PDA

View Full Version : QUESTIONS FOR HASBRO - round 62



JediTricks
12-12-2008, 05:03 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 Tuesday, December 30th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 61 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=652035#post652035).

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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
- 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, surfaces and 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, while fans were really looking forward to this concept, their overall take on the finished product 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?
- 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?
- We recently got a look at photos of some new Titanium Series including The Twilight, the IG-2000, Xizor's Virago, and some others. Many of the new molds look stellar, and the IG-2000 is a great surprise addition. However, the paint jobs on the Twilight and Virago seemed quite unusual, the Twilight has far more blue than the CGI model's nearly gray upper color, and the Virago was sporting purple accents on light gray despite the ship actually being very dark gray (in the photo it's also facing backwards with the wings assembled upside-down). Will the paint on the final versions more closely match the source material? If those are the final colors, why the odd variations?
- Ever since the VOTC Stormtrooper back in 2004, you've sculpted Stormtrooper figures' hands to 2-handed hold the blaster with its left hand holding the grip and the right hand holding the barrel. The wrists and fingers are angled very specifically for this, the left hand can't hold the barrel without bending it severely. While there is an unusually high number of shots with left-handed stormtroopers in the OT and its related still photography, the right-handed pose is still more common. So why choose, and stick with, the left-handed design for the Stormtrooper figures? Any possibility of either getting new hands with a more universal pose, or even putting ball-hinged wrists on this ubiquitous Imperial warrior?
- Recently, Hasbro has updated cockpits on a few OT ships, including the B-wing and A-wing, not to mention the detailed cockpit on the new Millennium Falcon. We understand that the B-wing and A-wing got new detailed cockpits because they had the opportunity from their use as exclusives, but exclusives or not, are there any plans or thoughts about continuing that practice on other ships? The X-wing, TIE Fighter, and Y-wing are all good candidates for new, detailed cockpits, but would the small size of some of those cockpits prevent those upgrades?
- Back on Aug 17th, '07, Hasbro answered SSG's question about the Skiff Guards with "over the next few years you will see some more of these cool guards either get their turn for the first time or get a resculpt. You'll have to be patient though - we'll only be able to get to a couple new ones a year." 17 months later and 2008 closes without a new sculpt for any Skiff Guard, making it 10 years since the last ones. While you have confirmed 1 Nikto guard is slated for next year, do Skiff Guard fans have anything else to look forward to in 2009, as there have not yet been a "couple new ones" in '08 and so far only 1 new one in '09? Or does the patience need to be extended to 2010?
- In the Titanium Series line, the prequel-era fleets have a few vehicles that would really flesh them out. The Acclamator-class (aka the Republic Assault Ship) and the Munificent-class Frigate (aka the Banking Clan Frigate) appear notably in AOTC, ROTS, The Clone Wars series, and a number of popular video games like Battlefront II and Republic Commando. What are the chances of seeing those 2 prequel-era capital ships produced as Titanium Series vehicles?

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

JediTricks
12-12-2008, 05:05 AM
In case you're wondering, I cut several questions in this round, including one of my own, because the list was growing out of control after 15 new questions alone in the last round. If you feel a question was cut unfairly, you can resubmit it along with an argument in its favor.

Battle Droid
12-12-2008, 08:56 AM
12, 16, 20 for now.

Cane_Adiss
12-12-2008, 11:05 AM
10, 11, 15, 19, 20, 21

I'll hold off adding new questions until next round. Consider these my final votes JT, and thanks for the fix last round!

DarkJedi5
12-12-2008, 12:27 PM
10. - 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?
11. - 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?
15. - 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?
19. - 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?
20. - 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?
21. - 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?

Obsession is Nute
12-12-2008, 02:40 PM
#20, 19, and 15.

Thanks!

LTBasker
12-12-2008, 04:15 PM
3 - 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.

6 - 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?

9 - 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?

11 - 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?

18 - 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, surfaces and 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?

21 - 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?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-12-2008, 06:28 PM
I want to re-add this question:
*The Comic Packs are great since the addition of the comic books give these characters much-needed context, as the average kid and collector who mainly know the movies will likely not know these characters without seeing them in some sort of action. That said, there are still several other expanded universe products that have no context other than the small bio on their packaging. Would it be possible for comic books to also be included in EU multi-figure sets or vehicles as well? For instance, fans of Crimson Empire are liking the look of the upcoming Crucible set, while those who are unfamiliar with the work think it looks more like a cross between Star Wars and Power Rangers.

I think it's still very valid. I don't have much of an argument aside from that, and the fact that I would like to see this idea carried to reality.

JediTricks
12-12-2008, 06:58 PM
Valid? Yes. Voted? No. I'm afraid collectors just don't care that much, they want to ask about things that affect their interests first rather than the line as a whole, so a good idea that doesn't affect a significant part of the line doesn't get much traction.

Every one of the questions I cut were ones I wish got votes, but they simply didn't. Those are the types of questions I usually end up having to ask at Comic-Con because it's the only way to get'er done. I'm not adding it right now because of that, but remind me of it again after we get a firm date for this round and I'll reconsider. Once Hasbro has a new schedule, it'll make it easier to determine when something like that could be shoehorned in.

obi-dad
12-12-2008, 10:01 PM
I have a suggestion on question 21, which I'm not sure would make any difference to Hasbro, but does in my mind. The reason why I care so much about the poor execution of the Lars Homestead and Sarlacc UBP is because I love the idea of both sets. No offense meant to JJL, but the reason I don't care about the upcoming Crucible set looking like Power Rangers is because I don't care about that set (or the Mandalorian set, BattleFront II set, etc). I think there is a large OT-focused collector base out there (and I'm not saying the kids aren't a large set either), but I think the outcry is there for these sets because the idea of them is appealing and we would want them if done well. (though even if the paint apps were great and there wasn't that flimsy plastic, I'm fairly certain there would still have been an outcry about the price of paying $70 for so many redundant pieces for a lot of us).

So, all that bs is just to say that do you think inserting a sentence after the first one with something like - "Although collectors love the idea of this set, they feel it fell short in many areas." ... and then go into your next sentence - "The complaints range ..."

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-12-2008, 10:04 PM
Valid? Yes. Voted? No. I'm afraid collectors just don't care that much, they want to ask about things that affect their interests first rather than the line as a whole, so a good idea that doesn't affect a significant part of the line doesn't get much traction.

Every one of the questions I cut were ones I wish got votes, but they simply didn't. Those are the types of questions I usually end up having to ask at Comic-Con because it's the only way to get'er done. I'm not adding it right now because of that, but remind me of it again after we get a firm date for this round and I'll reconsider. Once Hasbro has a new schedule, it'll make it easier to determine when something like that could be shoehorned in.
Will do. And I figured the lack of votes was the reason. I suppose I could also ask if I go to Comic-Con next year, or just whenever they have Celebration V (weren't we supposed to have heard something more concrete on that by now, by the way?).

Starwars_Dan
12-12-2008, 11:45 PM
Come on Hasbro! I paid $100 for a toy my kids don't even play with because the legs don't stay on, and i have received two form letters saying the replacement parts are on back order. What gives?

JediTricks
12-13-2008, 12:12 AM
I have a suggestion on question 21, which I'm not sure would make any difference to Hasbro, but does in my mind. The reason why I care so much about the poor execution of the Lars Homestead and Sarlacc UBP is because I love the idea of both sets. No offense meant to JJL, but the reason I don't care about the upcoming Crucible set looking like Power Rangers is because I don't care about that set (or the Mandalorian set, BattleFront II set, etc). I think there is a large OT-focused collector base out there (and I'm not saying the kids aren't a large set either), but I think the outcry is there for these sets because the idea of them is appealing and we would want them if done well. (though even if the paint apps were great and there wasn't that flimsy plastic, I'm fairly certain there would still have been an outcry about the price of paying $70 for so many redundant pieces for a lot of us).

So, all that bs is just to say that do you think inserting a sentence after the first one with something like - "Although collectors love the idea of this set, they feel it fell short in many areas." ... and then go into your next sentence - "The complaints range ..."I see what you mean, I'll modify the question to get that idea across.



Will do. And I figured the lack of votes was the reason. I suppose I could also ask if I go to Comic-Con next year, or just whenever they have Celebration V (weren't we supposed to have heard something more concrete on that by now, by the way?).Yeah, it's all about support (it actually did get a few votes usually, just never enough to push it over the edge, it was too few votes across its long lifespan), there wasn't 1 question cut this time that I thought was frivolous. I cut these 6:

- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?

And of all of them, only the Mighty Muggs question didn't tickle my fancy, but even there I could see its appeal, it just never got enough support for too long.



Come on Hasbro! I paid $100 for a toy my kids don't even play with because the legs don't stay on, and i have received two form letters saying the replacement parts are on back order. What gives?Could you provide a scan of the letters, and when you got them? I'll try to bypass the Q&A process on that one and get Hasbro to comment directly. BTW, the AT-TE legs are showing up for some folks, CrunchyNug got his recently, the pegs are cast in opaque rather than clear, there's a photo on another site.

bigbarada
12-13-2008, 03:28 PM
14, 15, 21, 22 for now

Although, I can answer part of #15 myself:


Are they melted down and recycled back into plastic (and wouldn't their paint make that difficult)?

This is just basic chemistry. Every substance on earth will evaporate if you get it hot enough; but different substances evaporate at different temperatures. This is how they purify metal. Aluminum and lead will evaporate at much lower temperatures than iron. So you just have to heat the metal to a temperature above the aluminum and lead evaporation-points, but keep it below the iron evaporation point and you'll end up with molten iron and all the aluminum and lead particles will be reduced to vapor in the air.

It would work the same with plastic and paint. If, for example, paint evaporates at 500 F, the plastic used for a figure's limbs evaporates at 750 F, and the plastic used for the torso components evaporates at 850 F (I'm just making these numbers up to make an example), then all you have to do is heat the action figure up to above 500 F and less than 750 F to remove all the paint and be left with nothing but plastic.

There might be more to it than that, but this is the basic principle involved.

DarkJedi5
12-13-2008, 07:31 PM
Come on Hasbro! I paid $100 for a toy my kids don't even play with because the legs don't stay on, and i have received two form letters saying the replacement parts are on back order. What gives?

Mine showed up in the mail today so they are rolling them out. I don't know that we need to ask Hasbro about this.

Kidhuman
12-14-2008, 02:24 PM
22, 21, 19, and a new one for now:

Will we ever get a Luminara Undulli figure that is SA? The last AOTC release was Statue-esque and not very poseable

JediTricks
12-14-2008, 03:11 PM
Although, I can answer part of #15 myself:

This is just basic chemistry. Every substance on earth will evaporate if you get it hot enough; but different substances evaporate at different temperatures. This is how they purify metal. Aluminum and lead will evaporate at much lower temperatures than iron. So you just have to heat the metal to a temperature above the aluminum and lead evaporation-points, but keep it below the iron evaporation point and you'll end up with molten iron and all the aluminum and lead particles will be reduced to vapor in the air.

It would work the same with plastic and paint. If, for example, paint evaporates at 500 F, the plastic used for a figure's limbs evaporates at 750 F, and the plastic used for the torso components evaporates at 850 F (I'm just making these numbers up to make an example), then all you have to do is heat the action figure up to above 500 F and less than 750 F to remove all the paint and be left with nothing but plastic.

There might be more to it than that, but this is the basic principle involved.The paint doesn't evaporate away so easily, it's "bitten" into the plastic (not all is just surface paint), it bubbles and spreads and can melt down and it gets further into the plastic. If you look at test shots, they're never mottled from recycled materials, they may have incorrectly-mixed plastic resulting in swirls and clear spots, but never darker, mottled spots. It's clearly more difficult than simply evaporating the paint off the plastic (plus, I'm pretty sure a temperature where paint evaporates would be high enough to melt the plastic first). And with plastic that is dyed, that ain't coming out with a simple rendering, it would require a lot of processing to be even remotely effective.



Will we ever get a Luminara Undulli figure that is SA? The last AOTC release was Statue-esque and not very poseableOookay, I guess you forgot about the ROTS version: http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/ROTS/rots0531luminaraart.jpg

And that ain't what "statuesque" means. :p

Darth Windu
12-14-2008, 05:42 PM
Dear Hasbro,

We've recently seen pictures of the proposed Titanium Series wave 7 including the Twilight, Obi-Wan's Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter, Anakin's Episode 3 Starfighter, the IG-2000, the Virago, Neimodian Shuttle plus repaints of the X-wing, Y-wing, and ARC-170.

Whilst the new sculpts look great, the paint jobs on the Twilight and Virago seem...odd, being blue and pink respectively as opposed to the more normal grey and metallic dark grey paint jobs. Will this be changed for the production run?

Also Hasbro previously confirmed that we would see the Clone Wars Clone Attack Shuttle, but instead we're seeing the IG-2000. Is this a case of mixed-up names, or is the Shuttle still on the way?

Thanks.

Kidhuman
12-14-2008, 05:57 PM
Oookay, I guess you forgot about the ROTS version: http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/ROTS/rots0531luminaraart.jpg

And that ain't what "statuesque" means. :p

I completely forgot about that one.

cffalztar
12-14-2008, 09:54 PM
I have noticed that many of of the popular figures tend to be the villians, jedi, expanded, specialty troopers, and sith. Many of these tend to be in comic packs which are not always the same quality figure you might find individually packaged. Has Hasbro every considered doing just a Sith line, a Jedi line where perhaps figs could be produced from the movies comics and books? Some of the popular sith figs such as Revan, Malak, and the upcoming Quaren sith coming with the Joker Squad either are ridiculously expensive or the ebayers are making a killing off these simply because of low production. Maybe even consider a bouty hunters line which could include some of the figures in the republic elite packs? I would think a company concerned about profits might consider doing more of these kinds as it seems like each line so far seems to have three quarters being "fillers" or peg warmers while the other third always seems to be impossible to find on the shelves while special internet sites or "figure scalpers" on ebay are making the money off good hearted collectors. I think it's a safe bet that any character with a saber or armor basically would be a hit!

bigbarada
12-14-2008, 11:41 PM
The paint doesn't evaporate away so easily, it's "bitten" into the plastic (not all is just surface paint), it bubbles and spreads and can melt down and it gets further into the plastic. If you look at test shots, they're never mottled from recycled materials, they may have incorrectly-mixed plastic resulting in swirls and clear spots, but never darker, mottled spots. It's clearly more difficult than simply evaporating the paint off the plastic (plus, I'm pretty sure a temperature where paint evaporates would be high enough to melt the plastic first). And with plastic that is dyed, that ain't coming out with a simple rendering, it would require a lot of processing to be even remotely effective.


That's actually the point you would melt the plastic down to a liquid and heat it up high enough to evaporate the paint right out of it, but not high enough to evaporate the plastic itself.

For instance, if you take salt water and set it to a boil; eventually, if you boil it long enough, all of the water will evaporate out and all you will be left with is salt. It's the same principle, only we're dealing with much higher temperatures when evaporating solids.

Bib Un-Fortuna
12-15-2008, 09:42 AM
Voting for #s 11, 16, 19, 20 & 22 for now.

obi-dad
12-15-2008, 03:59 PM
New Question: With the new BMF Falcon & AT-TE, there has been a lot of vehicle discussions on the forums at sites, including vehicle polls. I have recently seen the pictures of the new EFx X-Wing, which is VERY impressive at an equally impressive price. I don't think there is much that could improve the Hasbro X-Wing other than updating the cockpit and possibly better weathering on the outside of the vehicle. The pictures of the cockpit of the EFx X-Wing are increadible. Is there any chance that the Hasbro X-Wing could improve the **** pit to make it closer to this one? I'm not asking about making it a scaled replica of the X-Wing, but as a possible improvement, improving the cockpit interior? (not to send, but here is a pic to see what I'm talking about):

DarkJedi5
12-15-2008, 04:37 PM
I gotta say if there is one thing that could get me to rebuy a lot of the vehicles we already have working interior lights on the vehicles is it.

(Yay! Post #500!)

Dark Marble
12-15-2008, 04:50 PM
I am voting for questions 11, 14, and 21.

JediTricks
12-15-2008, 05:35 PM
Questions 23 - 24 added.

I had a question of my own to add.

Dear Hasbro,

We've recently seen pictures of the proposed Titanium Series wave 7 including the Twilight, Obi-Wan's Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter, Anakin's Episode 3 Starfighter, the IG-2000, the Virago, Neimodian Shuttle plus repaints of the X-wing, Y-wing, and ARC-170.

Whilst the new sculpts look great, the paint jobs on the Twilight and Virago seem...odd, being blue and pink respectively as opposed to the more normal grey and metallic dark grey paint jobs. Will this be changed for the production run?

Also Hasbro previously confirmed that we would see the Clone Wars Clone Attack Shuttle, but instead we're seeing the IG-2000. Is this a case of mixed-up names, or is the Shuttle still on the way?

Thanks. I dunno where they confirmed it'd be in this wave, the answer I see about it suggests that it'll be here with the UT-AT and E-wing. It might have been an EE listing or something, but that's not official stuff, just nearly. I'm gonna change the wording on that until you can give me a source otherwise. But it's added.



I completely forgot about that one.There ya go then! :D



I have noticed that many of of the popular figures tend to be the villians, jedi, expanded, specialty troopers, and sith. Many of these tend to be in comic packs which are not always the same quality figure you might find individually packaged. Has Hasbro every considered doing just a Sith line, a Jedi line where perhaps figs could be produced from the movies comics and books? Some of the popular sith figs such as Revan, Malak, and the upcoming Quaren sith coming with the Joker Squad either are ridiculously expensive or the ebayers are making a killing off these simply because of low production. Maybe even consider a bouty hunters line which could include some of the figures in the republic elite packs? I would think a company concerned about profits might consider doing more of these kinds as it seems like each line so far seems to have three quarters being "fillers" or peg warmers while the other third always seems to be impossible to find on the shelves while special internet sites or "figure scalpers" on ebay are making the money off good hearted collectors. I think it's a safe bet that any character with a saber or armor basically would be a hit!That's what the Evolutions line is, Hasbro's said over and over that mixing all these different types of figures together - hunters, troopers, Sith, background guys - keeps the line selling as well as it does. If they catered to just 1 type of collector, once those numbers were exhausted, there'd be nobody else to pick up the slack and the line would fold. The line is carried by casual collectors, kids and such, so they need to be taken into account as well, if the casual collector isn't involved then the price goes up and availability goes down, just like the sets you're referring to. Ultimately, I just don't see how I can bulletproof the question/idea against that since it's the core of their SW business model.



That's actually the point you would melt the plastic down to a liquid and heat it up high enough to evaporate the paint right out of it, but not high enough to evaporate the plastic itself.

For instance, if you take salt water and set it to a boil; eventually, if you boil it long enough, all of the water will evaporate out and all you will be left with is salt. It's the same principle, only we're dealing with much higher temperatures when evaporating solids.At that stage, you're also boiling out plasticizers and breaking down key carbon bonds, you're breaking down the plastic to a less usable state, if you don't annihilate it entirely. Generally you only see plastics recycled this way when they're taken down to a lower grade of plastic in the 2nd generation because the plastic no longer is feasible at its original quality.



New Question: With the new BMF Falcon & AT-TE, there has been a lot of vehicle discussions on the forums at sites, including vehicle polls. I have recently seen the pictures of the new EFx X-Wing, which is VERY impressive at an equally impressive price. I don't think there is much that could improve the Hasbro X-Wing other than updating the cockpit and possibly better weathering on the outside of the vehicle. The pictures of the cockpit of the EFx X-Wing are increadible. Is there any chance that the Hasbro X-Wing could improve the **** pit to make it closer to this one? I'm not asking about making it a scaled replica of the X-Wing, but as a possible improvement, improving the cockpit interior? (not to send, but here is a pic to see what I'm talking about):There's not much room to do that, the ship isn't scaled to the figure the way the eFX version is, and the eFX figure is a torso, no way to actually get legs in there the way a figure would have to. Also, the canopy hinge eats up the area behind the seat, and the sides under the arms are very small. So what you'd end up with is a very compromised dashboard design which would have to be scaled down to fit under the canopy. Ultimately, I just don't see this happening or paying off very well. Is that really a question you want to try to ask?

obi-dad
12-15-2008, 07:07 PM
There's not much room to do that, the ship isn't scaled to the figure the way the eFX version is, and the eFX figure is a torso, no way to actually get legs in there the way a figure would have to. Also, the canopy hinge eats up the area behind the seat, and the sides under the arms are very small. So what you'd end up with is a very compromised dashboard design which would have to be scaled down to fit under the canopy. Ultimately, I just don't see this happening or paying off very well. Is that really a question you want to try to ask?

I am very interested in what they would say, but I'll hold off until I pull out my xwing to examine the cockpit to see what you are saying. I know in most vehicles, it's already a pretty big challenge to get the figures in. (the same question would apply to y-wing updates as well in my mind, but again, I'll hold off for now.

So for now, I'll vote for:
11 - Jabba's Dungeon droids
17 - UK figure release with mixed up BAD parts
3 - White vehicles
6 - lower oil price effect

bigbarada
12-15-2008, 09:25 PM
At that stage, you're also boiling out plasticizers and breaking down key carbon bonds, you're breaking down the plastic to a less usable state, if you don't annihilate it entirely. Generally you only see plastics recycled this way when they're taken down to a lower grade of plastic in the 2nd generation because the plastic no longer is feasible at its original quality.

Ah yes, I hadn't thought about that. I guess since plastic is a synthetic substance, it wouldn't hold up to repeated melting as well as a natural substance like metal.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-15-2008, 10:03 PM
There's not much room to do that, the ship isn't scaled to the figure the way the eFX version is, and the eFX figure is a torso, no way to actually get legs in there the way a figure would have to. Also, the canopy hinge eats up the area behind the seat, and the sides under the arms are very small. So what you'd end up with is a very compromised dashboard design which would have to be scaled down to fit under the canopy. Ultimately, I just don't see this happening or paying off very well. Is that really a question you want to try to ask?
Well, they have been going through the vehicles and updating the cockpits, so far doing the B-wing and A-wing. Perhaps a more valid question could be:

*Recently, you have been updating the cockpits on a few vehicles, including the B-wing and the A-wing (not to mention the beautiful cockpit on the Millennium Falcon). Are there any plans to continue to update other ships in similar ways? The X-wing, TIE Fighter, and Y-wing could all be good candidates, but will the small size of some of these cockpits prevent much (or anything) from being done?

Darth Windu
12-16-2008, 04:34 AM
JT - Thanks for that. :) Rebelscum now has new pictures showing the Clone Shuttle, so could you remove the bit about the Shuttle but keep the question as pertaining to the paint colours?

Cheers.

Devo
12-16-2008, 08:53 AM
Haven't voted in here in a long time. I'll go for:

3, 14, 18, 21, 22 and 24

Cane_Adiss
12-16-2008, 12:44 PM
When are we supposed to get answers from last round's Q&A? I don't really understand how the schedule works anymore, and I know it's been postponed for the holiday, just like this one probably will be. When did Hasbro say they would send answers for round 61?

obi-dad
12-16-2008, 12:45 PM
When are we supposed to get answers from last round's Q&A? I don't really understand how the schedule works anymore, and I know it's been postponed for the holiday, just like this one probably will be. When did Hasbro say they would send answers for round 61?

They answered on Dec 5th.

SirStevesGuide Q&A: http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1553

Other sites: http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1298

DarkJedi5
12-16-2008, 12:54 PM
I thought the Dec 5th answers were from round 60. Actually, I'm pretty sure they were because the questions are not the ones we asked in round 61 which were submitted on the 12th (which is after the 5th so those couldn't possibly be the answers from the 5th).

If Hasbro sticks to the schedule then questions are answered the week after they are asked which means this Friday, the 19th. But, if Hasbro answers questions every three weeks no matter when the questions are submitted that means the 26th. Then again, I'm sure that they are likely to skip the 26th like they did the day after Thanksgiving. That would mean answers on the 2nd? Or not then either being the day after New Year's Day which is also a holiday.... It looks like it's gonna be whenever they feel like getting back to us.

Cane_Adiss
12-16-2008, 01:06 PM
So optimistically, this Friday the 19th? Here's hopin.

obi-dad
12-16-2008, 01:07 PM
Aaahhh! You're right DJ5 ... I got confused there. The correct answer is for now, we don't know:

[From a reply on a different subject]...

...I'm not adding it right now because of that, but remind me of it again after we get a firm date for this round and I'll reconsider. Once Hasbro has a new schedule, it'll make it easier to determine when something like that could be shoehorned in.

sebillba
12-16-2008, 03:54 PM
Here's my votes: 8, 11, 15, 17, 20 & 22.

BobaThreat33
12-16-2008, 05:22 PM
10, 11, 14, 20, 21, 22

Darth Windu
12-16-2008, 09:01 PM
My votes - 23, 6, 9

JediTricks
12-18-2008, 04:52 AM
When are we supposed to get answers from last round's Q&A? I don't really understand how the schedule works anymore, and I know it's been postponed for the holiday, just like this one probably will be. When did Hasbro say they would send answers for round 61?Hasbro told us that they were due back on the 19th, which would be a 1-week turnaround (we sent questions in on the 12th, not the 5th). They haven't done a 1 week Q&A in quite some time, but I'm hopeful they're able to make this happen.



Aaahhh! You're right DJ5 ... I got confused there. The correct answer is for now, we don't know:

[From a reply on a different subject]...
...I'm not adding it right now because of that, but remind me of it again after we get a firm date for this round and I'll reconsider. Once Hasbro has a new schedule, it'll make it easier to determine when something like that could be shoehorned in.In that quote, I was referring to this very round of questions, the one we're voting on now. We do have a date for the questions we sent in last week, as I mentioned in the passage above.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-18-2008, 09:45 AM
4, 5, 7, 13, 21, 22

And I shall now remind you of the comic book question, though I'm not sure if tomorrow counts as the "concrete date."

JediTricks
12-18-2008, 05:35 PM
Remind me after we have a concrete SEND date for this round. The return date for the last round was never in question.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-18-2008, 06:05 PM
Remind me after we have a concrete SEND date for this round. The return date for the last round was never in question.
Oh, I thought tomorrow WAS the send date. Never mind.

JediTricks
12-18-2008, 06:07 PM
Question 23 modified.

Question 25 added.


JT - Thanks for that. :) Rebelscum now has new pictures showing the Clone Shuttle, so could you remove the bit about the Shuttle but keep the question as pertaining to the paint colours?

Cheers.Sure, the question needed some more rewriting anyway.


Well, they have been going through the vehicles and updating the cockpits, so far doing the B-wing and A-wing. Perhaps a more valid question could be:

*Recently, you have been updating the cockpits on a few vehicles, including the B-wing and the A-wing (not to mention the beautiful cockpit on the Millennium Falcon). Are there any plans to continue to update other ships in similar ways? The X-wing, TIE Fighter, and Y-wing could all be good candidates, but will the small size of some of these cockpits prevent much (or anything) from being done?That was due to the exclusives budget, so I think that'd require being careful in how we ask it or it'll get lost in that.

I'll count Obi-Dad's vote for it since it was originally his question, JabbaJohn will have to LMK if he wants to vote for it as well.

El Chuxter
12-19-2008, 09:24 AM
I want a question about JJL's avatar.

DarkJedi5
12-19-2008, 10:53 AM
I would like to drop my vote for question 11 and add it to question 25. Is there anyway we could shoehorn in something about the Y-Wing cockpit being made to be a two-seater like it's shown to be in the Clone Wars series and is supposedly in the OT? I think the mold is big enough now, it would need to be redone considerably though.

My new six vites are 10, 15, 19, 20, 21, 25.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-19-2008, 03:25 PM
I'll count Obi-Dad's vote for it since it was originally his question, JabbaJohn will have to LMK if he wants to vote for it as well.
Just keep my votes as they are right now.


I want a question about JJL's avatar.
I want a question about El Chuxter's avatar. :p

But really, I think I could die happily without any more Holiday Special figures. Though a Krelman pitcher would be awesome, though. :D

El Chuxter
12-19-2008, 04:17 PM
But really, I think I could die happily without any more Holiday Special figures. Though a Krelman pitcher would be awesome, though. :D

I'd only want Goormanda, Ackmena, Tork, the Wookiees, and some of the new cantina aliens.

Weren't Goormanda and the Wookiees on one of the rumour lists?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-19-2008, 04:29 PM
I'd only want Goormanda, Ackmena, Tork, the Wookiees, and some of the new cantina aliens.

Weren't Goormanda and the Wookiees on one of the rumour lists?
Never trust Roboto. I think we of all people should know that. ;)

We could also get Effeminate Luke, Saun Dann (with belly-exposing action), Malla (with the uncontrollable need to get the same information from several different characters), Mermeia (with Wookiee-seducing action), and the Amorphian Being (with the ability to drag a two-second joke into what feels like five hours of screentime). Hell, throw 'em in a $63 Target battle pack and you're golden.

JediTricks
12-19-2008, 05:33 PM
I want a question about JJL's avatar.No figures of Harvey Korman, his awesomeness cannot be contained by plastic.

obi-dad
12-19-2008, 06:42 PM
Hasbro told us that they were due back on the 19th, which would be a 1-week turnaround (we sent questions in on the 12th, not the 5th). They haven't done a 1 week Q&A in quite some time, but I'm hopeful they're able to make this happen.

It's getting pretty late for not even having one site post answers. I have a bad feeling about this.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-19-2008, 07:01 PM
It's getting pretty late for not even having one site post answers. I have a bad feeling about this.
My thoughts exactly. I got online to check for the answers and ended up watching the ShamWow and Slap Chop commercials again, so I guess it wasn't all bad.

Battle Droid
12-19-2008, 09:40 PM
A few sites have posted their answers.:)

JediTricks
12-19-2008, 11:56 PM
It's getting pretty late for not even having one site post answers. I have a bad feeling about this.The answers are in my hand, they came in a little late, and after I took off to do some errands.


And I shall now remind you of the comic book question, though I'm not sure if tomorrow counts as the "concrete date."Getting back to this, we now have a send date for this round, December 30th. That is too soon for me to shoehorn into this round, but remind me at the beginning of the next round and I'll reconsider (no promises, it depends on how many more new questions we add in this round).


I would like to drop my vote for question 11 and add it to question 25. Is there anyway we could shoehorn in something about the Y-Wing cockpit being made to be a two-seater like it's shown to be in the Clone Wars series and is supposedly in the OT? I think the mold is big enough now, it would need to be redone considerably though.I will change your vote, but the CW design has a semi-separate bubble which gives room for such a thing. I'll check out the Cross-Sections entry on this, that's the art source for the claim that some Y-wings had gunners, see how that looks and if it'd be feasible. If you don't hear back from me by Monday afternoon on this one, remind me again.

Darth Windu
12-21-2008, 07:55 AM
New Question.

Dear Hasbro,

The 'Republic Assault Ship'/Acclamator played a large part in 'Attack of the Clones', and seems to have quite a prominent role in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series as well. To date we've only seen this lovely vessel in the old Action Fleet line, so what are the chances of seeing it in the Titanium Series line in both it's all-grey Episode 2 colouring and the grey and red colouring of the Clone Wars series in the near future?

Battle Droid
12-21-2008, 08:34 PM
The Tikkes and Rogwa Wodrata question was answered here by Hasbro.

http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=7728&zoneid=2

El Chuxter
12-21-2008, 08:57 PM
Don't you just love the numerous answers of "We'd love to make this figure you asked for that would be an easy repaint or kitbash, but we have so many Clonetroopers to make first"?

bigbarada
12-21-2008, 11:08 PM
New question:

Back in 2007 you guys answered a question about Skiff Guards and said that you liked these "cool guards" and hoped to start releasing new sculpts and never-before-made characters at the rate of 1 or 2 per year. Well, 2008 is almost over and we officially haven't seen a new sculpt for any of Jabba's Skiff Guards in ten years (the most recent figures being the "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto" set from 1998). And after all this time, 9 of the 12 alien guards who manned the two Skiffs in the Sarlacc Pit battle have never been immortalized in plastic. You've recently stated that one Nikto guard is slated for next year, but do any of us Skiff Guard fans have anything (or anyone) else to look forward to in 2009? Or do we just need to continue to be patient and keep our hopes up for 2010?

Obsession is Nute
12-21-2008, 11:40 PM
Question Number 26

"It was recently stated that no Separatist personalities were on the table for this year. Does this mean that we will not see any new Separatist figures in 2009, or just entirely original characters? Specifically, we would like to know about the future for the Revenge of the Sith versions of Nute Gunray and Rune Haako. If not planned for this year, will we see them in the near future?"


Of course, my vote goes for this one. Hopefully at least BattleDroid will back me up on this one! (:

Battle Droid
12-22-2008, 09:40 AM
"It was recently stated that no Separatist personalities were on the table for this year. Does this mean that we will not see any new Separatist figures in 2009, or just entirely original characters? Specifically, we would like to know about the future for the Revenge of the Sith versions of Nute Gunray and Rune Haako. If not planned for this year, will we see them in the near future?"


I 2nd that question.

Battle Droid
12-22-2008, 09:58 AM
New question,

Recently in a Q&A you said you have no plans right now to release a Nute Gunray figure in the Clone Wars 3D line, why is this when he's been in the Clone Wars movie, and in three Clone Wars episodes?

bigbarada
12-22-2008, 10:18 AM
New question,

Recently in a Q&A you said you have no plans right now to release a Nute Gunray figure in the Clone Wars 3D line, why is this when he's been in the Clone Wars movie, and in three Clone Wars episodes?

There's going to be something in their answer about a history of poor sales for Neimodian action figures. You should probably address that in your question.

Battle Droid
12-22-2008, 10:28 AM
Alot of figures pegwarm, I don't see how they can use that as an excuse. Vader always pegwarms, but they release him every year.

I'm also sure the icecream maker guy isn't going to fly off the pegs.

bigbarada
12-22-2008, 10:34 AM
Alot of figures pegwarm, I don't see how they can use that as an excuse. Vader always pegwarms, but they release him every year.

I'm also sure the icecream maker guy isn't going to fly off the pegs.

The difference is Darth Vader is a core character that they produce huge numbers of and make a lot of money on.

Neimoidians aren't particularly action oriented figures and every single one released has pegwarmed badly since 1999.

I'm not trying to shoot your question down, I'm just trying to help you make it "bullet-proof."

And, for the record, I think the Ice Cream Maker Guy is the stupidest idea for an action figure in the history of the Star Wars line.

Cane_Adiss
12-22-2008, 11:21 AM
The difference is Darth Vader is a core character that they produce huge numbers of and make a lot of money on.

Neimoidians aren't particularly action oriented figures and every single one released has pegwarmed badly since 1999.

I'm not trying to shoot your question down, I'm just trying to help you make it "bullet-proof."

And, for the record, I think the Ice Cream Maker Guy is the stupidest idea for an action figure in the history of the Star Wars line.

First of all, BB's right about Vader. Even though he's pegwarmed through every single line Vader always manages to sell through in the end. During the '06 Saga line, he was pretty much the only figure that pegwarmed badly in my area but eventually (it took about a year) the last Vaders sold through or were otherwise removed from the pegs. These last couple years it wasn't so bad for Vader. He's actually scarce in my area at the moment, along w/ all Grievous's.

Neimoidians have also always pegwarmed, especially the Neimoidian Warrior who was supposedly an "action oriented" figure. Nute and Rune from Ep1 were pretty bad as well. Lott Dodd and Lushros Dofine actually didn't pegwarm too badly in my area, but enough people say they did in theirs that it seems they were a problem too. Hasbro says they don't plan on doing a Clone Wars Nute Gunray any time soon, even though he was involved in some of the action in the cartoon so you can tell that in general the Neimoidian concept doesn't hold much of Hasbro's confidence. They did at some point say that Tey How and Daultay Dofine were in the "parking lot" for the future so they haven't completely written them all off. I personally would buy any and all the Neimoidians they put out. Lushros in particular was a really stellar figure!

As for the ICMG (Willrow Hood), I will buy one only because I know this will be the only time Hasbro will do this guy and because of it's novelty factor. Not because I think he'd make a great action figure. My guess is if the ESB wave he comes in falls during the Christmas season next year, he could be one of the worst pegwarmers in history simply because stores will be ordering a ton of this wave to prepare for the season. In comparison to the Yarna figure, Yarna was never a "novelty" to me as she was to many people. To me she was just another necessary alien to fill my Jabba's palace scene and was a figure I really hoped Hasbro would deliver. And I really love the figure itself and think that Hasbro did a great job and got her PERFECT the first time which is really cool.

bigbarada
12-22-2008, 12:19 PM
First of all, BB's right about Vader. Even though he's pegwarmed through every single line Vader always manages to sell through in the end. During the '06 Saga line, he was pretty much the only figure that pegwarmed badly in my area but eventually (it took about a year) the last Vaders sold through or were otherwise removed from the pegs. These last couple years it wasn't so bad for Vader. He's actually scarce in my area at the moment, along w/ all Grievous's.

Besides, it's Darth Vader. He's kind of in a class by himself in the Star Wars line. Hasbro makes the figure in huge numbers every year and they always sell because he has the casual fan and kid appeal. Plus he's iconic enough to be easily recognizable by parents and grandparents who may only have a passing knowledge of Star Wars. Also, any kid just getting into Star Wars toys for the first time will most likely want a Darth Vader figure as one of their first toys.

So, it's best to not compare the sales performance of ancillary and background characters to the core characters. They'll always be in a different class.

JediTricks
12-22-2008, 04:22 PM
Questions 6 and 20 stricken.

Everybody who voted for those, and there are quite a few of you, are refunded 1 vote each.

Question 26 added.


New Question.

Dear Hasbro,

The 'Republic Assault Ship'/Acclamator played a large part in 'Attack of the Clones', and seems to have quite a prominent role in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series as well. To date we've only seen this lovely vessel in the old Action Fleet line, so what are the chances of seeing it in the Titanium Series line in both it's all-grey Episode 2 colouring and the grey and red colouring of the Clone Wars series in the near future?Hmm, as much as I want to add a Titaniums question, this ship isn't exciting enough to get the needed votes. It came in very poorly in our 3.75" poll, and it's not in the Clone Wars CGI show, only the original cell-animation series (the CGI show uses the later Venator-class).


The Tikkes and Rogwa Wodrata question was answered here by Hasbro.

http://www.galactichunter.com/absolutenm/templates/full_article_template_1.asp?articleid=7728&zoneid=2Yeah, I was just getting to that. Lots of votes to nullify.



Don't you just love the numerous answers of "We'd love to make this figure you asked for that would be an easy repaint or kitbash, but we have so many Clonetroopers to make first"?It must be difficult living in your brain, having to see all these words out there and then reformat them to fit your brain's vision of reality. :p I thought it was very generous of Hasbro not to say "these guys suck and are a complete waste of time. We have dozens and dozens of far more exciting and fun figures coming out in 2009, why in the name of the Force would you ask about these turkeys?" :D


New question:

Back in 2007 you guys answered a question about Skiff Guards and said that you liked these "cool guards" and hoped to start releasing new sculpts and never-before-made characters at the rate of 1 or 2 per year. Well, 2008 is almost over and we officially haven't seen a new sculpt for any of Jabba's Skiff Guards in ten years (the most recent figures being the "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto" set from 1998). And after all this time, 9 of the 12 alien guards who manned the two Skiffs in the Sarlacc Pit battle have never been immortalized in plastic. You've recently stated that one Nikto guard is slated for next year, but do any of us Skiff Guard fans have anything (or anyone) else to look forward to in 2009? Or do we just need to continue to be patient and keep our hopes up for 2010?Ok, so that set was from '99, not '98, and we've gotten 5 guards, not 3 (Weequay, Klaatu, Barada, Nikto, and Pote Snitkin), and of the 13 guards, 3 are humans, not aliens. That said, they did say to us that we'd get a couple new ones a year, and 2008 went without, so I'll ask it, but talking about "Skiff Guard fans" seems a little narrow, I hope that doesn't hurt the question's chances.


Question Number 26

"It was recently stated that no Separatist personalities were on the table for this year. Does this mean that we will not see any new Separatist figures in 2009, or just entirely original characters? Specifically, we would like to know about the future for the Revenge of the Sith versions of Nute Gunray and Rune Haako. If not planned for this year, will we see them in the near future?"

Of course, my vote goes for this one. Hopefully at least BattleDroid will back me up on this one! (:Their answer is clear enough to answer your question already, it said "we do not have any more Separatist personalities slotted into the lineup. They are at the top of our "parking lot" for consideration, but it will not be in the next couple of years." There's nothing in there about new characters vs. old, it simply says all of them are out, and it covers 2009 and 2010.



New question,

Recently in a Q&A you said you have no plans right now to release a Nute Gunray figure in the Clone Wars 3D line, why is this when he's been in the Clone Wars movie, and in three Clone Wars episodes?Ask this again after Toy Fair, we'll wait to see if it'll be in their presentation first. With 40 figures on the slate, and Nute showing up in a few episodes recently, I wouldn't be surprised if he was tossed into a late Summer wave or something.



Alot of figures pegwarm, I don't see how they can use that as an excuse. Vader always pegwarms, but they release him every year.

I'm also sure the icecream maker guy isn't going to fly off the pegs.Hasbro contends that Vader sells the best of any figure, and that the reason we see so many on pegs is because they make so many more than others to fill kid needs. It seems to be true, my stores always go through their Vaders and then get more, go through them too, and it looks like they have a ton of Vaders but they're always new cards. For stuff like ICMG or Yarna, they make those "collector focused" figures in lower numbers to combat their lower interest in casual collector focus, and even then it's a gamble that they'll sell, but the lower production line coupled with continued focus on major sellers like Vader ensures that retailers continue to order stuff like Yarna and risk pegwarming there. This is very different from the Ep 1 days when Hasbro thought they had a goldmine they could force-feed retailers, so they threw multiple female figures and Neimoidians at retailers in average quantities, and eventually those retailers had dozens in each store of them to the point where they said they wouldn't order more SW cases if they had Neimoidians or females in 'em, they couldn't even clearance those figures out.

When a type of character is singled out by multiple retailers as something they absolutely don't want to see, you can bet your bonnet that Hasbro's going to tread very lightly with that type next time.

Obsession is Nute
12-22-2008, 04:36 PM
Thanks for the suggestion Barada!

How about we change it to this...

Question Number 26

"It was recently stated that no Separatist personalities were on the table for this year. Does this mean that we will not see any new Separatist figures in 2009, or just entirely original characters? Specifically, we would like to know about the future for the Revenge of the Sith versions of Nute Gunray and Rune Haako. If not planned for this year, will we see them in the near future? While we know the nemoidians don't sell like hot cakes, there are those would like to see the final versions of these two relatively prominent aliens in the galaxy."

As my name suggests, I am kind of fixated on getting my final Nute. I am not under any delusion that he would be a big seller, but completionists might appreciate him. I think Hasbro could save money by maybe packing him in a battle pack. "Massacre on Mustafar" or something like that. Pack in Nute, an old Anakin, the old Shu Mai mold, and an old battle droid. I figure if they can continue to turn out that tired "Duel in Palpatine's Office" pack, a limited release of the Mustafar pack.

When it comes to pegwarmers, I understand both sides of the issue. Hasbro wants to sell a mold they can produce tons of figures from, making the most money. We know that senators, nemoidians, and non-action oriented female characters sell poorly. In my opinion, a peg warmer is only a problem when it pretty much lasts more than a couple of waves past its original release, making them likely to be pulled in the long run. This year the only figure that really stands out to me is poor Juno Ecplise, my local TRU has had a permanent row of Juno's all year. Pretty much everything else has flown off the shelves. It is odd that she is still there, because I thought the old UPC's were no longer valid after Midnight Maddness...

It is funny you mention Lushros Dofine, because he was a major pegwarmer in my area. Very sad.

Maybe I should start a new thread on the great pegwarmers of the past. The ones that stand out the most to me are: Juno Eclipse, Maris Brood, Saga Yellow Naboo Trooper, Lushros Dofine, Moff Jerjerrod, and Kren Blista Valee. That is all that memory serves, for the moment.

JediTricks
12-22-2008, 05:13 PM
O is N, you should really read my response to your post, above.

Obsession is Nute
12-22-2008, 05:43 PM
Not sure what you mean there. Your post must have appeared when I was preparing mine, otherwise I would not have wasted the effort.

bigbarada
12-22-2008, 05:55 PM
Ok, so that set was from '99, not '98, and we've gotten 5 guards, not 3 (Weequay, Klaatu, Barada, Nikto, and Pote Snitkin), and of the 13 guards, 3 are humans, not aliens. That said, they did say to us that we'd get a couple new ones a year, and 2008 went without, so I'll ask it, but talking about "Skiff Guard fans" seems a little narrow, I hope that doesn't hurt the question's chances.

Well, technically, the Klaatu and Nikto from that set were on the Sail Barge, but I can understand that's really splitting hairs and it's unlikely that Hasbro distinguishes between guards on the deck of the Sail Barge and the guards on the skiff. Only fans with bizarre fixations on leathery-faced aliens seem to make that distinction.:D

I probably should have worked the recent release of the Sarlacc Pit in there somewhere and said that people wishing to build dioramas around that set would prefer more updated and articulated figures to fill it with.

obi-dad
12-22-2008, 06:19 PM
Ok, I still had 1 vote and 1 refunded, so....

14 - $30-$40 vehicle pricepoint
26 - Skiff guards

Darth Windu
12-22-2008, 11:01 PM
New Question.

Dear Hasbro,

The 'Republic Assault Ship'/Acclamator played a large part in 'Attack of the Clones', and seems to have quite a prominent role in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series as well. To date we've only seen this lovely vessel in the old Action Fleet line, so what are the chances of seeing it in the Titanium Series line in both it's all-grey Episode 2 colouring and the grey and red colouring of the Clone Wars series in the near future?

Hmm, as much as I want to add a Titaniums question, this ship isn't exciting enough to get the needed votes. It came in very poorly in our 3.75" poll, and it's not in the Clone Wars CGI show, only the original cell-animation series (the CGI show uses the later Venator-class).

Actually it's quite prominant in the new CGI series. The Venator does get more screen time, but I can assure you the Acclamator is there. It's feature quite a bit in the CGI film, and in a lot of the 'fleet' scenes for the Republic in the CGI series you'll see mostly Venators with a few Acclamators and Republic Cruisers. For example
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Christophsis_skylane.jpg (http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=clonewaracclamatorgz2.jpg)
http://img360.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cw1yq2.jpg (http://img368.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cw1dw1.jpg)
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Orbital_Battle_Christophsis.jpg (http://img381.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cw2az8.jpg)

sebillba
12-23-2008, 12:41 AM
I've got a refunded vote, so put me down for #26 please.

El Chuxter
12-23-2008, 02:56 AM
I thought it was very generous of Hasbro not to say "these guys suck and are a complete waste of time. We have dozens and dozens of far more exciting and fun figures coming out in 2009, why in the name of the Force would you ask about these turkeys?" :D

Like ANH Obi-Wan #463, more Darth Vaders, and a Malakili resculpt? Who the hell asked for a Malakili resculpt?

In fact, maybe that could (seriously) be a question: "Various sources seem to pointing strongly toward a resculpted Malakili (Rancor Keeper) in 2009. If true, what is the reasoning behind updating a figure who was one of the biggest pegwarmers of all time in both the vintage and modern lines?"

evenflow
12-23-2008, 10:21 AM
10, 11, 19. 22, 26

obi-dad
12-23-2008, 11:07 AM
Like ANH Obi-Wan #463, more Darth Vaders, and a Malakili resculpt? Who the hell asked for a Malakili resculpt?

In fact, maybe that could (seriously) be a question: "Various sources seem to pointing strongly toward a resculpted Malakili (Rancor Keeper) in 2009. If true, what is the reasoning behind updating a figure who was one of the biggest pegwarmers of all time in both the vintage and modern lines?"

It is true, it's not simply various sources... Hasbro confirmed it in a somewhat recent Q&A. Are you saying you haven't been dreaming of this day? :laugh:

Cane_Adiss
12-23-2008, 11:08 AM
Since my vote for the Separatist question was refunded (#20) put me down instead for BigBarada's skiff guard question (#26?). I too would like to see all the skiff guards done, especially Kithaba and Tayme Dren-Garen. The Weequay's would be cool as well. I thought for sure by now we'd have an updated Weequay using Master Sev's headsculpt, which was strikingly similar to the ROTJ Weequay's likeness.

Bib Un-Fortuna
12-23-2008, 11:34 AM
With my refunded #20, I vote #26. And a Happy Holidays to all!

DarkJedi5
12-23-2008, 12:33 PM
Since being refunded a vote I will put it towards number 11. Makes my six:
10, 11, 15, 19, 21, 25.

DarkJedi5
12-23-2008, 12:35 PM
oops double post.

BobaThreat33
12-23-2008, 12:36 PM
So cause I'm refunded 10, 11, 14, 21, 22, 26.

Obsession is Nute
12-23-2008, 02:42 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by El Chuxter http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=653255#post653255)
Don't you just love the numerous answers of "We'd love to make this figure you asked for that would be an easy repaint or kitbash, but we have so many Clonetroopers to make first"?

It must be difficult living in your brain, having to see all these words out there and then reformat them to fit your brain's vision of reality. :p I thought it was very generous of Hasbro not to say "these guys suck and are a complete waste of time. We have dozens and dozens of far more exciting and fun figures coming out in 2009, why in the name of the Force would you ask about these turkeys?" :D
Posted by JediTricks

I agree with Ex Chuxter on that one, Jeditricks. I have enough core characters and clones to satisfy a small country. Unless a new and excellent/perfect mold is made of a core character, my excitement meter is zero. Same with the clones. I am just interested to see how they are going to continue to milk the clone mold in the future. Haven't they already made essentially every troop variant imaginable?

The only figures that excite me these days are the B, C, and D list characters. Without these characters to fill in the background, the Star Wars universe would not be the same. I think they deserve a single shot at a mold. They may not hold the appeal to kids or light collectors, but to the heavy, long term collectors these are some of the most exciting figures! Just look at the figure poll we did earlier this year...

Between the 2 polling types conducted, we had 66 top figures requested. Of the 66, five...FIVE were core characters (Sorry Owen and Beru). Not a single figure requested was a Clone. So, roughly 90% of characters this community wants to see are figures that appeared once (sometimes less than a second), had no action scenes, or didn't appear in the films at all! While our numbers may not be as great as the younger/casual fans, I would imagine the amount of money we as a collecting community, spend annually on the franchise would garner our minor characters a little more respect. I know Hasbro is trying their best to maintain a profitable line and listen to the fans at the same time, I think they should continue to look at different cost-mitigating ways to bring us the minor, unproduced characters along the vien of battle packs, exclusives, evolutions, comic packs, ect.

DarkArtist
12-23-2008, 02:47 PM
my votes are for 2,11,13,16,22 & 25

bigbarada
12-23-2008, 03:27 PM
I think they should continue to look at different cost-mitigating ways to bring us the minor, unproduced characters along the vien of battle packs, exclusives, evolutions, comic packs, ect. [/FONT][/COLOR]

Well, Hasbro is really doing exactly that and if you have any doubts that they really are listening to the fans then just take a look at your Yarna action figure again.

The only real problem is which background characters to make. It seems that no matter who Hasbro picks, there are going to be several groups of fans complaining about the choice.

For instance, 2008 marks the 6th year that I've been asking for a Kithaba figure. Now let's say Hasbro has a figure of this Skiff Guard planned for 2009. As happy as I would be, I know that the SW collecting community would be far from unanimous in their excitement over the figure.

1. Fans of the ANH Cantina Scene would complain because they would rather have another Cantina alien.
2. Fans of Jabba's Palace would complain because they would prefer another, more visible guard or alien be made like Nizuc Bek or Sgt. Doallyn.
3. Fans of the prequels would complain because of all the more prominent prequel aliens that have been overlooked.
4. Fans of EU would complain because why should some alien that only had a few seconds of screen time and didn't do anything but get eaten by the Sarlacc get an action figure before a major character in their favorite EU story/media?

Simply put, the SW fan community is just too diverse for Hasbro to be able to please all of us, all of the time. So the key is persistence and patience. Core characters are always going to be the priority, whether we as collectors are excited about them or not. They keep the line thriving and allow Hasbro to squeeze in the occasional background alien. Sure, they pegwarm and take up space and reduce the chances of a certain background character being immortalized in plastic; but without them, the line dies and the chances of your favorite background alien being made drops to zero.

JediTricks
12-23-2008, 06:18 PM
Not sure what you mean there. Your post must have appeared when I was preparing mine, otherwise I would not have wasted the effort.I figured that was the case, I just wanted you to see that there was a response to the arguments.


Actually it's quite prominant in the new CGI series. The Venator does get more screen time, but I can assure you the Acclamator is there. It's feature quite a bit in the CGI film, and in a lot of the 'fleet' scenes for the Republic in the CGI series you'll see mostly Venators with a few Acclamators and Republic Cruisers. For example
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Christophsis_skylane.jpg (http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=clonewaracclamatorgz2.jpg)
http://img360.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cw1yq2.jpg (http://img368.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cw1dw1.jpg)
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Orbital_Battle_Christophsis.jpg (http://img381.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cw2az8.jpg)Ok, I see it there, it definitely doesn't stand out tho'. If you can think of a way to ask about it in a theme of a few others, I'll reconsider, but at this point I just don't think it'll get traction, it's too specific and not thought that much of.


Like ANH Obi-Wan #463, more Darth Vaders, and a Malakili resculpt? Who the hell asked for a Malakili resculpt?Ok, first off, some fans did ask for Malakili, some fans make weird choices, that cannot be helped. The winner of ToyFare's last poll was Rudolph the red nosed Sith, for god's sake. I don't believe we have a new Vader on slate for next year, but the character helps the rest of the figures sell well and there is room for improvement.

Now, down to the meat of my response. YOU DARE BADMOUTH A NEW ANH BEN KENOBI?!? What the hell is wrong with you, man? To date, we've gotten exactly zero good ANH Ben figures, either they have faces that don't match the character or weak articulation or no way to sit down. This figure is long overdue after the letdown of VOTC Obi-Wan.


In fact, maybe that could (seriously) be a question: "Various sources seem to pointing strongly toward a resculpted Malakili (Rancor Keeper) in 2009. If true, what is the reasoning behind updating a figure who was one of the biggest pegwarmers of all time in both the vintage and modern lines?"The thinking behind Malakili's timing seems to be that there's a new Rancor coming out in '09, and that the current brand team seems to be able to properly manage the line so that less-popular figures don't doom the line the way it did back in the '90s. I could ask them the question, the figure is confirmed and not just rumored, but I just don't think it's really all that necessary to ask. If you want to make a compelling argument in favor of it, backed up by other recent suck figures that tanked hard (I can't think of any, even the stupid Naboo Solider losery figure didn't pegwarm that hard), I'll reconsider.



Since being refunded a vote I will put it towards number 11. Makes my six:
10, 11, 15, 19, 21, 25.That one really threw me because your first post, you did vote for #11. I had forgotten you asked to negate that vote in favor of #25 later. :p Vote properly counted.



I agree with Ex Chuxter on that one, Jeditricks. I have enough core characters and clones to satisfy a small country. Unless a new and excellent/perfect mold is made of a core character, my excitement meter is zero. Same with the clones. I am just interested to see how they are going to continue to milk the clone mold in the future. Haven't they already made essentially every troop variant imaginable?

The only figures that excite me these days are the B, C, and D list characters. Without these characters to fill in the background, the Star Wars universe would not be the same. I think they deserve a single shot at a mold. They may not hold the appeal to kids or light collectors, but to the heavy, long term collectors these are some of the most exciting figures! Just look at the figure poll we did earlier this year...Here's the thing, the line isn't just about you, or just about me. If the casual collectors aren't satiated, there's no line left for us to enjoy. So we get core characters and we get clones (not that Chux's claim of there being a mountain of clones this year or next is actually true, this year was fairly light on new clones), and those help make sure we also get stuff like Yarna and Bane Malar and Breha Organa. You don't have to buy ANY of the A-list characters in order to get the B, C, and D-list characters; but you have to accept that those A-list figures get made and remain in focus or else none of the others you want will exist.


Between the 2 polling types conducted, we had 66 top figures requested. Of the 66, five...FIVE were core characters (Sorry Owen and Beru). Not a single figure requested was a Clone. So, roughly 90% of characters this community wants to see are figures that appeared once (sometimes less than a second), had no action scenes, or didn't appear in the films at all! While our numbers may not be as great as the younger/casual fans, I would imagine the amount of money we as a collecting community, spend annually on the franchise would garner our minor characters a little more respect. I know Hasbro is trying their best to maintain a profitable line and listen to the fans at the same time, I think they should continue to look at different cost-mitigating ways to bring us the minor, unproduced characters along the vien of battle packs, exclusives, evolutions, comic packs, ect. And there's the problem, I've bolded it. You IMAGINE that we hardcore collectors spend enough to warrant these great numbers, but you don't KNOW it, you don't have those numbers to back your argument up. And you don't accept that Hasbro making crap like Breha Organa is showing respect to the hardcore collectors, despite the fact that there isn't probably a single kid or casual collector on the face of the planet who would buy her. Stuff like that ONLY exists to placate us, it is Hasbro throwing us a bone, making sure we get that way-out-there stuff when we can. If your vision of the line was how Hasbro did this, there would be no brand anymore, it'd be dead. I honestly cannot imagine Hasbro doing a better job at bringing this background and other esoterica to us right now, look at 2008's accomplishments in this department:


Tri-droid
2-1B
Po Nudo
Mustafar Panning Droid
Tsui Choi
Master Sev
Bultar Swan
NJO Luke Skywalker
Mandalore the Indomitable
Darth Bane
Darth Nihilus
Yarna
Bane Malar
Ak-Rev
Nippet the Wokling
the entire Genndy Clone Wars wave (TLC wave 2)
RA-7
Stass Allie
Bail Organa
Breha Organa
FX-6
K-3PX
ANH exploded R2-D2
C-3PX (suck tho' the execution may be)
Cade Skywalker
Darth Talon
Legacy Imperial Knights
SOTE Leia & new Xizor
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Talon Karrde
Grand Moff Trachta
Dark Empire Clone Emperor
Dark Empire Luke
Rebel pilot Evolutions set 1
Rebel pilot Evolutions set 2

Yeah, I can really see by that list that there's nowhere near enough focus on the collector base. :rolleyes: C'mon now, that's a hell of a list, and some stuff is missing. From 1995 to 2001, the chances of more than a handful of those being made was somewhere between really unlikely and entirely unthinkable, yet in 2008 alone we got a huge amount of collector-focused figures even when the brand took a whole season off to focus on Indiana Jones.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your passion and participation in this thread, but just because you and Chux have an opinion doesn't make it the only point of view. And I really think fans need to recognize that Hasbro's doing a pretty decent job of getting us the type of stuff we want - look at '09 wave 1 alone: Trinto Duaba, Dice Ibegon, Brainiac, the WED droid, the Spacetrooper that we in this very Q&A asked Hasbro to make, Wioslea... WIOSLEA, for the Force's sake! On paper, that has to be one of the worst toys of all time! :p

obi-dad
12-23-2008, 07:31 PM
JT... SSG's Vice Chancellor and Hasbro apollogist. But, when you're right, you're right... at least with 99% of the post. I don't always agree that they do a great job with the figures (or UBP's), but they have done a good job keeping the line alive since '95 and usually (cough... Saga... cough) keep improving sculpt & articulation as the line progresses. But, I thought you lost it when you said,
even the stupid Naboo Solider losery figure didn't pegwarm that hardPerhaps you've only visited one store or one of the perks of SSG is that you get all your figures delivered to you for free! :D

I've done a lot of traveling since the yellow Naboo Soldier was released and the one thing all WalMarts & Targets had in common (and most TRU's) was that this turd was keeping the pegs warm in every store of every state I went to. I found more than a few Walmarts that didn't have a single other figure on the pegs, but some had 20, 30, 40+ of this one figure at regular price! Now, I know like the arguments from the previous posts on figure choices, one persons experience does not make this universal, but I've also read on multiple forums that there were many others seeing the same thing.

Darth Windu
12-23-2008, 07:36 PM
Okay, how about this-

Dear Hasbro,

Core vessels such as the Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator; Munificent Frigate; and the Commerce Guild Destroyer played large parts in 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith', as well as being quite a prominent in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series. To date we've only seen the Republic Assault Ship in the old Action Fleet line and have not seen the other two at all, so what are the chances of seeing these highly-exposed ships in the Titanium Series line in both film and CGI colour schemes in the near future?

Cane_Adiss
12-24-2008, 04:37 PM
I've done a lot of traveling since the yellow Naboo Soldier was released and the one thing all WalMarts & Targets had in common (and most TRU's) was that this turd was keeping the pegs warm in every store of every state I went to. I found more than a few Walmarts that didn't have a single other figure on the pegs, but some had 20, 30, 40+ of this one figure at regular price! Now, I know like the arguments from the previous posts on figure choices, one persons experience does not make this universal, but I've also read on multiple forums that there were many others seeing the same thing.

Actually, in my area (Hazleton/ Wilkes-Barre PA) the Naboo Soldier wasn't really a bad pegwarmer. In fact the entire wave he came in was pretty scarce compared to the rest of the line (the Hoth wave was the bad one around here). It seemed the stores in my area either didn't order as much of this wave or maybe I was just winding down my toy hunts who knows. But I remember counting myself lucky to snag the Pod racers and Gragra. The red repaint from last year I actually NEVER saw in stores (that repaint wave was scarce around here as well.) So I guess my point is that even though the yellow soldier was common, he wasn't problematic in my area.

LTBasker
12-24-2008, 05:48 PM
Okay, how about this-

Dear Hasbro,

Core vessels such as the Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator; Munificent Frigate; and the Commerce Guild Destroyer played large parts in 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith', as well as being quite a prominent in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series. To date we've only seen the Republic Assault Ship in the old Action Fleet line and have not seen the other two at all, so what are the chances of seeing these highly-exposed ships in the Titanium Series line in both film and CGI colour schemes in the near future?

If needed, it could be noted that the Republic ship and Munificent Frigate have been heavily featured in the Battlefront games, which Hasbro has been taking quite a bit of inspiration from.

obi-dad
12-25-2008, 01:19 PM
Actually, in my area (Hazleton/ Wilkes-Barre PA) the Naboo Soldier wasn't really a bad pegwarmer. In fact the entire wave he came in was pretty scarce compared to the rest of the line.... So I guess my point is that even though the yellow soldier was common, he wasn't problematic in my area.

I'm guessing this is another case of [and Hasbro points this out often in the Q&A replies] where pegwarmers (and in the cases of the stores I've visited, extreme pegwarmers) in one area, aren't necessarily so in other areas. Though, as I pointed out in my original post, the entire wave didn't sit around, they werer all bought up and only this figure sat. And... I could easily bring my digital camera around today and I'm sure I could find it warming a few stores (though I haven't really been out hunting since July 26th).

Obiwanathan
12-27-2008, 11:31 AM
I vote for questions 10, 21, and 22.

obi-dad
12-28-2008, 06:03 PM
Having recently seen the pics of Sideshow's Rebel Fleet Trooper again, it reminded me about the helmet. Has anyone asked, or more importantly, has Hasbro ever said why the paint on their RFT's helmet, has black below where it is supposed to be? I know we have a new RFT in 2009, but I hope they don't mess up the helmet paint apps again. They had more than one chance to correct it (at least the Tantive IV battle pack which included 2 RFTs). If not, I'd like to ask before CC if they realize it and if on the next RFT incarnation, will it be fixed.

[Just to state the obvious, the RFT on the left is from Sideshow, with the helmet painted properly and the one on the right Hasbro's RFT, with black painted too low.]

JediTricks
12-28-2008, 07:19 PM
JT... SSG's Vice Chancellor and Hasbro apollogist. But, when you're right, you're right... at least with 99% of the post. I don't always agree that they do a great job with the figures (or UBP's), but they have done a good job keeping the line alive since '95 and usually (cough... Saga... cough) keep improving sculpt & articulation as the line progresses. But, I thought you lost it when you said,Perhaps you've only visited one store or one of the perks of SSG is that you get all your figures delivered to you for free! :D

I've done a lot of traveling since the yellow Naboo Soldier was released and the one thing all WalMarts & Targets had in common (and most TRU's) was that this turd was keeping the pegs warm in every store of every state I went to. I found more than a few Walmarts that didn't have a single other figure on the pegs, but some had 20, 30, 40+ of this one figure at regular price! Now, I know like the arguments from the previous posts on figure choices, one persons experience does not make this universal, but I've also read on multiple forums that there were many others seeing the same thing.I'm not saying it didn't pegwarm, it did, just not as hard or for as long as some of the POTF2-era tragedies, and not as consistently (here, Target seemed to take the brunt of that figure's failure, while WM spread the hate around the TSC pegwarmers).



Okay, how about this-

Dear Hasbro,

Core vessels such as the Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator; Munificent Frigate; and the Commerce Guild Destroyer played large parts in 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith', as well as being quite a prominent in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series. To date we've only seen the Republic Assault Ship in the old Action Fleet line and have not seen the other two at all, so what are the chances of seeing these highly-exposed ships in the Titanium Series line in both film and CGI colour schemes in the near future?
If needed, it could be noted that the Republic ship and Munificent Frigate have been heavily featured in the Battlefront games, which Hasbro has been taking quite a bit of inspiration from.That's a better way to do it. I'm tempted to leave out the Commerce Guild Destroyer though as it's only in ROTS, not CW or AOTC; it's also not a particularly noteworthy design. But the Munificent Frigate is very thin in the middle, and doesn't look the same in Battlefront II, so it may not work as a toy. Thoughts?



Having recently seen the pics of Sideshow's Rebel Fleet Trooper again, it reminded me about the helmet. Has anyone asked, or more importantly, has Hasbro ever said why the paint on their RFT's helmet, has black below where it is supposed to be? I know we have a new RFT in 2009, but I hope they don't mess up the helmet paint apps again. They had more than one chance to correct it (at least the Tantive IV battle pack which included 2 RFTs). If not, I'd like to ask before CC if they realize it and if on the next RFT incarnation, will it be fixed.

[Just to state the obvious, the RFT on the left is from Sideshow, with the helmet painted properly and the one on the right Hasbro's RFT, with black painted too low.]I guarantee it's never been asked by any site I've ever seen. I see what you mean too. Normally, I might be gunshy about doing this one simply because it's a bit nitpicky, but with one on the way it makes sense to ask now. Go ahead and craft the question.

obi-dad
12-28-2008, 08:15 PM
Woohoo! I didn't even notice.. 500 posts. Now if I can just post another 200 by Feb, I can get my average up to a whopping 10 posts per year. I'm guessing 90% of that was in the last 2 years and most of that in this last year.
I guarantee it's never been asked by any site I've ever seen. I see what you mean too. Normally, I might be gunshy about doing this one simply because it's a bit nitpicky, but with one on the way it makes sense to ask now. Go ahead and craft the question.

I can't believe it hasn't been asked, because I'm fairly certain I didn't realize it myself, but that someone in one of the forums did. However, it has always stuck out everytime I see one since then. I also just checked the POTF2 and Hasbro did it correctly then. Ok... so how about this...

In 2001 the POTJ Rebel Trooper was a vast improvement over the 1997 POTF2 Rebel Fleet Trooper. However, fans aren't always easy to please and on certain forums you could read complaints about the swivel knees and other joints and about the paint apps on the helmet. You have already confirmed a new RFT for 2009 and I can wait until Comic Con to find out about where ball-socket joints will be applied. But, what I'd really like to know is will you correct the paint apps on the helmet? At least the POTF2 helmet had the wider stripe of white at the bottom. You can even see (on both helmets) a sculpted line in the plastic, where the black is supposed to stop. But on the POTJ helmet, the black goes almost all the way to the bottom. What concerns me more is that when the RFT was re-released in the Tantive IV battlepack, again, this mistake was not corrected. Please tell me that this will be corrected on next years figure.

Darth Windu
12-29-2008, 05:41 AM
Dear Hasbro,

Core vessels such as the Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator; Munificent Frigate; and the Commerce Guild Destroyer played large parts in 'Attack of the Clones' and 'Revenge of the Sith', as well as being quite a prominent in the 'Clone Wars' CGI TV series. To date we've only seen the Republic Assault Ship in the old Action Fleet line and have not seen the other two at all, so what are the chances of seeing these highly-exposed ships in the Titanium Series line in both film and CGI colour schemes in the near future?

That's a better way to do it. I'm tempted to leave out the Commerce Guild Destroyer though as it's only in ROTS, not CW or AOTC; it's also not a particularly noteworthy design. But the Munificent Frigate is very thin in the middle, and doesn't look the same in Battlefront II, so it may not work as a toy. Thoughts?
Yeah, I only included the Commerce Guild Destroyer to increase the spectrum of the question so to speak. I have noticed though that the Munificent seems to be in just about every Clone Wars episode in which a CIS fleet appears, making up the backbone of their fleet. It's not that thin though, the Commerce Guild Destroyer is, but not the Munificent.

In regards to the Battlefront issue I was just thinking that we could also add the appearance of the Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator in the 'Clone Wars' game; 'Empire at War'; 'Republic Commando'; and 'Jedi Starfighter' games.

LTBasker
12-29-2008, 07:03 AM
That's a better way to do it. I'm tempted to leave out the Commerce Guild Destroyer though as it's only in ROTS, not CW or AOTC; it's also not a particularly noteworthy design. But the Munificent Frigate is very thin in the middle, and doesn't look the same in Battlefront II, so it may not work as a toy. Thoughts?

It is quite thin, but it would probably get filled in and given some details much like the mid-section of a Star Destroyer. The Battlefront II model inaccuracies would probably go overlooked by Hasbro, assuming of course that when they need reference pictures they ask Lucasfilm - in which I then assume they would be given pictures of the movie or CW version (obviously I could be wrong).

As a toy, it should perform okay, I think. Personally I think if the Rebel Transport can sell well (it's always the first gone around here), then this should too. I know the RT has an advantage thanks to it's spotlighting in ESB, but as Windu has pointed out the Munificent is often seen in Clone Wars - and usually in action.


Having recently seen the pics of Sideshow's Rebel Fleet Trooper again, it reminded me about the helmet. Has anyone asked, or more importantly, has Hasbro ever said why the paint on their RFT's helmet, has black below where it is supposed to be? I know we have a new RFT in 2009, but I hope they don't mess up the helmet paint apps again. They had more than one chance to correct it (at least the Tantive IV battle pack which included 2 RFTs). If not, I'd like to ask before CC if they realize it and if on the next RFT incarnation, will it be fixed.



I guarantee it's never been asked by any site I've ever seen. I see what you mean too. Normally, I might be gunshy about doing this one simply because it's a bit nitpicky, but with one on the way it makes sense to ask now. Go ahead and craft the question.

What is most interesting about the inaccuracy of the Fleet Trooper helmet is that it's an incredibly ironic situation. Not only do they have a sculpted reference line where the black should end, but they even got it right when they made Captain Antilles' helmet.

http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=4636

Yet, strangely, when they used Antilles' removable helmet for the troopers in the Tantive IV battlepack they again suffered from over-painting.

JediTricks
12-29-2008, 01:24 PM
Just a reminder, this is the last day to vote in this round!


I'll get to the pending stuff in this thread later today.

Obsession is Nute
12-29-2008, 02:06 PM
I think the Commerce Guild Destroyer and Munificent Frigates have a very good chance of happening some day. I bought the miniatures of them, and they are great! It is always interesting to see what is popular with the line. I STILL have a couple of Darth Maul speeders pegwarming at the local TRU. The AT-AP moved kind of slow, too. At least in my area, I think the titanium line took a little while to take off, because it seemed it seemed like the first waves of the line were on the shelves forever, now they are gone almost as quickly as the regular figures.

I love the titanium line, reminds me of the good ol' action fleet, collectors fleet, and micro machines lines, may they R.I.P.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-29-2008, 07:59 PM
It may be too late, but I suppose I should remind you . . .

*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.

JediTricks
12-29-2008, 08:06 PM
Question 27 added.


I can't believe it hasn't been asked, because I'm fairly certain I didn't realize it myself, but that someone in one of the forums did. However, it has always stuck out everytime I see one since then. I also just checked the POTF2 and Hasbro did it correctly then. Ok... so how about this...

In 2001 the POTJ Rebel Trooper was a vast improvement over the 1997 POTF2 Rebel Fleet Trooper. However, fans aren't always easy to please and on certain forums you could read complaints about the swivel knees and other joints and about the paint apps on the helmet. You have already confirmed a new RFT for 2009 and I can wait until Comic Con to find out about where ball-socket joints will be applied. But, what I'd really like to know is will you correct the paint apps on the helmet? At least the POTF2 helmet had the wider stripe of white at the bottom. You can even see (on both helmets) a sculpted line in the plastic, where the black is supposed to stop. But on the POTJ helmet, the black goes almost all the way to the bottom. What concerns me more is that when the RFT was re-released in the Tantive IV battlepack, again, this mistake was not corrected. Please tell me that this will be corrected on next years figure.I hate to do this to you, having already told you I'd go forward with the question, but in reviewing their answers, they said they DIDN'T have one slated and that changes things. With one not yet planned, there's plenty of time for them to get it right, and I'd hate to see this question get wasted, either by asking it now and having it get no votes only to have me pull it again, or by asking about a hypothetical. It's also a really nitpicky question to explain which kinda makes it difficult, and I suspect they may know already that it's an issue, the Rebel Honor Guard art shows it properly (it's the same visor, just rotated around - Hasbro's actual toy sculpt there is wrong but the paint is right). So, I'm going to hold off for now, but feel free to throw it out there again in whenever.



Yeah, I only included the Commerce Guild Destroyer to increase the spectrum of the question so to speak. I have noticed though that the Munificent seems to be in just about every Clone Wars episode in which a CIS fleet appears, making up the backbone of their fleet. It's not that thin though, the Commerce Guild Destroyer is, but not the Munificent.

In regards to the Battlefront issue I was just thinking that we could also add the appearance of the Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator in the 'Clone Wars' game; 'Empire at War'; 'Republic Commando'; and 'Jedi Starfighter' games.It's really thin at the middle, it's skeletal so there's no bulk under the "wings": http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Bankingclanfrigate.jpg

I"m not sure I'd bother mentioning Empire at War, the games should be the absolute most popular to carry any weight.

I'm gonna write a fresh version of the question, just try to get in and out clean. Question added, lmk if it needs more work.


It is quite thin, but it would probably get filled in and given some details much like the mid-section of a Star Destroyer. The Battlefront II model inaccuracies would probably go overlooked by Hasbro, assuming of course that when they need reference pictures they ask Lucasfilm - in which I then assume they would be given pictures of the movie or CW version (obviously I could be wrong).

As a toy, it should perform okay, I think. Personally I think if the Rebel Transport can sell well (it's always the first gone around here), then this should too. I know the RT has an advantage thanks to it's spotlighting in ESB, but as Windu has pointed out the Munificent is often seen in Clone Wars - and usually in action.The model in BF2 is significantly different in shape, not like "a little different" but the design shares only a few commonalities at all.


What is most interesting about the inaccuracy of the Fleet Trooper helmet is that it's an incredibly ironic situation. Not only do they have a sculpted reference line where the black should end, but they even got it right when they made Captain Antilles' helmet.

http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=4636

Yet, strangely, when they used Antilles' removable helmet for the troopers in the Tantive IV battlepack they again suffered from over-painting.Interesting find. Would you vote for this question if we asked it?




I think the Commerce Guild Destroyer and Munificent Frigates have a very good chance of happening some day. I bought the miniatures of them, and they are great! It is always interesting to see what is popular with the line. I STILL have a couple of Darth Maul speeders pegwarming at the local TRU. The AT-AP moved kind of slow, too. At least in my area, I think the titanium line took a little while to take off, because it seemed it seemed like the first waves of the line were on the shelves forever, now they are gone almost as quickly as the regular figures.

I love the titanium line, reminds me of the good ol' action fleet, collectors fleet, and micro machines lines, may they R.I.P.The miniatures line is a different market than Titanium though, one is meant to be accurate gaming pieces while the other is toys.

JediTricks
12-29-2008, 08:10 PM
Here's my votes for this round:

3 white deco
4 cw scale
15 leftovers
18 photoshop
22 esb anniv
24 trooper hands

bigbarada
12-29-2008, 09:10 PM
I think I have one vote left, if so then I vote for number 18.

Darth Windu
12-29-2008, 11:09 PM
I see what you mean JT, I don't think it would be a big problem though, especially not for the size of the Titaniums.

The question is fine, and so I'd like to add a vote for 27 :)

LTBasker
12-30-2008, 12:59 AM
Interesting find. Would you vote for this question if we asked it?

Definitely, it's something I've been curious about for awhile too.

JediTricks
12-30-2008, 03:31 AM
Well, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated.

Here are the questions we're sending in this round, and note that there's a bit of an ROTJ theme going on here:


First off, on behalf of the staff and readers, I'd like to note how absolutely amazing it is that we're entering the 4th year of Hasbro SW Q&A. Over 60 rounds with over 3,000 of the fans' questions answered, and yet every new round brings roughly 60 new questions, with many many more in reserve. This furthers the proof that Star Wars collecting is truly a unique hobby, and it's thanks to both the passion of the collectors and the good graces of Team Star Wars at Hasbro that the community has such an exciting and vibrant resource available!
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 a Tauntaun, e-web cannon, Bespin Han, and Boba Fett - are those hints suggesting ESB 30th anniversary special stuff?
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?
Fans may be a mixed bunch, but when it comes to the latest Sarlacc Ultimate Battle Pack exclusive for Target, while fans were really looking forward to this concept, their overall take on the finished product seems to be a less-than-positive 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?
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?
Back on Aug 17th, '07, Hasbro answered SSG's question about the Skiff Guards with "over the next few years you will see some more of these cool guards either get their turn for the first time or get a resculpt. You'll have to be patient though - we'll only be able to get to a couple new ones a year." 17 months later and 2008 closes without a new sculpt for any Skiff Guard, making it 10 years since the last ones. While you have confirmed 1 Nikto guard is slated for next year, do Skiff Guard fans have anything else to look forward to in 2009, as there have not yet been a "couple new ones" in '08 and so far only 1 new one in '09? Or does the patience need to be extended to 2010?
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?

I'd like to point out to the voters that this theme could leave us very empty-handed if the answers to the last 3 don't have any new items of mention (and even if there are, with Toy Fair around the corner they may "no-comment" us which leaves us equally emptyhanded). So, because this is the first Q&A of the year, it's special and all, I'm going to let it go ahead, but I can assure you that won't be happening again anytime soon.

I also truncated the end of the Sarlacc UBP question, which originally ended "If you could address the collectors out there, both casual and hardcore, on this one, what would you say to them about this UBP?" The reality is, we have already heard what they want us to hear about this set, so being extra accusatory about it won't really help the question, they aren't likely to admit defeat and apologize. So the question is going to do a better job discovering the "why" without it.

Anyway, there you have it, the last questions of '08 and the first answers of '09.

Look for a new round soon!