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JediTricks
09-11-2009, 01:48 AM
Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on October 2nd. Keep in mind that your votes in round 73 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=696555#post696555).

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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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, 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Has there been any thought to creating a repaint of Clone Wars C-3PO in his "Droids" cartoon coloring? This mold is already fairly cartoony in design and realization. It would make a nifty collectible for fans of the classic cartoon, yet also could work for new collectors unfamiliar with the series as an alternate protocol droid with a unique color scheme. Any chance of seeing this happen from Hasbro, or would it have to show up in the new cartoon first to even be considered?
- In Episode I, the Escape from Naboo sequence was a very memorable scene in the movie. Over the last 10 years, you've managed to release all the brave astromechs involved in the scene except for R5-A7 (aka G8-R3). What are the chances that we'll see this figure done in the near future? What format would it likely be done as, perhaps a basic figure, a pack-in from a set, a build-a-droid, or something else?
- With any white-armored trooper figure, one of the things that is a hard fight for looking realistic is that white coloring. Generally, Hasbro goes for the white of the prop or whitest shade of white plastic they can make, but in the films and even on the Clone Wars show, there really isn't enough lighting to display an all-white figure as truly all white. The lighting used in the films and show give it a subtle off-white, barest-hint-of-cool-gray tone which is tough to scale down on a figure using real world lighting. Has there been any consideration of trying to replicate that look in the figures by changing the base plastic color slightly?
- Unleashed has been a collector-favorite line for a while now, long after its cancellation. Fans crave higher-end statues without the higher-end pricing, and Hasbro delivered that with their plastic Unleashed line. Have you considered going back to the Unleashed well at a slightly higher pricepoint to make it profit-feasible line, perhaps even using the look of some of Lucasfilm's higher-end packaging motif?
- Will you be reissuing the Scramble on Yavin Battle Pack in the new packaging design? Although a sleeper at first, it seems to be very popular and now many collectors themselves are scrambling trying to find it. We know you said that future Battle Packs would go back to the kid-focused styles, but as this is existing tooling and it's popular and it had a relatively short run due to the packaging change-over, it should get a re-release in the '09 packaging, don't you think?
- The new packaging so far has been shelved pretty inconsistently by store clerks, with the coloring differences completely overlooked. This makes for a mishmash of Clone Wars and Saga Legends (with Legacy Collection still not hitting at full strength yet) which collectors have to dig through, and therein lies the focus of this question. The new packaging's J-hook is easily the wimpiest one yet, the hook is so shallow that figures are constantly flying off the pegs as consumers look for their figure of choice, leaving the section a total mess and further mixing up the various lines. Why are the J-hooks on the new cards designed like that, and might you be willing to do something to address this problem?
- The Clone Wars line has been a boon for its droid designs, but is following suit from the realistic lines with the sagging leg problems. This is especially noticeable on Clone Wars Battle Droids and General Grievous. Yet in the same line, IG-86 and the Commando Droid don't suffer this, the difference being that they have ankle joints while the BD and Grievous figures do not. It seems like the joints take stress off the thin leg elements helping cope with wilting issues, and that's a pretty big deal. Obviously including either knee or ankle articulation on them isn't a cheap undertaking, but it seems like a necessary one in the scheme of things since if a figure can't stand up, it's going to be far less fun. Any possibility of including one type of lower leg articulation or another on future versions of these figures as this partial solution to this long-time problem?
- One of your answers in the September 10th round mentioned that R2-X2 is a corrected version of the droid that came in the Entertainment Earth Exclusive set. Another figure in one of those sets, R3-T2, was also painted incorrectly in comparison to its onscreen counterpart. The version you released had a white dome with a metallic brown stripe, while it should have a red dome with white panels. Are there any plans to release a corrected version of R3-T2 down the line?
- Why did K'Kruhk not come with his mythical hat as an accessory? Many of his fans had high hopes for its inclusion, as it's an important part of his persona. Did you consider this when you decided to make him, and if so, why didn't it make the cut?
- In the Sept 10th Q&A, you were asked about a hypothetical lineup for the SW team's own choices for the Fan's Choice poll. Some (possibly insane) fans couldn't help but notice Jaxxon and the Nelvaan Warrior popping up on this list, two figures which a lot of collectors would really love to own, but have thought were at best extreme longshots. Although those 2 figures might not be the biggest sellers, they would really make a lot of people happy, and it appears that includes some of the designers at Hasbro. Realistically, given that you've spilled the beans on your own love for these two, what are the chances we'll see these two figures prior to the end of Hasbro's current SW license?
- With your recent answer about the Holiday Special aliens, you've put another nail in the coffin by pointing out that it is "forgettable" (though we'd argue clearly not as 3 generations of SW fans now talk about it and ask for figures from it despite having only grainy bootleg videos as their source) and figures from it won't be produced. In the past, you've done both animated-sequence figures (Boba Fett) and live-action-sequence ones (Zutton), so there is precendence to ask our question: what about Chewbacca's family? All 3 of them have appeared in other EU sources beyond the Holiday Special, but due to their origination, do you consider them figures that have little to no chance of production, or is there hope for any/all of them at some point down the line? (They wouldn't even have to come with their Life Day robes, if you absolutely couldn't find it in your heart to include them. But wouldn't that be like making a Tiny Tim figure and not including his crutch? That would be cruel... but we digress. ;-) )
- In light of several answers by Hasbro stating that sales for the collector-focused Legacy Collection line have fallen off sharply in the last year, causing sales bottlenecks at retail, there have been several theories about why this is happening. Some theories include the simple "the price went up too high for the market to bear in an economic downturn" theory; there's the one saying the casual collecting market (kids, parents, casual collectors) have abandoned the movie lines for The Clone Wars line; there's a theory arguing the Build-A-Droid concept has taken the wind out of sails of every type of collector who isn't a completist and knows they will have a hard time completing their droids; and there's another argument saying that the line over the last year has focused on so many redos that don't quite hit the mark, as well as new figures coming in exclusive packs that require buying old figures as well, that it's choked off interest from the main collector fanbase. Does Hasbro subscribe at all to any of these theories as to why the TLC line has run into so much trouble, or if not, why does the SW team think this problem has come up for the line?
- We know you designed the first Evolutions Clone Pilot figure's deco around the Battle of Hypori Rancor-tooth Republic Gunship (TRU-exclusive, 2006) originally seen in Clone Wars micro series chapter 21, but the actual pilot in the episode has significant deco differences, as well as a rangefinder on the helmet, because he's an ARC Pilot. It seems like the wind has gone out of the realistic-line's sails in terms of Clone Trooper variants lately, and while we dig that you're looking to do a Fordo figure, not to mention the Heavy Gunner figure you already made was from that same CW chapter, it seems like a good addition to the line to also do an ARC pilot. You don't have to say "Clone Wars" anywhere on the packaging to avoid confusion with The Clone Wars line. So what are the chances of seeing an ARC Pilot figure? If poor, what specific factors are the holdup for something like this? If it's just Clone Wars cross-pollination concerns, why isn't just releasing the figures without mention of their origin enough of a solution?
- There have been a lot of Jedi figures lately, even main characters, who don't come with their robes. Ep 2 Obi-Wan, Ep 2 and Ep 3 Anakin, even the new Plo Koon, they are pretty major players and yet... robeless. A Jedi's robe is part of what defines him as a wizard, as well as disguising him as a warrior, it's a signature part of the costume, and right now there are too few Jedi figures released with theirs. While we understand these cloth robes aren't cheap to produce, they're still necessary. Anakin's robes are different from the standard robes but no less important to those prequel iterations of the character. So any chance that when these figures get re-released in some format, be it Saga Legends or Battle Packs or even Greatest Hits-style re-releases a few waves down the line, might they get their Jedi robes included?
- Have you considered sealing magnets into figures' feet and including metal stands to avoid the numerous problems that have come up with footpeg holes over the years? Kotobukiya is doing that with their new ARTFX+ line of statue kits to great success, and although 3.75" figures are a smaller medium, magnetic feet would go well with your action figure line with all its challenges keeping figures standing.
- We've now seen Hasbro imagery of deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, and us old-fogey collectors who have been around since 1996 are quite surprised to see that accessory's return. It wasn't exactly popular back in the day, its styling wasn't that Star Warsy, and its wobbly guns didn't help much, yet now we have it back for a whole new generation of Star Wars collectors. The other 1996 deluxe releases - Crowd Control Stormtrooper, Han Solo with Flight Pack, and Boba Fett with Mega Jetpack of Doom - weren't exactly crowd-pleasers either, but will we be seeing any of them re-released? Though the idea of a small vehicle for Anakin makes sense, re-releasing this piece seems like such an odd choice. Could you guide us through the thought process on this one? Did the failure of the original influence the decision at all?

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

vger
09-11-2009, 09:31 AM
1, 12, 13 and:

One of your answers to a question this last round mentioned that R2-X2 is a corrected version of the droid that came in the Entertainment Earth Exclusive sets. R3-T2 from the Entertainment Earth sets was painted incorrectly in comparison to its onscreen counterpart. Instead of a brown dome with a white stripe, it should have a red dome with white panels. Are there any plans to release a corrected version of R3-T2 down the line?

Blue2th
09-11-2009, 09:55 AM
Question:

Will K'Kruhk (Legacy 2010 Wave 1) come with his mythical hat as an accessory? Many of his fans would like to know, as it's an important part of his persona.
If not, did you consider this when you decided to make him?

Blue2th
09-11-2009, 10:19 AM
Question:

Any chance on getting an updated General Veers, with ball jointed elbows and knees so he can actually sit in an AT-AT, and a re-sculpted head so he doesn't look like Quentin Tarantino?

Blue2th
09-11-2009, 10:37 AM
Question:

You mentioned in an earlier Q&A Session that Captain Fordo Phase 2 armor and the Clone Pilots were high on your list of characters to do from the Micro Series.
With a good ROTS Phase 2 SA Clone Trooper already made, and the excellent re-sculpts of the Clone Pilots in the Gunner Pod Battle Pack, repaints to get Fordo and the Arc Pilots would seem an obvious choice. Maybe even a Battle Pack of the Gunner Pods and two Arc Pilots for the yet unrealized Pilots for our TRU Exclusive Gunships.

Any plans, opportunity (with LFL's permission) in the near future to get these figures realized?

Mousedroid Session 14
QUESTION #1
Dear Hasbro
I am a huge fan of The Legacy Collection's Wave 2 - Clone Wars. Every single figure is just fantastic. I cannot remember the last time a Wave was released where I couldn't wait for every figure. Do you have any plans for more Waves based on the Clone Wars Micro-Series or figures as part of an EU Wave?
I would really like to see a Battle Ravaged Anakin from his duel with Asajj Ventress on Yavin, a Battle Ravaged Ki-Adi-Mundi from Hypori, the nervious looking padawan Sha'a Gi and his Master Daakman Barrek, Advanced Recon Commando pilot, the Clone Marines who accompany Saesee Tiin, and Captain Fordo in Phase 2 Armour.
Thanks
Commander Collars

HASBRO REPLY:
We're glad you liked that Wave - we agree that it is a super wave and a great way to say goodbye, with a bang, to the original Clone Wars micro-series. It will be our last wave to focus on that series, as at the request of Lucasfilm we have been concentrating our Clone Wars efforts on the new series. It is possible that we could get approval to do an occasional one here or there and we will take your suggestions into account if we do have an opportunity (Fordo and the Pilots are great choices and are highest on our list!).

Cane_Adiss
09-11-2009, 02:43 PM
New Question:

Revenge of the Sith has been one of the most thoroghly covered movies when it comes to figures, but there are at least four more interesting alien characters from this movie who have yet to be immortalized in plastic. The Nikto jedi J'oopi She, senators Eeusu Estornii and Veedaaz Awmetth. And finally, the Mon Calamari Dancer who Hasbro has stated previously was "on the bubble". How long do we have to wait to add these interesting aliens to our collections? They would add some diversity and color to an otherwise drab and monotone wave of clones and jedi resculpts wouldn't they?

Ando
09-11-2009, 03:32 PM
10+13 and if Blue2th's ARC pilot questions gets added, that one too.

bigbarada
09-12-2009, 01:22 PM
I thought up this question as more of a joke; but, in light of the outrage that is brewing all over the internet over the upcoming DS2 Luke figure, I thought it might be interesting to bring up:

Twice in the history of modern Star Wars figures, ROTJ Jedi Luke has been depicted as a partial cross-dresser. The first instance of this was the high-heeled boots on the 1996 POTF2 Jedi Luke figure. Then there was the "halter-top" Jedi Luke that was released in the 2007 TAC line that seems to have become the current "default" Jedi Luke (as evidenced by his inclusion with the new Rancor toy). There was never any indication of Luke being a transvestite in the films, so why the tendency to depict Jedi Luke as wearing feminine articles of clothing?

El Chuxter
09-14-2009, 03:23 PM
I'd like to pose a few:

1) In last week's Q&A, another collecting site posed a question about a hypothetical lineup for your own choices for the Fan's Choice poll. Some of our (possibly insane) members couldn't help but notice the Nelvaan Warrior and Jaxxon popping up on this list, two figures a lot of collectors would really love to have, but have thought were extreme longshots to ever see production, at best. Although they might not be the biggest sellers, they would really make a lot of people happy, and it appears that includes some of the designers at Hasbro. Realistically, given that you've spilled the beans on your own love for these two, what are the chances we'll see these two figures prior to the end of Hasbro's current contract?

2) The official word on Holiday Special figures still is a bit confusing. Boba Fett and Zutton proved that they're not off-limits, and you've expressed some interest in a few of the weirder aliens, but the other live-action characters were confirmed last week to be a no-go. (This has prompted some fans of Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman to gnash their teeth and wail in the streets, by the way.) So we'd like to clarify one minor detail: Chewbacca's family. Given that all three of them have appeared in other Expanded Universe sources, are they off-limits as well, or would they be possibilities for figures at some point?

(And, if you really insist on no Akmena, is there any chance that maybe you might pursue the license for Golden Girls figures and just happen to re-release Shmi Skywalker at the same time as Dorothy Sbornak? No? Aw, well, it was worth a shot, right?)

3) You mentioned that many of the live-action Ewok movie characters are on your short list. However, we couldn't help but notice the glaring omission of Teek. Since (by virtue of his appearance in the Star Tours safety video) he has had more mainstream exposure than the rest of the new characters, would you consider him as well, in the unlikely event he doesn't sweep the Fan's Choice poll?

El Chuxter
09-14-2009, 03:42 PM
If #3 is used, it could possibly even mention the Marauders, who look freakin' awesome even if you have no clue what they are. And that could be a nice way to get a blurrg.

Another one I just came up with:

4) The nominating process for the new Fan's Choice poll has shown a good deal of interest in human characters who play minor but memorable roles in the films: Jocasta Nu, Cliegg Lars, Queen Jamilla, Torryn Farr, Fozec, Queen Appailana, Jira, etc. Each of these would sell to a good portion of adult collectors, but likely would not appeal to a more mainstream audience. Could these be considered for inclusion in exclusives of some sort, be it store exclusive BattlePacks, an online-only multipack, or even a store exclusive wave, or possibly in some other manner that involves a lower production run, so as to satisfy the collecting community without creating pegwarmers?

I'm really tempted to propose asking them if they really can't see the dropoff in spending by adult collectors overall is due to a combination of rising costs, endless re-dos that don't quite fit the bill, and requiring people to buy reissued figures to get new ones (no matter how much they deny doing it).

JediTricks
09-14-2009, 04:51 PM
Questions 17 - 23 added.


One of your answers to a question this last round mentioned that R2-X2 is a corrected version of the droid that came in the Entertainment Earth Exclusive sets. R3-T2 from the Entertainment Earth sets was painted incorrectly in comparison to its onscreen counterpart. Instead of a brown dome with a white stripe, it should have a red dome with white panels. Are there any plans to release a corrected version of R3-T2 down the line?I'll add it, but it seems less likely to me since it's not as significant a difference as R2-X2's color change and not as noticeable a character. Vote counted.


Question:

Will K'Kruhk (Legacy 2010 Wave 1) come with his mythical hat as an accessory? Many of his fans would like to know, as it's an important part of his persona.
If not, did you consider this when you decided to make him?Added. Vote counted.


Question:

Any chance on getting an updated General Veers, with ball jointed elbows and knees so he can actually sit in an AT-AT, and a re-sculpted head so he doesn't look like Quentin Tarantino?Gonna pass on this for now, not seeing how articulated knees would help him sit in the AT-AT, whose cockpit was designed back in the vintage era when figures had 5 points of articulation at best.



Question:

You mentioned in an earlier Q&A Session that Captain Fordo Phase 2 armor and the Clone Pilots were high on your list of characters to do from the Micro Series.
With a good ROTS Phase 2 SA Clone Trooper already made, and the excellent re-sculpts of the Clone Pilots in the Gunner Pod Battle Pack, repaints to get Fordo and the Arc Pilots would seem an obvious choice. Maybe even a Battle Pack of the Gunner Pods and two Arc Pilots for the yet unrealized Pilots for our TRU Exclusive Gunships.

Any plans, opportunity (with LFL's permission) in the near future to get these figures realized?

Mousedroid Session 14
QUESTION #1
Dear Hasbro
I am a huge fan of The Legacy Collection's Wave 2 - Clone Wars. Every single figure is just fantastic. I cannot remember the last time a Wave was released where I couldn't wait for every figure. Do you have any plans for more Waves based on the Clone Wars Micro-Series or figures as part of an EU Wave?
I would really like to see a Battle Ravaged Anakin from his duel with Asajj Ventress on Yavin, a Battle Ravaged Ki-Adi-Mundi from Hypori, the nervious looking padawan Sha'a Gi and his Master Daakman Barrek, Advanced Recon Commando pilot, the Clone Marines who accompany Saesee Tiin, and Captain Fordo in Phase 2 Armour.
Thanks
Commander Collars

HASBRO REPLY:
We're glad you liked that Wave - we agree that it is a super wave and a great way to say goodbye, with a bang, to the original Clone Wars micro-series. It will be our last wave to focus on that series, as at the request of Lucasfilm we have been concentrating our Clone Wars efforts on the new series. It is possible that we could get approval to do an occasional one here or there and we will take your suggestions into account if we do have an opportunity (Fordo and the Pilots are great choices and are highest on our list!).This seems like a pass to me, they said in the May 1st Q&A:
JediInsider.com: Question from JI reader Alpha 77: What I'd be hoping to see appear as a Clone Wars or Saga Legends figure would be ARC Captain Fordo, since the new packaging for the figures is dedicated to Fordo, I would believe that there would be a figure for him as well. Is there a possibility of this?
Hasbro: There is no Fordo planned right now, but there's a strong likelihood that we'll get to him someday. Lucasfilm has asked that we not pursue any more of the Clone Wars micro series figures, but given there are a couple important ones still to go, we think we'll be able to get them into the lineup in the future.
So they have already responded after that Sept 26th, 2008 answer you cited, they will try to go ahead with it when they get to a place where it's appropriate. They don't need us to tell them how to make the figures IMO, not with something this obvious. Also, I am not sold on the quality of those Gunship Pod battle pack pilot figures, the sculpts could be sharper, they're not the epitome. And the TRU Crumb Bomber Gunship wouldn't have the turret pods, they're not on the CW version of the vehicle's design. LMK if I'm missing the point of your question, I found it a little confusing.



New Question:

Revenge of the Sith has been one of the most thoroghly covered movies when it comes to figures, but there are at least four more interesting alien characters from this movie who have yet to be immortalized in plastic. The Nikto jedi J'oopi She, senators Eeusu Estornii and Veedaaz Awmetth. And finally, the Mon Calamari Dancer who Hasbro has stated previously was "on the bubble". How long do we have to wait to add these interesting aliens to our collections? They would add some diversity and color to an otherwise drab and monotone wave of clones and jedi resculpts wouldn't they?I'm going to pass on this. You start out mentioning how thoroughly ROTS has been covered, and then group together 4 figures that have little in common besides being "aliens" in the film, which isn't a particularly strong thread to hang a question on because you're already rightfully answering why it's not a priority to make them. But the bottom line for my decision is that Hasbro has said they'll try to get figures of everything out in modern quality eventually, it just will take time. There's no overall fan desire to get these specific figures made ahead of any other ROTS figure, they'll come out when Hasbro thinks it makes sense to. I don't want to just fish 4 names in the hopes that Hasbro is already making one of them and will confirm it, that always seems like a wasted question to me when it's not something that has been screaming to be made or seems like it won't get made without fan support. Eventually, an ROTS wave will be planned that needs a filler figure and they'll trot one of your choices out, then another, then another, until either the line is complete, they lose the license, or the line folds. The same argument for your 4 figures could be made for hundreds more Star Wars figures before even touching on the EU (and routinely has been made in polls and on the forums), if there was a stronger desire for them they would have appeared higher in the fans choice polls which would have leapfrogged them over a lot of other figures.



I thought up this question as more of a joke; but, in light of the outrage that is brewing all over the internet over the upcoming DS2 Luke figure, I thought it might be interesting to bring up:

Twice in the history of modern Star Wars figures, ROTJ Jedi Luke has been depicted as a partial cross-dresser. The first instance of this was the high-heeled boots on the 1996 POTF2 Jedi Luke figure. Then there was the "halter-top" Jedi Luke that was released in the 2007 TAC line that seems to have become the current "default" Jedi Luke (as evidenced by his inclusion with the new Rancor toy). There was never any indication of Luke being a transvestite in the films, so why the tendency to depict Jedi Luke as wearing feminine articles of clothing?1) I don't really see the point on this, joke or not, it's not terribly current.

2) I am discounting the fan uproar until we actually have the figure in-hand. Remember how much complaining there was on the first McQuarrie Stormtrooper, and then when it hit all those collectors snatched that figure up as fast as they could find it?



I'd like to pose a few:I hate you. ;)


1) In last week's Q&A, another collecting site posed a question about a hypothetical lineup for your own choices for the Fan's Choice poll. Some of our (possibly insane) members couldn't help but notice the Nelvaan Warrior and Jaxxon popping up on this list, two figures a lot of collectors would really love to have, but have thought were extreme longshots to ever see production, at best. Although they might not be the biggest sellers, they would really make a lot of people happy, and it appears that includes some of the designers at Hasbro. Realistically, given that you've spilled the beans on your own love for these two, what are the chances we'll see these two figures prior to the end of Hasbro's current contract?Added.


The official word on Holiday Special figures still is a bit confusing. Boba Fett and Zutton proved that they're not off-limits, and you've expressed some interest in a few of the weirder aliens, but the other live-action characters were confirmed last week to be a no-go. (This has prompted some fans of Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman to gnash their teeth and wail in the streets, by the way.) So we'd like to clarify one minor detail: Chewbacca's family. Given that all three of them have appeared in other Expanded Universe sources, are they off-limits as well, or would they be possibilities for figures at some point?

(And, if you really insist on no Akmena, is there any chance that maybe you might pursue the license for Golden Girls figures and just happen to re-release Shmi Skywalker at the same time as Dorothy Sbornak? No? Aw, well, it was worth a shot, right?)I'll add this, but I think it needed a reworking to focus on the foundational elements that can pay off with the actual question on Chewie's family. I tossed a different jokey ending to it as well because, well, that's the perk of being editor. :p I included a very rare smiley though.


You mentioned that many of the live-action Ewok movie characters are on your short list. However, we couldn't help but notice the glaring omission of Teek. Since (by virtue of his appearance in the Star Tours safety video) he has had more mainstream exposure than the rest of the new characters, would you consider him as well, in the unlikely event he doesn't sweep the Fan's Choice poll?I went back in time over the previous answers that had Teek in the questions, and there was a pattern of 2007 answers from Hasbro:
"This is a good line of thinking and it has merit, but we do not make any plans right now. We wouldn't rule it out as something we could get to in the next few years."
Anyway, I've seen conflicting answers about the Ewok movie characters in this round, and from them I deduce that they are good to go with actual Ewoks from them, but not any other characters. I don't think there's a strong enough foundation to specifically ask about Teek right now. Let's see how he does in the Fans Choice poll next month first, then come back to me on this after those results are in.


The nominating process for the new Fan's Choice poll has shown a good deal of interest in human characters who play minor but memorable roles in the films: Jocasta Nu, Cliegg Lars, Queen Jamilla, Torryn Farr, Fozec, Queen Appailana, Jira, etc. Each of these would sell to a good portion of adult collectors, but likely would not appeal to a more mainstream audience. Could these be considered for inclusion in exclusives of some sort, be it store exclusive BattlePacks, an online-only multipack, or even a store exclusive wave, or possibly in some other manner that involves a lower production run, so as to satisfy the collecting community without creating pegwarmers?We have asked them this before, I believe on your specific suggestion. July 20th, 2007:
ActionFigs.com: Over the past few years, you've offered several shared online exclusives which provided figures that otherwise may not have been produced due to a perceived lack of appeal to kids/casual collectors, figures such as Delta Squad, Wulf Yularen, and Baron Papanoida. Would you consider a similar exclusive set where characters are related only by their desirability among collectors, a "Cult Figures" type of set, drawing from the large number of figures that are consistently requested by collectors but you are wary of releasing as carded figures, such as Yarna d'al Gargan, Wilrow Hood, Sim Aloo, Tey How, Wald, Jocasta Nu, Wioslea, Teek, etc.?
Hasbro: We would not pursue this idea as suggested, primarily because we feel that one of the great strengths of Star Wars is the storytelling, scenic, or situational grouping that makes any multi-pack stronger than simply it's individual components. If we do pursue any of the figures you suggest, it's likely they would be presented in a Star Wars context with other figures to tell a story, rather than simply as figures grouped together by their relative obscurity.
Moreover, there's no logic to the question when you consider they are talking about Battle Packs going back to the kid-focus styling, and a pack of all-new, low-interest figures means all new tooling which raises the cost and lowers the already-unlikely prospects for sales, creating a downward spiral heading to abject failure.



I'm really tempted to propose asking them if they really can't see the dropoff in spending by adult collectors overall is due to a combination of rising costs, endless re-dos that don't quite fit the bill, and requiring people to buy reissued figures to get new ones (no matter how much they deny doing it).I'll add this. Vote counted.

El Chuxter
09-14-2009, 05:24 PM
You'll hate me for this, but I didn't think of it earlier: in the Chewie's family question, you could possibly mention that they'd be decent "background Wookiees" for scenes and dioramas; even if people hate the Holiday Special, it's tough to hate Wookiees. (I've made clear that, aside from a couple of elements, I hate the Holiday Special, but there are still plenty of characters from it I'd buy, no question.)

(And all three of my questions were directly influenced by their answers last week, so hate them, not me. :D)

By my count, I've got three votes left, so I'll put my support behind 16 & 20, and hold off on the last one until closer to the end.

JediTricks
09-14-2009, 05:41 PM
You'll hate me for this, but I didn't think of it earlier: in the Chewie's family question, you could possibly mention that they'd be decent "background Wookiees" for scenes and dioramas; even if people hate the Holiday Special, it's tough to hate Wookiees. (I've made clear that, aside from a couple of elements, I hate the Holiday Special, but there are still plenty of characters from it I'd buy, no question.)

(And all three of my questions were directly influenced by their answers last week, so hate them, not me. :D)

By my count, I've got three votes left, so I'll put my support behind 16 & 20, and hold off on the last one until closer to the end.
In what way would a little kid Wookiee, a Wookiee wearing an apron, and a bizarre-looking hunched over white Wookiee make for decent background Wookiees? Itchy and Lumpy are among the creepiest-looking faces in all of SW to me, they have '70s ick factor like something from Sid & Marty Kroft.

Blue2th
09-14-2009, 06:43 PM
Questions 17 - 23 added.






This seems like a pass to me, they said in the May 1st Q&A:
JediInsider.com: Question from JI reader Alpha 77: What I'd be hoping to see appear as a Clone Wars or Saga Legends figure would be ARC Captain Fordo, since the new packaging for the figures is dedicated to Fordo, I would believe that there would be a figure for him as well. Is there a possibility of this?
Hasbro: There is no Fordo planned right now, but there's a strong likelihood that we'll get to him someday. Lucasfilm has asked that we not pursue any more of the Clone Wars micro series figures, but given there are a couple important ones still to go, we think we'll be able to get them into the lineup in the future.
So they have already responded after that Sept 26th, 2008 answer you cited, they will try to go ahead with it when they get to a place where it's appropriate. They don't need us to tell them how to make the figures IMO, not with something this obvious. Also, I am not sold on the quality of those Gunship Pod battle pack pilot figures, the sculpts could be sharper, they're not the epitome. And the TRU Crumb Bomber Gunship wouldn't have the turret pods, they're not on the CW version of the vehicle's design. LMK if I'm missing the point of your question, I found it a little confusing.






That question from Jedi Insider was asking to get an already made (and very popular) Phase 1 Armor Fordo into the Legends line which is made up of only redundant figures. It really is a vague question.

Nothing as specific as mousedroid's question in which Hasbro answered they would like to get to both figures I mentioned in my question, a Phase 2 Armor Coruscant Fordo and Pilots (ARC pilots is obvious as they were talking about Micro Series)
To cut to the core, all I want is repaints of existing sculpts into figures we don't have yet.

We know the Micro Series characters are on their minds with Chux's question about a Nelvaan. I see no problem with asking if they already mentioned getting to these two figures eventually, maybe we can hurry them along or ask if they are planned soon.

Maybe a less embellished question like:

With the ROTS Clone and recent Clone Pilots sculpts already existing,
any chance of getting a Fordo Phase 2 Armor and Arc Pilot repaints in the near future?

I don't care one way or the other about the gunpods.
Maybe we can point out the "obvious" without saying it or telling them how to do their job or even mention that taboo word Micro Series but asking for a couple of repaints I don't think is too much to ask when they said they would like to get to them. I don't really think Jedi Insider's question is relevant if you really study it. Same guy but different armor.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-14-2009, 06:57 PM
That question from Jedi Insider was asking to get an already made (and very popular) Phase 1 Armor Fordo into the Legends line which is made up of only redundant figures. It really is a vague question.
What? No, they're totally asking about Phase II. They just mentioned Saga Legends since the figure would just be a repainted Commander Neyo/Saleucami Trooper. I really don't think they were asking about Phase I, since we already have four different red ARC Troopers (one of which got a few releases) and I couldn't possibly fathom anybody wanting any more.

Blue2th
09-14-2009, 07:30 PM
What? No, they're totally asking about Phase II. They just mentioned Saga Legends since the figure would just be a repainted Commander Neyo/Saleucami Trooper. I really don't think they were asking about Phase I, since we already have four different red ARC Troopers (one of which got a few releases) and I couldn't possibly fathom anybody wanting any more.

None of those Arc Troopers have been Fordo Phase 1 except the first Clone Wars ones (one animated) and the Target Clone pack (without the range finder)

Since when have Legends figures been anything but rehashes of older figures? Other than some different dirt on Sandtroopers every figure has been a redundant one.
Fordo Phase 2 would be a distinctive repaint, and thus not fit in the Legends lineup.

He is however a Saleucami trooper though and not an ROTS Trooper (my bad) but still as a repaint he wouldn't qualify as a Legends.


With Mousedroid's question they mention Fordo Phase 2 and the Pilots as "highest on the list"
With a question from Jedi Defender they mention Fordo Phase 2 as being one they wanted to do:

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.


So that's twice they mention him as being a possibility.
The question can be recrafted, but you know the jest of what I want to ask.

Blue2th
09-15-2009, 12:44 PM
Revised questions:

With a newer sculpt of an Imperial Officer, any chance of getting an updated General Veers, with ball jointed knees, elbows, and any other articulation and cool accessories in the near future?



With a newer sculpt of the Clone Pilot, any chance of getting a Battle of Hypori ARC Pilot to fill in some much needed seats for our Toys R Us exclusive Gunships in the near future?


Dropped Captain Fordo because of the newer answer. Re-craft as needed, thanks for question 20. :)

TheDarthVader
09-15-2009, 01:09 PM
My question: Why would you guys make the evolution series 3 sets exclusive? I can not find any of these sets at any of my four closest wal mart stores.

El Chuxter
09-15-2009, 01:25 PM
Their answer will be that the bigger retailers demand exclusives, and that no one wanted to carry Evolutions, so that was the only way they could be made. Guarantee it.

JediTricks
09-15-2009, 03:04 PM
That question from Jedi Insider was asking to get an already made (and very popular) Phase 1 Armor Fordo into the Legends line which is made up of only redundant figures. It really is a vague question.

Nothing as specific as mousedroid's question in which Hasbro answered they would like to get to both figures I mentioned in my question, a Phase 2 Armor Coruscant Fordo and Pilots (ARC pilots is obvious as they were talking about Micro Series)
To cut to the core, all I want is repaints of existing sculpts into figures we don't have yet.

We know the Micro Series characters are on their minds with Chux's question about a Nelvaan. I see no problem with asking if they already mentioned getting to these two figures eventually, maybe we can hurry them along or ask if they are planned soon.

Maybe a less embellished question like:

With the ROTS Clone and recent Clone Pilots sculpts already existing,
any chance of getting a Fordo Phase 2 Armor and Arc Pilot repaints in the near future?

I don't care one way or the other about the gunpods.
Maybe we can point out the "obvious" without saying it or telling them how to do their job or even mention that taboo word Micro Series but asking for a couple of repaints I don't think is too much to ask when they said they would like to get to them. I don't really think Jedi Insider's question is relevant if you really study it. Same guy but different armor.First off, the gunpods I finally realized you meant for the old TRU CW Gunship, not the new one. That was confusing, but I get it now. We already have that pilot though, it was in an Evo pack, I believe.

Even your response here is very confusing, very scattered and hard for me to follow, but the stripped-down question is more on-target. Can you source me an image of an ARC pilot though? I can't picture a reason to even ask for one, but I'm not sure what color scheme you are asking done specifically.

I'm not really thrilled with the idea of asking for specific clones based on their unique paint alone, we have a number of red-striped clones and even ARC Troopers already, so it's hard for me to get on board with this, you'll need to sell me the reason for this over something else. And you'll doubly need to explain to me why it has to be NAMED as such. If Hasbro merely released a "Clone Commander" in Fordo's colors, that doesn't sound like you'd be satisfied with it. It's worse for the ARC Pilot because we've already asked about them in the past, and they're not as important as Fordo.



Revised questions:

With a newer sculpt of an Imperial Officer, any chance of getting an updated General Veers, with ball jointed knees, elbows, and any other articulation and cool accessories in the near future?I just don't see the point of asking for Veers specifically right now, of asking to leapfrog that redo over another officer like Piett or Jerjerrod or Tarkin. It doesn't seem especially necessary at this time.


With a newer sculpt of the Clone Pilot, any chance of getting a Battle of Hypori ARC Pilot to fill in some much needed seats for our Toys R Us exclusive Gunships in the near future?Ok, sourcing the battle clarified it for me, but we just got that figure last year, according to Hasbro, in the Imp Pilots Evolutions set: http://www.rebelscum.com/tlcEVOImpPilots1.asp



Their answer will be that the bigger retailers demand exclusives, and that no one wanted to carry Evolutions, so that was the only way they could be made. Guarantee it.I would guess it's the latter part of that answer that's the specific. Target and TRU were choked with the previous 2 Evo Pilots sets, they didn't want to order more so that wave was canned and WM picked it up. Now that I type it, I am pretty sure they even said it in Q&A before, but I don't want to bother looking it up.

Blue2th
09-15-2009, 03:51 PM
First off, the gunpods I finally realized you meant for the old TRU CW Gunship, not the new one. That was confusing, but I get it now. We already have that pilot though, it was in an Evo pack, I believe.

Even your response here is very confusing, very scattered and hard for me to follow, but the stripped-down question is more on-target. Can you source me an image of an ARC pilot though? I can't picture a reason to even ask for one, but I'm not sure what color scheme you are asking done specifically.

I'm not really thrilled with the idea of asking for specific clones based on their unique paint alone, we have a number of red-striped clones and even ARC Troopers already, so it's hard for me to get on board with this, you'll need to sell me the reason for this over something else. And you'll doubly need to explain to me why it has to be NAMED as such. If Hasbro merely released a "Clone Commander" in Fordo's colors, that doesn't sound like you'd be satisfied with it. It's worse for the ARC Pilot because we've already asked about them in the past, and they're not as important as Fordo.


I just don't see the point of asking for Veers specifically right now, of asking to leapfrog that redo over another officer like Piett or Jerjerrod or Tarkin. It doesn't seem especially necessary at this time.

Ok, sourcing the battle clarified it for me, but we just got that figure last year, according to Hasbro, in the Imp Pilots Evolutions set: http://www.rebelscum.com/tlcEVOImpPilots1.asp


I would guess it's the latter part of that answer that's the specific. Target and TRU were choked with the previous 2 Evo Pilots sets, they didn't want to order more so that wave was canned and WM picked it up. Now that I type it, I am pretty sure they even said it in Q&A before, but I don't want to bother looking it up.

I failed to mention it was the first TRU Gunship.
I was hoping that Evo set had the blue trimmed ARC that was correct, but it's wrong. That one is for the "made up universe"
We don't have to call him an ARC Pilot just a Pilot, but he is piloting that Gunship at Hypori. I think this is the one in the Mousedroid answer they were referring to as "high on the list" since they were talking about the Micro Series. I think a single carded version in the same light blue trim as the recent last years white carded Legacy Heavy Gunner Clone would be perfect as "Clone Pilot."
He has to look like this though:

JediTricks
09-15-2009, 03:58 PM
I can get on board with question about a Fordo repaint of the Neyo figure maybe, but this one just doesn't feel remotely necessary to fight for. The paint details on the realistic figure are inaccurate, fine, but it's literally ANOTHER of this same pilot design with slightly different colors, as a repaint that is a super major snore and I just can't bring myself to put that in the Q&A, that feels like a huge waste of time. Plus, it still won't fit the bill since the pilot there has a rangefinder where NO other pilot figure anywhere does, so it'll need a new head regardless. And for what? A character that was on screen for a fleeting moment in the micro-series? It's hard to know how to argue for it at this point, it'd make an easy custom (I'm picturing using the Clone Wars realistic line's blue commander head on a pilot body with the breather) but a rather limited-interest figure and too expensive to be likely to be tooled up.

Maybe if I better understood the passion for this figure being made...

Blue2th
09-15-2009, 04:41 PM
I don't have one or two that rightfully must pilot that Gunship. That's the passion, or obsession. :crazed:
Yup he needs a rangefinder too. I'm guessing that's what makes him an ARC Pilot.
So he's a repaint of the Clone Pilot, but they have to drill a hole and assemble a rangefinder. That's a big expense. :Ponder:

Now watch Hasbro put out all kinds of Clone Pilots with the new tooling, but they'll all be made up, and they still won't get one of these done. :rolleyes:

No big deal, one outa three question's not bad. :neutral:

Blue2th
09-15-2009, 06:54 PM
Dear Hasbro can you make this pilot (see above) to put in here:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-15-2009, 06:57 PM
Are you joking?

El Chuxter
09-15-2009, 09:09 PM
This is going to sound like a joke, but I'm 100% serious. It might be a good idea to verify with absolute certainty that this isn't an example of cross-pollination first before posing it, though:

Through the years, some figures have had better likenesses of actors than others. Han Solo has had figures that look close, and ones that don't, and even one (from the cardboard Jabba's Palace set) that looked more like Lyle Lovett than Harrison Ford. However, an amazing likeness of Mr. Ford has just been released, only it's the head for the Aqua-Viper Commander from the G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra line, and looks more like Ford a few years after his role in the Star Wars series. Realizing that "cross-pollination" of the lines occurs (a noteable example being the Geonosis Playset, which was used for G.I.Joe a few years ago without even removing the sculpted-in Battle Droids), any chance that this head is from an unconfirmed "older" Han Solo... or could you consider using it for such a figure in the future?

Blue2th
09-16-2009, 08:20 AM
Are you joking?

I don't know dude. the more I post the more ridiculous I sound. I can't keep track of all the hoops I gotta jump through....oh well whatever nevermind. :crazed:

Ando
09-16-2009, 10:47 AM
Dear Hasbro can you make this pilot (see above) to put in here:

I am with you on this one, Blue2th. If it gets added, I will vote for it.

El Chuxter
09-17-2009, 02:04 PM
New question:

Pictures have leaked of a deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, which appears to be a reissue of the classic deluxe vehicle from 1997. As these fun little mini-vehicles have been unavailable for more than ten years, will there be more reissues to bring them to kids? Can we hope for the Crowd Control Pack to be reissued with a Clonetrooper, or perhaps a Mandalorean Warrior to come with Boba Fett's jetpack? Or, dare we to dream of a re-done Cruisemissile Trooper, this time with a Clonetrooper head?

(It might sound like a joke, but it's better than, "Dude, reissuing that pice of carp? What the hell are you fools smoking?")

bigbarada
09-17-2009, 02:08 PM
New question:

Pictures have leaked of a deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, which appears to be a reissue of the classic deluxe vehicle from 1997. As these fun little mini-vehicles have been unavailable for more than ten years, will there be more reissues to bring them to kids? Can we hope for the Crowd Control Pack to be reissued with a Clonetrooper, or perhaps a Mandalorean Warrior to come with Boba Fett's jetpack? Or, dare we to dream of a re-done Cruisemissile Trooper, this time with a Clonetrooper head?

(It might sound like a joke, but it's better than, "Dude, reissuing that pice of carp? What the hell are you fools smoking?")

I'd vote for it if you found a way to work in the vintage POTF Body Rigs. I've always wanted to see those things rereleased.

El Chuxter
09-17-2009, 02:11 PM
Those would be dependent upon the molds existing. If they didn't want to reissue it, they'd say the molds don't exist and can't be re-done, like they keep doing with the Twin-Pod Cloud Car and the GIJoe Skystriker, never realizing that people are asking because they wantses it!

It would be a good way to get these out again, but would you really want to pay $17 for a classic ESB mini-rig and get a lame Clone Wars figure in the set?

JediTricks
09-17-2009, 04:52 PM
I don't have one or two that rightfully must pilot that Gunship. That's the passion, or obsession. :crazed:
I don't know dude. the more I post the more ridiculous I sound. I can't keep track of all the hoops I gotta jump through....oh well whatever nevermind. :crazed:I guess what I mean is the passion that can be translated into a larger collecting sense so that it can be used as a question. I need to understand what makes this important beyond merely completing a specific color scheme from a specific episode that makes it worthwhile to move forward with a question.


Yup he needs a rangefinder too. I'm guessing that's what makes him an ARC Pilot.
So he's a repaint of the Clone Pilot, but they have to drill a hole and assemble a rangefinder. That's a big expense. :Ponder:I don't see YOU doing it. :p ;)



Dear Hasbro can you make this pilot (see above) to put in here:That's my point though, they have done tons of pilots for the Gunship, they've done Ep 2 pilots in several colors, they did a specific realistic pilot that matches the realistic sculpt of the toy and its color scheme even, and they've done Ep 3 pilots. They just haven't made that 1 specific cartoon episode's pilot.



This is going to sound like a joke, but I'm 100% serious. It might be a good idea to verify with absolute certainty that this isn't an example of cross-pollination first before posing it, though:

Through the years, some figures have had better likenesses of actors than others. Han Solo has had figures that look close, and ones that don't, and even one (from the cardboard Jabba's Palace set) that looked more like Lyle Lovett than Harrison Ford. However, an amazing likeness of Mr. Ford has just been released, only it's the head for the Aqua-Viper Commander from the G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra line, and looks more like Ford a few years after his role in the Star Wars series. Realizing that "cross-pollination" of the lines occurs (a noteable example being the Geonosis Playset, which was used for G.I.Joe a few years ago without even removing the sculpted-in Battle Droids), any chance that this head is from an unconfirmed "older" Han Solo... or could you consider using it for such a figure in the future?It's just incidental sculpting probably. Get back to me when we have pics of a production sample in hand from multiple angles.



I am with you on this one, Blue2th. If it gets added, I will vote for it.I understand. If anybody else has support on adding this question, LMK. It would help if you could justify why THAT figure needs to be made. The problem is that their answer is going to be "not likely" so it seems like we need to at least justify it and get them to respond in kind.



New question:

Pictures have leaked of a deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, which appears to be a reissue of the classic deluxe vehicle from 1997. As these fun little mini-vehicles have been unavailable for more than ten years, will there be more reissues to bring them to kids? Can we hope for the Crowd Control Pack to be reissued with a Clonetrooper, or perhaps a Mandalorean Warrior to come with Boba Fett's jetpack? Or, dare we to dream of a re-done Cruisemissile Trooper, this time with a Clonetrooper head?

(It might sound like a joke, but it's better than, "Dude, reissuing that pice of carp? What the hell are you fools smoking?")I need to think this one over. I'm more of the mind to ask the "what the hell are you smoking" question right now.

El Chuxter
09-17-2009, 05:15 PM
I'll see if I can get some shots of the Aqua-Viper head. My camera's not great on closeups, though.

Blue2th
09-17-2009, 06:53 PM
I guess what I mean is the passion that can be translated into a larger collecting sense so that it can be used as a question. I need to understand what makes this important beyond merely completing a specific color scheme from a specific episode that makes it worthwhile to move forward with a question.

I don't see YOU doing it. :p ;)


That's my point though, they have done tons of pilots for the Gunship, they've done Ep 2 pilots in several colors, they did a specific realistic pilot that matches the realistic sculpt of the toy and its color scheme even, and they've done Ep 3 pilots. They just haven't made that 1 specific cartoon episode's pilot.




I understand. If anybody else has support on adding this question, LMK. It would help if you could justify why THAT figure needs to be made. The problem is that their answer is going to be "not likely" so it seems like we need to at least justify it and get them to respond in kind.



I don't know how to justify him, except that out of all the pilots made, he's just about the only one that hasn't been made. I can't see why they would release so many pilots, even in the recent Walmart Evolutions that are more obscure pilots than him. I doesn't make sense.
We know they did say he's "high on the list" but apparently not as high as these other EU pilots.
So I don't know how to articulate the question to convince you, or include reasoning to convince Hasbro, other than their actions of neglecting a pilot for an already made Gunship, and their words that he is high on a list somewhere.

Would it help if I got the witches broom and brought it back? :D

I am with you on this one, Blue2th. If it gets added, I will vote for it.
Thanks Ando. That's cool of you to say that. :thumbsup:

Ando
09-17-2009, 07:04 PM
I need to think this one over. I'm more of the mind to ask the "what the hell are you smoking" question right now.

Here's my proposed question for this "item": http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS93834 (http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS93834)

"Really?!? REALLY?!? Really? REALLY???!!!???"

Feel free to rework as needed.

@Blue2th: You're welcome. The Rancor Mouth Gunship and the Muunilinst 10 are my favorite part(s) of the Old CW series and it'd be neat to complete that set with an ARC pilot.

Blue2th
09-17-2009, 07:44 PM
@Blue2th: You're welcome. The Rancor Mouth Gunship and the Muunilinst 10 are my favorite part(s) of the Old CW series and it'd be neat to complete that set with an ARC pilot.

Yup if it was up to me, all the Muunilinst Ten would be re-done, as well as the Hypori Battle ARC Troopers. They never got the blue color right until the Heavy Gunner Clone. They should redo all of them and do an ARC Pilot to have his same color of blue.

Ando
09-17-2009, 07:49 PM
I was pretty thrilled when they finally did the Heavy Gunner clone. I would LOVE to see that battle pack redone with accurate colors and SA trooper bodies, but I am happy with what I have right now. I just want the ARC pilot so it will "feel" complete.

I have also thought about modding the gunship to add the searchlights we see when the gunship has Grievous cornered.

Blue2th
09-17-2009, 08:02 PM
Yeah, I'm thankful we got that. Cool idea with the Gunship.:thumbsup:

JediTricks
09-17-2009, 08:07 PM
I'll see if I can get some shots of the Aqua-Viper head. My camera's not great on closeups, though.You own one? Taken it out of the box?

(PS, I love that vehicle, it's a rerelease from a while back, but I love GI Joe flying subs.)



I don't know how to justify him, except that out of all the pilots made, he's just about the only one that hasn't been made. I can't see why they would release so many pilots, even in the recent Walmart Evolutions that are more obscure pilots than him. I doesn't make sense.
We know they did say he's "high on the list" but apparently not as high as these other EU pilots.
So I don't know how to articulate the question to convince you, or include reasoning to convince Hasbro, other than their actions of neglecting a pilot for an already made Gunship, and their words that he is high on a list somewhere.I guess that's what I'm trying to get from you, what is it about THAT pilot that justifies asking for it before other items they've released lately? I generally don't add questions about single figures unless they're necessary (yes, I know you originally tried to ask about this AND Fordo), so when we do have them, there has to be a justification to avoid a flat answer or a repeat of the knowledge we already have.


Would it help if I got the witches broom and brought it back? :DIt'd be better if you had a time machine and could go back in time and remind Hasbro to make this figure when it came out in the show. ;)



Here's my proposed question for this "item": http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS93834 (http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HS93834)

"Really?!? REALLY?!? Really? REALLY???!!!???"

Feel free to rework as needed. Oh, you don't need to tell me twice, I know, my brain is thinking about just how to ask this. I can't decide between a pie in the face or a nuclear missile in the face.


@Blue2th: You're welcome. The Rancor Mouth Gunship and the Muunilinst 10 are my favorite part(s) of the Old CW series and it'd be neat to complete that set with an ARC pilot. See, that's something to hang a question on, they've gone to that well plenty so they recognize its importance. Still, we're talking about the pilot, it wasn't the major part of the show, we have a ton of pilots that almost work including one invented for that very need (despite being wrong), so it's not enough. But talking about this stuff helps develop these questions.


I was pretty thrilled when they finally did the Heavy Gunner clone. I would LOVE to see that battle pack redone with accurate colors and SA trooper bodies, but I am happy with what I have right now. I just want the ARC pilot so it will "feel" complete.
That figure was a pegwarmer though and still is around here, so it's not a good sign for a pilot.

clone157
09-17-2009, 08:56 PM
I am with you on this one, Blue2th. If it gets added, I will vote for it.

My man Ando and the Chuxter get my support for the ARC Pilot question. Also put me down for 10, 16, and 23. I would like to add another:

Will Hasbro do another poll for the Saga Legends line? I would love to vote for which older figures get re-released.

Gothiczartan
09-17-2009, 10:00 PM
could you see if you can add these question from the link i post?

http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=697498#post697498

one more thing is

Zev snowspeeder pilot from the empire strikes back who was looking for han and luke.

we've seen Zev figure with a removable helmet and he did not have a thermal cap molded on his head. and a possible new sculpt Zev snowspeeder pilot figure.

El Chuxter
09-18-2009, 01:06 AM
JT, I don't have him out of the box, but will try to rectify that tomorrow and get some close-ups. Right now, I'm trying to get a little stinker to bed, and she likes "helping" me open my "GIJoe and Star War people."

Ando
09-18-2009, 12:06 PM
Oh, you don't need to tell me twice, I know, my brain is thinking about just how to ask this. I can't decide between a pie in the face or a nuclear missile in the face.

See, that's something to hang a question on, they've gone to that well plenty so they recognize its importance. Still, we're talking about the pilot, it wasn't the major part of the show, we have a ton of pilots that almost work including one invented for that very need (despite being wrong), so it's not enough. But talking about this stuff helps develop these questions.


That figure was a pegwarmer though and still is around here, so it's not a good sign for a pilot.

- If it were me, I would go for the pie in the face. Maybe a little shaming would do a better job than to go all nuclear on them. But again, that's just me...

- Good idea and thank you for the tip.

- Would you recommend mentioning the Heavy Gunner Clone in the question in regards to being one figure closer to completing the Muunilinst 10 set or not due to the pegwarming issue?

El Chuxter
09-18-2009, 02:25 PM
JT, I don't have him out of the box, but will try to rectify that tomorrow and get some close-ups. Right now, I'm trying to get a little stinker to bed, and she likes "helping" me open my "GIJoe and Star War people."

http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=697592#post697592

Don't know what I was thinking last night... this was already opened! :stupid:

TheDarthVader
09-18-2009, 03:53 PM
Their answer will be that the bigger retailers demand exclusives, and that no one wanted to carry Evolutions, so that was the only way they could be made. Guarantee it.

Good enough answer for me. :D Thanks.

El Chuxter
09-18-2009, 05:26 PM
'Kay, last one I'll propose for a while:

"As you are no doubt aware, there are quite a few collectors who customize their figures to some degree. Often, customizers find that various parts from figures from other Hasbro lines in the same (or roughly the same) scale would work best for certain applications and projects. However, there's quite a bit of variation in the construction of the different lines, which sometimes makes things more complicated than it seems like it should be. Yet most of these lines have the same MSRP, with the exception of Marvel, which is just slightly higher. Has there ever been any discussion within Hasbro about possibly standardizing the construction methods used in making new figures in the 3.75" scale, including Star Wars, GIJoe, Marvel, Indiana Jones (if it's revived), and any future action figure lines?"

JediTricks
09-18-2009, 05:57 PM
Questions 24 - 25 added.

Please do not blame me if that one goes down in flames, I did the best I could to make it viable.


Will Hasbro do another poll for the Saga Legends line? I would love to vote for which older figures get re-released.Funny timing, we asked that question last week, it'll be answered on Oct 2nd hopefully.



could you see if you can add these question from the link i post?

http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=697498#post697498

one more thing is

Zev snowspeeder pilot from the empire strikes back who was looking for han and luke.

we've seen Zev figure with a removable helmet and he did not have a thermal cap molded on his head. and a possible new sculpt Zev snowspeeder pilot figure.I won't add the Zev thing, but I'll add the cloaks question and count your vote for it.


- If it were me, I would go for the pie in the face. Maybe a little shaming would do a better job than to go all nuclear on them. But again, that's just me...I need you guys to keep reminding me on this one, I haven't decided but I don't have time to do it right now.


- Would you recommend mentioning the Heavy Gunner Clone in the question in regards to being one figure closer to completing the Muunilinst 10 set or not due to the pegwarming issue? I decided to go for it with mentioning the Heavy Gunner, but mentioning the Muunilinst 10 won't help since the pilot isn't part of that. Essentially, we have that group already, we have basic clones, blue commanders, and a red commander to represent Fordo.



http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=697592#post697592

Don't know what I was thinking last night... this was already opened! :stupid:
Thanks. Seeing the side view, it is very far off, so I think it's just coincidence and I'm going to pass asking for now.



'Kay, last one I'll propose for a while:

"As you are no doubt aware, there are quite a few collectors who customize their figures to some degree. Often, customizers find that various parts from figures from other Hasbro lines in the same (or roughly the same) scale would work best for certain applications and projects. However, there's quite a bit of variation in the construction of the different lines, which sometimes makes things more complicated than it seems like it should be. Yet most of these lines have the same MSRP, with the exception of Marvel, which is just slightly higher. Has there ever been any discussion within Hasbro about possibly standardizing the construction methods used in making new figures in the 3.75" scale, including Star Wars, GIJoe, Marvel, Indiana Jones (if it's revived), and any future action figure lines?"Hmm, I need to think on that one, I don't have time to decide right now. I'm fairly confident they'll say that each team negotiates its own separate chinese factory vendor deals and has different design needs which preclude standardization. Hell, look at Marvel, they couldn't even standardize 2 new 4" figure lines at the same time, XMOW and MU came out at the same time, were both realistic, and yet different hips and joints and etc.. Star Wars can't even get ball-jointed heads to be a standardized size in their same factory. But don't let me forget about this one, bring me a new argument.

JediTricks
09-19-2009, 04:14 PM
'Kay, last one I'll propose for a while:

"As you are no doubt aware, there are quite a few collectors who customize their figures to some degree. Often, customizers find that various parts from figures from other Hasbro lines in the same (or roughly the same) scale would work best for certain applications and projects. However, there's quite a bit of variation in the construction of the different lines, which sometimes makes things more complicated than it seems like it should be. Yet most of these lines have the same MSRP, with the exception of Marvel, which is just slightly higher. Has there ever been any discussion within Hasbro about possibly standardizing the construction methods used in making new figures in the 3.75" scale, including Star Wars, GIJoe, Marvel, Indiana Jones (if it's revived), and any future action figure lines?"
Another thought I had as to why I'm considering not going with this is that the scales between the lines don't match. Star Wars is a 3.75" line, while MU and XMOW fluctuate between that and 4", while GI Joe is a solid 4" line now.

Also, I suspect they'll say the styles are different from each other, each line hides (or doesn't) its joints differently. And that working from specific articulation designs will limit their sculptors.

If we were just asking about neck designs, it'd be a different matter, but then again someone juuuuust asked them that.

Blue2th
09-19-2009, 05:46 PM
I guess what I mean is the passion that can be translated into a larger collecting sense so that it can be used as a question. I need to understand what makes this important beyond merely completing a specific color scheme from a specific episode that makes it worthwhile to move forward with a question.

I don't see YOU doing it. :p ;)


That's my point though, they have done tons of pilots for the Gunship, they've done Ep 2 pilots in several colors, they did a specific realistic pilot that matches the realistic sculpt of the toy and its color scheme even, and they've done Ep 3 pilots. They just haven't made that 1 specific cartoon episode's pilot.


It's just incidental sculpting probably. Get back to me when we have pics of a production sample in hand from multiple angles.


I understand. If anybody else has support on adding this question, LMK. It would help if you could justify why THAT figure needs to be made. The problem is that their answer is going to be "not likely" so it seems like we need to at least justify it and get them to respond in kind.



I'm thinking about formulating a question regarding Hasbro re-doing (or repainting existing sculpt) the Muunilinst 10, Hypori Rescue ARC Trooper in the correct blue color they used on the (excellent) Legacy Heavy Gunner, and while they are at it, can they do in the same color an ARC Pilot (with existing sculpt) with a range finder on his helmet, for the TRU Exclusive Shark mouth (or Rancor mouth whatever the correct name for it is) Gunship?

Something like that.

So that would be at least two clones they could do to maybe justify the question.
Any other points someone else wants to add to make the question more appealing and justifiable?
Don't have to ask it now in this round.

We got at least two more people besides me who would like a question like that, Ando and Clone157, so that's a start.

Might want to separate Fordo to another question later.

My man Ando and the Chuxter get my support for the ARC Pilot question. Also put me down for 10, 16, and 23. I would like to add another:


ehem:confused:...;)

Yup if it was up to me, all the Muunilinst Ten would be re-done, as well as the Hypori Battle ARC Troopers. They never got the blue color right until the Heavy Gunner Clone. They should redo all of them and do an ARC Pilot to have his same color of blue.

The blue color needed in the earlier post pic.

JediTricks
09-20-2009, 04:11 PM
I already added the ARC Pilot question by itself.

What's the point of asking a Fordo question when we know they're trying to get that one done?

Blue2th
09-20-2009, 10:29 PM
I already added the ARC Pilot question by itself.

What's the point of asking a Fordo question when we know they're trying to get that one done?

Cool, very specific. I couldn't have articulated it as well :thumbsup:

Yeah, no sense confusing things with Fordo or a repaint Hypori Arc Trooper, both wanted too, but we might get an ambiguous answer with too many figure requests in one question. You managed to mention Fordo too though. :yes:

My votes so far:

16
20
21
24

Thanguverymuch!

Ando
09-21-2009, 11:10 AM
JT, thank you for adding that question for us. Please add my vote if you haven't already.

Also, when do you want a reminder about that Deluxe Figure/Anakin Skywalker-Desert Skiff question?

sonofsokol
09-21-2009, 12:35 PM
I would like to vote for 17,18,21,23,24,and 25.
Thank you

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-21-2009, 02:02 PM
I'll vote for 8, 11, 13, 18, 21, 22.

Umbra
09-21-2009, 07:30 PM
My votes are for 9, 23

sebillba
09-22-2009, 04:31 AM
21, 22 & 23 for me please JT.

JediTricks
09-22-2009, 04:41 PM
JT, thank you for adding that question for us. Please add my vote if you haven't already.Already done.


Also, when do you want a reminder about that Deluxe Figure/Anakin Skywalker-Desert Skiff question?You guys want to take a crack at it? I just started writing it, and it's definitely not diplomatic enough to use:

We've now seen Hasbro imagery of deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, and us old-fogey collectors who have been around since 1996 can only ask: what the heck is up with re-releasing that thing??? It wasn't exactly popular back in the day, its wobbly guns didn't help much, and yet now we have it back, ready to underwhelm a whole new generation of Star Wars collectors. You gonna release the other deluxes from those heady POFT2 days, jamming holes into the backs of figures to wear the Han Solo Flight Pack, or Stormtrooper Crowd Control Pack, or add a slider for the Boba Fett Mega Jetpack of Doom? Clearly, 1996 was not a good year for deluxes, are you trying to make 2010 equally bad while twice as expensive?...otherwise, you can remind me again in a few days or so and I'll try again.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-22-2009, 08:48 PM
Going off of yours but tweaking the end, how about:

*We've now seen Hasbro imagery of deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, and us old-fogey collectors who have been around since 1996 can only ask: what the heck is up with re-releasing that thing??? It wasn't exactly popular back in the day, its wobbly guns didn't help much, and yet now we have it back, ready to underwhelm a whole new generation of Star Wars collectors. The other 1996 deluxe releases - Crowd Control Stormtrooper, Han Solo with Flight Pack, and Boba Fett with Mega Jetpack of Doom - weren't exactly crowd-pleasers either, but will we be seeing any of them re-released? Though the idea of a small vehicle for Anakin makes sense, re-releasing this piece really doesn't. Could you guide us through the thought process on this one? Did the failure of the original influence the decision at all?

Blue2th
09-22-2009, 09:51 PM
Has anybody thought that it might appear in Clone Wars?
They might bring it back in CW as a kind of Green Goblin like situation, with Anakin flying around and fighting.
Though unlikely they would do it exactly like the old one? They did bring back the Swoop bike however.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-22-2009, 11:57 PM
I'll put money on it NOT being in The Clone Wars. The Swoop was in SOTE, the ANH Special Edition, and many other things; this turd was not.

Blue2th
09-23-2009, 12:30 AM
You may be right but the question begs why is he wearing that get up?
Looks like sand storm gear.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-23-2009, 01:04 AM
You may be right but the question begs why is he wearing that get up?
Looks like sand storm gear.
Hasbro could have made it up to add a bit of value to the set, otherwise, people who already have Anakin and the Desert Shart Skiff would likely just pass on it. Perhaps he wears it on the show at some point, but I really doubt he'll use the vehicle. But is a shawl and some goggles really necessary, or worth $17?

El Chuxter
09-23-2009, 01:17 AM
It's only worth $17 if they put a hole in his back and don't include a backpack. Oh, and very slightly re-color his boots.

Blue2th
09-23-2009, 01:57 AM
With the Clone Wars capturing new and young viewers, there'll be plenty of kids lured by the cool outfit who never even knew the vehicle is a retread.
If they actually use one in the series, it doesn't matter how lame it is (lack of features and articulation seems to be normal in the CW line) kids will buy it anyways.
A whole new generation of gullible little suckers willing to buy almost anything just like us. :classic:

Kidhuman
09-23-2009, 09:13 AM
7, 10, 13, 17, 23, 25

sonofsokol
09-23-2009, 02:48 PM
Looks like #20 got answered (at least in part) by the pics of the new wave on the main page... I don't see a hat in that packaging for K'Kruhk.

Obsession is Nute
09-27-2009, 11:48 PM
1 , 15, 11, 10, 17 and 23 for me. Thanks!

Darth Marco
09-28-2009, 04:19 PM
My votes go for 9, 11, 16, 20, and 25.

JediTricks
09-30-2009, 03:55 PM
Questions 26-27 added.

Question 20 modified.

I'm sending in the questions tomorrow evening, so get your votes in ASAP!


Going off of yours but tweaking the end, how about:

*We've now seen Hasbro imagery of deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, and us old-fogey collectors who have been around since 1996 can only ask: what the heck is up with re-releasing that thing??? It wasn't exactly popular back in the day, its wobbly guns didn't help much, and yet now we have it back, ready to underwhelm a whole new generation of Star Wars collectors. The other 1996 deluxe releases - Crowd Control Stormtrooper, Han Solo with Flight Pack, and Boba Fett with Mega Jetpack of Doom - weren't exactly crowd-pleasers either, but will we be seeing any of them re-released? Though the idea of a small vehicle for Anakin makes sense, re-releasing this piece really doesn't. Could you guide us through the thought process on this one? Did the failure of the original influence the decision at all?It seems a little too bipolar, starting aggressive and then getting to the more reasonable stuff. I'll rework it a little and add it, thanks.



Has anybody thought that it might appear in Clone Wars?
They might bring it back in CW as a kind of Green Goblin like situation, with Anakin flying around and fighting.
Though unlikely they would do it exactly like the old one? They did bring back the Swoop bike however.It just doesn't seem likely to me.



It's only worth $17 if they put a hole in his back and don't include a backpack. Oh, and very slightly re-color his boots.Heh heh.



Looks like #20 got answered (at least in part) by the pics of the new wave on the main page... I don't see a hat in that packaging for K'Kruhk.I'll edit the question, although some of the photos from Hasbro lately like that have been inaccurate, I'm thinking specifically of the Scanning Trooper missing his accessory.

Darth Marco
10-01-2009, 08:25 AM
Add my last vote for #27.

JediTricks
10-01-2009, 03:58 PM
Here are my votes:

3 sideshow
7 titanium hts
13 naboo pilots
17 j-hook
18 articulate legs
23 tlc prob reasons


Remember, today is the last day to vote in this round!

Blue2th
10-01-2009, 05:38 PM
#'s 12 and 13 for the remainder of my votes.

JediTricks
10-02-2009, 03:14 AM
Ok, that's it for this round. Thanks to everyone who participated.

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


In light of several answers by Hasbro stating that sales for the collector-focused Legacy Collection line have fallen off sharply in the last year, causing sales bottlenecks at retail, there have been several theories about why this is happening. Some theories include the simple "the price went up too high for the market to bear in an economic downturn" theory; there's the one saying the casual collecting market (kids, parents, casual collectors) have abandoned the movie lines for The Clone Wars line; there's a theory arguing the Build-A-Droid concept has taken the wind out of sails of every type of collector who isn't a completist and knows they will have a hard time completing their droids; and there's another argument saying that the line over the last year has focused on so many redos that don't quite hit the mark, as well as new figures coming in exclusive packs that require buying old figures as well, that it's choked off interest from the main collector fanbase. Does Hasbro subscribe at all to any of these theories as to why the TLC line has run into so much trouble, or if not, why does the SW team think this problem has come up for the line?
The new packaging so far has been shelved pretty inconsistently by store clerks, with the coloring differences completely overlooked. This makes for a mishmash of Clone Wars and Saga Legends (with Legacy Collection still not hitting at full strength yet) which collectors have to dig through, and therein lies the focus of this question. The new packaging's J-hook is easily the wimpiest one yet, the hook is so shallow that figures are constantly flying off the pegs as consumers look for their figure of choice, leaving the section a total mess and further mixing up the various lines. Why are the J-hooks on the new cards designed like that, and might you be willing to do something to address this problem?
In the Sept 10th Q&A, you were asked about a hypothetical lineup for the SW team's own choices for the Fan's Choice poll. Some (possibly insane) fans couldn't help but notice Jaxxon and the Nelvaan Warrior popping up on this list, two figures which a lot of collectors would really love to own, but have thought were at best extreme longshots. Although those 2 figures might not be the biggest sellers, they would really make a lot of people happy, and it appears that includes some of the designers at Hasbro. Realistically, given that you've spilled the beans on your own love for these two, what are the chances we'll see these two figures prior to the end of Hasbro's current SW license?
In Episode I, the Escape from Naboo sequence was a very memorable scene in the movie. Over the last 10 years, you've managed to release all the brave astromechs involved in the scene except for R5-A7 (aka G8-R3). What are the chances that we'll see this figure done in the near future? What format would it likely be done as, perhaps a basic figure, a pack-in from a set, a build-a-droid, or something else?
We know you designed the first Evolutions Clone Pilot figure's deco around the Battle of Hypori Rancor-tooth Republic Gunship (TRU-exclusive, 2006) originally seen in Clone Wars micro series chapter 21, but the actual pilot in the episode has significant deco differences, as well as a rangefinder on the helmet, because he's an ARC Pilot. It seems like the wind has gone out of the realistic-line's sails in terms of Clone Trooper variants lately, and while we dig that you're looking to do a Fordo figure, not to mention the Heavy Gunner figure you already made was from that same CW chapter, it seems like a good addition to the line to also do an ARC pilot. You don't have to say "Clone Wars" anywhere on the packaging to avoid confusion with The Clone Wars line. So what are the chances of seeing an ARC Pilot figure? If poor, what specific factors are the holdup for something like this? If it's just Clone Wars cross-pollination concerns, why isn't just releasing the figures without mention of their origin enough of a solution?
There have been a lot of Jedi figures lately, even main characters, who don't come with their robes. Ep 2 Obi-Wan, Ep 2 and Ep 3 Anakin, even the new Plo Koon, they are pretty major players and yet... robeless. A Jedi's robe is part of what defines him as a wizard, as well as disguising him as a warrior, it's a signature part of the costume, and right now there are too few Jedi figures released with theirs. While we understand these cloth robes aren't cheap to produce, they're still necessary. Anakin's robes are different from the standard robes but no less important to those prequel iterations of the character. So any chance that when these figures get re-released in some format, be it Saga Legends or Battle Packs or even Greatest Hits-style re-releases a few waves down the line, might they get their Jedi robes included?


Check for a new round of voting soon.