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JediTricks
10-03-2008, 05:19 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 October 24th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 58 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=12&p2_articleid=1916); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1298). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=641178#post641178).

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?
- 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?
- Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the upcoming ROTS wave when the character never actually appeared in the movie?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Last year, Hasbro released the R2-KT figure while making a charitable donation to ensure that the spirit of a figure for the Katie Johnson charity was fully met before any were sold. With R2-KT appearing in the Clone Wars movie, is there a chance we could get animated R2-KT as a repainted animated R2-D2 figure in a similar charity-type release?
- While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.
- Will there be more droid repaints in the Clone Wars line? The molds already exist, so they shouldn't be too difficult to achieve. For instance, will there be TC-70 based on the C-3PO mold, R4-P17 based on the R2-D2 mold, or KRONOS-327 based on the IG-86 mold? TC-70 obviously would be a good companion piece to the upcoming animated Jabba you're developing, and Obi-Wan needs a droid to fit in his Jedi Starfighter's droid slot.
- In the Clone Wars line, a few scale issues have come up. Obi-Wan and Anakin figures stand pretty short compared to their non-animated figure counterparts, while Clone Troopers stand unusually tall compared to their non-animated counterparts, and obviously this means CW Obi-Wan and Anakin stand pretty short compared to the Clones. What gives here? Was this an intentional choice, and if so, why?
- When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.
- 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?
- Now that we're getting the Clone Wars "Lucky Lekku" Republic Gunship repaint, what about releasing more of those individualized nose art Gunships from the Clone Wars? What about doing them with a sticker sheet instead of releasing each design individually, perhaps even with the updated door design from the series?
- This might seem like an odd request, but could you re-issue the old Kenner X-wing, specifically the POTF2 version, with some modifications? There's no X-wing at kid pricing anymore, the only OT vehicles at the Starfighter pricepoint are lonely TIEs with nobody to fight, and that classic X-wing had some decent sculpting, strong wings, and is fun to whoosh about. As well, the POTF2 version had a pretty decent deco (though pre-applied stickers would be nice), and that version also had the best sound effects in any X-wing (aside from the Power FX X-wing, but the sacrifices there are numerous), those sounds alone would sell another batch to collectors. The set could use a tune-up on the cockpit interior, the canopy exterior, the dedicated R2-D2, and the blaster tips need to be reoriented to the proper upright position. Don't you think the kids today deserve an awesome X-wing fighter?
- In the Comic-Con presentation, the Clone Wars Magnaguard was shown to include an alternate, cloak-wearing head. Now that carded images have shown up, it appears as though this extra head is not included. Is it actually included and just hidden behind the insert, or is it another case of an accessory being taken out due to cost? If it is the latter, then can we expect a variant down the road?
- With the upcoming Wioslea figure, we have another Jedi-style outfit with soft-goods cloth robe and "skirt", but the upper tunic remains sculpted to the torso and thus don't match the color or design of the "skirt" that is supposed to continue the tunic. Don't get us wrong, Wioslea's outer robe looks far better than the oversized VOTC Obi-Wan's robe, soft-goods cloth does have its place in the line. But for matching the "skirt" to the top half of tunic, have you ever considered doing a figure with the tunic entirely as soft-goods? Would you consider doing a major super-articulated Jedi figure with a cloth tunic this way?
- On the subject of the Hyperspace Ring for the Jedi Starfighter, will the one that came with the TRU-exclusive Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter last year work with the upcoming Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter with its new design? Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter from ROTS? And will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters?
- In the past year, we've seen a lot of figures from the POTF2-era Expanded Universe line getting revisited one way or another. The Darktrooper was rereleased as a Fans Choice figure, while Mara Jade got an all-new sculpt in the Comics Packs line, and in that line we're also about to get an all-new Grand Admiral Thrawn, Dark Empire Clone Palpatine, DE Luke, and a new Kyle Katarn. That leaves just Dark Empire Leia, the Heir to the Empire Spacetrooper, and the Imperial Sentinel left to be done, will any of them be either reissued or resculpted any time soon to join their EU brethren? Was it a conscious choice to get all those other POTF2 EU figures rereleased, or just happenstance?
- Back in April, you said you should have for us at Comic Con a peek at the upcoming Comic Packs Lumiya figure, but with Comic Con come and gone, we still have not seen Lumiya. Is it possible we could see this figure now, and if not, why not?
- In '06 and '07, when asked about how the price of oil will affect the future of the line, Hasbro replied that there was some cost increases due to the cost of the petroleum-based raw material, the cost of steel going up, taking a beating on rising shipping costs, it even affects the cost of packaging. As a consequence of the current US economic situation, the price of oil has gone down and threatens to trend even further down soon. How soon before the drop in oil prices is translated to reduction of your costs, and ultimately, in the prices for your toys?
- Recently, you confirmed that in the '09 Legacy line, there will be an EU wave; separately, you have said that there won't be more TFU figures in '09 beyond Shaak Ti, no KOTOR possible before 2010, no more Clone Wars micro-series figures, and no realistic figures from the new Clone Wars series. With all those EU sources out of the way, and the comic characters getting tons of coverage in the Comic Packs line, does that mean the '09 EU wave will finally show some love for characters from the novels?
- You said in a recent answer that the Solo twins, while difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to make these long-request characters, which versions would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a good picture of them in the recent Jedi vs. Sith guide), NJO-era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested versions, and based on Japanese cover art which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or Legacy of the Force-era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removable cape would allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?
- Some collectors have expressed disappointment in the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. The example shown in the slideshow at Comic-Con featured much a nicer deco, and while we understand that prototypes usually have more care than production pieces, it seems like this particular production version suffered a severe backslide in quality, the deco just doesn't hold up. It's hard for collectors to understand how a $50 set is only 2 new pieces (the womp rat and the house section), a vacuform base, and 4 older pieces (the 3 figures and the moisture vaporator), and then how it could end up losing significant quality at that pricepoint. We understand the tooling for the house was an extensive portion of the budget, and we appreciate the great effort made to get this made, but what happened here, what went wrong to drag that quality down? And that leads to: why was this set produced now when it couldn't find all the budget for a better deco, more troopers, a treadwell droid, more accessories, etc.?
- When we last asked about the Cade Skywalker/Darth Talon Comic Pack missing Cade's lightsaber, you told us that the tooling for it was lost so you'd be moving forward without it. Since then, the set has started hitting and it looks like a running change was made, the saber is showing up in some sets, but generally the sets with the saber are much harder to find and buyers have already got incomplete sets in their hands. Hasbro consumer affairs can only deal with this currently by taking the entire set back and saying they're not sure if they'll be able to replace the exact set or one of equal value. Could you please find a better way to get those missing lightsabers and saber hilts into buyers' collections?
- Why are the Droid Factory build-a-droid parts for C-3PX incompatible with the basic figures' build-a-droid parts, especially the other protocol droids like RA7's? 3PX has a ball joint for his head while RA7 has a post, and the pegs for the arms and legs also differ, thus making it impossible to mix-n-match parts, which the concept had otherwise highly adopted. Was this done on purpose, and if so, why?
- Assuming you do decide to make the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, which last you told us was likely since it is in the Clone Wars cartoon, would it have a cockpit and working treads? What other features would you put into it?
- Recently, a photo showed up of the new set of figure stands, including a new sticker sheet with a few previously unheard of figures on it, one of which is Anakin Skywalker - Concept. With the announcement that there will be 4 new Concept figures in 2009 not based on McQuarrie artwork, we're assuming that Anakin is among them. But what is the source material for that concept figure, production era, artist? Will the other 3 concept figures be from the same production era and artist, or based on all kinds of source material?
- With Titanium Series 3" vehicles rapidly becoming one of the most successful Hasbro Star Wars sub-lines with over 60 individual carded releases, it's become nearly impossible to display them all at once. The main reason is that the unique packaging - although admirable in its specialized shape, custom graphics, and large window for the product - doesn't stack well and is very difficult to keep in mint condition with an easily-crushed and -scuffed round bubble, and vulnerable J-hook. Might Hasbro be willing to offer some sort of clamshell-style protective cases for the packaging, even if it's just through HasbroToyShop, similar to the one for the 3.75" figures?

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

Tycho
10-03-2008, 06:34 AM
Wow! I think I'm the first to vote!

I'd like to vote 12 times in a row to have Hasbro issue a Mouse Droid 6-pack with stench preserving, resealable packaging!

Now that's been settled, on to my other 6 votes:



[1]- Twice during the prequels, a vehicle toy's MSRP was dropped significantly without any changes to its mold - the first being the Episode I Naboo Royal Starship which went from $100 to $50, and the second being the Republic Gunship which in the Saga line was $40 but subsequent releases were $30. What were the causes of these price drops? Why hasn't this happened with other vehicles in similar high pricepoints?


[2]- 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?




[9]- 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?


[12]- While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.


[15]- When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.



[20]- With the upcoming Wioslea figure, we have another Jedi-style outfit with soft-goods cloth robe and "skirt", but the upper tunic remains sculpted to the torso and thus don't match the color or design of the "skirt" that is supposed to continue the tunic. Don't get us wrong, Wioslea's outer robe looks far better than the oversized VOTC Obi-Wan's robe, soft-goods cloth does have its place in the line. But for matching the "skirt" to the top half of tunic, have you ever considered doing a figure with the tunic entirely as soft-goods? Would you consider doing a major super-articulated Jedi figure with a cloth tunic this way?

Bib Un-Fortuna
10-03-2008, 11:33 AM
I'll vote for 11, 15, 19, 20. 2 votes reserved for Tycho's stinky mouse droids, should nothing else come up.

Cane_Adiss
10-03-2008, 01:34 PM
10, 13, 16, 20 for now. Personally I think Wioslea looks great as is, but we'll see what Hasbro has to say about this issue. I think having an all soft goods tunic would be bunchy and would make the figure look awkward.

JediTricks
10-03-2008, 03:21 PM
Questions 9, 11, and 13 have been struck.

These questions have been included in the previous round through another outlet, so there's no reason to vote on them right now, they've been submitted.

If you have voted for any of these (and I see each one of you so far has voted for 1 each), you are refunded 1 vote.

Ando
10-03-2008, 03:43 PM
#1

#2

#11

And a few of my own:

"Can Hasbro confirm whether or not Obi Wan's NEW and resculpted/redesigned Delta 2 Jedi Starfighter is compatible with the Hyperspace Ring included with the Toys R Us exclusive "Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring" from last year?"

*

"Will Hasbro ever make a Hyperspace Ring compatible with the Actis Eta 2 Interceptor (RotS) version of the Jedi Starfighter?"

*

"Will Hasbro ever make the Delta 7 compatible Hyperspace Ring available for purchase by itself in multiple colors for existing Jedi Starfighters (other than the red/maroon version of Obi Wan's)?"

*

"As the years go by, do existing molds and tooling for the midsize vehicles become more expensive to run or less expensive to run? Example: The ARC-170's and the Republic Gunships have seen 3+ variants each. 3 for the ARC-170 including the upcoming TRU version and 5 for the Republic Gunship including the upcoming WM version. These are iconic vehicles and are great army builder vehicles for all of the various clones (realistic and animated).

If they are less expensive to run, i.e. creating more profit per vehicle, will Hasbro continue to re-release these mid-size vehicles in light of the Clone Wars cartoon? And would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"

*

"When Hasbro has been asked about various potential army builder vehicles (Sentinel Class Imperial Landing Craft, Nu-Class/Republic Attack Shuttle, etc.), the response has been invariably been something along the lines of "No, we're not doing that, we're looking to do more aggressive looking vehicles". 1. Define aggressive looking and 2. What vehicles would you be referring to and will they be small ($20-$25 price point) or mid size ($35-$50) price point? 3. Would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"

*

"Hasbro has said that we will continue to see large vehicles again if the Millenium Falcon and the AT-TE sell well. Let's say that hypothetically they are: What is the next large vehicle we would likely see and when?

And how have they been selling since their release in July?"

cookiemonster
10-03-2008, 04:43 PM
So far these two questions.

#19

And Ando's Question:
"When Hasbro has been asked about various potential army builder vehicles (Sentinel Class Imperial Landing Craft, Nu-Class/Republic Attack Shuttle, etc.), the response has been invariably been something along the lines of "No, we're not doing that, we're looking to do more aggressive looking vehicles". 1. Define aggressive looking and 2. What vehicles would you be referring to and will they be small ($20-$25 price point) or mid size ($35-$50) price point? 3. Would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"

And My Question:
"People are getting excited about a certain Picture floating around the forums, the picture I mention has 3 of the same character in a line - 1 is animated, 2 is a hybrid and 3 is a realistic version of this character, now my question is are you planning to do anything with the realistic version - i.e. as in release it sometime down the line, or as you have stated are you going to keep the CW line solely Animated/Realistic, I am hoping you are going to stick to your word and keep it solely Animated/Realistic"

obi-dad
10-03-2008, 06:38 PM
ok... i'm going to try again, but this may be a work in progress as i may need to go back and edit... [btw... sorry about mixing up the site in my first attempt at this question... pretty embarassing that I was in the forum that offered the details of the question & answer, yet I attributed that great question to that otheR Site!]

Although ESB is one of my personal favorite movies, I was surprised when you recently confirmed 2 ESB waves for 2009. I believe the perception around the forums is that out of all movies, ESB offers the least yet to be made figures and least figures needing resculpts. In past Q&A's, you confirmed certain figures, including a Ugnaught, ICMG, Zuckuss & a SA Hoth Rebel Trooper. So, like I said, since there aren't that many figures left from ESB, would you confirm any of the following possibilities: Luke (Medical Frigate), Leia (Medical Frigate) or Captain Needa? And if you did a Medical Frigate Luke, would you do some kind of prosthetic hand/forearm? I'm thinking something like the 70's 12" Six million dollar man where you could see his bionics in his forearm (if I'm remembering correctly).

obi-dad
10-03-2008, 06:42 PM
Questions 9, 11, and 13 have been struck.

These questions have been included in the previous round through another outlet, so there's no reason to vote on them right now, they've been submitted.

Very cool. So, you know what questions other sites are submitting? (obviously besides ActionFigs.com)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-03-2008, 09:21 PM
Here's what I submitted last time:

*Many collectors have expressed disappointment over the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. While we understand that the dome was the focus of the set (and the dome itself is quite nice), why is the base so extremely flimsy and cheap-looking? The example shown in the Comic Con slideshow featured more defined sculpting and a much nicer paint job, so why was the set changed for the worse? Though you do not set the price yourself, we know that you work with retailers to develop exclusives at certain pricepoints, and most people feel that $50 is way too steep for three old figures, an old accessory, a new unarticulated creature, a nice dome, and a cheap base.

It could be mentioned that they released a $30 Mustafar playset in 2005 which was much bigger, sturdier, completely new, and even had two new figures. Even though it was mass-released, you know, it was still a much better value. And I doubt they planned on reusing it at the time as they since have for Indiana Jones.

To expand on cookiemonster's question, it might be interesting to ask when these were made and why (and it was apparently from Target's website with those little codes you could enter).

Another new question, now that I think of it:
*You stated in an earlier Q&A that you were planning on a new Palpatine for the latter part of 2008. Palpatine even appeared on early rumor lists as being in the upcoming ROTS wave (alongside Grievous, Bail Organa, FX-6, etc.). Now, however, the only figure resembling Palpatine is the upcoming Clone Emperor from the Comic Pack. Was this what you meant by a new Palpatine, or was there one planned for the ROTS wave and moved out? If it's the latter, then when can we expect to see it?

FundingMyAddiction
10-03-2008, 10:08 PM
I vote for 17 and 19, though I love these questions:



And a few of my own:

"Will Hasbro ever make a Hyperspace Ring compatible with the Actis Eta 2 Interceptor (RotS) version of the Jedi Starfighter?"

"Will Hasbro ever make the Delta 7 compatible Hyperspace Ring available for purchase by itself in multiple colors for existing Jedi Starfighters (other than the red/maroon version of Obi Wan's)?"

"As the years go by, do existing molds and tooling for the midsize vehicles become more expensive to run or less expensive to run? Example: The ARC-170's and the Republic Gunships have seen 3+ variants each. 3 for the ARC-170 including the upcoming TRU version and 5 for the Republic Gunship including the upcoming WM version. These are iconic vehicles and are great army builder vehicles for all of the various clones (realistic and animated).

If they are less expensive to run, i.e. creating more profit per vehicle, will Hasbro continue to re-release these mid-size vehicles in light of the Clone Wars cartoon? And would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"




Here's what I submitted last time:

*Many collectors have expressed disappointment over the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. While we understand that the dome was the focus of the set (and the dome itself is quite nice), why is the base so extremely flimsy and cheap-looking? The example shown in the Comic Con slideshow featured more defined sculpting and a much nicer paint job, so why was the set changed for the worse? Though you do not set the price yourself, we know that you work with retailers to develop exclusives at certain pricepoints, and most people feel that $50 is way too steep for three old figures, an old accessory, a new unarticulated creature, a nice dome, and a cheap base.

Another new question, now that I think of it:
*You stated in an earlier Q&A that you were planning on a new Palpatine for the latter part of 2008. Palpatine even appeared on early rumor lists as being in the upcoming ROTS wave (alongside Grievous, Bail Organa, FX-6, etc.). Now, however, the only figure resembling Palpatine is the upcoming Clone Emperor from the Comic Pack. Was this what you meant by a new Palpatine, or was there one planned for the ROTS wave and moved out? If it's the latter, then when can we expect to see it?

All great questions that I'd love to hear the answers to.

BaneMalar
10-04-2008, 06:53 PM
Hasbro has been releasing figures from the past EU line. Like Admiral Thrawn, DarkTrooper (fans shoice), Clone Palpatine, and EU Luke. Will the spacetrooper or Imperial Sentinel ever be re-issued?

cookiemonster
10-06-2008, 12:04 AM
Dear Hasbro
You stated that the Lumiya figure was going to be shown at SDCC, however it wasnt, is it possible to see this figure now, and if not why not?

Cane_Adiss
10-06-2008, 06:53 PM
If Mr. JabbaJohn's questions are added, add them to my votes. I think they are great questions that definitely warrant a response from Hasbro.

I just plopped $53 on the Homestead, and would like an answer on the cheap execution (no pun intended) of the figures and base. I know it couldn't have cost a fortune to mold that dome and womp rat. And the rest of the figures are just repaints of dated figures. (And they didn't even include Beru's Treadwell droid!)

I also would like to know if Hasbro, by re-releasing these inferior POTF2 figures, is now less inclined to update Owen and Beru in the reasonable future. (although now that I have these, I'll be less inclined to buy updates if they are done.)

cookiemonster
10-06-2008, 07:18 PM
Cane they have said that they are going to release new sculpts down the line of the OT Aunt Beru and Owen Lars, however they are apparently going to make the PT ones first.

And yeah please use JJL's question to expand mine.

obi-dad
10-06-2008, 08:51 PM
the thing i don't get is that there wasn't a huge demand/outcry for the lars homestead, so there was no rush to get it out there. they could have easily waited until they made either ot or pt owen and beru (perhaps lars) as individual carded figs and then release this set while repacking the new guys. i haven't read too many people's desire for the womprat (i would trade it away in a second if i get the set) and owen & beru are simply a waste of plastic. i'm sure if i checked ebay anyone that wanted either owen or beru could find a loose one for about $2. there is no way a molded dome with the flimsy base cost anywhere near $50. i'm sure they could charge $35 and hasbro & tru would still be making a nice profit. i could do without owen & beru just to get a decent base and feel better about paying $50 for this.

Cane_Adiss
10-06-2008, 11:07 PM
[quote=cookiemonster;641688]Cane they have said that they are going to release new sculpts down the line of the OT Aunt Beru and Owen Lars, however they are apparently going to make the PT ones first.[quote]

I'm aware of this. What I'm really wondering is if it will take even longer for updates of them to be produced now that the old figures are back on the market. It's not like the ANH Lars' are hotly requested figures. Hasbro knows that updates of these two are necessary, but theres no tremendous outcry for them right now it seems.

jediguy
10-07-2008, 01:48 PM
right now my votes are for 4, 5, 15, and 16

if the hyperdrive ring for the episode 3 JSF gets asked, I vote for that as well

I missed the answers for questions 11 and 13
what were they, or where might I find them?

DarkJedi5
10-10-2008, 01:35 PM
I would like to vote for question 3 concerning goggles and add two of my own.

First: Since Wal*Mart put up pages hinting at the contents of an Empire Strikes Back themed wave can you confirm any of the figures claimed to be on their way? Better yet, do you have any pics?

Second: Why use the Saga sculpt for Jodo Kast? Is it possible this great character and fan favorite will ever see a rerelease with SA treatment and no stupid action gimicks?

Maradona
10-10-2008, 04:00 PM
Here's a suggestion for a question:

In the past couple of years, oil prices have gone up and just about everything has followed, including plastic toys made in part with and shipped through the use of oil. As a consequence of the current economic situation, oil has gone noticeably down, possibly with further drops to come. How soon before the drop in oil prices is translated to reduction of prices for your toys?

JediTricks
10-10-2008, 04:56 PM
Question 21 added.

I have to leave, so everything after post #6 is still on my to-do list, but I will get to it.


10, 13, 16, 20 for now. Personally I think Wioslea looks great as is, but we'll see what Hasbro has to say about this issue. I think having an all soft goods tunic would be bunchy and would make the figure look awkward.I agree that Wioslea looks good, but I do understand the feeling that the skirt on these types of figs doesn't really match up with the tunic part despite supposedly being the same concept.


#11That one was just struck before you posted, so you are refunded that vote.

And a few of my own:


"Can Hasbro confirm whether or not Obi Wan's NEW and resculpted/redesigned Delta 2 Jedi Starfighter is compatible with the Hyperspace Ring included with the Toys R Us exclusive "Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring" from last year?"I originally thought definitely not, but on review it could be. I'll add this question and your next questions as 1 question, since it's all about the hyperspace ring.

"Will Hasbro ever make a Hyperspace Ring compatible with the Actis Eta 2 Interceptor (RotS) version of the Jedi Starfighter?"

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"Will Hasbro ever make the Delta 7 compatible Hyperspace Ring available for purchase by itself in multiple colors for existing Jedi Starfighters (other than the red/maroon version of Obi Wan's)?"I'll include those with the above, as I just mentioned. Question added, vote counted.



"As the years go by, do existing molds and tooling for the midsize vehicles become more expensive to run or less expensive to run? Example: The ARC-170's and the Republic Gunships have seen 3+ variants each. 3 for the ARC-170 including the upcoming TRU version and 5 for the Republic Gunship including the upcoming WM version. These are iconic vehicles and are great army builder vehicles for all of the various clones (realistic and animated).

If they are less expensive to run, i.e. creating more profit per vehicle, will Hasbro continue to re-release these mid-size vehicles in light of the Clone Wars cartoon? And would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"We know they're less expensive to run, but that cost break is factored into the initial budgeting too (there are tool maintenance costs involved as well, but they're not on the same level). We know they're rereleasing these vehicles still, so I'm a little confused as to the second part of the question, are you looking for specific vehicles or a release timeline or an assurance that the current repaints keep hitting shelves?


"When Hasbro has been asked about various potential army builder vehicles (Sentinel Class Imperial Landing Craft, Nu-Class/Republic Attack Shuttle, etc.), the response has been invariably been something along the lines of "No, we're not doing that, we're looking to do more aggressive looking vehicles". 1. Define aggressive looking and 2. What vehicles would you be referring to and will they be small ($20-$25 price point) or mid size ($35-$50) price point? 3. Would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"

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"Hasbro has said that we will continue to see large vehicles again if the Millenium Falcon and the AT-TE sell well. Let's say that hypothetically they are: What is the next large vehicle we would likely see and when?

And how have they been selling since their release in July?"I have to run, but I will get to these when I get back.

On the Falcon and AT-TE sales question, they won't discuss numbers and were recently asked and said they were doing well but the real test was the holiday, are you looking for something more than that, and if so, what?

ChrisLyne
10-10-2008, 06:06 PM
My votes go to;

14. In the Clone Wars line, a few scale issues have come up. Obi-Wan and Anakin figures stand pretty short compared to their non-animated figure counterparts, while Clone Troopers stand unusually tall compared to their non-animated counterparts, and obviously this means CW Obi-Wan and Anakin stand pretty short compared to the Clones. What gives here? Was this an intentional choice, and if so, why?

Cookiemonster's Q: People are getting excited about a certain Picture floating around the forums, the picture I mention has 3 of the same character in a line - 1 is animated, 2 is a hybrid and 3 is a realistic version of this character, now my question is are you planning to do anything with the realistic version

JabbaJohnL's Q: You stated in an earlier Q&A that you were planning on a new Palpatine for the latter part of 2008. Palpatine even appeared on early rumor lists as being in the upcoming ROTS wave (alongside Grievous, Bail Organa, FX-6, etc.). Now, however, the only figure resembling Palpatine is the upcoming Clone Emperor from the Comic Pack. Was this what you meant by a new Palpatine, or was there one planned for the ROTS wave and moved out? If it's the latter, then when can we expect to see it?

Cookiemonster's Q: You stated that the Lumiya figure was going to be shown at SDCC, however it wasnt, is it possible to see this figure now, and if not why not?

My suggestion;

In the EU wave next year we know to expect TFU Shaak-Ti, but you've also said no more TFU figures in 2009, no more KOTOR until 2010, no Clone Wars micro series figures, and no realistic figures from the new Clone Wars series. With the comic characters getting plenty of coverage in the comic packs, does this mean that the 2009 EU wave will finally show show some love for novel characters?

You said in the last Q+A that the Solo twins, whilst difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking if you were to make these long request characters, which version would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a beautiful picture of them in the recent Jedi Vs. Sith guide), NJO era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested, based on Japanese cover art, which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or LOTF era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removabe cape woud allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?

Not part of the question (but feel free to include it); I'm begging Hasbro to do Jedi Jacen before Caedus! At the very least go the alternative head/lightsaber route so Jacen fans can display him as Jacen!

JediTricks
10-11-2008, 07:20 PM
Questions 22-26 added.


"When Hasbro has been asked about various potential army builder vehicles (Sentinel Class Imperial Landing Craft, Nu-Class/Republic Attack Shuttle, etc.), the response has been invariably been something along the lines of "No, we're not doing that, we're looking to do more aggressive looking vehicles". 1. Define aggressive looking and 2. What vehicles would you be referring to and will they be small ($20-$25 price point) or mid size ($35-$50) price point? 3. Would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"I think "aggressive" kinda speaks for itself, exciting and action-themed, weapons ready for battle. Doesn't that come through for you? Also, the only time they've mentiond "aggressive looking" has been regarding the Cloud Car, where they felt it was somewhat boring.

They generally are only focusing on the starfighter $20 pricepoint for new vehicles, the Falcon and AT-TE were special items.

Basically, I think it's clear from their answers that they want to make toys that kids will buy, and they think kids will only buy vehicles that are part of the action play pattern (ships shooting at each other or at figures) rather than just landing troops. We have the Republic Gunship, it sorta fills the role, but it came out of a movie year, they keep talking about big entertainment support, so that sort of thing matters.


"Hasbro has said that we will continue to see large vehicles again if the Millenium Falcon and the AT-TE sell well. Let's say that hypothetically they are: What is the next large vehicle we would likely see and when?


And how have they been selling since their release in July?"We asked them the hypothetical on big vehicles already, they said... June 20th:
SSG: For years, fans have wanted a resizing/upgrading of the Millennium Falcon and, HOORAY!, now Hasbro has delivered one. Hypothetically, under ideal circumstances, what other vehicles would Hasbro consider resizing/upgrading? What would it take, under this train of thought, for Hasbro to resize the AT-AT, for example?
Hasbro: The AT-AT would be a cool one to do, and we have thought about it, but nothing really beyond that until we have results from this Fall. But it sure is nice to dream about a new one. Beyond that, there are a couple others we'd like to take a crack at, but aren't near the huge size of the Millenium Falcon.

And My Question:
"People are getting excited about a certain Picture floating around the forums, the picture I mention has 3 of the same character in a line - 1 is animated, 2 is a hybrid and 3 is a realistic version of this character, now my question is are you planning to do anything with the realistic version - i.e. as in release it sometime down the line, or as you have stated are you going to keep the CW line solely Animated/Realistic, I am hoping you are going to stick to your word and keep it solely Animated/Realistic"Those aren't figures, they're maquettes meant to help with making design choices and to explain Hasbro concepts to Lucasfilm. They were revealed on the Target website, so it's not something they're trying to hide. You'll notice there's no articulation or piece design on any of those figures in the photo (http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=http://www.rebelscum.com/2008/TCWanakinsculpt.jpg). At this point, I don't believe there's any reason to ask them again about realistic vs animated when they've already made clear that for the time being, they will remain separate.



ok... i'm going to try again, but this may be a work in progress as i may need to go back and edit...

Although ESB is one of my personal favorite movies, I was surprised when you recently confirmed 2 ESB waves for 2009. I believe the perception around the forums is that out of all movies, ESB offers the least yet to be made figures and least figures needing resculpts. In past Q&A's, you confirmed certain figures, including a Ugnaught, ICMG, Zuckuss & a SA Hoth Rebel Trooper. So, like I said, since there aren't that many figures left from ESB, would you confirm any of the following possibilities: Luke (Medical Frigate), Leia (Medical Frigate) or Captain Needa? And if you did a Medical Frigate Luke, would you do some kind of prosthetic hand/forearm? I'm thinking something like the 70's 12" Six million dollar man where you could see his bionics in his forearm (if I'm remembering correctly).There's been a fair level of confirmation that the first ESB wave is Needa, Luke medical frigate, the Ugnaught, the SA Hoth Rebel Trooper, the Emperor, and a Princess Leia. So we have the entire first wave known, and we know both waves are 6 figures a piece, and we know that ICMG and Zuckuss are confirmed but not in that wave, so we know that ESB wave 2 at the end of the year only has 4 more mystery figures. I kinda hate to go after their last little secrets when we already know plenty, it puts us in the position of getting an answer with no info at all if they aren't ready. Alternately, asking about Luke in there seems like a diversion and will cut the question in twain, I really think it's a separate question. So, how would you like to proceed there? I'm not saying "no" to anything here, but I'm not entirely convinced on them together and want to know how you'd like to proceed.

BTW, on the last new figs poll, ESB had 75 figures, ANH had 115, TPM had 125, AOTC had 118, ROTJ had 122, and ROTS had 96. That's for reference, it's not making any point beyond your original "less than the others".



Here's what I submitted last time:

*Many collectors have expressed disappointment over the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. While we understand that the dome was the focus of the set (and the dome itself is quite nice), why is the base so extremely flimsy and cheap-looking? The example shown in the Comic Con slideshow featured more defined sculpting and a much nicer paint job, so why was the set changed for the worse? Though you do not set the price yourself, we know that you work with retailers to develop exclusives at certain pricepoints, and most people feel that $50 is way too steep for three old figures, an old accessory, a new unarticulated creature, a nice dome, and a cheap base.

It could be mentioned that they released a $30 Mustafar playset in 2005 which was much bigger, sturdier, completely new, and even had two new figures. Even though it was mass-released, you know, it was still a much better value. And I doubt they planned on reusing it at the time as they since have for Indiana Jones.Mustafar came out mass-release straight from a new-release movie and is action-themed. It was made on the main line's budget with everything going for it, while the Homestead was made in an off year on the much more limited exclusives budget without any action support. This is apples and oranges. We've got at least $15 in figures in the set, let's say $7 in figure accessories (the vaporator and the womp rat) and an all-new tooled homestead with removable dome which is somewhere around $15-$20. So you've got $40 right there, not counting the crappy vacuform base and the large window box that takes up extra shipping and shelving space. While we may not be in love with the set, it's not THAT hard to see why it's $50.

What's the upshot of the question? "Why does the base suck?" We know that. "Why did the prototype look better than the production version?" The prototypes are hand-made without as much consideration to production limitations so it wouldn't be a huge surprise. I don't understand what we're trying to gain beyond schooling them for making an underwhelming set. It's either this or nothing, it's not a question of how could they do it better, there was no set otherwise. Ultimately, I am not entirely adverse to adding a question about this, but I need to understand where it's going better.



To expand on cookiemonster's question, it might be interesting to ask when these were made and why (and it was apparently from Target's website with those little codes you could enter).

Another new question, now that I think of it:
*You stated in an earlier Q&A that you were planning on a new Palpatine for the latter part of 2008. Palpatine even appeared on early rumor lists as being in the upcoming ROTS wave (alongside Grievous, Bail Organa, FX-6, etc.). Now, however, the only figure resembling Palpatine is the upcoming Clone Emperor from the Comic Pack. Was this what you meant by a new Palpatine, or was there one planned for the ROTS wave and moved out? If it's the latter, then when can we expect to see it?There's an Emp planned for one of the ESB waves, apparently.



I vote for 17 and 19, though I love these questions:
...
All great questions that I'd love to hear the answers to.I'll count your vote for the 2 of those I added as 1 question (the hyperdrive ring question, #21), and take your vote of confidence into consideration for the others.



Hasbro has been releasing figures from the past EU line. Like Admiral Thrawn, DarkTrooper (fans shoice), Clone Palpatine, and EU Luke. Will the spacetrooper or Imperial Sentinel ever be re-issued?We're getting a non-EU Spacetrooper, so I'll need to make sure that's clarified. Also, we're getting Kyle Katarn, and we have Mara, so they wouldn't make good examples. I think the only other choice is DE Leia, so I guess I'll just use that. Question added, vote counted.



Dear Hasbro
You stated that the Lumiya figure was going to be shown at SDCC, however it wasnt, is it possible to see this figure now, and if not why not?They stated in April that they "should" be showing a peek of the set at Comic-Con, but other than that, I'll add the question and count your vote.



If Mr. JabbaJohn's questions are added, add them to my votes. I think they are great questions that definitely warrant a response from Hasbro.

I just plopped $53 on the Homestead, and would like an answer on the cheap execution (no pun intended) of the figures and base. I know it couldn't have cost a fortune to mold that dome and womp rat. And the rest of the figures are just repaints of dated figures. (And they didn't even include Beru's Treadwell droid!)

I also would like to know if Hasbro, by re-releasing these inferior POTF2 figures, is now less inclined to update Owen and Beru in the reasonable future. (although now that I have these, I'll be less inclined to buy updates if they are done.)I'm not sure if we're gonna add JabbaJohn's question, we're still working that out, but from the tone of your support, it sounds like you've given a specific direction to the question, "why is this set no good?" so I'll keep that in mind when John replies.

The second thing is a very interesting issue, and it's a separate question, I'm sure of it (the question about what happened to the set would go to the Exclusives division of the team, but the question about whether this impacts their updates would go to the regular figures division). That said, I'm not sure it's worth asking only because of this August 1st answer (which is after we saw the set at Comic Con):
[B]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.So, do you think it's worth asking your "does this hamper new tooling for these 2" question considering the Owen part of that answer?


Cane they have said that they are going to release new sculpts down the line of the OT Aunt Beru and Owen Lars, however they are apparently going to make the PT ones first.Can you give me a source on that? I haven't found anything saying that beyond the answer I just sourced.



the thing i don't get is that there wasn't a huge demand/outcry for the lars homestead, so there was no rush to get it out there. they could have easily waited until they made either ot or pt owen and beru (perhaps lars) as individual carded figs and then release this set while repacking the new guys. i haven't read too many people's desire for the womprat (i would trade it away in a second if i get the set) and owen & beru are simply a waste of plastic. i'm sure if i checked ebay anyone that wanted either owen or beru could find a loose one for about $2. there is no way a molded dome with the flimsy base cost anywhere near $50. i'm sure they could charge $35 and hasbro & tru would still be making a nice profit. i could do without owen & beru just to get a decent base and feel better about paying $50 for this.There's a heck of a twist. "Why now?" This would more likely be part of the "why does it suck?" question, but I'm not sure of the direction of that yet.



I missed the answers for questions 11 and 13
what were they, or where might I find them?
You'll find them next Friday when hopefully they get answered.



I would like to vote for question 3 concerning gogglesYou threw me there for a second, I thought you meant there were 3 questions about goggles. :p


and add two of my own.
First: Since Wal*Mart put up pages hinting at the contents of an Empire Strikes Back themed wave can you confirm any of the figures claimed to be on their way? Better yet, do you have any pics?Let's see how the discussion about the other ESB waves question goes first. I'm leaning towards not doing this just because it's I'm fairly confident the WM retailer listing is accurate, so it's just "pics please?" which either works or doesn't, but I am not ruling this out.


Second: Why use the Saga sculpt for Jodo Kast? Is it possible this great character and fan favorite will ever see a rerelease with SA treatment and no stupid action gimicks?They answered that in the last round to a site that only does podcasting, which is why I didn't include it, I didn't check their podcast. Here's the answer:
SWActionNews.com (Brock): Why use the inferior Sarlaac Pit Boba Fett sculpt (with the much hated action feature) for the new figure of Jodo Kast? The paint application is so amazing on that figure, it's a shame it's tarnished with that body when there are so many better Fett bodies to choose from.
Hasbro: The other (vintage/Evolution) tools were already in use on the Evolutions packs. It was the best Boba Fett body that was available to us at the factory we needed, and we are very glad we could get him done in the window of opportunity we had available to us.

Here's a suggestion for a question:

In the past couple of years, oil prices have gone up and just about everything has followed, including plastic toys made in part with and shipped through the use of oil. As a consequence of the current economic situation, oil has gone noticeably down, possibly with further drops to come. How soon before the drop in oil prices is translated to reduction of prices for your toys?Oh goody, an economics question. Let's look at the answers we have regarding oil before...
Celebration IV, May 31, 2007, in person:
SSG: Regarding rising fuel costs, how does that affect things? What about the price of petroleum, oil, affecting material costs?
DD: It certainly hits us in transportation charges, I know it hits everybody. We're getting hit everywhere: molds are made out of steel and steel prices go up when fuel prices go up, and of course labor prices go up. The cost of oil, that hits everybody. It's difficult to keep prices the same way they're going and be profitable, so sometimes we have to look for price increases when we can, and then it's the retailers' decision whether that gets passed onto the consumer.
Aug 25th, 2006:
FFURG.com: How will the continued the increase in oil prices affect toy production for Hasbro? Will it mean that we'll see more repaints and reissues as opposed to new sculpts? Will Hasbro be cutting back on production numbers or raising prices to compensate?
Hasbro: Well that is the billion-dollar question. We have seen some effect of the price increase, which has affected not only plastic but pretty much everything else as well (steel and packaging). We were able to hold the line on our basic figures for 2007 (along with prettty much everything else) but we don't know what it will look like that far down the road. However, the oil price will have no inpact on new vs. redeco or reissue.... they use the same amount of plastic either way. We add reissues to the line to add variety while working within our tooling budget for the line. Ok, I think we have a clear pattern to ask about, but ultimately I think we should prepare for the possibility that it won't be an encouraging answer because while the cost of oil has gone down, that's only a small part of it, until the cost of living goes down, some of the costs they incurred will remain inflated so they won't likely drop wholesale prices to their retail partners. Still, I'll add it and count your vote.



My votes go to;

Cookiemonster's Q: You stated that the Lumiya figure was going to be shown at SDCC, however it wasnt, is it possible to see this figure now, and if not why not?Counted. The others you listed are still being hammered out.


My suggestion;

In the EU wave next year we know to expect TFU Shaak-Ti, but you've also said no more TFU figures in 2009, no more KOTOR until 2010, no Clone Wars micro series figures, and no realistic figures from the new Clone Wars series. With the comic characters getting plenty of coverage in the comic packs, does this mean that the 2009 EU wave will finally show show some love for novel characters?I had to read that one twice to get what you were saying, but I'll add this and count your vote for it.


You said in the last Q+A that the Solo twins, whilst difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking if you were to make these long request characters, which version would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a beautiful picture of them in the recent Jedi Vs. Sith guide), NJO era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested, based on Japanese cover art, which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or LOTF era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removabe cape woud allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?Added, vote counted.


Not part of the question (but feel free to include it); I'm begging Hasbro to do Jedi Jacen before Caedus! At the very least go the alternative head/lightsaber route so Jacen fans can display him as Jacen!The question already makes this request as-is since you're not asking for a Darth Caedus figure in it, only making that an option.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-11-2008, 09:52 PM
What's the upshot of the question? "Why does the base suck?" We know that. "Why did the prototype look better than the production version?" The prototypes are hand-made without as much consideration to production limitations so it wouldn't be a huge surprise. I don't understand what we're trying to gain beyond schooling them for making an underwhelming set. It's either this or nothing, it's not a question of how could they do it better, there was no set otherwise. Ultimately, I am not entirely adverse to adding a question about this, but I need to understand where it's going better.
I think my original intention was indeed, "why is the overall value so bad when I'm paying so much for this set?" Again I will examine the parts:

*the Lars figures are roughly a decade old, have less articulation and therefore fewer parts than modern figures, don't have any accessories, and have shoddy paint jobs
*the TSC sandtrooper mold has been used over and over since 2006, and even then it used some preexisting parts, and now doesn't have all the accessories
*the womp rat is pretty good but is a single-piece item, but still not worth more than $3 or $4
*the moisture vaporator is old
*the homestead itself is just a hollow shell with a messy paint job
*the base is cheap and flimsy

So, here, let me try it again:
*Many collectors have expressed disappointment over the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. While we understand that the dome was the focus of the set (and the dome itself is quite nice), why is the base so extremely flimsy and cheap-looking? It has the feel of a cheap Halloween mask or a plastic food container, so why wasn't it simply molded in the same quality material and thickness as the dome? Though you do not set the price yourself, we know that you work with retailers to develop exclusives at certain pricepoints, and most people feel that $50 is too steep for three old figures, an old accessory, a new unarticulated creature, a nice dome, and a terribly cheap base. On a side note, will the upcoming Sarlacc battle pack have the same material on the base, or will it be better?

At this point, frankly, I don't care if the question is added. I suppose now, though, as in the Sarlacc example, it could be about the future likelihood of such crappy items.

bigbarada
10-12-2008, 04:27 PM
I wonder if there could be a question about why the exclusives in general are suddenly so much more expensive.

While I was glad to buy the A-Wing set, why was it $30? The only new parts are the cockpit (which is only using about 25-30% more plastic), and a new helmet and head sculpt for the pilot. The rest is just a recycled body from a figure released last year and a 23 year old vehicle mold, that has seen three previous releases. So, is it the small production numbers that jack up the price or are we, the collectors, just being gouged?

Ando
10-13-2008, 10:22 AM
We know they're less expensive to run, but that cost break is factored into the initial budgeting too (there are tool maintenance costs involved as well, but they're not on the same level). We know they're rereleasing these vehicles still, so I'm a little confused as to the second part of the question, are you looking for specific vehicles or a release timeline or an assurance that the current repaints keep hitting shelves?

Assurance that repaints (current and future) will continue to be released.


On the Falcon and AT-TE sales question, they won't discuss numbers and were recently asked and said they were doing well but the real test was the holiday, are you looking for something more than that, and if so, what?

I thought my question was clear, but I will repeat it in simpler terms... What's next for the big vehicles? Will fans and collectors get to see a Juggernaut/Clone Turbo Tank?

I know that they are waiting to see how the BMF and the AT-TE do during the holidays, and that's fair. FYI, I feel I've done my part to help Hasbro help us... I have 1 BMF and 6 AT-TE's. I doubled my AT-TE collection yesterday when a regional retailer (Fred Meyer) put their Star Wars toys on sale as a Buy 2, Get 1 Free.

I know we're supposed to buy the big stuff at full price so that we can show Hasbro that BIG things will sell, but I'm not going to pass up the chance to get an AT-TE for $67.00 each (cost averaged out).

My average cost for all 6 has been $75.00 (1 at 89.99, 2 at 79.99, and the last three from yesterday at 199.99 for 3). I still feel I've pulled my weight on this and given SIX of these things a good home.

Having said all of that, I still just want to know what's next. Because of the long turnaround time on all of their products, there's got to be at least something on the drawing board or in the works, right?

Ando
10-13-2008, 10:46 AM
I think "aggressive" kinda speaks for itself, exciting and action-themed, weapons ready for battle. Doesn't that come through for you? Also, the only time they've mentiond "aggressive looking" has been regarding the Cloud Car, where they felt it was somewhat boring...

Basically, I think it's clear from their answers that they want to make toys that kids will buy, and they think kids will only buy vehicles that are part of the action play pattern (ships shooting at each other or at figures) rather than just landing troops. We have the Republic Gunship, it sorta fills the role, but it came out of a movie year, they keep talking about big entertainment support, so that sort of thing matters.

Unfortunately I can't recall where and when they said this about the Sentinel Class/Imperial Landing Craft, but they did say it... And they said it about the Nu Class/Republic Attack shuttle in one of the more recent sessions over at Imperial Ship Yards. They also said the Nu Class Shuttle was a HUGE ship as well. My rebuttal to that would, okay, but since these are toys, you don't really have to make it to scale because the majority of the vehicles Hasbro has made aren't to scale. Even the figures aren't always to scale, like the 2 versions of the Kashyyyk trooper.

My goal with this question was to see if maybe they would explain their thought processes and definitions and give us some examples.

Actually, I feel aggressive looking could mean just about anything considering they've added missiles to just about everything from the R4 droid of the late nineties up (really?!) to the latest vehicles and figures).

I totally understand the idea that they're marketing to kids first, but with respect to troop transports that are for "just landing troops", it's the perfect way for them to sell more troopers, too...

The more army builder vehicles I have, the more troopers I will need to fill them. As I mentioned in my most previous post in this thread, I now have 6 AT-TE's so now I am going to have to order/buy a lot more AotC Phase 1 clones to fill them. I am not going to get 20 per AT-TE, but I am going to continue to pick them up as needed.

Also, if they are marketing to kids, if George continues to make episodes of the Clone Wars, kids (little kids and big kids like me) are going to want to see the vehicles featured there.

Just my 2 cents.

Bib Un-Fortuna
10-13-2008, 10:55 AM
Using my last 3 votes for 22, 23, & 25. Happy Columbus Day.

DarkArtist
10-13-2008, 03:02 PM
I have a new question:

is there any chance of seeing this version of Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot being released in either a comic pack with perhaps a TIE Pilot (could be a Rogue Squadron or Marvel Star Wars comic) or on a Legends card in the future. I actually would love to see it released.

DarkArtist
10-13-2008, 03:07 PM
I'll put my votes for the following questions along with the last question i posted in regards to the smiley face VOTC Luke Pilot:

questions 5,22,23,25,26

El Chuxter
10-13-2008, 03:09 PM
That Luke should come out in a Holiday Special pack with Chewbacca's head on a POTF2 Emperor's Guard body, a Leia with new stoned headsculpt, R2-D2 with no painted details, and Darth Vader. But not Ackmena. Because no one wants her.

bigbarada
10-13-2008, 03:24 PM
That Luke should come out in a Holiday Special pack with Chewbacca's head on a POTF2 Emperor's Guard body, a Leia with new stoned headsculpt, R2-D2 with no painted details, and Darth Vader. But not Ackmena. Because no one wants her.

And let's not forget "in touch with his feelings" Han Solo.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-13-2008, 08:55 PM
New question:
*Initial shipments of the Cade Skywalker and Darth Talon comic pack shipped without Cade's lightsaber or hilt. Will you guys please offer these pieces for free through your site for collectors who bought the early version?

jediguy
10-14-2008, 12:30 AM
since I have one vote remaining, I would like to submit a new question

Why are the B.A.D. parts for C-3PX and 5D6-RA7 incompatible? C-3PX has a ball joint for his head, while the RA7 has a post, thus negating the mix and match concept the whole B.A.D. premise is built on. Also, the arms and legs do not mix with each other. Was this done on purpose, and if so, why?

Battle Droid
10-14-2008, 08:30 AM
7, and 19 for now.

New question,

When you decide to make the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, will it have working treads and a cockpit?

pbarnard
10-15-2008, 11:52 AM
New question suggestion:

How will the current credit crunch/crisis affect your ability to move manufactured or upcoming waves to the stores? Will it affect it all equally? Will things like exclusives be delayed or not seen as quickly because retailers can't get the credit to buy orders?

Battle Droid
10-15-2008, 12:24 PM
New question,

Why do none of the Confederacy droids in the Clone Wars line have any knee articulation?

crazydave75
10-15-2008, 05:10 PM
new question
please please please make han solo in proportion a lot of people arent happy with how he looks (ok not a question more of a plea)

JediTricks
10-17-2008, 05:12 AM
Questions 27 - 30 added.


I think my original intention was indeed, "why is the overall value so bad when I'm paying so much for this set?" Again I will examine the parts:

*the Lars figures are roughly a decade old, have less articulation and therefore fewer parts than modern figures, don't have any accessories, and have shoddy paint jobs
*the TSC sandtrooper mold has been used over and over since 2006, and even then it used some preexisting parts, and now doesn't have all the accessories
*the womp rat is pretty good but is a single-piece item, but still not worth more than $3 or $4
*the moisture vaporator is old
*the homestead itself is just a hollow shell with a messy paint job
*the base is cheap and flimsy

So, here, let me try it again:
*Many collectors have expressed disappointment over the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. While we understand that the dome was the focus of the set (and the dome itself is quite nice), why is the base so extremely flimsy and cheap-looking? It has the feel of a cheap Halloween mask or a plastic food container, so why wasn't it simply molded in the same quality material and thickness as the dome? Though you do not set the price yourself, we know that you work with retailers to develop exclusives at certain pricepoints, and most people feel that $50 is too steep for three old figures, an old accessory, a new unarticulated creature, a nice dome, and a terribly cheap base. On a side note, will the upcoming Sarlacc battle pack have the same material on the base, or will it be better?

At this point, frankly, I don't care if the question is added. I suppose now, though, as in the Sarlacc example, it could be about the future likelihood of such crappy items.Ok, I think I have the general idea of what's up. This is a tough one, it's trying to do a lot, and it's so very negative (the vaporator is old? It's the first rerelease of a 2007 piece). I think we have to throw out why the base is vacuform, it's to save money because it's just boring ground thus not particularly important compared to the house, but we can ask why the deco sucks on it.

The base on the Sarlacc will be vacuform, you can see it in the photos, I tried to warn folks of this when we first saw it, but the pit itself with the mouth and tentacles won't be. These were never "playsets", they're meant for display, that's always been stated at the outset. The concentration should be on the elements that aren't the vacuform base IMO, the expectations for that were way out in left field, that always looked like poodoo from the first shot in the booth.

Anyway, while I hate to go dumping so hard on a set, especially an exclusive that some folks did want to see done, it's clear there is a complaint with the set, so the question is how to wrap it all up while still asking a question, not just using that as a pretext to bash.

I hope the question I threw together from the elements gets what's needed across, but please LMK if you feel it needs something else. (Not the question about whether it'll hamper the Larses, that should be a separate question.) I've counted votes from the following members for the question:


Mr. JabbaJohnL
FundingMyAddiction
Cane_Adiss
obi-dad



I wonder if there could be a question about why the exclusives in general are suddenly so much more expensive.

While I was glad to buy the A-Wing set, why was it $30? The only new parts are the cockpit (which is only using about 25-30% more plastic), and a new helmet and head sculpt for the pilot. The rest is just a recycled body from a figure released last year and a 23 year old vehicle mold, that has seen three previous releases. So, is it the small production numbers that jack up the price or are we, the collectors, just being gouged?The price of everything just went up. Basic figures, Evo, Battle Packs, vehicles are probably going to hit $25 soon too. As for the A-wing, you get a $20 vehicle with retooling and a figure with new parts and it's an exclusive, I really don't see how this is even REMOTELY a surprise; if anything, I'm shocked it's not $35. It's the same price as the Zev Snowspeeder set. Some things have to be exclusives because otherwise there's no way to release them, the retailers overall won't order them or won't order in sufficient quantities. So it's either $30 A-wing & figure, or no A-wing and figure at all, this line is a finite commodity.



Assurance that repaints (current and future) will continue to be released.Assuming the line doesn't tank, or there's not some catastrophic failure of the manufacturing end, you can bet on future repaints. Re-decos are a way of life, they are core to the Hasbro business model, have been ever since their first toys like GI Joe and Mr. Potato-Head. As for current ones, that's usually met with "we sent the customer everything ordered, it's up to them to distribute it however they want". Think you can craft a question around those speedbumps?


I thought my question was clear, but I will repeat it in simpler terms... What's next for the big vehicles? Will fans and collectors get to see a Juggernaut/Clone Turbo Tank?Not that clear, I didn't get this being the primary message. Anyway, it's been asked before with less than stellar results, we're not going to know until after the holiday, or we're not going to be told at the very least.


I know that they are waiting to see how the BMF and the AT-TE do during the holidays, and that's fair. FYI, I feel I've done my part to help Hasbro help us... I have 1 BMF and 6 AT-TE's. I doubled my AT-TE collection yesterday when a regional retailer (Fred Meyer) put their Star Wars toys on sale as a Buy 2, Get 1 Free.

I know we're supposed to buy the big stuff at full price so that we can show Hasbro that BIG things will sell, but I'm not going to pass up the chance to get an AT-TE for $67.00 each (cost averaged out). Nice get. You moved 6 products, even though there was a loss on the retailer's part, they assumed the risk and moved product so there was still a benefit for them. It does mitigate your help to the cause though, that is true.


Having said all of that, I still just want to know what's next. Because of the long turnaround time on all of their products, there's got to be at least something on the drawing board or in the works, right?They have a lot of ideas waiting for the green light, I'm sure, but their policy is not to get hopes up unless it's solid, no more missed dates with angry customers, no canceled products they promised, it's better for their public image unfortunately, so we have to do our part and wait with baited breath. They did confirm to us that the one they'd most LIKE to do is a new AT-AT.



Unfortunately I can't recall where and when they said this about the Sentinel Class/Imperial Landing Craft, but they did say it... And they said it about the Nu Class/Republic Attack shuttle in one of the more recent sessions over at Imperial Ship Yards. They also said the Nu Class Shuttle was a HUGE ship as well. My rebuttal to that would, okay, but since these are toys, you don't really have to make it to scale because the majority of the vehicles Hasbro has made aren't to scale. Even the figures aren't always to scale, like the 2 versions of the Kashyyyk trooper.
Landing Craft answers:
Feb 27, '08
TheJawa.com: The 2006 Christmas release of the Imperial Shuttle was great. We've seen the Imperial Landing Craft in lego form, how about in 3 3/4" form. Any plans to do so?
Hasbro: We agree that it would be a great vehicle to do. However, the price point it would need to be in doesn't exist in our line right now. We wouldn't rule out the possibility that we will do it someday, but right now we are not working on it because we have no way to bring it to retail.

Sept 14, '07
4-inches.de: How do you judge the chances for an Imperial Landing Craft Vehicle from the Tatooine-scene from ANH? If there are chances what would be a realistic time period for such a vehicle? It would be a cool extension for the Imperial Fleet.
Hasbro: It is defintely a cool vehicle. We do not rule out the possibility of one day doing this vehicle, but it is not high on our priority list as the new vehicles we are looking at are either for the Starfighter Vehicle assortment or for Clone Wars. If this vehicle shows up in future entertainment then there will be a higher chance.
I haven't found anything specifically from Imp Shipyards about it, but it's not an unfair answer, it's a shuttle, it's a passive vehicle, large and not much play value. Even not to scale, it's still going to be a big toy based on the design and what it does in the show. Keep in mind too that if they try to minirig it, Lucasfilm may just say no.


My goal with this question was to see if maybe they would explain their thought processes and definitions and give us some examples.

Actually, I feel aggressive looking could mean just about anything considering they've added missiles to just about everything from the R4 droid of the late nineties up (really?!) to the latest vehicles and figures). Again, their only answer with "aggressive-looking" was in response to the Cloud Car, not any of the examples you've used. When they use "aggressive" about the vehicles you cite and similar, they're talking about their roles in the play pattern (generally stemming from the entertainment source), "are they aggressive vehicles or passive ones?" That's straightforward, either it's a shooter or it's not, it's the difference between the AT-TE and the Queen's Royal Starship.


I totally understand the idea that they're marketing to kids first, but with respect to troop transports that are for "just landing troops", it's the perfect way for them to sell more troopers, too... Vehicles are not an easy sell still, they are making a comeback compared to playsets but are still not something parents are going to drop big coin on regularly, it has to be something cool, recognizable, fun, exciting. Shuttles are rarely any of that, not even the original Imperial Shuttle is that nifty beyond collector value, and it's huge despite only holding a handful of figures. This is where I think collectors have too much tunnelvision, you're asking for something most casual consumers of the line would avoid like the plague, thus no argument of "but it'd sell more clones" is going to help if Hasbro doesn't believe they can sell it in the first place.


Also, if they are marketing to kids, if George continues to make episodes of the Clone Wars, kids (little kids and big kids like me) are going to want to see the vehicles featured there. Assuming they're watching this at all, Cartoon Network has effectively buried it with this BS 9pm Friday timeslot. But Hasbro seems to know it's a long game and are making plans in case the future goes that way, they're just not ready to share 'em with us yet.



I have a new question:

is there any chance of seeing this version of Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot being released in either a comic pack with perhaps a TIE Pilot (could be a Rogue Squadron or Marvel Star Wars comic) or on a Legends card in the future. I actually would love to see it released.June 6th:
Yakface.com: Dear Hasbro, there are pics of the new Droid Factory figures floating about and I noticed that Luke's face is now a "must less expressive" version - essentially a straight repack / redeco of the Vintage X-Wlng Pilot sculpt.
Can you confirm or deny that we are in fact getting this version versus the "smiley" Luke shown in the Droid Factory initial solicitation imagery?
Also Luke is shown having the wrong Lightsaber accessories will this common factory error be addressed.
Hasbro: The smiley version was removed at Lucasfilm's request and changed back to the vintage version. The lightsabers are the same as the Vintage release, including, unfortunately, the same lack of black paint deco on the emitter on the lit version (the factory took our earlier reference and ran with it for this one, and we missed it). The unlit hilt is great though.
It's not about Hasbro, if Lucasfilm won't let them, then it ain't gonna happen.



New question:
*Initial shipments of the Cade Skywalker and Darth Talon comic pack shipped without Cade's lightsaber or hilt. Will you guys please offer these pieces for free through your site for collectors who bought the early version?I filled it out some, but the idea is still clear I think, LMK if you feel it could be punchier. Vote counted.



since I have one vote remaining, I would like to submit a new question

Why are the B.A.D. parts for C-3PX and 5D6-RA7 incompatible? C-3PX has a ball joint for his head, while the RA7 has a post, thus negating the mix and match concept the whole B.A.D. premise is built on. Also, the arms and legs do not mix with each other. Was this done on purpose, and if so, why?
Added, vote counted. I came really close to cutting the "was this done on purpose" part as it's a tad accusatory, but since it starts with "why was this done", my choice was to end without a question which I don't prefer.



New question,

When you decide to make the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, will it have working treads and a cockpit?Added, vote counted. I padded the question a little, but it still seems like it could be WAY meatier. I almost added a part about "what would you like to do but probably couldn't" but cut it because it might derail the question.



New question suggestion:

How will the current credit crunch/crisis affect your ability to move manufactured or upcoming waves to the stores? Will it affect it all equally? Will things like exclusives be delayed or not seen as quickly because retailers can't get the credit to buy orders?Journalistically, it would be irresponsible of me to ask this question without foundation. Do you have any evidence that the major retailers are showing problems with their credit? I have not heard they're having troubles there, and in fact recent economic data showed relief for retailers.

Yes, occasionally I do have to think about journalistic integrity (and keeping Steve from getting sued for libel :p).



New question,

Why do none of the Confederacy droids in the Clone Wars line have any knee articulation?Same reason they didn't before usually. Thin-walled designs cause structural integrity issues with articulation.



new question
please please please make han solo in proportion a lot of people arent happy with how he looks (ok not a question more of a plea)
I'm reticent to ask it just because of this June 6th response:
Sandtroopers.com: Poor Han Solo seems to be suffering from "skinny leg" syndrome lately... when I looked at the VTSC Endor Han, Torture Rack Han, and the latest deleted scene Han, I couldn't help but shudder that his legs seem too tiny to support his upper body. Any chance Hasbro can address this in the future? The deleted scene Han looks as if he's more suited to be a ballet dancer than smuggler and rebel operative.
Hasbro: You might want to check the aspect ratio on your TV to see if you don't have a compressed picture. Seriously, we are pretty confident the latest sculpts match the reference. We do review all aesthetics with Lucasfilm and the current sculpts have been the approved direction. We'll take another look next time we update Han though and see if the legs are thinner than they ought to be.Make an argument for it though, one that counters their claim, and I'll almost certainly include it. That's open to anybody who can make a solid argument here, the more info we have, the stronger a potential question it will make.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-17-2008, 12:23 PM
I like the way you changed 27 and 28, thanks for that.

In addition to my already-counted votes for those, I'll go with 5, 14, 17, and 19.

LTBasker
10-17-2008, 01:29 PM
My votes:
8
12
22
26
29

Then, my last vote will goes towards a new question:

Is there any chance of Hasbro creating clamshells for Titaniums? Titanium seems to have become one of the most successful sub-lines for SW from Hasbro, and it has a very high number of individual carded releases - making it nearly impossible to display them all at once. This is where the packaging - that admirably shows off the vehicle very well - comes to fault, as it is nearly impossible to store with hopes of keeping them mint. A simple rectangular clamshell with a peghook would not only help keep these safe (as the bubble over the vehicle tends to become indented easily, especially over time), but it would also immensely help with storage problems by making them stackable.

obi-dad
10-17-2008, 02:44 PM
My votes: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 & 27

Has anyone asked if Hasbro has any future plans to re-release the BAD figures on a single card? Perhaps in a future GH or Legands wave? If not, I'd like to add that and remove my vote for 27 since it doesn't fit in my voting pattern. :thumbsup:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-17-2008, 05:12 PM
How's about another question, eh?

*Recently, a picture has shown up with the new set of stands (with the spiffy double-peg action). The sticker list has a few new figures listed, one of which is Anakin Skywalker - Concept. Does this mean we'll be seeing more concept figures soon? If so, then which ones will be released, and when will we see them?

sebillba
10-18-2008, 07:24 AM
Just three votes from me... 3, 4 & 29.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-18-2008, 10:56 PM
I want to modify my last question since Hasbro has stated that there will be four more concept figures in 2009:

*Recently, a picture has shown up with the new set of stands (with the spiffy double-peg action). The sticker list has a few new figures listed, one of which is Anakin Skywalker - Concept. You've recently stated that we'll be seeing four concept figures in 2009, and we'll assume that Anakin is one of them. What is the source material for him? Will the other concept figures be from the same era of production, or will they be based on all kinds of source material? (For instance, how about a spiffy concept Lando?)

And another one, kind of similar to ones we've asked before, but I was thinking about this earlier:
*You've said that you're planning on rereleasing the Republic Gunship bubble pods in some sort of upcoming set. Since the gunships in the Clone Wars series do not feature the pods but instead have a second set of doors that open to the front, would you consider putting these in a battle pack or some other set? The doors could plug into the pegs that are there for the bubble pods. If not, then will we see these doors added on any future gunship releases?

Cane_Adiss
10-19-2008, 12:13 PM
Two new questions for the new round which hasn't been posted yet:


Number one:

It has often been stated that the Holiday Special is one arena that you would not look to for figure ideas. You have often stated that you would like to complete the cantina scene. That being said, would the kind and reasonable Hasbro ever consider bending the rule slightly and allow figures of the cantina aliens that were featured only in the Special (but are official Star Wars canon) to be made? They could be done with the idea that they were just "off screen" in ANH (like Bane Malar in ROTJ) They would really look great the cantina diorama, and for those who really dig aliens the diorama wouldn't be complete without them! Plus, this may be the only way to get figures of their species. The characters I'm referring to would include:

Ket Maliss (Dashade, Black Sun assassin)
Cebann Veekan
Myhr Rho
Y'bith alien (as yet un-named)
Thorp (pale Sakiyan guy)
Kelbo (Mshento'su Nikto)

And number two:

Will Hasbro ever do a figure of Kal'Falnl C'ndros? She's the ostrich-like alien whose legs were glimpsed briefly in A New Hope. Her full Quor'sav physiology has since been fleshed out in the Secrets of the Sisar Run book by West End Games. She'd be a must-have for completing cantina or Street of Mos Eisely dioramas, and she'd make an interesting toy!

Darth Windu
10-20-2008, 01:24 AM
Dear Hasbro,

In the most recent Q&A session you confirmed that the Titanium Series Battlestar Galactica 'Cylon Basestar' will not be released due to the licence expiring.

Is there any chance at all of dispensing with retail and the usual packaging and just sell some on Hasbro's website to at least get a few of these great-looking pieces into the public?

PS: If not, can I purchase the prototype? :D

JediTricks
10-20-2008, 04:37 AM
Question 31 added.


Then, my last vote will goes towards a new question:

Is there any chance of Hasbro creating clamshells for Titaniums? Titanium seems to have become one of the most successful sub-lines for SW from Hasbro, and it has a very high number of individual carded releases - making it nearly impossible to display them all at once. This is where the packaging - that admirably shows off the vehicle very well - comes to fault, as it is nearly impossible to store with hopes of keeping them mint. A simple rectangular clamshell with a peghook would not only help keep these safe (as the bubble over the vehicle tends to become indented easily, especially over time), but it would also immensely help with storage problems by making them stackable.On Sept 29th, 2006 we asked this:
SSG: Titanium Series 3" Vehicle collectors are concerned over the packaging which, while quite attractive and eye-catching, has trouble with the J-hook being easily damaged and the bubble being very difficult to open. How did this unusual packaging design come about in the first place, and is there any plan to make it stronger and easier to open? (If not, please consider doing so, thank you.)
Hasbro: Thanks. The design was meant to be a premium expression for die-cast vehicles as well as something that could not be pilfered easily. As such, it is durable but can be tougher to open. We will pass on your comments about the J-hooks to the packaging team.
I don't want to lock them down into 1 idea, they don't seem to like us trying to run the line for them, but if we give them suggestions and point out things we do and don't like, would and wouldn't like to see when we do, I think we can add this question. They're not doing ANY clamshell packaging right now though, so don't count on that happening. Just get back to me with thoughts about this and we'll get that question into the poll.



Has anyone asked if Hasbro has any future plans to re-release the BAD figures on a single card? Perhaps in a future GH or Legands wave? If not, I'd like to add that and remove my vote for 27 since it doesn't fit in my voting pattern. :thumbsup: Just this round, in fact...

ThePrivateUniverse.co.uk: The Build A Droid Droid Factory droids are great, but when you selectively buy figures rather than the whole wave, it can be off putting. Are there any plans to release the droids in a set or on individual cards?
Hasbro: There are no plans to offer the figures in sets or on individual cards. We look at it this way: if your buying behavior has always been to get individual figures, then you are doing nothing that you did not do before, except that you are accumulating some cool droid parts that you can save and customize together when you have enough. If perhaps the droid parts entice you to maybe pick up a figure you would not have otherwise, then we have done our job in creating a pack-in that has amplified desire where you had lower interest before. For the fan who is more of a completist and is sticking with us through all of the new figure releases, it's downright cool as they will be the happy owner of a number of great new droids only available as bonus pack-ins. From the way we see it, everyone comes away with something cool from the Droid Factory pack-ins.


I want to modify my last question since Hasbro has stated that there will be four more concept figures in 2009:

*Recently, a picture has shown up with the new set of stands (with the spiffy double-peg action). The sticker list has a few new figures listed, one of which is Anakin Skywalker - Concept. You've recently stated that we'll be seeing four concept figures in 2009, and we'll assume that Anakin is one of them. What is the source material for him? Will the other concept figures be from the same era of production, or will they be based on all kinds of source material? (For instance, how about a spiffy concept Lando?)What concept Lando do you refer? Can you link me to it? Until then, I'll leave that part out but include the rest.


And another one, kind of similar to ones we've asked before, but I was thinking about this earlier:
*You've said that you're planning on rereleasing the Republic Gunship bubble pods in some sort of upcoming set. Since the gunships in the Clone Wars series do not feature the pods but instead have a second set of doors that open to the front, would you consider putting these in a battle pack or some other set? The doors could plug into the pegs that are there for the bubble pods. If not, then will we see these doors added on any future gunship releases?I'm not feeling this one only because it doesn't address the main door issues or the front hatch issues on the Gunship, and they are considering the pods, they haven't said they're making them. They also have bypassed the idea of changing the Gunship mold in those ways.



Two new questions for the new round which hasn't been posted yet:


Number one:

It has often been stated that the Holiday Special is one arena that you would not look to for figure ideas. You have often stated that you would like to complete the cantina scene. That being said, would the kind and reasonable Hasbro ever consider bending the rule slightly and allow figures of the cantina aliens that were featured only in the Special (but are official Star Wars canon) to be made? They could be done with the idea that they were just "off screen" in ANH (like Bane Malar in ROTJ) They would really look great the cantina diorama, and for those who really dig aliens the diorama wouldn't be complete without them! Plus, this may be the only way to get figures of their species. The characters I'm referring to would include:

Ket Maliss (Dashade, Black Sun assassin)
Cebann Veekan
Myhr Rho
Y'bith alien (as yet un-named)
Thorp (pale Sakiyan guy)
Kelbo (Mshento'su Nikto)

And number two:

Will Hasbro ever do a figure of Kal'Falnl C'ndros? She's the ostrich-like alien whose legs were glimpsed briefly in A New Hope. Her full Quor'sav physiology has since been fleshed out in the Secrets of the Sisar Run book by West End Games. She'd be a must-have for completing cantina or Street of Mos Eisely dioramas, and she'd make an interesting toy!Look at the answer we got about the Holiday Special last round:

SSG: On August 1st, we got a few answers that didn't seem quite complete, and are sacrificing one of our precious question slots to get clarifications for these 3 little bits & pieces that we previously asked about:
A) what points of articulation are on the upcoming A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi;
B) will the Titanium Series Cylon Heavy Raider that Hasbro previously announced be released before the license expires; and
C) when you said to us that the Tonnikas were the only figures that you couldn't touch, but told another site that the Holiday Special was something you "couldn't approach", did that mean the Tonnikas answer was incomplete or are we misunderstanding what you mean on the Holiday Special? Thanks!
Hasbro: Sorry we missed these last time. This happens sometimes due to the overall crush of the Q&A since many sites submit multi-part questions...sometimes we do miss parts in our need to get to everyone. To answer your questions.
A) Obi-Wan has ball and socket shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles, along with swivel wrists and waist.
B) This one was planned, but we never got enough reference to start the vehicle design so it was dropped from the plan.
C) There are a couple types of "off limits" figures here. Some Lucasfilm has asked us not to pursue, and some are self-imposed. The Tonnika Sisters are an example of the former, and the Holiday Special is an example of the latter. Lucasfilm's stance on the Holiday Special is well-articulated, so it would be a waste of time work up concepts for the characters from this series. If the characters do not appear in any other media there is little chance of them ever getting done (even Boba took a lot of work to make happen, but it was worth it). On these two areas, it doesn't do any good to petition/vote/pleadů.no amount of fan requests will change our opinions.
There's no ambiguity to their Holiday Special answer there. And as for the ostrich, all you see are the character's legs, that's not going to sell it. I just don't think there's hope for either question right now.



Dear Hasbro,

In the most recent Q&A session you confirmed that the Titanium Series Battlestar Galactica 'Cylon Basestar' will not be released due to the licence expiring.

Is there any chance at all of dispensing with retail and the usual packaging and just sell some on Hasbro's website to at least get a few of these great-looking pieces into the public?

PS: If not, can I purchase the prototype? :DUnfortunately, if they didn't have plans for this already, it's too late, putting aside some level of packaging (it'd need a baggie and copyright stuff) and licensing issues with Universal, the shipping time to get it to HTS' distribution center would be late December at best if they did it TODAY - since we can't even send in the question until the 24th at the earliest, there's no way it'd make it in time.

And they have this policy about not selling prototypes due to safety for kids, so I've stopped asking.

Darth Windu
10-20-2008, 06:01 AM
No problemo, I figured it would be too late but there's no harm in asking. :)

Cane_Adiss
10-20-2008, 09:15 AM
Look at the answer we got about the Holiday Special last round:

SSG: On August 1st, we got a few answers that didn't seem quite complete, and are sacrificing one of our precious question slots to get clarifications for these 3 little bits & pieces that we previously asked about:
A) what points of articulation are on the upcoming A New Hope Obi-Wan Kenobi;
B) will the Titanium Series Cylon Heavy Raider that Hasbro previously announced be released before the license expires; and
C) when you said to us that the Tonnikas were the only figures that you couldn't touch, but told another site that the Holiday Special was something you "couldn't approach", did that mean the Tonnikas answer was incomplete or are we misunderstanding what you mean on the Holiday Special? Thanks!
Hasbro: Sorry we missed these last time. This happens sometimes due to the overall crush of the Q&A since many sites submit multi-part questions...sometimes we do miss parts in our need to get to everyone. To answer your questions.
A) Obi-Wan has ball and socket shoulders, elbows, knees, and ankles, along with swivel wrists and waist.
B) This one was planned, but we never got enough reference to start the vehicle design so it was dropped from the plan.
C) There are a couple types of "off limits" figures here. Some Lucasfilm has asked us not to pursue, and some are self-imposed. The Tonnika Sisters are an example of the former, and the Holiday Special is an example of the latter. Lucasfilm's stance on the Holiday Special is well-articulated, so it would be a waste of time work up concepts for the characters from this series. If the characters do not appear in any other media there is little chance of them ever getting done (even Boba took a lot of work to make happen, but it was worth it). On these two areas, it doesn't do any good to petition/vote/pleadů.no amount of fan requests will change our opinions.
There's no ambiguity to their Holiday Special answer there. And as for the ostrich, all you see are the character's legs, that's not going to sell it. I just don't think there's hope for either question right now.

As for the Holiday Special question, I'm not asking about figures of the major characters that are obviously from the special, just the background aliens that could fit in with the regular cantina. They wouldn't have to be marketed or designated as "from the Holiday Special". Bane Malar never appeared in ROTJ, nor did Commander Faie appear in ROTS, yet both were made (thank you Hasbro :thumbsup:) and appeared the movie waves they were developed for. My argument is that perhaps these aliens could be made as part of a future ANH wave or even EU wave as though they appeared in the theatrical cantina scene, but were just "off-camera". It's not like I'm asking for Ackmena, Gormaanda, or Life Day Chewie here.

And for the Kal'Fal question, I'm trying to get Hasbro's official answer to what you already assume to be the case: That "legs on screen" isn't enough to sell an action figure. I'd still like to get Hasbro's take on the character and whether or not she'd be a feasible figure someday. I think she would be great!

Ando
10-20-2008, 10:27 AM
And another one, kind of similar to ones we've asked before, but I was thinking about this earlier:
*You've said that you're planning on rereleasing the Republic Gunship bubble pods in some sort of upcoming set. Since the gunships in the Clone Wars series do not feature the pods but instead have a second set of doors that open to the front, would you consider putting these in a battle pack or some other set? The doors could plug into the pegs that are there for the bubble pods. If not, then will we see these doors added on any future gunship releases?

Awesome question, John!

LTBasker
10-20-2008, 11:14 AM
I don't want to lock them down into 1 idea, they don't seem to like us trying to run the line for them, but if we give them suggestions and point out things we do and don't like, would and wouldn't like to see when we do, I think we can add this question. They're not doing ANY clamshell packaging right now though, so don't count on that happening. Just get back to me with thoughts about this and we'll get that question into the poll.

Oh, sorry, I should have looked at exactly what Hasbro calls them, I thought they just referred to them as clamshells, but what I meant wasn't talking about changing the packaging. Rather, for them to offer protective cases like they do for the figures: http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?BR=495&ST=SO&ID=17677&PG=1

So, how about:

Titanium seems to have become one of the most successful sub-lines for SW from Hasbro, and it has a very high number of individual carded releases - making it nearly impossible to display them all at once. This is where the packaging - that admirably shows off the vehicle very well - comes to fault, as it is nearly impossible to store with hopes of keeping them mint.

To remedy this, is there any chance of Hasbro creating protective clamshell cases for Titaniums to offer on HasbroToyShop (as done for the figures)? A simple rectangular clamshell with a peghook would not only help keep these safe (as the bubble over the vehicle tends to become indented easily, especially over time), but it would also immensely help with storage problems by making them stackable.

jediguy
10-20-2008, 11:30 AM
Bane Malar never appeared in ROTJ

Bane Malar was the person that Boushh pushed down the stairs when entering Jabba's throne room

my votes are for 4, 5, 15, 16, and 29 (thanks for adding it, JT :D)

I still don't know the answers for 11 and 13 :mad:
what were they or where might I find them?
I have looked and looked, but to no avail :(

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-20-2008, 05:39 PM
Here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/6180429/in/set-152728/) is the concept Lando, and there are a few other shots of him in that set.


I'm not feeling this one only because it doesn't address the main door issues or the front hatch issues on the Gunship, and they are considering the pods, they haven't said they're making them. They also have bypassed the idea of changing the Gunship mold in those ways.
What issues? Are you talking about how the back ones are sometimes airtight, or what? I was thinking, since Hasbro's considering the pods but there are no pods in the series (due to the second set of doors), that they might want to release the doors either alongside or instead of the pods. It doesn't sound too compelling but if they packaged it nicely it could work.

And Ando agrees with me. :D

Oh, and no, Bane Malar really isn't in ROTJ as far as anybody knows. Sgt. Doallyn gets thrown down the stairs. There's like 97 other threads about this.

master J
10-21-2008, 03:55 PM
I vote 15, 26 and 30

JediTricks
10-21-2008, 04:58 PM
I still don't know the answers for 11 and 13 :mad:
what were they or where might I find them?
I have looked and looked, but to no avail :(
I just got word, the outlet was denied answers, apparently Hasbro has now capped the Q&A program at the current number of sites (24, according to them, which doesn't jive with what I've seen, but it's their Q&A so they could cap it at 4 if they wanted). I will take our questions back and ask them in the next round, they had enough votes last round that they were close anyway so it's only fair.


Somebody vote for #6, then every question will have a vote. :p

JediTricks
10-21-2008, 05:54 PM
Question 32 added.


Oh, sorry, I should have looked at exactly what Hasbro calls them, I thought they just referred to them as clamshells, but what I meant wasn't talking about changing the packaging. Rather, for them to offer protective cases like they do for the figures: http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?BR=495&ST=SO&ID=17677&PG=1
Haw! No, those are clamshells, I didn't think of them only because they're not technically packaging for Star Wars, they're a separate item. They actually do use 'em on GI Joe though. I didn't get at all that you meant protective cases around the current packaging, good thing we discussed this.


So, how about:

Titanium seems to have become one of the most successful sub-lines for SW from Hasbro, and it has a very high number of individual carded releases - making it nearly impossible to display them all at once. This is where the packaging - that admirably shows off the vehicle very well - comes to fault, as it is nearly impossible to store with hopes of keeping them mint.

To remedy this, is there any chance of Hasbro creating protective clamshell cases for Titaniums to offer on HasbroToyShop (as done for the figures)? A simple rectangular clamshell with a peghook would not only help keep these safe (as the bubble over the vehicle tends to become indented easily, especially over time), but it would also immensely help with storage problems by making them stackable.Ok, I reworked that some, and have added it. I dunno if it'll get traction, so we'll see how it goes, but for now, added and vote counted.



Here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/6180429/in/set-152728/) is the concept Lando, and there are a few other shots of him in that set.Oh my god, he's wearing Leia's Bespin dress! http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/6180466/in/set-152728/
I can't really ask for this one, it doesn't have a solid shot of the character from the front, it doesn't stand out in a major one. Also, we know they aren't going to do that one as it's McQuarrie and they said these new concept figures aren't McQuarrie.


What issues? Are you talking about how the back ones are sometimes airtight, or what? I was thinking, since Hasbro's considering the pods but there are no pods in the series (due to the second set of doors), that they might want to release the doors either alongside or instead of the pods. It doesn't sound too compelling but if they packaged it nicely it could work.Yeah, the back doors have a different design to make them slide closed airtight, and the front hatch (the one ahead of the doors you mentioned) has doors too. I'm just not seeing how this would be anything other than "no" from them.


Oh, and no, Bane Malar really isn't in ROTJ as far as anybody knows. Sgt. Doallyn gets thrown down the stairs. There's like 97 other threads about this.Bullcrap, it's Malar thrown down the stairs. And which one's photograph is on the set in front of those stairs? Malar. Doallyn's photo is on a totally different interior set.

LTBasker
10-21-2008, 07:19 PM
Haw! No, those are clamshells, I didn't think of them only because they're not technically packaging for Star Wars, they're a separate item. They actually do use 'em on GI Joe though. I didn't get at all that you meant protective cases around the current packaging, good thing we discussed this.

Ok, I reworked that some, and have added it. I dunno if it'll get traction, so we'll see how it goes, but for now, added and vote counted.


Yeah, it seems my phrasing has been off lately. Your version is much more clear, thanks for adding it!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-21-2008, 08:04 PM
Bullcrap, it's Malar thrown down the stairs. And which one's photograph is on the set in front of those stairs? Malar. Doallyn's photo is on a totally different interior set.
Here (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/2/20/Doallynonsteps.jpg) is the guy who gets thrown down.
Here (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/91/Bane-malar.jpg) is Bane Malar.
Here (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/8/8d/Sergeant_doallyn.jpg) is the white-shirted Doallyn lookalike (or maybe it is indeed Doallyn) from the skiff. It looks like he was photoshopped to be near the stairs.

At any rate, you can see that the helmet of the guy who gets thrown is Doallyn's.

And as for my question, I think it's at least worth bringing their attention to the fact that, though they want to bring the pods back out, they're not in the animation since they were replaced by the doors.

Umbra
10-21-2008, 10:20 PM
23, 25, 26 ,28 are my votes

pbarnard
10-22-2008, 12:17 PM
Journalistically, it would be irresponsible of me to ask this question without foundation. Do you have any evidence that the major retailers are showing problems with their credit? I have not heard they're having troubles there, and in fact recent economic data showed relief for retailers.

Yes, occasionally I do have to think about journalistic integrity (and keeping Steve from getting sued for libel :p).

It's happening in the auto industry according to CNBC. It could be asked as "what if" as is often done on CNN and CNBC. But the than in the last week the major credit market indicator has started to show some signs of loosening, but no where near where it was.

JediTricks
10-23-2008, 02:54 PM
Here (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/2/20/Doallynonsteps.jpg) is the guy who gets thrown down.
Here (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/9/91/Bane-malar.jpg) is Bane Malar.
Here (http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/8/8d/Sergeant_doallyn.jpg) is the white-shirted Doallyn lookalike (or maybe it is indeed Doallyn) from the skiff. It looks like he was photoshopped to be near the stairs.

At any rate, you can see that the helmet of the guy who gets thrown is Doallyn's.We've gone through this before, the "evidence" shot from the film is all dark, the helmet has no shape to it because it's in the dark, all you can see if you lighten the pic is it's shiny and has a hose - Doallyn's isn't shiny.


And as for my question, I think it's at least worth bringing their attention to the fact that, though they want to bring the pods back out, they're not in the animation since they were replaced by the doors.You think there's a snowball's chance in hell that the pod turrets not being in the show would slip past both Hasbro and Lucasfilm?



It's happening in the auto industry according to CNBC. It could be asked as "what if" as is often done on CNN and CNBC. But the than in the last week the major credit market indicator has started to show some signs of loosening, but no where near where it was.The auto industry has a totally different product and totally different credit needs.

JediTricks
10-23-2008, 02:59 PM
Only a few hours left to vote!

Here's mine:

1 msrp
12 white vehicle deco
14 cw scale
18 new old x-wing
25 novels
30 tank droid

Kidhuman
10-23-2008, 07:33 PM
1, 27, 25, 24, 15, 5

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-23-2008, 08:05 PM
We've gone through this before, the "evidence" shot from the film is all dark, the helmet has no shape to it because it's in the dark, all you can see if you lighten the pic is it's shiny and has a hose - Doallyn's isn't shiny.
How's the weather over there in Denialville? :p


You think there's a snowball's chance in hell that the pod turrets not being in the show would slip past both Hasbro and Lucasfilm?
Wait, what? This (http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/6f/Lluckylekku.JPG) is what the gunships look like in the show. Here (http://www.starwars.com/kids/read/cwspotter20080822.html?page=7) are a few pictures of other gunships from the movie. And the pods aren't behind the doors, either. It's not like they forgot about them, they just replaced them with the airtight doors.

Cane_Adiss
10-23-2008, 11:11 PM
Add 22 and 25 to my votes JT. Thanks! Any chance you'll reconsider my Holiday Special cantina and Kal'Falnl C'ndros questions?

JediTricks
10-24-2008, 02:18 AM
How's the weather over there in Denialville? :pYou tell me. Oh, you can't, because you're in denial about that too. :D


Wait, what? This (http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/6f/Lluckylekku.JPG) is what the gunships look like in the show. Here (http://www.starwars.com/kids/read/cwspotter20080822.html?page=7) are a few pictures of other gunships from the movie. And the pods aren't behind the doors, either. It's not like they forgot about them, they just replaced them with the airtight doors.You are thinking that the battle pack Hasbro's considering with the pods is for Clone Wars, but there's no reason to think that's the case. I know what the gunships look like, and my point is that there's no front hatch on the CW one, so front doors aren't going to help.


Add 22 and 25 to my votes JT. Thanks! Any chance you'll reconsider my Holiday Special cantina and Kal'Falnl C'ndros questions?At this juncture, not likely, but if we see an opening to get in a good new counter-argument, then I'll definitely reconsider. Until then, the current Hasbro answer covers it, just not as we'd like it to be. I tell you what though, if we get under a dozen questions in the poll and you bring it up then, I'll add it.

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Ok, so that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated, making this another exciting round.

Here's what we're asking this round:


Recently, you confirmed that in the '09 Legacy line, there will be an EU wave; separately, you have said that there won't be more TFU figures in '09 beyond Shaak Ti, no KOTOR possible before 2010, no more Clone Wars micro-series figures, and no realistic figures from the new Clone Wars series. With all those EU sources out of the way, and the comic characters getting tons of coverage in the Comic Packs line, does that mean the '09 EU wave will finally show some love for characters from the novels?
Some collectors have expressed disappointment in the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. The example shown in the slideshow at Comic-Con featured much a nicer deco, and while we understand that prototypes usually have more care than production pieces, it seems like this particular production version suffered a severe backslide in quality, the deco just doesn't hold up. It's hard for collectors to understand how a $50 set is only 2 new pieces (the womp rat and the house section), a vacuform base, and 4 older pieces (the 3 figures and the moisture vaporator), and then how it could end up losing significant quality at that pricepoint. We understand the tooling for the house was an extensive portion of the budget, and we appreciate the great effort made to get this made, but collectors keep asking us to ask: what happened here, what went wrong to drag that quality down? And that leads to: why was this set produced now when it couldn't find all the budget for a better deco, more troopers, a treadwell droid, more accessories, etc.?
Back in April, you said you should have for us at Comic Con a peek at the upcoming Comic Packs Lumiya figure, but with Comic Con come and gone, we still have not seen Lumiya. Is it possible we could see this figure now, and if not, why not?
Last year, Hasbro released the R2-KT figure while making a charitable donation to ensure that the spirit of a figure for the Katie Johnson charity was fully met before any were sold. With R2-KT appearing in the Clone Wars movie, is there a chance we could get animated R2-KT as a repainted animated R2-D2 figure in a similar charity-type release?
Will there be more droid repaints in the Clone Wars line? The molds already exist, so they shouldn't be too difficult to achieve. For instance, will there be TC-70 based on the C-3PO mold, R4-P17 based on the R2-D2 mold, or KRONOS-327 based on the IG-86 mold? TC-70 obviously would be a good companion piece to the upcoming animated Jabba you're developing, and Obi-Wan needs a droid to fit in his Jedi Starfighter's droid slot.
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?

Look for a new round of voting soon.