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JediTricks
07-01-2009, 03:39 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 August 3rd. Keep in mind that your votes in round 70 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=684753#post684753).

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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- On the Toy Fair and SDCC slideshow image for the Walmart Droid Factory 2-packs, the Boba Fett shown with BL-17 is the Evolutions version right down to the missing emblem on his chest. However, the actual figure as appeared in stores recently is a reuse of the Holiday Special figure that is a different paint and body altogether. Why the switcheroo, and will you be releasing that Evo Boba Fett WITH the proper chest emblem in another outlet anytime soon?
- In ye olden days, playsets were keen, but MICRO-scale playsets were really where it was at. Old-skool fans still to this day fondly remember Kenner's expansive Micro Collection series. And Galoob put themselves on the map in the mid-'90s with nearly 30 different creative, clever, fun Micro Machines playsets. Granted, Hasbro's stance on playsets for the 3.75" market is abundantly clear in that there's no mass market left there, but has any thought been put into playsets for the ongoing Galactic Heroes line? The brand's cute little styling could translate very well to playsets, and the brand has legs with both kids and collectors. Collectors love to put figures in context, and kids can always use environments to structure play patterns. The cardboard "playsets" from the recent battle packs are nifty, but kids play rough and cardboard doesn't take much abuse. Competitor Fisher-Price's Imaginext line has tons of creative and fun playsets around the same scale as G. Heroes which some kids have repurposed into Star Wars environments such as Jabba's Sail Barge from the pirate ship. So what about actual playsets for Galactic Heroes?
- Understanding that new tooling costs are a major prohibitive factor in creating playsets, has the Hasbro SW team considered digging out the original GI Joe Headquarters playset tooling to repurpose for the Clone Wars line? Its design is generic sci-fi enough that without resculpting it could pass as a Republic base - such as Rishi Station from "Rookiees" - with simply a different sticker sheet for the control panels. It has a landing pad, a hallway/garage for BARC Speeders, and basic features that keep costs down but fit Clone Wars play patterns. So, any thought given to this idea before? If not, what do you think, and what would its chances be?
- The end of the Titanium era has brought much dismay to collectors, not simply because of the grim unlikelihood for the future behind the "hiatus" status, but also because it leaves many great ships nearly impossible to find. Many Titaniums that saw limited releases or worse and were expected to get re-released in the future are now going to be mythical at best, such as the Gungan Bongo Sub (now doomed to be postponed into eternity), Trade Federation Landing Craft, Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, Rogue Shadow, Luke Skywalker's X-wing (Sculpt 2), AOTC Naboo Royal Cruiser, Droid Gunship, Hailfire Droid, P-38 Magnaguard Starfighter, and more. What with the line's demise skunking the fans out of some great molds, would it be possible to get any sort of limited rereleases of these incredibly difficult to acquire treasures - and the ones that almost made it such as the Bongo - as HasbroToyShop exclusives? If not, why not? Isn't seeing ANY financial return on molds that haven't made their money back better than no return at all?
- Resculpts and Clone Wars outfits notwithstanding, there are 20 new outfits for Padme Amidala that you could still produce, and nine years left until your license expires. That said, what's your plan for our favorite queen-turned-senator? Relatively lackluster sales of Breha Organa, another regal female character, might point to a lack of interest in new Padme outfits; there's also the fact that many of the costumes are similar to one another in style and color, particularly her many dark blue and purple ROTS robes. However, when released in cautious numbers, Padme can fully sell through and satiate collectors. Do you plan on making all of her outfits over the course of the line? If not, then how many more do you think we can expect to see, and which ones are most likely?
- Mace Windu has been represented in action figure form for 11 years now, and a large portion of those figures were released with some unique, non-standard aspect. Mace has been the first "sneak peek" and a mail-away in the modern line, the first hard-shell "choco" robe, AOTC had a deluxe before basic which has a smiling face and a second figure, AOTC basic had the screaming face, 2003 AOTC basic had the "ultimate lightsaber control" stick gimmick, ROTS had the Force Lightning throw-off gimmick, and now the Clone Wars version with removable armor and saber-swinging waist. While there have been a few normal Mace figures, and even a super-articulated one finally, it seems as if Mace Windu has been tapped by Hasbro to be the sculpting and gimmick guinea pig. Is this pattern intentional, do you think he can't sell without these sorts of things, is it just happenstance, or does someone there subliminally not realize they keep picking Mace to be the test guy?
- In this year's SDCC slideshow presentation, you previewed the first Knights of the Old Republic comic-pack, which features Rohlan Dyre and Jarael. Why though is the series main protagonist Zayne not included in the first KOTOR pack? Any chance we will be seeing him released soon after that pack, or at least at some point?
- In The Force Unleashed, Admiral Ozzik Sturn piloted an AT-KT (All Terrain Kashyyyk Transport) in a boss battle against our hero and the enslaved Wookiees. The AT-KT is merely a heavier-armed version of the AT-ST. Now that we have a new AT-ST coming out, might Hasbro be willing to do a modified version for the AT-KT as well?
- At some point during SDCC, photos were taken of a second Utai figure standing near the Utai Varactyl Wrangler figure on display during the rest of the show and the slideshow panel, however there was no mention of this figure anywhere and it wasn't shown during the main display. This second Utai has a stockier head, different deco, and no headgear. What is the deal with this Utai, will it be released as a running change, has it been cut, and could we get a clearer photo of this figure?
- With the inclusion of alternate "sitting" legs for the new Slave Leia, it reminds us all that Oola hasn't had an update in over a decade, and could also use legs to sit next to Jabba. Any chance of getting a new Oola with similar alternate sitting legs so she could sit on the Jabba's dais we all hope you'll make soon?
- On the new red & white cards for Legacy Collection, the character photos in the upper corner are rather bizarre works this time around and lead to several questions. Why are so many of the characters holding their weapons near their faces for the images? Some sabers and guns make sense, but other accessories look odd like on the Gungan Warrior card. A few are out of scale, like Slave Leia's vibro-staff. And why are some characters using images from other movies, like Sidious Hologram using a picture from ROTJ, or Luke Jedi using an ANH likeness, or Romba altered to sub for Paploo? And what is with the "artist's interpretation" image for Malakili that looks like an oil painting? While these might seem like minor nitpicks, after a few years of quality card character art, these really stand out and take the line back a few steps. Doesn't the line deserve better?
- There is some confusion for the tail end of the Titanium Series line, what with the wave numbers and date cards shown at SDCC. The Mist Hunter is showing up in retailers' computers in wave 10, while your slide show says the previous wave that should have hit shelves before it in late July and includes 3 new tools - the Republic Gunship, Punishing One, and the Malevolence - is nowhere to be found in retailers computers, nor is the wave after the Mist Hunter with the Outrider and Nebulon B frigate. Where does this confusion lie, and will those sets actually get released or will they get lost the way the Gungan Sub and Basestar did? If they are still on track for release, what are those waves and when are they slated for?

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

DarkJedi5
07-01-2009, 04:25 PM
4, 9 and 13.

JediTricks
07-01-2009, 04:40 PM
By the way, it was super close in the last round, the last 2 available slots had a 5-way tie. I ended up breaking the tie using 2 methods, the first being the oldest question in the list, and the second being the question that covered ground that hadn't been covered in the other questions.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-01-2009, 11:35 PM
What were the other almost-but-not-quite questions?

JediTricks
07-02-2009, 02:32 AM
What were the other almost-but-not-quite questions?Now known as questions 10, 11, and 12, ironically (they weren't together last round). I had a REALLY hard time not using 12, but since it doesn't involve a new item or a tooling scheduling issue, and we've been on them non-stop about Titaniums since the announcement, it didn't seem fair to pick it over a vehicle and a CW question.

Darth Marco
07-02-2009, 08:36 AM
My votes for now is 2,11, and 13.

With Hasbro's solution to slim down the collector oriented action figures for the Legacy Collection , will that affect any popular ones. For example, comic packs with Darth Krayt/Sigel Dare or the first ever Yuuzhan Vong/Kyle Katarn who I assume will be popular and sold out in some areas; Will they change there option with the popular figures and make more to accomodate demand?

Cane_Adiss
07-02-2009, 11:03 AM
4, 8, 13 for now.

Darth Metalmute
07-02-2009, 12:31 PM
4,8,10, and 12.

LTBasker
07-02-2009, 04:48 PM
2. - 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?
6. - 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?
7. - 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?
10. - In ye olden days, playsets were keen, but MICRO-scale playsets were really where it was at. Old-skool fans still to this day fondly remember Kenner's expansive Micro Collection series. And Galoob put themselves on the map in the mid-'90s with nearly 30 different creative, clever, fun Micro Machines playsets. Granted, Hasbro's stance on playsets for the 3.75" market is abundantly clear in that there's no mass market left there, but has any thought been put into playsets for the ongoing Galactic Heroes line? The brand's cute little styling could translate very well to playsets, and the brand has legs with both kids and collectors. Collectors love to put figures in context, and kids can always use environments to structure play patterns. The cardboard "playsets" from the recent battle packs are nifty, but kids play rough and cardboard doesn't take much abuse. Competitor Fisher-Price's Imaginext line has tons of creative and fun playsets around the same scale as G. Heroes which some kids have repurposed into Star Wars environments such as Jabba's Sail Barge from the pirate ship. So what about actual playsets for Galactic Heroes?
11. - Understanding that new tooling costs are a major prohibitive factor in creating playsets, has the Hasbro SW team considered digging out the original GI Joe Headquarters playset tooling to repurpose for the Clone Wars line? Its design is generic sci-fi enough that without resculpting it could pass as a Republic base - such as Rishi Station from "Rookiees" - with simply a different sticker sheet for the control panels. It has a landing pad, a hallway/garage for BARC Speeders, and basic features that keep costs down but fit Clone Wars play patterns. So, any thought given to this idea before? If not, what do you think, and what would its chances be?
12. - The end of the Titanium era has brought much dismay to collectors, not simply because of the grim unlikelihood for the future behind the "hiatus" status, but also because it leaves many great ships nearly impossible to find. Many Titaniums that saw limited releases or worse and were expected to get re-released in the future are now going to be mythical at best, such as the Gungan Bongo Sub (now doomed to be postponed into eternity), Trade Federation Landing Craft, Anakin's Podracer, Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, Rogue Shadow, Luke Skywalker's X-wing (Sculpt 2), AOTC Naboo Royal Cruiser, Droid Gunship, Hailfire Droid, P-38 Magnaguard Starfighter, and more. What with the line's demise skunking the fans out of some great molds, would it be possible to get any sort of limited rereleases of these incredibly difficult to acquire treasures - and the ones that almost made it such as the Bongo - as HasbroToyShop exclusives? If not, why not? Isn't seeing ANY financial return on molds that haven't made their money back better than no return at all?

CoachD
07-02-2009, 06:16 PM
question 10

LTBasker
07-02-2009, 09:15 PM
Quick note: you can remove Anakin's Podracer from the list in question #12. Didn't know it was being rereleased, but I found it tonight in the new packaging.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-04-2009, 01:44 PM
Possible new question:

*Throughout his ten years of action figure representation, Mace Windu almost always seems to have been released with some form of unique gimmick. There's the mail-away sneak preview 1998 version, the deluxe 2002 deluxe set with a battle droid, the myriad versions with bizarre facial expressions, the "total control" 2003 version, the 2005 version with the electricity shawl, and now the Clone Wars version, which is seemingly the only basic figure with a built-in, non-removable action feature (aside from the first Yoda). While there have been more neutral Mace figures as well, it seems like the majority of them have included something outside the norm for Star Wars figures. Why is this, exactly? Do you not think Mace would sell without these extra incentives, or is it that he would sell regardless, and he's the test character for possible new features? Or, perhaps, is it all just a big coincidence?

It's not very well-written, but I think you can tell what I mean. I tried to cushion it against the fact that there have also been a few non-gimmick Mace figures, but the Clone Wars version with the lightsaber attack reminded me that most of our Maces have been a little odd.

JediTricks
07-04-2009, 04:44 PM
What is the action feature in CW Mace? I hadn't heard about this, and don't see a forums post on it.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-05-2009, 01:22 AM
It's Swinging Lightsaber Action (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/plugins/p17_image_gallery/popup.php?categoryid=3&p17_sectionid=350&p17_imageid=2334), evidently. I assume it's like the leg-squeezing stuff from the ROTS line; I wondered if they were testing the waters to see if people would accept those in this line.

cffalztar
07-05-2009, 08:06 PM
Any plans to do a Boba Fett (evolutions) fig like we saw with Jango in a recently released wave?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-05-2009, 11:18 PM
Any plans to do a Boba Fett (evolutions) fig like we saw with Jango in a recently released wave?
Boba Fett was released in the same Evolutions set as the Jango originally was; they're re-releasing the figure within the next few months as part of a Walmart Droid Factory set.

mtriv73
07-07-2009, 07:52 AM
Possible new question. It's kind of a follow up to the figure switching question. We'll probably know the answer by the time comic-con rolls around, but I still think it would be good to bring it to Hasbro's attention.

Build-a droid parts. Most of us absolutely love them. Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous people out there love them a little too much and are stealing them from the cards in brick and mortar stores at an alarming rate. I haven't seen the Empire Strikes back wave with the parts still present in over a month. Bringing this to the attention of the employees does get the damaged goods cleared, but the problem persists as soon as the shelves are restocked. Is there any way you could bury these parts a little deeper in the packaging to deter this theft and keep a few bad apples from frustrating the rest of us?

DarkJedi5
07-07-2009, 10:37 AM
Possible new question. It's kind of a follow up to the figure switching question. We'll probably know the answer by the time comic-con rolls around, but I still think it would be good to bring it to Hasbro's attention.

Build-a droid parts. Most of us absolutely love them. Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous people out there love them a little too much and are stealing them from the cards in brick and mortar stores at an alarming rate. I haven't seen the Empire Strikes back wave with the parts still present in over a month. Bringing this to the attention of the employees does get the damaged goods cleared, but the problem persists as soon as the shelves are restocked. Is there any way you could bury these parts a little deeper in the packaging to deter this theft and keep a few bad apples from frustrating the rest of us?

I noticed on the AOTC wave that they have a slightly new way of securing the droid parts in place. If you haven't opened anything from this wave yourself, basically what they're doing now is the plastic flap that goes between the card cutout and the droid piece now wraps around the outside edge and is taped so that it's more difficult to get the piece without mangling the card.

I have no idea what the new card design will do about the droid parts but it's possible that they carry forward the new security measures.

mtriv73
07-07-2009, 01:16 PM
I noticed on the AOTC wave that they have a slightly new way of securing the droid parts in place. If you haven't opened anything from this wave yourself, basically what they're doing now is the plastic flap that goes between the card cutout and the droid piece now wraps around the outside edge and is taped so that it's more difficult to get the piece without mangling the card.

I have no idea what the new card design will do about the droid parts but it's possible that they carry forward the new security measures.

Thanks, for the info. If they're doing something about it then they're aware of the problem and that's really what I was looking for.

sebillba
07-07-2009, 01:32 PM
A new potential question, in response to one of the answers over at RS (http://www.rebelscum.com/story/front/Hasbros_73rd_STAR_WARS_QA_The_Answers_123500.asp). ....

In a recent Q&A, you stated that a Ben Quadinaros figure is "off the table". Does this mean that Ben will never see figure form, and fans will have no chance of completing the line-up of on-screen podracers? If that is the case, what is the reasoning behind this? Is it because you feel that the character is too cartoony and not inkeeping with the classic Star Wars look? Or is it that he would not make a feasible action figure, since his spindly legs may not support his large head? Or something else entirely? Whatever the reason, this seems a shame, since, love him or hate him, Ben was one of the more prominent and distinctive characters seen in the podrace sequence, with a relatively big chunk of screentime.

DarkJedi5
07-07-2009, 01:35 PM
I agree with Sebillba. If that question makes it past JT than it's got my vote.

Darth Marco
07-07-2009, 01:44 PM
A new potential question, in response to one of the answers over at RS (http://www.rebelscum.com/story/front/Hasbros_73rd_STAR_WARS_QA_The_Answers_123500.asp). ....

In a recent Q&A, you stated that a Ben Quadinaros figure is "off the table". Does this mean that Ben will never see figure form, and fans will have no chance of completing the line-up of on-screen podracers? If that is the case, what is the reasoning behind this? Is it because you feel that the character is too cartoony and not inkeeping with the classic Star Wars look? Or is it that he would not make a feasible action figure, since his spindly legs may not support his large head? Or something else entirely? Whatever the reason, this seems a shame, since, love him or hate him, Ben was one of the more prominent and distinctive characters seen in the podrace sequence, with a relatively big chunk of screentime.

I will second this question. Knowing that little kids might like this Ben in figure form like my daughter, I will llike to see him in figure form in the future. Hope that is what Hasbro meant, that now is "off the table" but could be in the line to finish the podracers line.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-07-2009, 02:50 PM
I think they were just referring to putting Ben on a vintage cardback, but I could be wrong.

sonofsokol
07-08-2009, 01:23 PM
#10 please... I love the new Galactic Heroes stuff.

Cane_Adiss
07-08-2009, 02:52 PM
Please add Sebillba's question about Ben Quadinaros and put a vote down for me! Of all the podracers, you think Hasbro would do this one since he has dialogue and the kids would probably recognize him. No matter what he looks like.

Same with Jocasta - to a lesser extent. Just give her a lightsaber and make it look like she's holding one on the packaging image. She'd sell at least as well as Breha or Stass Allie. Right?

JediTricks
07-09-2009, 10:03 PM
Quick note: you can remove Anakin's Podracer from the list in question #12. Didn't know it was being rereleased, but I found it tonight in the new packaging.Done.


It's Swinging Lightsaber Action (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/plugins/p17_image_gallery/popup.php?categoryid=3&p17_sectionid=350&p17_imageid=2334), evidently. I assume it's like the leg-squeezing stuff from the ROTS line; I wondered if they were testing the waters to see if people would accept those in this line.I see. He's a popular character, I don't think it's anything more than that, but I guess I can add the question. Do me a favor first and list what unique aspects are on the ones you cited, I get that the '98 one was the first choco-shell fig, but I don't really want to figure out what makes the deluxe version different from the other Saga Deluxes at that time, nor the others.


Any plans to do a Boba Fett (evolutions) fig like we saw with Jango in a recently released wave?


Boba Fett was released in the same Evolutions set as the Jango originally was; they're re-releasing the figure within the next few months as part of a Walmart Droid Factory set.I think he means how they're single-carding Jango, they could single-card Boba. As you point out, that tool is being used in the Droid Factory set, but let's wait and see if there's anything else shown at SDCC before asking for that figure single carded. If we did, it'd be a good place to ask for a few touch-ups like the paint app on the chest problem and the shoulder emblem is too small and out of place due to the articulation.



Possible new question. It's kind of a follow up to the figure switching question. We'll probably know the answer by the time comic-con rolls around, but I still think it would be good to bring it to Hasbro's attention.

Build-a droid parts. Most of us absolutely love them. Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous people out there love them a little too much and are stealing them from the cards in brick and mortar stores at an alarming rate. I haven't seen the Empire Strikes back wave with the parts still present in over a month. Bringing this to the attention of the employees does get the damaged goods cleared, but the problem persists as soon as the shelves are restocked. Is there any way you could bury these parts a little deeper in the packaging to deter this theft and keep a few bad apples from frustrating the rest of us?I haven't seen this or even heard other collectors complain about it. I think their original answer holds fast, and in either event, with new packaging about to hit for those parts, it seems like the wrong time to bring it up.


A new potential question, in response to one of the answers over at RS (http://www.rebelscum.com/story/front/Hasbros_73rd_STAR_WARS_QA_The_Answers_123500.asp). ....

In a recent Q&A, you stated that a Ben Quadinaros figure is "off the table". Does this mean that Ben will never see figure form, and fans will have no chance of completing the line-up of on-screen podracers? If that is the case, what is the reasoning behind this? Is it because you feel that the character is too cartoony and not inkeeping with the classic Star Wars look? Or is it that he would not make a feasible action figure, since his spindly legs may not support his large head? Or something else entirely? Whatever the reason, this seems a shame, since, love him or hate him, Ben was one of the more prominent and distinctive characters seen in the podrace sequence, with a relatively big chunk of screentime.They've addressed him in the past, it's not that he's a figure they aren't allowed to make, it's one they wouldn't want to do.


Please add Sebillba's question about Ben Quadinaros and put a vote down for me! Of all the podracers, you think Hasbro would do this one since he has dialogue and the kids would probably recognize him. No matter what he looks like.

Same with Jocasta - to a lesser extent. Just give her a lightsaber and make it look like she's holding one on the packaging image. She'd sell at least as well as Breha or Stass Allie. Right?I'm glad you mentioned Jocasta Nu because their answer addressed that too, so I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone by quoting it. But before I do, are you serious, your supporting argument is that she'll sell "at least as well as Breha [Organa]"? Because that's not exactly a popular figure right now, having contributed to the damage of the line's overall integrity that we're currently suffering. Anyway, here's Hasbro's answer from Sept 26th 2008:
GalacticHunter.com: [Hypothetically] The Powers That Be come to you (the team) and say, "Your next wave is your last wave (of figures). You have no restrictions on characters or budget." Whom would you make? (We know they'd never do that, but let's pretend it's Project Star Wars on Bravo TV.)
Hasbro: This question has two possible answers depending on our perspective, or, perhaps, our sense of humor. One possible answer is that we would go out with a bang - the best possible characters we could do to end on a high note… the best characters that we could not get to by the end of 2009. At this point, there are myriad possibilities and they would be characters that have not yet found their way into the lineup, coupled with a few of our Expanded Universe favorites (examples would include a selection of as-yet unmade Cantina and Jabba's Palace denizens, a number of The Force Unleashed characters including Proxy and Darth Phobos, intriguing Expanded Universe possibilities like Bastila Shan, Marasiah Fel, Valance, Skorr, Ben Skywalker, and others). On the other hand, our answer could easily be along the vein of "wow, it's been a great run, let's take this opportunity to do a lineup of characters that have been at the bottom of our list and which we thought we'd never do as long as better choices are available, turning off the light switch as we walk out." Candidates on this list include Jocasta Nu, Ackmena, Ben Quadinaros, and Jaxxon... among several others.
I doubt they'll explain exactly why in biting terms in an official Q&A, but if you make it to Comic-Con, it won't be hard to get some folks on the Hasbro team to say something about those guys. :p

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-10-2009, 12:43 AM
I see. He's a popular character, I don't think it's anything more than that, but I guess I can add the question. Do me a favor first and list what unique aspects are on the ones you cited, I get that the '98 one was the first choco-shell fig, but I don't really want to figure out what makes the deluxe version different from the other Saga Deluxes at that time, nor the others.

*1998, Sneak Preview - Only available as a mail-away figure, and it's the sneak preview version, so it's got two "special" things going for it
*1999, Episode I - Had the chocolate shell cloak (but so did Adi Gallia and Padawan Anakin the same year)
*2002, Deluxe - The first AOTC version released, a while before the basic one, had a second figure in the pack while most other early AOTC deluxe figures didn't, smiling face
*2002, Geonosian Rescue - Screaming face
*2003, Arena Confrontation - "Ultimate Lightsaber Control" action with the giant thing coming out of his back and through his chest (also smiling like 2002 deluxe)
*2003, Jedi High Council screen scene - Never sold alone, always in this set or in the set with the ROTS Jedi vs. Palpatine
*2004, Clone Wars - Both realistic and animated were pretty much par for the course
*2005, Force Combat - Has lightning effect that he's supposed to throw off
*2005, vs. Palpatine - Goofy face again
*2007, TAC - Super articulated and neutral (finally)
*2009, The Clone Wars - Lightsaber swinging action, the only action feature integrated into the figure itself since the first Yoda's rocket-firing sleeve

So, I dunno, maybe there's nothing, but I'd like to know why Mace always seems to be the guinea pig.

Cane_Adiss
07-10-2009, 10:26 AM
They've addressed him in the past, it's not that he's a figure they aren't allowed to make, it's one they wouldn't want to do.

I'm glad you mentioned Jocasta Nu because their answer addressed that too, so I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone by quoting it. But before I do, are you serious, your supporting argument is that she'll sell "at least as well as Breha [Organa]"? Because that's not exactly a popular figure right now, having contributed to the damage of the line's overall integrity that we're currently suffering. Anyway, here's Hasbro's answer from Sept 26th 2008:

GalacticHunter.com: [Hypothetically] The Powers That Be come to you (the team) and say, "Your next wave is your last wave (of figures). You have no restrictions on characters or budget." Whom would you make? (We know they'd never do that, but let's pretend it's Project Star Wars on Bravo TV.)
Hasbro: This question has two possible answers depending on our perspective, or, perhaps, our sense of humor. One possible answer is that we would go out with a bang - the best possible characters we could do to end on a high note… the best characters that we could not get to by the end of 2009. At this point, there are myriad possibilities and they would be characters that have not yet found their way into the lineup, coupled with a few of our Expanded Universe favorites (examples would include a selection of as-yet unmade Cantina and Jabba's Palace denizens, a number of The Force Unleashed characters including Proxy and Darth Phobos, intriguing Expanded Universe possibilities like Bastila Shan, Marasiah Fel, Valance, Skorr, Ben Skywalker, and others). On the other hand, our answer could easily be along the vein of "wow, it's been a great run, let's take this opportunity to do a lineup of characters that have been at the bottom of our list and which we thought we'd never do as long as better choices are available, turning off the light switch as we walk out." Candidates on this list include Jocasta Nu, Ackmena, Ben Quadinaros, and Jaxxon... among several others.
I doubt they'll explain exactly why in biting terms in an official Q&A, but if you make it to Comic-Con, it won't be hard to get some folks on the Hasbro team to say something about those guys. :p

I wasn't asking a question about Jocasta nu, i was just supporting Sebillba's question about Quadinaros. Hasbro's never given a good reason why they don't WANT to do him and that was his question. I think Hasbro should give a better explanation of their stance regarding Ben Quadinaros. In many peoples opinions he's just as legitimate a character as the rest of the podrace lineup.

El Chuxter
07-10-2009, 11:17 AM
Funny how they'll make all this effort to communicate with fans, find out they want Ben Quadinaros, then say, "Screw you guys! We want to make the fifth Bossk figure instead!"

sebillba
07-11-2009, 05:00 AM
I wasn't asking a question about Jocasta nu, i was just supporting Sebillba's question about Quadinaros. Hasbro's never given a good reason why they don't WANT to do him and that was his question. I think Hasbro should give a better explanation of their stance regarding Ben Quadinaros. In many peoples opinions he's just as legitimate a character as the rest of the podrace lineup.

Thanks Cane, I didn't get round to replying myself yesterday, but I do think it's still a valid question, which has already garnered some interest and support here. Ok, so they've said BQ will never see figure form, but is it because they don't like the cartoony look of him, or is it more to do with the mechanics of a durable figure?

There's obviously someone over at RS who's been campaigning for him, so maybe it would help to let them see other sites are keen to see him made. And if it is a question of aesthetics, maybe we could put a spin on that, and point out that he wouldn't just appeal to podrace collectors, but kids, and fans of the animated CW figures would also be attracted to buying him.

Maerj2000
07-11-2009, 09:38 AM
I wasn't asking a question about Jocasta nu, i was just supporting Sebillba's question about Quadinaros. Hasbro's never given a good reason why they don't WANT to do him and that was his question. I think Hasbro should give a better explanation of their stance regarding Ben Quadinaros. In many peoples opinions he's just as legitimate a character as the rest of the podrace lineup.

The first time I saw TPM I said I wanted a figure of Ben Quadrinaros! I thought that he was funny, plus I could relate to him because of his problems with his vehicle. :(

Did anyone else notice that Hasbro seems to be a little more cordial to the other websites questions? Sometime they seem to be a bit snappy with SSG, IMO.

Ando
07-14-2009, 06:29 PM
Forgive my ignorance on the topic, but why won't Hasbro do a Ben Quadinaros figure?

sebillba
07-15-2009, 01:48 AM
Forgive my ignorance on the topic, but why won't Hasbro do a Ben Quadinaros figure?

That's what I'm trying to ask!

Darth Marco
07-15-2009, 07:50 AM
I have to support Sebillba question on, "why won't Hasbro do a Ben Quadinaros figure?" Not that he will be another Yarna but I know that kids will love him too, especially my daughter she has seen TPM and laughs at the part that his vehicle breaks apart. I myself will like to see him in figure form. Hasbro has the team to do a figure of him that he could stand and sit without any problem or I think they have..

vger
07-16-2009, 09:39 PM
I vote for 1 and 11.

Cane_Adiss
07-18-2009, 09:34 AM
new question:

Because there are so many characters, both human and alien alike, populating the streets of Mos Eisley and the Cantina it would be impossible to produce figures of every named character that appears in these scenes. That being the case, could Hasbro provide us collectors with a list of those characters that Hasbro will eventually immortalize in plastic before you consider those scenes "complete"? And finally, could you possibly provide us a list like this for Jabba's Palace, and do you at least plan to get all the aliens from the palace made?

master J
07-24-2009, 03:54 PM
I have a new question:

After seeing the SDCC powerpoint presentation I noticed one thing was missing, what happened to the Visionaries Darth Maul with Robotic legs? He was featured in the SW Insider story months ago. Please tell me he is not cancelled?

Umbra
07-25-2009, 12:17 AM
I think i've asked something similar in the past, but with new info I figure to try again.

In the SDCC slide show you previewed the first Knights of the Old Republic comic pack, featureing Rohlan Dyre and Jareal. I was wondering why series main protagonist Zayne was not included in the first pack? Any chance we will be seeing him concurrently or at least at some point?

Bre77
07-26-2009, 07:48 AM
Thanks for posting my 'white witch' question last time, will still live in hope!

I have 2 questions:

1) Given that we have had the excellent battle of Endor, Hoth and scramble on yavin sets, is there any chance of getting command sets? For example Battle of Yavin Command could include new sculpt General Dodonna, rebel officer, repacked Princess Leia and droids but with a tactical table. The Home One Command set could include new sculpt Admiral Ackbar + chair, Mon Calamari Officer, repackaged Mon Motha, General Madine and a new command table with hologram Endor/ Death Star 2 (similar to the Geonosian Battle set).

2) Could the new AT-ST be modified as a vehicle for the Force Unleashed wave (especially given the news regarding the extended edition release) with a new Ozzik Sturm?

Thinking about it I wonder if Home One and Star Destroyer Bridge sets could be turned into a carry case design which opens out into the bridges of the two sides but would have kid appeal as a storage case when closed for figures.

Many thanks!

Bre77
07-26-2009, 08:05 AM
Sorry 1 more question following on from the storage case thought:

3) is there any reason why a large Jabba's sail barge couldn't be made that doubles as a carry case? This could be similar to the old Kenner Rebel Transport case but designed so that it has a pull out carry handle, pull out 'walk the plank feature' and has the ability to add the deck guns (possibly the ones from the old potf slave leia and Skiff guards packs) and the new Nikto gunner.

sebillba
07-26-2009, 03:16 PM
A new question....

One of the new figures revealed at SDCC is the Utai Varactyl Wrangler. A second Utai has been spotted lurking in the background of a group shot, this one being the shorter, stockier character sans headgear. However, this second Utai was not shown in the main display, the slideshow or the checklist poster - has it been shelved, or will it be released later in a running change like the Ugnaught and Hoth Rebel Soldier? And would it be possible to get a clearer photo of this figure please?

(Edit: This (http://www.superherohype.com/imageGallery/Comic-Con/Comic-Con_2009/Comic-Con_2009_72.jpg) is the photo I'm referring to, the second Utai is to the left of Death Star Luke - thanks to Droid for finding it.)

Darth Marco
07-27-2009, 09:56 AM
I think i've asked something similar in the past, but with new info I figure to try again.

In the SDCC slide show you previewed the first Knights of the Old Republic comic pack, featureing Rohlan Dyre and Jareal. I was wondering why series main protagonist Zayne was not included in the first pack? Any chance we will be seeing him concurrently or at least at some point?


I have to agree, Hasbro should have thought of doing the main character of KOTOR Zayne first before doing others. It would have been nice doing a Mandolorian character like Rohlan but with Zayne or Jareal with Zayne. Hope that they are planning to do Zayne in the future?

My question is, after seeing the sneek peek of 2010 Legacy comic pack with Delia Blue and Darth Nihl from Legacy#7, finishing the two legacy packs that Hasbro confirmed earlier this year; What will be the other two Legacy packs that Hasbro mention in a previous Q&A for 2010? Will they at least give us a hint or mention the comic#'s as they did for the other two?

Washingtonian
07-27-2009, 12:07 PM
Here's a new question:

After seeing the Comic Con presentation I have to say that I am a little disappointed that there are no signs of a salute to the 25th anniversary of Star Wars first big venture into the world of the TV series. As you probably know, 2010 marks 25 years since Ewoks and Droids first aired. Next came the original Clone Wars series, and now the popular new Clone Wars. Since Star Wars TV is so popular now, wouldn't it make sense to acknowledge the milestone in some way in the action figure line? I hope you have some plans for this brewing!

Darth Metalmute
07-27-2009, 12:48 PM
Here's a new question:

After seeing the Comic Con presentation I have to say that I am a little disappointed that there are no signs of a salute to the 25th anniversary of Star Wars first big venture into the world of the TV series. As you probably know, 2010 marks 25 years since Ewoks and Droids first aired. Next came the original Clone Wars series, and now the popular new Clone Wars. Since Star Wars TV is so popular now, wouldn't it make sense to acknowledge the milestone in some way in the action figure line? I hope you have some plans for this brewing!

Isn't the live action series due out in 2010? I'm surprised we didn't see a sneak peek figure from that.

Droid
07-28-2009, 11:57 AM
I have a couple of questions:

1. Will votes for the Tonnika Sisters be discounted in the new Fans Choice poll? Should each website encourage its members NOT to vote for the Tonnikas because the poll would in no way increase their likelihood of being made as figures?

2. I didn't used to think that Oola needed a resculpt until I saw the new Leia figure with the alternate legs. Has Hasbro considered making an Oola specifically sculpted so that she could sit on Jabba's throne?

DarkJedi5
07-28-2009, 12:31 PM
1. Will votes for the Tonnika Sisters be discounted in the new Fans Choice poll? Should each website encourage its members NOT to vote for the Tonnikas because the poll would in no way increase their likelihood of being made as figures?


Hey Droid, I like your question... what do you think about making it a little more general? Maybe ask Hasbro to come up with a concrete list of figures that there is no point in voting for because they cannot ever be made? This way we get to know what figures we will never see as well as straightening out the voting for the fan choice poll.

Droid
07-28-2009, 09:48 PM
Hey Droid, I like your question... what do you think about making it a little more general? Maybe ask Hasbro to come up with a concrete list of figures that there is no point in voting for because they cannot ever be made? This way we get to know what figures we will never see as well as straightening out the voting for the fan choice poll.

I predict that Hasbro will refuse to create a list of off limit figures. I think they will say they reserve the right not to make a figure, or that Lucasfilm has final approval on what gets made. I think that the Tonnikas are a special situation that I'd like to see specifically addressed. I would be fine with adding something like, "While we are on the topic, is there any other figure fans are advised their votes would be better used on another character?" I'm sure JediTricks will have some comments...

Maerj2000
07-29-2009, 08:03 PM
The actress Christine Hewett who played Brea Tonnika didn't have a problem as far as her likeness being made into a figure. Why not just make her figure?

They could do it for charity and have the proceeds go for cancer research, since she passed away from cancer.

Devo
07-29-2009, 10:34 PM
Why can't they just make the Tonnikas with generic faces, a deliberate effort to ensure the figure does not resemble the actresses like Hot Toys does with its 1/6th figures every time they run into trouble? Does the term 'likeness' for some reason also cover the entire outfits&hairstyles when it comes to Star Wars characters? Whats the problem anyway, at this scale even a genuine attempt to achieve a facial resemblance can come off as unrecogniseable.

In any case I can live without the Tonnikas. I don't really get the fascination with them. Theres plenty of other cantina denizens to get through, really a surprisingly large amount considering how many Hasbro have done now. It frustrates me how many there still are in fact, and at least some cantina slots in the near future are probably going to be taken up by resculpts of Evazan and ponda baba (the former badly needed, the latter not so much).

JediTricks
07-30-2009, 03:39 PM
Questions 14 - 18 added.

We have a new deadline for this round, August 3rd.


*1998, Sneak Preview - Only available as a mail-away figure, and it's the sneak preview version, so it's got two "special" things going for it
*1999, Episode I - Had the chocolate shell cloak (but so did Adi Gallia and Padawan Anakin the same year)
*2002, Deluxe - The first AOTC version released, a while before the basic one, had a second figure in the pack while most other early AOTC deluxe figures didn't, smiling face
*2002, Geonosian Rescue - Screaming face
*2003, Arena Confrontation - "Ultimate Lightsaber Control" action with the giant thing coming out of his back and through his chest (also smiling like 2002 deluxe)
*2003, Jedi High Council screen scene - Never sold alone, always in this set or in the set with the ROTS Jedi vs. Palpatine
*2004, Clone Wars - Both realistic and animated were pretty much par for the course
*2005, Force Combat - Has lightning effect that he's supposed to throw off
*2005, vs. Palpatine - Goofy face again
*2007, TAC - Super articulated and neutral (finally)
*2009, The Clone Wars - Lightsaber swinging action, the only action feature integrated into the figure itself since the first Yoda's rocket-firing sleeve

So, I dunno, maybe there's nothing, but I'd like to know why Mace always seems to be the guinea pig.Huh, weird, not quite what I was expecting. Question added, vote counted.



I wasn't asking a question about Jocasta nu, i was just supporting Sebillba's question about Quadinaros. Hasbro's never given a good reason why they don't WANT to do him and that was his question. I think Hasbro should give a better explanation of their stance regarding Ben Quadinaros. In many peoples opinions he's just as legitimate a character as the rest of the podrace lineup.Bottom line: they suck and won't sell. Hasbro won't say it in those words officially, but that's what it is. No confidence in their ability to find an audience. Why is it so important that you get them to spell it out? That's what it is, I double-checked with them last week at Comic-Con, the figures are not cool and won't find a big enough audience.

PS, by saying Quadinaros (the goofiest-looking one of all, I think) is as legitimate a character as the rest of the podracers, you are not helping your case, none of the podracers are particularly good characters to make.



Funny how they'll make all this effort to communicate with fans, find out they want Ben Quadinaros, then say, "Screw you guys! We want to make the fifth Bossk figure instead!"Quiet, instigator! :p So funny, you act like ALL the fans are just begging for Ben "I'm a goofy cartoon potato with extra arms" Quadinaros is absolutely screaming up the charts in Q&A and fans choice polls. There has been literally 1 question about the character in all 3 years and 2,800 questions of Q&A. He sucks and is not popular, and his results on the ToyFare poll last time was more of a joke - this same poll gave us Jocasta Nu and Willrow Hood, mind you, and was won by a comic book character and Rudolph the Red Nosed Sith because ToyFare readers are Wizard readers who take nothing seriously.



Thanks Cane, I didn't get round to replying myself yesterday, but I do think it's still a valid question, which has already garnered some interest and support here. Ok, so they've said BQ will never see figure form, but is it because they don't like the cartoony look of him, or is it more to do with the mechanics of a durable figure?OH MY GOD! They were kidding!!! The only answer they've ever given about Ben that wasn't a joke said that if they were ever to do a final wave of figures, they'd do Jocasta Nu and Ben Quadinaros - he's not off the table for reals, just very very unlikely because he sucks. And he does suck, when TPM came out nobody could fathom how in a movie full of suck ILM thought he should be put in to raise the benchmark of suck.



Did anyone else notice that Hasbro seems to be a little more cordial to the other websites questions? Sometime they seem to be a bit snappy with SSG, IMO.They still got love for us, it's just that we work hard to make sure they can't use loopholes to squirm out of full answers, and it eventually gets down to brass tacks. For the second year in a row, Derryl singled out our Q&A efforts as being the most challenging, never letting them off the hook, never giving them an inch, covering all the bases, and he meant it with respect and admiration, like 2 chess players at the table. Ultimately, we are sometimes curt with them, so we should not be surprised when they return that sentiment. But at the end of the day, you guys' writing and my editing ensures that they have less room to play with diplomacy to get out of a question, so sometimes we force them to give us straightforward answers.



Forgive my ignorance on the topic, but why won't Hasbro do a Ben Quadinaros figure?I hate you guys. ;) Naw, but they would do a Ben Quadinaros figure, it's just that he sucks. :p That's the bottom line for right now. Not off limits, but too lame to be likely. That's the end of it for me, they've made a good enough case against those sorts of figures and I don't want to waste our resources chasing a turkey.



new question:

Because there are so many characters, both human and alien alike, populating the streets of Mos Eisley and the Cantina it would be impossible to produce figures of every named character that appears in these scenes. That being the case, could Hasbro provide us collectors with a list of those characters that Hasbro will eventually immortalize in plastic before you consider those scenes "complete"? And finally, could you possibly provide us a list like this for Jabba's Palace, and do you at least plan to get all the aliens from the palace made?Impossible to produce every named figure? They're nearly done with the cantina! And they are going to eventually produce non-named figures if there's demand, Lucasfilm will just name them for them. They aren't going to give US a list of characters, we're the ones demanding they make this weird nobody in the back, they don't even know they exist until we request them.



I have a new question:

After seeing the SDCC powerpoint presentation I noticed one thing was missing, what happened to the Visionaries Darth Maul with Robotic legs? He was featured in the SW Insider story months ago. Please tell me he is not cancelled?Comic packs are behind schedule, it's part of that line, we'll likely see him at Toy Fair so I'm going to wait until then on this. It takes 18 months to get an item to market, so let's not freak out just yet.



I think i've asked something similar in the past, but with new info I figure to try again.

In the SDCC slide show you previewed the first Knights of the Old Republic comic pack, featureing Rohlan Dyre and Jareal. I was wondering why series main protagonist Zayne was not included in the first pack? Any chance we will be seeing him concurrently or at least at some point?Added, vote counted.



Thanks for posting my 'white witch' question last time, will still live in hope!

I have 2 questions:

1) Given that we have had the excellent battle of Endor, Hoth and scramble on yavin sets, is there any chance of getting command sets? For example Battle of Yavin Command could include new sculpt General Dodonna, rebel officer, repacked Princess Leia and droids but with a tactical table. The Home One Command set could include new sculpt Admiral Ackbar + chair, Mon Calamari Officer, repackaged Mon Motha, General Madine and a new command table with hologram Endor/ Death Star 2 (similar to the Geonosian Battle set). They recently said that they were shifting gears back to kid-focused battle packs more and more. These have no main action characters and nothing aggressive about them, and your Home One set sounds like 2 sets' worth of items with all the new stuff. It's a nice idea, but right now is the wrong time.


2) Could the new AT-ST be modified as a vehicle for the Force Unleashed wave (especially given the news regarding the extended edition release) with a new Ozzik Sturm?I'll add it on a trial basis, but I'm not sure there will be enough interest or chances.


Thinking about it I wonder if Home One and Star Destroyer Bridge sets could be turned into a carry case design which opens out into the bridges of the two sides but would have kid appeal as a storage case when closed for figures.Just the wrong era, there's no market for storage cases or playsets right now.


Sorry 1 more question following on from the storage case thought:

3) is there any reason why a large Jabba's sail barge couldn't be made that doubles as a carry case? This could be similar to the old Kenner Rebel Transport case but designed so that it has a pull out carry handle, pull out 'walk the plank feature' and has the ability to add the deck guns (possibly the ones from the old potf slave leia and Skiff guards packs) and the new Nikto gunner.Carrying cases are equally out of fashion as large non-aggressive vehicles.



A new question....

One of the new figures revealed at SDCC is the Utai Varactyl Wrangler. A second Utai has been spotted lurking in the background of a group shot, this one being the shorter, stockier character sans headgear. However, this second Utai was not shown in the main display, the slideshow or the checklist poster - has it been shelved, or will it be released later in a running change like the Ugnaught and Hoth Rebel Soldier? And would it be possible to get a clearer photo of this figure please?

(Edit: This (http://www.superherohype.com/imageGallery/Comic-Con/Comic-Con_2009/Comic-Con_2009_72.jpg) is the photo I'm referring to, the second Utai is to the left of Death Star Luke - thanks to Droid for finding it.)Probably a running change. Still, added, vote counted.



I have to agree, Hasbro should have thought of doing the main character of KOTOR Zayne first before doing others. It would have been nice doing a Mandolorian character like Rohlan but with Zayne or Jareal with Zayne. Hope that they are planning to do Zayne in the future?I will count that as a vote for the question.


My question is, after seeing the sneek peek of 2010 Legacy comic pack with Delia Blue and Darth Nihl from Legacy#7, finishing the two legacy packs that Hasbro confirmed earlier this year; What will be the other two Legacy packs that Hasbro mention in a previous Q&A for 2010? Will they at least give us a hint or mention the comic#'s as they did for the other two?We need to be a little patient, they're going to be holding stuff back for Toy Fair and we just got this info that we have.



Here's a new question:

After seeing the Comic Con presentation I have to say that I am a little disappointed that there are no signs of a salute to the 25th anniversary of Star Wars first big venture into the world of the TV series. As you probably know, 2010 marks 25 years since Ewoks and Droids first aired. Next came the original Clone Wars series, and now the popular new Clone Wars. Since Star Wars TV is so popular now, wouldn't it make sense to acknowledge the milestone in some way in the action figure line? I hope you have some plans for this brewing!The Holiday Special was the first foray into SW on TV. In any event, there's already a big anniversary next year, far outshadowing the 2 cartoons. And those cartoons didn't come on till the '85-'86 season, so the anniversary would be in September of next year. I'd like to wait until Toy Fair to see if they have anything planned for it before asking, but I'll listen to any counter arguments if you have them.



Isn't the live action series due out in 2010? I'm surprised we didn't see a sneak peek figure from that.No casting yet, impossible to make figures of people that don't yet exist. And the show is now looking more like 2011, definitely no firm schedule yet.



I have a couple of questions:

1. Will votes for the Tonnika Sisters be discounted in the new Fans Choice poll? Should each website encourage its members NOT to vote for the Tonnikas because the poll would in no way increase their likelihood of being made as figures?It's not possible to ask this in time for the results, so I'm not going to bother. However, they're not allowed to make these figures, so I can't imagine them being included in any way.


2. I didn't used to think that Oola needed a resculpt until I saw the new Leia figure with the alternate legs. Has Hasbro considered making an Oola specifically sculpted so that she could sit on Jabba's throne?Added, vote counted.



Hey Droid, I like your question... what do you think about making it a little more general? Maybe ask Hasbro to come up with a concrete list of figures that there is no point in voting for because they cannot ever be made? This way we get to know what figures we will never see as well as straightening out the voting for the fan choice poll.We already have a list of figures they will not make, I posted it in the poll I just started.



I predict that Hasbro will refuse to create a list of off limit figures. I think they will say they reserve the right not to make a figure, or that Lucasfilm has final approval on what gets made. I think that the Tonnikas are a special situation that I'd like to see specifically addressed. I would be fine with adding something like, "While we are on the topic, is there any other figure fans are advised their votes would be better used on another character?" I'm sure JediTricks will have some comments...THEY ALREADY GAVE US THAT LIST IN Q&A MONTHS AGO!!!



The actress Christine Hewett who played Brea Tonnika didn't have a problem as far as her likeness being made into a figure. Why not just make her figure?

They could do it for charity and have the proceeds go for cancer research, since she passed away from cancer.It's not that simple, she wanted to allow it but the lawsuit supposedly says that the space girls are linked and look enough alike that they could be one in another. This is not getting solved anytime soon, we've asked them to do exactly what you suggest and it was a solid "no".




Why can't they just make the Tonnikas with generic faces, a deliberate effort to ensure the figure does not resemble the actresses like Hot Toys does with its 1/6th figures every time they run into trouble? Does the term 'likeness' for some reason also cover the entire outfits&hairstyles when it comes to Star Wars characters? Whats the problem anyway, at this scale even a genuine attempt to achieve a facial resemblance can come off as unrecogniseable.The characters of the space girls are represented by the actors, so it goes the opposite way as well, you make something representing them and it reflects the actor who brought them to life. That's what the lawsuit supposedly argues, so no chance of a generic Tonnika.


In any case I can live without the Tonnikas. I don't really get the fascination with them. Theres plenty of other cantina denizens to get through, really a surprisingly large amount considering how many Hasbro have done now. It frustrates me how many there still are in fact, and at least some cantina slots in the near future are probably going to be taken up by resculpts of Evazan and ponda baba (the former badly needed, the latter not so much).They're both badly needed figures, they are recognizable and interact with our heroes and have action scenes and are just fugly figures by today's standards.

Droid
07-30-2009, 04:02 PM
"THEY ALREADY GAVE US THAT LIST IN Q&A MONTHS AGO!!!"

First, THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TO REMEMBER THEM ALL! THAT IS WHY WE NEED YOU TO STAY ON TOP OF THINGS! Second, WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME? Third, I think you could argue that if a figure won the poll they might revisit the issue with Lucasfilm. That said, I agree the Tonnikas should be barred from THIS poll, though not other inhouse polls that Hasbro might see the results of.

Oh, and from the day I saw TPM I thought Quadrinaros was the worst alien character ever put in a Star Wars film. He was a terrible special effect. In a movie of CGI characters, many of whom looked like bad claymation, he was the most PlayDoiest of them all. That said, I am surprised they didn't make him as a figure given that they have now made quite a few pod racers and Ben was actually named in the movie. I think Foghorn Leghorn or Cliegg Holdfast or whatever his name is was another Claymation character that really should have stayed on the cutting room floor rather than being in the DVD.

And Jocasta Nu has to be one of the most boring means of exposition ever. Star Wars used to wow you with how weird it was, yet approachable enough to be interesting and entertaining. By AOTC they asked, "Hey, you ever wonder what a Star Wars sports bar would look like? You ever wonder what a Star Wars diner would look like? What about a Star Wars library?" No, no, I did not wonder that. Thank you for underwhelming me with what that would look like.

Maerj2000
07-30-2009, 04:18 PM
PS, by saying Quadinaros (the goofiest-looking one of all, I think) is as legitimate a character as the rest of the podracers, you are not helping your case, none of the podracers are particularly good characters to make.


Quiet, instigator! :p So funny, you act like ALL the fans are just begging for Ben "I'm a goofy cartoon potato with extra arms" Quadinaros is absolutely screaming up the charts in Q&A and fans choice polls. There has been literally 1 question about the character in all 3 years and 2,800 questions of Q&A. He sucks and is not popular, and his results on the ToyFare poll last time was more of a joke - this same poll gave us Jocasta Nu and Willrow Hood, mind you, and was won by a comic book character and Rudolph the Red Nosed Sith because ToyFare readers are Wizard readers who take nothing seriously.


OH MY GOD! They were kidding!!! The only answer they've ever given about Ben that wasn't a joke said that if they were ever to do a final wave of figures, they'd do Jocasta Nu and Ben Quadinaros - he's not off the table for reals, just very very unlikely because he sucks. And he does suck, when TPM came out nobody could fathom how in a movie full of suck ILM thought he should be put in to raise the benchmark of suck.


I hate you guys. ;) Naw, but they would do a Ben Quadinaros figure, it's just that he sucks. :p That's the bottom line for right now. Not off limits, but too lame to be likely. That's the end of it for me, they've made a good enough case against those sorts of figures and I don't want to waste our resources chasing a turkey.



So, if we could somehow convince Dave Filioni to put Ben Quadrinaros in an episode of the Clone Wars, would Hasbro consider putting out a figure in the Clone Wars line? ;)

Ando
07-30-2009, 04:28 PM
Put me down for question #11.

Oh and also whichever number the Ben Quadinaros/Tonnika Sister question was. I forget which one that was...

El Chuxter
07-30-2009, 04:48 PM
If the line is truly for kids, then Ben Q should've been a shoo-in back in 1999. For good or bad, he's the third most memorable podracer (after Anakin and Sebulba). And the podrace is one of the most kid-friendly bits in a kiddie movie.

For that matter, though, why don't we ask them why there's not at least one Jar Jar every year (counting re-releases), since he remains popular with small kids?

palps45895
07-30-2009, 06:57 PM
13 and 17 please

I'll also vote for the Quadrinaros/Jocasta Nu question.

BTW, Jocasta Nu seems to be doing fairly well in other site's Fans Choice Polls this week, what with Hasbro's statement on her.

Cane_Adiss
07-30-2009, 07:22 PM
Impossible to produce every named figure? They're nearly done with the cantina! And they are going to eventually produce non-named figures if there's demand, Lucasfilm will just name them for them. They aren't going to give US a list of characters, we're the ones demanding they make this weird nobody in the back, they don't even know they exist until we request them.

No they're not "nearly done with the cantina". They've done most of the aliens, but what about all the human characters? Here's a list of the cantina characters they HAVEN'T done, and this is just off the top of my head:

1. Bom Vimdin
2. Baniss Keeg
3. Arliel Schous
4. Kal'Falnl Cndros
5. Tzizvvt
6. Solomahal
7. Swilla Corey
8. Rycar Ryjerd
9. Debnoli
10. Danz Borin
11. Yerka Mig
12. Garouf Lafoe
13. Jenny
14. Ariq Joanson
15. Merc Sunlet
16. Mosep Binneed
17. Boelo
18. Saitorr Kal Fas
19. Melas
20. Gela Yeens

There are more unnamed, and several named from the streets as well. Plus the ones from the Holiday Special which they said were interesting but unlikely for now.

Here's from Jabba's palace:

1. Cane Adiss
2. Loje Nella
3. Jess
4. Wam Lufba
5. Vedain
6. Attark
7. Nizuk Bek
8. Fozek
9. Gailid
10. Shasa Tiel
11. Tayme Dren-Garen
12. Wooof
13. Gauron Nas Tal
14. Pucimir Thryss
15. Murttoc Yine
16. Thul Fain
17. Palejo Reshad
18. Rennek
19. Yoxgit
20. Harc Seff
21. Ardon "Vapor" Crell
22. Geezum
23. Vul Tazaene
24. Leslomy Tacema
25. Laudica
26. Velken Tezeri
27. Rayc Ryjerd
28. Sgt. Doallyn

plus others unnamed, a few droids, resculpts etc.

They still have quite a lot to go through. I was wondering which of the above were PRIORITIES. And which ones were definite "no's".

Cane_Adiss
07-30-2009, 07:25 PM
Also, JT with all due respect, I think you need to add the Ben Quad question. We obviously want to see him addressed furthur.

Droid
07-30-2009, 07:44 PM
I'll vote for 17, the Utai question.

JediTricks
07-30-2009, 08:34 PM
"THEY ALREADY GAVE US THAT LIST IN Q&A MONTHS AGO!!!"

First, THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TO REMEMBER THEM ALL! THAT IS WHY WE NEED YOU TO STAY ON TOP OF THINGS! Second, WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME? Third, I think you could argue that if a figure won the poll they might revisit the issue with Lucasfilm. That said, I agree the Tonnikas should be barred from THIS poll, though not other inhouse polls that Hasbro might see the results of.Because I had just addressed the issue in the last post I made, and then half a dozen different folks start in on me about it anyway. It gets really frustrating to have to read post after post about this after I already dealt with the issue.

Hasbro knows we want the Tonnikas, that ship has sailed, it's just a waste of time now when there's nothing THEY can do about it. I really don't see the point of including it in any future site-sponsored polls.


Oh, and from the day I saw TPM I thought Quadrinaros was the worst alien character ever put in a Star Wars film. He was a terrible special effect. In a movie of CGI characters, many of whom looked like bad claymation, he was the most PlayDoiest of them all. That said, I am surprised they didn't make him as a figure given that they have now made quite a few pod racers and Ben was actually named in the movie. I think Foghorn Leghorn or Cliegg Holdfast or whatever his name is was another Claymation character that really should have stayed on the cutting room floor rather than being in the DVD.A lot of the aliens in TPM are puppets, not CGI, but he is, and he looks like someone someone digitally shaved Joh Yowzah and made him even worse. Honestly, these podracers don't do enough to warrant figures, Hasbro throws their fans a bone every year but the bottom line is those guys don't have much interest, it's not surprising they didn't do the worst one.


And Jocasta Nu has to be one of the most boring means of exposition ever. Star Wars used to wow you with how weird it was, yet approachable enough to be interesting and entertaining. By AOTC they asked, "Hey, you ever wonder what a Star Wars sports bar would look like? You ever wonder what a Star Wars diner would look like? What about a Star Wars library?" No, no, I did not wonder that. Thank you for underwhelming me with what that would look like.The sports bar is exceptionally embarrassing because up until the last few passes on the edit, they still didn't know what kind of bar it was or what it was going to sound like. Lucas was out of ideas. The diner wasn't clever enough but not as bad as the Outlander. But the library, man, you hit it on the head, nobody ever cared what a Jedi librarian was like and now we're stuck with die-hards who HAVE to own that figure despite its maximum lameness.


So, if we could somehow convince Dave Filioni to put Ben Quadrinaros in an episode of the Clone Wars, would Hasbro consider putting out a figure in the Clone Wars line? ;)Sadly, yes. But it'd be an animated figure, so it'd be even doofier than the movie version. :p Of course, we'd have to convince Filoni that he was somehow related to Plo Koon... ;)


If the line is truly for kids, then Ben Q should've been a shoo-in back in 1999. For good or bad, he's the third most memorable podracer (after Anakin and Sebulba). And the podrace is one of the most kid-friendly bits in a kiddie movie.I don't get this argument, how would kids find him interesting? He doesn't look cool, he's not exciting in any way, hell, he doesn't even get into a racing battle because his crapmobile explodes on the starting line! I always felt Gasgano was the 3rd most memorable, then Mawhonic, Ratts Tyrell, Dud Bolt, then Ben Crapinarios, maybe Mars Guo, Ody Mandrell, and Teemto Pagalies. So in terms of memorability, I'd say he's middle of the pack, but it's a pack of suck, so Quadinaros is like being the middle of the turd.


For that matter, though, why don't we ask them why there's not at least one Jar Jar every year (counting re-releases), since he remains popular with small kids?I should force you to say these things to their faces. ;)



BTW, Jocasta Nu seems to be doing fairly well in other site's Fans Choice Polls this week, what with Hasbro's statement on her.Oh, if only I could repeat what the team says about her in person... Anyway, maybe she'll do well in our polls as well. If that happens, I may lose respect for SW fans altogether, or I may just lose my lunch instead (I did that today thinking about Ben Quadinaros... or maybe it was the coughing from my cold :p).



No they're not "nearly done with the cantina". They've done most of the aliens, but what about all the human characters? Here's a list of the cantina characters they HAVEN'T done, and this is just off the top of my head:

1. Bom Vimdin
2. Baniss Keeg
3. Arliel Schous
4. Kal'Falnl Cndros
5. Tzizvvt
6. Solomahal
7. Swilla Corey
8. Rycar Ryjerd
9. Debnoli
10. Danz Borin
11. Yerka Mig
12. Garouf Lafoe
13. Jenny
14. Ariq Joanson
15. Merc Sunlet
16. Mosep Binneed
17. Boelo
18. Saitorr Kal Fas
19. Melas
20. Gela Yeens

There are more unnamed, and several named from the streets as well. Plus the ones from the Holiday Special which they said were interesting but unlikely for now.Sigh, now we have to get out the measuring stick...


Luke
Han
Chewie
R2
3PO
Greedo
Wuher
Ponda Baba
Dr. Evazan
Figrin Da'an
Model Node 1
2
3
4
Elis Helrot
BoShek
Hem Dazon
Trinto
Dice Ibegon
Dannik
Kabe
Muftak
Hrchek Kal Fas
Kitik Keed'kak
Ketwol
Nabrun Leids
Ellors Madak
Labria
Myo
Momaw Nadon
M'iiyoom Onith
Feltipern Trevagg
jawa
Djas Puhr
Lak Sivrak
Leesub Sirln
Takeel
Zutton

Yeah, I think I've trumped your list with what HAS been made, we're closer to the finish than the start, and in terms of recognizability, we're a handful of characters away. It's hard to take requests for TONS more cantina guys seriously when there's no recognition of where we are, as if those 30+ figures aren't the majority of what's on screen.


They still have quite a lot to go through. I was wondering which of the above were PRIORITIES. And which ones were definite "no's".None of them are on the no list, but the priorities are only based on what will fit in a wave plan, what looks cool and recognizable and aggressive, what is needed, etc.. They've given us their criteria before on this, it's not like some master plan of "oh we gotta do reegesk in 8 months or the whole line will collapse!!!" Look at Clegg Holdfast getting swapped in while another figure got swapped out, it's not that well thought out, they'll try to get to everything when they can and those scenes do hold fan interest, but everything within its time or else the line dies out and we don't get the other figures.



Also, JT with all due respect, I think you need to add the Ben Quad question. We obviously want to see him addressed furthur.No, it's answered, they addressed it already, you guys just don't want to accept that it's just a dopey-looking character they don't believe will sell and don't want to bother with right now. It's not a huge complex conspiracy, they just think he's not so great and have no faith in his ability to perform at market, thus it'd be a waste of materials and it would hurt the line to produce him in the foreseeable future. Asking about him or Jocasta or Jaxxon again is a waste of a scarce resource.

I'm tired of having this same argument over Jocasta Nu, Ben Quadinaros, Ackmena, Jaxxon, etc.. The idea that we nagged them into Yarna and Willrow Hood is embarrassing, we're talking them into making lame figures, there are folks like Tycho who actually ask Hasbro to make stuff like Breha Organa despite her being the most uninteresting ROTS figure possible. Don't we have enough Mon Mothma pegwarmers as it is? The Hasbro SW team is working hard to keep the line afloat so that when the time is right they can get to those turkey figures by managing to keep it alive as well as they have, but fans are all about "now now NOW!" and it gets frustrating to have to be the middleman dealing with that. I'm no spokesman for Hasbro, they screw up constantly and I call 'em on it, but I'm not blindly going to waste our resources on something that's already been addressed and has only niche interest.

Homicidal_INC
07-30-2009, 09:02 PM
18 - With the inclusion of alternate "sitting" legs for the new Slave Leia, it reminds us all that Oola hasn't had an update in over a decade, and could also use legs to sit next to Jabba. Any chance of getting a new Oola with similar alternate sitting legs so she could sit on the Jabba's dais we all hope you'll make soon?

4 - 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?

clone157
07-30-2009, 09:20 PM
11, 14, 16, 18 for me please. Thanks JT!

Mad Slanted Powers
07-31-2009, 12:00 AM
I don't get this argument, how would kids find him interesting? He doesn't look cool, he's not exciting in any way, hell, he doesn't even get into a racing battle because his crapmobile explodes on the starting line! I always felt Gasgano was the 3rd most memorable, then Mawhonic, Ratts Tyrell, Dud Bolt, then Ben Crapinarios, maybe Mars Guo, Ody Mandrell, and Teemto Pagalies. So in terms of memorability, I'd say he's middle of the pack, but it's a pack of suck, so Quadinaros is like being the middle of the turd.When you are watching the movie, his scene stands out, and he is named on screen more than once. I think some of the other pod racers were only named on screen in the deleted scene that was added back in. Plus, with just a quick look at them, I didn't know who was who during the race. Without looking them up or getting the figures, I couldn't have told you which character was which outside of Ben Q, Ody Mandrell and Gasgano, and the latter two may be only because we got figures of them early on. Others have stated here that their kids like the character. I'm not really campaigning for the figure, though he would be a nice addition. I don't think the pod racers are bad characters to have, I just think that the figures don't turn out well due to their size and dimensions.

One question I would like to ask is about the upcoming Nien Nunb figure. Shouldn't this actually be Ten Nunb? He is in a B-Wing pilot suit, not dressed as Nien Nunb was in the movie.

bigbarada
07-31-2009, 12:37 AM
One question I would like to ask is about the upcoming Nien Nunb figure. Shouldn't this actually be Ten Nunb? He is in a B-Wing pilot suit, not dressed as Nien Nunb was in the movie.

There is a Sullustan visible in the Rebel Briefing room wearing a red B-Wing Pilot uniform. I think Hasbro is working under the assumption that this was always supposed to be Nein Nunb before he volunteered to be Lando's copilot.

El Chuxter
07-31-2009, 12:54 AM
I didn't say he was a great character. But he does get the most focus in a scene that stands out for most "casual fans," including kids. For adult collectors (geeks), he is one of the few remaining unmade speaking characters, even if there are dozens that are more important (Cliegg Lars, cough cough). I'd buy him, but would want him with his pod, keeping in mind that (since it pretty much exploded and the pod itself was tiny) he's the only podracer whose vehicle could fit with the figure on a standard card.

MSP: I think someone from Hasbro said something very much along the lines of BigB's answer at the Comic-Con panel, that they wanted to make a Ten Nunb that was more accurate to the briefing scene, and were told by Lucasfilm that this was actually Nien in flight gear, prior to being picked to copilot the Falcon (in his "street clothes").

El Chuxter
07-31-2009, 01:07 AM
Sorry for the double, and let me know if this is too close to another question we asked a while back:

"Collectors would like to see a lot of figures who, realistically speaking, wouldn't be great sellers through normal retail outlets. Given that many such characters will otherwise never see the light of day, how about regularly-scheduled multipacks available only online (similar to the Lucas Family set from Revenge of the Sith), focusing on various themes? Some possibilities for themes could include Queens of Naboo (Amidala, Jamilla, and Appailana), Jedi Masters (focusing on obscure characters or likely poor sellers, like Jocasta Nu or Ikrit), Mos Eisley Denizens (including Rycar Ryjerd and other options that are relatively "normal" looking), Classic Comics (Jaxxon and many other goofy Marvel-era characters), or the Ewok movies."

bigbarada
07-31-2009, 01:16 AM
My votes for now are 4, 5 and 18.

Also, since Ep3 turns 5 years old next year, I wonder if it's a good time to revisit my ROTS Wookiees question?

Droid
07-31-2009, 08:58 AM
They have also made Brainiac, Wioslea, and the Sandtroopers.

I think in a recent Q&A answer, Hasbro said what it considers its cantina priorities. It was the one where they said the site had correctly listed both of the ones that could come this year.

I think we are unlikely to see any humans from the cantina, though I think Rycar Ryjerd at least should be made, though I doubt it will happen. A spacer or two may be possible. Danz Borin has been rumored several times.

I think that the Ranat, the Fly, Bom, Mosep, Solomahaal, Melas, the Defel (if not off limits by Lucasfilm), and Banniss Keeg are probably the ones we are likely to see. I agree with JediTricks though; I don't think there is anyone in the cantina Hasbro will vow not to make (Tonnika issues aside).

EDIT: OK, here it is from the July 6, 2009 Q&A:

HansHideout.blogspot.com: In previous Q&As, you've revealed that there will be "a couple" of Cantina Dudes in the Fall ANH wave... but you've also indicated that you'd like to keep their exact identity secret until SDCC. How about this - we'll list off a pile of Cantina Dudes and you tell us generically if we've ID'ed one, two, or none of the figures? Sound Good? Ok, here we go: Mosep (aka Marvel Comic Jabba), Baniss Keeg, Reegesk, Hrchek Kal Fas (Saurin), Tzizvvt, Arliel Schous (Defel), Leesub Sirln, or Solomohal. How'd we do?
Hasbro: OK, since your approach was fun and you have a very high quality of selects on your list, we'll play along. That list you have there matches pretty well our personal wish list. We'll go ahead and acknowledge that both of the aliens coming this Fall are on your list. Complete details and a preview will be available in a few weeks - stay tuned!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-31-2009, 10:30 AM
New question:
*The character photos on the new red-and-white Legacy Collection cards are just bizarre, for a number of reasons. Why do so many of the characters appear holding their weapons or accessories up to their faces? Lightsabers and blasters make sense, to a point, but on figures like the Gungan Warrior and the Jabba's palace figures, it just looks weird. Added to that is the fact that many of them are simply out of scale, like Princess Leia's staff. Then there's the fact that many of the character photos are simply wrong - there's ROTJ Palpatine subbing in for TPM Sidious, ANH pre-car accident Luke on the ROTJ Luke card, and Romba edited to look like Paploo. Surely there is enough reference for each to be more correct. And why, in the name of God, does Malakili's photo look like a cheap oil painting? Some of these complaints might seem like minor quibbles, but we've come to expect more out of the packaging and character photos. Don't you think this line deserves better?

Also, #9 should be struck or changed, since the figure in that set is the animated version, not Evolution.

Darth Marco
07-31-2009, 11:45 AM
I'm tired of having this same argument over Jocasta Nu, Ben Quadinaros, Ackmena, Jaxxon, etc...... The Hasbro SW team is working hard to keep the line afloat so that when the time is right they can get to those turkey figures by managing to keep it alive as well as they have, but fans are all about "now now NOW!" and it gets frustrating to have to be the middleman dealing with that. I'm no spokesman for Hasbro, they screw up constantly and I call 'em on it, but I'm not blindly going to waste our resources on something that's already been addressed and has only niche interest.[/quote]


JT, thank you for answering my questions. Yes you are correct to put my vote for #15 and also please add 17 & 18. I feel your fustration, with the lawsuit about not making the tonnika sisters into action figures, should let the fans know for the time being is not possible. Making Jocasta Nu and Jaxxon into action figure form will be lame. I understand what you mean, by how Hasbro to keep the line alive they will get to them but in the appropiate time. Tell me about it, BQ is a funny looking character that I will not buy but when I see my baby daughter laughing at the character in that little scene just that I get sentimental hoping that a figure could be made of him. So my daughter could laugh and play with that character. But you are correct, BQ character sucks (I will not say that in front of my daughter) and that is why Hasbro won't make it. I understand their point of view. Trust me I know your fustration when it comes down to being a middleman. Sorry that we as SW fans put stress on you. You are right about us SW fans wanting things that are not good for business right away"now now NOW!", so we need to learn patience and wait for whatever Hasbro has in mind to do and we as SW fans could offer some new ideas. By the way JT, Thank You for doing a great job in answering our questions.

Droid
07-31-2009, 12:16 PM
"I'm tired of having this same argument over Jocasta Nu, Ben Quadinaros, Ackmena, Jaxxon, etc.. The idea that we nagged them into Yarna and Willrow Hood is embarrassing, we're talking them into making lame figures, there are folks like Tycho who actually ask Hasbro to make stuff like Breha Organa despite her being the most uninteresting ROTS figure possible. Don't we have enough Mon Mothma pegwarmers as it is? The Hasbro SW team is working hard to keep the line afloat so that when the time is right they can get to those turkey figures by managing to keep it alive as well as they have, but fans are all about "now now NOW!" and it gets frustrating to have to be the middleman dealing with that. I'm no spokesman for Hasbro, they screw up constantly and I call 'em on it, but I'm not blindly going to waste our resources on something that's already been addressed and has only niche interest."

I still don't think Yarna should be put in the same boat as Jocasta, Ben, Ackmena, Jaxxon, Breha, or Willrow. She SHOULD have been made for a number of reasons. However, I think Hasbro REALLY screwed up with their distribution of Yarna and decision to not include her with either figures or make her an exclusive. When I look at the Lucas family exclusive set of four I don't understand why they would release Breha in wide distribution at retail. For one thing, I think people want Ackmena, Jaxxon, and Willrow as a JOKE. Because they want to see if Hasbro would really make a figure of Bea Arthur, a big green bunny, or a guy with an ice cream maker. That is not the best reason to launch a product at mass retail, extreme inside jokes. (That said, I don't see why Han and Jaxxon in a comic set is any more silly than comic color Tarkin or comic color Rebel Fleet Trooper.)

Qui-Long Gone
07-31-2009, 01:38 PM
^I would add that our energies should be spent asking for better designed main characters such as Luke, Solo, and Leiah.....Hasbro is capable of awesome figures (see most any Obi-Wan after ROTS). These goofy side-bar figures that no SW relevance are a waste of their time and ours...since it takes forever to get them down from the aisles and replaced with better figures.

Heck, I'll take a SA Jar Jar before most of these figures....

JediTricks
07-31-2009, 01:54 PM
Question 19 added.

Question 9 modified.


When you are watching the movie, his scene stands out, and he is named on screen more than once. I think some of the other pod racers were only named on screen in the deleted scene that was added back in. Plus, with just a quick look at them, I didn't know who was who during the race. Without looking them up or getting the figures, I couldn't have told you which character was which outside of Ben Q, Ody Mandrell and Gasgano, and the latter two may be only because we got figures of them early on. Others have stated here that their kids like the character. I'm not really campaigning for the figure, though he would be a nice addition. I don't think the pod racers are bad characters to have, I just think that the figures don't turn out well due to their size and dimensions.Ok, I see what you mean. I still am not convinced that just because something appeared on-screen in the film is a good enough reason to immortalize in plastic. Just look at Hayden and Natalie. :twisted:


One question I would like to ask is about the upcoming Nien Nunb figure. Shouldn't this actually be Ten Nunb? He is in a B-Wing pilot suit, not dressed as Nien Nunb was in the movie.This is explained in my write-up, short version is that Lucasfilm and Hasbro worked together to create a new backstory for the red-suited B-wing pilot to make him Nien Nunb before he was recruited to the Falcon. IMO, it was just an excuse to make a Nien head and recycle the B-wing body for the 5th time. Either way though, it's been addressed.



I didn't say he was a great character. But he does get the most focus in a scene that stands out for most "casual fans," including kids. For adult collectors (geeks), he is one of the few remaining unmade speaking characters, even if there are dozens that are more important (Cliegg Lars, cough cough). I'd buy him, but would want him with his pod, keeping in mind that (since it pretty much exploded and the pod itself was tiny) he's the only podracer whose vehicle could fit with the figure on a standard card.Riiiiiight.



Sorry for the double, and let me know if this is too close to another question we asked a while back:

"Collectors would like to see a lot of figures who, realistically speaking, wouldn't be great sellers through normal retail outlets. Given that many such characters will otherwise never see the light of day, how about regularly-scheduled multipacks available only online (similar to the Lucas Family set from Revenge of the Sith), focusing on various themes? Some possibilities for themes could include Queens of Naboo (Amidala, Jamilla, and Appailana), Jedi Masters (focusing on obscure characters or likely poor sellers, like Jocasta Nu or Ikrit), Mos Eisley Denizens (including Rycar Ryjerd and other options that are relatively "normal" looking), Classic Comics (Jaxxon and many other goofy Marvel-era characters), or the Ewok movies."Your argument is that these figures wouldn't sell well so putting even more new tooling together under the same budget will somehow make sense? I can't ask this, it's way too much new tooling, they will shut it down on those grounds first and foremost long before they also point out that those multipacks sell fairly poorly compared to the mainline and can't justify lots of boxed sets on top of each other even before the new tooling (Lucas family is obviously a special thing, and even there they recycled Jett). It's just too much a fan wishlist thing, no thought to the reality of producing it, you may as well be asking for free gold with every purchase.



Also, since Ep3 turns 5 years old next year, I wonder if it's a good time to revisit my ROTS Wookiees question?Sure, makes sense, you can point to The Force Unleashed also having a lot of Wookiees that need to be produced. Write something up and I'll edit it.



They have also made Brainiac, Wioslea, and the Sandtroopers.

I think in a recent Q&A answer, Hasbro said what it considers its cantina priorities. It was the one where they said the site had correctly listed both of the ones that could come this year.

I think we are unlikely to see any humans from the cantina, though I think Rycar Ryjerd at least should be made, though I doubt it will happen. A spacer or two may be possible. Danz Borin has been rumored several times.

I think that the Ranat, the Fly, Bom, Mosep, Solomahaal, Melas, the Defel (if not off limits by Lucasfilm), and Banniss Keeg are probably the ones we are likely to see. I agree with JediTricks though; I don't think there is anyone in the cantina Hasbro will vow not to make (Tonnika issues aside).

EDIT: OK, here it is from the July 6, 2009 Q&A:

HansHideout.blogspot.com: In previous Q&As, you've revealed that there will be "a couple" of Cantina Dudes in the Fall ANH wave... but you've also indicated that you'd like to keep their exact identity secret until SDCC. How about this - we'll list off a pile of Cantina Dudes and you tell us generically if we've ID'ed one, two, or none of the figures? Sound Good? Ok, here we go: Mosep (aka Marvel Comic Jabba), Baniss Keeg, Reegesk, Hrchek Kal Fas (Saurin), Tzizvvt, Arliel Schous (Defel), Leesub Sirln, or Solomohal. How'd we do?
Hasbro: OK, since your approach was fun and you have a very high quality of selects on your list, we'll play along. That list you have there matches pretty well our personal wish list. We'll go ahead and acknowledge that both of the aliens coming this Fall are on your list. Complete details and a preview will be available in a few weeks - stay tuned!Excellent work on that quoting!

Here's the thing, if you want Hasbro have a priority of which figures to do, vote in the Fans Choice polls and site polls for the ones you want most, those polls we gave Hasbro in '07 helped give them a roadmap of what fans wanted. They don't have master plans for these after major characters, they're winging it.



New question:
*The character photos on the new red-and-white Legacy Collection cards are just bizarre, for a number of reasons. Why do so many of the characters appear holding their weapons or accessories up to their faces? Lightsabers and blasters make sense, to a point, but on figures like the Gungan Warrior and the Jabba's palace figures, it just looks weird. Added to that is the fact that many of them are simply out of scale, like Princess Leia's staff. Then there's the fact that many of the character photos are simply wrong - there's ROTJ Palpatine subbing in for TPM Sidious, ANH pre-car accident Luke on the ROTJ Luke card, and Romba edited to look like Paploo. Surely there is enough reference for each to be more correct. And why, in the name of God, does Malakili's photo look like a cheap oil painting? Some of these complaints might seem like minor quibbles, but we've come to expect more out of the packaging and character photos. Don't you think this line deserves better?Ok, it was a bit confusing, so I had to rewrite it. I'm not totally sure, I guess I'll give it a shot and you can let me know what I got right and wrong. Added, vote counted.


Also, #9 should be struck or changed, since the figure in that set is the animated version, not Evolution.I'll modify it.



JT, thank you for answering my questions. Yes you are correct to put my vote for #15 and also please add 17 & 18. I feel your fustration, with the lawsuit about not making the tonnika sisters into action figures, should let the fans know for the time being is not possible. Making Jocasta Nu and Jaxxon into action figure form will be lame. I understand what you mean, by how Hasbro to keep the line alive they will get to them but in the appropiate time. Tell me about it, BQ is a funny looking character that I will not buy but when I see my baby daughter laughing at the character in that little scene just that I get sentimental hoping that a figure could be made of him. So my daughter could laugh and play with that character. But you are correct, BQ character sucks (I will not say that in front of my daughter) and that is why Hasbro won't make it. I understand their point of view. Trust me I know your fustration when it comes down to being a middleman. Sorry that we as SW fans put stress on you. You are right about us SW fans wanting things that are not good for business right away"now now NOW!", so we need to learn patience and wait for whatever Hasbro has in mind to do and we as SW fans could offer some new ideas. By the way JT, Thank You for doing a great job in answering our questions.I really appreciate that.

The thing with characters that little kids like is that we have Galactic Heroes to entertain them. I don't deny kids enjoying their own stuff, not BQ, not Jar Jar, not even Naruto (REAL NINJAS DON'T WEAR ORANGE!!! :p) but everything should be in its own place and time. We'll get there if we keep this line going, and it seems like you and me, the moderate and patient ones, are a dying breed which is too bad because without moderation and patience, the line won't survive to get there.



I still don't think Yarna should be put in the same boat as Jocasta, Ben, Ackmena, Jaxxon, Breha, or Willrow. She SHOULD have been made for a number of reasons. However, I think Hasbro REALLY screwed up with their distribution of Yarna and decision to not include her with either figures or make her an exclusive. When I look at the Lucas family exclusive set of four I don't understand why they would release Breha in wide distribution at retail. For one thing, I think people want Ackmena, Jaxxon, and Willrow as a JOKE. Because they want to see if Hasbro would really make a figure of Bea Arthur, a big green bunny, or a guy with an ice cream maker. That is not the best reason to launch a product at mass retail, extreme inside jokes. (That said, I don't see why Han and Jaxxon in a comic set is any more silly than comic color Tarkin or comic color Rebel Fleet Trooper.)I didn't want to put Yarna in that same league either, but she's a pegwarmer extrodinaire and we're part of the reason that happened. Yes, distribution is part of the problem, timing is part of the problem too, but ultimately we have to take our lumps with Yarna, we don't know how many were produced, if they over-ran the tooling. That might make an interesting question, if Yarna's failure was from over-run or if they did throttle it and yet it still tanked.

Don't tell Chux that you think him asking for Jaxxon was a joke, he'll not take kindly. :p



^I would add that our energies should be spent asking for better designed main characters such as Luke, Solo, and Leiah.....Hasbro is capable of awesome figures (see most any Obi-Wan after ROTS). These goofy side-bar figures that no SW relevance are a waste of their time and ours...since it takes forever to get them down from the aisles and replaced with better figures.

Heck, I'll take a SA Jar Jar before most of these figures....It's a balance, there are only so many main characters to go around, if you don't have secondary and tertiary characters to prop them up, you don't have Star Wars, you merely have Star Arguments. ;) Still, unlike QLG, I won't take Jar Jar over some of those guys.

Darth Duranium
07-31-2009, 04:50 PM
It looks like Hasbro is on-track to have released 86 unique Titanium Series tools by the end of the year, if the schedule holds. Although many of us are gutted due to the line's going "on hiatus", we'd like to thank you for producing so many excellent ships and we fervently hope it'll be back soon.

Could you please give us a precise rundown of the final waves and their in-store dates? The SDCC panel has caused some confusion for us TS collectors.

Here's why: We've started to see the Mist Hunter wave (8) turn up in Hong Kong, but the Malevolence, Punishing One, and new Republic Gunship wave (7) did not arrive at retail anywhere, nor has it been available for pre-order at online stores.

At SDCC, the cards next to those 3 new wave 7 ships stated they were slated for in-store release in late July! Didn't happen. Please tell us these ships are not going the way of the Gungan Sub and Basestar, and that they will be released!

Mad Slanted Powers
07-31-2009, 05:38 PM
This is explained in my write-up, short version is that Lucasfilm and Hasbro worked together to create a new backstory for the red-suited B-wing pilot to make him Nien Nunb before he was recruited to the Falcon. IMO, it was just an excuse to make a Nien head and recycle the B-wing body for the 5th time. Either way though, it's been addressed.Okay, I haven't read that yet. It seems kind of dumb though. People have been requesting a Nien Nunb resculpt, and when they released a Ten Nunb in the white suit again, people were wondering why they still wouldn't make him in his red outfit. So, it's kind of two misses in one figure. Still, the figure looks good, and it could stand in for whatever Sullustan is in the red flight suit before or after the battle.

Mad Slanted Powers
07-31-2009, 08:21 PM
At SDCC, the cards next to those 3 new wave 7 ships stated they were slated for in-store release in late July! Didn't happen. Please tell us these ships are not going the way of the Gungan Sub and Basestar, and that they will be released!Late July is right now, so maybe it just a little late.

Darth Windu
07-31-2009, 09:27 PM
I'll second DT's question about Titaniums and SDCC.

clone157
07-31-2009, 11:22 PM
I've got a couple of new ones.
"When we see the inevitable rerelease of the AT-RT, is it too much to ask for articulated legs as opposed to the static ones from the original release?"
And...
"Will we soon see the speeder bike from the first Clone Wars series rereleased or has hasbro redesigned the holder in the back of the TRU exclusive gunship to hold a BARC speeder?"
Like the double question on the second one?:thumbsup:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-01-2009, 12:08 PM
JT, I like the rewrite on #19. I forgot about how they're using a picture of the Rum Sleg figure in place of the actual character, so you might want to include that in that big ol' pile; then again, I doubt there is a ton of reference for him, even though he does take a big chunk of the screen in a few shots.

bigbarada
08-01-2009, 05:36 PM
I'll add a vote for #19 also.

I'm trying to work on the wording for the Ep3 Wookiees question, but am having trouble crafting it without turning it into an essay:

Wookiees have consistently been some of the most popular Star Wars aliens since 1977. Thus many fans were super excited about the announcement that Episode 3 would feature a battle on Kashyyk pitting Wookiees against Battle Droids. While we did get a figure of Tarfful and a few Wookiee Warriors in 2005, they were limited in detail and articulation and hampered by action features. Then, in 2006/2007, we got awesome updates of Commander Gree and the Kashyyk Trooper, which made their Wookiee "brothers in arms" appear even more stiff and outdated by comparison. So do you have plans to update Tarfful or any of the other Ep3 Wookiee Warriors in the near future?

I've never played the Force Unleashed game, so someone else is going to have to find a way to work that in.

cloneemperor
08-01-2009, 10:49 PM
I would also like to hear the answer to DT's question about the Titaniums.

Qui-Long Gone
08-01-2009, 11:32 PM
Still, unlike QLG, I won't take Jar Jar over some of those guys.

I'm actually going to strike that Jar Jar statement....one two many beers before I hit that submit reply button....:lipsrsealed:

Blue2th
08-02-2009, 09:06 AM
Here is a question from Jedi Defender regarding the Clone Wars Micro Series and the answer on October of last year:
1) Your Legacy Wave 2, all figure from the 2-D Clone Wars cartoon, was outstanding. You wrapped up a lot of the main wants people had from the original CW cartoons in one fell swoop! The question is now, which characters/figures would Hasbro most like to crank out from the original cartoon? Fans at JediDefender certainly liked a lot of the "arena combat" characters from one episode.

**There are still one or two figures (such as Fordo in Type II armor that with Lucasfilm's permission we could possibly do, but for all intents and purposes we are done exploring the original Clone Wars micro-series. Given their very minor screen time, it is highly unlikely we'll ever do any characters from the Asaaj/arena scene, as cool as it was.

New Question:

Any thoughts on re-examining your stance on doing more characters from the Clone Wars Micro Series Cartoon? It seems that with more obscure figures from the EU, concept, comics, and film characters that are coming out (we're getting an Ice Cream Maker Guy) that quite frankly you are running out of the more recognizable characters to do.
Yet there are still a lot of colorful beings from the cartoon that could be realized. You mentioned doing a Fordo in Type II armor which would be a welcome addition, but others like the Arc Pilot (we still don't have a pilot for our Sharktooth Gunship) some of the Nelvaan Warrior and clan characters, Tarr Seirr, General Oro Dassyne, and some of the Cauldron Arena Warriors would be cool. Even a few more of the droid type figures could be done like the upcoming L8-L9 in the Build-a-Droid line.
Thanks by the way for doing the whole Legacy Wave 2, which was composed of all Clone Wars Cartoon figures, and deciding to do K'Kruhk next year who was also in the series.

Have you thought about changing your minds on this, getting permission from Lucasfilm and perhaps decide to explore the Micro Series further in the Legacy line?

Edit as necessary, Thanks.
Hope we can get some sort of resolution on this before the poll is done.

JediTricks
08-02-2009, 01:23 PM
Everybody who has a response below, please post your response in the Round 72 thread coming up in a few minutes.

Here are my votes:
2 cw scale
5 ssc
8 ziro/jabba
9 wm bf
12 ts rereleases
20 ts shipping issues


It looks like Hasbro is on-track to have released 86 unique Titanium Series tools by the end of the year, if the schedule holds. Although many of us are gutted due to the line's going "on hiatus", we'd like to thank you for producing so many excellent ships and we fervently hope it'll be back soon.

Could you please give us a precise rundown of the final waves and their in-store dates? The SDCC panel has caused some confusion for us TS collectors.

Here's why: We've started to see the Mist Hunter wave (8) turn up in Hong Kong, but the Malevolence, Punishing One, and new Republic Gunship wave (7) did not arrive at retail anywhere, nor has it been available for pre-order at online stores.

At SDCC, the cards next to those 3 new wave 7 ships stated they were slated for in-store release in late July! Didn't happen. Please tell us these ships are not going the way of the Gungan Sub and Basestar, and that they will be released!Your question is a little confusing. Those dates on the cards are approximates so it's a non-issue, but it's the part about Hong Kong and the SDCC panel are what I don't understand. Since there's enough support right now, I'm going to include it in this round, but hopefully the edit I do on it makes sense.



Okay, I haven't read that yet. It seems kind of dumb though. People have been requesting a Nien Nunb resculpt, and when they released a Ten Nunb in the white suit again, people were wondering why they still wouldn't make him in his red outfit. So, it's kind of two misses in one figure. Still, the figure looks good, and it could stand in for whatever Sullustan is in the red flight suit before or after the battle.Don't shoot the messenger. ;) But yeah, 2 misses in 1 is a good way of putting it in my book. I've been Ten Numb'ed out for a long time now though.


I've got a couple of new ones.
"When we see the inevitable rerelease of the AT-RT, is it too much to ask for articulated legs as opposed to the static ones from the original release?"
And...
"Will we soon see the speeder bike from the first Clone Wars series rereleased or has hasbro redesigned the holder in the back of the TRU exclusive gunship to hold a BARC speeder?"
Like the double question on the second one?:thumbsup:I'll add the first one to the next round.

The second one we've asked before, they lost the tooling for that bike unfortunately and eventually when they can find money in the budget they will do a new one.



JT, I like the rewrite on #19. I forgot about how they're using a picture of the Rum Sleg figure in place of the actual character, so you might want to include that in that big ol' pile; then again, I doubt there is a ton of reference for him, even though he does take a big chunk of the screen in a few shots.I don't think that pic is of the figure, it's up for debate so I'll hold off.



I'll add a vote for #19 also.

I'm trying to work on the wording for the Ep3 Wookiees question, but am having trouble crafting it without turning it into an essay:

Wookiees have consistently been some of the most popular Star Wars aliens since 1977. Thus many fans were super excited about the announcement that Episode 3 would feature a battle on Kashyyk pitting Wookiees against Battle Droids. While we did get a figure of Tarfful and a few Wookiee Warriors in 2005, they were limited in detail and articulation and hampered by action features. Then, in 2006/2007, we got awesome updates of Commander Gree and the Kashyyk Trooper, which made their Wookiee "brothers in arms" appear even more stiff and outdated by comparison. So do you have plans to update Tarfful or any of the other Ep3 Wookiee Warriors in the near future?

I've never played the Force Unleashed game, so someone else is going to have to find a way to work that in.I'll put it in the next round with a little reworking.



Here is a question from Jedi Defender regarding the Clone Wars Micro Series and the answer on October of last year:
1) Your Legacy Wave 2, all figure from the 2-D Clone Wars cartoon, was outstanding. You wrapped up a lot of the main wants people had from the original CW cartoons in one fell swoop! The question is now, which characters/figures would Hasbro most like to crank out from the original cartoon? Fans at JediDefender certainly liked a lot of the "arena combat" characters from one episode.

**There are still one or two figures (such as Fordo in Type II armor that with Lucasfilm's permission we could possibly do, but for all intents and purposes we are done exploring the original Clone Wars micro-series. Given their very minor screen time, it is highly unlikely we'll ever do any characters from the Asaaj/arena scene, as cool as it was.

New Question:

Any thoughts on re-examining your stance on doing more characters from the Clone Wars Micro Series Cartoon? It seems that with more obscure figures from the EU, concept, comics, and film characters that are coming out (we're getting an Ice Cream Maker Guy) that quite frankly you are running out of the more recognizable characters to do.
Yet there are still a lot of colorful beings from the cartoon that could be realized. You mentioned doing a Fordo in Type II armor which would be a welcome addition, but others like the Arc Pilot (we still don't have a pilot for our Sharktooth Gunship) some of the Nelvaan Warrior and clan characters, Tarr Seirr, General Oro Dassyne, and some of the Cauldron Arena Warriors would be cool. Even a few more of the droid type figures could be done like the upcoming L8-L9 in the Build-a-Droid line.
Thanks by the way for doing the whole Legacy Wave 2, which was composed of all Clone Wars Cartoon figures, and deciding to do K'Kruhk next year who was also in the series.

Have you thought about changing your minds on this, getting permission from Lucasfilm and perhaps decide to explore the Micro Series further in the Legacy line?

Edit as necessary, Thanks.
Hope we can get some sort of resolution on this before the poll is done.I asked them point blank about including Clone Wars micro-series figures in the poll, so let's see what they say to that before going forward.

JediTricks
08-02-2009, 01:25 PM
Ok, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated! I'm going to send in the questions in a few minutes.

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


Resculpts and Clone Wars outfits notwithstanding, there are 20 new outfits for Padme Amidala that you could still produce, and nine years left until your license expires. That said, what's your plan for our favorite queen-turned-senator? Relatively lackluster sales of Breha Organa, another regal female character, might point to a lack of interest in new Padme outfits; there's also the fact that many of the costumes are similar to one another in style and color, particularly her many dark blue and purple ROTS robes. However, when released in cautious numbers, Padme can fully sell through and satiate collectors. Do you plan on making all of her outfits over the course of the line? If not, then how many more do you think we can expect to see, and which ones are most likely?
There is some confusion for the tail end of the Titanium Series line, what with the wave numbers and date cards shown at SDCC. The Mist Hunter is showing up in retailers' computers in wave 10, while your slide show says the previous wave that should have hit shelves before it in late July and includes 3 new tools - the Republic Gunship, Punishing One, and the Malevolence - is nowhere to be found in retailers computers, nor is the wave after the Mist Hunter with the Outrider and Nebulon B frigate. Where does this confusion lie, and will those sets actually get released or will they get lost the way the Gungan Sub and Basestar did? If they are still on track for release, what are those waves and when are they slated for?
At some point during SDCC, photos were taken of a second Utai figure standing near the Utai Varactyl Wrangler figure on display during the rest of the show and the slideshow panel, however there was no mention of this figure anywhere and it wasn't shown during the main display. This second Utai has a stockier head, different deco, and no headgear. What is the deal with this Utai, will it be released as a running change, has it been cut, and could we get a clearer photo of this figure?
Understanding that new tooling costs are a major prohibitive factor in creating playsets, has the Hasbro SW team considered digging out the original GI Joe Headquarters playset tooling to repurpose for the Clone Wars line? Its design is generic sci-fi enough that without resculpting it could pass as a Republic base - such as Rishi Station from "Rookiees" - with simply a different sticker sheet for the control panels. It has a landing pad, a hallway/garage for BARC Speeders, and basic features that keep costs down but fit Clone Wars play patterns. So, any thought given to this idea before? If not, what do you think, and what would its chances be?
With the inclusion of alternate "sitting" legs for the new Slave Leia, it reminds us all that Oola hasn't had an update in over a decade, and could also use legs to sit next to Jabba. Any chance of getting a new Oola with similar alternate sitting legs so she could sit on the Jabba's dais we all hope you'll make soon?
In ye olden days, playsets were keen, but MICRO-scale playsets were really where it was at. Old-skool fans still to this day fondly remember Kenner's expansive Micro Collection series. And Galoob put themselves on the map in the mid-'90s with nearly 30 different creative, clever, fun Micro Machines playsets. Granted, Hasbro's stance on playsets for the 3.75" market is abundantly clear in that there's no mass market left there, but has any thought been put into playsets for the ongoing Galactic Heroes line? The brand's cute little styling could translate very well to playsets, and the brand has legs with both kids and collectors. Collectors love to put figures in context, and kids can always use environments to structure play patterns. The cardboard "playsets" from the recent battle packs are nifty, but kids play rough and cardboard doesn't take much abuse. Competitor Fisher-Price's Imaginext line has tons of creative and fun playsets around the same scale as G. Heroes which some kids have repurposed into Star Wars environments such as Jabba's Sail Barge from the pirate ship. So what about actual playsets for Galactic Heroes?

Look for a new round of voting soon.