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JediTricks
01-16-2009, 12:50 PM
Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on Friday, February 27th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 63 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); 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=658125#post658125).

Current questions (vote for up to 6):


- 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?
- 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?
- 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? Can you assure UK collectors that they will not face a similar situation with future waves?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones, battle droids, or astromech droids from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line, especially when they're only minor retools or mere repaints or kitbashes.
- Hasbro has shown great confidence in the Mos Eisley cantina scene, recognizing that the iconic scene has great mileage with both collectors and kids, and pledging to complete the roster of background aliens. With that in mind, might Hasbro be interested in expanding that to include Ket Maliss, Cebann Veekan, Myhr Rho, Y'bith, Thorp, Kelbo, the Tin Tin Dwarf, and/or Kal'Falnl C'ndros - characters who are "just off camera" and yet appear in various sources from behind-the-scenes materials to the Decipher's CCG and the Holiday Special? Many of these designs fit well with the in-film Cantina styled characters and all have precedent in or around that area, they could certainly be passed off to casual collectors as being part of that element, just as was done with your recent Bane Malar figure.
- In a recent Q&A, you mentioned that "[Hasbro] will continue working with Sideshow on their 12" figure program." As we know, Sideshow sub-licenses their 12" Star Wars through Hasbro's Star Wars license, but the intricacies of this relationship are not fully understood. With your recent comment above, collectors are ever more curious as to how exactly Hasbro and Sideshow work together on that 12" figure line. What types of input does Hasbro have into the Star Wars items that Sideshow produces?
- Titanium Series has suffered another indignity by not being included at New York Toy Fair. With recent significant price increases, a continued focus on pointless repaints, a general feeling of lack of support from Hasbro for pretty much the life of the line, canceled and displaced molds (some shown at the '08 Toy Fair), what is happening with Titanium Series? Fans keep asking about the line, and Hasbro keeps saying they will give it more attention at the next venue, only to get shorted again. What does the future hold for this line that is in many ways the only outlet for most Star Wars vehicles in toy form? Are sales at least solid enough that Titanium collectors can relax their fears a bit for the foreseeable future, or is the line considerably weaker than the 3.75" figure line and thus vulnerable in these uncertain economic times?
- Right now, based on what you've said and shown at Toy Fair, the 2009 basic TLC waves look like this: February (ANH), May (ESB 1), September (TPM). We know the '09 EU wave got pushed into '10, but according to your prior answers that still leaves 4 more TLC waves crammed into the last part of the year. 2008 suffered pacing issues and delays in part because the Hasbro SW team was focusing on Indiana Jones, but this year there is no such sidetrack, so why the pacing problems and slowdowns? Does the fact that so many other movies are getting Hasbro toy lines (GI Joe, Transformers 2, Wolverine) slow the flow of SW toys? Will all 7 remaining '09 waves actually make it to market in this year, or will all those waves on top of each other in the last 3rd of the year cause another push-out and all-repaints wave? As per your Dec 10th Q&A correction, will ROTJ and ANH 2 waves get released between May's ESB wave and September's TPM wave?
- As shown at Toy Fair, the upcoming Geonosis Assault battle pack is coming with the long-requested Gunship pod turret and 2 clone pilots. Since each gunship had 2 turrets in the film, that will require buying 2 sets, making 4 pilots. However, the gunship is manned by 2 pilots in the cockpit, and 2 standard grunts in the turrets. While thrilled to get the pods and more clones, could we get a regular clone trooper helmet as well as, or even instead of 1 of, those pilot helmets so the gunships can be accurately, completely manned?
- With the new Droid Factory sets, included is a Corran Horn / Whistler 2-pack. As Corran Horn is an EU character, he is seen as not likely to get multiple figures, so as such, why is this 2-pack coming with a standard orange flight costume rather than Horn's more distinctive green-hued version? Whistler also is lacking his overall green tinge, but since this seems like it may be the only Corran Horn figure fans will see, why not make it as characteristically accurate as possible?
- With the Titanium Series line, how much influence does Lucasfilm put into it? Have they ever asked for a specific ship to be included in the line when it otherwise wouldn't be? Have they ever requested a feature be added to a vehicle, or even possibly a potential feature removed? Is the LFL approval process fairly smooth with this line compared to something like the action figure line, have they ever sent a Titanium Series vehicle back to the drawing board or even canned it altogether?
- With the nifty Build-a-Droid line, every basic figure gets a little bio paragraph on the card except the actual build-a-figure droids themselves. Some of these BAF droids are made up by Hasbro (or are the unknown designs made up by Lucasfilm?) and have no backstories at all, while others are from comics, novels, even tertiary characters in the movies. Might Hasbro add a section to their website to explain to casual collectors who these droids are, both in-universe and even behind-the-scenes info, and perhaps make up bios for the characters new to the line? This would be win-win, fans would get more nifty bios about their figures, and Hasbro would get more interaction between the figures and their site.
- Beyond Star Wars, many other franchises have tried their hand at Titanium Series - Battlestar Galactica, Indiana Jones, Marvel, Transformers, even Stargate was floated as being in some level of planning - yet they all eventually faded away from Titanium Series' light. What lessons has the Titanium Series team taken away from those other licenses' lines and their passings? For example, you put off the wave with the BSG Basestar and couldn't find a slot for this new tooling before the license ran out, yet you released a Starbuck repaint of the Viper mk 2 at the proverbial 11th hour (and didn't hit shelves until the 13th hour), an unusual distinction which fans don't really understand, and could use more behind-the-scenes insight into - why didn't that Basestar tooling get shoehorned into a later wave before the license with Universal ran out? Why release a repaint vehicle that won't satisfy fans as much, rather than an all-new mold which fans have been clamoring for?
- Some collectors shy away from EU items unless they tie into major characters from the films, or strongly ties into the movie saga story. With that in mind, what are the chances of seeing figures of these influential EU characters: the ghost of Luke Skywalker (Legacy), Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas, Darth Plagueis, or even a young Count Dooku?
- Fans are glad to see the Jawa with WED Droid set produced, getting us 1 step closer to a complete "purchase of the droids" scene, but it seems like this pack-in WED droid is a tad on the large size. Comparison images have it around 25% larger than its movie counterpart. Also, the coloring on the toy is significantly different from the Jawa scene's white and red design seen at the droid sale (WED-15-ST68) - the gray and copper droid made into the figure was used in a cut scene by Fixer at Tosche station. So on the WED droid, why the increase in scale, and why the different colors?
- With the Build-A-Droid line, there's been some confusion about the naming with a few of the figures. First off, there's R2-N6 who was properly named at last year's Comic-Con presentation yet later got renamed to R2-L3. Second, there's the upcoming U-3PO figure that has a silver tone rather than the slightly brassy look from the movie, and is shipping in an ESB wave, a film which already has a silver protocol droid, E-3PO, except that character has white instead of yellow eyes. What's the deal with these figures and their identity issues?

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

JediTricks
01-16-2009, 12:55 PM
First off, I was very impressed with the questions we sent in from the last round, that was a great spread of questions. There was a 5-way tie for 4th - 6th places, that's impressive.

One of the questions that I pulled out even though it had the votes to get asked was this:
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.I pulled it because it needs to be revamped, nearly all the products listed currently exist or are coming out soon. We have Hevy's rotary cannon coming in 2 waves, and it was just leaked that we'd be getting Echo with handprint and visor, so the only thing the question seems to get right is asking for Fives, and all he has possible is a removable helmet with generic clone head, and maybe his medal painted onto his chest. While that doesn't specifically preclude the question from being used, it basically ensures the wrong type of answer, addressing all those aspects. So, we need to go back to the drawing board on this question.



Also, the rule about no questions about specifics for possible new products is still in effect until the end of Toy Fair in mid-Feb.


I'm adding back a few questions that were cut a couple rounds ago which fit this focus better.



I'm not really sure what you're saying. The "just off camera" part is still the first thing I suggest. I'm not suggesting a scam, and I'm not sure who it would be getting scammed even if I was. This is the only concievable way I can think of getting Hasbro to agree to do these figures since they said they weren't going to acknowledge the Holiday Special in the toy line whatsoever. I'm letting them know that there are fans out there who like the aliens that appear in that scene in the special, and feel they should be produced even if it's after Hasbro's run out of ANH aliens. There's no "wink-wink" and I'm not trying to be deceitful -- it's just a suggestion. The fact that I pointed at Decipher as an example should tell Hasbro that Lucasfilm may be open to such an idea. I'm not really sure how else to approach the argument.

If you could tell me specifically what sort of argument you're looking for then I'll make the change. I know that personally you could care less if these figures are ever made, but perhaps you can help me out by wording it so that it better fits your ideal.

Also, thanks DarkJedi5 for the heads up. Had no clue really! It really can't get here soon enough.The first thing you do in the question as now written is ask for those figures, not ask for off-camera guys and then use those as an example. And you do treat it like a scam when you say "I'm sure Hasbro could pass these off as appearing just "off-camera" in the ANH cantina scene".

As for them not recognizing the Holiday Special, that's largely about Lucasfilm's wishes, not their own. Hasbro knows there's a little interest, but they can't convince Lucasfilm on potential items.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-16-2009, 04:50 PM
I'm glad that my re-added comic book question was submitted to them this time. Finally!

As for my episode-specific question, how about:
Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones, battle droids, or astromech droids from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line.

Ando
01-16-2009, 07:40 PM
4.

12.

And I will wait to ask my new product question(s) about the recently announced/leaked/sneak previewed Turbo Tank that is supposedly scheduled for Christmas time: Will it be comparable to the AT-TE in size (20 clone capacity?), price ($100.00?), play value (lots or compartments, lights + sounds?), and whether or not it comes with a figure or 2 (Legacy Collection clone or Clone Wars series clone?) until after Toy Fair.

Darth Windu
01-16-2009, 11:30 PM
7 and 10 for me at the moment.

LTBasker
01-17-2009, 02:19 AM
2. - 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. - 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?

7. - 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?

10. - 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?

11. - 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?

12. - 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?

NerfTW
01-17-2009, 10:12 AM
4.

12.

And I will wait to ask my new product question(s) about the recently announced/leaked/sneak previewed Turbo Tank that is supposedly scheduled for Christmas time: Will it be comparable to the AT-TE in size (20 clone capacity?), price ($100.00?), play value (lots or compartments, lights + sounds?), and whether or not it comes with a figure or 2 (Legacy Collection clone or Clone Wars series clone?) until after Toy Fair.

Given that the "leak" was from the Toy Fair preview catalog, it's most likely going to be at Toy Fair, with all those questions answered.

Cane_Adiss
01-18-2009, 03:01 AM
The first thing you do in the question as now written is ask for those figures, not ask for off-camera guys and then use those as an example. And you do treat it like a scam when you say "I'm sure Hasbro could pass these off as appearing just "off-camera" in the ANH cantina scene".

As for them not recognizing the Holiday Special, that's largely about Lucasfilm's wishes, not their own. Hasbro knows there's a little interest, but they can't convince Lucasfilm on potential items.

Well that's just it, I'm asking specifically for Hasbro to consider the figures I have listed (because there are really no other examples of aliens that appeared only in the special and not ANH), and I give them a suggestion on how to do it without spotlighting the fact that they appeared only in the holiday special. When I say "pass them off" what I mean is that they can package them just like any other cantina alien without explicitly indicating on the package where they actually appeared. The only people who may be fooled are fans/collectors who aren't that familiar with the aliens to begin with (which is totally benign as many will buy them regardless of where they come from). I realize Lucasfilm and Hasbro already know who these guys are and where they came from so there would be no point in trying to fool them, and thats not what I intended by the question anyway. This is just a viable way for Hasbro to convince Lucasfilm that these aliens are in fact worth doing and would not be a stain on the line in any way.

Now that we're down to only about a dozen questions in the list could you please just add this and see how it does? There's really no chance that any of these guys will be unveiled at Toy Fair.

sebillba
01-18-2009, 03:31 AM
For now, I'll vote 6 & 9, and for Cane's question if it gets added.

With Q9, could we update it slightly, by adding something like: Also, can you assure UK collectors that we will not face a similar situation with future waves?

Darth Windu
01-18-2009, 07:54 AM
JT - can you remove question no. 10 (my question on the Titanium wave of Twilight, Virago etc). This question is being asked by Mousedroid.com in the next Q&A.

Thanks :)

Ando
01-19-2009, 10:37 AM
Given that the "leak" was from the Toy Fair preview catalog, it's most likely going to be at Toy Fair, with all those questions answered.

That's why I'm holding off and not asking the question. ;)

Obsession is Nute
01-22-2009, 09:40 PM
10 and 12 please. If JabbaJohn's question gets added, I vote for that one, too.

JediTricks
01-23-2009, 03:14 PM
Ok, first off, I want to let you know about a change. It seems Hasbro couldn't handle the sped-up pre-Toy Fair schedule they created for Q&A, so it's back to once every 3 weeks. Because we sent in questions on the 16th as we were told to, those questions are in queue for the Jan 30th session, and this round we're voting in won't get asked until Feb 27th.

Because of the schedule change, we are still allowed to modify our sent in questions for the Jan 30th round, but I'm not inclined to do so. However, if you have a very important timely question to ask, LMK and I'll consider it.

Questions 14 - 15 added.

Question 10 stricken. If you have voted for this one, your vote has been refunded.



As for my episode-specific question, how about:
Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones, battle droids, or astromech droids from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line.It needs more punch, there's impact missing now. I'll add it, but consider reworking it a little.



Well that's just it, I'm asking specifically for Hasbro to consider the figures I have listed (because there are really no other examples of aliens that appeared only in the special and not ANH), and I give them a suggestion on how to do it without spotlighting the fact that they appeared only in the holiday special. When I say "pass them off" what I mean is that they can package them just like any other cantina alien without explicitly indicating on the package where they actually appeared. The only people who may be fooled are fans/collectors who aren't that familiar with the aliens to begin with (which is totally benign as many will buy them regardless of where they come from). I realize Lucasfilm and Hasbro already know who these guys are and where they came from so there would be no point in trying to fool them, and thats not what I intended by the question anyway. This is just a viable way for Hasbro to convince Lucasfilm that these aliens are in fact worth doing and would not be a stain on the line in any way.

Now that we're down to only about a dozen questions in the list could you please just add this and see how it does? There's really no chance that any of these guys will be unveiled at Toy Fair.I love doing all the work for you guys. I've rewritten the question and added it on a TRIAL basis. I even added an argument for it at the end, but you and anybody else who votes for it need to prepare yourselves for the reality that it's not going to get any traction with Hasbro, that they'll treat it as deep within their queue, something they might consider 30 years down the road but unlikely right now.



For now, I'll vote 6 & 9, and for Cane's question if it gets added.

With Q9, could we update it slightly, by adding something like: Also, can you assure UK collectors that we will not face a similar situation with future waves?Sure.



JT - can you remove question no. 10 (my question on the Titanium wave of Twilight, Virago etc). This question is being asked by Mousedroid.com in the next Q&A.

Thanks :)Ok. Normally I wouldn't until it gets answered, but having seen new samples of those vehicles recently, it's not that vital a question anyway.

El Chuxter
01-23-2009, 03:20 PM
Here's a proposed one, more for people still collecting ROTS than myself, but it jumped out at me yesterday at Target:

"The Magnaguard droid has just been released in the animated style, and looks quite good. However, for collectors who don't collect Clone Wars figures for whatever reason, there remains only the 2005 sculpt (released in two colors), which is severely limited by an action feature. Is a realistically-styled Magnaguard planned for the future, or can we put the bug in your ear about it now?"

DarkJedi5
01-23-2009, 03:34 PM
8, 9, 11, 15 for me so far.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-23-2009, 04:56 PM
As for more oomph in my question, how 'bout:
*Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones, battle droids, or astromech droids from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line, especially when they're only minor retools or mere repaints or kitbashes. For instance, in a Lair of Grievous pack, you could release R6-H5, Commander Fil, and two of Kit's clones; for Shadow of Malevolence, you could do R7-F5, Matchstick, Broadside, and another of the droids or pilots seen in the episode. The inclusion of these characters would make for a more dynamic release than just a bunch of basic figures, don't you agree?

obi-dad
01-23-2009, 08:37 PM
Ok... you had to expect this on a Friday... (plus I don't think I've asked in about 4 weeks)... when is the last Q&A supposed to be answered? IIRC, the last round was on Dec 19th. Allowing for Christmas & New Years, it's still been 5 weeks. Shouldn't a round of answers be coming any day/hour now?

JediTricks
01-23-2009, 11:00 PM
Ok... you had to expect this on a Friday... (plus I don't think I've asked in about 4 weeks)... when is the last Q&A supposed to be answered? IIRC, the last round was on Dec 19th. Allowing for Christmas & New Years, it's still been 5 weeks. Shouldn't a round of answers be coming any day/hour now?
We sent in new questions on Dec 30th, those will be returned on Jan 30th (4 weeks), and the questions we sent in on Jan 16th can be recalled until Jan 30th, those from Jan 30th will be answered on Feb 27th. At this point, I'm not inclined to recall those questions though. The current round's delay is for the holidays, and the next round's is for Toy Fair. After that, it's all 3 weeks each. I don't really understand why they're doing it this way, the previous system of getting answers and sending in questions a week later had more Q&A action even though it remained on a 3 week system.

Cane_Adiss
01-24-2009, 12:10 AM
I love doing all the work for you guys. I've rewritten the question and added it on a TRIAL basis. I even added an argument for it at the end, but you and anybody else who votes for it need to prepare yourselves for the reality that it's not going to get any traction with Hasbro, that they'll treat it as deep within their queue, something they might consider 30 years down the road but unlikely right now.

Thanks JT. Basically you're asking the same question I was just in your own words, which is fine by me.

You can put me down for 1, 6, 8, 12, 14, and 15

obi-dad
01-24-2009, 08:06 PM
We sent in new questions on Dec 30th, those will be returned on Jan 30th (4 weeks), and the questions we sent in on Jan 16th can be recalled until Jan 30th, those from Jan 30th will be answered on Feb 27th. At this point, I'm not inclined to recall those questions though. The current round's delay is for the holidays, and the next round's is for Toy Fair. After that, it's all 3 weeks each. I don't really understand why they're doing it this way, the previous system of getting answers and sending in questions a week later had more Q&A action even though it remained on a 3 week system.

I guess I missed your previous post already letting us know the next answers would be on the 30th, but before I read your reply, I started at the top of page 2 (with the default # of posts) and saw you had already addressed my question, had I just bothered to read through everything. Anyway, the 3 week schedule, is that we should get new answers every 3 weeks, or that Hasbro has 3 weeks after getting the questions? And, correct me if I'm wrong, but by the time Hasbro sends the next answers, it will have been 6 weeks since we received answers, right? I'm not sure how the holidays should make it that long, but I guess Hasbro doesn't have to do these at all.

Obsession is Nute
01-25-2009, 07:00 PM
Here's a proposed one, more for people still collecting ROTS than myself, but it jumped out at me yesterday at Target:

"The Magnaguard droid has just been released in the animated style, and looks quite good. However, for collectors who don't collect Clone Wars figures for whatever reason, there remains only the 2005 sculpt (released in two colors), which is severely limited by an action feature. Is a realistically-styled Magnaguard planned for the future, or can we put the bug in your ear about it now?"

I second this one. Since question 10 was struck, I would like to add 15 to my votes.

Bib Un-Fortuna
01-26-2009, 10:27 AM
going 12, 14, & 15 for this round. Hope I remember which questions I voted for, the answers are so far from now.

obi-dad
01-26-2009, 03:45 PM
2 - White paing/decco for vehicles
8 - Diagnoga
9 - UK BAD parts
11 - Cockpits
15 - Cantina aliens

New question: Have you ever considered making playsets/dioramas again, but this time making them accurate in respects to paint, scale, and sculpt?

:D

obi-dad
01-27-2009, 11:36 AM
Just to be painfully obvious... no JT, I was not serious with my new question.

clone157
01-30-2009, 02:16 AM
12, 14, 15 and the Magnaguard one, please.

obi-dad
01-31-2009, 02:12 PM
Question 9 can be dropped, as it was answered on JediNews Q&A:
We did not change the recipe for wave construction in the U.K., as far as we know. The assortment ratios and part assignments should have been exactly the same. As the new figures in the wave were Commander Faie, General Grievous, King and Queen Organa, FX-6, and Stass Allie, getting those six should have netted the complete droid. It's possible you have seen a factory error, and if so, we do not know how widespread it is.

sebillba
01-31-2009, 04:20 PM
Question 9 can be dropped, as it was answered on JediNews Q&A:

Wow, once again someone's lifted one of our questions virtually word for word: http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=2149 And while I'm glad to get an answer, as this was originally my question, I didn't submit it to any other sites, so it's kind of annoying to see it so obviously plaguarised.

dr_evazan22
01-31-2009, 09:33 PM
A question for next round...

In this months Q&A, Hasbro's response to a question from Raving Toy Maniac about larger fig's included
We will continue working with Sideshow on their 12" figure program.. As I understand it, I thought SS licensed the 12" line from Hasbro. How much input does Hasbro have into what SS produces?

Maybe this has been covered in months or years past, but I'm (newly) curious.

JediTricks
02-03-2009, 07:58 PM
Question 16 added.

Question 9 stricken - if you've voted for this question, consider yourself refunded 1 vote.


Wow, once again someone's lifted one of our questions virtually word for word: http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=2149 And while I'm glad to get an answer, as this was originally my question, I didn't submit it to any other sites, so it's kind of annoying to see it so obviously plaguarised.Yeah, I saw that too, nice to see other sites using our questions again. :rolleyes: I'm also a little annoyed that they chose to open the door to factory mistakes which Hasbro jumped right into, despite a pattern that suggests otherwise. I doubt it was the site who mined the question, but another fan who didn't see the harm in taking your and my work for their own.



Here's a proposed one, more for people still collecting ROTS than myself, but it jumped out at me yesterday at Target:

"The Magnaguard droid has just been released in the animated style, and looks quite good. However, for collectors who don't collect Clone Wars figures for whatever reason, there remains only the 2005 sculpt (released in two colors), which is severely limited by an action feature. Is a realistically-styled Magnaguard planned for the future, or can we put the bug in your ear about it now?"Not a bad question, however right now I've got a moratorium on questions about new product until after Toy Fair. However, keep in mind that the last time we heard from them about this was Oct 17th:
Mousedroid.com: At SDCC you revealed that there will be a Magnaguard in THE CLONE WARS line early next year. In the recent Round of QnAs you revealed that you will be releasing the Magnaguard Starfighter early next year too. My question is: When can we expect to see a NEW, more articulated Magnaguard (hopefully with a soft goods cape) in THE LEGACY COLLECTION?
Hasbro: We do not have plans right now for a new Magnaguard figure in the Legacy Collection lineup in 2009…possibly in 2010, but not before. The ship, however, is being designed with our standard vehicle aesthetics meaning it will straddle both the Legacy and animated Clone Wars worlds.

As for more oomph in my question, how 'bout:
*Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones, battle droids, or astromech droids from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line, especially when they're only minor retools or mere repaints or kitbashes. For instance, in a Lair of Grievous pack, you could release R6-H5, Commander Fil, and two of Kit's clones; for Shadow of Malevolence, you could do R7-F5, Matchstick, Broadside, and another of the droids or pilots seen in the episode. The inclusion of these characters would make for a more dynamic release than just a bunch of basic figures, don't you agree?Hmm, I'll need to think about that some more, I didn't merely want specific examples. In any event, I can't add the new part until after Toy Fair.



Anyway, the 3 week schedule, is that we should get new answers every 3 weeks, or that Hasbro has 3 weeks after getting the questions? And, correct me if I'm wrong, but by the time Hasbro sends the next answers, it will have been 6 weeks since we received answers, right? I'm not sure how the holidays should make it that long, but I guess Hasbro doesn't have to do these at all.We'll be seeing answers every 3 weeks:


February 27
March 20
April 10
May 1
May 22
June 12
July 2

We don't have a sched after that yet, but I can almost guarantee you we won't be seeing answers until mid-August due to 4th of July and then Comic-Con.



A question for next round...

In this months Q&A, Hasbro's response to a question from Raving Toy Maniac about larger fig's included . As I understand it, I thought SS licensed the 12" line from Hasbro. How much input does Hasbro have into what SS produces?

Maybe this has been covered in months or years past, but I'm (newly) curious.It's been covered in little bits and pieces, including my 1-on-1 interview at Comic-Con last year, basically that's the extent of the relationship, but I'll put it up and see if it sticks. Question added, vote counted.

bigbarada
02-06-2009, 02:31 AM
I'll vote for 13 and 16 for right now.

JediTricks
02-06-2009, 07:40 PM
I'll vote for 13 and 16 for right now.
You just made my day. Almost nobody's voted for Q.13 since I came up with it a few months ago.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-06-2009, 07:49 PM
Wait, so we're sending these on the 27th, or getting them back then? I'll probably just wait to vote or propose new questions until after Toy Fair, if that's a possibility.

Ando
02-06-2009, 07:51 PM
You just made my day. Almost nobody's voted for Q.13 since I came up with it a few months ago.

Happy Friday. Put me down for #13 as well. But it'd be nice to see them release it with a empty droid socket as good as the new Delta 7B. That's my one issue with any/all of the starfighters and JSFs are the useless droid sockets.

bigbarada
02-06-2009, 07:51 PM
You just made my day. Almost nobody's voted for Q.13 since I came up with it a few months ago.

I thought you were going to say that your day was made because I voted without submitting new questions.:)

Anyways, I think it's a good question, especially since they keep releasing that stubby winged TIE Fighter. I think kids deserve a smaller X-Wing that they can actually play with.

I did have a question about Mighty Muggs, but it was only indirectly Star Wars related. After I spent several minutes crafting it, I realized no one would care so I deleted it.:D

JediTricks
02-06-2009, 08:25 PM
Wait, so we're sending these on the 27th, or getting them back then? I'll probably just wait to vote or propose new questions until after Toy Fair, if that's a possibility.Both, we are sending out questions the day we receive answers to the last ones. It's really annoying IMO.

The only reason I'm holding off on new product questions at this point is because we simply don't know what'll be at the show by the time we ask the question.


Happy Friday. Put me down for #13 as well. But it'd be nice to see them release it with a empty droid socket as good as the new Delta 7B. That's my one issue with any/all of the starfighters and JSFs are the useless droid sockets.The only reason I said "tune up the R2" instead of that is because the R2 dome is the activation button for the spring-loaded S-foils, so taking that out would be a massive undertaking which they wouldn't likely bother to do. I agree that kids would dig the droid socket like how they did it it on the CW version (you can fit a whole regular figure in there, not just a droid!) but they'd have to gut the whole toy at that point and probably lose that cool feature.


I thought you were going to say that your day was made because I voted without submitting new questions.:)Normally it'd be that too, but with there being so few questions right now, I'm actually eager to add anything that isn't "when are you gonna make this guy???" specific questions.


Anyways, I think it's a good question, especially since they keep releasing that stubby winged TIE Fighter. I think kids deserve a smaller X-Wing that they can actually play with.Totally! If I handed a kid the larger X-wing, they wouldn't be able to do much of anything with it, it's hard to pick up and heavy and wobbly - no fun. But you grab the smaller X-wing and it's a great size, you have it go up against a TIE Interceptor and it's even got something better to shoot at than the stubby wings of the current little-wing TIE Fighter. :p They've got Vader's TIE Fighter on shelves almost every year now and no X-wing to go up against it.

El Chuxter
02-11-2009, 11:49 AM
I'll vote for 13. More in a bit, but there's not a whole lot of questions on my mind, and I'll show you some love, JT. Just not in that way. :)

I would like to propose this one, which sounds a bit absurd, but I'm serious. Feel free to make it less snarky, and I can gladly provide a wealth of visual reference to back it up.

"We've waited years and years for a Talon Karrde figure, and we were happy to hear you were making one. Unfortunately, there's a problem with it that's significant enough to not make him worth the $13 retailers are charging for him (given that no one needs a second Thrawn). Will we have to wait another fourteen years before you make a Talon Karrde of the proper ethnicity?"

I'm not trying to sound prejudiced here, but I wouldn't buy a black Luke Skywalker or a white Lando Calrissian (or a black Ripcord or Arabic Breaker, for that matter), so their major overstatement of his tan to such an extent that he winds up looking like the wrong ethnicity is a major disappointment and deal-breaker for me.

DarkJedi5
02-11-2009, 12:15 PM
I've got one but it could probably use some work;

Wave 5 has got me wondering how previously unnamed characters get their monikers. Pons Limbic for example, was (as far as I know) always referred to as “Brainiac” and yet, here he is as a carded figure with a new name…. What was that process like? And what about the little red R2 build-a-droid? I’m pretty sure it’s in AOTC and yet as far as I can tell it never even had a name before the SDCC slideshow where it was revealed to be an upcoming figure (named R2-N6) and now the packaging lists a different name (R2-L3)… how did that happen?

bigbarada
02-11-2009, 04:19 PM
I'll vote for 13. More in a bit, but there's not a whole lot of questions on my mind, and I'll show you some love, JT. Just not in that way. :)

I would like to propose this one, which sounds a bit absurd, but I'm serious. Feel free to make it less snarky, and I can gladly provide a wealth of visual reference to back it up.

"We've waited years and years for a Talon Karrde figure, and we were happy to hear you were making one. Unfortunately, there's a problem with it that's significant enough to not make him worth the $13 retailers are charging for him (given that no one needs a second Thrawn). Will we have to wait another fourteen years before you make a Talon Karrde of the proper ethnicity?"

I'm not trying to sound prejudiced here, but I wouldn't buy a black Luke Skywalker or a white Lando Calrissian (or a black Ripcord or Arabic Breaker, for that matter), so their major overstatement of his tan to such an extent that he winds up looking like the wrong ethnicity is a major disappointment and deal-breaker for me.

After reading your post I looked at my Tallon Kardde figure again and realized that those are supposed to be his bare arms. I just assumed he was wearing a long sleeve jacket. Is he supposed to be a white guy?

I actually bought the set for Thrawn. I don't much like his character, but I do like his design.

Devo
02-12-2009, 09:25 PM
I wouldn't buy a black Luke Skywalker.

If you bought TAC jabba's palace Luke you pretty much did.

El Chuxter
02-12-2009, 11:40 PM
People paid money for that pice of carp?

jediguy
02-13-2009, 12:06 AM
6
8
14
15 please

obi-dad
02-13-2009, 10:25 AM
2 - White paing/decco for vehicles
8 - Diagnoga
9 - UK BAD parts
11 - Cockpits
15 - Cantina aliens

Well, I'm not excited about any of these questions... nor really any that I remember from the past few sessions... I guess I'll add #13 & 16 to this list. Hopefully info & pics from TF will inspire questions that are more personally interesting.

mtriv73
02-13-2009, 10:56 AM
11 is the only one I care deeply about until after I see what we find out from Toy Fair.

Devo
02-13-2009, 03:39 PM
People paid money for that pice of carp?

I did...don't remember why. As a general rule aren't new figures meant to improve upon older versions?

JediTricks
02-14-2009, 04:46 PM
I'll vote for 13. More in a bit, but there's not a whole lot of questions on my mind, and I'll show you some love, JT. Just not in that way. :)

I would like to propose this one, which sounds a bit absurd, but I'm serious. Feel free to make it less snarky, and I can gladly provide a wealth of visual reference to back it up.

"We've waited years and years for a Talon Karrde figure, and we were happy to hear you were making one. Unfortunately, there's a problem with it that's significant enough to not make him worth the $13 retailers are charging for him (given that no one needs a second Thrawn). Will we have to wait another fourteen years before you make a Talon Karrde of the proper ethnicity?"

I'm not trying to sound prejudiced here, but I wouldn't buy a black Luke Skywalker or a white Lando Calrissian (or a black Ripcord or Arabic Breaker, for that matter), so their major overstatement of his tan to such an extent that he winds up looking like the wrong ethnicity is a major disappointment and deal-breaker for me.
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Karrde..._with_a_gun%21%21%21.jpg
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Karrde-stressed.jpg
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:Talon_Karrde_NEGTC.jpg

This is probably why Lucasfilm approved his hispanic coloring. I'm more annoyed that they made his vest the same color as his skin. Anyway, look at the evidence above and then craft a question which takes that into account so Hasbro won't just point to that.



I've got one but it could probably use some work;

Wave 5 has got me wondering how previously unnamed characters get their monikers. Pons Limbic for example, was (as far as I know) always referred to as ďBrainiacĒ and yet, here he is as a carded figure with a new nameÖ. What was that process like? And what about the little red R2 build-a-droid? Iím pretty sure itís in AOTC and yet as far as I can tell it never even had a name before the SDCC slideshow where it was revealed to be an upcoming figure (named R2-N6) and now the packaging lists a different name (R2-L3)Ö how did that happen?Pons Limbic is out of Hasbro's control, that's the Lucasfilm-approved name thanks to the "hey fans, make up a story for this lame background guy" program on StarWars.com (I may be misremembering the program name :p). Anyway, read the BTS... http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Pons_Limbic

As for the droids question, I may be inclined to ask it, but I don't want them to ONLY answer that specific item, so please re-write the question to include other examples you're curious about.



Well, I'm not excited about any of these questions... nor really any that I remember from the past few sessions... I guess I'll add #13 & 16 to this list. Hopefully info & pics from TF will inspire questions that are more personally interesting.I almost thought you had 7 votes, until I noticed that #9 was in there and it had been cut. Votes counted.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-15-2009, 03:05 PM
Okays, how about:

*Thank you SO much for re-releasing the Eopie for us poor Americans who never got a crack at it. However, would it be at all possible to include the original Qui-Gon figure that came with the set instead of repacking the Evolution one? While the Evolution one is no doubt superior to the original figure, American completists would still probably like to be able to have the original figure since we never got the chance to own it aside from the insanely high prices on eBay.

*The build-a-droid for the Empire Strikes Back wave looks to be silver, suggesting that it is E-3PO, the rude droid from Cloud City. However, it seems that you have given him the name U-3PO, which is the traitorous droid from the Tantive IV - who seems to be slightly bronze as opposed to straight silver. Is there any chance at all that you will change the name of the droid on the packaging before it goes out to have it be the proper E-3PO? (You've done it before, with R2-N6 becoming R2-L3 - what was up with that, anyway?)

Droid
02-15-2009, 09:12 PM
How about:

According to the presentation at Toy Fair, the Empire Strikes Back wave is coming out in May and the Phantom Menace wave is coming out in September. Do you anticipate that you will actually be able to get all Legacy collection figures scheduled for 2009 in stores by the end of the year? Will the release of toys from the G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Wolverine movies slow the flow of Star Wars toys?

Also, I know you won't let us ask this, but how about this:

Why is it that 25 years later Hasbro is incapable of producing soft goods that are the level of quality of such vintage figures as Bib Fortuna or the Imperial Guard? Do you realize that with figures like AOTC Owen and TESB medical frigate Luke you have created soft goods that are baggy, ugly, ridiculous, ill fitting, and cheap? Do you realize that you are taking figures that people have wanted for years and ruining them in what is probably their only chance at release? Is there still time to fix these disasters?

Now that I have that off my chest, how about:

It seems that Hasbro struggles with soft goods, often resulting in a baggy and ill fitting appearance. Does Hasbro acknowledge that medical frigate Luke and Uncle Owen's soft goods detract from figures fans have wanted for years? Is there still time to improve the fit of the soft goods for these figures?

obi-dad
02-16-2009, 08:55 AM
Well, I've already used my 6 questions, but I noticed more and more people commenting on the size of the WED droid that came out with the ANH wave. I attached a pic in the thread on that wave and it appears that the droid is rather out of scale with the previously released droids. I would love to hear Hasbro's answer on this scale issue. Is it because of all the arms? Would the size/thickness of the arms have been an issue to do properly if the droid was properly scaled?

DarkJedi5
02-16-2009, 10:09 AM
As for the droids question, I may be inclined to ask it, but I don't want them to ONLY answer that specific item, so please re-write the question to include other examples you're curious about.




*The build-a-droid for the Empire Strikes Back wave looks to be silver, suggesting that it is E-3PO, the rude droid from Cloud City. However, it seems that you have given him the name U-3PO, which is the traitorous droid from the Tantive IV - who seems to be slightly bronze as opposed to straight silver. Is there any chance at all that you will change the name of the droid on the packaging before it goes out to have it be the proper E-3PO? (You've done it before, with R2-N6 becoming R2-L3 - what was up with that, anyway?)

Hey JT, Pons was the only other character I could think of who seemed to get a new name before becoming a figure and I am really much more interested in the droid anyway. If I could jump on JabbaJohn's bandwagon I think he's going in the same direction. I'm sure Hasbro will say it's too late to change the packaging but we could maybe find out how this droid gets assigned that name and get a difinitive answer on what these droids are supposed to be called.

Devo
02-16-2009, 08:54 PM
Why is it that 25 years later Hasbro is incapable of producing soft goods that are the level of quality of such vintage figures as Bib Fortuna or the Imperial Guard? Do you realize that with figures like AOTC Owen and TESB medical frigate Luke you have created soft goods that are baggy, ugly, ridiculous, ill fitting, and cheap? Do you realize that you are taking figures that people have wanted for years and ruining them in what is probably their only chance at release? Is there still time to fix these disasters?

It seems that Hasbro struggles with soft goods, often resulting in a baggy and ill fitting appearance. Does Hasbro acknowledge that medical frigate Luke and Uncle Owen's soft goods detract from figures fans have wanted for years? Is there still time to improve the fit of the soft goods for these figures?


I liked your first wording as it expresses the frustration I feel. I've wanted medical frigate luke for years. Thinking it would never happen I have my spirits raised at its announcement....only to then see that abomination - the figure ruined, and will probably never be redone being as it is an obscure outfit for the character and seen only briefly. This is it for medical frigate luke and what a waste. And alarmingly I don't think Hasbro agrees with our point of view. I think this will continue - as I mentioned in the best/worst thread - a great fear of mine is that when Hasbro get around to updating the vintage Imperial dignitary they're going to go with softgoods as is the current trend - regardless of how out-of-place it will look next to the older 2004 dignitaries.

DarkJedi5
02-16-2009, 09:45 PM
Ya know, it occurs to me that it wouldn't look bad if they had made the robe out of the material they used for the VTSC Tusken Raider. Maybe if I could find something similar I might be able to custom up a robe. But Hasbro is only making more work for me by realising such a shoddy figure, that question gets one of my votes if it gets written in time.

Darth Windu
02-17-2009, 11:57 PM
New question:

Dear Hasbro,

Fans of the Titanium Series have yet again been let down by a no-show at Toy Fair 2009. With recent prices increases; a line bogged down by many pointless re-paints; and Hasbro's seeming ambivalence (at best) towards the line for quite a while now, what does the future hold for these die-cast vehicles and ships?

EDIT: Spelling, changed it a little

clone157
02-18-2009, 12:24 AM
New question:

Dear Hasbro,

Fans of the Titanium Series have once more been let down by a no-show at Toy Fair 2009. With recent prices increases; a line bogged down by many pointless re-paints; and Hasbro's seeing ambivalence (at best) towards the line for quite a while now, what does the future hold for the die-cast vehicles and ships?

I kinda like that one.

Also, "are we going to see the ladders for our Alliance fighter craft in any other packs other than the exclusive Happy Luke coming to Hasbro toy shop? Many of us are wondering if our pilots are going to have to jump from the loader from the upcoming Scramble at Yavin Battle Pack."

"Why the push to the second half of the year for most of the new releases? We need more stuff to spend our stimulus checks on!"

DarkJedi5
02-18-2009, 12:30 AM
Also, "are we going to see the ladders for our Alliance fighter craft in any other packs other than the exclusive Happy Luke coming to Hasbro toy shop? Many of us are wondering if our pilots are going to have to jump from the loader from the upcoming Scramble at Yavin Battle Pack."

The ladders are coming with the Red 2 X-Wing, so I'm pretty sure that's it for now. I can't imagine Hasbro sitting on them for years only to release them in two exclusives now AND in an upcoming battlepack.

clone157
02-18-2009, 12:58 AM
The ladders are coming with the Red 2 X-Wing, so I'm pretty sure that's it for now. I can't imagine Hasbro sitting on them for years only to release them in two exclusives now AND in an upcoming battlepack.

How many x-wings do you have? :D

DarkJedi5
02-18-2009, 10:12 AM
Two already but I can justify it (for now) because they're all different. As nice as it would be to be able to get the Wedge, droid and ladders without buying a whole X-Wing I really doubt Hasbro would give us the easy out. At least not for a few years if ever.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-19-2009, 01:39 AM
Another new question:

*The upcoming Geonosis Assault Battle Pack is apparently coming with one pod and two clone pilots. To outfit just one gunship, collectors will need to buy two sets, which will give them four pilots total. Two of the pilots can, of course, be used in the gunship - but what about the other two? Are they expected to go in the pods? That could work, except for the fact that, in the film, the pods are manned by plain white clones with regular grunt helmets. Would it be at all possible for one figure to come with the pilot helmet and the other to come with the grunt helmet so that the gunships can be accurately, completely manned? Or should we just give the extra pilots to our V-19 fighters and AT-TEs?

Darth Duranium
02-19-2009, 04:23 AM
Fans of the Titanium Series have yet again been let down by a no-show at Toy Fair 2009...

I have a crazy hunch that JT will dial that sucka down big-time, but I'd still vote for most of it.

Someone posted some pics "from Toyfare 2008" in the RS forums that show about 4 ships on a shelf (inc. the Gungan Sub)... so technically, "no-show yet again" just might not be accurate. And there have been a lot of new tools for this Spring so we can't fairly accuse them of ambivalence, at the moment, for a change, IMO.

I've looked around to see if anyone got a shot of any new TS ships (from days later than Friday) at TF 2009... but so far I've got bupkis. But they might have been shown... maybe in a dark alley out back. Or in a toilet stall.

Hard to believe that Hasbro sells thousands of dollars (millions?) worth of TS ships each year, yet they consistently hide them at major toy trade shows. WTF?

Now DW, if I can add more spokes to your TS question:

Might be worth asking specifically about if they're gonna finish up the OT (they're almost there!) in Titanium, and if they'll lighten up a little on ships from the Clone Wars toon. We'd still like to see a lot of ships from the PT. Do they have much choice in the selections, or does the shadow of the (LFL) Empire loom too large?

I wonder if new tools are being planned for 2010 and beyond, and if sales are consistently solid enough that TS collectors can relax for the foreseeable future. Does Titanium compare well with the 3-3/4" line in popularity, or are we considerably more vulnerable in these uncertain economic times?

We've seen the demise of Titanium for TF, Marvel, Indy, Ultra, BSG... and Stargate got axed before it even started. What has Hasbro learned from the TS disappointments? What makes a hot seller? Do they know that brown TS ships seem to warm the pegs worldwide?

More sub-questions:

I wonder if they'll be any themed waves, retailer exclusives, or if anything special's planned for TS at SDCC 2009? Throw us a bone here! Amazing convention specials like the 2007 BSG 3-Pack were hugely appreciated by the collecting base.

A Frakkin' Hail Mary:

We know that Hasbro ended their licencing agreement with Universal last year, but are they aware of how much the collecting base was crushed by the abrupt re-cancellation of the TS Cylon Basestar? Any there any way in frakking hell that Hasbro could do a one-off deal and release the BSG Cylon Basestar to rabid collectors? We'd pay handsomely, and Hasbro would be a legend... could even sell it through HTS!

Darth Windu
02-19-2009, 05:46 AM
Well the start of my question is effectively two parts - 1. we're been let down once more, 2. there was a no-show. I can see how you interpreted it though, maybe JT can re-word it to make it clearer.

I also understand the point about toning it down but really, Hasbro is letting the TS die a long, slow death. Retail support for the TS line has almost completely ended in Australia for example, simply (I think) because of poor sales due to the increasing and often utterly pointless re-paints or peg-warmers (Desert Skiff, I'm looking at you).

I do like many of the other factors you've brought up though DT - feel like creating a modified question? :D

Ando
02-19-2009, 01:16 PM
Would it be at all possible for one figure to come with the pilot helmet and the other to come with the grunt helmet so that the gunships can be accurately, completely manned? Or should we just give the extra pilots to our V-19 fighters and AT-TEs?

Good question (that's pretty much what I planned on doing...)

This is battle pack that I am most excited about, almost as much as the Turbo Tank...

mtriv73
02-19-2009, 02:14 PM
New question:

Dear Hasbro,

Fans of the Titanium Series have yet again been let down by a no-show at Toy Fair 2009. With recent prices increases; a line bogged down by many pointless re-paints; and Hasbro's seeming ambivalence (at best) towards the line for quite a while now, what does the future hold for these die-cast vehicles and ships?

EDIT: Spelling, changed it a little

I'll cast a vote for whatever this question ends up as too.

Darth Duranium
02-19-2009, 05:01 PM
Well the start of my question is effectively two parts - 1. we're been let down once more, 2. there was a no-show. I can see how you interpreted it though, maybe JT can re-word it to make it clearer.

I also understand the point about toning it down but really, Hasbro is letting the TS die a long, slow death. Retail support for the TS line has almost completely ended in Australia for example, simply (I think) because of poor sales due to the increasing and often utterly pointless re-paints or peg-warmers (Desert Skiff, I'm looking at you).

I do like many of the other factors you've brought up though DT - feel like creating a modified question? :D

Sounds good to me... maybe we should see what form JT rolls the TS question(s) into... he usually re-words our questions into a Hasbro-acceptable format anyway. I can rewrite if noone else wants to... load that sucka up.

I feel your pain, DW... retail support in Canada for TS seems sketchy at best this year... had to order Wave 6 from Ebay, although we were golden with the first 5 LTS waves.

clone157
02-19-2009, 07:24 PM
I like Jabbajohn's and DT's questions! You guys got my vote.

clone157
02-19-2009, 07:50 PM
Another new question:

*The upcoming Geonosis Assault Battle Pack is apparently coming with one pod and two clone pilots. To outfit just one gunship, collectors will need to buy two sets, which will give them four pilots total. Two of the pilots can, of course, be used in the gunship - but what about the other two? Are they expected to go in the pods? That could work, except for the fact that, in the film, the pods are manned by plain white clones with regular grunt helmets. Would it be at all possible for one figure to come with the pilot helmet and the other to come with the grunt helmet so that the gunships can be accurately, completely manned? Or should we just give the extra pilots to our V-19 fighters and AT-TEs?

Could we suggest a differently painted clone as a "gunner specialist" so that way, if you don't have a gunship, you could use it as a cannon, but without a pilot. Also, can it be used with the upcoming Turbo Tank? Maybe mounted on those flip open panels?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-19-2009, 09:28 PM
Could we suggest a differently painted clone as a "gunner specialist" so that way, if you don't have a gunship, you could use it as a cannon, but without a pilot. Also, can it be used with the upcoming Turbo Tank? Maybe mounted on those flip open panels?
There's already the Battle Pack they showed with the animated clones and their guns, which mount on the open panels of the Turbo Tank. I would still prefer a plain white clone since they're going for something from AOTC, not the EU.

JediTricks
02-20-2009, 12:06 AM
Questions 17-19 added.


*Thank you SO much for re-releasing the Eopie for us poor Americans who never got a crack at it. However, would it be at all possible to include the original Qui-Gon figure that came with the set instead of repacking the Evolution one? While the Evolution one is no doubt superior to the original figure, American completists would still probably like to be able to have the original figure since we never got the chance to own it aside from the insanely high prices on eBay.Since it's not in the same packaging, the original's prices are still going to be high. Moreover, it's not a particularly great figure, and it has a stupid gimmick for what it is. I don't really think that would make completists happy, it's going to be made by a different factory (assuming the mold isn't straight up missing like so many others) with different paint in a different box, so only a small subset of Ep 1 LOOSE completists will be satiated. We can ask why they went this route, but considering that their planning is this far along, it seems like asking them to change it is going to fall on deaf ears.



*The build-a-droid for the Empire Strikes Back wave looks to be silver, suggesting that it is E-3PO, the rude droid from Cloud City. However, it seems that you have given him the name U-3PO, which is the traitorous droid from the Tantive IV - who seems to be slightly bronze as opposed to straight silver. Is there any chance at all that you will change the name of the droid on the packaging before it goes out to have it be the proper E-3PO? (You've done it before, with R2-N6 becoming R2-L3 - what was up with that, anyway?)Why do you feel this matters? I'm being serious, if you can convince me, I'll consider it, but as I see it now, it's a silver droid that thankfully they didn't name TC-14. Anyway, the B-a-D figure has slightly yellow eyes like U-3PO, while E-3PO's eyes are white lights.

EDIT: see below with my response to DJ5's post for the furtherance of this discussion, he's added a new facet.



How about:

According to the presentation at Toy Fair, the Empire Strikes Back wave is coming out in May and the Phantom Menace wave is coming out in September. Do you anticipate that you will actually be able to get all Legacy collection figures scheduled for 2009 in stores by the end of the year? Will the release of toys from the G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Wolverine movies slow the flow of Star Wars toys?We know they won't be able to meet that schedule since they've already pushed back the last wave to next year. I wouldn't be adverse to asking a pacing question, but it needs to be reworked.

EDIT: clone 157's response spurred my mind enough to add the question with some reworking, so I've added the question and counted your vote for it.


Also, I know you won't let us ask this, but how about this:

Why is it that 25 years later Hasbro is incapable of producing soft goods that are the level of quality of such vintage figures as Bib Fortuna or the Imperial Guard? Do you realize that with figures like AOTC Owen and TESB medical frigate Luke you have created soft goods that are baggy, ugly, ridiculous, ill fitting, and cheap? Do you realize that you are taking figures that people have wanted for years and ruining them in what is probably their only chance at release? Is there still time to fix these disasters?

Now that I have that off my chest, how about:

It seems that Hasbro struggles with soft goods, often resulting in a baggy and ill fitting appearance. Does Hasbro acknowledge that medical frigate Luke and Uncle Owen's soft goods detract from figures fans have wanted for years? Is there still time to improve the fit of the soft goods for these figures?Comparing modern cloth to vinyl and felt made by a different company 3 decades ago isn't a great way to ask the question. I can understand wanting to take them to task for some of these soft-goods choices, but the question would have to be substantially reworked. Anything like that, or even "detract from figures fans have wanted" is subjective, so we have to approach the issue from a stronger, more objective, place - I have no problem with that, but I need a little more to springboard a rewrite from (at the very least, more discussion). And as to "time to fix these disasters", the answer is gonna be "no" since they're due out in a few months, they're already into production and getting ready to hit shipping containers.



Well, I've already used my 6 questions, but I noticed more and more people commenting on the size of the WED droid that came out with the ANH wave. I attached a pic in the thread on that wave and it appears that the droid is rather out of scale with the previously released droids. I would love to hear Hasbro's answer on this scale issue. Is it because of all the arms? Would the size/thickness of the arms have been an issue to do properly if the droid was properly scaled?I don't have the figure yet, so I haven't seen it compared to other figures, can you link me to it so I can compare? I saw the source images in the thread, but none were of the figure itself with an R2, for example.



Hey JT, Pons was the only other character I could think of who seemed to get a new name before becoming a figure and I am really much more interested in the droid anyway. If I could jump on JabbaJohn's bandwagon I think he's going in the same direction. I'm sure Hasbro will say it's too late to change the packaging but we could maybe find out how this droid gets assigned that name and get a difinitive answer on what these droids are supposed to be called.Hmm, so you're driving at asking why R2-N6 is named R2-L3 and why E-3PO is being passed off as U-3PO, why these BAFs are getting weird names occasionally? That could work, but I'm not sure it entirely fits what JabbaJohn is going for, let's find out.



New question:

Dear Hasbro,

Fans of the Titanium Series have yet again been let down by a no-show at Toy Fair 2009. With recent prices increases; a line bogged down by many pointless re-paints; and Hasbro's seeming ambivalence (at best) towards the line for quite a while now, what does the future hold for these die-cast vehicles and ships?

EDIT: Spelling, changed it a littleI kinda amped it up, as I've grown tired of seeing the line get short-changed when it's fans' only outlet for these types of toys.



I kinda like that one.I'll count your 4th vote for it.


"Why the push to the second half of the year for most of the new releases? We need more stuff to spend our stimulus checks on!"This goes back to that pacing question. I think the way you phrased it gave me enough push to take it to the next level. Question added (#17), vote counted.



Another new question:

*The upcoming Geonosis Assault Battle Pack is apparently coming with one pod and two clone pilots. To outfit just one gunship, collectors will need to buy two sets, which will give them four pilots total. Two of the pilots can, of course, be used in the gunship - but what about the other two? Are they expected to go in the pods? That could work, except for the fact that, in the film, the pods are manned by plain white clones with regular grunt helmets. Would it be at all possible for one figure to come with the pilot helmet and the other to come with the grunt helmet so that the gunships can be accurately, completely manned? Or should we just give the extra pilots to our V-19 fighters and AT-TEs?I'll cut that down a little, but add it. Vote counted. Too bad that Evo trooper/pilot's a shrimp and has a really crappy trooper helmet, but we can only fight so many wars at once on this.




I have a crazy hunch that JT will dial that sucka down big-time, but I'd still vote for most of it. Bite me. Vote counted.


I've looked around to see if anyone got a shot of any new TS ships (from days later than Friday) at TF 2009... but so far I've got bupkis. But they might have been shown... maybe in a dark alley out back. Or in a toilet stall.Nobody would have those shots if product was shown to retailers, as media wasn't allowed into their display room after that first day. Whether or not product was there, I don't know, but for fans, it's the same thing: "no".


Might be worth asking specifically about if they're gonna finish up the OT (they're almost there!) in Titanium, and if they'll lighten up a little on ships from the Clone Wars toon. We'd still like to see a lot of ships from the PT. Do they have much choice in the selections, or does the shadow of the (LFL) Empire loom too large?That's some different questions altogether. Also, lightening up on the Clone Wars seems unlikely since that's the media support right now.


I wonder if new tools are being planned for 2010 and beyond, and if sales are consistently solid enough that TS collectors can relax for the foreseeable future. Does Titanium compare well with the 3-3/4" line in popularity, or are we considerably more vulnerable in these uncertain economic times? I went to shoehorn that into the existing question, but I fear it'll overshadow the original question (which originally ended with the words "in toy form"). We know new tools are being planned and worked on for '10, beyond is unlikely since it's still Q1 of '09, but it's possible. Active work at Hasbro means jack squat once they cancel a line though, they'll scorch any plans to stop a hemorrhage, that's why we have missing Action Fleet, Titaniums, and even a few 3.75" figs. I'll include the other part, but it feels a little fat at the end as it is at this point.


We've seen the demise of Titanium for TF, Marvel, Indy, Ultra, BSG... and Stargate got axed before it even started. What has Hasbro learned from the TS disappointments? What makes a hot seller? Do they know that brown TS ships seem to warm the pegs worldwide?This is definitely a separate question, as it takes the focus away from the "now & future" aspect. It's not a bad question, but it needs to be separate. LMK if you want to work on it a little more, beef it up a little.


I wonder if they'll be any themed waves, retailer exclusives, or if anything special's planned for TS at SDCC 2009? Throw us a bone here! Amazing convention specials like the 2007 BSG 3-Pack were hugely appreciated by the collecting base.This is another separate question, a "hope for X" question, vague future. If I were to add this to a question, it would be added to the "finish the OT, add more PT vehicles?" stub from above, as they're both "hope to see X" elements.


We know that Hasbro ended their licencing agreement with Universal last year, but are they aware of how much the collecting base was crushed by the abrupt re-cancellation of the TS Cylon Basestar? Any there any way in frakking hell that Hasbro could do a one-off deal and release the BSG Cylon Basestar to rabid collectors? We'd pay handsomely, and Hasbro would be a legend... could even sell it through HTS!Again, separate question. I'd be inclined to attack their stance of saying "no time to get it out there" only to release another BSG repaint in JANUARY. If I were to ask this, I'd probably add it to the stub about "what have you learned from other lines". Feel free to throw any or all of this back at me with an argument in its favor, or better yet, rework it as suggested.





Good question (that's pretty much what I planned on doing...)

This is battle pack that I am most excited about, almost as much as the Turbo Tank...
I'll count your vote for it.



I like Jabbajohn's and DT's questions! You guys got my vote.
Which one of JabbaJohn's questions? And as for DT's questions, I counted your vote for Darth Windu's Titaniums question, and once DT and I work out the other stuff, please post you want them too, and I'll gladly add those votes as well (except you only have either 2 or 3 votes left, so double check what you have and get back to me).



Could we suggest a differently painted clone as a "gunner specialist" so that way, if you don't have a gunship, you could use it as a cannon, but without a pilot. Also, can it be used with the upcoming Turbo Tank? Maybe mounted on those flip open panels?You really need a different name for these, you can't just use your imagination? I honestly don't want to go there, but I'll consider your response.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-20-2009, 02:52 AM
Since it's not in the same packaging, the original's prices are still going to be high. Moreover, it's not a particularly great figure, and it has a stupid gimmick for what it is. I don't really think that would make completists happy, it's going to be made by a different factory (assuming the mold isn't straight up missing like so many others) with different paint in a different box, so only a small subset of Ep 1 LOOSE completists will be satiated. We can ask why they went this route, but considering that their planning is this far along, it seems like asking them to change it is going to fall on deaf ears.
Well, I'm a loose TPM completist, so it would make me happy. ;) :D


Hmm, so you're driving at asking why R2-N6 is named R2-L3 and why E-3PO is being passed off as U-3PO, why these BAFs are getting weird names occasionally? That could work, but I'm not sure it entirely fits what JabbaJohn is going for, let's find out.
Yeah, that fits fairly well. As for why I care - I'm just anal about this sort of thing. Isn't U-3PO slightly bronze as opposed to completely silver? Maybe it's just too subtle to accurately do on a figure? I guess I didn't realize that E-3PO's eyes were white instead of yellow, but now this sort of means that it's inaccurate for either droid. I'd like to hear their take on it.

Darth Windu
02-20-2009, 04:34 AM
Thanks for the expanded Titanium question JT, and add another vote for it :)

mtriv73
02-20-2009, 12:17 PM
11 is the only one I care deeply about until after I see what we find out from Toy Fair.


I'll cast a vote for whatever this question ends up as too.

To sum up,

I'm voting for 11, 17, and 18

Darth Duranium
02-20-2009, 04:28 PM
never mind

vger
02-21-2009, 10:48 AM
Will the Grievous in the Grievous/CB-3D set be the Legacy wave 4 mold?

and

Can you describe the differences between R2-M5 (EE exclusive set), CB-3D, and Wedge's astromech? They look identical in the prototype photos.

Bib Un-Fortuna
02-21-2009, 11:12 AM
Ill add votes for 17 & 18. I'd love to ask a question about the Corran Horn DF pack & why they used the orange flight suit instead of the more distinctive and characteristic green. Any support here for that?

And this batch of questions gets answered when? June? I can't keep it straight.

mtriv73
02-21-2009, 12:58 PM
Ill add votes for 17 & 18. I'd love to ask a question about the Corran Horn DF pack & why they used the orange flight suit instead of the more distinctive and characteristic green. Any support here for that?

And this batch of questions gets answered when? June? I can't keep it straight.

I'll second the green Corran Horn question.

Obsession is Nute
02-21-2009, 03:01 PM
Will the Grievous in the Grievous/CB-3D set be the Legacy wave 4 mold?

and

Can you describe the differences between R2-M5 (EE exclusive set), CB-3D, and Wedge's astromech? They look identical in the prototype photos.


I too would like to see your first question answered. However, I thought I saw that question was answered on another site and the answer was unfortunately, no.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-21-2009, 03:06 PM
The Grievous in that set will be the four-armed basic figure from the 2005 ROTS line. That would be a waste of a question since we already know that.

JediTricks
02-21-2009, 03:15 PM
Question 20 added.


Yeah, that fits fairly well. As for why I care - I'm just anal about this sort of thing. Isn't U-3PO slightly bronze as opposed to completely silver? Maybe it's just too subtle to accurately do on a figure? I guess I didn't realize that E-3PO's eyes were white instead of yellow, but now this sort of means that it's inaccurate for either droid. I'd like to hear their take on it.U-3PO's color is difficult to determine because the film stock they used on ANH is different from the other films, colors seem to have a warmer tone in that film than the others. But it does appear as if he's slightly closer to 3PO's color than straight-up silver.

I discovered E-3PO's eyes are white researching the question we are working on: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:E-3POandC-3PO.jpg
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Image:E-3PO.jpg
Weird, huh?



never mindWhy? Our site pushes the most for Titaniums, yet the line rarely has more than 1 question in the queue. I have a vested interest in seeing all the points you brought up asked, but I cannot do all of this myself, it is eating up hours upon hours as it is, and my work ends up suffering for it.



Will the Grievous in the Grievous/CB-3D set be the Legacy wave 4 mold?Thanks for joining us to participate. :cool:

The image we have seen is of the ROTS first version, unfortunately.


Can you describe the differences between R2-M5 (EE exclusive set), CB-3D, and Wedge's astromech? They look identical in the prototype photos.The droid designs appear to be the same in the canon, CB-3D is Flynn Kybo's droid, and also a red-trimmed white astromech.



Ill add votes for 17 & 18. I'd love to ask a question about the Corran Horn DF pack & why they used the orange flight suit instead of the more distinctive and characteristic green. Any support here for that?Someone else in a different thread tossed that out, so I guess I'll include it. I wrote up a bit of a question, counted your vote for it.


And this batch of questions gets answered when? June? I can't keep it straight.March 20th.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-21-2009, 03:29 PM
As I said, I'd still like to hear their take on the U-3PO question, and include the R2-N6/L3 part if you would be so inclined.

vger
02-21-2009, 03:50 PM
Originally Posted by JediTricks
Thanks for joining us to participate. :cool:

The droid designs appear to be the same in the canon, CB-3D is Flynn Kybo's droid, and also a red-trimmed white astromech.

Thanks for the welcome!

From screenshots of ANH, it appears Wedge's astromech has a red dome with white highlights (same dome as R3-T2), but the model of the Red 2 X-Wing has the astromech painted with a silver dome and red highlights.

LTBasker
02-21-2009, 04:10 PM
Why? Our site pushes the most for Titaniums, yet the line rarely has more than 1 question in the queue. I have a vested interest in seeing all the points you brought up asked, but I cannot do all of this myself, it is eating up hours upon hours as it is, and my work ends up suffering for it.

Does this help any? I highlighted, I believe, all of the points that didn't fit into the published question (#17) and formed them into three potential questions.


Regarding OT ships in the Titanium line, many collectors have noticed that a spectacular feat has emerged in the fact that there are so few unique OT ships left to be honored in the line. We have been wondering, has Hasbro noticed this AND will there be a push to get these ships out there? Perhaps in themed or exclusive waves, so as to not have to sacrifice slots for potentially more well-known ships such as the Clone Wars series?

Obviously the main focus for vehicles in the Titanium are going to heavily focus on the current Clone Wars series, however, when it comes filling the rest of a wave how much influence does Lucasfilm put into it? Such as, have they ever asked for ships to be put on hold in favor of others?

Several franchises have been represented in the Titanium line, however they have all eventually faded out leaving only the Star Wars vehicles. Have these past sub-lines helped you learn how to further predict what will or won't sell? For instance, the BSG Basestar; it's obviously not as eye-catching as the fighter-crafts or Galactica herself, but it was on the verge of production only to be held back due to the upcoming end to the license. However, in that time you managed to squeeze in a repaint to the Viper Mk. 2 craft that is on shelves as of Feburary. Was the Basestar canceled due to the aforementioned lessons in predicting (non-)sellers, with concern that the Basestar might be sitting on pegs long after the license had expired?

JediTricks
02-21-2009, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the welcome!

From screenshots of ANH, it appears Wedge's astromech has a red dome with white highlights (same dome as R3-T2), but the model of the Red 2 X-Wing has the astromech painted with a silver dome and red highlights.
Oh, I misunderstood, I didn't notice you separating CB-3D from the Wedge droid comment. Our own Jargo has cleared this all up, apparently the model prop uses the droid Hasbro is producing, while the live-action shoot they just grabbed a different red droid:
http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=664206#post664206
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/R3-T2

Blue2th
02-21-2009, 07:15 PM
I haven't been voting lately ("who have I been electing?":Ponder:) but anyways...

15 Sucker for any Cantina Aliens

17 Titaniums yes. I don't really care much about #7 cause I'm a loose collector.
Would vote for, if added the first part of LT Basker's last requested Titanium questions regarding OTC vehicles etc.

18

Maerj2000
02-21-2009, 08:24 PM
15, 15, and 15. We need all the cantina aliens. Maybe a hasbro.com exclusive with just the regular human background characters that kids wouldn't have any interest in? And since they don't seem to like to make playsets, maybe they could just make the cantina alcoves then collectors could just buy a bunch of them?

Tycho
02-22-2009, 12:38 PM
New Question From Tycho

Now that there are a lot of Build-A-Droids out and more coming soon, could Hasbro add a page to their website that serves as a guide to where in the movies, comics, or novels these droids come from? In the event that they are Hasbro's Expanded Universe updates, could you folks make something up?

Please count this as my first vote.

sebillba
02-22-2009, 03:21 PM
I've already voted for 6 & 15, I'll also go for 8, 18, and Tycho's question if it gets added.

Obsession is Nute
02-22-2009, 06:58 PM
I am sure this question was probably asked and answered somewhere else earlier, but I wanted to check in and make sure.

"At Toy Fair, we saw the AOTC and TPM waves with their respective release dates of June and September. However, we were told earlier that we would see waves in the following order: AOTC, ROTJ, ANH, TPM. Since ROTJ and ANH were not shown at Toy Fair are we to assume they are being pushed back until after September? Or will we be getting a new wave of figures every month this summer?"

If anyone has heard the answer to this, please post! Thanks!

Darth Marco
02-23-2009, 01:35 PM
15 - Will like to see more alien action figures from Star Wars.
18 - Did Hasbro change it's 2009 schedule?
20 - Is Hasbro going to make a Corran Horn as a Jedi in the future if his rogue squadron action figure sells?

I do have questions to ask? What happen to the Exar Kun/Ulic Qel Droma Comic Pack? Did it get pushed to the side or is Hasbro waiting for Comic Con to release it? Will like to know if Hasbro is going to have any pictures of them and all the action figures of 2009 that was not shown in ToyFair2009.

Maerj2000
02-23-2009, 06:09 PM
Also, concernign the Cantina question...

I bought the straight pieces of the bar a long time ago and put them away. They came out with the curved parts during the 30th Ann wave, I think. Anyway, I finally found the straight parts and put the whole thing together and discovered that its not big enough to put the drink dispenser thing in the middle, if they would make one.

How about we add to question 15 something about making a larger curved part of the bar that is more movie accurate and include a couple of background figures with it? Make it the the humans, which would will be harder to sell carded seperately. Tell em to make the drink dispenser too. And more tables and chairs. Okay, just make us the whole bar!!

DarkJedi5
02-23-2009, 06:35 PM
That question has already been asked, a couple different times. I'm sure JT will be able to quote the exact instances but I think the answers have all been to the effect of; "those pieces were as big as we could make them and fit them on a card". You could do what I did and just put a straight section between the two corners. It's not accurate but it creates enough space for Wuher and a dispenser.

master J
02-23-2009, 07:51 PM
JediTricks, here is my question. You told me to hold off on this one until after toy fair. Thanks!

Currently I collect all Prequal and OT figures and only specific EU Characters. Normally I only buy EU items if it relates to the two trilogies. Saying that, what are the chances of seeing any of the following EU Characters: the Ghost of Luke Skywalker (legacy comics), Syfo-Dyas, Darth Plageous or even a young Dooku? I feel that these characters would appeal to all EU, prequal and original trilogy fans!

I also vote for question 8, 15 and 18

El Chuxter
02-23-2009, 08:07 PM
I dare you to sneak in "Can adult collectors get a line of anatomically-correct female figures in the future?" Just totally mundane, like there's nothing disturbing about it at all.

Obsession is Nute
02-23-2009, 11:25 PM
I know this question is very similiar to 18, but it is a little more precise as to the ROTJ and ANH(2) waves. Since no one said this was specifically addressed, I am going to toss it into the mix:

""At Toy Fair, we saw the AOTC and TPM waves with their respective release dates of June and September. However, we were told earlier that we would see waves in the following order: AOTC, ROTJ, ANH, TPM. Since ROTJ and ANH were not shown at Toy Fair are we to assume they are being pushed back until after September? Or will we be getting a new wave of figures every month this summer?"

Obsession is Nute
02-23-2009, 11:32 PM
I have already voted for 12 and 15.

I would like to add 7, 17 and 18 to my list.

JediTricks
02-24-2009, 06:44 PM
Questions 21 - 24 added.

Question 18 modified.


As I said, I'd still like to hear their take on the U-3PO question, and include the R2-N6/L3 part if you would be so inclined.I'm concerned that this question will get burned to the ground if asked, it's definitely not E-3PO because of the eyes, and there's a good chance the N6 thing is another Lucasfilm interference. I'll give you another chance on it though, the question I came up with is pretty weak, if you can do something to strengthen it, especially the end, I'll reconsider:
With the Build-A-Droid line, there's been some confusion about the naming with a few of the figures. First off, there's R2-N6 whose toy got renamed to R2-L3. Second, there's the upcoming U-3PO figure that has a silver tone rather than the slightly brassy look from the movie, and is shipping in an ESB wave which already has a silver protocol droid, E-3PO, except that character has white instead of yellow eyes. What's the deal with these figures and their name issues?

Does this help any? I highlighted, I believe, all of the points that didn't fit into the published question (#17) and formed them into three potential questions.Let's see what ya came up with...


Regarding OT ships in the Titanium line, many collectors have noticed that a spectacular feat has emerged in the fact that there are so few unique OT ships left to be honored in the line. We have been wondering, has Hasbro noticed this AND will there be a push to get these ships out there? Perhaps in themed or exclusive waves, so as to not have to sacrifice slots for potentially more well-known ships such as the Clone Wars series?Themed waves are out, there just aren't enough new entries and resculpts, and the line isn't doing strong enough to support it. So basically, it's a question about doing new OT vehicles. Here's my rewrite, but it needs a little beefing up as well:
Titanium Series has, in its 4 years, somehow miraculously produced almost every unique vehicle in the Original Trilogy. Will there be a conscious effort on Hasbro's part to get those last few entries made?
I don't know if you want to call out specific examples of yet-to-be-made OT vehicles (all I can think of that's noteworthy is the Lars Family Landspeeder, maybe the Hoth AT-ST with its alternate design, then there's a lot of background stuff that few fans will recognize. Or am I missing something crucial? Perhaps a resculpt?). I suppose I shouldn't have cut the exclusives thing, but it doesn't entirely fit with the OT focus of your revamped question. Maybe if we went:
Will you be focusing on getting those last few Original Trilogy vehicles made? What about doing new exclusive packs, or even themed waves?
See, the exclusives and themed waves are really a separate idea. I personally don't see any traction with them, but maybe the exclusives, though we haven't seen exclusive Titaniums in quite some time.


Obviously the main focus for vehicles in the Titanium are going to heavily focus on the current Clone Wars series, however, when it comes filling the rest of a wave how much influence does Lucasfilm put into it? Such as, have they ever asked for ships to be put on hold in favor of others?This question is weird IMO, not only is the line not showing a main focus on CW, but I can't picture LFL giving a crap about this little line, they barely interfere with the mega-popular action figure line. However, I can think of something to tack onto it, so I'll add it, and count DT's vote for it (you've used up all 6 of yours).


Several franchises have been represented in the Titanium line, however they have all eventually faded out leaving only the Star Wars vehicles. Have these past sub-lines helped you learn how to further predict what will or won't sell? For instance, the BSG Basestar; it's obviously not as eye-catching as the fighter-crafts or Galactica herself, but it was on the verge of production only to be held back due to the upcoming end to the license. However, in that time you managed to squeeze in a repaint to the Viper Mk. 2 craft that is on shelves as of Feburary. Was the Basestar canceled due to the aforementioned lessons in predicting (non-)sellers, with concern that the Basestar might be sitting on pegs long after the license had expired?We know why the BSG Basestar didn't get produced, they didn't make time for it after the wave it was in got canned. I'll add the other part though.



New Question From TychoOH GOODY! :p


Now that there are a lot of Build-A-Droids out and more coming soon, could Hasbro add a page to their website that serves as a guide to where in the movies, comics, or novels these droids come from? In the event that they are Hasbro's Expanded Universe updates, could you folks make something up?

Please count this as my first vote.Ok, I've reworked the question a little and added it, LMK what you think. And since I'm counting your vote for this, how about voting for other stuff as well???



I am sure this question was probably asked and answered somewhere else earlier, but I wanted to check in and make sure.

"At Toy Fair, we saw the AOTC and TPM waves with their respective release dates of June and September. However, we were told earlier that we would see waves in the following order: AOTC, ROTJ, ANH, TPM. Since ROTJ and ANH were not shown at Toy Fair are we to assume they are being pushed back until after September? Or will we be getting a new wave of figures every month this summer?"

If anyone has heard the answer to this, please post! Thanks!
Hasbro issued a correction to the site that originally got the answer, here's that correction:
To clarify, the 2009 basic figure order looks like this: Spring consists of EpIV (8 figures), EpV (6 figures), EpII (6 figures), and EpVI (8 figures). Fall will see four waves: EpIV (8 figures), EpI (6 figures), EpIII (6 figures), and EpV (6 figures) for a total of 54 figures. A 9th wave, the EU wave (6 figures), has slipped to be on-shelf right now around late Dec/early Jan so we are not counting that in the 2009 count, unless we are able to bring that one back in.
We have another question about the pacing, #18, but you make a good point, so I'll modify question 18 to include that.


I know this question is very similiar to 18, but it is a little more precise as to the ROTJ and ANH(2) waves. Since no one said this was specifically addressed, I am going to toss it into the mix:

""At Toy Fair, we saw the AOTC and TPM waves with their respective release dates of June and September. However, we were told earlier that we would see waves in the following order: AOTC, ROTJ, ANH, TPM. Since ROTJ and ANH were not shown at Toy Fair are we to assume they are being pushed back until after September? Or will we be getting a new wave of figures every month this summer?"Boy, you were really champing at the bit to get that one asked. :p



I do have questions to ask? What happen to the Exar Kun/Ulic Qel Droma Comic Pack? Did it get pushed to the side or is Hasbro waiting for Comic Con to release it? Will like to know if Hasbro is going to have any pictures of them and all the action figures of 2009 that was not shown in ToyFair2009.Hasbro's most recent answer says it's coming in the wave after Kyle Katarn. However, they told us last year that the set would be on shelves "within a year", and that was March 12th, 2008. So we can ask why these are later than originally estimated, but currently it still fits the most recently timeline they gave. I'm not sure if the answer will be entirely satisfying, but if you'd like to take a crack at it, write that question and hit me up with it.



Also, concernign the Cantina question...

I bought the straight pieces of the bar a long time ago and put them away. They came out with the curved parts during the 30th Ann wave, I think. Anyway, I finally found the straight parts and put the whole thing together and discovered that its not big enough to put the drink dispenser thing in the middle, if they would make one.

How about we add to question 15 something about making a larger curved part of the bar that is more movie accurate and include a couple of background figures with it? Make it the the humans, which would will be harder to sell carded seperately. Tell em to make the drink dispenser too. And more tables and chairs. Okay, just make us the whole bar!!We have indeed been down that path before...
Sept 14th, 2007:
SSG: In releasing the new Cantina bar curve sections, several issues have arisen for fans' cantina setups: The first is that the sharp curve of those sections is too close to allow for any future release of the drink dispenser. For that issue, if there ever is a dispenser made, would you consider including a shorter straight section to go between the curves? (Shorter because the current straight seems too long for this purpose, it would break up the look of the curve too much.) The second issue is that there is a mismatch between the look of the curved sections and the previously-released straight sections due to a number of paint and even sculpted detail differences. What about releasing more straight sections with a deco and sculpt to better match up to the curves, as well as add the removable barstool feature they have (perhaps with plugs to make a flat floor)? Hasbro: We have been trying to figure out how the distillery section would work, and there are challenges as you point out but a few ways to solve. We have also thought about a smaller straight bar section, but that's an expensive piece for a small effect and collectors could probably just use another straight section (perhaps a good excuse to re-release). We will not be resculpting the straight bar section, though. If we release it in the future and if we do that, we'll look for deco to more closely match the curved section.

Aug 31st, 2007:
JediDefender.com: At the past few conventions, youíve confirmed that the Distillery portion of the Cantina Bar will be coming in 2008 or 2009. A lot of folks are left wondering how itís all going to fit together since there isnít a lot of room left in the middle if you use the two corner sections from the recent Cantina figures alone. Any plans to tweak the bar or will the answer be simply "use a straight piece between the curves to make more room"?
Hasbro: Well that's the real trick, isn't it? We are trying to figure this out as we speak. We don't have any answers yet, but we're trying to get it in there.
June 8th, 2007:
Rebelscum.com: In previous Q&As, Hasbro has mentioned the possibility of a Cantina alcove type playset, and the drink dispenser for the bar. Has there been any further developments in either of these?
Hasbro: Unfortunately, we may not be able to do this due to the cost of the larger pack-ins. This year with the TAC it's been a celebration of sorts all year long with some extra special pieces, but the perpetually rising cost of materials and tooling presents an extreme challenge to anniversary things like this in basic figures. We can't make any promises, but if we can afford some of these, will will look at them.
And others. (Apparently, the summer of '07 was the time to ask about this one).



JediTricks, here is my question. You told me to hold off on this one until after toy fair. Thanks!

Currently I collect all Prequal and OT figures and only specific EU Characters. Normally I only buy EU items if it relates to the two trilogies. Saying that, what are the chances of seeing any of the following EU Characters: the Ghost of Luke Skywalker (legacy comics), Syfo-Dyas, Darth Plageous or even a young Dooku? I feel that these characters would appeal to all EU, prequal and original trilogy fans! I get the feeling those are pretty unlikely, but I'll put it up for vote.



I dare you to sneak in "Can adult collectors get a line of anatomically-correct female figures in the future?" Just totally mundane, like there's nothing disturbing about it at all.
Sure, my time is totally worthless, let's waste this opportunity altogether. :p What do we look like, CreatureCantina???

So funny, I was just discussing with someone whether you'd actually do that sort of thing if I ever had to hand a Q&A duty over to you.

El Chuxter
02-24-2009, 07:29 PM
No. But they might get sick of hearing questions about Teek.

JediTricks
02-24-2009, 07:42 PM
Question 25 added.


Well, I've already used my 6 questions, but I noticed more and more people commenting on the size of the WED droid that came out with the ANH wave. I attached a pic in the thread on that wave and it appears that the droid is rather out of scale with the previously released droids. I would love to hear Hasbro's answer on this scale issue. Is it because of all the arms? Would the size/thickness of the arms have been an issue to do properly if the droid was properly scaled?Ok, having now seen a comparison photo, I can confirm the situation. Question added.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-24-2009, 09:31 PM
First, to the names question, here's my retool on that:
With the Build-A-Droid line, there's been some confusion about the naming of a few of the figures. First off, there's R2-L3, who was originally called R2-N6 in your Comic Con presentation last year. Why was it changed and who changed it? Second, there's the upcoming U-3PO figure. His coloring in the film is somewhat hard to discern - in some shots, it looks like he's straight-up silver, but in others, he appears to be slightly brass (perhaps he is reflecting C-3PO?). The confusion is compounded by the fact that he is coming in the Episode V wave, and that there was an all-silver droid in that movie - the rude, Cloud City-dwelling E-3PO, who had white eyes as opposed to the figure's yellow ones. Which droid is this actually supposed to be? In short, what's the deal with these figures and their name issues?

I would also like to amend #25:
Fans are glad to see the Jawa with WED Droid set produced, getting us 1 step closer to a complete "purchase of the droids" scene, but it seems like this pack-in WED droid is a tad on the large size. Comparison images have it around 25% larger than its movie counterpart. Also, the coloring on the toy is significantly different from the movie's white and red design seen at the droid sale (WED-15-ST68) - the gray and copper droid made into the figure was apparently used by Fixer at Tosche station. So on the WED droid, why the increase in scale, and why the different colors?

At any rate, I'd like to vote for: 5, 14, 18, 19, 25 and the U-3PO question if it gets asked (I think you already have me down for 19 and probably 14).

LTBasker
02-24-2009, 11:54 PM
Titanium Series has, in its 4 years, somehow miraculously produced almost every unique vehicle in the Original Trilogy. Will there be a conscious effort on Hasbro's part to get those last few entries made?


Simpler and better, works for me. Really, my only major concerns about Titaniums at this point are completing the OT set and getting protectors - the other questions were just attempt to help out. :cool:


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However, I can think of something to tack onto it, so I'll add it, and count DT's vote for it (you've used up all 6 of yours).


Actually I should still have one left as I voted for #10 which got removed, unless you've counted it for one of the Titanium questions?

Obsession is Nute
02-25-2009, 12:27 AM
Thanks for answering my question JT! You always are looking out for us!

Darth Windu
02-25-2009, 03:14 AM
I'll add votes for 21 and 23 alongside my previous vote for 17.

Darth Marco
02-25-2009, 09:22 AM
I voted for questions 15,18, and 20.

I do thank you for answering my question regarding the Exar Kun Comic Pack. The other half of the question will be if we are going to see any pictures of that comic pack and all the other figures that are plan for 2009 that was not shown in ToyFair 2009?

JediTricks
02-26-2009, 02:39 PM
Question 26 added.

This is the last day to vote in this round, if you haven't voted yet, do so now!


First, to the names question, here's my retool on that:
With the Build-A-Droid line, there's been some confusion about the naming of a few of the figures. First off, there's R2-L3, who was originally called R2-N6 in your Comic Con presentation last year. Why was it changed and who changed it? Second, there's the upcoming U-3PO figure. His coloring in the film is somewhat hard to discern - in some shots, it looks like he's straight-up silver, but in others, he appears to be slightly brass (perhaps he is reflecting C-3PO?). The confusion is compounded by the fact that he is coming in the Episode V wave, and that there was an all-silver droid in that movie - the rude, Cloud City-dwelling E-3PO, who had white eyes as opposed to the figure's yellow ones. Which droid is this actually supposed to be? In short, what's the deal with these figures and their name issues?R2-N6 was an existing, known droid name before the toy, so I think that part of the question has to start with the known before venturing into the change, like so: "First off, there's R2-N6 who was properly named at last year's Comic-Con presentation yet later got renamed to R2-L3."

Really though, the question needed tightening up at the end, "what's the deal with this?" isn't really a strong question. I'll post it anyway, but I'm not thrilled with it.


I would also like to amend #25:
Fans are glad to see the Jawa with WED Droid set produced, getting us 1 step closer to a complete "purchase of the droids" scene, but it seems like this pack-in WED droid is a tad on the large size. Comparison images have it around 25% larger than its movie counterpart. Also, the coloring on the toy is significantly different from the movie's white and red design seen at the droid sale (WED-15-ST68) - the gray and copper droid made into the figure was apparently used by Fixer at Tosche station. So on the WED droid, why the increase in scale, and why the different colors?Right-o, modified.


At any rate, I'd like to vote for: 5, 14, 18, 19, 25 and the U-3PO question if it gets asked (I think you already have me down for 19 and probably 14).Yup, those 2 were counted.



Actually I should still have one left as I voted for #10 which got removed, unless you've counted it for one of the Titanium questions?You're right, I'll add the vote.



Thanks for answering my question JT! You always are looking out for us!Sure thing! :thumbsup:



I do thank you for answering my question regarding the Exar Kun Comic Pack. The other half of the question will be if we are going to see any pictures of that comic pack and all the other figures that are plan for 2009 that was not shown in ToyFair 2009?I make it our policy to not ask for photos unless we have been promised a look, or as a tail to a more substantial question. The Hasbro slideshow insinuated they were holding some stuff back for Comic-Con in July. If we don't see it by then, I'll reconsider asking for that look.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-26-2009, 02:50 PM
I doubt it will get asked so it's not pressing for today, but the wording of the U-3PO question makes it sound like there's a silver droid in the wave, not the movie.

With the Build-A-Droid line, there's been some confusion about the naming with a few of the figures. First off, there's R2-N6 who was properly named at last year's Comic-Con presentation yet later got renamed to R2-L3. Second, there's the upcoming U-3PO figure that has a silver tone rather than the slightly brassy look from the movie, and is shipping in an ESB wave - that movie has a silver protocol droid, E-3PO, except that character has white instead of yellow eyes. What's the deal with these figures and their identity issues?

JediTricks
02-26-2009, 03:03 PM
I see your point, I'll mod the question.

Here are my votes, I actually had a bunch more but with a limit of 6, I had to make hard choices:
2 deco
13 xwing
16 sideshow
17 titanium toy fair
20 corran
21 lfl ts

jberlin
02-26-2009, 03:11 PM
6
8
11
18
22
25

Blue2th
02-26-2009, 04:10 PM
For my remainder:

21
22
24

obi-dad
02-26-2009, 11:16 PM
I want to change one of my votes. I had voted for

2 - White paing/decco for vehicles
8 - Diagnoga
11 - Cockpits
15 - Cantina aliens
13 - x-wing
16 - sideshow

I want to add question 25 to replace #8.

Obsession is Nute
02-27-2009, 12:49 AM
Want to add my final vote, #24.

JediTricks
02-27-2009, 02:48 AM
Well, that's it for this round, thanks to everybody who voted.

Here's the questions for this round:


Hasbro has shown great confidence in the Mos Eisley cantina scene, recognizing that the iconic scene has great mileage with both collectors and kids, and pledging to complete the roster of background aliens. With that in mind, might Hasbro be interested in expanding that to include Ket Maliss, Cebann Veekan, Myhr Rho, Y'bith, Thorp, Kelbo, the Tin Tin Dwarf, and/or Kal'Falnl C'ndros - characters who are "just off camera" and yet appear in various sources from behind-the-scenes materials to the Decipher's CCG and the Holiday Special? Many of these designs fit well with the in-film Cantina styled characters and all have precedent in or around that area, they could certainly be passed off to casual collectors as being part of that element, just as was done with your recent Bane Malar figure.
Titanium Series has suffered another indignity by not being included at New York Toy Fair. With recent significant price increases, a continued focus on pointless repaints, a general feeling of lack of support from Hasbro for pretty much the life of the line, canceled and displaced molds (some shown at the '08 Toy Fair), what is happening with Titanium Series? Fans keep asking about the line, and Hasbro keeps saying they will give it more attention at the next venue, only to get shorted again. What does the future hold for this line that is in many ways the only outlet for most Star Wars vehicles in toy form? Are sales at least solid enough that Titanium collectors can relax their fears a bit for the foreseeable future, or is the line considerably weaker than the 3.75" figure line and thus vulnerable in these uncertain economic times?
Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones, battle droids, or astromech droids from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line, especially when they're only minor retools or mere repaints or kitbashes.
Right now, based on what you've said and shown at Toy Fair, the 2009 basic TLC waves look like this: February (ANH), May (ESB 1), September (TPM). We know the '09 EU wave got pushed into '10, but according to your prior answers that still leaves 4 more TLC waves crammed into the last part of the year. 2008 suffered pacing issues and delays in part because the Hasbro SW team was focusing on Indiana Jones, but this year there is no such sidetrack, so why the pacing problems and slowdowns? Does the fact that so many other movies are getting Hasbro toy lines (GI Joe, Transformers 2, Wolverine) slow the flow of SW toys? Will all 7 remaining '09 waves actually make it to market in this year, or will all those waves on top of each other in the last 3rd of the year cause another push-out and all-repaints wave? As per your Dec 10th Q&A correction, will ROTJ and ANH 2 waves get released between May's ESB wave and September's TPM wave?
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?
With the Titanium Series line, how much influence does Lucasfilm put into it? Have they ever asked for a specific ship to be included in the line when it otherwise wouldn't be? Have they ever requested a feature be added to a vehicle, or even possibly a potential feature removed? Is the LFL approval process fairly smooth with this line compared to something like the action figure line, have they ever sent a Titanium Series vehicle back to the drawing board or even canned it altogether?

Look for a new round of voting soon.