will probably come in 2010. Aurra Sing - less likely. Dark Empire Luke - on the way for late this year. Asaaj - we've been pretty pleased with the one we have, and there is a new version coming out in the first new wave of Fall comic packs.I've never even heard of them before, could you link me to the site? I don't read the Hasbro roundups, they come in a week late or more usually.

As for the question, I am way crunched for time right now, repost it in the next round and I'll add it then.



Ok, so that's it for this round, thanks to everybody who voted.

Look for a new round of voting soon (probably tonight).

JediTricks
07-19-2008, 01:35 AM
The questions we sent in this round:


In the latest trailer of Clone Wars animation, there is a sighting of Jabba's Sail Barge. Assuming the upcoming AT-TE and Millennium Falcon sell well, what would the chances be of getting a Sail Barge toy with its appearance in both the cartoon and being a key action segment of the first half of Return of the Jedi? I mean, it could help sell Clone Wars figures and OT figures, in ROTJ alone nearly every major hero is battling on it or right next to it, and it features one of the most well-known Star Wars characters ever, Jabba the Hutt, so you have tons of character recognition and interaction, plus animation support, and those battle elements (cannons, flying Fett, explosions) lend it some "aggressive" action. Any of that help its chances, help clear the filters that have been holding it back so far which you mentioned when asked about this piece before?
Why is it that the Y-wing mold was altered for a dedicated astromech droid dome, making it impossible to insert a droid figure? Might the Y-wing mold ever be remolded to once again accept droid figures into a droid slot?
How far do you plan on taking the animated-style Clone Wars line? Will it continue indefinitely with a new stream of figures through the run of the show, or will it be more limited and spread out like the previous 2004-2005 line of animated figures?
Many collectors are noticing that the Indiana Jones line of figures seems to be sitting around at stores and not moving as well as hoped. A glut of product seems to be preventing new figures from coming in, and many fans are worried that the line may be cut short as a result, despite the fact that you've announced that you have plans for 2009. Also, with late July came the return of Star Wars which limits the peg space available for the Indy line. Are the results of how this line is selling having an affect on its future?
Given the focus on Rebel pilots and droids lately, would you consider hitting two birds with one stone and releasing two-packs of Rebel pilots with their corresponding astromech droids? This would be a good way to sell otherwise similar-looking pilots and get their droids at the same time, and also would be a good opportunity to finally update that underwhelming Red Leader figure and his cardboard droid from the 2003 X-wing.
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, but others still suffered old TSC pegwarmers (Moff Jerjerrod is pretty consistent) and showed absolutely no signs of moving for nearly two years (until they were clearanced before the Clone Wars/Legacy Collection SKU reset), and the reports on these were coming in from all over the country. What, if anything, was done on your part to fix the problem, and what will be done in the future? When these issues arise again (as they likely will, since they often have), will we just have to wait several years until pegwarmers go on clearance when the line resets again (which doesn't always happen)? 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, right?