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JediTricks
03-20-2009, 02:53 AM
Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on Friday, April 10th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 65 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=1934); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=1936). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=670157#post670157).

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?
- 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?
- 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?
- This might seem like an odd request, but could you re-issue the old Kenner X-wing, specifically the POTF2 version, with some modifications? There's no X-wing at kid pricing anymore, the only OT vehicles at the Starfighter pricepoint are lonely TIEs with nobody to fight, and that classic X-wing had some decent sculpting, strong wings, and is fun to whoosh about. As well, the POTF2 version had a pretty decent deco (though pre-applied stickers would be nice), and that version also had the best sound effects in any X-wing (aside from the Power FX X-wing, but the sacrifices there are numerous), those sounds alone would sell another batch to collectors. The set could use a tune-up on the cockpit interior, the canopy exterior, the dedicated R2-D2, and the blaster tips need to be reoriented to the proper upright position. Don't you think the kids today deserve an awesome X-wing fighter?
- In 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?
- 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 theproverbial 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?
- 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?
- Regarding the future of Star Wars Mighty Muggs, what wave will be the final one at retail before the line becomes a TRU exclusive? Will some sought-after previous entries like Leia and the Stormtrooper be re-released? For Entertainment Earth's shared exclusives, who will they be sharing those with?
- Given that we have a number of figures from SW: Purge (Bultar Swan, Tsui Choi, Koffi Arana, and of course, Darth Vader), does Hasbro plan to complete the remaining Jedi figures from that story - Roblio Darte, Sia-Lan Wezz, Ma'kis'shaalas, and Jasus Farr - at some point in the foreseeable future?
- Does Hasbro have access to the old Kenner Droids line's vehicle molds, the Side Gunner, ATL Interceptor, perhaps even the infamously never released White Witch? Will there be any chance to see these given new life and released under Hasbro one day?
- If you had to guess, shoot-from-the-hip style, what percentage of Star Wars would you guess Hasbro has covered with the existing 3.75" line? Obviously the EU has a much wider number of characters, vehicles, and settings to address, so you can pick and choose which sources you'd like to answer for - e.g., "out of just movies & tv" or "out of movies, tv, video games, and recent DH comics", whatever works for you. But with so many main characters and even secondary and tertiary characters getting the action figure treatment, how far does Hasbro think they've taken the brand over the last decade?
- With the unfortunate announcement of the Titanium Series line ending after 2009, fans want to know all about its now-limited future. How many new tools will we be getting between now and its end? When can we expect the last wave, and what will be in that wave? What happens to tooling and promises that were on the bubble for '09, like the Outrider which was promised and forgotten last year and then promised again for the end of '09, or the Gungan Sub which was tooled up and promised in 2000 but canceled? Using the term "hiatus" as you did, is there any hope for the brand's revival in the foreseeable future? As Titanium Series is the only outlet for the majority of Star Wars vehicle toys these days, will Hasbro be filling that void with an all-plastic form of Titaniums?
- With Titanium Series ending, the opportunities for re-releasing popular and hard-to-find tools is getting quite short. With that in mind, might you be able to shoehorn re-releases of some of those popular, hard-to-find pieces like the Droid Gunship, Mon Calamari Cruiser, Trade Federation Landing Craft, Rogue Shadow, and Hailfire Droid into the last few waves (perhaps through revision cases) to make sure collectors are as best served as possible, rather than letting the Titaniums' ending serve only scalpers?

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

Kidhuman
03-21-2009, 04:17 AM
With the announcement of the Titanium line ending after 2009, when can we expect the last wave and any ideas what is to be included in it?

LTBasker
03-21-2009, 05:24 PM
Welp, with Hasbro's latest mistake, I suppose you can nix my question -

5. - 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?

Not that it got (m)any votes anyways, but may as well remove it.

There are a great many WTF-inspired - and rather obscene - questions I would like to add, but I'll stick with:

With the subtle demise of Titaniums pending, will the Outrider finally see retail existence at the end of this year to mark the abrupt and disheartening end of a magnificent line, or will it remain nothing but a fable?

Darth Windu
03-21-2009, 10:57 PM
With the announcement of the Titanium line ending after 2009, when can we expect the last wave and any ideas what is to be included in it?
As an expansion on that question, how about:

With the announcement of the Titanium line ending after 2009, when can we expect the last wave/s and what is to be included in them? Also considering Hasbro's useage of the term 'hiatus' rather than 'cancelled', can we expect a revival of the Titanium Series down the track, perhaps in a cheaper plastic form?

DarkArtist
03-22-2009, 09:42 AM
1, 11, 15, and 16 are my picks.

DarkArtist
03-22-2009, 09:44 AM
New question:

" Hasbro, you stated that in 2010 there will be another wave of the popular video game The Force Unleashed. Can you tell us what type of figures you are thinking of releasing with that wave? Also is there any chance that perhaps the Force Unleashed Rancor will be released again ?"

Umbra
03-22-2009, 12:45 PM
A new question as well, though its possible i missed an answer to it at some time:

While I love the Comic Pack line of figures and its ability to draw from all eras both in the Star Wars Universe and in our own, I've caught on to a surprising gap in these figures, a lack of offers from the Knights of the Old Republic comic books. While this comic book series has run for slightly longer than the Legacy comic series, Legacy has seen at least 3 comic packs to KotORs 0. I was wondering if there's any particular reason for this, because a Jarael and Zayne pack would be lovely if not more?

AmanaMatt
03-22-2009, 02:54 PM
new question: " Lately, more and more figures are being given wide stances. Who picks whether a figure will have a neutral or expressive pose, and why?"

JediTricks
03-22-2009, 03:03 PM
Question 17 added.

I've got a headache right now, so I'll deal with your new questions in a little while. I had a quick question in mind so I figured I'd throw it at the wall and see what stuck.

I'll cut question 6 in the next round if it doesn't get the votes here.


new question: " Lately, more and more figures are being given wide stances. Who picks whether a figure will have a neutral or expressive pose, and why?"Please provide existing examples beyond the upcoming Nikto.

LTBasker
03-22-2009, 05:44 PM
Ooh, I guess it was #6 wasn't it, dunno why I saw it as #5. Oh well, just have to remember not to deal with numbers so late at night anymore.

Pretty sure these numbers are accurate, though. :D

8 - 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 - 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 theproverbial 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?

16 - Does Hasbro have access to the old Kenner Droids line's vehicle molds, the Side Gunner, ATL Interceptor, perhaps even the infamously never released White Witch? Will there be any chance to see these given new life and released under Hasbro one day?

17 - If you had to guess, shoot-from-the-hip style, what percentage of Star Wars would you guess Hasbro has covered with the existing 3.75" line? Obviously the EU has a much wider number of characters, vehicles, and settings to address, so you can pick and choose which sources you'd like to answer for - e.g., "out of just movies & tv" or "out of movies, tv, video games, and recent DH comics", whatever works for you. But with so many main characters and even secondary and tertiary characters getting the action figure treatment, how far does Hasbro think they've taken the brand over the last decade?

JediTricks
03-22-2009, 07:17 PM
Question 18 added.


With the announcement of the Titanium line ending after 2009, when can we expect the last wave and any ideas what is to be included in it?
There are a great many WTF-inspired - and rather obscene - questions I would like to add, but I'll stick with:

With the subtle demise of Titaniums pending, will the Outrider finally see retail existence at the end of this year to mark the abrupt and disheartening end of a magnificent line, or will it remain nothing but a fable?
As an expansion on that question, how about:

With the announcement of the Titanium line ending after 2009, when can we expect the last wave/s and what is to be included in them? Also considering Hasbro's useage of the term 'hiatus' rather than 'cancelled', can we expect a revival of the Titanium Series down the track, perhaps in a cheaper plastic form?With Hasbro, they generally like to use "hiatus" so the door is never entirely closed, even when it is. But I'll add the question that you guys have crafted, we can keep working on it to make it stronger. And I'm counting all 3 of your comments as votes (you can rescind that if you like).



New question:

" Hasbro, you stated that in 2010 there will be another wave of the popular video game The Force Unleashed. Can you tell us what type of figures you are thinking of releasing with that wave? Also is there any chance that perhaps the Force Unleashed Rancor will be released again ?"Jan 30th:
JediTempleArchives.com: The news of the 2010 Force Unleashed wave is very exciting indeed. With that news come all sorts of questions. First, will the TFU Shaak Ti that we've heard about move to this wave from the previously announced Expanded Universe wave? And what characters from the Force Unleashed are on the Star Wars team's wishlists?
Hasbro: Shaak Ti will stay in her wave, which is the EU wave slotted in prior to the TFU wave. There are a bunch of figures on our wish list, which is now moving into the sculpting stage, but we're going to keep the exact contents of this wave close to the vest. We have to have *something* to talk about in Spring 2010!

A new question as well, though its possible i missed an answer to it at some time:

While I love the Comic Pack line of figures and its ability to draw from all eras both in the Star Wars Universe and in our own, I've caught on to a surprising gap in these figures, a lack of offers from the Knights of the Old Republic comic books. While this comic book series has run for slightly longer than the Legacy comic series, Legacy has seen at least 3 comic packs to KotORs 0. I was wondering if there's any particular reason for this, because a Jarael and Zayne pack would be lovely if not more?Friday had an answer about Zayne:
Jedinews.co.uk: First of all, it was really good to see a Yuuzhan Vong figure revealed at Toy Fair. Does Hasbro plan to release any further EU figures from New Jedi Order such as Jacen and Jaina. Also, are there any plans for a Zayne Carrick figure either as a Comic Pack or Legacy Basic figure release?
Hasbro: Yes, there are plans for Jacen and Jaina at some point. As for Zayne, there are no plans right now. His was the very last pack cut from the list before we nailed down the 2010 line plan. He is a strong possibility for a 2011 comic pack, however.
As for the rest, there's been a ton of questions about KOTOR figures, but most based on the game itself. Here's an answer from Hasbro about the comic, Jan 18, 2008:
TheJawa.com: First, I would like to thank you for including Darth Revan and Darth Malak in the 2007 lineup. As I'm sure the whole Star Wars team at Hasbro is aware, characters from the Old Republic era are still some of the most popular EU characters today, even among fans, who like myself, have never played either of the games or read any of the comics. So my question is, besides the Old Republic characters included in the 2008 Evolutions sets, will there be any more KOTOR figures in 2008 from either the comics or the games?
Hasbro: Right now, we do not have plans for more KOTOR characters in 2008, but that doesn't mean we won't go back to KOTOR (games or comics) in the future, and are looking at opportunities.
And in that same round:
Mousedroid.com: First of all, thank you for making the 30th anniversary of STAR WARS a year to remember. Not only did you make some of the best figures ever but, for me anyway, you made the collecting FUN. Anticipating the different waves and then tracking them down, only to find my favorite characters done so well was rewarding. Wave 5 was my favorite by a long shot. Which brings me to my question.
After Reven, Malak and the new evolutions sets with Mandalore and Nihilus, will Hasbro be continuing with any KOTOR figures? Basic figures in waves or more in multipacks? You seem to have covered the main sith/bad guys but we need some lightsiders to fight against. Or Does Hasbro think the good guys will not sell as well? Once again keep up the bloody good work mates!
Regards,
LukeSparkewalker
Hasbro: Thanks for the nice comments, Luke. We are glad you have enjoyed the 30th Anniversary collection as much as we have in bringing it to you.
Right now, we don't have plans to do any more for KOTOR characters for a while. It doesn't mean we won't come back to KOTOR again, especially if favorites rise to the top to the next time we do a fans' choice type of poll. After all, Revan and Malak were on there because *you* the fans voted for them in the Toy Fare / wizardworld.com poll, so without your voice it is likely that they would not have come out at all. So keep the flame alive for your KOTOR favorites and be sure to let your voice be heard next time there is an opportunity.
Then there's this from March 12th:
ThePrivateUniverse.co.uk: Once again, the Comic Packs look fabulous. Now that you've explored the Legacy, Prequel and OT periods, can we expect a foray into the distant past of KOTOR ?
Hasbro: Yes, but the foray won't be as deep as the film period or Legacy packs. Look for at least one, perhaps two, KotOR/Tales of the Jedi packs next year.
Sept 26:
Rebelscum.com: I think it's safe to say that the action figures based on the Knights of the Old Republic games are wildly successful. Both Darth Malak and Revan sold extremely well, as does the Sith Legacy Evolutions set which includes Darth Nihilus. I think the market (that'd be us) is telling you something:) So, can you please tell us dedicated Expanded Universe and KOTOR fans that we'll see some more KOTOR figures in 2009? The Sith Lords need some heroic Knights of the Old Republic to go toe-to-toe with. >cough<...Bastila Shan...>coughcough<
Hasbro: There are no more KOTOR figures in the works right now, but the huge demand for KOTOR figures is always at the back of our mind. Bastila Shan would be the next one we want to do, but it would not be before 2010 at the earliest.
Oct 17:
JediTempleArchives.com: Of the current Dark Horse comic titles on the stands ( Knights Of The Old Republic, Dark Times, Rebellion & Legacy ), we've only seen Comic 2-pack offerings for the Legacy series. When can we expect to see some offerings for the current comic titles? And can you give us some hints about which characters might be in the running?
Hasbro: We have been concentrating more on Legacy because of the amazing impact and excitement this title has brought to the EU (however, don't forget that Rebellion actually inspired the Dagger Squadron B-Wing and pilot Netrem Pollard!). As far as comic packs go from the current DH titles, the next one up will be Rebellion #3 out late this year/early 2009 featuring a pair of characters in the awesome new Rebel stealth suit. After that will be two more Legacy titles in 2009 (one which will feature Darth Krayt), and finally the first KotOR issue should be out late 2009 if the schedule holds.
(It doesn't look like the schedule mentioned there held at all.)

Keep in mind, we have 2 KOTOR characters, Darth Revan and Malak, and HK-47 is coming soon, not to mention Mandalore the Indomitable (which I know doesn't entirely count since he's a precursor to KOTOR's Mandalore the Ultimate).

So, do you think you can take all those factors and re-craft the question to address the issue while bulletproofing it from those factors? If so, LMK what you got and I'll likely add it.

Umbra
03-22-2009, 07:43 PM
No, i think the variety of responses you've found have rather answered what I wanted, Though i still find it really weird they've ignored the KotOR comic, i really want a jareal figure but if the pack is pushed to 2011, then they for certain wont answer who zayne was to be packed with.

Tooo bad I never found malak and revan, HK-47 got a chump build a droid in a wave of nothing i want, and mandalore was with 2 figures I had many verisons of already :-p i'm just lucky that way ^^

Darth Windu
03-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Cheers JT.

Darth Duranium
03-22-2009, 09:17 PM
I'll vote 3 times for question 18, no matter what it morphs into.

I'd add in:

Might be worth asking them to be very specific about how many waves, how many ships per wave, when they're expected at retail, and exactly how many new tools we're getting before the death of TS (beyond the preorder wave)... otherwise scalpers are gonna screw the loyal collector base (again).

Are they gonna show us new TS ships at SDCC 2009? Do we also wanna bring up the E-Wing, Home One, Gungan Sub, Acclamator, or Nebulon-B specifically?

Darth Windu
03-23-2009, 09:33 AM
Well we definately don't want to bring up the Acclamator, they've already put cold water on that one.

I'm wondering if we should note the massive and unwieldy packaging as well in reference to the possibility of a cheaper Titanium line?

EDIT: As a further expansion, how about adding in something about why Hasbro went to the trouble and expense of doing a new look for the Titaniums so recently if they knew it was being shut down?

EDIT 2: As part of the September 5 2008 Q&A, SSG asked about the Titaniums, with Hasbro saying that "The waves are structured somewhat like basic figures, with the more iconic figures carrying forward from wave to wave and the more obscure vehicles (which describes many of the newly tooled ships) getting more limited runs confined to a single wave only" and "Our criteria has changed somewhat over the past couple years, in order to get more newer (and often niche) vehicles into the lineup". If the line was doing so poorly, why the hell were they trying to get obscure vehicles into the lineup instead of the iconic ones they hadn't covered????

Devo
03-24-2009, 09:28 AM
Hmm. I like Question 17. Nothing else catching my eye though at present.

Cane_Adiss
03-24-2009, 10:29 AM
7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17

El Chuxter
03-24-2009, 08:01 PM
I swear I'm totally serious about this question, but feel free to change as necessary. ;)

"Whenever one line ends and another is planned, it always seems the later items become particularly tough to find. This applies not only to Star Wars, but to other Hasbro boys' lines as well, notably GIJoe and Transformers. This is especially true when an upcoming 'hard sell date' is planned, such as last year's Clone Wars launch, or this year's GIJoe and Transformers film launches. It's especially frustrating when these are highly anticipated items (which, somehow, usually seems to be the case) or are necessary to complete a set (the currently impossible-to-find GIJoe DVD pack #5 being the best example, as there are millions of incomplete MASS Devices in collections across the country).

Sometimes, these tough-to-find items have seen a speedy re-release (offering Ree-Yees and the original Death Star Trooper as online exclusives, for instance), and we are thankful for this. More often, however, it seems like the majority of collectors ask specifically about increased availability and get an answer along the lines of 'No plans at this time,' with any re-release so far in the future that most collectors either give up or pay premium price before the items are again available (Qui-Gon with Eopie, Darktrooper).

Since highly demanded items in short supply is a lose-lose proposition for both Hasbro and collectors/kids, and a win only for eBay scalpers, would you be willing to consider additional supply on future 'end of the line' figures, vehicles, and accessories to be made available through hasbrotoyshop.com? (We can fully understand the logic behind clearing shelves before launching a new line, but, really, it can be a major headache.)"

DarkJedi5
03-26-2009, 10:50 AM
Here’s a new question that Hasbro might like better than the ones we’ve been asking of late (if they could even answer this one at all):

We know that the toys designed by Hasbro sometimes influences what we see in the movies. A great case in point is the spring open wings seen on the Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter being incorporated into the on screen version of the Eta-2. But is there sometimes collaboration between film makers and toy makers? I wonder in particular about the new Clone Wars Delta-7B? The droid slot has been moved from the wing (where we all know you cannot fit a full sized astromech figure) to the center of the craft. It makes for a much better toy but it doesn’t seem to make sense with the craft’s “evolution” (after all the droid slot is moved back to the wing for the Eta-2) and I wonder if the Clone Wars team made this decision with feedback from the Hasbro team about what might make for a better toy design.

Butcher it, rework it, do as you feel you must. I don’t buy any of the Clone Wars stuff but I am really curious about this and it’s been bouncing around my head for a few weeks now.

Blue2th
03-26-2009, 11:30 AM
#18 for me, the only question I fancy right now concerning Titaniums.

The packaging question, yeah most of us didn't like it, but the point is kinda mute now.

I see no problem asking (though ye might get shot down again) about specific ships that had actual screen time, now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak with the hiatus, Like the Nebulon-B (Rebel Cruiser) and the Acclamator (Republic Assault Ship) Or the status of ships promised like the Outrider or prototypes we've seen like the Gungan Sub.

AmanaMatt
03-28-2009, 04:53 PM
[SIZE=4]Please provide existing examples beyond the upcoming Nikto.

Well:

Jedi Weequay
Moff Jerjerrod
Endor Rebels (white and black)
Rebel Honor Guard.....ok, not that many, but more than I like...!

Obsession is Nute
03-29-2009, 07:39 PM
Am I confused and miss something? I checked on the last series of questions submitted and there were questions submitted regarding Grieblieps and Grievous. No response in the Q&A for either one. Did Hasbro dodge these questions completely? Did I miss their answers and they were posted somewhere else?

DarkJedi5
03-30-2009, 01:28 AM
we submit questions and get answers back the same day now I think. The answers we get back are from three weeks ago when we last submitted. Which means it will be another two weeks before those questions are answered. I think. I know JT is always explaining it but it's so infrequent I have a hard time remembering the schedule now.

Kidhuman
03-30-2009, 08:25 AM
Every 3 weeks we get answers back

NerfTW
03-30-2009, 08:41 AM
Well:

Jedi Weequay
Moff Jerjerrod
Endor Rebels (white and black)
Rebel Honor Guard.....ok, not that many, but more than I like...!

So 4 figures over a 3-4 year period is considered "lately, more and more"?

DarkJedi5
03-30-2009, 09:49 AM
Well:

Jedi Weequay
Moff Jerjerrod
Endor Rebels (white and black)
Rebel Honor Guard.....ok, not that many, but more than I like...!

I'd look at comic packs and evolutions sets too. The new sculpt for the female pilot has a pretty wide stance that makes her a little tough to pose and the comic pack figures seem to lack articulation here and there and might help you build your case.

Gothiczartan
03-31-2009, 10:33 PM
Will there be another build a droid ofBD-3000 luxury droid from Revenge of the Sith?

Darth Windu
03-31-2009, 11:12 PM
Hey JT - can we add into the Titanium question, perhaps even as a new question, a few suggestions for the end of Titanium, like re-releasing the ultra-popular Hailfire Droid, Droid Gunship, Federation Lander etc and perhaps a re-paint or two, such as Ashoka's Jedi Starfighter?

clone157
03-31-2009, 11:40 PM
15 and 18 are cool with me right now. Haven't stopped drinking since the announcement of "hiatus".

JediTricks
04-01-2009, 03:51 PM
we submit questions and get answers back the same day now I think. The answers we get back are from three weeks ago when we last submitted. Which means it will be another two weeks before those questions are answered. I think. I know JT is always explaining it but it's so infrequent I have a hard time remembering the schedule now.Nailed it!


So 4 figures over a 3-4 year period is considered "lately, more and more"?Yeah, that's what I was thinking, especially since 1 of those examples is a pretty old figure (the Endor Rebel). I'd need to see a more significant pattern before I'd consider the question.


Anyway, I'll get around to the rest of this thread's stuff tomorrow when I finally get a little free time, but I have to run now.

JediTricks
04-02-2009, 03:53 PM
Question 19 added.

Question 18 modified.


No, i think the variety of responses you've found have rather answered what I wanted, Though i still find it really weird they've ignored the KotOR comic, i really want a jareal figure but if the pack is pushed to 2011, then they for certain wont answer who zayne was to be packed with.

Tooo bad I never found malak and revan, HK-47 got a chump build a droid in a wave of nothing i want, and mandalore was with 2 figures I had many verisons of already :-p i'm just lucky that way ^^If you find any readership numbers on KOTOR vs. Legacy, let me know, that might make for an interesting point to hang the question on, if it falls in KOTOR's favor.



I'll vote 3 times for question 18, no matter what it morphs into.

I'd add in:

Might be worth asking them to be very specific about how many waves, how many ships per wave, when they're expected at retail, and exactly how many new tools we're getting before the death of TS (beyond the preorder wave)... otherwise scalpers are gonna screw the loyal collector base (again).

Are they gonna show us new TS ships at SDCC 2009? Do we also wanna bring up the E-Wing, Home One, Gungan Sub, Acclamator, or Nebulon-B specifically?
I'll count your vote for 18, but you can only vote for a single question once per round.

I'll add the thing about new tools. The thing about the specific ships I'll hold off on, as the question is already in trouble as it is since it's asking so much, and I hate asking about specifics (although the Gungan Sub is a viable part since it was tooled and canned). I'm really worried that they're gonna toss 90% of that question since it's such a slam of questions, but I'll give it a shot. Anything else on your list has to be a new question, including SDCC which they said at Toy Fair would get a look.



Well we definately don't want to bring up the Acclamator, they've already put cold water on that one.

I'm wondering if we should note the massive and unwieldy packaging as well in reference to the possibility of a cheaper Titanium line?

EDIT: As a further expansion, how about adding in something about why Hasbro went to the trouble and expense of doing a new look for the Titaniums so recently if they knew it was being shut down?

EDIT 2: As part of the September 5 2008 Q&A, SSG asked about the Titaniums, with Hasbro saying that "The waves are structured somewhat like basic figures, with the more iconic figures carrying forward from wave to wave and the more obscure vehicles (which describes many of the newly tooled ships) getting more limited runs confined to a single wave only" and "Our criteria has changed somewhat over the past couple years, in order to get more newer (and often niche) vehicles into the lineup". If the line was doing so poorly, why the hell were they trying to get obscure vehicles into the lineup instead of the iconic ones they hadn't covered????The current question is about the line's short future. Another question could be posed as to why it failed, if you'd like to do that, LMK what it should say. I'm not sure what you mean by a "cheaper" line, there's a question at the end about plastic ships though, and not sure what expense the "new look" you mention would be (bubble swaps and stickers are dirt cheap changes).




I swear I'm totally serious about this question, but feel free to change as necessary. ;)

"Whenever one line ends and another is planned, it always seems the later items become particularly tough to find. This applies not only to Star Wars, but to other Hasbro boys' lines as well, notably GIJoe and Transformers. This is especially true when an upcoming 'hard sell date' is planned, such as last year's Clone Wars launch, or this year's GIJoe and Transformers film launches. It's especially frustrating when these are highly anticipated items (which, somehow, usually seems to be the case) or are necessary to complete a set (the currently impossible-to-find GIJoe DVD pack #5 being the best example, as there are millions of incomplete MASS Devices in collections across the country).

Sometimes, these tough-to-find items have seen a speedy re-release (offering Ree-Yees and the original Death Star Trooper as online exclusives, for instance), and we are thankful for this. More often, however, it seems like the majority of collectors ask specifically about increased availability and get an answer along the lines of 'No plans at this time,' with any re-release so far in the future that most collectors either give up or pay premium price before the items are again available (Qui-Gon with Eopie, Darktrooper).

Since highly demanded items in short supply is a lose-lose proposition for both Hasbro and collectors/kids, and a win only for eBay scalpers, would you be willing to consider additional supply on future 'end of the line' figures, vehicles, and accessories to be made available through hasbrotoyshop.com? (We can fully understand the logic behind clearing shelves before launching a new line, but, really, it can be a major headache.)"First off, yikes is that long. I don't do multi-paragraph questions anymore, it confuses the eye. Also, I'd throw out the part about other lines, Hasbro SW doesn't manage those guys so it's not up to them what TF or GI Joe does. If you could provide examples of stuff where SW did this in the last 4 years or so, that would go a long way towards proving your point. Right now, I can't think of anything end-of-line since before OTC that has fallen into that trap, and I'm certainly not going to cite POTJ figures as a current example since this is a different management team who has actively been trying to avoid the problem.



Here’s a new question that Hasbro might like better than the ones we’ve been asking of late (if they could even answer this one at all):

We know that the toys designed by Hasbro sometimes influences what we see in the movies. A great case in point is the spring open wings seen on the Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter being incorporated into the on screen version of the Eta-2. But is there sometimes collaboration between film makers and toy makers? I wonder in particular about the new Clone Wars Delta-7B? The droid slot has been moved from the wing (where we all know you cannot fit a full sized astromech figure) to the center of the craft. It makes for a much better toy but it doesn’t seem to make sense with the craft’s “evolution” (after all the droid slot is moved back to the wing for the Eta-2) and I wonder if the Clone Wars team made this decision with feedback from the Hasbro team about what might make for a better toy design.

Butcher it, rework it, do as you feel you must. I don’t buy any of the Clone Wars stuff but I am really curious about this and it’s been bouncing around my head for a few weeks now.I'm almost sure this has been asked and answered in the past, but I can't think of a particular phrase to search to bring it up. Pretty sure the answer was "no", but I'd be willing to give it another shot. However, I need a different example, the Jedi Starfighter won't work because we already know that design came from the Genndy Tartakofsky CW show's Azure Angel Jedi Starfighter (Anakin's CW JSF), not from Hasbro's needs (and, in fact, Hasbro's version of that had a non-removable R2-D2 dome).



#18 for me, the only question I fancy right now concerning Titaniums.

The packaging question, yeah most of us didn't like it, but the point is kinda mute now.

I see no problem asking (though ye might get shot down again) about specific ships that had actual screen time, now that the cat is out of the bag so to speak with the hiatus, Like the Nebulon-B (Rebel Cruiser) and the Acclamator (Republic Assault Ship) Or the status of ships promised like the Outrider or prototypes we've seen like the Gungan Sub.Well, I put the Outrider and Gungan Sub in the question (possibly to the question's peril, we'll see), but I'm not going to shove a bunch of other stuff into the question. If we could get a list of "this has to happen before the line ends" items, I'll likely ask that, but the reality is that we're outside the timeline now, it takes over a year to develop so the designs are locked down and there's no way they are going to be able to add another toy to it (the Gungan Sub is a different matter since the tooling is already developed).



Well:

Jedi Weequay
Moff Jerjerrod
Endor Rebels (white and black)
Rebel Honor Guard.....ok, not that many, but more than I like...!In case you didn't see my other post, I need more than that. Jerjerrod is crap and everybody knows already, that figure was a failure and they've already developed a new Imp Officer body. Sora Bulq is from 3 years ago, the Endor Rebels are from over half a decade ago, which leaves you with 1 guy beyond this new upcoming figure. It's not strong evidence that "more and more" are like this "lately". Either provide more examples or change the proposed question, and I'll reconsider.



Will there be another build a droid ofBD-3000 luxury droid from Revenge of the Sith?"Another"? As far as I know, there are none. And we don't ask about specific figures.



Hey JT - can we add into the Titanium question, perhaps even as a new question, a few suggestions for the end of Titanium, like re-releasing the ultra-popular Hailfire Droid, Droid Gunship, Federation Lander etc and perhaps a re-paint or two, such as Ashoka's Jedi Starfighter?I'm going to make it a new question. Asking for repaints is a slippery slope, you'll have to convince me on that a little more, and the waves are already sold so these re-releases would have to be swapped into revision cases, not their own wave. More popular examples of possibly re-releases is good though. Question added, vote counted.

Blue2th
04-02-2009, 04:27 PM
I'll add:

2
12
19 ( you could add HTF Mon Calamari Cruiser & Rogue Shadow to that ;) )

Darth Windu
04-02-2009, 07:12 PM
Thanks JT, much appreciated. :)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-02-2009, 08:48 PM
the Endor Rebels are from over half a decade ago
Since he said "white and black," I assume he was referring to the TSC figure that was a running change from a white soldier to a black one. I don't even know the original question and don't care one way or the other, but there it is.

AmanaMatt
04-02-2009, 10:44 PM
In case you didn't see my other post, I need more than that. Jerjerrod is crap and everybody knows already, that figure was a failure and they've already developed a new Imp Officer body. Sora Bulq is from 3 years ago, the Endor Rebels are from over half a decade ago, which leaves you with 1 guy beyond this new upcoming figure. It's not strong evidence that "more and more" are like this "lately". Either provide more examples or change the proposed question, and I'll reconsider.



Its a conspiracy!!!! :D

I guess I've been collecting to long...Hey, at least I didn't present any POTF2 figs as examples!

Darth Duranium
04-04-2009, 04:31 PM
I'll vote for #18. I hope we can get a very specific answer as to how many new ships and waves are forthcoming...Thanks.

Val Da Car
04-05-2009, 12:02 PM
I'll vote for #18. I hope we can get a very specific answer as to how many new ships and waves are forthcoming...Thanks.

I am down for #18 also.

JediTricks
04-05-2009, 10:03 PM
Question 19 modified.


I'll add:

2
12
19 ( you could add HTF Mon Calamari Cruiser & Rogue Shadow to that ;) )I had originally thought of those as well, so ok.


Since he said "white and black," I assume he was referring to the TSC figure that was a running change from a white soldier to a black one. I don't even know the original question and don't care one way or the other, but there it is.Yeah, I realize, but those are retools of the older figure, and they're 3 years old as it is. Plus, they are soldiers, it's not like Jerjerrod.


Its a conspiracy!!!! :D

I guess I've been collecting to long...Hey, at least I didn't present any POTF2 figs as examples!Even paranoids have real enemies. :p I almost cited a couple POTJ figures when working over the question when I realized how ludicrous it would be that way.

clone157
04-07-2009, 09:06 PM
Put me down for question 19 as well.

DarkJedi5
04-08-2009, 01:11 PM
I'm almost sure this has been asked and answered in the past, but I can't think of a particular phrase to search to bring it up. Pretty sure the answer was "no", but I'd be willing to give it another shot. However, I need a different example, the Jedi Starfighter won't work because we already know that design came from the Genndy Tartakofsky CW show's Azure Angel Jedi Starfighter (Anakin's CW JSF), not from Hasbro's needs (and, in fact, Hasbro's version of that had a non-removable R2-D2 dome).


I'll take your word for it JT, I must have missed it. I don't recall reading anywhere that the droid socket on the new fighters is in the middle because that's where Azure Angel had it. I guess it's a neat new wrinkle that suggests that it was a custom of a prototype that in the new series has reached common usage? Anyway there's no need to rework the question unless some one else has a desire to get it answered.

I vote for questions 7, 8, 11, 13, 15.

Darth Windu
04-08-2009, 09:03 PM
In regards to the Azure Angel, just keep in mind that the R4 unit was, like the Delta-7's, built into the ship and could not be removed. I'm talking about both the toy versions and the show ('real') version.

JediTricks
04-09-2009, 05:31 PM
Last day to vote!

Here are my votes:
2 deco
9 xwing
10 sideshow
17 how much
18 titanium end
19 titanium rereleases

sebillba
04-09-2009, 05:42 PM
5, 7, 11, 13 and 17 for me please.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-09-2009, 11:05 PM
I totally thought I had already voted here.

2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 13

JediTricks
04-10-2009, 12:14 AM
I totally thought I had already voted here.

2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 13This round went by pretty quickly for 3 weeks, I thought the same thing and had to check all my posts.

JediTricks
04-10-2009, 04:58 AM
Ok, so that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated. I'm going to tally up the last few votes and then send off this round's questions.

Here are the questions we're sending in from this round:


With the unfortunate announcement of the Titanium Series line ending after 2009, fans want to know all about its now-limited future. How many new tools will we be getting between now and its end? When can we expect the last wave, and what will be in that wave? What happens to tooling and promises that were on the bubble for '09, like the Outrider which was promised and forgotten last year and then promised again for the end of '09, or the Gungan Sub which was tooled up and promised in 2000 but canceled? Using the term "hiatus" as you did, is there any hope for the brand's revival in the foreseeable future? As Titanium Series is the only outlet for the majority of Star Wars vehicle toys these days, will Hasbro be filling that void with an all-plastic form of Titaniums?
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 they unknown designs made up by Lucasfilm, we don't know) 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 explaining 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.
Given that we have a number of figures from SW: Purge (Bultar Swan, Tsui Choi, Koffi Arana, and of course, Darth Vader), does Hasbro plan to complete the remaining Jedi figures from that story - Roblio Darte, Sia-Lan Wezz, Ma'kis'shaalas, and Jasus Farr - at some point in the foreseeable future?
If you had to guess, shoot-from-the-hip style, what percentage of Star Wars would you guess Hasbro has covered with the existing 3.75" line? Obviously the EU has a much wider number of characters, vehicles, and settings to address, so you can pick and choose which sources you'd like to answer for - e.g., "out of just movies & tv" or "out of movies, tv, video games, and recent DH comics", whatever works for you. But with so many main characters and even secondary and tertiary characters getting the action figure treatment, how far does Hasbro think they've taken the brand over the last decade?
With Titanium Series ending, the opportunities for re-releasing popular and hard-to-find tools is getting quite short. With that in mind, might you be able to shoehorn re-releases of some of those popular, hard-to-find pieces like the Droid Gunship, Mon Calamari Cruiser, Trade Federation Landing Craft, Rogue Shadow, and Hailfire Droid into the last few waves (perhaps through revision cases) to make sure collectors are as best served as possible, rather than letting the Titaniums' ending serve only scalpers?
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.


Look for a new round of voting later this morning.