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JediTricks
07-19-2008, 02:40 AM
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 August 8th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 54 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=628445#post628445).

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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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 phase I Odd Ball figure in the animated line, and a new super-articulated ROTS phase II armor Clone Pilot in the Imperial Pilots Evolutions set in Captain Jag colors, can we expect to see Odd Ball in his ROTS armor as a realistic basic figure, and if so, when? Should be easy, as it's just a helmet repaint.
- 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?
- Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the upcoming ROTS wave when the character never actually appeared in the movie?
- Recently, Hasbro stated it was "less likely" that Aurra Sing would be updated with better articulation. Might Hasbro reconsider that position given the fact that she was a major villain in several comic series, and is an action-oriented character which thus merits a better-articulated figure? Aurra could go great in a comic pack with perhaps Sharad Hett, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Reess Kairn, Torgo Tahn, Senator Tikkes, Aayla Secura or even an updated Adi Gallia.
- From your Comic-Con slideshow image, it's impossible to tell, so what's the articulation like on the upcoming Legacy Collection ANH Obi-Wan Kenobi? Some fans fear it will be a repeat of the underarticulated VOTC Ben Kenobi. And might there be any way to release the TLC Obi-Wan's table accessory through alternate means, perhaps in a "Discovery of Leia's Hologram" battle pack with Obi-Wan's foot locker accessory, or maybe bribery & blackmail?
- In Hasbro's awesome Comic-Packs line, we've been treated to Marvel Star Wars issues 1-4, and Dark Horse Revenge of the Sith issues 1, 3, and 4. Any chance we could get comic packs of the missing Marvel SW #5 and 6, and Dark Horse ROTS #2, to complete their respective tales? (Just spitballing ideas: we could certainly do with a Leia/3PO pack for MSW#5 and perhaps a Rebel/Imperial Pilot set for #6, and ROTS #2 could use Grievous and a new deco Clone.) And what about Comic Packs for the other movie adaptation comics like Marvel ESB and ROTJ, or Dark Horse TPM and AOTC?
- In the event that Hasbro collaborates with ToyFare Magazine or another entity on a new open-entry Fans' Choice poll, could you provide the voters a short list of characters that Hasbro absolutely cannot do - such as the Tonnikas - to ensure that the poll results are as useful as possible rather than having unusable entries?
- The Comic Packs are great since the addition of the comic books give these characters much-needed context, as the average kid and collector who mainly know the movies will likely not know these characters without seeing them in some sort of action. That said, there are still several other expanded universe products that have no context other than the small bio on their packaging. Would it be possible for comic books to also be included in EU multi-figure sets or vehicles as well? For instance, fans of Crimson Empire are liking the look of the upcoming Crucible set, while those who are unfamiliar with the work think it looks more like a cross between Star Wars and Power Rangers.
- The Indiana Jones Temple of Doom wave has been revealed, pictures are out there, and the wave looks awesome! Fans are really excited about all six figures, one the most eagerly anticipated is Mola Ram, can you tell us if his headgear will be removable? If it's not, why not?
- Many folks feel the big Millennium Falcon to be a true masterpiece in Star Wars toys, but speaking with the designer at Comic-Con, one of the things learned was that the original design for the toy was even bigger than what we got before budgetary realities found its current size. Were there arguments about what features could be packed into the final version? Did Lucasfilm have any specific requests of ideas to do or not to do? What features were on the bubble and barely made the cut? What features (beyond voice recordings, as we know Leia and Lando didn't make the final results there, along with about 40 more minutes of "vital" Falcon dialogue that was originally considered), if any, didn't make the final cut?
- Will we be getting any Battle Droid variants in the Clone Wars line, like Commander, Security, Pilot, etc.? Would it matter if the design didn't show up right away in the cartoon? After all, we know what the markings of a Commander droid look like already. And what about a Clone Wars Battle Droid figure that can hold its rifle 2-handed?
- On Mighty Muggs, understanding that you're not likely to do new bodies for the line any time soon, will fans ever be getting Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, and maybe even an IG-100 Magnaguard Mighty Muggs figures? You did the spindly General Grievous as a Mugg already after all. Also, what Hasbro team does the designs for the Muggs and their packaging? Does each team - for example, Star Wars, Marvel, and Transformers - design their own Muggs, or is it centralized?
- While your Comic-Con display showed new Star Wars Transformers in Grievous' Starfighter, the TIE Bomber, and the V-19 Torrent (which didn't have the correct tag on it in the display unfortunately, and we've yet to see the vehicle mode in person - could we get a photo of that?) with their minifigs inside the cockpits, it appears the newly repacakged SWTFs have no minifigs at all. Have you guys really removed the minifig concept from the line, and if so, why? Doesn't that detract from the whole point of the Star Wars characters piloting mechs aspect? Will the minifigs displayed with the 3 new SWTF molds displayed at Comic-Con not be included with those sets?
- The Star Wars product poster Hasbro gave out at Comic-Con had new figures on 1 side while the other featured Titanium Series vehicles in 3 battles. We haven't heard of any upcoming Titanium multipacks, themed waves, battle-packs, or exclusives that use these concepts though. Does Hasbro have anything special planned for Star Wars Titanium Series?
- We're aware that Hasbro's license for Battlestar Galactic expires at the end of the year, and many collectors are saddened because the BSG ships are often highly thought of (and most are highly sought-after!). Might Hasbro pursue future BSG licenses? Has the BSG Titanium line been doing as strong as hoped? How did it rate compared to SW Titaniums? We've seen listings for the BSG Titanium Basestar, will this piece be released before the license is up, and will there be any other new BSG Titaniums released?
- With Titanium Series, could you fill us in on how decisions are made as to which new designs are taken to production, and how large a run that item may get? Are there Titaniums that Hasbro had to pass on due to budgetary issues (we know the Battlestar Galactic classic Basestar is one that you guys said wasn't feasible)? Should we expect to see more and more plastic used in place of metal on future releases? Any "favorites" and "most disappointing" Titaniums for the designers you guys might be willing to share?
- In Hasbro's GI Joe line's comic packs, they have moved beyond mere reprints to also feature entirely new stand-alone comics. Given that Dark Horse has released similar Star Wars comics to retailers in the past, have you considered working with them to commission new stand-alone Star Wars comics that feature highly-requested EU characters that otherwise don't appear in the comics and therefore have a lot less chance of being released as figures?
- Since you just gave us 3 of the 5 characters with their unique sandstorm costumes, can we expect Sandstorm Lando and Leia to finish out the sandstorm scene? There was some confusion about the Leia figure, going back and forth on whether it'd be done in the future, and we're not really sure where it stands now; and Lando simply didn't get an answer on at all. So, can we complete this nifty deleted scene some day, and when? Basics or battle pack, whatever it takes to complete the scene, right?
- With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?
- Back in November of '06, you answered a question about the canceled Yavin Accessory set and its Rebel ground crew tech by saying that you liked him but he wasn't exciting enough to do at the time. Now with the Scramble on Yavin battle pack, you have a new, much better version of him coming out, but the original pack's ladder, crates, lights, and direction baton accessories are still missing in action. Those accessories seem like they'd fit perfectly with this new "Scramble" battle pack, but alas no. Did you make molds for those accessories, and if so, could you run them and find a way to get those awesome and much-desired accessories into fans' collections in the near future?

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

Umbra
07-19-2008, 02:49 AM
A question that's been on my mind lately, particularly with the new Force Unleashed trailer from e3 is as such:

Are we going to see a second Force Unleashed Wave, as just from the trailer it feels we are missing some big characters, particularly Shaak Ti?

sebillba
07-19-2008, 05:05 AM
A new question:

Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the ROTS wave, when the character never actually appeared in the movie? Not only is this a wasted slot that could have been taken by another unproduced ROTS character (such as the long-awaited Utai), but many collectors focus on movie figures, yet will be forced to buy an EU figure they really don't want, just to get the final arm or leg to complete the BAD figure from this wave. Sure this will give you extra sales on this one figure, but this sort of tactic creates bad feeling from loyal collectors, and is liable to drive some of them away from the hobby in the long term.

Cane_Adiss
07-19-2008, 11:31 AM
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 an "action" oriented character who 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, Aayla Secura or even an updated Adi Gallia.

Dexter
07-19-2008, 03:23 PM
I vote for questions 8, 9, and 16.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-19-2008, 06:09 PM
Hey, four of the six questions sent in last time were mine! :D

I'll go with 11 and 14 for now, and I'm sure there will be more questions after July 26 and Comic-Con.

obi-dad
07-21-2008, 01:01 PM
I'll vote for 16 for now.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-24-2008, 03:11 PM
It looks like, based on the Comic-Con pics, the Clone Pilot in the Evolutions set IS Jag. Woo-hoo! So now, you might want to change 14 to:

Since we're getting a phase I Odd Ball figure in the animated line, and a new super-articulated ROTS-armor Clone Pilot in the Imperial Pilots Evolutions set (in Captain Jag colors, no less), can we expect to see Odd Ball in his ROTS armor as a realistic basic figure, and if so, when? Should be easy, as it's just a helmet repaint.

Cane_Adiss
07-25-2008, 01:03 AM
New question:

Any chance we'll ever see a figure done of the Twi'lek character featured on the deco of the upcoming Republic Gunship? It's a pretty interesting concept, a pin-up Twi'lek in clone armor. She would make one cool figure!

obi-dad
07-25-2008, 08:02 AM
new question:

Hasbro, first, thank you for finally making more playsets/dioramas. The Lars Homestead and Sarlac Pit are the best two sets you have ever made. That said, many collectors like the Sarlac, but theyfeel they could make a much larger/scene accurate pit. Since you already have the mold for the Sarlac, would you consider making it a future single release, without the playset?

Adam
07-26-2008, 10:32 PM
New questions:

A) Whats the status on Wedge Antilles? About six months ago you said: "While we don't have any plans for a carded basic Wedge figure, there will be at least one cool new Wedge figure in the line next year if our schedule holds. We will have info available around Comic Con on what that may be." Is this Wedge still happening? Will he be a vehicle pack in (please say no!) or something else?

B) What's the articulation break-down for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi in the the build-a-droid ANH wave? From the pics at comic con, its impossible to determine, and some fans fear it will be the VOTC Ben all over again.

DarkArtist
07-27-2008, 12:56 PM
I have only 2 questions from the list that I'm interested in numbers 4 and 10.

DarkArtist
07-27-2008, 01:04 PM
have a new question for the list:

Hasbro, first things first, let me say i love what you have done with the comic packs so far to date. We've been treated to some cool stories and some even coolier figures (Mara, Quilon, Dark Woman, EU Vader and Leia), really a great line. With that being said my 2 question is "What are the chances of getting the missing issues of the Marvel Star Wars comic, or the 2nd Revenge of the Sith Comic ? I mean for the Marvel Comic adaptions of Star Wars you could give us a Princess Leia / C-3PO for #5 and maybe a Rebel Pilot and Imperial Pilot for #6, for Revenge of the Sith #2 how about Grievous and maybe a new deco Clone trooper.

Also what are the chances for seeing a Comic Pack treatment for the Marvel series of Return of the Jedi, or maybe even Comic Packs based on The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones ? "

this would also be a question I would add to my list of questions to ask

bigbarada
07-27-2008, 06:36 PM
New question:

In the current GI Joe line, you've released a wave of vehicles that offer two small, one-man vehicles for the same price as one larger, mid-sized vehicle. and it seems to be very popular among GI Joe collectors. Would you consider this same strategy with the Star Wars $20 vehicle line? It might be a great way to reintroduce the vintage mini-rigs into the market and would also help to keep the small, onscreen vehicles, beasts and accessories available. For instance, the Speeder bikes, TaunTauns, Ewok Gliders, Dewbacks, Tripod Cannons, etc.

ChrisLyne
07-28-2008, 01:23 PM
I'd vote for Umbra's question;

"Are we going to see a second Force Unleashed Wave, as just from the trailer it feels we are missing some big characters, particularly Shaak Ti?"

And I'd like to add;

You said in previous Q+A's that you were hoping to show an NJO item at SDCC this year. Since this hasn't happened is there anything you can say about the item? Is it the Kyle Katarn Vs. Yuuzhan Vong Warrior comic pack or is it something else based on the actual NJO novels? (*fingers crossed for NJO Solo twins in the near future*)

And yeah you can delete the fingers crossed line if you want :thumbsup:

Droid
07-28-2008, 02:12 PM
Some of these could tie into other currently proposed questions:

Does the A New Hope Obi-wan Kenobi in the first wave of '09 have knee articulation?

Is the Sarlaac beak removable for those that would prefer a pre-Special Edition Pit of Carkoon?

Is there anything inside the Lars homestead igloo? If so, could we see a picture?

Now that you are making larger set pieces, and given the table we saw with Brainiac that apparently isn't coming with him, is there any chance of a cantina set that includes movie accurate tables, or maybe even a booth at which Han and Ben can negotiate or at which Han and Greedo can have a showdown?

Dice Ibegon, Brainiac, and Trinto Duaba were originally slated for an '08 wave. Does that mean there could be more cantina aliens/patrons still to come in '09 or are these three all that are planned for '09? (Not that three isn't a lot to be happy about!)

In the event that you do another poll such as the Wizards of the Coast poll, would you suggest that fans do not vote for a Tonnika Sister? Would you be willing to state "we are aware of fan interest in the Tonnika Sisters but recommend that they vote for another character at this time?" Or would a vote for a Tonnika make a figure more likely?

El Chuxter
07-28-2008, 10:56 PM
I'm all over BigB's question like white on rice.

Cane_Adiss
07-28-2008, 11:40 PM
I like all of Droid's questions. They should be added. Esp the one about the possibility of there being more cantina aliens coming this year.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-30-2008, 06:05 PM
Now that you are making larger set pieces, and given the table we saw with Brainiac that apparently isn't coming with him, is there any chance of a cantina set that includes movie accurate tables, or maybe even a booth at which Han and Ben can negotiate or at which Han and Greedo can have a showdown?
Expand on this question to include: "If not, will we see the tables that came with Brainiac and Obi-Wan be released in some other form?" I really want them.

As for more new questions, continued in part from the other thread (they're pretty long-winded, though):

*The Comic Packs are great since the addition of the comic books give these characters much-needed context, as the average kid and collector who mainly know the movies will likely not know these characters without seeing them in some sort of action. That said, there are still several other expanded universe products that have no context other than the small bio on their packaging. Would it be possible for comic books to also be included in EU multi-figure sets or vehicles as well? (For instance, fans of Crimson Empire are liking the look of the upcoming Crucible set, while those who are unfamiliar with the work think it looks more like a cross between Star Wars and Power Rangers.) Also, what about applying this idea to other media - novel excerpts or video game demos, perhaps?

*You've stated that the "BD" designation on The Legacy Collection figures is meant to let collectors know that these are new figures with new droid parts, and collecting each of them will result in new droids with no redundant parts, while the "GH" figures are old figures with redundant droid parts. That said, why is the Yaddle and Even Piell (which is misspelled as "Evan" on the card) set labeled as "BD No. 19" and packaged with the black RA-7's right leg, which looks to be unavailable elsewhere? Some collectors do not want to have to buy these two Jedi again (even though they are repaints, some will not want them) just to get the new leg. So, will there be a GH army builder or something in this wave to allow collectors to finish the droid without having extra Yaddles and Evens? In the same vein, why is the 327th Star Corps Trooper labeled as "BD No. 29" while he's an old figure with a redundant droid part (the silver RA-7's chest, which also comes with Commander Faie)? These examples show that the system is already not working just three waves into the line.

Also, in number 8; the Magnaguard has been revealed as coming in the Clone Wars line. There are also of course other questions you asked in person, but you already knew that. :D

sebillba
07-30-2008, 06:23 PM
Originally Posted by sebillba
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: 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.

Did you find out about this one JT? If not, could we get it added please?

Tycho
07-31-2008, 04:57 AM
NEW QUESTION:

Who all contributed work on the big Millennium Falcon? We know Mark Bredeaux designed her. Who did all the fine sculpt-work on her sides and exterior? Was it one person, or several contributing different sculpts for different parts? What else went into producing it? Were there arguments about how many features could be packed in for its price-point? What barely made the cut? Anything left out? (I can't think of anything myself, except Princess Leia's voice, or Lando's) It truly is a masterpiece!

Battle Droid
08-01-2008, 03:10 PM
New question,

Will we ever be getting Battle Droid and Super Battle Droid Mighty Muggs?

JediTricks
08-03-2008, 04:49 AM
I'm going to try to get to the maintenance on this thread tomorrow, please be patient and keep sending and voting on questions. I'll respond to everything then.

Bib Un-Fortuna
08-04-2008, 04:36 PM
Voting for 8 & 13, possible new question:

There have been rumors and images of a Stormtrooper Commander on a TAC card from The Force Unleashed circulating for some time. Is there any new information on this missing TAC figure? Will it be included with preorders of the game, available with purchase, or coming through some other yet-to-be-announced outlet? And why the lack of information?

Feel free to rephrase.

Battle Droid
08-04-2008, 05:45 PM
New question,

Will we be getting any Battle Droid variants in the Clone Wars line, like Commander, Security, Pilot, etc?

JediTricks
08-04-2008, 09:43 PM
Questions 17-25 added.

Question 14 modified.

Questions 6, 7, 8, and 11 have been stricken for being answered or mostly-answered. Anybody who voted for these is refunded those votes, please feel free to vote for something else.


By the way, I got word through the grapevine during Comic-Con that Hasbro considers our questions the most challenging, the most thought-provoking, the "toughest" in a good way. As editor of Q&A, I consider that to be a great honor, and want to thank everybody who has participated in these threads for making real challenges and changes to how our Star Wars line is treated. From Yarna to the A-wing helmet and far beyond, I am thrilled to hear and see that our efforts here continue to be some of the finest work and represent the best cross-sections of the collecting community. I also want to thank Hasbro for continuing to be open to our ideas and thoughts, to be able to take some of our toughest-written questions and deliver answers to the best of their abilities. Both sides, keep up the great work!



A question that's been on my mind lately, particularly with the new Force Unleashed trailer from e3 is as such:

Are we going to see a second Force Unleashed Wave, as just from the trailer it feels we are missing some big characters, particularly Shaak Ti?May 9th:
Sandtroopers.com: There are a couple of versions and characters of the Force Unleashed characters we don't have: PROXY, Shaak Ti, Juno Eclipse as a rebel and a few Stormtrooper variants. Can you confirm how many figures from TFU we are getting in 2008-09? Other than the ones we know about, of course.
Hasbro: There are no more TFU figures in 2008 beyond those that have been announced/shown already. The final ones will be the previously-announced but still unreleased basic-carded Stormtrooper Commander (retail partner and sell-in strategy still TBD) and the Wal-Mart exclusive 3-packs featuring some unique trooper deco. For 2009, we are loking at one additional figure and that is it for our plans for now for TFU. As we see and play the game ourselves, we are sure more ideas and favorites will spring forth, but those will have to come further down the road.
A new question:

Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the ROTS wave, when the character never actually appeared in the movie? Not only is this a wasted slot that could have been taken by another unproduced ROTS character (such as the long-awaited Utai), but many collectors focus on movie figures, yet will be forced to buy an EU figure they really don't want, just to get the final arm or leg to complete the BAD figure from this wave. Sure this will give you extra sales on this one figure, but this sort of tactic creates bad feeling from loyal collectors, and is liable to drive some of them away from the hobby in the long term.I'm not going to trash them for "wasting a slot" as we don't know if anything beyond a lame reissue would have taken its place, and some folks actually will want this figure. I'm also not going to dump on them for the BAF issue because that's the whole point of the BAF concept starting with Toy Biz's Marvel Legends line, and unlike every other BAF line out there, Hasbro gives alternate methods to get parts via the Greatest Hits figures, and even if you don't buy them, if nothing else there's double the amount of trade bait for that part.

I will ask them why this character's here though, and count your vote for that.


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 an "action" oriented character who 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, Aayla Secura or even an updated Adi Gallia.Added, vote counted.


It looks like, based on the Comic-Con pics, the Clone Pilot in the Evolutions set IS Jag. Woo-hoo! So now, you might want to change 14 to:

Since we're getting a phase I Odd Ball figure in the animated line, and a new super-articulated ROTS-armor Clone Pilot in the Imperial Pilots Evolutions set (in Captain Jag colors, no less), can we expect to see Odd Ball in his ROTS armor as a realistic basic figure, and if so, when? Should be easy, as it's just a helmet repaint.Hmm, kinda makes me want to cut the question altogether, but I have a ton of cut questions so I'll modify it for now.


New question:

Any chance we'll ever see a figure done of the Twi'lek character featured on the deco of the upcoming Republic Gunship? It's a pretty interesting concept, a pin-up Twi'lek in clone armor. She would make one cool figure!After how badly we got shot down on the SW Visionaries question, I'm not ready to put this one into the mix because it almost certainly will get killed just as hard.


new question:

Hasbro, first, thank you for finally making more playsets/dioramas. The Lars Homestead and Sarlac Pit are the best two sets you have ever made. That said, many collectors like the Sarlac, but theyfeel they could make a much larger/scene accurate pit. Since you already have the mold for the Sarlac, would you consider making it a future single release, without the playset?I'm confused by this question. Do you mean the hole without the sand base? The sand base is super cheap by comparison to the Sarlacc itself, and I'm not even sure it's designed to be separated from it. Please clarify.


New questions:

A) Whats the status on Wedge Antilles? About six months ago you said: "While we don't have any plans for a carded basic Wedge figure, there will be at least one cool new Wedge figure in the line next year if our schedule holds. We will have info available around Comic Con on what that may be." Is this Wedge still happening? Will he be a vehicle pack in (please say no!) or something else?Just answered last Friday...
Sandtroopers.com: Wedge Antilles is one of the top secondary characters of the OT having survived all 3 movies. How come he has never appeared in the regular carded line? He is definitely one who would be a good candidate for an updated X-Wing body. Or since I dont believe he has been made as a Snowspeeder pilot, how about on the new Snowspeeder body that Wes Janson uses? Also keep the removable helmets on the X-Wing pilots but get rid of the hooded heads.
Hasbro: Wedge *has* appeared in the regular carded line, although as an exclusive. We did have plans for a great Wedge this year, but the project was delayed and will appear in Fall 2009 if all goes according to schedule. Stay tuned!

B) What's the articulation break-down for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi in the the build-a-droid ANH wave? From the pics at comic con, its impossible to determine, and some fans fear it will be the VOTC Ben all over again.Ahh, now that's a question I wish I had asked at the show! Added, vote counted.


have a new question for the list:

Hasbro, first things first, let me say i love what you have done with the comic packs so far to date. We've been treated to some cool stories and some even coolier figures (Mara, Quilon, Dark Woman, EU Vader and Leia), really a great line. With that being said my 2 question is "What are the chances of getting the missing issues of the Marvel Star Wars comic, or the 2nd Revenge of the Sith Comic ? I mean for the Marvel Comic adaptions of Star Wars you could give us a Princess Leia / C-3PO for #5 and maybe a Rebel Pilot and Imperial Pilot for #6, for Revenge of the Sith #2 how about Grievous and maybe a new deco Clone trooper.

Also what are the chances for seeing a Comic Pack treatment for the Marvel series of Return of the Jedi, or maybe even Comic Packs based on The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones ? "Added and vote counted.

this would also be a question I would add to my list of questions to ask


New question:

In the current GI Joe line, you've released a wave of vehicles that offer two small, one-man vehicles for the same price as one larger, mid-sized vehicle. and it seems to be very popular among GI Joe collectors. Would you consider this same strategy with the Star Wars $20 vehicle line? It might be a great way to reintroduce the vintage mini-rigs into the market and would also help to keep the small, onscreen vehicles, beasts and accessories available. For instance, the Speeder bikes, TaunTauns, Ewok Gliders, Dewbacks, Tripod Cannons, etc.They're already doing this with Battle Packs. We have BARC Speeders, Hoth Speederbikes, and STAPs coming out soon, plus the Rebel Hangar Transport on its way. So they already know there's a need, and they are addressing it. Is there anything else to really say?


And I'd like to add;

You said in previous Q+A's that you were hoping to show an NJO item at SDCC this year. Since this hasn't happened is there anything you can say about the item? Is it the Kyle Katarn Vs. Yuuzhan Vong Warrior comic pack or is it something else based on the actual NJO novels? (*fingers crossed for NJO Solo twins in the near future*)

And yeah you can delete the fingers crossed line if you want :thumbsup:Actually, they said "look for more information around Comic-Con timing if all goes as planned", and we're still in that "comic-con timing" window, so I'm going to hold off a round or so, but please re-ask it in the next round.


Some of these could tie into other currently proposed questions:

Does the A New Hope Obi-wan Kenobi in the first wave of '09 have knee articulation?That'd be covered in the "what's his articulation" question. If you want to vote for that, LMK.


Is the Sarlaac beak removable for those that would prefer a pre-Special Edition Pit of Carkoon?It is removable, I put that in the Hasbro Panel write-up.


Is there anything inside the Lars homestead igloo? If so, could we see a picture?There's a small table and bench-style seating on either side, I don't think it was possible to get a photo, I don't see one in Steve's coverage, but it was a simple affair.


Now that you are making larger set pieces, and given the table we saw with Brainiac that apparently isn't coming with him, is there any chance of a cantina set that includes movie accurate tables, or maybe even a booth at which Han and Ben can negotiate or at which Han and Greedo can have a showdown?Aiming high, huh? How would this set work? It couldn't fit in a battle pack and wouldn't be financially viable anyway, are you talking Ultimate Battle Pack or what?


Dice Ibegon, Brainiac, and Trinto Duaba were originally slated for an '08 wave. Does that mean there could be more cantina aliens/patrons still to come in '09 or are these three all that are planned for '09? (Not that three isn't a lot to be happy about!)They just revealed that wave, and keep in mind we knew it was pushed back from '08, so it's too early to ask for anything more, I don't want to get skunked on a "no".


In the event that you do another poll such as the Wizards of the Coast poll, would you suggest that fans do not vote for a Tonnika Sister? Would you be willing to state "we are aware of fan interest in the Tonnika Sisters but recommend that they vote for another character at this time?" Or would a vote for a Tonnika make a figure more likely?WOTC poll? Do you mean ToyFare Magazine/Wizard poll? They told Tycho and me in person that they understand fans want her and it just cannot be done right now, there's nothing they can do to make it happen, so when they see those entries (as they were on OUR poll), they know to just skip past them and bump up the next entries. However, that gives me a seedling of an idea, so I'll rework it a little and count your vote for it.


I'm all over BigB's question like white on rice.Mmm, brown rice. :p Can you think of a way my above rebuttal to his question could be circumvented? Otherwise, I can't add it.


Expand on this question to include: "If not, will we see the tables that came with Brainiac and Obi-Wan be released in some other form?" I really want them.I added the Obi-Wan table already to the Obi-Wan articulation question - I mean, how hard will it be for them to say what articulation it is? Might as well get some work done in there too.

As for Brainiac's table, I find it pretty underwhelming in the pic supplied, but if you guys can figure out a more realistic way to ask Droid's question...


*The Comic Packs are great since the addition of the comic books give these characters much-needed context, as the average kid and collector who mainly know the movies will likely not know these characters without seeing them in some sort of action. That said, there are still several other expanded universe products that have no context other than the small bio on their packaging. Would it be possible for comic books to also be included in EU multi-figure sets or vehicles as well? (For instance, fans of Crimson Empire are liking the look of the upcoming Crucible set, while those who are unfamiliar with the work think it looks more like a cross between Star Wars and Power Rangers.) Also, what about applying this idea to other media - novel excerpts or video game demos, perhaps?Ok, I've added the first question and the part about The Crucible set, but the second one we talked to Hasbro about and it just ain't happening. The comics are a quick visual medium, one doesn't even have to know how to read to be able to put the figures in the set into the context of the included comic, while novels and games just aren't the same quick thing. Also, the current line is a collaborative effort with Dark Horse, obviously that wouldn't work for novels or games because those are different companies.


*You've stated that the "BD" designation on The Legacy Collection figures is meant to let collectors know that these are new figures with new droid parts, and collecting each of them will result in new droids with no redundant parts, while the "GH" figures are old figures with redundant droid parts. That said, why is the Yaddle and Even Piell (which is misspelled as "Evan" on the card) set labeled as "BD No. 19" and packaged with the black RA-7's right leg, which looks to be unavailable elsewhere? Some collectors do not want to have to buy these two Jedi again (even though they are repaints, some will not want them) just to get the new leg. So, will there be a GH army builder or something in this wave to allow collectors to finish the droid without having extra Yaddles and Evens? In the same vein, why is the 327th Star Corps Trooper labeled as "BD No. 29" while he's an old figure with a redundant droid part (the silver RA-7's chest, which also comes with Commander Faie)? These examples show that the system is already not working just three waves into the line.The figures you mentioned - Yaddle, Even Piell - are new to the basic line and have new decos to go with it. And part of the BAF concept is getting folks to buy stuff they wouldn't, I don't know of anyplace that Hasbro said they were going to ensure ALL the parts would be redundant in Greatest Hits figures, just that some of them would be. And consider, if there is a GH figure with the same part, then we have to buy THAT re-release instead of a different re-release, so what'd be the benefit? Same thing with that 327 Star Corps figure, that was an Evolutions figure, never been single-carded before. This is SOP for Hasbro, remember Poggle the Lesser on basic card? And there's a whole wave of basic BD figures coming out that are mere redecos.


Did you find out about this one JT? If not, could we get it added please?I never got around to it, sorry. I'll add it and count your vote.


NEW QUESTION:

Who all contributed work on the big Millennium Falcon? We know Mark Bredeaux designed her. Who did all the fine sculpt-work on her sides and exterior? Was it one person, or several contributing different sculpts for different parts? What else went into producing it? Were there arguments about how many features could be packed in for its price-point? What barely made the cut? Anything left out? (I can't think of anything myself, except Princess Leia's voice, or Lando's) It truly is a masterpiece!Hasbro staunchly refuses to give names in these Q&As, it's different at the convention where they are more free to discuss such things. Most if not all of the details on the ship were designed by ILM model makers for the original movies, and Mark probably recreated or had the Chinese moldmakers recreate those details from LFL source materials such as detailed photos. Also, from what Derryl told us in the booth, the entire Star Wars design team was right in front of us, that's everybody from prototype to overseeing moldmaking, and they each have their own specific sections. Mark specifically told me that his original design for the BMF was over a foot bigger and had more stuff going on, but budget constraints dialed that back.

I'll ask that last part about what barely made the cut and what didn't though, that is interesting without getting us into a minefield situation. Vote counted.


New question,

Will we ever be getting Battle Droid and Super Battle Droid Mighty Muggs?They're not doing new bodies, so would you be ok with painted versions on the body we have now? LMK and that'll shape how I decide on this one.


There have been rumors and images of a Stormtrooper Commander on a TAC card from The Force Unleashed circulating for some time. Is there any new information on this missing TAC figure? Will it be included with preorders of the game, available with purchase, or coming through some other yet-to-be-announced outlet? And why the lack of information?

Feel free to rephrase.This is not a missing figure, it's a game-release promotional item being handled by Lucasarts (like the Biker Scout sniper figure for the SW:Battlefront release). Hasbro's answer on it most recently was June 6th:
JediTempleArchives.com: The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Commander remains a source of some consternation to collectors. We've seen the images and in previous Q&A's Hasbro has stated that this is something being handled by LucasArts. Can we expect this figure to be packaged with The Force Unleashed game much in the same way that the Battlefront II Scout Trooper that was issued with the Battlefront II video game?
Hasbro: All the details will be given out by Lucasarts when they are ready. When we can release them, we'll let you know.

New question,

Will we be getting any Battle Droid variants in the Clone Wars line, like Commander, Security, Pilot, etc?Ok, I've added it and counted your vote.

Yes! 2 hours but I'm finally done for now!

Battle Droid
08-04-2008, 10:03 PM
They're not doing new bodies, so would you be ok with painted versions on the body we have now? LMK and that'll shape how I decide on this one.

Yeah that's fine since that's what they did for the Grievous one.

Could you add an IG-100 MagnaGuard to it also?

bigbarada
08-04-2008, 10:14 PM
They're already doing this with Battle Packs. We have BARC Speeders, Hoth Speederbikes, and STAPs coming out soon, plus the Rebel Hangar Transport on its way. So they already know there's a need, and they are addressing it. Is there anything else to really say?

I think what initially gave me the idea for the question was looking through the old Kenner toy catalogs and wondering if Hasbro would ever consider rereleasing the mini-rigs. Then I thought, 'Well if they do it, then they could release them two at a time for $20 and create mini-battles in the packaging just like the GI Joe line.' Maybe I reworded it so much that it lost my original intent.

So if it was essentially a question on whether Hasbro would consider resurrecting the vintage mini-rigs, would that be better? Or has that question already been asked?

jediguy
08-04-2008, 10:28 PM
20, 24 and 25 (with the IG-Manga repaint, please)

I was wondering if China closes the factories in an attempt to reduce the amount of pollution during the Olympics, how would that affect Hasbro products, either being made and/or shipped

Kidhuman
08-04-2008, 10:37 PM
24, 21, 5, 2 for now

Ando
08-04-2008, 10:43 PM
oops. ignore this post.

JediTricks
08-04-2008, 10:59 PM
Questions 26-30 added.


Yeah that's fine since that's what they did for the Grievous one.

Could you add an IG-100 MagnaGuard to it also?Ok. That reminded me of a broader MM question I had, so I tacked it onto there.


I think what initially gave me the idea for the question was looking through the old Kenner toy catalogs and wondering if Hasbro would ever consider rereleasing the mini-rigs. Then I thought, 'Well if they do it, then they could release them two at a time for $20 and create mini-battles in the packaging just like the GI Joe line.' Maybe I reworded it so much that it lost my original intent.

So if it was essentially a question on whether Hasbro would consider resurrecting the vintage mini-rigs, would that be better? Or has that question already been asked?Back on July 14th, 2006:
Action-Figure.com: Will you be doing any new or rereleased Mini Rigs or nice cheap price point vehicles?
Hasbro: We have no plans to go back to the Mini-Rig idea right now. The problem is that most of tehse don't exist in the movies (or EU) so when we do "small" vehicles it's better to concentrate on Speeder Bikes and vehicles that are in the fantasy. So if we go to small vehicles, that's probably where we'll look.
And June 23rd of that year:
Rebelscum: Any possibility of a new line of smaller vehicles, similar to the vintage mini-rigs or the Episode I Invasion Force series, perhaps even packaged with a pilot figure?
Hasbro: We don't have a plan to release a smaller line of vehicles right now. But, we will have to wait and see what opporutnities may exist with the introduction of the animated series in 2008.

20, 24 and 25 (with the IG-Manga repaint, please)I am not ready to jump on the Magnadroid repaint bandwagon just yet, there's no in-movie version of this, and I don't think there's any in the CW, so with no support at all from those sources it seems heavily unlikely, and I wouldn't want that to taint the BD aspect of the question. If you know of some official redecoed Magnas, hit me with links and I'll reconsider.

I was wondering if China closes the factories in an attempt to reduce the amount of pollution during the Olympics, how would that affect Hasbro products, either being made and/or shippedThey were asked that in the last round and did not comment at all. I would think it would be a non-issue for Hasbro's factories though, as theirs are located in the province of Guangdong, which is over 1,000 miles south of Beijing.

Darth Duranium
08-05-2008, 04:10 AM
I vote for 29, 28, and 30. 27's kewl, too. That is my final answer, Regis.

sebillba
08-05-2008, 04:45 AM
Thanks for adding my two Qs. #19 is the only other one that really needs asking, but I'll also add 12, 14 and 16.

Tycho
08-05-2008, 08:36 AM
Originally Posted by Tycho
NEW QUESTION:

Who all contributed work on the big Millennium Falcon? We know Mark Bredeaux designed her. Who did all the fine sculpt-work on her sides and exterior? Was it one person, or several contributing different sculpts for different parts? What else went into producing it? Were there arguments about how many features could be packed in for its price-point? What barely made the cut? Anything left out? (I can't think of anything myself, except Princess Leia's voice, or Lando's) It truly is a masterpiece!


Hasbro staunchly refuses to give names in these Q&As, it's different at the convention where they are more free to discuss such things. Most if not all of the details on the ship were designed by ILM model makers for the original movies, and Mark probably recreated or had the Chinese moldmakers recreate those details from LFL source materials such as detailed photos.

I'm still in awe of the detail work. Could you still phrase the question so as to get Hasbro to answer that part? They should be proud to share concerning that aspect of their work and it being so well received.

I built a ship (my Blockade Runner) and for years, didn't find the patience to add details to it that would take the ship beyond looking like a very basic "box model." That's partially because I'd value a Hasbro-made one more as part of an official collection, but also just because it takes a very serious committment to detail that I just haven't been capable of so far.



Also, from what Derryl told us in the booth, the entire Star Wars design team was right in front of us, that's everybody from prototype to overseeing moldmaking, and they each have their own specific sections. Mark specifically told me that his original design for the BMF was over a foot bigger and had more stuff going on, but budget constraints dialed that back.

Prototyping and OVERSEEING model making, isn't the same thing as doing the sculpt-work that gives us those details on the Falcon's side-panneling. They're incredible.


I'll ask that last part about what barely made the cut and what didn't though, that is interesting without getting us into a minefield situation. Vote counted.

Thanks for your interest. Maybe you can figure out a way to further augment this question to address my other inquiries if other people here are also interested. We owe someone or some people are sincere thanks for the detailing that went into that ship for sure!

joshephe
08-05-2008, 10:06 AM
28, 29, and 30 for me.

Droid
08-05-2008, 11:05 AM
I want to vote for the Kenobi articulation question, #19.

You counted my vote for the Toyfare poll question. Thank you. Yes, I meant Toyfare, not Wizards of the Coast.

Cane_Adiss
08-05-2008, 11:35 AM
My votes:

5, 12, 15, 16, 18, 21

obi-dad
08-05-2008, 01:45 PM
Well, unless there are some last minute great questions, I'm going for:
3, 4, 12, 16, 19 & 24.


p.s. I know your feelings on asking about, "When will X character be made?" but in this week's Q&A, there were at least 5 confirmations for 2009 figures. So, will you add the questions if worded well?

Jangu Fett
08-05-2008, 03:29 PM
29, and 30 are good.

But I want to know the answer to 27

El Chuxter
08-05-2008, 03:48 PM
Here's two that I know are iffy, but I'll throw them out anyway:

1) You recently commented that the Slave I is likely to be resculpted within the next year or so in anticipation of the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back (this being the third unique sculpt for this vehicle). However, there's another vehicle from ESB that collectors have been literally begging for since the modern line started: the twin-pod cloud car. Given the obvious interest in making new vehicles for ESB, as well as the number of less "action-oriented" vehicles released recently (such as the "does nothing but dock" Grievous Starfighter), have the chances of getting a modern, updated twin-pod cloud car increased any within the past year or so? (In case you can't tell, most of us really do want this vehicle. Especially since the excellent pilot figure you released a few years back is still missing his sweet ride.)

2) The comic packs in the GIJoe line currently feature mainly new stand-alone comics. Given that Dark Horse has released similar Star Wars comics to retailers in the past, have you considered working with them to commission new stand-alone comics that feature highly-requested EU figures that otherwise don't appear in comics and therefore likely have less chance of being released otherwise?

And two that are really long shots, but here they are anyway, just in case :D:

3) In the past, you stated that "build-a-figure" promotions with Star Wars figures were unlikely. Of course, with the "Droid Factory" pack-ins, this has changed. Given the early success of Droid Factory, along with how popular this idea is with other lines, would it be possible to have larger figures to build in the future, such as (perhaps) beasts like the Gorax or vehicles like the AT-PT, which otherwise might not be in-demand enough to produce at all?

4) It looks like we wore you down on Yarna finally, and she is an amazing figure that's worth the wait. Since it seemed to work there, how about we bring up Teek and Jaxxon again? (Go ahead and laugh, but folks really would buy them.) :)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-05-2008, 03:56 PM
Since 11 has been cut and I already voted for 14, I'll go with 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24.

obi-dad
08-05-2008, 08:47 PM
Here's two that I know are iffy, but I'll throw them out anyway:

1) You recently commented that the Slave I is likely to be resculpted within the next year or so in anticipation of the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back (this being the third unique sculpt for this vehicle). However, there's another vehicle from ESB that collectors have been literally begging for since the modern line started: the twin-pod cloud car. Given the obvious interest in making new vehicles for ESB, as well as the number of less "action-oriented" vehicles released recently (such as the "does nothing but dock" Grievous Starfighter), have the chances of getting a modern, updated twin-pod cloud car increased any within the past year or so? (In case you can't tell, most of us really do want this vehicle. Especially since the excellent pilot figure you released a few years back is still missing his sweet ride.)

I would vote for this one if added. Take my vote from #3 if added.

Umbra
08-06-2008, 01:04 AM
If you accept El Chuxtor's 1 & 2, they have my vote

with my other 4 remaining votes:
18
21
22
23

Darth Duranium
08-06-2008, 03:16 PM
JT, question 30 now refers to a "classic" basestar... this should be changed to a "new" basestar from the re-imagined series. As you know, it was the new basestar was originally poo-pooed by Hasbro as "not possible for the price-point", I think. Cheers.

El Chuxter
08-06-2008, 03:44 PM
Another one:

Since you just gave us three of the five characters with unique sandstorm costumes, can we expect Sandstorm Lando and Leia to finish out the sandstorm scene?

(I know Leia was semi-confirmed, but I've never seen any word on Lando.)

jberlin
08-06-2008, 10:20 PM
19
21
23
and I'd like to add.

1. After seeing the fantastic pics of the new Sarlacc battle pack I was wondering if its beak is removable. Many fans (myself included) refuse to purchase anything that only appears in the special edition. Considering that everything else in this set is a repack it would be a shame if the one new feature couldn't be displayed in all of its pre-CGI glory. Speaking for myself, since I already have all the figures and the desert skiff, I wouldn't purchase this set unless the beak is removable.

2. Given the success of the "Look Sir, Droids" Gentle Giant diorama, what are the odds of us getting a similar battle pack. It could include an updated escape pod (preferably large enough to hold 2 droids), and an assortment of Sandtroopers with a variety of pauldrons and weapons. Heck, if you threw in an updated Dewback you'd have the makings of a killer "ultimate" battle pack

clone157
08-06-2008, 10:46 PM
Questions 13, 14, 15, and 18 seem the best candidates

clone157
08-06-2008, 10:50 PM
JT, question 30 now refers to a "classic" basestar... this should be changed to a "new" basestar from the re-imagined series. As you know, it was the new basestar was originally poo-pooed by Hasbro as "not possible for the price-point", I think. Cheers.
The new Basestar was supposed to be released already, but I never saw that wave or the one after it. They are probably at the bottom of a pile at wal-mart distribution centers across America.

Battle Droid
08-07-2008, 06:56 AM
15 as another one of my votes.

obi-dad
08-07-2008, 07:57 AM
1. After seeing the fantastic pics of the new Sarlacc battle pack I was wondering if its beak is removable. Many fans (myself included) refuse to purchase anything that only appears in the special edition. Considering that everything else in this set is a repack it would be a shame if the one new feature couldn't be displayed in all of its pre-CGI glory. Speaking for myself, since I already have all the figures and the desert skiff, I wouldn't purchase this set unless the beak is removable.

In JT's Hasbro Comic-Con Panel Write-Up from SDCC, he already stated it was removable.... and in fact, it was already asked in this Q&A session around page 3 and JT again mentioned that as it is written, so shall it be.


Onto the Sarlacc Ultimate Battle Pack, this piece came about because one side of the team wanted to do the Sarlacc while the other wanted to rerelease the Skiff, so they decided to do both in 1 pack. The tenticle is bendy, and the mouth pod comes out to reveal a hole to suck figures in and drop them out the bottom. This piece follows last year's success with the Ultimate Battle Packs, the fans and the moms spoke. There's a second surprise set in the assortment, they're trying to make it in time.

The whole article can be found here: http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=48&p2_articleid=1577


2. Given the success of the "Look Sir, Droids" Gentle Giant diorama, what are the odds of us getting a similar battle pack. It could include an updated escape pod (preferably large enough to hold 2 droids), and an assortment of Sandtroopers with a variety of pauldrons and weapons. Heck, if you threw in an updated Dewback you'd have the makings of a killer "ultimate" battle pack

Oh... I really like that question... the last escape pod Hasbro made was way too small.

obi-dad
08-07-2008, 08:08 AM
new question:

Hasbro, first, thank you for finally making more playsets/dioramas. The Lars Homestead and Sarlac Pit are the best two sets you have ever made. That said, many collectors like the Sarlac, but theyfeel they could make a much larger/scene accurate pit. Since you already have the mold for the Sarlac, would you consider making it a future single release, without the playset?


I'm confused by this question. Do you mean the hole without the sand base? The sand base is super cheap by comparison to the Sarlacc itself, and I'm not even sure it's designed to be separated from it. Please clarify.

What I meant was to have the Sarlacc itself, removable beak, the little "teeth" or whatever those little white prongs are sticking out of its mouth and hopefully more bendable tentacles, and all (maybe as a beast?) where we could build our own landscape & hole. Unless I'm crazy, it was a much deeper hole than the one Hasbro created. Anyway, it seems they already have the molding for the Sarlac.

obi-dad
08-07-2008, 08:49 AM
new question: Back on the Nov 17, 2006 Q&A, there was a question about the cancelled Target Yavin Accessory set and the Rebel Ground-Crew Technician. You admitted while you liked him, he wasn't very exciting and would have to take his place in the queue. Well, his place finally came up with the VERY exciting Yavin Battle Pack seen in the slideshow at SDCC, but we are still missing the vehicle ladders, crates, landing light and direction batons. This set seemed like an ideal way to get those additional accessories that you already have the molds for. Do you see any way to get fans these much desired pieces in the near future?

JediTricks
08-07-2008, 03:40 PM
Questions 31 - 34 added.


I'm still in awe of the detail work. Could you still phrase the question so as to get Hasbro to answer that part? They should be proud to share concerning that aspect of their work and it being so well received.If you haven't noticed, our questions are already generally really long so as to make sure we get the best answer possible. Hasbro knows from the general tone of things whether we appreciate something or not. I cannot turn every question into a bum-smooch as much as you guys are asking. I already called it a "true masterpiece" in the question, and you and everybody else slobbered at Hasbro over the work at the con, that will have to do.


Prototyping and OVERSEEING model making, isn't the same thing as doing the sculpt-work that gives us those details on the Falcon's side-panneling. They're incredible.Well, ultimately, everything you see on the Falcon in your house is the result of a moldmaker's hand, not the designer's, because even when the designer translates work to a 3d prototype, these types of molds are not cast directly from an original but rebuilt to ape the design.



p.s. I know your feelings on asking about, "When will X character be made?" but in this week's Q&A, there were at least 5 confirmations for 2009 figures. So, will you add the questions if worded well?It's not the wording, it's the specificness. "Will you make random guy in background #8?" "Yes, no, cannot comment at this time, misdirected statement". That's it, it doesn't give us any insight into Hasbro's thinking, it doesn't even tell us anything ELSE about that wave. I generally will go with clusters or patterns in those types of questions.

Also, as to the answers you mentioned, let's look at the questions:
JediInsider.com: Any chance of seeing a Admiral Daala figure, or perhaps a Lumiya? There's definitely a shortage of female figures in the Star Wars Universe, updated Bespin Leia with the new articulation would be nice as well. Question by JI reader Capt Piett.
Hasbro: There is good news on the horizon for Lumiya, as she will be coming in the first wave of 2009 comic packs. As for Bespin Leia, there is a good chance we'll get to her eventually, although she is not in the lineup right now.
So they asked about a pattern of figures, females, with 3 choices. The result was 1 positive response, and if they had only asked about Daala, it wouldn't have even been that.
Sandtroopers.com: Now that we have a mold for a C-3po (throne) that people like and the ability for a r2 that can be used( retractable leg) How about a two pack of our favorite duo from EP 4? Dirty with jawa restaints and an escape pod?
Hasbro: These versions will probably be in the lineup soon, but probably not as a 2-pack (although that it a very interesting idea if the other plans fall through).
Again, patterned question rather than a specific 1 figure. Also, the answer is a probable, not a confirmation.
Sandtroopers.com: Wedge Antilles is one of the top secondary characters of the OT having survived all 3 movies. How come he has never appeared in the regular carded line? He is definitely one who would be a good candidate for an updated X-Wing body. Or since I dont believe he has been made as a Snowspeeder pilot, how about on the new Snowspeeder body that Wes Janson uses? Also keep the removable helmets on the X-Wing pilots but get rid of the hooded heads.
Hasbro: Wedge *has* appeared in the regular carded line, although as an exclusive. We did have plans for a great Wedge this year, but the project was delayed and will appear in Fall 2009 if all goes according to schedule. Stay tuned!
There ya go, 1 figure asked about and answered (vaguely, and as a probability). But this is a special circumstance, even I've pushed a few Wedge Antilles questions through because of who he is.
SWcollector.com: Any idea on how soon we might see AOTC/ROTS-accurate figures of Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun Lars?
Hasbro: We hope you won't have to wait too long, if our schedules hold.
Again, special circumstance, it's another cluster and it's one I've also pushed through in the past. And note that due to the overly-specific nature of the question, there's no Cliegg asked about and thus no answer which to me is a missed opportunity.
TheJawa.com: There was previous mention by Hasbro of a ROTJ style Rancor based on the recent TFU Target exclusive Rancor mold. Is this still coming, and will it come with a newly sculpted Malakili, the Rancor Keeper? This figure is long overdue for an update and packing him in with the Rancor seems to be the best way to prevent him from pegwarming.
Hasbro: By now, you have seen the Rancor based on the new TFU mold (with new molded parts for EpVI). He (she?) will come with Luke, but we can confirm that a new Malakili will be coming in 2009 in the EpVI wave.
The question is a twofer, it's really about the ROTJ Rancor, then sneaks in the thing about Malakili through that.
Toymania.com: Will we ever see the out-of-scale Ewoks Wicket, Paploo, and Teebo redone?
Hasbro: Yes, we have plans for at least one of these guys in 2009, and the others will be on our "short list" (pun intended) when we draft up the 2010 line plan.
Cluster question, vague answer.
Toymania.com: Now that the WED Droid has been anounced, the only remaining droid from the Purchase of the Droids scene in ANH is 2X-7KPR. Any chance of seeing him in the next year or two, hopefully with a new SA Uncle Owen from ANH? Owen is the only character released in this scene that sorely needs an update!
Hasbro: We agree that Owen needs an update, but it'll still be a while before we get to him. As for the droid, we like the little guy... don't be surprised if you see him in somewhere in the 2009 line.
Cluster, vague answer and a shoot-down.
Toymania.com: You've previously mentioned that you are working on a Jabba the Hutt figure in the animated Clone Wars style. Given that we've been waiting for a really well sculpted ROTJ Jabba AND the fact that he's so difficult to slot into the line due to his size, why not take this opportunity to just give us a ROTJ sculpt Jabba which the kids can incorporate into their play pattern as a CW Jabba? I doubt that the kids would complain that Jabba wasn't in an animated style.
Hasbro: Jabba is in the Clone Wars line, so that is the styling he will get to be consistent with the rest of the animated Clone Wars figures. We still have plans for a new EpVI Jabba, and there's a chance that he will come out in late 2009.
Special circumstance, well-known character in need of an update.

So there you have it, every "make this guy" question in the last round and how they work.



Here's two that I know are iffy, but I'll throw them out anyway:

1) You recently commented that the Slave I is likely to be resculpted within the next year or so in anticipation of the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back (this being the third unique sculpt for this vehicle). However, there's another vehicle from ESB that collectors have been literally begging for since the modern line started: the twin-pod cloud car. Given the obvious interest in making new vehicles for ESB, as well as the number of less "action-oriented" vehicles released recently (such as the "does nothing but dock" Grievous Starfighter), have the chances of getting a modern, updated twin-pod cloud car increased any within the past year or so? (In case you can't tell, most of us really do want this vehicle. Especially since the excellent pilot figure you released a few years back is still missing his sweet ride.)They did? News to me they did. I know Adam May at Galactic Hunter claimed they did, but that's not the same thing (even if accurate, Hasbro can still deny). Also, their cloud car answers have been incredibly consistent and fairly reasonable, I'll just quote the last one from June 6th:
Rebelscum.com: In various replies by Hasbro we received several times the answer that the Cloud Car would not look "agressive enough" to be a success.
Hasbro: Compared to all other vehicles we could do, we feel that the Cloud Car is visually uninteresting, has the least on-screen action, and would be perceived as the most boring (i.e. not aggressive looking) to boys compared to anything else we could do. The Twin Pod Cloud Car is probably the vintage vehicle that is the most plentiful and can be made the cheapest as well. You can pick them up for $15 and under - much less than the price we'd need to command for a new one.The Grievous Starfighter, btw, has a whole lightsaber scene right next to it including the violent death of a character, and then it's a cool-looking fighter from a RECENT movie. Got any less action-oriented vehicles to cite than that?


The comic packs in the GIJoe line currently feature mainly new stand-alone comics. Given that Dark Horse has released similar Star Wars comics to retailers in the past, have you considered working with them to commission new stand-alone comics that feature highly-requested EU figures that otherwise don't appear in comics and therefore likely have less chance of being released otherwise?Wow, left-field, did not see that one coming. I looked it up, you are correct sir! I had no idea they were doing this. I really doubt they're gonna say yes, since there's licensing and artist issues that Star Wars carries which GI Joe doesn't, and GI Joe is always looking for new ways to contextualize itself, but I'm adding this question because it's original enough to be worth a shot.

Added, vote counted.


3) In the past, you stated that "build-a-figure" promotions with Star Wars figures were unlikely. Of course, with the "Droid Factory" pack-ins, this has changed. Given the early success of Droid Factory, along with how popular this idea is with other lines, would it be possible to have larger figures to build in the future, such as (perhaps) beasts like the Gorax or vehicles like the AT-PT, which otherwise might not be in-demand enough to produce at all?In the future, can you please make my life miserable with ideas that AREN'T already covered? :p July 11th:
Toymania.com: How about a Build a Vehicle with Figures... 6 Pieces for Ultimate AT-AT - One Piece each (Head, Body, 2 Legs X 2) Tons of figure potential like a Battle Pack... Just comes with a vehicle part...
Hasbro: We have looked at this. It would take so many pieces to do this, and would be so much extra work that we would rather just make the vehicle itself (not to mention it would be a better vehicle than if put together from, say, the 50 parts we would have to do) We'll stick with the Droid Factory for now.June 6th:
SWcollector.com: With the "Build-A-..." accessories seeming to be hitting a new stride, could this be an option in the future for a new, movie-accurate version of Jabba the Hutt's hookah and dias?
Hasbro: Not likely. We're focused on only one buildable concept - the Droid Factory droids.April 25th, the LAST TIME WE ASKED THIS!!!:
ActionFigs.com: Might the build-a-droid concept be applied to other build-a-whatever ideas such as build-a-beast or a piece of scenery?
Hasbro: We have had discussions on other types of things we could do if there were no limit, but right now there are no other plans beyond Droid Factory.
Feb 27th:
SWcollector.com: With the Build-A-Figure concept being applied to the STAR WARS line, how likely are we to see something like a ROTJ-accurate Jabba the Hutt or 8D8 Torture Droid with Full Torture Rack as pack-ins?
Hasbro: Dan - by now you know that we are focused on droids as the build-a-figure pack-ins in the Legacy Collection/Droid Factory line. So, Jabba will not be a possiblity for a figure, but 8D8 could be…except for the fact that he has already been released and the build-a-droids will be comprised of previously unreleased figures. 8D8 is still a possibility for "some day."

4) It looks like we wore you down on Yarna finally, and she is an amazing figure that's worth the wait. Since it seemed to work there, how about we bring up Teek and Jaxxon again? (Go ahead and laugh, but folks really would buy them.) :)We've all done the Jaxxon thing to death, no more Jaxxon questions from this outlet. There's a bunch of questions with Teek in 'em (2 or 3 from us), the answer is generally always around the lines of "interesting idea, but not something we're looking to do right now".



JT, question 30 now refers to a "classic" basestar... this should be changed to a "new" basestar from the re-imagined series. As you know, it was the new basestar was originally poo-pooed by Hasbro as "not possible for the price-point", I think. Cheers.Pup pup pup! Never question the master! :p They mentioned both the classic and modern Cylon base ships as being not doable, but since we're getting the modern one, the classic one is still in "not doable" territory. Here's how it went down...
April 13th, 2007:
Rebelscum.com: Thanks for producing the amazing Battlestar Galactica Titanium starships. Just wondering if you would ever consider producing an Ultra Battlestar Pegasus, the Blackbird Stealth Ship, the Cylon Heavy Raider, a Cylon Basestar, classic Battlestar Galactica or Cylon Base Ship, or any of the ships seen in the fleet?
Hasbro: Two of those (Classic Galactica and Cylon Heavy Raider) are in development for 2008. The Ultra will not come out, unless it becomes part of a future exclusive, because demand for the Ultra line was much softer than anticipated. The other two are probably not likely to happen due to the complexity of production for our price point.
May 11th, 2007:
ActionFigs.com: The Titanium Series line has shared its space with Battlestar Galactica license for some time now with much success. Can you give us a hint as to your plans for the future of this license? You were recently quoted as saying the Cylon Basestar and the classic Cylon Base ship were not likely to happen due to "complexity of production", what does that mean and how would they be different from something like the recently-released classic Cylon Raider? Also, what happened to the plans for the Titanium Forged Figure of the Cylon Centurion, is there a future release here?
Hasbro: The Battlestar license has done very well and we plan to continue releasing a new/repaint one every few waves. Some vehicles, depending on the complexity of the vehicle, require so many tools or so much labor to complete that we simply can’t afford to pursue them for our basic line and these two fall into this camp. As for the Cylon figure, that line is discontinued at mass retail and we are looking for ways to bring the figures out as an exclusive mix. We know that there is demand there from a smaller number of devoted fans, but we are looking for a retail partner for the right opportunity.
"... I am the master!" - Darth Vader ;)


Another one:

Since you just gave us three of the five characters with unique sandstorm costumes, can we expect Sandstorm Lando and Leia to finish out the sandstorm scene?

(I know Leia was semi-confirmed, but I've never seen any word on Lando.)They actually were asked about Lando, and intentionally dissed him, back on March 20th:
GalacticHunter.com: What prompted the unusual creation of figures based on the Return of the Jedi sandstorm scene, which fans have never even seen aside from a few fuzzy still photos, and why wasn't Slave Leia in sandstorm garb (or the less significant Skiff Guard Lando) included among the group? (From reader ShabbyBlue)
Hasbro: When we learned about the existence of the deleted sandstorm scene, we were very intrigued and thought we had the nucleus of an intriguing wave. As you know, a key to our basic figure wave strategy is to look for new versions of core heroes, and this scene was the perfect opportunity to deliver some original, if not in the movie, concepts for these iconic characters. We do have plans to do a sandstorm version of Princess Leia at a future date.Anyway, I'll still ask it because it's 2 characters from a scene that would otherwise be complete. Added, vote counted.


1. After seeing the fantastic pics of the new Sarlacc battle pack I was wondering if its beak is removable. Many fans (myself included) refuse to purchase anything that only appears in the special edition. Considering that everything else in this set is a repack it would be a shame if the one new feature couldn't be displayed in all of its pre-CGI glory. Speaking for myself, since I already have all the figures and the desert skiff, I wouldn't purchase this set unless the beak is removable.At comic-con they confirmed that it is removable, there's a hole for figures to be pushed through when it's gone.


2. Given the success of the "Look Sir, Droids" Gentle Giant diorama, what are the odds of us getting a similar battle pack. It could include an updated escape pod (preferably large enough to hold 2 droids), and an assortment of Sandtroopers with a variety of pauldrons and weapons. Heck, if you threw in an updated Dewback you'd have the makings of a killer "ultimate" battle packI think you're talking about the Sideshow Diorama actually, right? And while I know they're going to say it's not "active" enough, I'll still add it (minus the success part, I don't think any of Sideshow's dioramas have actually been hot sellers to date, unfortuantely). But I did truncate the part about the updated escape pod, the current one does hold 2 figures, it's next to my computer mouse right here with an R2 and 3PO inside (it's a little "cozy" but they are both in there).
Oh... I really like that question... the last escape pod Hasbro made was way too small.Ok, here's the thing, think about the width of a Battle Pack box, it's very narrow, and think about the amount of product going into the box, it's very budget-conscious. And then there's the fact that it's not as out of scale as you'd think, I just took a stormtrooper and my escape pod, put them together, it looks pretty close to what Sideshow did here:
http://www.sideshowtoy.com/?page_id=4489&sku=2205

Anyway, I added some little scrap of "make it bigger" when I realized the top hatch on the current one doesn't open in the proper place, and that is actually more likely to get fixed, so I threw in your guys' pipe dream with that.


The new Basestar was supposed to be released already, but I never saw that wave or the one after it. They are probably at the bottom of a pile at wal-mart distribution centers across America.It is on its way still, that wave got redistributed into several other later waves when the line changed SKUs along with all the other Hasbro product.


What I meant was to have the Sarlacc itself, removable beak, the little "teeth" or whatever those little white prongs are sticking out of its mouth and hopefully more bendable tentacles, and all (maybe as a beast?) where we could build our own landscape & hole. Unless I'm crazy, it was a much deeper hole than the one Hasbro created. Anyway, it seems they already have the molding for the Sarlac.I just don't see this being likely, we already asked them about doing it as a beast, they shot it down. Now they're doing it as the UBP, seems really unlikely they'd go and redo it again any time in the near future at a cheaper concept with more features and less cheap-to-produce base.


new question: Back on the Nov 17, 2006 Q&A, there was a question about the cancelled Target Yavin Accessory set and the Rebel Ground-Crew Technician. You admitted while you liked him, he wasn't very exciting and would have to take his place in the queue. Well, his place finally came up with the VERY exciting Yavin Battle Pack seen in the slideshow at SDCC, but we are still missing the vehicle ladders, crates, landing light and direction batons. This set seemed like an ideal way to get those additional accessories that you already have the molds for. Do you see any way to get fans these much desired pieces in the near future?That figure is different, but I see what you mean... I'll rework this and add it. Vote counted!

JediTricks
08-08-2008, 04:47 AM
Only a few hours left to vote! Here's mine:

19 ben
24 falcon
27 swtf minifigs
29 bsg
30 ts
32 sandstorm

clone157
08-08-2008, 05:40 AM
I'd like to add 29 and 34 to round out my vote, and thanks for the clarification on those titaniums, I'm so glad I didn't miss them. Anyone know if it applies to the mon cal cruiser?

El Chuxter
08-08-2008, 11:28 AM
Can I add #5, #21, and #34? Those are the only ones floating my boat right now.

Though we all know that, if I were in charge, SSG/Actionfigs would ask:
"Can you hurry up and make Jaxxon?"
"Why not?"
"What's wrong with you?"
"How do you not like a freaking giant green bunny in a spacesuit?"
"Do you have issues with things that other people think are cool?"
"All right, fine. No more Jaxxon questions this week. How about Teek?"

Kidhuman
08-08-2008, 12:43 PM
28 and 32 for my last 2 votes

jediguy
08-08-2008, 01:59 PM
please add 32 and 34 to my votes, thanks

JediTricks
08-08-2008, 02:48 PM
Ok, thanks for those last votes gang. That's it for this round. I'm going to do the final tally and then send off our questions.

Here are the questions we sent in this round:


Many folks feel the big Millennium Falcon to be a true masterpiece in Star Wars toys, but speaking with the designer at Comic-Con, one of the things learned was that the original design for the toy was even bigger than what we got before budgetary realities found its current size. Were there arguments about what features could be packed into the final version? Did Lucasfilm have any specific requests of ideas to do or not to do? What features were on the bubble and barely made the cut? What features (beyond voice recordings, as we know Leia and Lando didn't make the final results there, along with about 40 more minutes of "vital" Falcon dialogue that was originally considered), if any, didn't make the final cut?
Back in November of '06, you answered a question about the canceled Yavin Accessory set and its Rebel ground crew tech by saying that you liked him but he wasn't exciting enough to do at the time. Now with the Scramble on Yavin battle pack, you have a new, much better version of that Ground Tech coming out, but the original pack's ladder, crates, lights, and direction baton accessories are still missing in action. Those accessories seem like they'd fit perfectly with this new "Scramble" battle pack, but alas no. Did you make molds for those accessories, and if so, could you run them and find a way to get those awesome and much-desired accessories into fans' collections in the near future?
In the event that Hasbro collaborates with ToyFare Magazine or another outlet on a new open-entry official Fans' Choice poll, could you provide the voters a short list of characters that Hasbro absolutely cannot do - such as the Tonnikas - to ensure that the poll results are as useful as possible rather than having unusable entries? Hypothetically, if you were to do that, what characters might go on that list?
From your Comic-Con slideshow image, it's impossible to tell, so what's the articulation like on the upcoming Legacy Collection ANH Obi-Wan Kenobi? Some fans fear it will be a repeat of the under-articulated VOTC Ben Kenobi. And might there be any way to release the TLC Obi-Wan's table accessory through alternate means, perhaps in a "Viewing of Leia's Hologram" battle pack with Obi-Wan's foot locker accessory, or maybe bribery & blackmail?
We're aware that Hasbro's license for Battlestar Galactica expires at the end of the year, and many collectors are saddened because the BSG ships are often highly thought of (and most are highly sought-after!). Might Hasbro pursue future BSG licenses? Has the BSG Titanium line been doing as strongly as hoped? How did it rate compared to Star Wars Titaniums? We've seen listings for the BSG Titanium Basestar, will this piece be released before the license is up, and will there be any other new BSG Titaniums released (like Hasbro's previously-mentioned Cylon Heavy Raider)?
While your Comic-Con display showed new Star Wars Transformers with Grievous' Starfighter, the TIE Bomber, and the V-19 Torrent (which didn't have the correct tag on it in the display unfortunately, and we've yet to see the vehicle mode - could we get a photo of that?) with their minifigs inside the cockpits, it appears the newly repackaged SWTFs have no minifigs at all. Have you guys really removed the minifig concept from the line, and if so, why? Doesn't that detract from the whole point of the Star Wars characters piloting mechs aspect? Will the minifigs displayed with the 3 new SWTF molds displayed at Comic-Con not be included with those sets?

Look for a new round of Q&A voting soon.