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JediTricks
04-30-2009, 03:56 AM
Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on Friday, May 22nd. Keep in mind that your votes in round 67 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=676476#post676476).

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?
- 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, TIE Fighter, 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, Vader's TIE, 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- In a recent answer, you said unless you could find a way to market Titaniums to kids, there were slim chances for a re-launch. Ok. However, in the Titanium brand's history, there hasn't been any focus on in-package co-play, that is, vehicle vs vehicle battle excitement, a "battle in a box". That has long been a feature of the micro-vehicles expression since Galoob's first foray into Star Wars 15 years ago, and over the past 5 years has been a growing portion of Hasbro's 3.75" action figure brand with stuff like multipacks and battle packs. But Titanium hasn't enjoyed such marketing, there haven't been battle packs recreating the Death Star trench run, there haven't been 2-packs of Jedi Starfighters vs Vulture Droids or AT-TEs vs Hailfire Droids. Why hasn't that been explored, get the kid market into battles right from the package, and thus start their Titaniums interest? Might the concept be worth testing out for a holiday retailer exclusive? Relatives are likely to buy kids an X-wing vs TIE Fighter, Snowspeeder vs AT-ST, Slave 1 vs Falcon, and other recognizable 2-packs for Christmas, especially if they have dynamic "in battle" packaging, don't you think?
- On the Toy Fair slideshow image for the Walmart Droid Factory 2-packs, the Boba Fett shown with BL-17 doesn't appear to have the chest emblem on his armor, just like the majority of the Evolutions Boba Fett on which this figure is based. Was this merely a photography issue, will the final version of the Droid Factory Boba Fett be sporting the proper chest emblem tampo, or is the missing emblem to be expected on this set?
- Hasbro has had a long history of packing new figures or improved sculpts in various multipacks with re-released figures. This essentially makes longtime collectors choose between re-purchasing figures they may have multiple times already (Vader and Han Solo are notable repeat offenders), or completely miss out on the new figures in the sets. This has, unfortunately, caused many unscrupulous collectors to purchase the sets, remove the figures or accessories they want, replace them with older, less desirable figures, and return them to the store for full credit. Though honest collectors will bring this to the attention of store management, many times the tampered-with items are back on the shelf the next day for whatever reason. Though we understand the business sense behind offering the new with the old, the practice of figure-swapping-to-return theft is steadily on the rise and far less rare than it should be, while employees are less able or diligent to keep that tampered product off their shelves. Isn't there anything you can do to potentially slow the problem, both the initial swapping and the employees re-stocking the tampered items after it's been brought to their attention?

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

JediTricks
04-30-2009, 04:19 AM
Amazingly, all the questions that got the winning numbers of votes were right next to each other, they all got added in the last round. It was 13 through 18 there, that's NEVER happened before. There was also a handful of very close votes, the question about the WED droid's size and color came just shy, and the cockpits and Malakili questions were almost as close - especially impressive for the Malakili one since it was added right near the end. I predict it going all the way in this round, but anything can happen.

Darth Windu
04-30-2009, 05:51 AM
I'll take a vote for no. 15 thanks JT :)

Ando
04-30-2009, 12:03 PM
6, 12, and 13.

"With the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back approaching in 2010, does Hasbro have plans to acknowledge this milestone with any surprises or special offers for what is arguably the best movie in the saga or will it pass by without little to no fanfare?"

JediTricks
04-30-2009, 05:27 PM
We asked something like that back on Jan 30th:

SSG: 2008 marked the 25th anniversary of ROTJ, however there was no fanfare, no commemorative figure sets, no special packaging, nothing from Hasbro mentioning the milestone. Is there a reason it got snubbed while ANH has enjoyed Hasbro products for both its 25th and 30th anniversary? Will 2009 pass without anything celebratory of the TPM 10th anniversary? What about ESB's 30th anniversary the year after? Judging by some of your Q&A answers over the last 6 months, it seems like there's thinking about maybe doing some cool ESB stuff in 2010 - like a Tauntaun, e-web cannon, Bespin Han, and Boba Fett - are those hints suggesting ESB 30th anniversary special stuff?
Hasbro: 2008 was the year of Clone Wars and our focus was geared toward that as the big new story, with a portion of the very big spotlight being shared with the Millennium Falcon launch. The main story for both 2009 and 2010 will be the second and third seasons of Clone Wars, respectively, but it does not mean that the spotlight can't be shared to some extent. In 2009, there will be a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of EpI, small but significant, and details for that should be released at Toy Fair. For 2010, we are still looking at whether there is a program for the 30th Anniversary of EpV, but nothing is concrete right now.

Ando
04-30-2009, 05:40 PM
Fair enough. I think we ought to ask again in a few months to see if their plans have been firmed up a bit. ESB at 30 years is a bigger milestone (in my own opinion) than TPM at 10 (And I like TPM).

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-30-2009, 09:07 PM
Fair enough. I think we ought to ask again in a few months to see if their plans have been firmed up a bit. ESB at 30 years is a bigger milestone (in my own opinion) than TPM at 10 (And I like TPM).
I think we could just wait for Comic Con or Toy Fair. I sometimes think that "are you gonna do this?" questions can be pointless since we can just wait and see, even though they can be fun.

JediTricks
05-04-2009, 07:55 PM
Question 18 added.

JediInsider got the following answer which set off my new question above:
JediInsider.com: Question from JI reader Dake: Dear Hasbro, I imagine you will be receiving a flood of questions about the Titanium’s hiatus. I was surprised to read that it has been a struggling sub line almost from the start. I understand the need for multiple repaints to make tooling affordable, yet that creates a paradox in that people stop buying the third, fourth or more iteration of the same vehicle therefore cutting into the margin. With that in mind, is there any possibility of changing the fundamental property of Titanium’s and make them all plastic? It seems counter-intuitive at first, but it seems that more and more plastic is already being used in the newer tools, and you've stated in earlier Q & As about the fact that metal is a more difficult material to work with than plastic. Furthermore, it would seem that utilizing two different types of materials would increase the number of steps required in manufacturing. Would a shift to all plastic lower costs enough for the line to continue with fewer repaints and therefore more new ships for people to pick up? The "Titanium" name would not have to go away, as it is still symbolic of the standard of quality (silver, gold, titanium) of the product if not of its nature - it's not like they've ever been made of actual titanium to begin with. This line has been such a wonderful opportunity to get ships we would have and probably never will see in larger formats, such as the recent Tie Defender, Virago, IG 2000, and Z-95 to name only a few, and it's a real shame to read of its demise.
Hasbro: We appreciate the fan passion for ways to continue Titanium - the fact that a number of fans have written us with similar suggestions attests to the passion with which fans of the series have approached the news. We have had a lot of heart for the series too - and have kept it going for a long time because of the passion and the desire to see some of the exact vehicles you cite finally see the light of day. We look back on the Titanium Series as a tremendous success, if not in business terms, then in terms of the sheer number of amazing Star Wars vehicles we were able to fit into a 5-1/2 year run. The vast majority of toy lines can't claim to have runs that long, must less claim the variety that was eventually produced. It's exactly for these reasons that it was a very tough decision to shutter the line.
What you suggest is unlikely, for a couple reasons. First, the tools for plastic vs. metal vehicles cost the same to develop, since the two criteria that determine cost are size/amount of steel used and labor. Thus, moving to plastic would not change the underlying issues with the number of new tools needed to keep Titanium going. Second, to start a line like you suggest, it would need to be launched with an extraordinarily deep tooling lineup - a real commitment to the format, or the results will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It would literally be better to restart Titanium using a metal format and using the existing tools, rather than start and all-new one. Honestly, we don't know what can be done for a re-launch since the collector base by itself, as it exists, just isn't enough to keep the line going. Unless we found a way to engage kids in the format, or found a way to broaden out to more consumers, it will remain on hiatus.

Blue2th
05-04-2009, 10:33 PM
Doesn't Hasbro own the Starship Battles molds? they could clean some of the Titanium sized ones up and put out a few more?

Why doesn't Hasbro team up with an expert small scale ship company like Konami or Furuta or F-Toys? Much like they did with Sideshow, who also teams up with Hot Toys?

Prototype production costs could be cut with the introduction of stereo lithography or 3D printing if they are not already using it. It would work well with ship designs especially because the designs don't change like figures.

anyways.. 15 and 18 :thumbsup:

clone157
05-04-2009, 11:33 PM
Doesn't Hasbro own the Starship Battles molds? they could clean some of the Titanium sized ones up and put out a few more?

Why doesn't Hasbro team up with an expert small scale ship company like Konami or Furuta or F-Toys? Much like they did with Sideshow, who also teams up with Hot Toys?

Prototype production costs could be cut with the introduction of stereo lithography or 3D printing if they are not already using it. It would work well with ship designs especially because the designs don't change like figures.


Very good points, could make for a good question. For now, I vote for 13, 16, and 18. Thanks for your hard work JT!

Devo
05-05-2009, 09:20 AM
Would anyone like to ask this question -

Hasbro have mentioned in some Q&As that although you haven't found an opportunity yet it is highly likely the Landspeeder will be rereleased at some point. Would it be feasible, when the chance does arise, that you could modify the vehicle to enable the new bendable knees C-3PO to sit, as he does in the film, right behind the driver's seat? On the existing vehicle Threepio has to sit far back with his entire legs stretched out in front of him which is a tad unrealistic not to mention the fact that the figure falls off easily.

And my votes:

5, 9, 12*, 16

*I worry about questions like this though. It makes us sound a tad unappreciative of their efforts to give us more up-to-date sculpts of old figures. I agree that the choice of Malakali was odd in light of candidates such as the Gamorrean but I'll still take one.

JediTricks
05-05-2009, 07:17 PM
Doesn't Hasbro own the Starship Battles molds? they could clean some of the Titanium sized ones up and put out a few more?They do, but isn't that line also going bye-bye?


Why doesn't Hasbro team up with an expert small scale ship company like Konami or Furuta or F-Toys? Much like they did with Sideshow, who also teams up with Hot Toys?

Prototype production costs could be cut with the introduction of stereo lithography or 3D printing if they are not already using it. It would work well with ship designs especially because the designs don't change like figures.Wow, aim high there buddy. :p Those are all so super unlikely, but you make a good point, just because Hasbro can't make a go of it doesn't mean they shouldn't let someone else try. I doubt there's anybody willing to take up the cause right now, but if we found one, we should nag Lucasfilm about it too, they made Hasbro work with Code 3 for that line.

What really bums me out is that Master Replicas had a few new ideas for stuff around Action Fleet scale just before they lost the license.

Prototyping costs aren't the issue, the issue is toolmaking, that's where so much of the costs go. It's very expensive still because ultimately you're cutting into big blocks of metal, not just the parts themselves but also the materials flow and cooling channels, there's a lot of time and effort involved in making the tooling work and then work right.



Would anyone like to ask this question -

Hasbro have mentioned in some Q&As that although you haven't found an opportunity yet it is highly likely the Landspeeder will be rereleased at some point. Would it be feasible, when the chance does arise, that you could modify the vehicle to enable the new bendable knees C-3PO to sit, as he does in the film, right behind the driver's seat? On the existing vehicle Threepio has to sit far back with his entire legs stretched out in front of him which is a tad unrealistic not to mention the fact that the figure falls off easily.Ok, so I cued up the scene, and the issue is not one on the landspeeder. The issue is the way 3PO is sitting, he's got his waist turned and his legs are laying across the seat backs, not entirely dissimilar to how Leia is sitting with Jabba. I've attached 3 screenshots, you can't make out where his lower legs are, but they seem to be bent slightly sitting on the deck, between R2's head and Obi-Wan's seatback. Technically, you may be able to get the Endor 3PO's legs to do this, they even have a little hip rotation, but when I tried right now to approximate the pose, it was hard to tell if it'd work (I don't have the landspeeder).
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So, we need to figure out if this WON'T work first, before asking them to change something to make it work.


And my votes:

5, 9, 12*, 16

*I worry about questions like this though. It makes us sound a tad unappreciative of their efforts to give us more up-to-date sculpts of old figures. I agree that the choice of Malakali was odd in light of candidates such as the Gamorrean but I'll still take one.I see what you mean. The wording points out though that Malakili is a very unique case, and I've tried to support Hasbro's efforts to do re-sculpts in these Q&As, so I think they'll understand. If not, LMK how you feel it should be adjusted.

Ando
05-05-2009, 07:52 PM
Put me down for 18, too. That's a neat question.

I would have bought battle packs like that featuring 3-5 Titaniums with a cool package, I probably would have bought 2 of the ones I liked so I could keep one sealed and open the other one.

The more I think about it, the more I get bummed about seeing the Titaniums go away.

Cane_Adiss
05-05-2009, 08:26 PM
My votes: 4, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18

Darth Metalmute
05-06-2009, 02:12 PM
Excellent addition of question 18 JT.

I was actually thinking along the same line when I read the Hasbro's reply to the JediInsider's question. I was going to ask you if you could add a question like, "Since the Titanium line was viewed as a success, is there any chance of a decent send off where you package a group of ships in one set(s) like the Galoob Silver or bronze painted collector sets of the Micro Machine days."

I vote for 18.

Darth Windu
05-06-2009, 11:18 PM
Put me sown for 8 and 18 as well as my previous vote for 15 thanks JT :)

Darth Duranium
05-07-2009, 12:11 AM
I'm kinda thinkin' that we're flogging the proverbial dead horse but I'll get behind questions 8, 15, and 18. Hope they throw us the proverbial bone...:)

DarkJedi5
05-08-2009, 08:04 PM
I got a little bored at work today and started flipping back through the Toy Fair slides and noticed that the upcoming Boba Fett droid factory set (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=29899)doesn't seem to have the tampo on his chest armor and wanted to see if we could get a question about that to fly. Here's my attempt:

I recently noticed that in the Toy Fair slide show the upcoming droid factory 2-pack featuring Boba Fett used a figure that did not have the tampo on his chest armor. As this was a problem on the original run of the evolutions set I was wondering if this was just a stand in figure from that assortment (and will the problem be corrected) or is this what we can expect?

Darth Windu
05-09-2009, 10:55 AM
[About Hasbro owning the Starship Battles molds] They do, but isn't that line also going bye-bye?

It's kinda odd though that Hasbro didn't use these molds. Take the Munificent-Frigate for example. It's a good mold, Titanium-sized, and appears in RotS and about 80-90% of the Clone Wars cartoons. So why didn't they use it?

Kidhuman
05-10-2009, 11:11 AM
18, 17, 15, 14, 11, 5

El Chuxter
05-14-2009, 10:43 AM
I'm struggling with the best way to put this, and it's wordy, so any help will be appreciated:

"Throughout the years, Hasbro has had a long history of packing new figures or improved sculpts in various multipacks with less desirable, usually re-released figures. This essentially makes longtime collectors choose between re-purchasing figures they may have multiple times already (Vader and Han Solo are notable repeat offenders), or miss out totally on new figures (like the current Rebel Flight Tech or the new Ewok in the Ultimate Battlepack two years ago). This has, unfortunately, caused many unscrupulous collectors to purchase the sets, remove the figures or accessories they want, replace them with older, less desirable figures, and return them to the store for full credit. Though many more honest collectors will bring this to the attention of store management, the tampered-with items are usually back on the shelf the next day, as the managers would prefer not to take a loss. The problem seems to be increasing as the economy worsens, and is particularly bad in both the Star Wars and GIJoe lines (where new figures packed with older figures in multipacks is most common), and it hurts everyone involved, aside from the culprit, who is pretty much untraceable.

Though we understand the business sense behind this practice of offering the new with the old, can you consider altering the makeup of sets in the future or offering an alternative way to obtain the new figures (such as a delayed, more expensive release online) so as to potentially slow the practice?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-15-2009, 01:37 PM
JT, you mentioned in another thread that you wanted to ask about why the TCW ships don't have weathering or wear. I thought for sure that it was because of their scrimping on paint now. But, ask whatever you want.

JediTricks
05-17-2009, 06:36 PM
Questions 19 - 20 added.

By the way, the deadline for this round is Wednesday, so better get those votes in soon.


Excellent addition of question 18 JT.

I was actually thinking along the same line when I read the Hasbro's reply to the JediInsider's question. I was going to ask you if you could add a question like, "Since the Titanium line was viewed as a success, is there any chance of a decent send off where you package a group of ships in one set(s) like the Galoob Silver or bronze painted collector sets of the Micro Machine days."

I vote for 18.Hmm, I dunno, Hasbro did all-silver ships in the line a few times already, and those Galoob MM pewter and other metal-colored ships all ended up at liquidation chains when they didn't sell through.



I'm kinda thinkin' that we're flogging the proverbial dead horse but I'll get behind questions 8, 15, and 18. Hope they throw us the proverbial bone...:)Oh yeah, we're definitely beating that horse into glue and carpet, but better to throw it out there now while people are still thinking about the line.



I got a little bored at work today and started flipping back through the Toy Fair slides and noticed that the upcoming Boba Fett droid factory set (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=29899)doesn't seem to have the tampo on his chest armor and wanted to see if we could get a question about that to fly. Here's my attempt:

I recently noticed that in the Toy Fair slide show the upcoming droid factory 2-pack featuring Boba Fett used a figure that did not have the tampo on his chest armor. As this was a problem on the original run of the evolutions set I was wondering if this was just a stand in figure from that assortment (and will the problem be corrected) or is this what we can expect?I kinda feel like they just grabbed a sample of the original Evo Fett that was missing the emblem, and also that these sets are already in production if we're wrong, but just in case, I guess it's worth putting out there to see if enough voters are worried about it. Added, vote counted.



It's kinda odd though that Hasbro didn't use these molds. Take the Munificent-Frigate for example. It's a good mold, Titanium-sized, and appears in RotS and about 80-90% of the Clone Wars cartoons. So why didn't they use it?Well, Titanium tooling is largely dies, not molds, which is slightly different technology, the molds would have to be rebuilt into a die which uses different injection and cooling technology, and is hardened to take the greater abuse of smashing metal together into a shape. Having the mold itself is not a good starting place to make dies, a better place is having the production piece or the prototype which on the mold is based, and takes the alternate manufacturing needs into account. It's a lot easier to go from die to mold than vice-versa.



I'm struggling with the best way to put this, and it's wordy, so any help will be appreciated:

"Throughout the years, Hasbro has had a long history of packing new figures or improved sculpts in various multipacks with less desirable, usually re-released figures. This essentially makes longtime collectors choose between re-purchasing figures they may have multiple times already (Vader and Han Solo are notable repeat offenders), or miss out totally on new figures (like the current Rebel Flight Tech or the new Ewok in the Ultimate Battlepack two years ago). This has, unfortunately, caused many unscrupulous collectors to purchase the sets, remove the figures or accessories they want, replace them with older, less desirable figures, and return them to the store for full credit. Though many more honest collectors will bring this to the attention of store management, the tampered-with items are usually back on the shelf the next day, as the managers would prefer not to take a loss. The problem seems to be increasing as the economy worsens, and is particularly bad in both the Star Wars and GIJoe lines (where new figures packed with older figures in multipacks is most common), and it hurts everyone involved, aside from the culprit, who is pretty much untraceable.

Though we understand the business sense behind this practice of offering the new with the old, can you consider altering the makeup of sets in the future or offering an alternative way to obtain the new figures (such as a delayed, more expensive release online) so as to potentially slow the practice?"So, first off, here's a reply to a similar, but not really as expansive, question from March 20th:
Sandtroopers.com: Over the recent years we are finding at retail that figures packs are being returned to stores tampered with. In this case the actual figure and accessories have been swapped out but will keep a retailer from restocking because they believe they have actual product. Is it possible to use tamper resistant tape instead of the clear tape Hasbro uses?
Hasbro: We have looked at tamper resistant tape, but it is unusable for our needs. Luckily, the vast majority of collectors are upstanding citizens and the cases of tampering are rare. Any collectors who see tampered product can return it to the customer service desk and notify store personnel, who can then report that tampered toy as damaged goods and effectively remove it from circulation and inventory.
Now, that in mind, I reworked the question some and have added it.



JT, you mentioned in another thread that you wanted to ask about why the TCW ships don't have weathering or wear. I thought for sure that it was because of their scrimping on paint now. But, ask whatever you want.There's only been 1 new non-CW vehicle since last July, the Falcon, so I guess there isn't a pattern to point to yet, but thanks for reminding me. I'll keep thinking about it.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-17-2009, 08:49 PM
Okay, how about 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 20.

For 5, you could rework it due to the fact that the TIE Fighter is getting a similar treatment.

sebillba
05-18-2009, 11:31 AM
3, 4, 9, 12, 13, 16. Thanks JT! :thumbsup:

DarkJedi5
05-18-2009, 11:57 AM
Aside from my vote for 19 I would like to add 4, 5, 9, 12 & 13.

Bib Un-Fortuna
05-18-2009, 02:00 PM
I'll vote for 12, 14, 16, & 20

JediTricks
05-18-2009, 06:44 PM
Question 5 modified.


For 5, you could rework it due to the fact that the TIE Fighter is getting a similar treatment.Good call, will do.

clone157
05-18-2009, 06:50 PM
There's only been 1 new non-CW vehicle since last July, the Falcon, so I guess there isn't a pattern to point to yet, but thanks for reminding me. I'll keep thinking about it.

True, but they haven't used it on the re-releases either. Like TRU's v-wing and Hailfire Droid. I never picked up the wampa ARC-170, so I don't know about it.

Darth Marco
05-19-2009, 09:44 AM
I will vote for 5,9,11,12,and 17.

I do have a question: As upgrades go, will Hasbro upgrade all the characters they made into action figures with 14 points of articulation or will they just do the new and popular ones with it? Like for example Admiral Ackbar and mostly imperial officers except Captain Needa (but he is a new release). Adding to the question, will they stop with the swivel elbows and only have ball-hinged elbows to all the characters moving forward?

Thanks JT for answering our questions.

DarkJedi5
05-19-2009, 10:35 AM
I do have a question: As upgrades go, will Hasbro upgrade all the characters they made into action figures with 14 points of articulation or will they just do the new and popular ones with it? Like for example Admiral Ackbar and mostly imperial officers except Captain Needa (but he is a new release). Adding to the question, will they stop with the swivel elbows and only have ball-hinged elbows to all the characters moving forward?

Pretty sure you wouldn't like the answer to this question if it were asked. From past Q&As with similar themes I can bet the answer would say that moving forward there are more than a few characters that could use updates but the reality is that not all of them will be made. As for articulation, ball joints are more expensive than swivel cut joints and they will evaluate what they can afford when they cost out the wave. Many of the cantina patrons we saw in the OTC line have swivel cut elbows and I doubt you'll ever seen any of them remade with balljoints instead.

Darth Marco
05-19-2009, 10:52 AM
Pretty sure you wouldn't like the answer to this question if it were asked. From past Q&As with similar themes I can bet the answer would say that moving forward there are more than a few characters that could use updates but the reality is that not all of them will be made. As for articulation, ball joints are more expensive than swivel cut joints and they will evaluate what they can afford when they cost out the wave. Many of the cantina patrons we saw in the OTC line have swivel cut elbows and I doubt you'll ever seen any of them remade with balljoints instead.

That is not true about not liking the answer, but that was the answer I was expecting. Just having wishful thinking about having all the action figures with the best articulation. The more articulation in a figure the more action figures I BUY for myself and my daughter. She enjoys moving their ankles as she can't move her own.

loverboy1972
05-19-2009, 11:39 AM
1.) When might we see a super articulated Dewback?
2.) I would love to see an updated, super articulated, Weequay from the skiff in ROTJ?
3.) I would really like to see the Rebel briefing room done in pieces like other sets with characters and Admiral Ackbar with his Rebel cruiser chair. They would be great items to tie in with the possible TV show about the beginning rebel alliance.

master J
05-19-2009, 07:57 PM
Dare we ask Hasbro about the Death Star mock up that just popped up? Man, that would be great if it was true!

JediTricks
05-20-2009, 04:26 AM
Last day to vote in this round! I'm sending in the questions at the end of Wednesday.


True, but they haven't used it on the re-releases either. Like TRU's v-wing and Hailfire Droid. I never picked up the wampa ARC-170, so I don't know about it.Then it's a good thing I held off on the question. :p



I will vote for 5,9,11,12,and 17.

I do have a question: As upgrades go, will Hasbro upgrade all the characters they made into action figures with 14 points of articulation or will they just do the new and popular ones with it? Like for example Admiral Ackbar and mostly imperial officers except Captain Needa (but he is a new release). Adding to the question, will they stop with the swivel elbows and only have ball-hinged elbows to all the characters moving forward?

Thanks JT for answering our questions.I think they addressed your question in our last round answers:
CollectionStation.com: If you had to guess, shoot-from-the-hip style, what percentage of Star Wars would you guess Hasbro has covered with the existing 3.75" line? Obviously the EU has a much wider number of characters, vehicles, and settings to address, so you can pick and choose which sources you'd like to answer for - e.g., "out of just movies & tv" or "out of movies, tv, video games, and recent DH comics", whatever works for you. But with so many main characters and even secondary and tertiary characters getting the action figure treatment, how far does Hasbro think they've taken the brand over the last decade?
Hasbro: Let's tackle the movie figures first, which is the heart of the question. As much as we'd like to answer that with some hard numbers, the truth is that as we have elevated the design and aesthetics of the 3-3/4" figure form to a new plateau, it makes us look at our existing back library of movie figures in a new light, and periodically select "iconic" candidates for upgrades. From this standpoint, the line can continue for years with new versions of the core characters. There are literally hundreds of movie figures we still believe we can deliver that would delight for years and years to come, and it's our hope that we are able to deliver far into the future. As for comic figures (both Marvel and Dark Horse) - the answer is easier...we don't believe we've even scratched the surface of what is possible, or what we'd like to do. What is realistic to do is another story, since there are only so many slots to go around and so many fantastic characters to draw from (one dream of ours, for example is to knock off the Rogue Squadron in it's entirety some day....but even pecking away at a few a year leaves us many years away!). Clone Wars is just getting started, and based on the tremendous ratings and toy success, the future is long and bright. So in short, we think that we are just hitting our stride as to what we can deliver, and hope that you and everyone else stays with us for the tremendous adventure that still lay in front of us with Star Wars.
I've highlighted the specific part I feel has addressed this, it suggests to me that they are going after not just core characters but everybody. Let me know if you feel that doesn't cover it.

Asked about the swivel elbows back on Aug 15th:
Sandtroopers.com: I appreciate that the sculpting and articulation in the modern figures is improving so dramatically, however swivel elbows are still a problem. My son purely hates them because they pop apart so easily whenever you attempt to pose the figure during play, especially with a lightsaber weilding figure. On the forums I hear constant complaints about the swivel elbows. Has Hasbro not realized that this is a problem?
Hasbro: Swivel joints will pop apart from time to time, but they also come with a positive - articulation where there otherwise might not be any. Ball-and-socket joints are not the solution for every figure because of our cost parameters, so we use swivel joints to add articulation when there might not be another choice.
Although I think this answer from Jan 26th, '07, covers it more completely:
Yakface.com: Would you consider doing a reversal on the ball joints and swivel elbows on figures? You've proven you can make knee articulation utilizing swivel joints with the POTJ's Rebel Fleet Trooper and both Sagas' Sith Training Darth Maul. With most figures, the elbow articulation is SO, much more important than the knee articulation, especially with the lack of chairs or accessories that require sitting.
Hasbro: We take it on a case by case basis depending on cost and other factors, but we do hear you that the ball joints and swivel elbows allow for greater poseability. We will incorporate this as the situation allows, but one thing we cannot do is use super-articulation for every figure - we just wouldn't be able to cost out the line if that were the case.
As for this one, they're still implementing those annoying swivel elbows, so I think that plus the above comments covers the answer. LMK if you feel it doesn't, and how we can address their prior answers.




1.) When might we see a super articulated Dewback?First off, welcome aboard!

We asked them about that on ActionFigs.com back on Sept 22nd, '06:
When will Hasbro make a new sculpt of the Dewback? There's no reason why it couldn't be done to scale with the 3.75" figures and be the ultimate version.
Good comment. It's one of those things where we need to balance the priorities of the line vs the great ideas available to fill them. We don't know when it will happen, but we will do a new Dewback sometime.
Other sites have as well, on Oct 6th, '06:
TheJawa.com: The VTSC Scout Trooper seems to be quite the success. Collectors are raving about it still, and the figure has been out for the better part of the year. The same goes for the new Sandtrooper. With that success in mind, has Hasbro explored the possibility of reissuing slightly modified versions of these figures (with ball-jointed hips) along with a new speeder bike or Dewback?
Hasbro: We're thinking about it, yes. No timetable for either, though, but it wouldn't be in 2007.
Nov 17, '06:
GalacticHunter.com: The rumors on the Internets are predicting that the Bantha will be re-released next year-ish. So while Hasbro is feeling beastly, what are the odds of getting a Dewback with some real-feel hide, or at least a removable saddle? (The Saga Collection's Sandtrooper would look awfully good on one, wouldn't he?)
Hasbro: We agree that the Dewback should see a new sculpt at some point and he's on the shortlist of vehicles and creatures that we'd like to do. But, like so many cool things, there's no specific timetable set for an update.
Jan 18th, 2008:
SWcollector.com: With Battle Packs such as the Bantha and Tusken Raiders out this year, is there any chance that a similar pack containing a Dewback and Sandtroopers will be released anytime soon?
Hasbro: There is a possibility that we would do this within the next couple of years, but at this stage nothing has been confirmed. It remains one of those strong possibilities given the right opportunity and resources.
On Dec 5th, '08, it was asked again by both us and another site:
SSG: With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?
Hasbro: We have looked at this scene several times with the theme you suggested, but so far it hasn't made the cut for one reason or another. Maybe someday….

Yakface.com: Is there any chance that we could get some 21st Century love for some of our favorite beasties in 2009/2010? Say the Kaadu, Dewback or Tauntaun to go with the new Hoth Luke perhaps?
Hasbro: At least one of those will be updated in 2009 in an exclusive pack. It's possible a second will be updated for 2010.
If we don't see the Dewback at Comic-Con, remind me and I'll ask it again then.


2.) I would love to see an updated, super articulated, Weequay from the skiff in ROTJ?I generally don't like to ask about specific items because of how little traction we normally get with them. In this one's case however, we've asked them and the answer was basically that it's coming, eventually. We asked them that on Aug 17th, '07:
Q: We appreciate the extra attention that Jabba's Palace has been getting recently, however there is a group of characters from Jabba's henchmen who have been seriously underrepresented in action figure form: the Skiff Guards. They are featured in one of the primary action sequences in ROTJ, but we haven't seen a new sculpt of any of these guys in over 8 years, and a majority of them have never been made in action figure form. Out of the 5 skiff guards on the "prisoner skiff" (the one bringing Luke, Han, & Chewie to their doom), we've only seen one made into a figure - Weequay - and even that figure is over ten years old. Any chance that we'll get figures of the other four and maybe an update of Weequay at some point in the near future? A: Yes, over the next few years you will see some more of these cool guards either get their turn for the first time or get a resculpt. You'll have to be patient though - we'll only be able to get to a couple new ones a year.

3.) I would really like to see the Rebel briefing room done in pieces like other sets with characters and Admiral Ackbar with his Rebel cruiser chair. They would be great items to tie in with the possible TV show about the beginning rebel alliance.Well, they've shot down playsets done build-an-environment style so many times that I can't even count, it's a no-go with Has-bro. And they're not willing to talk about the show yet at all. As for Ackbar, Hasbro addressed him on March 20th of this year:
Sandtroopers.com: With all the remakes and upgrades you've done over the years on insignificant characters, is there any chance that we might ever see a new improved Admiral Ackbar figure anytime soon? He's only about the most important strategist that the rebellion has...
Hasbro: We do have our eye-stalks set on an update of the dear Admiral. Hopefully, he will debut before the end of 2010, if not, then he will be in the 2011 lineup.
The chair though is an interesting twist. While they won't do a build-a-playset concept, they might do the chair. Would you be interested in rewriting the question to address that?



Dare we ask Hasbro about the Death Star mock up that just popped up? Man, that would be great if it was true!Site policy is to not deal in rumors. The photo of a simple cardboard mockup in a dusty old window next to a Hasbro case isn't really much to go on.

Darth Marco
05-20-2009, 10:35 AM
JT u always come thru. Thank you very much JT. Now that was the answer I was looking for. B)

mtriv73
05-20-2009, 10:47 AM
5, 12, and 13

JediTricks
05-20-2009, 06:14 PM
JT u always come thru. Thank you very much JT. Now that was the answer I was looking for. B)Cool, glad to hear it. :thumbsup:

Here's my votes, last-minute as usual:

2 cw scale
6 xwing
7 sideshow
15 ts v-19
16 blank cards
18 ts bps

obi-dad
05-20-2009, 06:16 PM
5, 9 & 12 (my reply was too short, so I was requested to use some filler to make it longer. The reply "5, 9 & 12" is in reference to the questions I am voting for. I believed this to be obvious, but I am stating it here so there is no confusion. this is a land of confusion. This is the world we live in. And these are the hands we're given. I'm lending a hand and casting a vote. A vote for 3 entries because none of the others interest me much and I don't want one of my votes to help elivate a question I don't care as much about above one of these three, given that one of these quesions was posed by me months ago. Ok, I believe this is long enough, so I am going to try to post again).

JediTricks
05-20-2009, 06:27 PM
5, 9 & 12 (my reply was too short, so I was requested to use some filler to make it longer. The reply "5, 9 & 12" is in reference to the questions I am voting for. I believed this to be obvious, but I am stating it here so there is no confusion. this is a land of confusion. This is the world we live in. And these are the hands we're given. I'm lending a hand and casting a vote. A vote for 3 entries because none of the others interest me much and I don't want one of my votes to help elivate a question I don't care as much about above one of these three, given that one of these quesions was posed by me months ago. Ok, I believe this is long enough, so I am going to try to post again).
Generally people just say "5, 9 & 12 ..." or something to fill up the minimum 10 chars. :p In fact, if you had included another comma, that would have got you to the minimum.

Blue2th
05-20-2009, 06:29 PM
7, 8, 12, 13, for the remainder of my votes pleeze. :D

JediTricks
05-21-2009, 03:30 AM
Well, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated!

Here is a list of the questions we're asking this time around:


In a recent answer, you said unless you could find a way to market Titaniums to kids, there were slim chances for a re-launch. Ok. However, in the Titanium brand's history, there hasn't been any focus on in-package co-play, that is, vehicle vs vehicle battle excitement, a "battle in a box". That has long been a feature of the micro-vehicles expression since Galoob's first foray into Star Wars 15 years ago, and over the past 5 years has been a growing portion of Hasbro's 3.75" action figure brand with stuff like multipacks and battle packs. But Titanium hasn't enjoyed such marketing, there haven't been battle packs recreating the Death Star trench run, there haven't been 2-packs of Jedi Starfighters vs Vulture Droids or AT-TEs vs Hailfire Droids. Why hasn't that been explored, get the kid market into battles right from the package, and thus start their Titaniums interest? Might the concept be worth testing out for a holiday retailer exclusive? Relatives are likely to buy kids an X-wing vs TIE Fighter, Snowspeeder vs AT-ST, Slave 1 vs Falcon, and other recognizable 2-packs for Christmas, especially if they have dynamic "in battle" packaging, don't you think?
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?
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?
Recently, Hasbro has updated cockpits on a few OT ships, including the B-wing, TIE Fighter, 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, Vader's TIE, and Y-wing are all good candidates for new, detailed cockpits, but would the small size of some of those cockpits prevent those upgrades?
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 within?
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?

Look for a new round of voting soon.