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JediTricks
11-14-2008, 04:34 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 December 12th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 60 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=648067#post648067).

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?
- Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the recent ROTS wave when the character never actually appeared in the movie? And where did this costume come from?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Now that The Clone Wars TV series has a set schedule, in the future could you possibly coordinate Hasbro's Clone Wars figure releases to coincide with the episodes those figures are in context to? We understand there's a long lead time on figure production, but there's also a long lead on episode production. Seeing a character on the series one day and then being able find the figure in the store the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 "Goldie" appeared in 2 episodes in early and mid November '08, but the R3-S6 "Goldie" figure isn't due until around February '09. Wouldn't the figures have more appeal with the characters fresh in kids' and casual collectors' minds? Would coordination like that be possible?
- Does Hasbro have any plans to update the Dianoga in the near future? We need one that is better detailed, better articulated and perhaps featuring multiple bendy tentacles. If you were to update the Dianoga, what format would you release it in: Battle Pack, a basic carded figure, Ultimate Battle Pack, something else?
- Now that you've confirmed that there will be 4 new concept figures in '09, that one of them is Anakin, and that they'll be from both OT and PT sources, could you confirm whether the other 3 concept figures will be based on major characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure character and even alien design concepts, such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxies Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?
- In recent Q&As, Hasbro revealed that the super-articulated Republic Commando figure will be Omega Squad's Fi, and that it will be in a new Clone Evolutions set. Will this Fi figure be an all-new sculpt, or will only the legs be changed (since the current Republic Commando body we have is already fairly super-articulated from the waist up)? What kind of deco will he be sporting, will it be all black like the EE exclusive Omega Squad set, or something new we haven't seen yet? What accessories will he have, will he be sporting the standard DC-17M blaster or the more prevalent Anti-Armor variant?
- It's been a while since we've seen Hasbro visit Jabba's dungeons. Even if none of these are in the works for '09, are any on the short list for a future ROTJ wave? BG-J38, 2-1A with torture rack (we know it's not his official name, but it's fan name of the 2-1B body droid without the mouth), a tortured Gonk droid, perhaps even upgrades for 8D8 and EV-9D9... what are the chances we'll see stuff like that in the moderate future?
- There have been a lot of Battle Packs with mostly, or even all, Clones. What about doing a similar Battle Pack with all CIS droids? If kids are supposed to build armies, they'll need armies to fight as well, and that'd be a great way to build up both sides of the battle faster.
- Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? For instance, the episode Rookies would make for a great pack, with only minor retools and repaints (Hevy with Z-6 rotary cannon; Echo with handprint paint and visor; Fives; and perhaps a commando droid or battle droid). This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line.
- For vehicles that must have dedicated, non-removable astromech droid domes - such as the Ep 2 Jedi Starfighter, Y-wing, and Naboo Fighter - might it be possible to get future revisits to have at least removable droid domes? Thanks to Build-A-Droid, we now have lots of different droid dome molds available, if they were interchangeable on those dedicated droid slots it would add considerable play and display value for kids and collectors alike while taking advantage of existing elements and decreasing manufacturing costs slightly (it's gotta be cheaper to just pop a peg into a hole than to screw a dome permanently into a ship).
- Star Wars seems to be doing ok at retail, we're seeing more figure lines surviving, more $20 vehicle sales, more battle packs, and more vehicle exclusives. With this in mind, might Hasbro try pushing the $30-$40 vehicle pricepoint on retailers again? It would be a good way of getting larger vehicles such as the X-wing, B-wing, Republic Gunship, ARC-170, and even stuff like Jedi Starfighters with Hyperspace Rings into heavier rotation, and add opportunities for more new vehicles that would be considered too big to work out at the $20 pricepoint. So, any chance for the return of this pricepoint to mass retail?
- Longterm collectors have noticed that, in the past, sometimes Hasbro ends up with spare figures at the end of a particular line - either unsold merchandise or even bought back from retailers like in the Saga line. Take for example the HasbroToyShop 8-packs of TAC Farmboy Luke, or Darth Vader, sold as "party favors". Collectors have always wondered, what happens to those extra figures: Are they melted down and recycled back into plastic (and wouldn't their paint make that difficult)? Are they repacked into new sets like battle packs or Saga Legends (which seems expensive to take them out of original packaging and put into a different package)? Are they sold off to toy liquidators, or donated to childrens' charity as a write-off?
- With the Droid Commando now confirmed as getting a figure from Hasbro, we were wondering, what types of accessories might it be coming with? In their premiere episode, the Droid Commandos carried multiple accessories - blaster, stun baton, fusion cutter, even a vibrosword for the leader - dare we hope to see all, even the leader with the sword? What about getting a Droid Commando in clone trooper disguise, also seen that episode?
- In the US release for TLC wave 4, the BAD parts are with all the new figures, and the 327th Clone Trooper - which is merely a repaint of the Evolutions Clone Trooper - comes with a redundant BAD part since he's not exactly "new" enough to warrant making collectors buy him again just to build the droid. However, in the UK release of this wave, the 327th Clone comes with an original BAD part - the right arm - while new figure Bail Organa is the one with the redundant part. Why did Hasbro change the BAD parts in wave 4 in the UK, leaving a new figure with a duplicate unnecessary part and an old figure with a vital part?
- As fans of Hasbro's lines, we've seen this for years: official Hasbro images for retailers and on packaging that have been photoshopped to enhance shadows and dark edges, giving the overall look of the toy increased realism. Often, the production deco of the toy can't really live up to that, and while there is a proviso on the packaging about such things, it's still a little unusual. Why does Hasbro employ this tactic so often with their official photography, and why not simply give each toy a subtle paint wash to actually bring those lines out and give them the realistic look the packaging shows could be possible?
- Back in October '08, you answered a question about the potential for 4 Jabba's Palace characters - Cane Adiss, Loje Nella, Geezum and Yoxgit - by saying that "long term we do plan to get to some of these guys." If you only plan on doing some of these, which one or ones do you NOT plan on doing? Are there other Jabba's Palace denizens that Hasbro has no interest in pursuing, and why?
- Of all the Separatist Council members seen in AOTC and specifically in the Geonosian War Room scene, only Quarren senator Tikkes and Holwuff senator Rogwa Wodrata have not yet been produced as action figures. Great efforts were made to deliver the rest of the Geonsian War Room characters, but those 2 have been left out. Does Hasbro have any plans to produce figures of Tikkes and Rogwa Wodrata and thus complete the CIS council, and if not, why?
- Fans may be a mixed bunch, but when it comes to the latest Sarlacc Ultimate Battle Pack exclusive for Target, the overall take is a negative one. The complaints range from weak execution on the set to poor paint on the figures to not enough product for the newly-increased pricepoint over the '07 models. What is the Hasbro Star Wars team's take on the final product that made it to retail, both its successes and its failures? If you could address the collectors out there, both casual and hardcore, on this one, what would you say to them about this UBP?
- Back on Sept 26th, on SirStevesGuide.com we asked about the 2009 release breakdown, and your response was that "there are currently eight Legacy waves scheduled for 2009, one from each movie with Empire getting a second late wave at the end of the year." Since then, in several different answers you've talked about how the EU wave was pushed out of the official '09 line as it'll show up late in December '09 at best, and how you don't really see the early '09 ANH wave as an '09 wave, as it was pushed out of '08. In the Dec 5th answers, you give a wave-by-wave figure breakdown that has 2 ANH waves and 2 ESB waves, and no AOTC wave. So what happened to the AOTC wave? Has it be canceled, pushed back to 2010, lost in the jumble, repurposed into other sets? Fans were expecting the 3rd figure from the canceled Obi-Wan Evoutions set, which was said to be turned into an "anchor" basic figure, to be the AOTC wave's anchor figure (with the set's other 2 figures being Obi-Wan ANH in the spring and TPM in the fall), so what happens to that 3rd Evolutions Obi-Wan figure?
- 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of ROTJ, however there was no fanfare, no commemorative figure sets, no special packaging, nothing from Hasbro mentioning the milestone. Is there a reason it got snubbed while ANH has enjoyed Hasbro products for both its 25th and 30th anniversary? Will 2009 pass without anything celebratory of the TPM 10th anniversary? What about ESB's 30th anniversary the year after? Judging by some of your Q&A answers over the last 6 months, it seems like there's thinking about maybe doing some cool ESB stuff in 2010 like Tauntaun, e-web cannon, Bespin Han, and Boba Fett, are those hints suggesting ESB 30th anniversary special stuff?

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

LTBasker
11-14-2008, 06:29 AM
7. - 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.

14. - 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?

16. - 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?

17. - 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?

18. - 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?

21. - Now that you've confirmed that there will be 4 new concept figures in '09, that one of them is Anakin, and that they'll be from both OT and PT sources, could you confirm whether the other 3 concept figures will be based on major characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure character and even alien design concepts, such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxies Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?

jediguy
11-14-2008, 09:40 AM
12, 14, 16 and 19 for now please

obi-dad
11-14-2008, 11:08 AM
13 for now.

Bib Un-Fortuna
11-14-2008, 12:00 PM
12 14 19 21 for now.

Battle Droid
11-14-2008, 01:23 PM
6, 12, 17, and 19 for now.

Ando
11-14-2008, 02:02 PM
1, 2, 10, and 17.

+

"Hasbro revealed that we will be seeing a super articulated Fi (from Omega Squad) in the Spring 2009 Commandos Evolution Set. Will this be an all new scult or will just the legs be changed, leaving the relatively well articulated upper body alone. What color deco will he be? The black armor from the Entertainment Earth Exclusive or something new that we haven't seen yet? Will he have the standard DC17 blaster or the more prevalent Anti Armor blaster variant?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-14-2008, 02:07 PM
LTBasker, I'll save JT the trouble and tell you that you picked seven questions.

5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 19 for me.

obi-dad
11-14-2008, 03:01 PM
New Question:

Its been a while since you've made any of the inhabitants from Jabba's dungeon. Even if none of these is in the works for 2009, are any on the short list for a future ROTJ wave? BG-J38, 2-1A (maybe even with the torture rack), or perhaps an upgrade for 8D8 or EV-9D9?

DarkArtist
11-14-2008, 03:47 PM
only interested in numbers 4, 5, and 21. any chance of getting the Action Fleet question added to the list

LTBasker
11-14-2008, 05:47 PM
LTBasker, I'll save JT the trouble and tell you that you picked seven questions.

Thanks, fixed it. Forgot to do any double-checking.

smartsoccerbb
11-14-2008, 06:33 PM
I would like to see... 10,17, and 19 please!!

jberlin
11-14-2008, 06:55 PM
20
21
7
13

and I'd like to add:

Considering that many collectors buy only OT figures or only PT figures, it seems a little unfair to pack OT droid parts in with PT waves and vise versa. This seams particularly distressing in regards to the two RA7 droids which have such an iconic status for us older collectors. While these parts are becoming available in later shipments of OT figures many of us bought those figures upon there initial release and don't want to pay for duplicates. With this in mind, do you have any plans to make these droids available through other avenues, and in the future could you please relegate OT and PT droid parts to their respectively themed waves (at least for their initial run)?

Cane_Adiss
11-14-2008, 07:22 PM
9, 13, 14, 20 and 21 for now. Thanks for adding my questions JT!

Battle Droid
11-15-2008, 09:13 AM
Question,

You release alot of Battle Packs with all clones, how about releasing some with all Confederacy Droids?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-15-2008, 04:44 PM
New question:
*Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? For instance, the episode Rookies would make for a great pack, with only minor retools and repaints (Hevy with the gun from the Hunt for Grievous pack, Echo with a handprint and visor, Fives, and perhaps a commando droid or battle droid). This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones from any given episode without spreading them thin in the basic carded line.

nashligo
11-15-2008, 11:37 PM
Other questions:

Will the action fleet line have any hope of returning? It would be great to see re-releases of the old classics with better paint jobs, and perhaps additionally the AOTC ships.

Is the frequently used rebel pilot body that has been home to Wedge, Biggs, Dutch and others going to be put to rest now? The Dorovio and Cesi figures are so well made, it'd be nice to see a similarly built body for the males so that Wedge can finally be able to sit in an X-Wing.

Any hope of revealing what paints and how they're applied to the rubbery parts of figures and vehicles? Some of my older vehicles have started to show wear, and the Evolutions Boba Fett's armor is almost the same color as his clothes, and it'd be nice to be able to touch these up without the paint remaining sticky.

If there are future re-releases of the jedi starfighters, y-wing, x-wings, etc, could you please not have the molded in head of an R# droid? There is a certain level of fun in being able to take out the droids, swap them, or have the ship going without, this is especially compounded by the release of all the droids from the PT, and the recent releases of the X-wing WITH the droid slot.

clone157
11-16-2008, 12:32 AM
17,19, 20, 21
Could we include a question like:

Has Hasbro considered a vehicle line at the $35 dollar pricepoint? It would be a good way to keep many of the larger starfighters,such as the X, Y, and B wings, in constant rotation and allow multiple repaint opportunities, like Red-2 X-wing, or Anakin's Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Rings, while also allowing new tooling costs for simillarly scaled vehicles like the new (old) Y-wings.:thumbsup:

DarkJedi5
11-18-2008, 12:25 PM
Out of curiosity, I noticed that sometimes Hasbro has spare figures at the end of a certain line. Take for example the 10-packs of Farmboy Luke that were/are being sold on HTS. What happens with these extra figures? Are they eventually melted down and recylced? Are they taken and put in new packaging as Saga Legends? Are the put into Battle Packs (like the Millennium Falcon crew set)?

Bib Un-Fortuna
11-18-2008, 01:10 PM
Add a vote for #13 - I forgot that one in my original post.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-19-2008, 12:02 PM
On the subject of #15, GalacticHunter posted this on their main page:


We inquired to find out about replacement parts for missing Cade Skywalker lightsabers and hilts, and the six-leg sets for the AT-TE. The good news is that the Cade Skywalker accessories are available now through Hasbro Customer Service. (Just e-mail them, it's not listed at the moment.) Also, for those who have been waiting, a set of six replacement legs for the AT-TE will be available right after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, forumite jedimc6 has come up with a temporary display fix -- stick a #2 pencil inside the large leg. (Whatever works.)
Here (http://hasbro.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/hasbro.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php) is the link they gave to e-mail Hasbro. So, I'm at least going to do that. I don't know if you want to strike the question now.

Sinscia Fat'o
11-19-2008, 03:43 PM
13, and 21

obi-dad
11-19-2008, 04:48 PM
I'll use another vote for 21 and save my last 4 for now. I'm hoping some good questions come out of the responses from Hasbro's 60th Q&A.

I did see Hasbro's 8th Q&A Round-Up posted on Hasbro's website with the answer for CreatureCantina.com. Somehow, I had missed this on Friday.


CreatureCantina.com (Nigel): What’s the probability of seeing a new Wicket W. Warrick figure using the new and improved Ewok sculpts you so generously graced us with in the TAC line (which by the way made Ewoks awesome once again)?
- Steve “Solo” Rensi, staff writer and Ewok Hunter

Hasbro: Ewoks are indeed once again awesome, and we're glad you share the fun. It's what we'd like to think is a trend we have seen coming and have been working toward helping propagate for some time starting with the most excellent Saga Collection Chief Chirpa figure. Anyway, back to your question. Look for Wicket on a basic card in 2010.

Not sure if it's worth asking this soon, but considering how small Wicket is, I wonder if they would confirm either what other ewok will be coming with him or what accessory.

El Chuxter
11-20-2008, 03:14 PM
I propose an Indiana Jones question (from Chux?!?). It may sound a bit smarmy, but I think it's legit:

"You've previously announced that the second Raiders of the Lost Ark wave has been canceled, and that the Temple of Doom wave will be the final wave. Given how tough it's been to find final waves of various Star Wars sublines in the past, why was the decision made to include only one each of six different Temple of Doom figures and six previously-released figures (five of which are Indy, and one is Mutt Williams, who's proven to not exactly be a hot seller) in this wave? Is this a decision that was made before Hasbro realized that the Indiana Jones line was not living up to sales expectations and faced the axe? And, since the figures will already be in production, is there any chance of additional stock of the six Temple of Doom figures being made available in some form, possibly as a hasbrotoyshop.com reissue or exclusive?"

Battle Droid
11-20-2008, 09:15 PM
New questions,

You told us in a previous Q&A that we'd be getting some battle droid variants in the Clone Wars line, could one of these possibly be the Firefighting Battle Droid from the Destroy Malevolence episode?

Will we be getting the Droid Commandos in the Clone Wars line from the Rookies episode including the Commander and one in Clone Trooper disguise?

Darth Marco
11-21-2008, 11:32 AM
I'm most excited about is the Darth Krayt pack! He is going to be pair with Sigel Dare an imperial knight. This was confirm by Hasbro already. If Hasbro could change that decision I have suggestions in who could be pair with the living Dark Lord of the Sith. Is nice to have as many Legacy figures as possible but the real cool one's have not come out yet. To make things fair we already have two imperial knights Antares and Ganner and having more will be fun. Just that we have variety in Legacy and the main character's should be out first. Cade Skywaler and Darth Talon was a smart choice and is a good piece. The two imerial knights is another. My suggestion to be pair with Darth Krayt would be Roan Fel (I know he is an imerial knight); Think about it, Darth Krayt top enemies is Cade(Which we already have a figure) and Roan Fel the former emperor. The other possible pair could be Darth Wyyrlok his most trusted advisor. Darth Wyyrlok rocks the house in Star Wars Legacy 27: Into the Core. Here's hoping that Hasbro could change their mind and think of making Sigel Dare in 2010 after she has more adventures. Hasbro did confirm another Legacy comic pack. Two names come to mind Darth Nihl and Jedi Knight Shado Vao; they both are good fighters but I think the best one would be the Joker Jedi Knight Shado. Even Cade said that people don't like a funny Jedi. Here's hoping their announced them soon!

obi-dad
11-21-2008, 01:12 PM
I'm most excited about is the Darth Krayt pack! He is going to be pair with Sigel Dare an imperial knight. This was confirm by Hasbro already. If Hasbro could change that decision I have suggestions in who could be pair with the living Dark Lord of the Sith. Is nice to have as many Legacy figures as possible but the real cool one's have not come out yet. To make things fair we already have two imperial knights Antares and Ganner and having more will be fun. Just that we have variety in Legacy and the main character's should be out first. Cade Skywaler and Darth Talon was a smart choice and is a good piece. The two imerial knights is another. My suggestion to be pair with Darth Krayt would be Roan Fel (I know he is an imerial knight); Think about it, Darth Krayt top enemies is Cade(Which we already have a figure) and Roan Fel the former emperor. The other possible pair could be Darth Wyyrlok his most trusted advisor. Darth Wyyrlok rocks the house in Star Wars Legacy 27: Into the Core. Here's hoping that Hasbro could change their mind and think of making Sigel Dare in 2010 after she has more adventures. Hasbro did confirm another Legacy comic pack. Two names come to mind Darth Nihl and Jedi Knight Shado Vao; they both are good fighters but I think the best one would be the Joker Jedi Knight Shado. Even Cade said that people don't like a funny Jedi. Here's hoping their announced them soon!

... and just how is this a question to Hasbro? I think you have the wrong thread here, DM.

Darth Marco
11-21-2008, 01:52 PM
... and just how is this a question to Hasbro? I think you have the wrong thread here, DM.

No, I have the right thread. Maybe you misunderstood what I am trying to let Hasbro know. That in the Bronx NYC there is a lot of fans that would like to see new EU action figures. The questions are:

Darth Krayt being paired with Sigel Dare.
Question 1 -Can Hasbro change that decision? If so, I have suggestions in who could be pair with the living Dark Lord of the Sith.
Question 2 - Roan Fel the former emperor an enemy number 2 , after Cade was found out, could be pair to his archenemy, right? Question 3 - The other possible pair could be Darth Wyyrlok? Question 4 - Or would Hasbro make these figures in the future? Question 5 - What about Darth Nihl and Jedi Knight Shado Vao and would we see any figures of them?
The rest of the information I gave was an insight for Hasbro to make their fans happy. That information is about the latest star wars style "LEGACY" comics from dark horse. A lot of people read LEGACY comics in New York City wanting more in action figures. Yes, I am one of them but my friends are too. As their spokesperson I try to ask questions while explaining why I ask these questions. That why I wrote a paragraph explaining my point of view as a fan and if you read between the lines you could see the questions.

sebillba
11-21-2008, 03:27 PM
For now I'll vote for 3, 13, 16 & 21. Plus I have a new question:

Why have you changed the BAD parts with wave 4 for the UK release? In the States there are 6 basic figures, each coming with a part to make up a complete droid. Then there is also the 327th Clone Trooper, which is a minor repaint of an old Evolutions figure, and more suited to the Greatest Hits line. It comes with the droid torso, the same as Commander Faie, so is not necessary to finish the droid.

However, in the UK, this extra figure comes with an arm instead of the torso. Bail originally had this arm, but now comes with a leg. So UK collectors now have to buy an old figure again, just to complete the "free" pack-in droid, plus will be left with an extra redundant piece.

smartsoccerbb
11-21-2008, 06:16 PM
13 also for me.

JediTricks
11-21-2008, 07:07 PM
Questions 22-25 added.

Question 15 stricken.


"Hasbro revealed that we will be seeing a super articulated Fi (from Omega Squad) in the Spring 2009 Commandos Evolution Set. Will this be an all new scult or will just the legs be changed, leaving the relatively well articulated upper body alone. What color deco will he be? The black armor from the Entertainment Earth Exclusive or something new that we haven't seen yet? Will he have the standard DC17 blaster or the more prevalent Anti Armor blaster variant?" Added.



LTBasker, I'll save JT the trouble and tell you that you picked seven questions.

5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 19 for me.Thanks for the catch.

BTW, question 15 has been struck because Hasbro's already working on it, so you are refunded 1 vote.



New Question:

Its been a while since you've made any of the inhabitants from Jabba's dungeon. Even if none of these is in the works for 2009, are any on the short list for a future ROTJ wave? BG-J38, 2-1A (maybe even with the torture rack), or perhaps an upgrade for 8D8 or EV-9D9?Added. Can you think of any other denizens that could be produced here? I kinda wanted to add a tortured Gonk but didn't know if it'd fit with what you're getting at.



only interested in numbers 4, 5, and 21. any chance of getting the Action Fleet question added to the listIt's not off the table, but we all need to work on it. Give it another shot, throw a new twist at it, let's get some arguments going in its favor.



and I'd like to add:

Considering that many collectors buy only OT figures or only PT figures, it seems a little unfair to pack OT droid parts in with PT waves and vise versa. This seams particularly distressing in regards to the two RA7 droids which have such an iconic status for us older collectors. While these parts are becoming available in later shipments of OT figures many of us bought those figures upon there initial release and don't want to pay for duplicates. With this in mind, do you have any plans to make these droids available through other avenues, and in the future could you please relegate OT and PT droid parts to their respectively themed waves (at least for their initial run)?Here's the thing, so far, all the BAD figures have been either OT or EU, and it looks to continue for a while. There are no prequel-only droids to put in there. Granted, doing the back-to-back RA7s in 2 prequel waves was a little unfair, but the figures are chosen based on how many new carded figs are in the wave - if a wave has 6 new figs, it gets a protocol droid because that's how many parts make it up; if a wave has 8, then it gets 2 astromechs because they take 4 parts.

Also, they've already said that for now, this is the only way to get these figures. And the parts aren't available in later waves, they're available in a single wave, any repacks with those parts are part of those waves in that respect, so it can't be done by initial and later waves.



Question,

You release alot of Battle Packs with all clones, how about releasing some with all Confederacy Droids?Added, but I suspect the answer will be "kids don't find the battle droids as exciting or identifiable as clones".



New question:
*Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? For instance, the episode Rookies would make for a great pack, with only minor retools and repaints (Hevy with the gun from the Hunt for Grievous pack, Echo with a handprint and visor, Fives, and perhaps a commando droid or battle droid). This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones from any given episode without spreading them thin in the basic carded line.Added. I'm not going to suggest that gun from the Battle Pack because that version of the Z-6 rotary cannon is way different from the one in the episode.


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Ok, so I have run out of time and have stopped at post 16. I will be getting to the rest of the posts sometime this weekend, but I have to run right now. Keep the votes and suggestions coming tho!

obi-dad
11-22-2008, 09:25 AM
[SIZE=3][B]Added. Can you think of any other denizens that could be produced here? I kinda wanted to add a tortured Gonk but didn't know if it'd fit with what you're getting at.

No problem with adding the tortured Gonk. When I started the question, I thought I was going to be able to think of more droids down there and even when checking wiki, I couldn't find others. I guess there's also the CZ droid too, but I was most interested in BG-J38 & 2-1A anyway.

Cane_Adiss
11-22-2008, 10:17 AM
Put me down for question 23! I'm not sure that 2-1A is the tortured droid's official name, but it's a figure I'd like to see so it will be nice to get Hasbro's opinion. I'd really like a new EV-9D9 and a BG-J38 as well! The POTF2 8D8 was good enough for me though. I wouldn't be suprised if all these droids mentioned are future BAD candidates.

Battle Droid
11-22-2008, 10:26 AM
Did you just ignore my other two questions Jedi Tricks, or did you just not get to them yet? :p

obi-dad
11-22-2008, 11:39 AM
Did you just ignore my other two questions Jedi Tricks, or did you just not get to them yet? :p


Ok, so I have run out of time and have stopped at post 16. I will be getting to the rest of the posts sometime this weekend, but I have to run right now. Keep the votes and suggestions coming tho!

JT seems a little busy now, so thought I'd reply and say your other post came in at #25, so I'm sure he'll get to it when he gets to the others past post #16.


Put me down for question 23! I'm not sure that 2-1A is the tortured droid's official name, but it's a figure I'd like to see so it will be nice to get Hasbro's opinion.

Yeah, I'm not so sure how "official" the name is, but I found it in http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tortured_droid, which also mentions that the name has never been confirmed. If he's made, he'll be coming off the card and into my loose collection, so as far as I'm concerned, Hasbro could call him R2-1A and I'd laugh and not really care. :D


p.s. BD, where is your avatar from? For the life of me I can't remember where I've seen it (I assume some movie I've forgotten???)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-22-2008, 04:27 PM
I'll replace my vote for 15 with a vote for 25.

Battle Droid
11-22-2008, 04:35 PM
p.s. BD, where is your avatar from? For the life of me I can't remember where I've seen it (I assume some movie I've forgotten???)

The Caveman movie.:)

JediTricks
11-23-2008, 04:05 AM
Questions 26-29 added.


Other questions:

Will the action fleet line have any hope of returning? It would be great to see re-releases of the old classics with better paint jobs, and perhaps additionally the AOTC ships.Their last answer was not until the market changes. Several other folks around here are trying to make a new question to counter that, or at least argue a way through the issue, but so far we haven't been able to really nail down a new argument. Until then, I'm holding off on asking about AF return questions because the answer is no.


Is the frequently used rebel pilot body that has been home to Wedge, Biggs, Dutch and others going to be put to rest now? The Dorovio and Cesi figures are so well made, it'd be nice to see a similarly built body for the males so that Wedge can finally be able to sit in an X-Wing.We're getting a new X-wing Wedge in '09 which won't be based on the Dutch Vander body. In '07, there were a ton of questions from us and others on that one, Hasbro said they got the message and are working on it (I was going to quote them all here, but it was a LARGE number of questions trashing that Vander body). If new Wedge isn't enough, LMK and I'll post the question about that Dutch Vander body.



Any hope of revealing what paints and how they're applied to the rubbery parts of figures and vehicles? Some of my older vehicles have started to show wear, and the Evolutions Boba Fett's armor is almost the same color as his clothes, and it'd be nice to be able to touch these up without the paint remaining sticky.Can you get specific about what part you believe is rubbery on Evo Boba, and some specific rubbery vehicle paint examples? I'll probably add this question, but it needs examples so they know what we're talking about.


If there are future re-releases of the jedi starfighters, y-wing, x-wings, etc, could you please not have the molded in head of an R# droid? There is a certain level of fun in being able to take out the droids, swap them, or have the ship going without, this is especially compounded by the release of all the droids from the PT, and the recent releases of the X-wing WITH the droid slot.This has been brought up multiple times in Q&A as well. The current X-wing mold doesn't have a dedicated Astromech droid, so that's out. The ROTS Jedi Starfighter never had a dedicated Astromech, that thing was a removable plug (I gave them our complaints about it not fitting droids right though). The Ep 2 Jedi Starfighter doesn't have room for a removable Astromech, the design doesn't call for it. The Naboo Fighter can't physically accommodate a full droid body in there. And the Y-wing we've bugged them about recently, here's their answer:

Aug 1st:
SSG: Why is it that the Y-wing mold was altered for a dedicated astromech droid dome, making it impossible to insert a droid figure? Might the Y-wing mold ever be remolded to once again accept droid figures into a droid slot?
Hasbro: This was changed when the bomb-dropping mechanism was added. It is certainly possible that a future edition of the Y-Wing could have the droid slot restored, but this would necessitate a substantial rework of the tooling to do so, and we would need to evaluate the cost.
[Editor's note: the bomb-dropping feature was on the original Kenner ROTJ version, so we will ask for clarification on this. -JT]
Aug 15th:
SSG: Follow up from the last round, the Y-wing Droid Slot Q&A exchange (see the previous round below -JT) left us a little confused as the bomb-dropping gimmick has been on that toy since its inception in the Kenner ROTJ line when it had the aforementioned droid slot, and were hoping to get clarification on what happened here...
Hasbro: Yes, it was our mistake on that one. Very sorry. The answer, as it turns out, was not mechanism-related, but aesthetic-related. The Power of the Force droids would not fit into the vintage droid slot, and it would have had to have been made bigger to accommodate. At the time, the Lucasfilm team did not like the aesthetic, and the direction was to tool it over. As a result, the slot was removed. Given that fans like to have interactivity with the droid slots, we will keep this in mind for any future retoolings we might have the opportunity to do with this vehicle, and will discuss with Lucasfilm.
All that said, your question has the hinting that you might be ok with non-working droid slots, and just having removable droid domes for those, is that correct? I think it is, so on that I'll add it to the list, that concept is a first but since we now have BAD domes everywhere, it's a worthy concept. Question added, vote counted.



Could we include a question like:

Has Hasbro considered a vehicle line at the $35 dollar pricepoint? It would be a good way to keep many of the larger starfighters,such as the X, Y, and B wings, in constant rotation and allow multiple repaint opportunities, like Red-2 X-wing, or Anakin's Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Rings, while also allowing new tooling costs for simillarly scaled vehicles like the new (old) Y-wings.:thumbsup:Sure. Question added, vote counted.



Out of curiosity, I noticed that sometimes Hasbro has spare figures at the end of a certain line. Take for example the 10-packs of Farmboy Luke that were/are being sold on HTS. What happens with these extra figures? Are they eventually melted down and recylced? Are they taken and put in new packaging as Saga Legends? Are the put into Battle Packs (like the Millennium Falcon crew set)?I like this question, I'm pretty sure they're sold to liquidators like Big Lots, and we're getting a little heavy in the poll, but I'll add it to get a definitive answer once and for all. Vote counted.



On the subject of #15, GalacticHunter posted this on their main page:


Here (http://hasbro.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/hasbro.cfg/php/enduser/ask.php) is the link they gave to e-mail Hasbro. So, I'm at least going to do that. I don't know if you want to strike the question now.Yeah, I saw that, and there's a post in the thread taking it to the next step. That's why I culled the question yesterday.


I'll use another vote for 21 and save my last 4 for now. I'm hoping some good questions come out of the responses from Hasbro's 60th Q&A.

I did see Hasbro's 8th Q&A Round-Up posted on Hasbro's website with the answer for CreatureCantina.com. Somehow, I had missed this on Friday.

CreatureCantina.com (Nigel): What’s the probability of seeing a new Wicket W. Warrick figure using the new and improved Ewok sculpts you so generously graced us with in the TAC line (which by the way made Ewoks awesome once again)?
- Steve “Solo” Rensi, staff writer and Ewok Hunter

Hasbro: Ewoks are indeed once again awesome, and we're glad you share the fun. It's what we'd like to think is a trend we have seen coming and have been working toward helping propagate for some time starting with the most excellent Saga Collection Chief Chirpa figure. Anyway, back to your question. Look for Wicket on a basic card in 2010. Not sure if it's worth asking this soon, but considering how small Wicket is, I wonder if they would confirm either what other ewok will be coming with him or what accessory.Save that one for after Toy Fair in Feb '09.



I propose an Indiana Jones question (from Chux?!?). It may sound a bit smarmy, but I think it's legit:

"You've previously announced that the second Raiders of the Lost Ark wave has been canceled, and that the Temple of Doom wave will be the final wave. Given how tough it's been to find final waves of various Star Wars sublines in the past, why was the decision made to include only one each of six different Temple of Doom figures and six previously-released figures (five of which are Indy, and one is Mutt Williams, who's proven to not exactly be a hot seller) in this wave? Is this a decision that was made before Hasbro realized that the Indiana Jones line was not living up to sales expectations and faced the axe? And, since the figures will already be in production, is there any chance of additional stock of the six Temple of Doom figures being made available in some form, possibly as a hasbrotoyshop.com reissue or exclusive?"It's legit, but they've already addressed this, Indy and Mutt are the figures their research is telling them is selling the best - including them by that line of thinking helps sell later waves which otherwise would take longer to fill since there is a manufacturing capacity issue. Hasbro is convinced Mutt is a hot seller, especially the leather jacket one, and we haven't been able to convince them otherwise. And you're right that the case asst was decided before the decision to can the line, I'm sure with that decision made, there will be a revision case addressing that. The TOD wave is still shipping through the holidays, so it's too early to ask for more when it's not done yet.



New questions,

You told us in a previous Q&A that we'd be getting some battle droid variants in the Clone Wars line, could one of these possibly be the Firefighting Battle Droid from the Destroy Malevolence episode?

Will we be getting the Droid Commandos in the Clone Wars line from the Rookies episode including the Commander and one in Clone Trooper disguise?The first question is too specific for right now. We're getting a space Battle Droid in wave 5, so we know that's part of the answer.

The second question is specific, but it's a noteworthy new model, and you have 2 alternate versions. I'm not sure how the Clone Trooper disguise would work, but we can leave that to Hasbro's concerns. I would say that droid impressed viewers enough to warrant the question, so I'll add it. Your last vote counted for that.



I'm most excited about is the Darth Krayt pack! He is going to be pair with Sigel Dare an imperial knight. This was confirm by Hasbro already. If Hasbro could change that decision I have suggestions in who could be pair with the living Dark Lord of the Sith. Is nice to have as many Legacy figures as possible but the real cool one's have not come out yet. To make things fair we already have two imperial knights Antares and Ganner and having more will be fun. Just that we have variety in Legacy and the main character's should be out first. Cade Skywaler and Darth Talon was a smart choice and is a good piece. The two imerial knights is another. My suggestion to be pair with Darth Krayt would be Roan Fel (I know he is an imerial knight); Think about it, Darth Krayt top enemies is Cade(Which we already have a figure) and Roan Fel the former emperor. The other possible pair could be Darth Wyyrlok his most trusted advisor. Darth Wyyrlok rocks the house in Star Wars Legacy 27: Into the Core. Here's hoping that Hasbro could change their mind and think of making Sigel Dare in 2010 after she has more adventures. Hasbro did confirm another Legacy comic pack. Two names come to mind Darth Nihl and Jedi Knight Shado Vao; they both are good fighters but I think the best one would be the Joker Jedi Knight Shado. Even Cade said that people don't like a funny Jedi. Here's hoping their announced them soon!They're not going to change that decision, the Sigel Dare figure is a new mold already in production for that set, no way they're gonna pull the plug on it once they've invested this far into it.



No, I have the right thread. Maybe you misunderstood what I am trying to let Hasbro know. That in the Bronx NYC there is a lot of fans that would like to see new EU action figures. The questions are:

Darth Krayt being paired with Sigel Dare.
Question 1 -Can Hasbro change that decision? If so, I have suggestions in who could be pair with the living Dark Lord of the Sith.
Question 2 - Roan Fel the former emperor an enemy number 2 , after Cade was found out, could be pair to his archenemy, right? Question 3 - The other possible pair could be Darth Wyyrlok? Question 4 - Or would Hasbro make these figures in the future? Question 5 - What about Darth Nihl and Jedi Knight Shado Vao and would we see any figures of them?
The rest of the information I gave was an insight for Hasbro to make their fans happy. That information is about the latest star wars style "LEGACY" comics from dark horse. A lot of people read LEGACY comics in New York City wanting more in action figures. Yes, I am one of them but my friends are too. As their spokesperson I try to ask questions while explaining why I ask these questions. That why I wrote a paragraph explaining my point of view as a fan and if you read between the lines you could see the questions.I just dealt with the majority of that, but as for Roan Fel, Darth Wyyrlok, and the other 2 possibly being made in the future, it's a bit too specific for right now, hit me up with that after Toy Fair in Feb '09, I'll consider it then once we've seen what Hasbro showed there.



For now I'll vote for 3, 13, 16 & 21. Plus I have a new question:

Why have you changed the BAD parts with wave 4 for the UK release? In the States there are 6 basic figures, each coming with a part to make up a complete droid. Then there is also the 327th Clone Trooper, which is a minor repaint of an old Evolutions figure, and more suited to the Greatest Hits line. It comes with the droid torso, the same as Commander Faie, so is not necessary to finish the droid.

However, in the UK, this extra figure comes with an arm instead of the torso. Bail originally had this arm, but now comes with a leg. So UK collectors now have to buy an old figure again, just to complete the "free" pack-in droid, plus will be left with an extra redundant piece.Can you show me examples of this? It could be a singular error, so I want to make sure if we ask it that it's consistent, and since I haven't heard of it yet, I gotta check first.



No problem with adding the tortured Gonk. When I started the question, I thought I was going to be able to think of more droids down there and even when checking wiki, I couldn't find others. I guess there's also the CZ droid too, but I was most interested in BG-J38 & 2-1A anyway.Yeah, asking about the CZ droid would be an absolute waste since it's fairly identical to the one we already have. I'll add the gonk.


Put me down for question 23! I'm not sure that 2-1A is the tortured droid's official name, but it's a figure I'd like to see so it will be nice to get Hasbro's opinion. I'd really like a new EV-9D9 and a BG-J38 as well! The POTF2 8D8 was good enough for me though. I wouldn't be suprised if all these droids mentioned are future BAD candidates.Yeah, 2-1A is only his "fanon" name as it says on Wookieepedia, but close enough, I'll mod the question to recognize that. If you search 2-1A on the wook, it comes up for "tortured droid". The POTF2 8D8 is pretty good for the time, but hasn't been available in a while and could certainly use upgraded sculpting. EV-9D9 hasn't had a truly new figure since 1985.



JT seems a little busy now, so thought I'd reply and say your other post came in at #25, so I'm sure he'll get to it when he gets to the others past post #16.Exactly, thanks!


Yeah, I'm not so sure how "official" the name is, but I found it in http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tortured_droid, which also mentions that the name has never been confirmed. If he's made, he'll be coming off the card and into my loose collection, so as far as I'm concerned, Hasbro could call him R2-1A and I'd laugh and not really care. :DD'oh! I just said that. I shouldn't respond till I read ALL the posts here first. :p

sebillba
11-23-2008, 07:29 AM
Can you show me examples of this? It could be a singular error, so I want to make sure if we ask it that it's consistent, and since I haven't heard of it yet, I gotta check first.

I only have info from one source so far - Star Action Figures - but they're probably the most reliable and helpful UK supplier I've found, and it doesn't sound like a one-off packaging error. Here's an email I received from them a couple of days ago:

"Thanks for your order for the set of 6 Star Wars Legacy Collection Wave 4.

The stock has arrived today, and Hasbro have included a previous unannounced (in the UK) figure in the collection

The figure in question is http://www.staractionfigures.co.uk/clone-trooper-327th-star-corps---star-wars-legacy-collection-wave-4-3602-p.asp (http://www.staractionfigures.co.uk/clone-trooper-327th-star-corps---star-wars-legacy-collection-wave-4-3602-p.asp) Clone Trooper 327th Star Corps.

It appears that the way Hasbro have packed the build a droid part, this figure is required to complete the build a droid" for this set. I am emailing to find out whether or not you want to add this figure to your order for an additional £7?

Please could you confirm whether or not you wish me to add this figure to your order.


I apologise for the inconvenience, and this only come to light when the figures arrive late this afternoon."

I told them that I'd heard that the 327th Clone should come with the same torso piece as Commander Faie, and asked them to check and clarify this. Here's their reply:

"It does come with a vital part, one of the arms.

On the pics supplied by Hasbro and shown on site, it appears the droid parts are different to what has been supplied in the UK. In the US wave you don't need this figure to complete the droid, but in the UK you do. The Bail figure was originally shown with the arm, but this figure now has a leg piece."

I should have these figures in hand in the next few days, so I can see for myself, but like I say, they've proved to be very reliable in the past.

El Chuxter
11-23-2008, 11:35 AM
Maybe instead of one question, we should all take pictures of the dozens of Mutt figures on pegs, covered in dust, at local stores and submit them? :D

Bib Un-Fortuna
11-24-2008, 11:03 AM
Adding my last vote for #23. Not the Jim Carrey movie, the question.

And Chux, we could all do that. I can't - I don't have a wide-angle lens.

DarkJedi5
11-24-2008, 11:26 AM
Hey JT, sorry to nit pick but Question 28 has a typo in it, unless there really is a way to "mend" down old figures in which case I have a few candidates in my closet....

Would also like to vote for;
17 Tank Droid
9 Cruisemissle trooper
23 Jabba's Dungeon
26 Replaceable domes
22 Commando

obi-dad
11-29-2008, 01:18 PM
Ok, it seems I ask this every few weeks since I can't seem to keep the dates straight, but I thought the last round of answers came on Nov 7, which would put this round due on the 28th. Did Hasbro not respond due to Thanksgiving? I didn't seem to read that anywhere, though. Just to make sure I'm not on drugs, Nov 14th = 1 week, 21st = 2 weeks, 28th = 3 weeks. I did see on ActionFigs.com that Hasbro did the Marvel Q&A and turned it in on Nov 26th. Does that mean we have to wait until next Friday or perhaps they'll return answers on Monday??? I need new news, since we haven't got any new pics of figs other than the same waves they shows back at SDCC!!! :cry:

jediguy
11-29-2008, 01:49 PM
12, 14, 16 and 19 for now please

26 and 29 will complete my votes for this round

JediTricks
11-30-2008, 10:07 PM
I only have info from one source so far - Star Action Figures - but they're probably the most reliable and helpful UK supplier I've found, and it doesn't sound like a one-off packaging error. Here's an email I received from them a couple of days ago:

"Thanks for your order for the set of 6 Star Wars Legacy Collection Wave 4.

The stock has arrived today, and Hasbro have included a previous unannounced (in the UK) figure in the collection

The figure in question is http://www.staractionfigures.co.uk/clone-trooper-327th-star-corps---star-wars-legacy-collection-wave-4-3602-p.asp (http://www.staractionfigures.co.uk/clone-trooper-327th-star-corps---star-wars-legacy-collection-wave-4-3602-p.asp) Clone Trooper 327th Star Corps.

It appears that the way Hasbro have packed the build a droid part, this figure is required to complete the build a droid" for this set. I am emailing to find out whether or not you want to add this figure to your order for an additional £7?

Please could you confirm whether or not you wish me to add this figure to your order.


I apologise for the inconvenience, and this only come to light when the figures arrive late this afternoon."

I told them that I'd heard that the 327th Clone should come with the same torso piece as Commander Faie, and asked them to check and clarify this. Here's their reply:

"It does come with a vital part, one of the arms.

On the pics supplied by Hasbro and shown on site, it appears the droid parts are different to what has been supplied in the UK. In the US wave you don't need this figure to complete the droid, but in the UK you do. The Bail figure was originally shown with the arm, but this figure now has a leg piece."

I should have these figures in hand in the next few days, so I can see for myself, but like I say, they've proved to be very reliable in the past.Ok, very interesting. So what happened here? Did you get them yet?



Maybe instead of one question, we should all take pictures of the dozens of Mutt figures on pegs, covered in dust, at local stores and submit them? :DThat's actually ok, we did it with SW, but it's really too late to do anything about it for Indy.



Adding my last vote for #23. Not the Jim Carrey movie, the question.Wow, I forgot all about that film, and it only came out last year.


And Chux, we could all do that. I can't - I don't have a wide-angle lens.Panoramic stitch photography. You take a series of shots in an arc and then use stitch software to meld them altogether in 1 very wide photograph. :p



Hey JT, sorry to nit pick but Question 28 has a typo in it, unless there really is a way to "mend" down old figures in which case I have a few candidates in my closet....I spent like 5 minutes trying to figure out where "mend" was, before I realized you also had a typo and found my mistake through process of elimination. :D



Ok, it seems I ask this every few weeks since I can't seem to keep the dates straight, but I thought the last round of answers came on Nov 7, which would put this round due on the 28th. Did Hasbro not respond due to Thanksgiving? I didn't seem to read that anywhere, though. Just to make sure I'm not on drugs, Nov 14th = 1 week, 21st = 2 weeks, 28th = 3 weeks. I did see on ActionFigs.com that Hasbro did the Marvel Q&A and turned it in on Nov 26th. Does that mean we have to wait until next Friday or perhaps they'll return answers on Monday??? I need new news, since we haven't got any new pics of figs other than the same waves they shows back at SDCC!!! :cry:My assumption is we'll get them on Monday. I don't have the accurate return date schedule from Hasbro, originally when they moved to tri-weekly they were going to return answers on a Tuesday, and within 1 round they realized that didn't work and changed it back to Fridays, but the sched didn't reflect this.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-30-2008, 10:55 PM
We should put 15 back up. GH jumped the gun in that report. I got a letter from Hasbro a few days ago saying they were out of the Cade lightsaber, and a previous e-mail saying that there was no separate hilt (despite there of course being one). The most recent e-mail I got was them saying they don't ship separate pieces, contradicting the one before that. So, clearly, this issue has not been properly resolved. It needs to be added back and amended:

*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 has told collectors that they can 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. They have also said that they would ship lightsabers but instead sent out letters saying that the piece was out of stock, and they are also apparently unaware of the additional separate hilt. Could you please find a better way to get those missing lightsabers and saber hilts into buyers' collections?

Darth Marco
12-01-2008, 10:25 AM
I think 1,2,5,17,21, are good questions for Hasbro to answer.

sebillba
12-01-2008, 01:06 PM
Ok, very interesting. So what happened here? Did you get them yet?

Sadly not. They should've arrived last week, but I'm still waiting. I'm guessing they've got caught up in the Christmas post, but I've emailed the seller today to check their shipping dates.

I'm getting seriously peed off with this wave, and the whole BAD concept... first I'm forced to buy an EU character (Faie), as part of the ROTS wave, just to get all six droid parts. Then I had to buy an extra clone I don't need, in order to complete the droid. And now the whole lot have possibly gone missing in the post. :mad:

sebillba
12-02-2008, 12:24 PM
They arrived today! :D I wasn't really supposed to look at them, as anything I buy now gets put away for Christmas, but I can confirm the 327th Clone comes with the droid's right arm (which I believe is packaged with Bail in the US) and both Breha and Bail come with the same left leg part.

obi-dad
12-03-2008, 01:24 PM
My assumption is we'll get them on Monday. I don't have the accurate return date schedule from Hasbro, originally when they moved to tri-weekly they were going to return answers on a Tuesday, and within 1 round they realized that didn't work and changed it back to Fridays, but the sched didn't reflect this.

It sure would have been nice if Hasbro would have contacted the participating sites to tell them when to expect answers if they are altering their schedule. I sure hope they end up sending them this Friday and not skipping to the next Friday on the schedule.

DarkJedi5
12-03-2008, 05:23 PM
They are altering the deal, pray they don't alter it any further!

obi-dad
12-03-2008, 05:40 PM
They are altering the deal, pray they don't alter it any further!

lol I'm such a geek... I laughed out loud at work here and coworkers wanted to know what it was... at least the one that sits closest to me is a sw geek too.

El Chuxter
12-03-2008, 05:50 PM
"Here is the unicycle you will have to ride."

JediTricks
12-04-2008, 04:01 AM
Question 30 added.


They arrived today! :D I wasn't really supposed to look at them, as anything I buy now gets put away for Christmas, but I can confirm the 327th Clone comes with the droid's right arm (which I believe is packaged with Bail in the US) and both Breha and Bail come with the same left leg part.Ok, added.



It sure would have been nice if Hasbro would have contacted the participating sites to tell them when to expect answers if they are altering their schedule. I sure hope they end up sending them this Friday and not skipping to the next Friday on the schedule.Yeah, I agree, that's why I wrote to them yesterday and again today to get them to respond. Hopefully they will by the end of business Thursday, or I don't know what I'll do.


lol I'm such a geek... I laughed out loud at work here and coworkers wanted to know what it was... at least the one that sits closest to me is a sw geek too.Awesome!


There is only 1 day left to vote!

Here are my votes:
7 white deco
11 x-wing
25 ep specific packs
26 droid domes
27 $30 prpt
29 commando droid

Cane_Adiss
12-04-2008, 12:10 PM
A new question for next round:

In a recent Q&A a question was asked regarding four Jabba's Palace characters: Cane Adiss, Loje Nella, Geezum and Yoxgit. Your answer was that none of these were coming in 2009, and that "long term you do plan to get to some of these guys". If you only plan on doing "some" of these eventually, which one(s) of these four do you not plan on doing? Are there any other Jabba's palace aliens/ characters that Hasbro has no interest in pursuing and why? There are many collectors that would like to see all the Jabba's palace aliens done (as those from the cantina will be) and would be very disappointed if one or more of them were shunned by Hasbro.

obi-dad
12-04-2008, 01:30 PM
For my last 3 votes:

7: white deco
14: price effect of lower oil prices
27: $30-$40 pricepoint vehicle

JediTricks
12-04-2008, 03:38 PM
Voting extended 1 week.

It sure would have been nice if Hasbro would have contacted the participating sites to tell them when to expect answers if they are altering their schedule. I sure hope they end up sending them this Friday and not skipping to the next Friday on the schedule.
Ok, so they did get back to me. It turns out the holiday postponed answers until this coming Friday, and new questions won't be due until NEXT Friday.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-04-2008, 03:42 PM
Are you going to re-add 15 or what?

smartsoccerbb
12-04-2008, 06:34 PM
#22 and #23 are my last

sebillba
12-05-2008, 02:30 AM
I'll use my last vote for #23.

JediTricks
12-05-2008, 02:43 AM
Question 31 added.

Question 15 reinstituted.


Are you going to re-add 15 or what?
Sure thing, re-added.

That reminds me, I have my own question to add, I'll add that now.

Battle Droid
12-06-2008, 09:45 AM
Hasbro confirmed that we'll be getting the Commando Droid next year, now all we need to ask is if we're getting the Commander and Clone Trooper disguised one.:D

http://jediinsider.com/index.php?catid=8&itemid=11446

Cane_Adiss
12-07-2008, 11:16 AM
These questions can wait 'til next round but I'd like to get some input on them so I can perhaps fine-tune them in the meantime.

1. Up until the announcement of the Carkoon Ultimate Battle Pack the team at Hasbro had acted disinterested in pursuing a toy version of the Sarlacc, citing the creature's possible lack of playability and functionality as a toy/ play environment. Now that the set has been made and released, can you comment on what it was exactly that changed your stance on the issue in such a short amount of time? Does Hasbro consider this set to be a successful one and has it met your sales expectations thus far?

2. In a recent Q&A a question was answered regarding four Jabba's Palace characters: Cane Adiss, Loje Nella, Geezum and Yoxgit. Your answer was that none of these were coming in 2009, and that "long term you do plan to get to some of these guys". If you only plan on doing "some" of these eventually, which one(s) do you not plan on doing? Are there any other Jabba's palace aliens/ characters that Hasbro has no interest in pursuing and why?

3. Since Hasbro stated that they plan to complete the cantina scene, could that include Ket Maliss, Cebann Veekan, Myhr Rho, Y'bith, Thorp, Kelbo and the concept art Revwien? These are all official "canon" characters as some have entries in the Star Wars Databank while others appear in other EU sources. I'm sure Hasbro could pass these off as appearing just "off camera" in ANH (similar to what Decipher has done). Many fans would love to see them included in the cantina collection and this would probably be the only way we'll ever see these guys' species in action figure form!

4. 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!

GizorDellso
12-07-2008, 02:24 PM
Dear Hasbro,

Do you have any plans to release a Tikkes and/or Rogwa Wodrata figure so we can have all the Separatists present on Geonosis and in the Geonosian War Room?Thanks and keep up the good work

Battle Droid
12-07-2008, 02:45 PM
Dear Hasbro,

Do you have any plans to release a Tikkes and/or Rogwa Wodrata figure so we can have all the Separatists present on Geonosis and in the Geonosian War Room?Thanks and keep up the good work

I 2nd that question.

JediTricks
12-08-2008, 07:18 AM
Question 29 modified.

Question 22 stricken because it was answered.
If you voted for 22, consider your vote refunded.


As for the other posts, it's really late, I will deal with them in the afternoon.

waboritas
12-08-2008, 09:20 AM
There has been considerable negative feedback concerning the Target exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack: Jabba's Desert Skiff. The recurring comments amongst collectors on several forums are high price point for the product, poor execution, poor quality paint jobs on the figures, lack of value compared to the 2007 Target Exclusive Ultimate Battle Packs (Hoth and Endor). What is the Hasbro team's take on the final product that was released at retail?

Battle Droid
12-08-2008, 09:51 AM
New questions,

Will we be getting the Super Battle Droid commander with the cannon arm in the Clone Wars 3D line? It could simply be the regular Super Battle Droid with a new arm, and maybe some added articulation in the knees, and ankles.

Why are you going to be releasing off screen Battle Droids in the Clone Wars 3D line when we see plently of different ones on screen like Ziro the Hutt's purple Battle Droid, Commander, Pilot, Firefighter, and the green AAT Driver/Gunner? Will you at least be making the on screen ones first?

DarkJedi5
12-08-2008, 12:29 PM
Since my vote for 22 is refunded, put me down for 20, the Dianoga question.

El Chuxter
12-08-2008, 05:52 PM
1) Any chance of seeing a larger Sandtrooper figure that can ride on your recent Kota the Triceratops toy? Since Kota is much cooler than any Star Wars toy from the past two years, this could re-introduce the "awesome!" factor into the line. Hey, it can't pegwarm any more than some of the stinking Legends out there.

2) What are the chances of a cross-promotion with the makers of ShamWow (who are German, and we all know they make good stuff), possibly an exclusive Vince Offer Evolutions set that includes unfunny Vince Offer in The Underground Comedy Movie, sad Vince Offer who's been kicked out of the scientologists (possibly with legal briefs as an accessory), and, of course, the current ShamWow Carnie Guy Vince Offer?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-08-2008, 06:05 PM
2) What are the chances of a cross-promotion with the makers of ShamWow (who are German, and we all know they make good stuff), possibly an exclusive Vince Offer Evolutions set that includes unfunny Vince Offer in The Underground Comedy Movie, sad Vince Offer who's been kicked out of the scientologists (possibly with legal briefs as an accessory), and, of course, the current ShamWow Carnie Guy Vince Offer?
That sounds like a great $20 set. Because you're gonna spend $20 every month on paper towels anyway.

I would love to see the second Vince figure with stroke-reenacting action and kitchen utensils to hawk at a swap meet.

obi-dad
12-08-2008, 06:12 PM
How long has it been since a site has followed up with Hasbro concerning the center piece of the Cantina bar? I remember at one time there was an update a year ago or so, saying they were hoping to make it this year, but it didn't work out (though I could be remembering it incorrectly).

If it's been a while, I'd like to ask Hasbro for an update and with 2 ANH waves next year, see if they plan on getting it out (or perhaps 2010)? ... and I know Hasbro just stated that technically, they don't consider the first ANH wave that is due in January 2009 as a 2009 wave. Personally, I consider it a 2010 wave myself (but without the monolith). :thumbsup:

JediTricks
12-08-2008, 06:42 PM
Questions 32-34 added.


These questions can wait 'til next round but I'd like to get some input on them so I can perhaps fine-tune them in the meantime.

1. Up until the announcement of the Carkoon Ultimate Battle Pack the team at Hasbro had acted disinterested in pursuing a toy version of the Sarlacc, citing the creature's possible lack of playability and functionality as a toy/ play environment. Now that the set has been made and released, can you comment on what it was exactly that changed your stance on the issue in such a short amount of time? Does Hasbro consider this set to be a successful one and has it met your sales expectations thus far?We did get an answer that went there back on December 21st, 2007:
ActionFigs.com: We understand your current stance on playsets, but if you go back to making beasts, would you consider a Sarlacc pit? It's got a big gross mouth, tentacles, and the special editions have added a large beak (which, should you make this figure, we'd hope could be a removable aspect), yet this is one Star Wars creature that's always gotten the short end of the merchandising stick despite being a major part of ROTJ. It could be done as a beast pack, maybe an ultimate battle pack, or even part of a boxed set with a Tatooine Skiff.
Hasbro: Wow….multiple questions on the Sarlacc this week! All we have to say is that the challenge of making and marketing basically a hole in the ground with teeth is a pretty stiff one indeed. It is a beast, but doesn't look like one. Kids won't get it. How would you display it? Not to get any hopes up, because it is a cool idea, but the challenges might be impossible to solve.
The other question about the Sarlacc was not in the regular rotation, so I have to assume it was Star Wars Action News, the only site I don't cover (because it's in a podcast and timed funny). That's the only time they've said anything about not doing the sarlacc before we saw the set, but their answer has both an ambiguous statement and then that last statement takes it too far, they can't claim they were playing in ambiguity when they suggest it might be impossible to solve. Part of me wants to call them on it, but that might stand in defiance of the point of your question. Here's what I came up with, LMK how you'd like to see that changed, it probably does need to punctuate the point differently:
Back on December 21st, 2007, on ActionFigs.com we asked about the possibility of a Sarlacc (with removable beak, no less... called it!) as possibly an Ultimate Battle Pack, and your answer was that it was it would be a stiff challenge to make and market, that kids wouldn't understand it, how would it be displayed, and that "the challenges might be impossible to solve." Ok, we know you guys love to play in ambiguity on this sort of thing, but c'mon, that last part drove home the negative likelihood of an item that was just 7 months from production. Now that the set is in stores, what was it exactly that changed your stance on the viability of a Sarlacc toy in such a short amount of time? Does Hasbro know how Target's sales on this set have been, has it been doing well even with the significant UBP price increase over '07?
I can tighten that up to take out the accusatory part, but only if you want me to, I'm not ready to let them off the hook (it may need turning into its own separate question).


2. In a recent Q&A a question was answered regarding four Jabba's Palace characters: Cane Adiss, Loje Nella, Geezum and Yoxgit. Your answer was that none of these were coming in 2009, and that "long term you do plan to get to some of these guys". If you only plan on doing "some" of these eventually, which one(s) do you not plan on doing? Are there any other Jabba's palace aliens/ characters that Hasbro has no interest in pursuing and why?That's pretty solid, I'll add it, but if we ask it, don't be surprised if Hasbro only refers to the 4 you mentioned. I think their answer was saying that they plan actively to get to some of those, but aren't looking at some of them. Still, I could easily be wrong.


3. Since Hasbro stated that they plan to complete the cantina scene, could that include Ket Maliss, Cebann Veekan, Myhr Rho, Y'bith, Thorp, Kelbo and the concept art Revwien? These are all official "canon" characters as some have entries in the Star Wars Databank while others appear in other EU sources. I'm sure Hasbro could pass these off as appearing just "off camera" in ANH (similar to what Decipher has done). Many fans would love to see them included in the cantina collection and this would probably be the only way we'll ever see these guys' species in action figure form!I'm not inclined to add this one, that's not canon just because they're in an official reference source. If you mean the SW.com databank claims they're in Ep IV rather than EU, show me examples and I'll reconsider, but at this point we've got a lot of in-camera characters still left to do.


4. 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!I'm not going to add this one right now, when we get down to like 19 potential questions, throw it at me then and I'll put it up. Honestly, I don't think there's a snowball's chance in hell this one gets made, it looks ridiculously out of place in SW and has no mainstream appeal. Not only do I think it won't get votes, but I think it'll get the most nicely-put "god no!" of all time from Hasbro, so until we are running low on questions, I don't want to bog the poll down with unlikely questions. Your best bet at getting that wacky thing asked is to group it with the other off-camera guys from your previous question, but even then I dunno...



Dear Hasbro,

Do you have any plans to release a Tikkes and/or Rogwa Wodrata figure so we can have all the Separatists present on Geonosis and in the Geonosian War Room?Thanks and keep up the good workNormally I'd call this question too specific, but since it's just 2 guys to complete a scene, it makes sense to ask. I'll rework and add it, count your vote.



There has been considerable negative feedback concerning the Target exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack: Jabba's Desert Skiff. The recurring comments amongst collectors on several forums are high price point for the product, poor execution, poor quality paint jobs on the figures, lack of value compared to the 2007 Target Exclusive Ultimate Battle Packs (Hoth and Endor). What is the Hasbro team's take on the final product that was released at retail?Hmm, this is tough because I want to really get down into why this thing reeks of suck, but we just raked them over the coals for the Lars Homestead set, and your question ends up being easier at the end. I'll add it with a little tweaking but leave it with your tone, and count your vote for it.



New questions,

Will we be getting the Super Battle Droid commander with the cannon arm in the Clone Wars 3D line? It could simply be the regular Super Battle Droid with a new arm, and maybe some added articulation in the knees, and ankles.Ugh, seriously? This thing is based on the AOTC Hasbro SBD figure with that goofy arm that nobody liked in the first place. As for articulation, you KNOW what they're going to say about that - "too thin, yes, too thin to complete the training." I'm leaning towards no.


Why are you going to be releasing off screen Battle Droids in the Clone Wars 3D line when we see plently of different ones on screen like Ziro the Hutt's purple Battle Droid, Commander, Pilot, Firefighter, and the green AAT Driver/Gunner? Will you at least be making the on screen ones first?What off-screen BDs are you referring to?
EDIT: Ok, JJL just reminded me. Here's my take...
I'm going to wait on BD's question until we see what format these are coming in, what types of "off-screen" they mean. They may have been GI Joe'd, so they have different accessories or themes, maybe they're in battle packs. It's too early to give them the business when they could be making them for exciting, kid-interest reasons rather than just making more boring same-ol' droid in a different color situation.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-08-2008, 06:49 PM
New question:

*Back on September 6, we asked about the schedule for 2009, and things seem to have shifted from then to the time you answered another similar question on December 5 for Han's Hideout. In September, you said: "There are currently eight Legacy waves scheduled for 2009, one from each movie with Empire getting a second late wave at the end of the year. There is one EU-focused wave." In December, however, you stated: "The 2009 basic figure order looks like this: Spring consists of EpIV (8 figures), EpV (6 figures), and EpVI (8 figures). Fall will see four waves: EpIV (8 figures), EpI (6 figures), EpIII (6 figures), and EpV (6 figures) for a total of 48 figures. An 8th wave, the EU wave (6 figures), has slipped to be on-shelf right now around late Dec/early Jan so we are not counting that in the 2009 count, unless we are able to bring that one back in." Assuming that the Spring ANH wave is the one with Luke and Han in stormtrooper disguises and was not included in the September count, and accounting for the fact that the EU wave has been pushed out to 2010, that leaves the question of the AOTC wave - what happened to it? Has it been canceled, pushed back to 2010, repurposed, or what? We were told that the final Obi-Wan from the canceled Evolution set was to be an "anchor" figure in this wave (with the other Obi-Wans coming in the Spring ANH and Fall TPM waves). So, when will we see this figure and the others from this wave?

As to 34, I would suggest tweaking to make it more fail-safe for a few reasons:
*Fans may be a mixed bunch, but when it comes to the latest Battle at the Sarlacc exclusive for Target, the overall take is a negative one. The complaints range from weak execution on the set to poor paint on the figures to not enough product for the newly-increased pricepoint over the '07 models. What is the Hasbro Star Wars team's take on the final product that made it to retail, both its successes and its failures? If you could address the collectors out there, both casual and hardcore, on this one, what would you say to them about this UBP? We understand the "it's either now or never" sentiment also expressed over the Lars homestead, but couldn't you have just waited another year or so to better meet fans' expectations instead of giving them a shoddy product that will likely never get updated?


What off-screen BDs are you referring to?
In a Q&A from a few weeks ago, they said they would be making some off-screen battle droids in the animated line.

DarkJedi5
12-08-2008, 07:03 PM
That leaves the question of the AOTC wave - what happened to it? Has it been canceled, pushed back to 2010, repurposed, or what?

I wonder about the Coleman Trebor they discussed (maybe as recently as this passed round). He would no doubt have been in this line and now they claim he's in some Target exclusive 2-pack serries coming this spring. Should we ask if Obi-Wan might be coming to us that way or is that covered with the general question of being "repurposed"?

JediTricks
12-08-2008, 07:29 PM
Question 35 added.


1) Any chance of seeing a larger Sandtrooper figure that can ride on your recent Kota the Triceratops toy? Since Kota is much cooler than any Star Wars toy from the past two years, this could re-introduce the "awesome!" factor into the line. Hey, it can't pegwarm any more than some of the stinking Legends out there.They already have the Clone Trooper fold-up costume for kids to wear, just put it on a child-sized mannequin, give it a broomhandle, and put an orange piece of paper on its shoulder.


2) What are the chances of a cross-promotion with the makers of ShamWow (who are German, and we all know they make good stuff), possibly an exclusive Vince Offer Evolutions set that includes unfunny Vince Offer in The Underground Comedy Movie, sad Vince Offer who's been kicked out of the scientologists (possibly with legal briefs as an accessory), and, of course, the current ShamWow Carnie Guy Vince Offer?Why are you posting this? The Kota one at least is a Hasbro product, easy for me to make another joke with (not that this is the place to make jokes, this is the place to take years off of my life apparently, I've been working on the last few posts for over 2 hours).



How long has it been since a site has followed up with Hasbro concerning the center piece of the Cantina bar? I remember at one time there was an update a year ago or so, saying they were hoping to make it this year, but it didn't work out (though I could be remembering it incorrectly).
June 8th, 2007:
Rebelscum.com: In previous Q&As, Hasbro has mentioned the possibility of a Cantina alcove type playset, and the drink dispenser for the bar. Has there been any further developments in either of these?
Hasbro: Unfortunately, we may not be able to do this due to the cost of the larger pack-ins. This year with the TAC it's been a celebration of sorts all year long with some extra special pieces, but the perpetually rising cost of materials and tooling presents an extreme challenge to anniversary things like this in basic figures. We can't make any promises, but if we can afford some of these, will will look at them.
Aug 31st, 2007:
JediDefender.com: At the past few conventions, you’ve confirmed that the Distillery portion of the Cantina Bar will be coming in 2008 or 2009. A lot of folks are left wondering how it’s all going to fit together since there isn’t a lot of room left in the middle if you use the two corner sections from the recent Cantina figures alone. Any plans to tweak the bar or will the answer be simply "use a straight piece between the curves to make more room"?
Hasbro: Well that's the real trick, isn't it? We are trying to figure this out as we speak. We don't have any answers yet, but we're trying to get it in there.
Sept 14th, 2007:
SSG: In releasing the new Cantina bar curve sections, several issues have arisen for fans' cantina setups: The first is that the sharp curve of those sections is too close to allow for any future release of the drink dispenser. For that issue, if there ever is a dispenser made, would you consider including a shorter straight section to go between the curves? (Shorter because the current straight seems too long for this purpose, it would break up the look of the curve too much.) The second issue is that there is a mismatch between the look of the curved sections and the previously-released straight sections due to a number of paint and even sculpted detail differences. What about releasing more straight sections with a deco and sculpt to better match up to the curves, as well as add the removable barstool feature they have (perhaps with plugs to make a flat floor)? Hasbro: We have been trying to figure out how the distillery section would work, and there are challenges as you point out but a few ways to solve. We have also thought about a smaller straight bar section, but that's an expensive piece for a small effect and collectors could probably just use another straight section (perhaps a good excuse to re-release). We will not be resculpting the straight bar section, though. If we release it in the future and if we do that, we'll look for deco to more closely match the curved section.
July 11th, 2008:
Rebelscum.com: Can you give us an update on the release of the centerpiece of the Cantina bar with the distillery that was mentioned awhile back?
Hasbro: Alas, that is one piece that we had to drop from the line as to do it right, it would not fit into the basic figure card. We have not revived the idea but will look at it again as a possibility for perhaps a future multi-figure pack.
That's everything (minus one entirely useless answer from early '07) regarding the drink distillery. Ask this one after Toy Fair next Feb, if it's not there by then it's fair game again IMO.


New question:

*Back on September 6, we asked about the schedule for 2009, and things seem to have shifted from then to the time you answered another similar question on December 5 for Han's Hideout. In September, you said: "There are currently eight Legacy waves scheduled for 2009, one from each movie with Empire getting a second late wave at the end of the year. There is one EU-focused wave." In December, however, you stated: "The 2009 basic figure order looks like this: Spring consists of EpIV (8 figures), EpV (6 figures), and EpVI (8 figures). Fall will see four waves: EpIV (8 figures), EpI (6 figures), EpIII (6 figures), and EpV (6 figures) for a total of 48 figures. An 8th wave, the EU wave (6 figures), has slipped to be on-shelf right now around late Dec/early Jan so we are not counting that in the 2009 count, unless we are able to bring that one back in." Assuming that the Spring ANH wave is the one with Luke and Han in stormtrooper disguises and was not included in the September count, and accounting for the fact that the EU wave has been pushed out to 2010, that leaves the question of the AOTC wave - what happened to it? Has it been canceled, pushed back to 2010, repurposed, or what? We were told that the final Obi-Wan from the canceled Evolution set was to be an "anchor" figure in this wave (with the other Obi-Wans coming in the Spring ANH and Fall TPM waves). So, when will we see this figure and the others from this wave?Ok, let's trim that down a little, it's a bit confused mentioning other figures and sites and long quotes. We're asking about what happened to the AOTC wave, and what happened to the Obi-Wan figure in that wave, right? That's what I've put in the question I just added.


As to 34, I would suggest tweaking to make it more fail-safe for a few reasons:
*Fans may be a mixed bunch, but when it comes to the latest Battle at the Sarlacc exclusive for Target, the overall take is a negative one. The complaints range from weak execution on the set to poor paint on the figures to not enough product for the newly-increased pricepoint over the '07 models. What is the Hasbro Star Wars team's take on the final product that made it to retail, both its successes and its failures? If you could address the collectors out there, both casual and hardcore, on this one, what would you say to them about this UBP? We understand the "it's either now or never" sentiment also expressed over the Lars homestead, but couldn't you have just waited another year or so to better meet fans' expectations instead of giving them a shoddy product that will likely never get updated?Hmm... See, your attempt to bullet-proof it has answered itself really. "Now or never" isn't even a sentiment most fans do understand, but that's beside the point, if you believe Hasbro's gonna say it was now or never, then how could they have waited another year?



In a Q&A from a few weeks ago, they said they would be making some off-screen battle droids in the animated line.Thanks for reminding me, that was OUR answer, Sept 26th:
SSG: Will we be getting any Battle Droid variants in the Clone Wars line, like Commander, Security, Pilot, etc.? Would it matter if the design didn't show up right away in the cartoon? After all, we know what the markings of a Commander droid look like already. And what about a Clone Wars Battle Droid figure that can hold its rifle 2-handed?
Hasbro: Yes, we do have some planned variants coming including some who are just "off-screen." As for a BD with an articulated wrist (or different wrist position) there is not one in the lineup but it's being looked at for 2010 as a possibility.

clone157
12-08-2008, 07:51 PM
Is it time for new voting already?
14, 17, 25, 27

bigbarada
12-08-2008, 08:34 PM
New question:

2008 marked the 25th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, however there was no fanfare, commemorative figure sets, special packaging... nothing from Hasbro even mentioning the milestone. Is there a reason that you guys only recognize A New Hope's anniversary? And does this mean that we can expect Episode 1 to be similarly snubbed for it's 10th anniversary next year?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-08-2008, 08:44 PM
Ok, let's trim that down a little, it's a bit confused mentioning other figures and sites and long quotes. We're asking about what happened to the AOTC wave, and what happened to the Obi-Wan figure in that wave, right? That's what I've put in the question I just added.

Right, yeah. I like the version you posted.


Hmm... See, your attempt to bullet-proof it has answered itself really. "Now or never" isn't even a sentiment most fans do understand, but that's beside the point, if you believe Hasbro's gonna say it was now or never, then how could they have waited another year?
I just think they're going to give the same answer as they did for the Lars homestead set, which was that they rushed it out to the consumers with a pointless "now or never" mindset despite the fact that the movies have been out for many years and the products would likely sell better if they were done better regardless of what year it was. So I guess by the "understand" phrasing I used, I was kind of saying that we know that the rush to release it is likely why it looks so crappy and unfinished and that's their reasoning for it, but they could have easily waited until later to do it and do it right. So we see it from their point of view, but they don't see it from ours. As with the Lars set, they rushed to get it to us for no reason and the product suffered, ultimately lowering the number of people who would have bought it.

At any rate, you should mention that it's the Sarlacc set (the current question doesn't say which one), since the Christophsis one isn't really getting any complaints from what I've read.

Battle Droid
12-08-2008, 09:07 PM
Ugh, seriously? This thing is based on the AOTC Hasbro SBD figure with that goofy arm that nobody liked in the first place. As for articulation, you KNOW what they're going to say about that - "too thin, yes, too thin to complete the training." I'm leaning towards no.

I think people hated the Super Battle Droid more than they did the arm, the CW one is a much better figure. Also they added knee articulation to the regular Battle Droid on the Jet Pack version, so I don't see why they couldn't at least add knees to the SBD.

JediTricks
12-08-2008, 10:14 PM
Is it time for new voting already?
14, 17, 25, 27No no, this is the same poll, Hasbro delayed it an extra week due to Thanksgiving. You already voted on 4 questions and added a 5th:
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=648285#post648285
So you have 1 vote slot left (or you could change your votes altogether). From your new post, you've already voted for #s 17 and 27, so I can include a vote for either 14 or 25, your choice. If you came in via the news post, I always update those up right after the gathering of the other sites' questions, it's supposed to remind folks of our Q&A and let them know there's still time to participate.

obi-dad
12-08-2008, 11:24 PM
So I guess by the "understand" phrasing I used, I was kind of saying that we know that the rush to release it is likely why it looks so crappy and unfinished and that's their reasoning for it, but they could have easily waited until later to do it and do it right. So we see it from their point of view, but they don't see it from ours. As with the Lars set, they rushed to get it to us for no reason and the product suffered, ultimately lowering the number of people who would have bought it.

I totally 100% agree here. I won't go as far to say no one was asking for these sets, but there was no outcry for these sets. There was no rush to get them out, so no reason to get them out before making them quality sets.

The other thing that bugs me about these set, past playsets, etc, is that Hasbro says they aren't profitable. But they've never made a quality set to prove to them and to us.

The same goes for the cantina bar, where the straight and curved pieces don't match, the paint apps don't match, Hasbro added bar stools to an accessory, but the Cantina bar didn't have stools, all the characters around it stood. I know Hasbro didn't plan the straight and curved sections at the same time, but a little foward thinking could have corrected these issues, not to mention the fact the the curved section is so tight a curve that the center distillary won't fit (or even Wuher, almost)!

Similarly, as cool as the Jedi council set was, the floor design is similar to the bar set. If you look at the pic, you'll see how the decoration on the floor first, isn't evenly spaced and the tips at the ends are cut off also. The other floor decoration from the other sets didn't cut off the tips, but again, isn't evenly spaced.

So, these are 4 "recent" examples of sets where in one area, Hasbro went the extra step to make something nice for collectors, but in other areas, they were either cheap, lazy, or didn't demonstrate good quality control or foward thinking.

ok, i'm done... I feel like I keep complaining about the same thing over and over on this. Maybe I'll make it another month without bringing this up again.

DarkJedi5
12-09-2008, 11:54 AM
I know Hasbro didn't plan the straight and curved sections at the same time, but a little foward thinking could have corrected these issues, not to mention the fact the the curved section is so tight a curve that the center distillary won't fit (or even Wuher, almost)!

While not film accurate, in my cantina scene I have added one of the straight sections between the two curved sections. If having it a little inaccurate doesn't bother you than it's a good solution (until something better comes along) because it gives Wuher ample room to serve his patrons and creates space for the center bar piece if you make one yourself.

Cane_Adiss
12-09-2008, 12:57 PM
If it's not too much trouble here are my final votes for this round (some have changed so thanks in advance JT). I'm really liking the different ideas we're coming up with for questions, even though I may not vote for them I'd still like to see answers for almost every question on the list! Especially these:

9, 20, 21, 23, 32, 33

obi-dad
12-09-2008, 06:47 PM
While not film accurate, in my cantina scene I have added one of the straight sections between the two curved sections. If having it a little inaccurate doesn't bother you than it's a good solution (until something better comes along) because it gives Wuher ample room to serve his patrons and creates space for the center bar piece if you make one yourself.
Thanks DJ5, I'll probably do that if/when I set up my Cantina scene. I don't like it, but I agree its the best we can do for now. (Personally, I'd like to see Hasbro make on continuous piece with no stools, so the cracks aren't there between each piece, but I know I'm being picky there and it will probably never happen (or if it did, Hasbro would go with the cheap plastic they used for the Lars Homestead base and sandy cover base over the Sarlaac! I think I'll have to dig through my stuff to get my bar pieces out to see them all together again. I was disappointed originally with the aspects I mentioned, so I put them all in storage rather quickly.

JediTricks
12-10-2008, 03:44 PM
Question 35 stricken.

Hasbro is addressing this situation with a correction to last Friday's Q&A, there will be an AOTC wave.

DarkJedi5
12-10-2008, 03:55 PM
Question 35 stricken.

Hasbro is addressing this situation with a correction to last Friday's Q&A, there will be an AOTC wave.

Was there an announcement somewhere or are you just relying on your Bothan spies again?

El Chuxter
12-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Well, that sucks like a Vince Offer comedy.

JediTricks
12-10-2008, 05:03 PM
Hasbro emailed all the Q&A participants about this. I put it in the news:
http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1844

DarkJedi5
12-10-2008, 06:19 PM
Either way, I'm excited. That seems like a lot of figures next year. Hopefully we'll SEE some of them soon.

bigbarada
12-10-2008, 06:41 PM
Hasbro emailed all the Q&A participants about this. I put it in the news:
http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1844

Only 8 figures from ROTJ in 2009? :( And one of them is probably going to be Malikili? :cry::cry::cry:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-10-2008, 06:47 PM
It's definitely going to include Malakili; that was confirmed months ago. ROTJ gets more coverage than any of the other movies (aside from ROTS maybe), so I think you'll be alright.

I'm glad they issued the correction. I wonder if another one of the figures will be the long-announced maroon Battle Droid commander (or maybe he'll come in one of the Target two-packs?).

DarkJedi5
12-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Only 8 figures from ROTJ in 2009? :( And one of them is probably going to be Malikili? :cry::cry::cry:

And another is going to be the Nikto skiff guard that is replacing Wooof and another is the mystery Leia (coughconcpetcough).

obi-dad
12-10-2008, 07:47 PM
Well, you know it's been going on for a while now. If Hasbro continued to only release the most wanted figures each year, then in a few years, a Malikili resculpt type figure would end up being the highlight of the wave. They've got to hold back and throw in resculpts and lesser desired figures along the way to keep us interested.

I mean, 2009 and from the Cantina still no confirmation on a Bom Vimdin figure? But since 2006 we've gotten M'iiyoom Onith, Dice Ibegon, Trinto Duaba & Wioslea? It's only my opinion, but I consider Bom Vimdin more desired than those figures by collectors in general (basing on various polls and forums I've read over the years). I didn't list Elis Helrot or Brainiac since I considered those figures to be on par with Bom.

bigbarada
12-10-2008, 10:05 PM
It's definitely going to include Malakili; that was confirmed months ago. ROTJ gets more coverage than any of the other movies (aside from ROTS maybe), so I think you'll be alright.

I'm glad they issued the correction. I wonder if another one of the figures will be the long-announced maroon Battle Droid commander (or maybe he'll come in one of the Target two-packs?).

I don't really see ROTJ getting the most coverage. It has two of the most overlooked categories of the modern figure line: Skiff Guards and Ewoks. Hasbro has been rectifying the Ewok situation over the last couple of years, but the upcoming Nikto Guard will be the first new Skiff Guard figure since 1998.

Of course, I'll be alright, because it just means less money that I feel compelled to spend; but it's just frustrating to watch the odds of those early Kithaba rumors being true getting smaller and smaller.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-11-2008, 03:06 PM
Hmm. I see your point about the skiff guards, and I know that's your favorite sequence. However, ever since they started doing the waves as themed by movies, ROTJ got two waves in 2006, two waves in 2007, a wave in 2008, and one in 2009. It might be around the same amount of coverage given to ROTS, but it's more than the other films have gotten. They just haven't been paying much attention to the Sarlacc sequence (apart from, y'know, that $70 Sarlacc out now ;) ).

JediTricks
12-11-2008, 04:37 PM
Question 36 added.

Tonight is the deadline. Last few hours to vote!


New question:

2008 marked the 25th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, however there was no fanfare, commemorative figure sets, special packaging... nothing from Hasbro even mentioning the milestone. Is there a reason that you guys only recognize A New Hope's anniversary? And does this mean that we can expect Episode 1 to be similarly snubbed for it's 10th anniversary next year?I actually have a theory about that, so I'll incorporate it into the question.



Right, yeah. I like the version you posted.Cool!


I just think they're going to give the same answer as they did for the Lars homestead set, which was that they rushed it out to the consumers with a pointless "now or never" mindset despite the fact that the movies have been out for many years and the products would likely sell better if they were done better regardless of what year it was. So I guess by the "understand" phrasing I used, I was kind of saying that we know that the rush to release it is likely why it looks so crappy and unfinished and that's their reasoning for it, but they could have easily waited until later to do it and do it right. So we see it from their point of view, but they don't see it from ours. As with the Lars set, they rushed to get it to us for no reason and the product suffered, ultimately lowering the number of people who would have bought it.That answer wasn't pointless, and it wasn't merely "now or never". They said this was the only way they COULD do it: "There was just no other way to bring this one out." They also said they originally planned for a more expansive and better-looking set, but the new budget couldn't afford that, so they went with what they could. You talk about the set as if they simply didn't try hard enough, that if they tried harder, it'd sell better, but they're saying that if they tried harder, it'd cost more and then less people would buy it anyway. They can't exceed their budget, that's how business works.

How do you know they rushed the set? They had a specific place in the budget for the set, a specific timeframe to deliver it to the retailer customer, but we don't know if any longer would have made it any better. You make an interesting point about bypassing the whole "now or never" attitude, but then you attack them for it and suggest that they could have gambled on not doing it now but waiting for later. So it sounds like collectors DON'T understand the "now or never" aspect.


At any rate, you should mention that it's the Sarlacc set (the current question doesn't say which one), since the Christophsis one isn't really getting any complaints from what I've read.D'oh! Good catch, fixed.



I think people hated the Super Battle Droid more than they did the arm, the CW one is a much better figure. Also they added knee articulation to the regular Battle Droid on the Jet Pack version, so I don't see why they couldn't at least add knees to the SBD.Well, for right now, I'm going to hold off, we don't have the jet pack BD in hand to see how effective it is, for all we know it's an utter failure.



I totally 100% agree here. I won't go as far to say no one was asking for these sets, but there was no outcry for these sets. There was no rush to get them out, so no reason to get them out before making them quality sets.

The other thing that bugs me about these set, past playsets, etc, is that Hasbro says they aren't profitable. But they've never made a quality set to prove to them and to us.

The same goes for the cantina bar, where the straight and curved pieces don't match, the paint apps don't match, Hasbro added bar stools to an accessory, but the Cantina bar didn't have stools, all the characters around it stood. I know Hasbro didn't plan the straight and curved sections at the same time, but a little foward thinking could have corrected these issues, not to mention the fact the the curved section is so tight a curve that the center distillary won't fit (or even Wuher, almost)!

Similarly, as cool as the Jedi council set was, the floor design is similar to the bar set. If you look at the pic, you'll see how the decoration on the floor first, isn't evenly spaced and the tips at the ends are cut off also. The other floor decoration from the other sets didn't cut off the tips, but again, isn't evenly spaced.

So, these are 4 "recent" examples of sets where in one area, Hasbro went the extra step to make something nice for collectors, but in other areas, they were either cheap, lazy, or didn't demonstrate good quality control or foward thinking.

ok, i'm done... I feel like I keep complaining about the same thing over and over on this. Maybe I'll make it another month without bringing this up again.You do realize these are mass-produced toys, and only a VERY small amount of even hardcore collectors would give a crap without it being presented to them, right? And that's 2 examples. :p



If it's not too much trouble here are my final votes for this round (some have changed so thanks in advance JT). I'm really liking the different ideas we're coming up with for questions, even though I may not vote for them I'd still like to see answers for almost every question on the list! Especially these:

9, 20, 21, 23, 32, 33Sure, but in the future, please provide your OLD votes so I can compare them. BTW, your previous votes were:
9, 13, 14, 20, 21, 23.



I don't really see ROTJ getting the most coverage. It has two of the most overlooked categories of the modern figure line: Skiff Guards and Ewoks. Hasbro has been rectifying the Ewok situation over the last couple of years, but the upcoming Nikto Guard will be the first new Skiff Guard figure since 1998.Keep in mind though, Ewoks all kinda look alike and aren't exciting action figures today, and skiff guards are barely in the film for more than a few seconds each. I understand where you're coming from, and aliens are cool, but they don't have the same impact as the Cantina IMO because of the ineffective Marquand and Lucas shot and cut the film.

If you want to ask why we haven't gotten new skiff guards in the 21st century, write up the question and I'll consider it. It's a fair question, I'll probably include it.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-11-2008, 05:40 PM
How do you know they rushed the set?
If they didn't rush it, then the quality is absolutely inexcusable. As you said yourself, they just slapped an old vehicle and an old battle pack into a set with a good Sarlacc and a shoddy, shallow base. I know the Sarlacc was the focus, but that doesn't excuse Luke's googly eyes or the Weequay's silver blob in his hair or Lando's clothes being completely the wrong color, even with the fact that these figures have all been released multiple times and were all packaged together two years ago in a much better-looking set. I honestly believe that if they invested more time and care into the set, people would like it more. That's why I feel it was rushed. There's also the fact that it takes several months to plan and make a set, and I assume that these were only set forward after last year's pieces were successful. I don't know for sure, though.

JediTricks
12-12-2008, 12:58 AM
That's why the question is up there, why does it look so damned crummy, there's no excuse, what's up with that. But we don't know if it's about care or about rushing, it could be that the test shots came out perfect and then the looming Chinese factory strike caused workers to produce sub-par product. It could be a lot of things. So we ask the question based on what we know and let them fill in what we don't know.

JediTricks
12-12-2008, 05:35 AM
Ok, that's it for this round... finally. Thanks to everybody who participated!

I struggled a lot with the last few questions because there was a major tie. I ended up breaking the tie 2 different ways, the first was a question that might not get asked later and has a big variety factor to it, and the second was because of the continuous support it got in the last few rounds. So here are the questions we're asking this round:


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?
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?
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 doesn'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?
Now that you've confirmed that there will be 4 new concept figures in '09, that one of them is Anakin, and that they'll be from both OT and PT sources, could you confirm whether the other 3 concept figures will be based on major characters (i.e. Vader, Obi-Wan, Yoda, Maul) or can we expect to see some obscure character and even alien design concepts, such as the Mon Calamari Dancer from the Galaxies Opera House or the Revwien alien from original Cantina alien drawings?
Now that The Clone Wars TV series has a set schedule, in the future could you possibly coordinate Hasbro's Clone Wars figure releases to coincide with the episodes those figures are in context to? We understand there's a long lead time on figure production, but there's also a long lead on episode production. Seeing a character on the series one day and then being able find the figure in the store the next day would help drive sales, don't you think? For instance, R3-S6 "Goldie" appeared in 2 episodes in early and mid November '08, but the R3-S6 "Goldie" figure isn't due until around February '09. Wouldn't the figures have more appeal with the characters fresh in kids' and casual collectors' minds? Would coordination like that be possible?
For vehicles that must have dedicated, non-removable astromech droid domes - such as the Ep 2 Jedi Starfighter, Y-wing, V-wing, and Naboo Fighter - might it be possible to get future revisits to have at least removable droid domes? Thanks to Build-A-Droid, we now have lots of different droid dome molds available, so if they were interchangeable on those dedicated droid slots it would add considerable play and display value for kids and collectors alike while taking advantage of existing elements and decreasing manufacturing costs slightly (it's gotta be cheaper to just pop a peg into a hole than to screw a dome permanently into a ship).

Look for a new round of voting in a few minutes.