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JediTricks
05-01-2009, 07:08 PM
Mayday, mayday! It's May day, and with it comes Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for May 1st, 2009. Thanks again to Hasbro for the answers, to all the folks who sent in questions and especially those who voted on them.


Hasbro Q&A for the week of May 1st


SSG: With the unfortunate announcement of the Titanium Series line ending after 2009, fans want to know all about its now-limited future. How many new tools will we be getting between now and its end? When can we expect the last wave, and what will be in that wave? What happens to tooling and promises that were on the bubble for '09, like the Outrider which was promised and forgotten last year and then promised again for the end of '09, or the Gungan Sub which was tooled up and promised in 2000 but canceled? Using the term "hiatus" as you did, is there any hope for the brand's revival in the foreseeable future? As Titanium Series is the only outlet for the majority of Star Wars vehicle toys these days, will Hasbro be filling that void with an all-plastic form of Titaniums?
Hasbro: There should be nine all-new tools to look for from now until the end of the year, with numerous other repaints rounding out the line (these new tools all follow the latest that have hit shipped recently - BARC Speeder, Xizor's Ship, and IG-2000). The nine include: Hound's Tooth, Clone Wars Y-Wing, Hyena Bomber, Punishing One, Malevolence, a new Republic Gunship tool, Mist Hunter, Nebulon B Frigate, and the Outrider. Unfortunately, the Gungan Sub did not make the cut. We have a lot of heart for the series ourselves - it is amazing to reflect back on the 5-1/2 year run of this line and the incredible number of cool ships that were brought out. We are proud of it and feel it was a tremendous line, but we just couldn't keep it active any longer since the large development cost, the need for a lot of items to maintain retail productivity (an outcome of having a smaller but passionate fan base), and high cost of goods are all factors that could not be addressed for a healthy line. Aside from perhaps an improved cost of goods, an all-plastic vehicle line would not solve the problem either, since tooling costs are the same for plastic or metal, we would still need to introduce a ton of designs, and it would not necessarily attract a larger audience for Titanium. It's something we'll be exploring, though. It's important that we continue to work on ways to bring out the most exciting Star Wars vehicle lineup we can.

SSG: With the nifty Build-a-Droid line, every basic figure gets a little bio paragraph on the card except the actual build-a-figure droids themselves. Some of these BAF droids are made up by Hasbro (or are they unknown designs made up by Lucasfilm, we don't know) and have no backstories at all, while others are from comics, novels, even tertiary characters in the movies. Might Hasbro add a section to their website explaining to casual collectors who these droids are, both in-universe and even behind-the-scenes info, and perhaps make up bios for the characters new to the line? This would be win-win, fans would get more nifty bios about their figures, and Hasbro would get more interaction between the figures and their site.
Hasbro: We did not create any of the droids in the Droid Factory lineup - they have all come from Lucasfilm entertainment reference, with names supplied by Lucasfilm in the event that a particular figure had yet to be named or had been named by fans but not yet given the official Lucasfilm designation. That's a great idea about given each of their bios a day in the sun. We have some new plans on how to market the droids themselves a little better, especially since we'll be phasing out the confusing "GH" designation for repacked figures in favor of a continuous BD-series code. As a result, we are going to create virtual guide maps to collecting the parts from new/refresh of repack/carry-forward figures. The way we are creating the waves has not changed, with either 6 or 8 new figures, just the way we are labeling some of them is changing. Thanks for the suggestion - it's a great idea.

SSG: Given that we have a number of figures from SW: Purge (Bultar Swan, Tsui Choi, Koffi Arana, and of course, Darth Vader), does Hasbro plan to complete the remaining Jedi figures from that story - Roblio Darte, Sia-Lan Wezz, Ma'kis'shaalas, and Jasus Farr - at some point in the foreseeable future?
Hasbro: An excellent question. The answer, though, is probably not. Unless we do a multi-pack of figures where we could get extensive re-use of existing characters, it's very unlikely that we'd tool up these characters on their own. That's one of the inherent challenges with the EU - there are so many great and interesting choices, especially with Jedi, that we can only cover so many in a given year. A good example is the Republic comic series, during the Clone Wars era - each issue is literally a treasure trove of great heroes (and villains) but we simply can't do as many as we like as fast as we'd like in one area. Over time, we just hope to be able to continue to delve into these great veins and systematically tackle an occasional one in a particular series. We'll take a look at the Purge Jedi once more, and if they fit something we're doing theme-wise, and can get them tooled, we'll certainly consider it.

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And our questions at CollectionStation.com (http://www.collectionstation.com/groups/view/Star-Wars/Official-Hasbro-Star-Wars-Q-A-for-512009_50):


If you had to guess, shoot-from-the-hip style, what percentage of Star Wars would you guess Hasbro has covered with the existing 3.75" line? Obviously the EU has a much wider number of characters, vehicles, and settings to address, so you can pick and choose which sources you'd like to answer for - e.g., "out of just movies & tv" or "out of movies, tv, video games, and recent DH comics", whatever works for you. But with so many main characters and even secondary and tertiary characters getting the action figure treatment, how far does Hasbro think they've taken the brand over the last decade?
With Titanium Series ending, the opportunities for re-releasing popular and hard-to-find tools is getting quite short. With that in mind, might you be able to shoehorn re-releases of some of those popular, hard-to-find pieces like the Droid Gunship, Mon Calamari Cruiser, Trade Federation Landing Craft, Rogue Shadow, and Hailfire Droid into the last few waves (perhaps through revision cases) to make sure collectors are as best served as possible, rather than letting the Titaniums' ending serve only scalpers?
While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.

JediTricks
05-01-2009, 07:10 PM
It kills me that both of the Titaniums questions we just sent in have been partly answered here. I knew it was possible, but I was just so ramped up that I let the risk go. Oh well, we have some new knowledge, and a fairly good set of answers.

Ando
05-01-2009, 07:14 PM
I really like the Titaniums and have purchased a few here and there over the years, so I will miss seeing new ones that interest me.

I am glad we will see an Outrider, as it happens to be my most favorite "Hero" ship in the SW universe besides the Millenium Falcon.

I am also curious to see this all new Republic Gunship they mentioned.

Beast
05-01-2009, 07:16 PM
It kills me that both of the Titaniums questions we just sent in have been partly answered here. I knew it was possible, but I was just so ramped up that I let the risk go. Oh well, we have some new knowledge, and a fairly good set of answers.
Don't feel bad. Two of the Marvel questions I sent ended up getting partially wasted also.

Since pre-order information showed up at online shops for the products asked about.

JediTricks
05-01-2009, 07:37 PM
CS questions are up.

I wish they had given us a rough "we've done 85% of the movies" statement rather than avoid that answer and gives us their technical take, but they made a compelling argument for why at least.


I'm really happy they are listening on the white deco situation, hopefully that pays out soon.


My guess is the new gunship will be the CW style with no mid-door in the front and fully closed back doors.

pegger
05-03-2009, 04:29 PM
I'm bummed about the Bongo being dropped from the Titaniums. Looks like we will never get it.

DarkJedi5
05-04-2009, 10:27 AM
Hey guys, I know RS does a round up for the Q&A with a lot of the other sites that participate but I know they miss some too so I wanted to see if we couldn't put together a list of all the sites that do a Q&A. Here's what I've got so far:

Bantha Skull
CollectStation (of course)
Creature Cantina
Han's Hideout
Jedi Defender
Jedi Insider
Jedi News.co.uk
Jedi Temple Archives
Raving Toy Maniac
Rebelscum
Sandtroopers
Sir Steve's Guide (of course again)
SWCollector
TheJawa
The Private Universe
Yakface
Yoda's News

So what am I missing?

pegger
05-04-2009, 10:44 AM
snowtroopers.ca

Cane_Adiss
05-04-2009, 11:59 AM
mousedroid.com

Cane_Adiss
05-04-2009, 12:01 PM
Was glad they at least told us what new ships were coming in Titanium, even though I'll only buy the Outrider (possibly). I love SOTE but was more than a little disappointed by the Virago.

Odd that they haven't done more from the clone wars cartoon. Would've really liked to see that Trident! Sad about the Gungan Bongo too.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-04-2009, 02:20 PM
They said on the Rebelscum Q&A that the Ewok in the upcoming Endor Battle Pack is Warok. Awesome! One closer to finishing the old line.

DarkJedi5
05-04-2009, 06:17 PM
snowtroopers.ca


mousedroid.com

It doesn't look like either of those sites have even sent in questions in a long while. Just goes to show how fortunate we are to have JT managing all of this for us!

JediTricks
05-04-2009, 07:37 PM
I'm bummed about the Bongo being dropped from the Titaniums. Looks like we will never get it.Yeah, I can't believe after 9 years it got so close and then slipped through our fingers yet again.



Hey guys, I know RS does a round up for the Q&A with a lot of the other sites that participate but I know they miss some too so I wanted to see if we couldn't put together a list of all the sites that do a Q&A. Here's what I've got so far:



Bantha Skull
CollectStation (of course)
Creature Cantina
Han's Hideout
Jedi Defender
Jedi Insider
Jedi News.co.uk
Jedi Temple Archives
Raving Toy Maniac
Rebelscum
Sandtroopers
Sir Steve's Guide (of course again)
SWCollector
TheJawa
The Private Universe
Yakface
Yoda's News


So what am I missing?
Mousedroid.com, GalacticHunter.com, SnowTroopers.ca, SWactionNews.com, and ImperialShipyards.com. I am unsure if ActionFigs.com will be participating again in the future, originally the plan was yes but so far nothing has come of that.

SWactionNews is a podcasting site and not included in my roundup.

SnowTroopers.ca was originally only doing Hasbro Canada's program, but it seems as if they are part of the US program now. They stopped updating their news, so I stopped checking them. In fact, they are still participating, just posting the responses in their forums alone, and naturally are still very Canada-oriented questions. I will begin covering them in this round.



It doesn't look like either of those sites have even sent in questions in a long while. Just goes to show how fortunate we are to have JT managing all of this for us!Mousedroid last participated back on Feb 27th. SnowTroopers.ca is actually still participating albeit in a low-key manner, they just stopped updating their news and drop them into the forums complete with email marks and wrapped text, which makes it a little difficult to figure out.

Blue2th
05-04-2009, 10:46 PM
Hasbro didn't completely rule out more of the Micro Series characters. So there's hope. If they're going to do Fordo they might as well do the rest of the Muunilist 10, and ahem the Arc Pilots.

YodasNews.com: Will we ever see more Clone Wars Figures based on the 2004 Cartoon Network's Clone Wars Series in Realistic Style?

Hasbro: Beyond L8-L9, who is a buildable droid in one of this year's Legacy Collection waves, we don't have any more figures lined up. We would never say never, the focus has been on the new Clone Wars series. It's possible we could do one or more here or there - Fordo comes to mind as an important one yet to do - but we just have not slotted him into a figure lineup yet.

pegger
05-04-2009, 11:30 PM
It doesn't look like either of those sites have even sent in questions in a long while. Just goes to show how fortunate we are to have JT managing all of this for us!

You have scroll down. Here's the link (http://www.snowtroopers.ca/forum/index.php?topic=19413.0) to this month's answers on Snowtroopers.

Darth Jax
05-05-2009, 12:46 AM
YodasNews.com: Will we ever see more Clone Wars Figures based on the 2004 Cartoon Network's Clone Wars Series in Realistic Style?

Hasbro: Beyond L8-L9, who is a buildable droid in one of this year's Legacy Collection waves, we don't have any more figures lined up. We would never say never, the focus has been on the new Clone Wars series. It's possible we could do one or more here or there - Fordo comes to mind as an important one yet to do - but we just have not slotted him into a figure lineup yet.

i don't really understand their answer. since Fordo was released as part of the Hunt for Grievous battle pack previously, does this indicate they are looking to release him on a single card?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-05-2009, 12:54 AM
i don't really understand their answer. since Fordo was released as part of the Hunt for Grievous battle pack previously, does this indicate they are looking to release him on a single card?
They mean Fordo from the Battle of Coruscant scenes near the end of the series, in the phase II armor.


Hasbro didn't completely rule out more of the Micro Series characters. So there's hope. If they're going to do Fordo they might as well do the rest of the Muunilist 10, and ahem the Arc Pilots.
We already have tons of ARC Troopers; what's the difference between them and the Muunilinst 10?

Darth Metalmute
05-06-2009, 02:00 PM
What is the "worst-kept secret" set including Wedge?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-06-2009, 02:07 PM
What is the "worst-kept secret" set including Wedge?
He's coming with his X-wing, astromech droid, and a few ladders.

Droid
05-06-2009, 02:40 PM
Has anyone heard what Hasbro's answer was to the Sim Aloo question the other sight asked, but that you can only get the answer to if you listen to their show?

JediTricks
05-06-2009, 02:46 PM
Has anyone heard what Hasbro's answer was to the Sim Aloo question the other sight asked, but that you can only get the answer to if you listen to their show?
No, but if you hum a few bars... ;)

Hasbro will post the text of that Q&A next week, if you can't bring yourself to listen to their podcast.

DarkJedi5
05-06-2009, 03:30 PM
Has anyone heard what Hasbro's answer was to the Sim Aloo question the other sight asked, but that you can only get the answer to if you listen to their show?

I kind of listened to it to see what the answer was and they said wait til Comic Con. They also dropped a hint that Sate Pestage might be the next Imp Dignitary cause he's got a major role in the Rogue Squadron series. But don't quote me on it, like I said, I didn't really listen too closely. I found their show outright terrible between mispronunciations and just wrong information (they said the Jabba and Scramble on Yavin bps were Target exclusives).

Darth Metalmute
05-06-2009, 03:30 PM
He's coming with his X-wing, astromech droid, and a few ladders.

Thanks,
The way they answered that question made me think that it would be a unique vehicle, like a XJ series or a Stealth X........:ermm:

Darth Jax
05-06-2009, 07:49 PM
I found their show outright terrible between mispronunciations and just wrong information (they said the Jabba and Scramble on Yavin bps were Target exclusives).

i've only seen them at target, haven't seen any on the shelves at WM