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JediTricks
04-10-2009, 06:32 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, May 1st. Keep in mind that your votes in round 66 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- The gauzy material used to make black capes and other soft goods is intolerable. The material is always cut too large, never hangs right, and is translucent. Darth Vader especially has a real miserable time of it, looking more like he's wearing a black chiffon number than his menacing duds. And not one figure using it can avoid it flaring out, poor Garindan looks like he's flying away. We've seen better materials used at this scale, even by you (the second Darth Maul figure comes to mind), so it's past time to reassess new materials for these purposes. If nothing else, getting sharper and better-looking cape designs will sell more Vaders to collectors and kids who already have an army of them. So, what say you on this matter, why are you still using the gauzy black cloth, and are you willing to look into better materials and better sewing for them?
- In Q&As lately, there have been some disturbing answers that subtly point to problems with the future of the Star Wars collecting hobby. Repeated mentions of Hasbro's iteration of Force FX sabers underperforming at market, then the cancellation of Titanium Series, and now the bad news about the TLC basic figure line culminating in a whole wave of figures getting pushed into exclusives. Force FX not thriving might have something to do with the fact that there is a focus on re-releasing existing designs, or perhaps the lack of marketing and "event" releases. Titanium Series has suffered unbelievable amounts of repaints and price increases, and zero marketing. TLC basic figures have seen heavy production of collector-oriented figures like Yarna and Breha Organa (despite even collectors knowing these should have been hard to find rather than abundant), and miserable pacing with just 3 waves of new figures between July '08 and May '09. Hasbro generally has a poor track record of nurturing collector markets when it comes to lines not centered around the 3.75" theme. Doesn't it seem as if that part of the issue is management decisions, overly lofty expectations, even (in the case of Force FX & Titaniums) Hasbro desired profit margins which can't match the lines' business models established by previous licensees, leading to these lines stumbling and thus their collecting markets waning?
- On the recent Jawa with WED Droid set, the Jawa comes with a small tin can-like piece that has 2 posts sticking out of it. Although there has been much speculation as to what this accessory is, no consensus has been reached. Also, the small accessory doesn't seem to have a dedicated storage spot on the figure's outfit unlike all the previous Jawa accessories, it has a sideways peg but the only peghole found on the Jawa is being used for the ion gun's power pack. So, what exactly is this accessory representing, and where does it fit on the Jawa? Or is it supposed to attach to the WED Droid instead?
- Without any collector/fan website input, what would Hasbro's Star Wars product offering look like? The fans, kids, collectors, etc. obviously have some influence, but from your perspective, how much? In light of the Organas, Yarna, Moff Jerjerrod, the Sarlacc set, and Lars Homestead set all shelfwarming, would Hasbro make those sorts of things if you didn't have a vocal collector base constantly nagging you in Q&A which obviously influence stuff like Yarna and the Spacetrooper and Willrow Hood? Is the collector base being more of a squeaky wheel getting too much grease, and if you weren't hearing that squeaking, what would the line be like?
- Last time we asked about Titanium Series capital ships, the 3 examples we used got blasted out of the sky. But there are popular capital ships, from the Acclamator (which you already said no about) to the Malevolence to the Rebel Medical Frigate to the Interdictor, and more, which are deserving of Titanium Series releases, many of which are recognizable to a general audience and have no other toy outlets. With Titanium Series now facing a finite and already set-in-stone future, are there new capital ships planned for release in the line? If not, what was the thinking behind not choosing them?
- Although Titanium Series has done an ok job releasing vehicles from the Clone Wars, there's only been a loose smattering despite the series' meteoric rise in popularity. Still to be made from the Clone Wars includes the Tri-Droid, Pirate Tank, the Malevolence, the Trident, Pod Hunter/Separatist Boarding Ship, Escape Pod, Hyena Bomber Droid, Weequay pirate saucers, CK-6 Freeco swoop bike, as well as existing movie vehicles not yet done as Titaniums which are in the Clone Wars, like the STAP, Acclamator, Munificent-class Banking Clan Frigate, Padme's Naboo H-type Yacht, and LAAT/c carrier. So the Clone Wars is already a rich source of material that has only been somewhat mined in Titaniums. Are there any more Clone Wars vehicles due out before the line's end (beside the Y-wing which we already know about)? Why wasn't there a greater focus on Clone Wars vehicles in the line when it was becoming apparent the line was facing doom?
- Hasbro has confirmed that the 2009 Return of the Jedi assortment will include a new sculpt of Malakili, the Rancor Keeper. Given that virtually nobody was asking for a revisited Malakili, and that the '97 figure is one of the biggest pegwarmers of all time, certainly the most notorious one, why did you choose him over so many seemingly more deserving (and requested) Return of the Jedi characters? If there was a Hasbro desire to revisit him, wouldn't it have made far more sense to include him with the Target exclusive Rancor instead? With figures like Bane Malar, Breha Organa, and other not-really-thought-about collector-focused figures being released to less-than-enthusiastic sales, isn't Malakili an even bigger risk? Will there be a conscious effort to limit this figure's production and/or release rate to stem pegwarming concerns? Could you explain to collectors what the thinking was behind this release?
- With the drop in sales of the Legacy Collection, might it be time to rethink the stance on realistic versions of the Clone Wars characters? We know you have said many times "no plans for that", but the original Clone Wars animated line couldn't survive at market with a realistic-styled version out as well, it just seems like 1 popular figure line is always destined to cannibalize the other line's sales. Having realistic-styled CW figs would slow the hemorrhaging of casual collectors away from the core brand, unifying some of the fractured collector community. It also allows interactivity between the lines for the more fickle kids and collectors. So while Hasbro has no plans currently in place for the format change, might Hasbro ask Lucasfilm to rethink their stance for the protection of the realistic line, perhaps at least a single figure exclusive to gauge support for that realistic CW format?
- What was the decision making process behind creating a Jabba the Hutt animated figure instead of a Ziro the Hutt figure? Ziro has appeared in the Clone Wars series more than Jabba so far, and his animated behavior fits the Clone Wars animated series better than Jabba. Was it merely the character recognizability of Jabba, or the fact that you had existing accessories for him, or was the idea of an evil Truman Capote Hutt just too out there for ya?
- A recent disassembly of your Titanium Series V-19 Starfighter led to the surprising discovery of a detailed cockpit underneath the opaque yellow canopy. Why was this item released with the opaque canopy rather than a transparent one which would have shown off the detailing underneath? You guys are paying to design, sculpt, and tool up that interior, so why hide it? Will this be addressed in some sort of re-release before the line's end?
- Now that we're starting to see pictures of actual samples of the new basic figure packaging, it begs the question: what is the thinking behind the significant amount of blank white area behind the figures? It basically looks like a nearly empty bubble that one would see in lesser products, such as last year's Star Wars figure keychains from another company. Especially considering the figures' new pricepoint of $8, doesn't it seem like a particularly poor idea to use packaging that minimizes the visual impact of the amount of product inside the packaging?

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

sebillba
04-11-2009, 04:17 AM
A new question:

Your recent Jawa and WED Treadwell Droid figures make a superb set, which is one of the highlights of the Legacy Collection so far. Among all the cool accessories is a small tin can-like piece. There has been much speculation as to what this actually is, with guesses including a droid caller, a restraining bolt and an ion power charge cell. Please can you clarify once and for all exactly what this piece is. Also, could you tell us where it's supposed to go? It doesn't seem to fit in the jawa's hand, and the small peg on the side suggests it should plug in somewhere, but the only hole seems to be on the bandolier, and is already taken up by the power pack. Is there somewhere else on the figure, or maybe on the droid, where it's supposed to fit? Or is it destined to be one of those fiddly little accessories that gets lost in the carpet because there's no place to secure it?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-13-2009, 12:41 AM
New question:

In a recent Q&A, you mentioned on a few different sites the fact that the collector base has not been as strong since last fall and that the Legacy Collection products were not selling as well as you had hoped. It does seem that there is a great deal of slightly older TLC product still in stores, such as Sarlacc sets, Yarna, the Organas, and the cantina aliens. Do you really think that this is completely the collectors' faults, or are you willing to agree that perhaps you overestimated the demand for such items? We know you don't release specific production numbers, but after the legendary pegwarming of figures like Malakili, the Neimoidian Warrior, Lushros Dofine, and Moff Jerjerrod, don't you have a sort of "magic number" as to how many of these figures to produce so this won't happen again? Apart from the repurposing of the Force Unleashed figures you already mentioned, how will we see this reflected in the future of the line?

It might be too harsh, but I want to get the point across that they can't expect to keep shipping those collector-oriented figures or subpar Sarlacc sets and blame it all on us.

bigbarada
04-13-2009, 02:29 PM
New question:

In a recent Q&A, you mentioned on a few different sites the fact that the collector base has not been as strong since last fall and that the Legacy Collection products were not selling as well as you had hoped. It does seem that there is a great deal of slightly older TLC product still in stores, such as Sarlacc sets, Yarna, the Organas, and the cantina aliens. Do you really think that this is completely the collectors' faults, or are you willing to agree that perhaps you overestimated the demand for such items? We know you don't release specific production numbers, but after the legendary pegwarming of figures like Malakili, the Neimoidian Warrior, Lushros Dofine, and Moff Jerjerrod, don't you have a sort of "magic number" as to how many of these figures to produce so this won't happen again? Apart from the repurposing of the Force Unleashed figures you already mentioned, how will we see this reflected in the future of the line?

It might be too harsh, but I want to get the point across that they can't expect to keep shipping those collector-oriented figures or subpar Sarlacc sets and blame it all on us.

They might have answered some of that question here:
http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1239605581,90057,


1) Times are hard all over... Lots of layoffs, people are cutting back spending all around, and that leads me to this question; Do the folks at Hasbro think increases in prices with toys are going to greatly affect the future plans of the Star Wars line? It seems like the line in general has increased in price from the basic figures, to the battlepacks, vehicles and more... This certainly has impacted what I spend. Where I used to buy 2 of almost every figure (usually to have some for customizing) or more, I've certainly had to cut back. Are there any fears the line could take a "hit" from the inevitable cutting back many people are doing with their spending combined with price increases and whatnot?

H: It is not the price increase, but the overall economic situation that has affected some collectors that has also caused us to take some corrective measures which we'll get to in a minute. Overall, Star Wars sales are red hot, and basic figures, Starfighter Vehicles and Battle Packs in particular are all more popular than ever. However, this seems to be because of very strong kid demand for Star Wars, especially anything relating to Clone Wars. We have indeed seen an effect on the more collector-targeted figures and sets, like Evolutions and even Droid Factory basic figures, which have slowed down significantly since last year and we have lost some of the more casual collectors, retaining a loyal "core." Going forward, we are going to be more cautious about the breadth and depth of the 100%-collector-targeted figures that we put into the lineup, since the economic health of the collector base is tied directly to our success with these types of figures. Collectors are still a very important focus for us and we will still be developing new and re-sculpts figures that fill the collector need, but the prudent course for the long-term health of the brand is make sure that we do not produce
too many overall, or over-release these tertiary figures. This means that some releases may be scaled back, and supply kept shorter than in the past for some things. We will continue to look for ways to bring out new and interesting figures in other ways (such as the numerous exciting figure-based exclusives coming this year and in 2010). One outcome of the current collector situation is that we are going to take the announced Spring 2010 wave of The Force Unleashed figures out of the basic figure lineup, and move them over to the exclusives plan.


I have a new question:

In a recent Q&A (http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=2339) you said that you had no current plans to release a 1000th Star Wars figure, in the same vein as the 300th Boba Fett or the 500th Darth Vader, and by the time you got around to it we would probably already have passed the 1000 figure milestone. So, in that case, how about a figure commemorating a number with more of a Star Wars feel to it? For instance, could we instead get the 1138th or 1977th Star Wars figure?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-13-2009, 04:22 PM
Yeah, the JediDefender question pretty much hit on everything I wanted to know. It's almost the opposite of what you'd expect to be happening at this point - the fact that kids are buying way more than collectors is interesting. I'll be fine with them retooling some things and producing more exclusives, just so long as we're still getting good product. It's also pretty good to know that they're not blaming collectors as much as I initially thought they were.

Darth Windu
04-14-2009, 05:58 AM
Dear Hasbro,

In light of the Titanium Series going on hiatus due to a lack of sales, why did Hasbro persisted with obscure vehicles to take up new mold slots? In the September 5th 2008 Q&A you stated that you were trying to get 'more newer (and often niche) vehicles into the lineup'. We now know that some of these vehicles, including the upcoming Punishing 1 and Mist Hunter are incredibly obscure, having appeared in none of the films or TV series and not even in most of the EU.

If the Titanium line was doing so poorly, why did Hasbro persist in going for the obscure, even to Star Wars fans, rather than vehicles with mass-market appeal such as the Acclamator/Republic Assault Ship; Muunificent/Banking Clan Frigate; Geonosian Fighter etc which have extremely strong exposure?

NerfTW
04-14-2009, 09:41 AM
Dear Hasbro,

In light of the Titanium Series going on hiatus due to a lack of sales, why did Hasbro persisted with obscure vehicles to take up new mold slots? In the September 5th 2008 Q&A you stated that you were trying to get 'more newer (and often niche) vehicles into the lineup'. We now know that some of these vehicles, including the upcoming Punishing 1 and Mist Hunter are incredibly obscure, having appeared in none of the films or TV series and not even in most of the EU.

If the Titanium line was doing so poorly, why did Hasbro persist in going for the obscure, even to Star Wars fans, rather than vehicles with mass-market appeal such as the Acclamator/Republic Assault Ship; Muunificent/Banking Clan Frigate; Geonosian Fighter etc which have extremely strong exposure?

Probably because they didn't know the line was tanking when they made those molds? The molds would have been made a year or so ahead of time, when they probably thought the line was doing well.

I just think "Why did you make poor business decisions?" questions aren't going to be answered. Or you're going to get the answer I just gave.

Darth Windu
04-15-2009, 12:08 AM
No. Businesses aren't, generally speaking, stupid. They would have known for quite a while now that the Titanium Series wasn't doing too well, it won't have been a snap case of

Hasbro Executive 1: oh hey, I went to my local Walmart today and the Titaniums aren't selling
Hasbro Executive 2: Oh, too bad, lets cancel the line

I mean really, that's not how they do business. They've known for a while that the line wasn't selling too well - hell, they stated that the line didn't even START as well as they wanted, and they've been focusing on obscure ships. It's a legitimate question.

JediTricks
04-15-2009, 03:02 PM
Questions 13 - 15 added.

#13 and 14 are mine.


A new question:

Your recent Jawa and WED Treadwell Droid figures make a superb set, which is one of the highlights of the Legacy Collection so far. Among all the cool accessories is a small tin can-like piece. There has been much speculation as to what this actually is, with guesses including a droid caller, a restraining bolt and an ion power charge cell. Please can you clarify once and for all exactly what this piece is. Also, could you tell us where it's supposed to go? It doesn't seem to fit in the jawa's hand, and the small peg on the side suggests it should plug in somewhere, but the only hole seems to be on the bandolier, and is already taken up by the power pack. Is there somewhere else on the figure, or maybe on the droid, where it's supposed to fit? Or is it destined to be one of those fiddly little accessories that gets lost in the carpet because there's no place to secure it?Rebelscum just posted a pic of it on the bandolier in the hole where the power pack goes: http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/TLC/Basic/33jawa/TLC-1705.jpg
It's a good argument for the use, the pack already having a strap. But I'll ask this one with a little rewording because we're all curious as to what it is. Question added, vote counted.



I have a new question:

In a recent Q&A (http://www.jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=2339) you said that you had no current plans to release a 1000th Star Wars figure, in the same vein as the 300th Boba Fett or the 500th Darth Vader, and by the time you got around to it we would probably already have passed the 1000 figure milestone. So, in that case, how about a figure commemorating a number with more of a Star Wars feel to it? For instance, could we instead get the 1138th or 1977th Star Wars figure?I think their answer has made it plain they don't want to count figures anymore.



Dear Hasbro,

In light of the Titanium Series going on hiatus due to a lack of sales, why did Hasbro persisted with obscure vehicles to take up new mold slots? In the September 5th 2008 Q&A you stated that you were trying to get 'more newer (and often niche) vehicles into the lineup'. We now know that some of these vehicles, including the upcoming Punishing 1 and Mist Hunter are incredibly obscure, having appeared in none of the films or TV series and not even in most of the EU.

If the Titanium line was doing so poorly, why did Hasbro persist in going for the obscure, even to Star Wars fans, rather than vehicles with mass-market appeal such as the Acclamator/Republic Assault Ship; Muunificent/Banking Clan Frigate; Geonosian Fighter etc which have extremely strong exposure?Really, you think those capital ships or the Geonosian Fighter have mass appeal? I don't really want to bicker over the last few new tools of the line, but the reality is that Punishing One and the Mist Hunter (both lame designs) are not going to change the focus of the line, they are just 2 entries that would otherwise never get made, whereas the others at least are in the WOTC line. Titaniums are running out of gas, they've done almost everything, and we have no idea if the Geonosian Fighter will be released or not. Hasbro's stated time and time again that they don't want to focus too much on any 1 theme, so they don't want all hero vehicles or all Trade Fed vehicles at 1 time, it's the same here, they're mixing it up. LMK if I'm missing the point, but I just don't see any answer building upon what we already know, even if it does address those specifics.

LTBasker
04-15-2009, 03:34 PM
IMO, we can't really ask why they're making the bounty hunter ships and not something else, because we don't actually know all the vehicles they have planned for release towards the end of the line. At least as far as I recall they haven't been revealed?

JediTricks
04-15-2009, 03:43 PM
IMO, we can't really ask why they're making the bounty hunter ships and not something else, because we don't actually know all the vehicles they have planned for release towards the end of the line. At least as far as I recall they haven't been revealed?
Well, they did say they were not making the Acclamator and Banking Clan ship.

LTBasker
04-15-2009, 03:48 PM
Ah, thanks, wasn't recalling something afterall.

Darth Windu
04-15-2009, 09:51 PM
Really, you think those capital ships or the Geonosian Fighter have mass appeal? LMK if I'm missing the point, but I just don't see any answer building upon what we already know, even if it does address those specifics.
It's not about the specific ships really, it's about heaps of screen time vs so obscure that even Star Wars fans don't know what they look like.

It just seems like a strange decision to me for the company to try and save a line by putting out ships that only a few collectors will actually want.

Blue2th
04-15-2009, 10:01 PM
Dear Hasbro,

In light of the Titanium Series going on hiatus due to a lack of sales, why did Hasbro persisted with obscure vehicles to take up new mold slots? In the September 5th 2008 Q&A you stated that you were trying to get 'more newer (and often niche) vehicles into the lineup'. We now know that some of these vehicles, including the upcoming Punishing 1 and Mist Hunter are incredibly obscure, having appeared in none of the films or TV series and not even in most of the EU.

If the Titanium line was doing so poorly, why did Hasbro persist in going for the obscure, even to Star Wars fans, rather than vehicles with mass-market appeal such as the Acclamator/Republic Assault Ship; Muunificent/Banking Clan Frigate; Geonosian Fighter etc which have extremely strong exposure?

I think this is a reasonable question to ask, given the circumstances.
I don't understand their logic either. I just doesn't make sense.
Why would they not want to make the popular ships? They don't want them competing with the rubber wotc ships? That line has run it's course.
At least it might get some clue as to what "mass appeal" ships we might get by asking why the obscure ones.

Darth Windu
04-16-2009, 06:42 AM
Oh and to back up my argument, in an answer to JediDefender.com in the latest round, they stated that

"Overall, Star Wars sales are red hot, and basic figures, Starfighter Vehicles and Battle Packs in particular are all more popular than ever. However, this seems to be because of very strong kid demand for Star Wars, especially anything relating to Clone Wars. We have indeed seen an effect on the more collector-targeted figures and sets, like Evolutions and even Droid Factory basic figures, which have slowed down significantly since last year and we have lost some of the more casual collectors, retaining a loyal "core.""

Which again goes to my question of making the obscure rather than items which would appeal to the mass market.

clone157
04-17-2009, 07:21 PM
Maybe they want low sales to push the line under the bus, so to speak. That way they can focus more on Clone Wars and purposefully move those resources toward it, leaving us Legacy collectors minimal pickings at best. And overpriced exclusives as well.

NerfTW
04-17-2009, 07:28 PM
Maybe they want low sales to push the line under the bus, so to speak. That way they can focus more on Clone Wars and purposefully move those resources toward it, leaving us Legacy collectors minimal pickings at best. And overpriced exclusives as well.

Conspiracy theories aside, if they wanted to "push the line under the bus", they would just end it, not drag out their losses. They made bad decisions, that's all. Collectors spoke with their wallets and said "NO".

They aren't ending the line, just making it a little less "Who the hell is that character?!?". And frankly, the Force Unleashed line isn't a great loss. Starkiller could just be re-released in Legends, PROXY could become a BAD, and Kazden Paratus, the only major character left, could just be a repaint/retool added to the EU wave. (Shaak Ti is stll in the EU wave anyways)

Ando
04-17-2009, 07:40 PM
I'll vote for #14. I am *extremely* curious to hear their response to that question.

I would also like to know their answer to this question:

"Without any collector/fan website input, what would the Star Wars product offering from Hasbro look like? The fans, kids, collectors etc. obviously have some influence, but your perspective, how much?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-17-2009, 11:24 PM
2, 3, 6, 10, 14, 15

For 14, you might even add a bit about the Sarlacc set, which is shelfwarming HARD now. Then again, they seem to think it was fine, so it's up to you.

clone157
04-18-2009, 02:42 AM
I have a couple of questions:

Who do we have to petition at Dark Horse to get comics made of our favorite Star Wars novels? Many of us would like to see more figures From the Republic Commando series, and as hasbro said that they need visual materials such as comic books for reference, we would like to know who to write. These would be simple repaints as most characters are Mandalorians or clones. Also, will there be any figure tie ins for the release of 501st: Imperial Commando?

JediTricks
04-19-2009, 04:26 PM
Question 16 added.


It's not about the specific ships really, it's about heaps of screen time vs so obscure that even Star Wars fans don't know what they look like.

It just seems like a strange decision to me for the company to try and save a line by putting out ships that only a few collectors will actually want.

I think this is a reasonable question to ask, given the circumstances.
I don't understand their logic either. I just doesn't make sense.
Why would they not want to make the popular ships? They don't want them competing with the rubber wotc ships? That line has run it's course.
At least it might get some clue as to what "mass appeal" ships we might get by asking why the obscure ones.


Oh and to back up my argument, in an answer to JediDefender.com in the latest round, they stated that

"Overall, Star Wars sales are red hot, and basic figures, Starfighter Vehicles and Battle Packs in particular are all more popular than ever. However, this seems to be because of very strong kid demand for Star Wars, especially anything relating to Clone Wars. We have indeed seen an effect on the more collector-targeted figures and sets, like Evolutions and even Droid Factory basic figures, which have slowed down significantly since last year and we have lost some of the more casual collectors, retaining a loyal "core.""

Which again goes to my question of making the obscure rather than items which would appeal to the mass market.They're not trying to save the line, they're trying to appeal to multiple audiences. That's why we don't get solid waves of only TPM or only Trade Federation buyers.



I'll vote for #14. I am *extremely* curious to hear their response to that question.OH MY GOD, IT'S AN ACTUAL VOTE!!! 18 posts in and we finally get an actual vote. I may faint from the excitement. lol Thanks for voting. :thumbsup:


I would also like to know their answer to this question:

"Without any collector/fan website input, what would the Star Wars product offering from Hasbro look like? The fans, kids, collectors etc. obviously have some influence, but your perspective, how much?"Added, vote counted. I feel like it could be meatier or more pointed, so if you have more to say on the matter, hit me up with it.



For 14, you might even add a bit about the Sarlacc set, which is shelfwarming HARD now. Then again, they seem to think it was fine, so it's up to you.I wanted to, but there wasn't enough room. Tycho also pointed out that Hasbro blew it with Unleashed as well, another non 3.75" line, and I considered adding that but ultimately couldn't find a way to make it fit. Also, the Sarlacc set had a steep price increase and I didn't want them to use last year's answer about economic issues like oil as the only reason. The question is very fat and more than a little accusitory, the entire middle is examples of their screwups. Honestly, I'm still on the fence about splitting off the concept of them not being able to keep non-3.75" lines alive, which would certainly thin that question, but it's on a similar track to what I was already thinking.



I have a couple of questions:

Who do we have to petition at Dark Horse to get comics made of our favorite Star Wars novels? Many of us would like to see more figures From the Republic Commando series, and as hasbro said that they need visual materials such as comic books for reference, we would like to know who to write. These would be simple repaints as most characters are Mandalorians or clones. Well, that's really a question for Dark Horse, not Hasbro. They're releasing another Republic Commando figure soon, in an Evo set, I believe.


Also, will there be any figure tie ins for the release of 501st: Imperial Commando?Do you honestly believe there's a chance that the novel will get a figure tie-in? It seems like a huge longshot to me, but if you can make a compelling argument to me, I'll use that in a question.

LTBasker
04-19-2009, 05:07 PM
OH MY GOD, IT'S AN ACTUAL VOTE!!! 18 posts in and we finally get an actual vote. I may faint from the excitement.

Patience is a virtue. :p

6. - 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?

9. - 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?

11. - 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?

12. - 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?

14. - In Q&As lately, there have been some disturbing answers that subtly point to problems with the future of the Star Wars collecting hobby. Repeated mentions of Hasbro's iteration of Force FX sabers underperforming at market, then the cancellation of Titanium Series, and now the bad news about the TLC basic figure line culminating in a whole wave of figures getting pushed into exclusives. Force FX not thriving might have something to do with the fact that there is a focus on re-releasing existing designs, or perhaps the lack of marketing and "event" releases. Titanium Series has suffered unbelievable amounts of repaints and price increases, and zero marketing. TLC basic figures have seen heavy production of collector-oriented figures like Yarna and Breha Organa (despite even collectors knowing these should have been hard to find rather than abundant), and miserable pacing with just 3 waves of new figures between July '08 and May '09. Hasbro generally has a poor track record of nurturing collector markets when it comes to lines not centered around the 3.75" theme. Doesn't it seem as if that part of the issue is management decisions, overly lofty expectations, even (in the case of Force FX & Titaniums) Hasbro desired profit margins which can't match the lines' business models established by previous licensees, leading to these lines stumbling and thus their collecting markets waning?

15. - On the recent Jawa with WED Droid set, the Jawa comes with a small tin can-like piece that has 2 posts sticking out of it. Although there has been much speculation as to what this accessory is, no consensus has been reached. Also, the small accessory doesn't seem to have a dedicated storage spot on the figure's outfit unlike all the previous Jawa accessories, it has a sideways peg but the only peghole found on the Jawa is being used for the ion gun's power pack. So, what exactly is this accessory representing, and where does it fit on the Jawa? Or is it supposed to attach to the WED Droid instead?

Darth Windu
04-19-2009, 10:47 PM
They're not trying to save the line, they're trying to appeal to multiple audiences. That's why we don't get solid waves of only TPM or only Trade Federation buyers.
I really don't see the relevance...

It's not about asking them to save the line, it's asking them why they chose to go with incredibly obscure ships when
- the line was already in trouble, and
- their research had already shown that purchasing is driven by the Clone Wars CGI series at the moment

Why can't we ask them then why they went in a direction almost assured to kill the line?

Blue2th
04-20-2009, 10:43 AM
Maybe DT, DW or JT can craft a better question, but how about a question like:

With the Titanium line going on hiatus at the end of the year, other than the Y-Wing coming out, is there any chance we will see more ships from the Clone Wars series being made, and any hints as to what they will be?.. and while we like the more obscure ships mentioned in the last Q&A, and are greatful for all the many vehicles over the years, do you have any plans to release any of the popular ships that actually had some screen time that have yet to be done, and any hints as to what they might be?

..or something like that...or not. :squareeye

Ando
04-20-2009, 11:14 AM
I guess the main thrust of my question from a few posts back is this:

In light of the Organas, Yarna, and Moff Jerrjerod (and I'm sure some of the cantina figures will be in this category come Q3 and Q4) warming the pegs, and the Sarlacc and Lars homestead playsets not selling through, would Hasbro make these sorts of things if they didn't let us ask questions that obviously influence them to a degree, or are they just glad handing us in these sessions and making what they want to make (which just happens to coincide with what we sometimes ask for?).

Short version:

Without us asking for what turns out to be junk, would they still make the stuff that turns out to be junk? Are we (the collectors not just of this site...) a squeaky wheel that's getting too much grease?

I will give Hasbro an A for effort, trying to put out as much stuff as they can and make a buck. That's what having a company that produces products in the US is all about. Unfortunately sometimes the presentation is lacking that extra something. Or they overproduce (to make the profit margin work), therefore forcing retailers to take a sharper look at an exclusive or a playset in the future.

I have a feeling that a lot of the stuff we talk about here (and by talk, I mean complain...) is stuff that we asked for in one way or another and then when it hit, there was was just too much of it and we only bought what we wanted?

I bought the entire ANH wave but only 4 of the figures were ones that I wanted and the other 4 I bought for the droid parts. I ended up giving the 3 cantina aliens away (after I cut the droid parts out) to a friend for her birthday as gag gifts.

I've had a variation of Clone157's question kicking around in my mind, too.

"What are the chances of seeing a series of Republic Commando battlepacks either as exclusives or mass retail offerings that include 4 commandos, wepaons, accessories, and all painted in various deco to match squads featured in various Star Wars comic books? We have the Delta Squad and Omega Squad, so how about giving us some new squads with their respective armor markings and deco?"

DarkJedi5
04-20-2009, 11:50 AM
5, 6, 10, 13 and 14 for now.

JediTricks
04-20-2009, 03:47 PM
Question 16 modified.


Patience is a virtue. :pAnd Butte is a town in Montana. ;)


I really don't see the relevance...

It's not about asking them to save the line, it's asking them why they chose to go with incredibly obscure ships when
- the line was already in trouble, and
- their research had already shown that purchasing is driven by the Clone Wars CGI series at the moment

Why can't we ask them then why they went in a direction almost assured to kill the line?Bounty hunter stuff is fairly well-appreciated material. Some of the stuff we've asked for in the past has been no less obscure. My point continues to be that they're not JUST doing these obscure bounty hunter ships, but that they are doing them while also doing non-obscure ships because they are trying to make product that appeals to several different kinds of collectors.

As for the Clone Wars claim, these tools and waves were planned and put into motion 18 months ago, before the Clone Wars was a proven commodity. We've got the Twilight, JSF, and now Y-wing in Titanium form. I can't think of too many more vehicles for them to make from it right now anyway. Maybe the pod-hunter. But the rest of the stuff in the show is already in our hands, we own nearly everything in the show already in this line.

If you want to attack their position on the capital ships they won't do like the Acclamator or Munificent-class, saying they're no less interesting than the Bounty Hunter ships, I'll consider that, but to simply attack some of the Titanium line makes no sense. Especially in light of the fact that the line was canceled before any of those ships were released, so there's no way you could claim that they led to the line's failure. And attacking prior choices only proves that they thought we'd like them and they overestimated, it won't change anything. If you want them to have saved the line, then you're arguing for less Mon Cal cruisers and more X-wings - that's what the line needed to remain interesting to the larger casual collecting audience. I dunno about you, but I don't think it could have taken more hero ship rereleases.

The line's direction of existing was apparently assured to kill it, the line never took off with mainstream buyers and only did its best to tread water, which is not a good sign that it'll flourish. Second-guessing choices that are in line with what they had delivered before doesn't change that. According to their last answer about the line, the line has never NOT been in trouble, after its initial launch it's struggled every step of the way. So why make the Droid Gunship? Why make the TX-130? Why make Grievous' Starfighter or Anakin's Clone Wars JSF or Amidala's Star Skiff or the AT-OT? Because they thought some of us collectors would find it cool. I'm not interested in asking WHY they made the things they did - I may not agree with them making something like the Dewback or BARC Speeder, but I know someone had interest in those items. I don't see you complaining about the Z-95 Headhunter, and it's pretty much right on track with the Bounty Hunter vehicles. It's too selective and subjective.



Maybe DT, DW or JT can craft a better question, but how about a question like:

With the Titanium line going on hiatus at the end of the year, other than the Y-Wing coming out, is there any chance we will see more ships from the Clone Wars series being made, and any hints as to what they will be?.. and while we like the more obscure ships mentioned in the last Q&A, and are greatful for all the many vehicles over the years, do you have any plans to release any of the popular ships that actually had some screen time that have yet to be done, and any hints as to what they might be?

..or something like that...or not. :squareeyeCan you give me examples of CW ships they should do? I can only think of 1 they don't have coming out or already out, the pod hunter.

Also, any examples of "popular ships" they haven't done? I can't think of a single one. I know you guys are going to argue for the capital ships, but aside from the Star Destroyers, I don't think that argument holds water. Heck, even the ROTS Attack Cruisers weren't hot sellers in this line.



I guess the main thrust of my question from a few posts back is this:

In light of the Organas, Yarna, and Moff Jerrjerod (and I'm sure some of the cantina figures will be in this category come Q3 and Q4) warming the pegs, and the Sarlacc and Lars homestead playsets not selling through, would Hasbro make these sorts of things if they didn't let us ask questions that obviously influence them to a degree, or are they just glad handing us in these sessions and making what they want to make (which just happens to coincide with what we sometimes ask for?).

Short version:

Without us asking for what turns out to be junk, would they still make the stuff that turns out to be junk? Are we (the collectors not just of this site...) a squeaky wheel that's getting too much grease?

I will give Hasbro an A for effort, trying to put out as much stuff as they can and make a buck. That's what having a company that produces products in the US is all about. Unfortunately sometimes the presentation is lacking that extra something. Or they overproduce (to make the profit margin work), therefore forcing retailers to take a sharper look at an exclusive or a playset in the future.

I have a feeling that a lot of the stuff we talk about here (and by talk, I mean complain...) is stuff that we asked for in one way or another and then when it hit, there was was just too much of it and we only bought what we wanted?

I bought the entire ANH wave but only 4 of the figures were ones that I wanted and the other 4 I bought for the droid parts. I ended up giving the 3 cantina aliens away (after I cut the droid parts out) to a friend for her birthday as gag gifts.Ouch, cutting us to the quick with that one. I'm going to soften it up a little, because of prior answers where they say they want obscure stuff too, and because of conversations I've had with Hasbro where some of what you're saying is true, we are squeaky wheels getting greased. So it's both. But I am very curious to see if they can craft an answer that addresses the drive of the "what if" you pose, and I like that at least one of our questions is taking a little responsibility for the line's troubles.


I've had a variation of Clone157's question kicking around in my mind, too.

"What are the chances of seeing a series of Republic Commando battlepacks either as exclusives or mass retail offerings that include 4 commandos, wepaons, accessories, and all painted in various deco to match squads featured in various Star Wars comic books? We have the Delta Squad and Omega Squad, so how about giving us some new squads with their respective armor markings and deco?"I'll ask you the same question I asked him, what do you think are the odds that Hasbro will actually do this?

Ando
04-20-2009, 04:01 PM
I'll ask you the same question I asked him, what do you think are the odds that Hasbro will actually do this?

Dunno. That's why I want them to answer it. It may not be something they thought of. And I am perfectly happy with asking them questions that don't always get a yes answer.

I believe in asking good, well drafted, and thoughtful questions, but sometimes I get the feeling that some of the collector sites try to ask questions that if they ask it in just the right way, we'll get a yes. Similar to asking mommy or daddy if they can stay up late or have an extra cookie and believing that if they ask just the right way with the right combination of words, that they'll get a yes.

This is not an attack on anyone person or collector site, but it's a pattern I've noticed through the vetting process here by JediTricks and by the responses we see posted after certain questions are answered.

Am I way off base here? Or am I one of the only people here that believes "no" is still a perfectly acceptable answer to a question?

Hasbro's gonna do what they wanna do when it comes right down to it. They'll take our (collectors/collector sites in general) ideas under advisement and/or with a grain of salt, but in the end, they'll what they wanna do.

So to again answer your question JT, dunno. But I'd love to hear what *their* answer is good or bad. Realistically we'd get an answer like this: "Probably not now, but that's a neat idea and we'll think about it."

Ultimately, they're gonna do what they want, but sometimes these question/answer sessions can be used to put a bug in their ear and then maybe sometime down the road, someone new will join the team and do what they told us they'd never do.

My 2 cents. Do with it what you will...

Cane_Adiss
04-20-2009, 04:46 PM
Question 16 modified. Bounty hunter stuff is fairly well-appreciated material. Some of the stuff we've asked for in the past has been no less obscure. My point continues to be that they're not JUST doing these obscure bounty hunter ships, but that they are doing them while also doing non-obscure ships because they are trying to make product that appeals to several different kinds of collectors.

Can you give me examples of CW ships they should do? I can only think of 1 they don't have coming out or already out, the pod hunter.

First of all I'd like to say that when Titanium first started several years ago, I was buying them. In fact I got pretty much all of them up until the wave with the Death Star in it (the Death Star itself was probably the rarest ship in the entire line in my area and it's one of my favorites.) After that I was buying a couple here and there and then pretty much quit because it was getting too expensive and there were too many repaints and variants. It was getting boring.

Even though I've stopped collecting the line, I continue to watch what comes out and in my area it seems to be moving pretty well, including the "obscure" stuff. Although it seems that I live in a freak area of the country where even the obscure characters etc eventually sell through.

I honestly thought that Titanium was going to be a permanent fixture in the Star Wars brand and I suppose didn't get the hints in the Q&A's otherwise. I guess I'm a little disappointed the line is ending, for other people's sake.

Oh, and three Clone Wars ships I thought of when I read ur post JT: The Octopus ship from the very beginning of the movie (anyone know what that's called?), Dooku's speeder and Asajj Ventress's starfighter from the old cartoons. Were any of these made without my knowledge?

The very last Titanium I bought was Xizor's Virago, and I may still pick up the Cloud Car because it's orange and it's weird looking. I'd also buy that Octopus ship I mentioned and Ventress's fighter. I was a little disappointed by how flimsy the Virago seems. And I'm glad all the bounty hunter ships are being done. I figured Hasbro would get to them eventually. I would be truly shocked if we don't see an Outrider before the line ends.

I think the line overall was too expensive, too collector oriented, and there were too many repaints and variants. Plus it seems the ships have more and more plastic and less and less die-cast. I've never seen the line advertised ANYWHERE unless somebody was having a major sale. They weren't marketed as toys, like Hot Wheels and Matchbox are. I think if they were advertised as toys like the rest of the line they'd do better.

DarkJedi5
04-20-2009, 06:24 PM
The Octopus ship from the very beginning of the movie (anyone know what that's called?)....

At that height it's supposed to be called a Tri-Droid I think, but scaled down to 3 meters it's called an octuptarra droid.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-20-2009, 07:25 PM
At that height it's supposed to be called a Tri-Droid I think, but scaled down to 3 meters it's called an octuptarra droid.
No, he's thinking of the Trident (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Trident_(ship)).

JediTricks
04-20-2009, 07:46 PM
Dunno. That's why I want them to answer it. It may not be something they thought of. And I am perfectly happy with asking them questions that don't always get a yes answer.

I believe in asking good, well drafted, and thoughtful questions, but sometimes I get the feeling that some of the collector sites try to ask questions that if they ask it in just the right way, we'll get a yes. Similar to asking mommy or daddy if they can stay up late or have an extra cookie and believing that if they ask just the right way with the right combination of words, that they'll get a yes.

This is not an attack on anyone person or collector site, but it's a pattern I've noticed through the vetting process here by JediTricks and by the responses we see posted after certain questions are answered.

Am I way off base here? Or am I one of the only people here that believes "no" is still a perfectly acceptable answer to a question?Bottom line, a "no" answer to an expected "no" is nothing, it's a waste of the resource, it's confirming what we already strongly suspected. We could ask them if they're going to do a Death Star playset, not just a slice but the whole thing, but we don't because the odds are very good that the answer is going to be no, and at that point we have wasted this resource on something we already pretty much knew. If there was a reason, a small but fair chance, then we'd have something. So I ask you guys what you think because I don't believe there's a snowball's chance in hell at this point and that'd be a waste to ask, I don't want to be arbitrary without at least giving you guys a chance to convince me otherwise. By you guys arguing for what you believe and making convincing arguments, you are also helping me craft a better question in your favor by convincing me a little. If you can convince me a little, then I can explain that to Hasbro.

I've never hid the fact that part of what I do here is act as an editor, a moderator, a filter that ensures the resource is best serving the group. If this was an unlimited resource, that'd be another matter, but it's not.


Hasbro's gonna do what they wanna do when it comes right down to it. They'll take our (collectors/collector sites in general) ideas under advisement and/or with a grain of salt, but in the end, they'll what they wanna do.

So to again answer your question JT, dunno. But I'd love to hear what *their* answer is good or bad. Realistically we'd get an answer like this: "Probably not now, but that's a neat idea and we'll think about it."

Ultimately, they're gonna do what they want, but sometimes these question/answer sessions can be used to put a bug in their ear and then maybe sometime down the road, someone new will join the team and do what they told us they'd never do.

My 2 cents. Do with it what you will...If the best argument you can make is this, then I don't see a reason to take it any further. You haven't convinced me there's any possibility that this might happen and you haven't explained what the drive behind the question is, so you may as well be asking Hasbro if they're going to lasso the moon.

Hasbro's already told all us sites that we shouldn't be submitting toy ideas via Q&A, that we should get into the toy industry for that sort of thing. But we do when it seems like an idea they might run with, or that a significant portion of the community hungers for, or when it needs an explanation of why it's not going to be done. In this case, you haven't presented me with a good likelihood of any of those things, and it's my job as editor to not just fill this up with specific requests which don't best serve the group, that means keeping the questions we ask grounded in reality which means you guys sometimes need to do a little more legwork and do some convincing to me, not just throw out stuff which comes off as random requests.



First of all I'd like to say that when Titanium first started several years ago, I was buying them. In fact I got pretty much all of them up until the wave with the Death Star in it (the Death Star itself was probably the rarest ship in the entire line in my area and it's one of my favorites.) After that I was buying a couple here and there and then pretty much quit because it was getting too expensive and there were too many repaints and variants. It was getting boring.A common complaint.


Even though I've stopped collecting the line, I continue to watch what comes out and in my area it seems to be moving pretty well, including the "obscure" stuff. Although it seems that I live in a freak area of the country where even the obscure characters etc eventually sell through.Here too. My guess is that the line doesn't move fast enough, or retailers aren't ordering as much as before and that has mitigated what we're seeing.


I honestly thought that Titanium was going to be a permanent fixture in the Star Wars brand and I suppose didn't get the hints in the Q&A's otherwise. I guess I'm a little disappointed the line is ending, for other people's sake. IMO, there were no hints of this approaching in prior answers. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. Even their answers from after Toy Fair didn't suggest this, and that was merely 1 round ago.

That said, the line has all but run its course anyway, I'd say 85% has been covered. The number of ships left to produce are low and nearly all tertiary entries which would not have any appeal to the casual collector. That doesn't mean I'm not frustrated though.


Oh, and three Clone Wars ships I thought of when I read ur post JT: The Octopus ship from the very beginning of the movie (anyone know what that's called?), Dooku's speeder and Asajj Ventress's starfighter from the old cartoons. Were any of these made without my knowledge?They haven't made any of those. The octopus ship is not one I would have thought of at all simply because it's only in a couple episodes for a short amount of time. Dooku's speeder I wouldn't have thought of only because I don't like any of the Titanium speeders. And Asajj's Fanblade Starfighter wouldn't work well as a Titanium because it's narrow and has impossibly-folding sails, and isn't from the current series. Without discounting your suggestions beyond my personal takes, any more significant entries you could think of?

I'll add one which just popped into my head, the Tank Droid.


The very last Titanium I bought was Xizor's Virago, and I may still pick up the Cloud Car because it's orange and it's weird looking. I'd also buy that Octopus ship I mentioned and Ventress's fighter. I was a little disappointed by how flimsy the Virago seems. And I'm glad all the bounty hunter ships are being done. I figured Hasbro would get to them eventually. I would be truly shocked if we don't see an Outrider before the line ends.Thank you for voicing that, it's a good example of why I am not tempted to call out the bounty hunter ships as shenanigans.

Blue2th
04-20-2009, 09:10 PM
Can you give me examples of CW ships they should do? I can only think of 1 they don't have coming out or already out, the pod hunter.

Also, any examples of "popular ships" they haven't done? I can't think of a single one. I know you guys are going to argue for the capital ships, but aside from the Star Destroyers, I don't think that argument holds water. Heck, even the ROTS Attack Cruisers weren't hot sellers in this line.




I think just by asking if we are going to see any more ships from Clone Wars we will get them to reveal that they are going to make capital ships without really asking for "capital ships" ;)

You ask a vague question though you might get a vague answer I suppose.

JediTricks
04-20-2009, 09:43 PM
I think just by asking if we are going to see any more ships from Clone Wars we will get them to reveal that they are going to make capital ships without really asking for "capital ships" ;)

You ask a vague question though you might get a vague answer I suppose.
We asked them specifically about 2 of the major the capital ships seen in the Clone Wars which haven't been produced, they curtly said no. That leaves, IIRC, just the Malevolence.

Still, an example of "popular ships" would help.

clone157
04-20-2009, 10:01 PM
14, 15, 16 so far for me. Sorry about the last question, JT, wishful thinking at best. I ought to ask EE about a set like that!

clone157
04-20-2009, 11:47 PM
Ive got another question JT, but I don't know if it is asking for trouble.

With the drop in sales of the Legacy collection, one must wonder if it may be time to rethink the stance of production of realistic versions of the Clone Wars characters. Many collectors remember the last line of animated characters that was produced for the miniseries and their lackluster sales in the wake of the realistic versions. While no plans are currently in place for the format change, might Hasbro ask Lucasfilm to rethink their stance for the protection of the realistic line, perhaps a single figure exclusive, to gauge support for the line?

Blue2th
04-21-2009, 09:31 PM
We asked them specifically about 2 of the major the capital ships seen in the Clone Wars which haven't been produced, they curtly said no. That leaves, IIRC, just the Malevolence.

Still, an example of "popular ships" would help.
I would think that any ship that "actually had screen time" is a good definition of a "popular ship."
I'm not knocking the Bounty Hunter ship choices but they are not as popular simply because not all SW fans have seen them before.

The Malevolence would be cool. I guess just go down the list of Capital Ships and ask specifically about ones that they haven't excluded. Is there any left? RS can do it why can't we?

We could ask something like:
Any chance of seeing the Malevolence or any of the Capital Ships, like (make small list of two or three) from the Clone Wars or Star Wars Saga that actually had screen time being made into Titaniums before the hiatus?
You can remove "actually had screen time" if you think it's too antagonistic or edit etc.

My votes so far:

13
14
15
16

bigbarada
04-22-2009, 12:43 AM
13, 14 and 16 for now (those are the only ones I've read)

I have a question, but I'm not sure if it's been answered in some form already:

Recently we've been hearing a lot about how background characters are only appealing to collectors, not kids, and you've repeatedly referred to Yarna, who is currently pegwarming badly in many areas, as evidence of this. However, Yarna was released in more than one assortment, which many believe is the reason that she is not currently selling well. But since Yarna was a highly requested figure from the adult collector fanbase, it's seen as proof that these types of figures don't sell to anyone but collectors. Conversely, however, Bane Malar is a figure who NOBODY was asking for and he was only released in the initial assortment back in July 2008 and isn't pegwarming at all. In fact, he seems to have sold through. So wouldn't that indicate that background figures do sell when produced in sensible numbers and maybe the fault of Yarna's slow sales is a result of overproduction more than it is a lack of appeal?

Devo
04-22-2009, 07:56 PM
I think thats a good point to make Bigbarada. And I expect the next round of Q&A is going to see a few similar questions from various sites about this topic of the 'downturn' in Legacy collection (movie figure) sales. I would hope your point gets made. I saw Bane malar about once at retail. Likewise the cantina aliens have disappeared from my local (I'm hoping thats because people bought them!)

Current pegwarmers near me are the 2 Organas, Yarna and TAC Starkiller hero. I was also surprised to see comic packs - I would have normally expected to see those only at forbidden planet but now they're in Smyths toystore. I can't see them doing well.

Darth Marco
04-23-2009, 10:49 AM
I WILL VOTE FOR 2,6,12,14,16.

I bought two BMF, one for me and one for my daughter. When I saw her playing with it I knew that the future generations will collect OT with any new product. So my question is:

Will Hasbro continue TLC with new figures and updated vehicles that could connect with an all new action figures from the Live-Action-Television Series, the way they did the Power of the Jedi series in which they combined OT characters and vehicles with Episode 1 characters?

NerfTW
04-23-2009, 11:41 AM
I vote 13, 14, 15, 16.

El Chuxter
04-24-2009, 12:44 AM
I'll vote for BigB's if it makes the cut.

Also, if we can ask a somewhat ballsy, direct question, I'd like to propose the following:

A Return of the Jedi Build-A-Droid assortment for 2009 will include a new sculpt of Malakili. Given that no one was asking for a revisited Malakili, and that the 1997 figure may actually be the biggest pegwarmer of all time, why did you choose him over so many seemingly more deserving (and requested) Return of the Jedi characters? Wouldn't it have made far more sense to include him with the Target exclusive Rancor instead?

mtriv73
04-24-2009, 12:33 PM
14 and 16 great questions.

Obsession is Nute
04-25-2009, 12:42 AM
13, 14 and 16 for me. Thanks!

JediTricks
04-25-2009, 04:15 PM
Questions 17 - 19 added.


14, 15, 16 so far for me. Sorry about the last question, JT, wishful thinking at best. I ought to ask EE about a set like that!Not at all. Definitely throwing these ideas out there is good, it opens dialogue. It's just the scope of what you and Ando are looking for is outside what Hasbro's likely to do at this point, and there isn't a huge audience looking for it which is a significant hurdle. Maybe we could boil the request down to its essence. Are we looking for the Imp Commando armor figure to start with, or a specific squad? If so, could anything be reused from the upcoming Evolutions Republic Commando figure? Helmet, legs, arms, what? If they do stuff like The Crucible storyline of Crimson Empire, we could maybe argue for a limited-interest item (Commandos probably have more general audience draw than 4 colorful training guys who don't look SW at all), but IMO it'd be a 1-shot item, not an ongoing series or a commemorative figure released in time for the September novel. Thoughts?


Ive got another question JT, but I don't know if it is asking for trouble.

With the drop in sales of the Legacy collection, one must wonder if it may be time to rethink the stance of production of realistic versions of the Clone Wars characters. Many collectors remember the last line of animated characters that was produced for the miniseries and their lackluster sales in the wake of the realistic versions. While no plans are currently in place for the format change, might Hasbro ask Lucasfilm to rethink their stance for the protection of the realistic line, perhaps a single figure exclusive, to gauge support for the line?My initial reaction is not to ask it, it's an interesting argument but they literally just answered "no" to realistic CW figures in the last round:
JediInsider.com: Will we ever see Characters that debuted in the Clone Wars cartoon made into non-clone wars/Legacy Collection figures like Rex, Ahsoka and Cad Bane? If not on single cards maybe something like comic packs or Evolution sets. From Animated to non-animated type Evolution sets?
Hasbro: There are no plans to cross-over Clone Wars characters into realistically-styled figures (or vice-versa, which we also get asked frequently). The lines will remain separate in order to bring fans the greatest variety of figures possible.
Also, it springs to mind that Hasbro didn't even want to do animated figures, it was only at Lucasfilm's insistence that we have this type of competition between the lines, so even if they want to, they may not be allowed to. I can't think of a way to address those issues, but I am open to any ideas from your line of thinking because even though I am sick to death of seeing this question asked by other sites, your take on it is a unique argument that would benefit everybody.



I would think that any ship that "actually had screen time" is a good definition of a "popular ship."
I'm not knocking the Bounty Hunter ship choices but they are not as popular simply because not all SW fans have seen them before.If that were the case, the Sandcrawler would have sold better, the Skiff would be selling better, the Cloud Car would have sold better, etc., but the reality is that sometimes on-screen appearance isn't good enough to warrant sales.


The Malevolence would be cool. I guess just go down the list of Capital Ships and ask specifically about ones that they haven't excluded. Is there any left? RS can do it why can't we?

We could ask something like:
Any chance of seeing the Malevolence or any of the Capital Ships, like (make small list of two or three) from the Clone Wars or Star Wars Saga that actually had screen time being made into Titaniums before the hiatus?
You can remove "actually had screen time" if you think it's too antagonistic or edit etc.I just don't think it's a prerequisite to have screen time, but I guess the question clicked with me enough to go forward, I'll add it, minus the screen time thing.

And I guess that plus discussions in the Titanium section have sparked enough for me to ask the CW question as well...

I think just by asking if we are going to see any more ships from Clone Wars we will get them to reveal that they are going to make capital ships without really asking for "capital ships" ;)

You ask a vague question though you might get a vague answer I suppose.Ok, so from the Clone Wars, there's the Tri-Droid, Pirate Tank, the Malevolence, Pod Hunter, Escape Pod... there's plenty. I'll write up the question and add it.



13, 14 and 16 for now (those are the only ones I've read)

I have a question, but I'm not sure if it's been answered in some form already:

Recently we've been hearing a lot about how background characters are only appealing to collectors, not kids, and you've repeatedly referred to Yarna, who is currently pegwarming badly in many areas, as evidence of this. However, Yarna was released in more than one assortment, which many believe is the reason that she is not currently selling well. But since Yarna was a highly requested figure from the adult collector fanbase, it's seen as proof that these types of figures don't sell to anyone but collectors. Conversely, however, Bane Malar is a figure who NOBODY was asking for and he was only released in the initial assortment back in July 2008 and isn't pegwarming at all. In fact, he seems to have sold through. So wouldn't that indicate that background figures do sell when produced in sensible numbers and maybe the fault of Yarna's slow sales is a result of overproduction more than it is a lack of appeal?First off, Bane Malar pegwarmed here for a while, and was in a couple case assortments (revisions off of wave 1, just like Yarna).

But more to the point, Hasbro's already owned that they overproduced Yarna and collector-focused items this last year, and even with that in mind, questions 14 and 16 address this matter in their own ways. This is an area I do want to take them to task on, so I've made sure that when the questions insert it, that it gets focused upon. That said, I have dialed it back a little each time compared to what I WANTED to say, I agree that it needs to be addressed and the answer realized thoroughly. With that in mind, I'm not quite ready to go forward with what you're saying here, but I am very open to more discussions on how to make that its own question.



I bought two BMF, one for me and one for my daughter. When I saw her playing with it I knew that the future generations will collect OT with any new product. So my question is:

Will Hasbro continue TLC with new figures and updated vehicles that could connect with an all new action figures from the Live-Action-Television Series, the way they did the Power of the Jedi series in which they combined OT characters and vehicles with Episode 1 characters?I'm not sure I understand what exactly you mean by that, or how the POTJ combined OT with Ep 1 figs. Do you mean in assortments, where they shipped together, or do you mean something else?



Also, if we can ask a somewhat ballsy, direct question, I'd like to propose the following:

A Return of the Jedi Build-A-Droid assortment for 2009 will include a new sculpt of Malakili. Given that no one was asking for a revisited Malakili, and that the 1997 figure may actually be the biggest pegwarmer of all time, why did you choose him over so many seemingly more deserving (and requested) Return of the Jedi characters? Wouldn't it have made far more sense to include him with the Target exclusive Rancor instead?Ok, I guess we can put it out there. I added a little more to it.

clone157
04-25-2009, 08:31 PM
Not at all. Definitely throwing these ideas out there is good, it opens dialogue. It's just the scope of what you and Ando are looking for is outside what Hasbro's likely to do at this point, and there isn't a huge audience looking for it which is a significant hurdle. Maybe we could boil the request down to its essence. Are we looking for the Imp Commando armor figure to start with, or a specific squad? If so, could anything be reused from the upcoming Evolutions Republic Commando figure? Helmet, legs, arms, what? If they do stuff like The Crucible storyline of Crimson Empire, we could maybe argue for a limited-interest item (Commandos probably have more general audience draw than 4 colorful training guys who don't look SW at all), but IMO it'd be a 1-shot item, not an ongoing series or a commemorative figure released in time for the September novel. Thoughts?

Well, I was thinking of a red repaint of the 327th Star Corps fig for Captain Ordo, Boba Fett repaint for Fi Skirata, New heads with repainted Boba/ jango bodies for Kal Skirata and Walon Vau. New head with generic female body for Etain Tur-Mukan (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Etain_Tur-Mukan&action=edit&redlink=1), generic male jedi body for Jusik, and possibly a woodland camo repaint of the upcoming Fi Skirata for the members of Yayax Squad. Well, one can dream.

How about this addition?
With the drop in sales of the Legacy collection, one must wonder if it may be time to rethink the stance of production of realistic versions of the Clone Wars characters. Many collectors remember the last line of animated characters that was produced for the miniseries and their lackluster sales in the wake of the realistic versions. Since it is in the best interests of Lucasfilm to have both lines selling extremely well and, of course, for Hasbro to meet and exceed profit margin and sales goals would this not be ideal? It negates additional expendatures for copyrights and unifies some the fracturous collector community. It also allows interactivity between the lines for the more fickle kids/collectors. So while no plans are currently in place for the format change, might Hasbro ask Lucasfilm to rethink their stance for the protection of the realistic line, perhaps a single figure exclusive, to gauge support for the line?

BTW we are getting some really juicy questions together this round, Thanks everybody! I'm casting another vote for 18

Blue2th
04-25-2009, 11:37 PM
Thanks JT

add 17 and 18 to my votes.

Darth Windu
04-26-2009, 12:01 AM
Put me down for 17 and 18 thanks JT :)

cloneemperor
04-26-2009, 12:53 AM
Put me down for 17 and 18 as well, my good man!

Cane_Adiss
04-27-2009, 09:21 AM
- Although Titanium Series has done an ok job releasing vehicles from the Clone Wars, there's only been a loose smattering despite the series' meteoric rise in popularity. Still to be made from the Clone Wars includes the Tri-Droid, Pirate Tank, the Malevolence, Pod Hunter/Separatist Boarding Ship, Escape Pod, Hyena Bomber Droid, Weequay pirate saucers, CK-6 Freeco swoop bike, as well as existing movie vehicles not yet done as Titaniums which are in the Clone Wars, like the STAP, Acclamator, Munificent-class Banking Clan Frigate, Padme's Naboo H-type Yacht, and LAAT/c carrier. So the Clone Wars is already a rich source of material that has only been somewhat mined in Titaniums. Are there any more Clone Wars vehicles due out before the line's end (beside the Y-wing which we already know about)? Why wasn't there a greater focus on Clone Wars vehicles in the line when it was becoming apparent the line was facing doom?


Don't forget to mention the Trident (octopus-like ship). That's one that would be interesting as a Titanium, and probably the only way we'd see it as a toy! Ventress's Fanblade Starfighter as well!

Darth Marco
04-27-2009, 09:43 AM
JT, I would not like to see TLC Line fail. While the TLC have slowed down a bit, Hasbro will need something new in realistic terms to help boost the line. If it needs an exclusive or with the future Live-Action-Television series, will Hasbro ever do something like it has been doing starting with POTJ till the current line, that it had different waves from all the movies including the clone wars. As Hasbro separated the Clone Wars animated figures and the Saga Legends from the TLC, will they do the same when the Live-Action-TV Series action figures come out or will it be in the same line as the TLC?

JediTricks
04-27-2009, 01:56 PM
Just a quick note, Steve wants to try something a little different, so we'll be sending in our questions on Wednesday evening instead of Thursday evening. That means the deadline for this round is in 2 days, so if you have any voting to do, now is that time.


I'll be getting to the rest of the business in this thread in a little while.

DarkJedi5
04-27-2009, 03:18 PM
Just a quick note, Steve wants to try something a little different, so we'll be sending in our questions on Wednesday evening instead of Thursday evening. That means the deadline for this round is in 2 days, so if you have any voting to do, now is that time.


I'll be getting to the rest of the business in this thread in a little while.

Is this in the hopes that if they get ours ahead of the rush then maybe they can spend a little more time on the answers we get? Either way I think that's a pretty good idea.

Darth Metalmute
04-27-2009, 04:21 PM
I have a new question...... (I think)

What was the decision making process behind creating a Jabba the Hutt animated figure instead of a Ziro the Hutt figure? Ziro has figured into the Clone Wars series more than Jabba up till this point and his animated behavior fits the Clone Wars animated series better than Jabba.

Darth Metalmute
04-27-2009, 04:23 PM
Plus if Ziro had been produced instead of Jabba, it wouldn't feel like Hasbro was slapping Star Wars fans and collectors in the face by producing a figure that everyone has wanted since the toy line returned, but only doing it in animated style.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-27-2009, 07:51 PM
Jabba is more recognizable by everyone, and they've already made four Jabbas in the modern line, so it's really not a slap in anyone's face. I, for one, really love the animated Jabba.

Darth Metalmute
04-27-2009, 10:18 PM
I'm not saying anything is wrong with the animated Jabba, in fact, it looks fantastic. I just get a kick out of the fact that the majority of collectors/fans have been asking Hasbro for a ROTJ Throne Jabba since 1995. And instead of giving everyone one, they chose to do a Clone Wars Throne Jabba instead.

Darth Duranium
04-28-2009, 01:34 AM
I'll vote for 17, 18, and 9. Thanx

Darth Windu
04-28-2009, 04:40 AM
Hows about:

Dear Hasbro,

Recently I disassembled your Titanium Series V-19 Starfighter, and was surprised to find a detailed cockpit underneath the yellow opaque canopy. Why was this item released with the opaque canopy rather than one that was transparent in order to show the detailing underneath?

Cane_Adiss
04-28-2009, 09:14 AM
my votes:

5
10
14
16
18
19

Sometimes I believe that Hasbro is subconciously trying to destroy the Legacy line by releasing several OBVIOUS pegwarmers every wave. The only waves that haven't warmed were the ANH wave and interestingly the repaint wave. Malakili as a basic figure? I can't wrap my head around that logic. If they wanted to do a resculpt, why not something people are actually requesting? Like Saelt-Marae (yak face)? I realize the Rancor will be hitting stores around the same time (even though it's been available online for awhile now and I have mine) but are kids really gonna get the connection? And will they want a shirtless fat guy any more than they did in '97/'98? I can't imagine. I hope he's extremely shortpacked, like Ephant Mon and General Rieekan were. Willrow will sell better I'm predicting.

Darth Metalmute
04-28-2009, 11:51 AM
I realize the Rancor will be hitting stores around the same time (even though it's been available online for awhile now and I have mine)

How is that Rancor? I've seen pics of it but have not come across any reviews yet. Is it better than the Power of the Jedi one that came out about 5 years ago?

DarkJedi5
04-28-2009, 11:53 AM
I'm not saying anything is wrong with the animated Jabba, in fact, it looks fantastic. I just get a kick out of the fact that the majority of collectors/fans have been asking Hasbro for a ROTJ Throne Jabba since 1995. And instead of giving everyone one, they chose to do a Clone Wars Throne Jabba instead.

That's not exactly true. They gave us a pretty good attempt at a throne Jabba in 2004 as an ultra figure. Sure, it wasn't a great figure (and tHasbro has acknowledged the problems we all have with it) but it's not like we haven't gotten anything since the line restarted.


How is that Rancor? I've seen pics of it but have not come across any reviews yet. Is it better than the Power of the Jedi one that came out about 5 years ago?

The Rancor is awesome. I don't know about any POTJ Rancor (the only one prior to this that I know of was the POTF2 one from 1998 other than the TFU one from last year that is essentially the same) but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. I mean it really is that much taller. And the details, the paint, everything is amazing. My favorite features include: opening and closing mouth, separately crafted earring and manacle with chains and ball jointed shoulders and ankles! My old one looked small and could never stand this one is truly a beast and looks as good as you will ever need.

Darth Metalmute
04-28-2009, 03:00 PM
That's not exactly true. They gave us a pretty good attempt at a throne Jabba in 2004 as an ultra figure. Sure, it wasn't a great figure (and Hasbro has acknowledged the problems we all have with it) but it's not like we haven't gotten anything since the line restarted.

I never really considered that a figure, more of a Hasbro attempt to humor us. It was one of the few items that looks better if you never open it. Kinda like the Slime Jabba from Episode 1 line.




The Rancor is awesome. I don't know about any POTJ Rancor (the only one prior to this that I know of was the POTF2 one from 1998 other than the TFU one from last year that is essentially the same) but this one is head and shoulders above the rest. I mean it really is that much taller. And the details, the paint, everything is amazing. My favorite features include: opening and closing mouth, separately crafted earring and manacle with chains and ball jointed shoulders and ankles! My old one looked small and could never stand this one is truly a beast and looks as good as you will ever need.

Was it 11 years ago? Wow, I just remember it was in a green box. That's why I guessed POTJ because I didn't realize it was that long ago. Thanks for the review, it sounds like its a must have.

JediTricks
04-28-2009, 06:12 PM
Questions 20 - 22 added.


Well, I was thinking of a red repaint of the 327th Star Corps fig for Captain Ordo, Boba Fett repaint for Fi Skirata, New heads with repainted Boba/ jango bodies for Kal Skirata and Walon Vau. New head with generic female body for Etain Tur-Mukan (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Etain_Tur-Mukan&action=edit&redlink=1), generic male jedi body for Jusik, and possibly a woodland camo repaint of the upcoming Fi Skirata for the members of Yayax Squad. Well, one can dream.Wow, that's quite a specific dream. Reminds me of Hasbro's packs from last year which didn't really sell that great. It's a very specific type of request for a broad array of items. I'm not really sure how to boil that down to its essence.


How about this addition?
With the drop in sales of the Legacy collection, one must wonder if it may be time to rethink the stance of production of realistic versions of the Clone Wars characters. Many collectors remember the last line of animated characters that was produced for the miniseries and their lackluster sales in the wake of the realistic versions. Since it is in the best interests of Lucasfilm to have both lines selling extremely well and, of course, for Hasbro to meet and exceed profit margin and sales goals would this not be ideal? It negates additional expendatures for copyrights and unifies some the fracturous collector community. It also allows interactivity between the lines for the more fickle kids/collectors. So while no plans are currently in place for the format change, might Hasbro ask Lucasfilm to rethink their stance for the protection of the realistic line, perhaps a single figure exclusive, to gauge support for the line?Added, vote counted. I think you have 1 vote left after #18 vote there.



Don't forget to mention the Trident (octopus-like ship). That's one that would be interesting as a Titanium, and probably the only way we'd see it as a toy! Ventress's Fanblade Starfighter as well!I'll add the Trident, but not the Fanblade as it hasn't been in the new show, and secondarily I don't think it'd work as a Titanium, it'd be very narrow and have no folding ability.



JT, I would not like to see TLC Line fail. While the TLC have slowed down a bit, Hasbro will need something new in realistic terms to help boost the line. If it needs an exclusive or with the future Live-Action-Television series, will Hasbro ever do something like it has been doing starting with POTJ till the current line, that it had different waves from all the movies including the clone wars. As Hasbro separated the Clone Wars animated figures and the Saga Legends from the TLC, will they do the same when the Live-Action-TV Series action figures come out or will it be in the same line as the TLC?I'm afraid I still don't follow what exactly you mean. Are you asking to have show figures released in the TLC line as their own waves, rather than a separate line? Or are you asking to mix show figures into mixed-source waves the way POTJ had it? I'm sorry to have to ask again, I'm just not getting what you're driving at I think. Are you asking something like:
"Understanding that it's still too far away to talk about and that plans could always change, with the upcoming live-action TV show on the horizon to again boost interest in Star Wars collecting, would Hasbro release those figures as their own separate line, or would they be integrated into an overall line such as the Saga series?"



Is this in the hopes that if they get ours ahead of the rush then maybe they can spend a little more time on the answers we get? Either way I think that's a pretty good idea.I don't know what he's up to actually, he just requested we do it this way instead. But I doubt that's the reason.



I have a new question...... (I think)

What was the decision making process behind creating a Jabba the Hutt animated figure instead of a Ziro the Hutt figure? Ziro has figured into the Clone Wars series more than Jabba up till this point and his animated behavior fits the Clone Wars animated series better than Jabba.Probably just recognizability. I'll add it though.


Plus if Ziro had been produced instead of Jabba, it wouldn't feel like Hasbro was slapping Star Wars fans and collectors in the face by producing a figure that everyone has wanted since the toy line returned, but only doing it in animated style.I'm going to save that part, it seems unnecessary in light of the fact that Hasbro's already admitted they know we want a new Jabba realistic, but Clone Wars is the hot new thing to pander to.




Hows about:

Dear Hasbro,

Recently I disassembled your Titanium Series V-19 Starfighter, and was surprised to find a detailed cockpit underneath the yellow opaque canopy. Why was this item released with the opaque canopy rather than one that was transparent in order to show the detailing underneath?Added, vote counted.



Sometimes I believe that Hasbro is subconciously trying to destroy the Legacy line by releasing several OBVIOUS pegwarmers every wave. The only waves that haven't warmed were the ANH wave and interestingly the repaint wave. Malakili as a basic figure? I can't wrap my head around that logic. If they wanted to do a resculpt, why not something people are actually requesting? Like Saelt-Marae (yak face)? I realize the Rancor will be hitting stores around the same time (even though it's been available online for awhile now and I have mine) but are kids really gonna get the connection? And will they want a shirtless fat guy any more than they did in '97/'98? I can't imagine. I hope he's extremely shortpacked, like Ephant Mon and General Rieekan were. Willrow will sell better I'm predicting.There's always someone asking for something like Breha Organa. The problems have to do with production levels (how much they can produce at once) vs how many orders of that wave they have to fulfill and how much sellthrough they predict throughout the line's length vs an assurance of profitability for that tooling. They sometimes have worse luck juggling all those balls at once than other times.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-28-2009, 09:31 PM
I realize that this question is getting very little interest, but I wanted to retool #3 again in light of the fact that they sent me another Darth Talon saber instead of the Cade sabers:

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. Now, it seems that Hasbro is shipping out Darth Talon's lightsaber to collectors who requested the missing accessories; while we appreciate the effort, that's the wrong accessory, and some collectors still have incomplete versions of this set. Could you please find a better way to get those missing lightsabers and saber hilts into buyers' collections?

Also, the customer service lady said that the hilts weren't available separately, which is the same answer I got in an e-mail months ago, which leads me to believe that they have NO idea that Cade comes with a lit and unlit lightsaber (or, should).

JediTricks
04-28-2009, 09:45 PM
Sorry to hear they cheated you out of the part. Never the less, the question is getting cut in the next round. I just checked, since December it's only gotten 2 other votes total beyond your 1 vote per round.

If you can drum up outside interest in the next round, LMK and I'll reinstate it, but for now there's no reason to update the question since nobody is voting for it.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-28-2009, 09:54 PM
Eh, that's what I figured. It's just unfortunate that customer service doesn't know anything about it and can't do anything, and I figured that this was my only outlet for actually getting those parts. Damn.

JediTricks
04-28-2009, 11:37 PM
I'd suggest buying one at Target that has the saber and then returning the non-saber version. Unfortunately, sometimes ya just can only look out for #1.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-29-2009, 12:20 AM
I opened it back in September, before I knew there was a second version (I think). If I see it again (since I haven't in quite some time), I might as well just buy it and take the sabers. That's not really stealing . . . at least, that's what I'll tell myself. :D

obi-dad
04-29-2009, 01:04 AM
For now... 6 (cockpits), 10 (tredwell), 14 (hasbro), & 16 (jawa thingy)

Darth Marco
04-29-2009, 09:21 AM
"Understanding that it's still too far away to talk about and that plans could always change, with the upcoming live-action TV show on the horizon to again boost interest in Star Wars collecting, would Hasbro release those figures as their own separate line, or would they be integrated into an overall line such as the Saga series?"

Something like that. Thank you for your help and that you try to understand JT.

sebillba
04-29-2009, 11:25 AM
For now... 6 (cockpits), 10 (tredwell), 14 (hasbro), & 16 (jawa thingy)

Jawa thingy is #15... thought I'd mention this in case JT just looks at the numbers.

Guess it's time to vote... 4, 5, 10, 15 (already counted), 16, 19.

obi-dad
04-29-2009, 05:20 PM
For now... 6 (cockpits), 10 (tredwell), 14 (hasbro), & 16 (jawa thingy)


Jawa thingy is #15... thought I'd mention this in case JT just looks at the numbers.

Guess it's time to vote... 4, 5, 10, 15 (already counted), 16, 19.

Thanks sebillba... yeah, I meant 15, but go ahead and count a vote for 16 as well.

DarkJedi5
04-29-2009, 06:16 PM
My last vote goes to 19.

mtriv73
04-29-2009, 06:31 PM
14 and 16 great questions.

adding 19, 20, 21, 23

JediTricks
04-30-2009, 03:05 AM
I opened it back in September, before I knew there was a second version (I think). If I see it again (since I haven't in quite some time), I might as well just buy it and take the sabers. That's not really stealing . . . at least, that's what I'll tell myself. :DYeah, return it, that's how they shipped it to you, it's incomplete, seems legit to me. You paid for a complete toy and they didn't deliver, if it had been broken you'd have no qualms about taking it back for a replacement. You tried to stay within the lines and they wouldn't do it right.



"Understanding that it's still too far away to talk about and that plans could always change, with the upcoming live-action TV show on the horizon to again boost interest in Star Wars collecting, would Hasbro release those figures as their own separate line, or would they be integrated into an overall line such as the Saga series?"

Something like that. Thank you for your help and that you try to understand JT.

Oh, ok, I'll just add that to the next round then.


Jawa thingy is #15... thought I'd mention this in case JT just looks at the numbers.Thanks for the catch, I did miss that, this new schedule has me a little confused.


Thanks sebillba... yeah, I meant 15, but go ahead and count a vote for 16 as well.
will do.


Here come my votes. It was really tough to choose this round, I had a dozen questions I wanted to vote for, usually it's not that high, especially with only 23 questions on the board. It was incredibly rough to choose half of half, but here they are, my votes:


8 sideshow
9 titanium learn
10 treadwell
13 gauzy
17 titanium caps
18 titanium cw

JediTricks
04-30-2009, 03:10 AM
Well, that's it for this round. There were a lot of great questions this time around, I can't wait for their answers. I'm going to tally up the last votes now and send the questions in.

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


In Q&As lately, there have been some disturbing answers that subtly point to problems with the future of the Star Wars collecting hobby. Repeated mentions of Hasbro's iteration of Force FX sabers underperforming at market, then the cancellation of Titanium Series, and now the bad news about the TLC basic figure line culminating in a whole wave of figures getting pushed into exclusives. Force FX not thriving might have something to do with the fact that there is a focus on re-releasing existing designs, or perhaps the lack of marketing and "event" releases. Titanium Series has suffered unbelievable amounts of repaints and price increases, and zero marketing. TLC basic figures have seen heavy production of collector-oriented figures like Yarna and Breha Organa (despite even collectors knowing these should have been hard to find rather than abundant), and miserable pacing with just 3 waves of new figures between July '08 and May '09. Hasbro generally has a poor track record of nurturing collector markets when it comes to lines not centered around the 3.75" theme. Doesn't it seem as if that part of the issue is management decisions, overly lofty expectations, even (in the case of Force FX & Titaniums) Hasbro desired profit margins which can't match the lines' business models established by previous licensees, leading to these lines stumbling and thus their collecting markets waning?
Last time we asked about Titanium Series capital ships, the 3 examples we used got blasted out of the sky. But there are popular capital ships, from the Acclamator (which you already said "no" about) to the Malevolence to the Rebel Medical Frigate to the Interdictor and more, which are deserving of Titanium Series releases, many of which are recognizable to a general audience and have no other toy outlets. With Titanium Series now facing a finite and already set-in-stone future, are there new capital ships planned for release in the line? If not, what was the thinking behind not choosing them?
The gauzy material used to make black capes and other soft goods is intolerable. The material is always cut too large, never hangs right, and is translucent. Darth Vader especially has a real miserable time of it, looking more like he's wearing a black chiffon number than his menacing duds. And not one figure using it can avoid it flaring out, poor Garindan looks like he's flying away. We've seen better materials used at this scale, even by you (the second Darth Maul figure comes to mind), so it's past time to reassess new materials for these purposes. If nothing else, getting sharper and better-looking cape designs will sell more Vaders to collectors and kids who already have an army of them. So, what say you on this matter, why are you still using the gauzy black cloth, and are you willing to look into better materials and better sewing for them?
Without any collector/fan website input, what would Hasbro's Star Wars product offering look like? The fans, kids, collectors, etc. obviously have some influence, but from your perspective, how much? In light of the Organas, Yarna, Moff Jerjerrod, the Sarlacc set, and Lars Homestead set all shelfwarming, would Hasbro make those sorts of things if you didn't have a vocal collector base constantly nagging you in Q&A which obviously influences stuff like Yarna and the Spacetrooper and Willrow Hood? Is the collector base being more of a squeaky wheel getting too much grease, and if you weren't hearing that squeaking, what would the line be like?
Although Titanium Series has done an ok job releasing vehicles from the Clone Wars, there's only been a loose smattering despite the series' meteoric rise in popularity. Still to be made from the Clone Wars includes the Tri-Droid, Pirate Tank, the Malevolence, the Trident, Pod Hunter/Separatist Boarding Ship, Escape Pod, Hyena Bomber Droid, Weequay pirate saucers, CK-6 Freeco swoop bike, as well as existing movie vehicles which are in the Clone Wars not yet done as Titaniums, like the STAP, Acclamator, Munificent-class Banking Clan Frigate, Padme's Naboo H-type Yacht, and LAAT/c carrier. So the Clone Wars is already a rich source of material that has only been somewhat mined in Titaniums. Are there any more Clone Wars vehicles due out before the line's end (besides the Y-wing which we already know about)? Why wasn't there a greater focus on Clone Wars vehicles in the line when it was becoming apparent the line was facing doom?
On the recent Jawa with WED Droid set, the Jawa comes with a small tin can-like piece that has 2 posts sticking out of it. Although there has been much speculation as to what this accessory is, no consensus has been reached. Also, the small accessory doesn't seem to have a dedicated storage spot on the figure's outfit unlike all the previous Jawa accessories, it has a sideways peg but the only peghole found on the Jawa is being used for the ion gun's power pack. So, what exactly is this accessory representing, and where does it fit on the Jawa? Or is it supposed to attach to the WED Droid instead?

Look for a new round of voting soon.