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JediTricks
11-13-2009, 12:00 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 December 4th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 76 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=705245#post705245).

Current questions (vote for up to 6):


- 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 and interaction 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, how did the Stargate line not come to be? Or 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- With the new deluxe vehicle assortment consistent of the ARC-170 repaint and the Clone Wars Y-wing, there seems to be a focus on raising prices in the line across the board, though that scale's jump from $30 to $60+ is especially noteworthy. Basic figures are $8 or more now, comic packs have gone up $4, battle packs and vehicles are going up around $5, deluxe figure & vehicle packs are a pricey $17, the last dribs and drabs of Titanium Series are over $8, Force FX sabers have gone up $20, and exclusives pricing is all over the map. Clearly, the economic turmoil over the last few years has hit the Hasbro Star Wars brand exceptionally hard, but don't these prices seem harder and harder to justify for both hardcore and casual collectors? We know you are trying to do your best to keep the line alive, but right now collectors are very concerned about the brand's future, and see the price-hikes as the culprit to its possible downfall. Raising prices is a downward spiral. Isn't there some way to better split the costs hikes between customers and profit margins, before there are virtually no customers left to eke profit margins out of, and the line folds?
- With the Wedge Antilles X-wing Fighter set, you have a great-looking boxed set there, but it's marred by one odd choice: the nifty kill-marks are printed on white paper stickers rather than clear transparent ones, which look terrible on the ship. Why go with the white-backed stickers over the transparent ones? If this was a factory error, and we're hoping it is, will there be a reissued set of stickers on clear backing?
- On the latest TIE Interceptor's packaging, the box art on the front has a highly-detailed ship which is not actually representing the toy, the back of the box imagery does that. However, while the new cockpit pod is a great improvement, that art highlights the wings being the same existing designs we've had for the last 3 decades, and their size and lack of detail really shows compared to the new pod. Granted, you've just released a TIE Interceptor so it's not like we're going to see new wings next week. But hypothetically, how far in the future might fans have to wait to get a set of updated TIE Interceptor wings to match the quality of the new pod?
- The new dewback looks to be a pretty nifty item, however, its appearance has some fans scratching their heads. The fact that it's packed with a sandtrooper and the appropriate riding gear would lead one to believe that this is supposed to be from A New Hope. Yet its green skin and smaller, more pointed face would seem to indicate The Phantom Menace as its source; and it even looks like it took some inspiration from the vintage version. It's been suggested that this is now LFL's "official" look for the beast, but this set is supposed to represent what's in ANH which this doesn't seem to be. What was the thinking behind designing this piece in such a way, why wasn't a more true-to-ANH look adopted?
- Recently, you gave an answer about Malakili and Willrow Hood that they were to be released in the same quantity, "the lowest of the fall releases, 30% lower than the lowest-run figures from 2005 until Spring 2008". We know Hasbro policy is to not talk hard numbers, but could you give us percentages on those types of "hardcore collector-interest" figures against the most popular and thus heaviest run figures in Legacy, as well as Saga Legends, and even Clone Wars? And heck, while we're at it, how much higher than the Malakili floor was Yarna's run? We hardcore collector types are always curious about how much risk the brand takes on our limited-interest figures vs. more mainstream entries, and it'd be helpful to inform us why it's more complex to run the line than some collectors' arguments of "just make that guy and everybody will buy it".
- With the 2008 Medical Frigate Luke figure, the figure almost fits the bill for Echo Base recovery scene Luke, if not for the open mechanical arm, and the different likeness with scars and Hoth hairstyle. That scene also has 2 other characters whose figures are in dire need of updating: Leia Hoth, and 2-1B, both of which haven't seen new figure designs in over a decade. With a Recovery Luke figure, it'd just be a new head required (the body and undamaged forearm tooling already exists from the VOTC figure) so you could also include the mask he wore in that scene's less-infamous cut footage (we're not asking you to make kissing Luke & Leia, you'll have to decide if you're twisted enough to go there ;-) ). So, any chances of knocking the Echo Base Recovery scene out of the park by making new 2-1B, Leia Hoth, and Luke recovery figures?
- In a recent answer, Hasbro stated that there won't be an ANH wave in 2010, the next one being the beginning of 2011. Does that mean there won't be any new Cantina figures released in '10, or is it possible we might see 1 or 2 in a battle pack, a comic pack, an exclusive, or perhaps even another venue? If the answer is "no", is a Cantina figure planned for that early '11 basic figure wave, and if so, who?
- For the upcoming The Force Unleashed multi-packs made from the canceled wave and some updates, we now have a store (Toys R Us) and the number of figures (2 5-packs), and a general timeframe (Spring 2010). Any chance we could get images of these sets? If not, how about at least a rundown of what figures will be in each? And finally, what pricepoint are these expected to be hitting?
- In the current Fans Choice final 30 ToyFare poll, there are several figures that have been mentioned by Hasbro to be figures they would like to do anyway. Without asking about too many specifics, could you tell us how many are already in some stage of production? How many of those finalists may be released in 2010 or 2011 alongside the winner? Were any finalists in some level of planning or production before the fan site lists came in?
- In the November Q&A, Hasbro revealed that the latest Droid Factory 2-packs have not performed to expectations and the future planned sequel wave was canceled, with some sets possibly finding their way into other, future sets. With Wal-mart's spotty distribution on these - some stores getting none while others clearanced them for $5 soon after release - and Wal-mart not making them available online, is there any chance that the sequel wave could switch retailers to become another chain's line, or perhaps a shared online exclusive? And if it's not too bold, it sounds like plans were made, so what was the next Droid Factory wave going to be?
- Are you aware that the eyes on the new Bespin guard and Willrow Hood are painted red? That has come up before with some unmasked Clone Trooper figures, but these are the first non-clone characters we can remember that have red irises. Is that a mistake or intentional? If it is a mistake, will it be addressed? If it was intentional, why was such an odd choice made?

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

Cane_Adiss
11-13-2009, 09:10 AM
Can we ask them this:

How many of the 30 finalists in the current toyfare poll are already in some stage of production? Without offering any specifics, could you tell us how many may be out next year, or in 2011 alongside the winner?

and so far my votes are: 3, 16, 17, 18, 19 plus mine if you add it.

Ando
11-13-2009, 10:36 AM
My votes: 4, 6, 11, and 13.

I will reserve my last 2 votes in case a new question pops up that I would like to throw my support behind.

Thank you!

Droid
11-13-2009, 12:23 PM
I vote for 19, cantina in 2010.

JediTricks
11-13-2009, 02:59 PM
Can we ask them this:

How many of the 30 finalists in the current toyfare poll are already in some stage of production? Without offering any specifics, could you tell us how many may be out next year, or in 2011 alongside the winner?

and so far my votes are: 3, 16, 17, 18, 19 plus mine if you add it.
I suppose if you guys can accept the risk that it may go down in major flames if they have an exclusive agreement with ToyFare magazine for hosting it, a very likely possibility. If you can, then I will add.


BTW, answers from round 75 were due today but Hasbro needs until Monday to organize them this time around.

Gothiczartan
11-14-2009, 02:00 AM
I have a question about a cloud car vehicle from ESB with a exclusive figure of a cloud car pilot (http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC19cloudcarpilot.asp). I know it has been answered awile back. I cloud car with figure is possible in the future, maybe as an Wal Mart, Target or TRU exclusive?

We've seen a new Han Solo figure wearing a stormtrooper belt comes with a helmet and armor vest.

Will we see Luke Skywalker figure stormtrooper belt with helmet and armor, will there be a Falcon turret gunner Luke figure based on ANH?

Gothiczartan
11-15-2009, 10:17 PM
I vote for 19 too!

vger
11-16-2009, 05:28 PM
In the 11/16 Q&A session, Hasbro said that "Unfortunately, the Droid Factory 2-packs have not performed to expectations, and the future sequel that was planned for this has been cancelled. It is possible that some of the selections from this set will find their way into future packs. "
Because the distribution was poor on these sets, some Walmarts not getting any, and others clearancing them out for $5 or less when they were first released, and Walmart not making them available online, is there any way they could become an exclusive to Entertainment Earth, Previews, Toys R Us, or Target?
Also, did Hasbro or Walmart make the decision to not put the Droid Factory 2 figure sets on the Walmart website? That likely hurt their sales.

El Chuxter
11-17-2009, 03:27 PM
I'm working on the wording here, so, if it's usable, feel free to make it more "civil":

"Over the past few years, the Star Wars line has seen price increases across the board. While these are understandable, and increases have affected other toy lines from Hasbro and other manufacturers, have you considered that the decline in sales of some Star Wars toys is not due to a lack of interest, or simply the price increase, but of the perceived value of these toys not equalling the new MSRPs? For instance, the MSRP of comic packs increase from $10 to $13, an increase of almost 1/3, meaning three comic packs now cost what four would have cost a year ago. However, among the recent offerings have been two packs including Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan, a relatively minor character. Another had a new Princess Leia, along with Xizor, who, while a marked improvement over the original(s), was released twice in 1996 and didn't completely sell out for a few years. And others are straight re-releases of sets that cost $10 a year ago. With basic figures, the increase has been a full 50%; regardless of anyone's love for Han Solo (for example), sculpt improvement, desire to have a complete set, or the pack-in droid parts, yet another ANH Han (this time with a Stormtrooper helmet) at a 50% markup is a hard sell for some collectors who've been collecting for years."

It's pretty wordy as-is, and I'm not sure how exactly to get to the point (could you put more value in your figures and character choices that you know aren't geared toward kids?).

Also, this one came to me while I was working on the first:

Collectors who buy both Star Wars and GIJoe figures can't help but notice a major difference in the pricing on store exclusives. Simply, GIJoe store exclusives (of both the Rise of Cobra line and the 25th Anniversary line before it) are roughly equal to or less than the likely equivalent MSRP of the included items were they not store exclusives (examples being the Wal-Mart environment playsets, $15 for two figures that normally sell for $7.50 each and a mini-playset; the Target mini-vehicles, $10 for a figure and a small vehicle; and the Toys R Us Attack on the Pit, $25 for five figures and a vehicle), while the Star Wars exclusives seem to usually be more costly than the equivalent value of the items (the Target Ultimate BattlePacks being the exception to the rule). Is this affected in any way by Hasbro, or is this decision made solely by the retailers?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-17-2009, 08:06 PM
Here's one, dunno about it, though:

*Since we just got a new slave Leia and you confirmed a new Jabba for next year, does this increase the chances of a new Salacious Crumb? The previous three were spiffy in their own ways, but none of them can really sit like the monkey-lizard does in the film and, given that Leia is finally able to recline, a similar Crumb would be nice. If a new one is planned, how will he come out - with Jabba, with a different character, or what?

Gothiczartan
11-17-2009, 10:54 PM
I got an question about a red suited b wing pilot ten nunb figure we thought we would be getting but we got is nien nunb as b wing pilot gear instead.

in the movie ten was seen in a red suit as b wing pilot and he has on a cap and the head set was not shown or he did not have them on his cap.

will we see a movie accurate ten nunb figure with a use of this figure mold from nien nunb ( http://www.rebelscum.com/TLCBD19Nien.asp ) with a new removable cap and a removable headset?

Gothiczartan
11-17-2009, 11:05 PM
We've seen figures already been made, the droids of 8D8, EV-9D9, 21B (ESB version) and C-3PO (TPM). Ewoks of Wicket W. Warrick and Logray.

Will we see all the figures resculpted sometime int he future and fully movie accurate with all the ball jointed on certain parts of the body (ball jointed neck, swivel wrists/waist/ankles)?

add the question please.

sonofsokol
11-18-2009, 03:11 PM
I am really excited for the Force Unleashed Exclusives discussed in question #20. However, two other sites asked about it this last round:


Q. We're still keenly interested in the TRU exclusive FORCE UNLEASHED multipacks that were mentioned at San Diego Comic Con. We know that some things need to be kept under wraps, but can you throw some hints our way about some of the details....or perhaps a sneak peek at one of the new offerings in the set? And will these sets tie in at all with the upcoming ULTIMATE SITH EDITION of THE FORCE UNLEASHED?

A. We have not tied into the Ultimate Sith Edition, but we will say (or rather tease) that these sets are looking excellent and will be out sometime late next Spring. As such, it's a little too early to release any more info and we should have complete details at Toy Fair in a few months. We'll add a little more detail – our approach to these sets has been to make sure that these have all new characters or versions, even when we started with some existing sculpts. Our approach has been to bring out some new versions of troopers as well as a unique version of the Sith Apprentice in each one, and we think fans of the game will be very pleased with these. Stay tuned!

and


YN: Will Hasbro be producing more items that are based from The Force Unleashed video game? And if so can you let us know what may be coming and share any images of what is in the works?
Hasbro: There is one basic figure coming up that we have already announced - a new version of Shaak Ti, who will be coming in the final way of the Legacy/Droid Factory basic figure assortment in approximately February. Beyond that, there are two multi-figure sets on the way for Toys 'R Us that are turning out great. We plan to reveal those at Toy Fair next year, at the latest. Beyond that set, we don't rule out more TFU-themed figures depending on demand.

I worry that they may give similar answers to any requests for more information.

Darth Windu
11-19-2009, 04:59 AM
Dear Hasbro,

The Titanium Series line is popular among many collectors, particularly here at SSG, and so we all have high hopes that you can find a way to bring these wonderful little vehicles back in the near future.

On that note, if the Titanium Series does return, what are the chances of any brands aside from Star Wars being made? Whilst the Indiana Jones Titanium line seemed to be quite poorly (like the rest of the Indy line), many of the Battlestar Galactica Titaniums were very popular, such as the Battlestar Galactica herself and Battlestar Pegasus.

Stargate, a franchise that has now spawned three TV series' would seem to be an ideal choice, and indeed Hasbro announced years ago that a line of Stargate Titaniums would be made. Why was this line not pursued by Hasbro, and would you consider this line again, taking into account the great popularity of Stargate and the huge variety of vehicle choices that could be made into Titaniums?

Cane_Adiss
11-19-2009, 10:34 AM
JT I hope you've considered adding my previous question, I don't really see how it would be so hard for them to give us a vague idea of how much of that list is already on their short-term radar.

Also, a new question:

Of all the figures that were included in the recent pull-back (Yarna, Breha, Pons etc.) could you tell us just for curiosity's sake which figure(s) were the best sellers of the bunch, and was Yarna hands down the worst? A few of the figures weren't really warmers in all areas (Ak-Rev, Bail, Trinto/Dice) so it would be interesting to see which figure you had to pull the least amount of. Could you perhaps give us a ranking of how the figures performed at retail, best selling to worst?

My bet would be the Trinto/ Dice pack did the best.

JediTricks
11-19-2009, 11:01 PM
Cane, I will edit and add your first question soon, I'm just a little overworked this week with my niece's 12th birthday coming up tomorrow. Expect to see it Sunday at the latest.

As to your second question, I need to mull that over because Yarna was the hardest shipped of the lot, wave 1 of a new line is always heaviest ordered and they kept her in rotation throughout that case's revisions, I don't know if it's worth asking since it's more about which one sold the worst in relation to the production numbers.


I am really excited for the Force Unleashed Exclusives discussed in question #20. However, two other sites asked about it this last round:
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and
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I worry that they may give similar answers to any requests for more information.Yeah, that question is cut.

I'm also cutting question 7, there were a couple question that kissed up to Hasbro on the card art, so it seems in bad form to take that to the opposite side and task them over it.


Man, gathering this round's Q&As from the other sites has felt like a kick to the stomach. So many canceled items, so much hardship for the line. It is rough on a personal level for me as editor and collector to cope with, this line has been my hobby for nearly half my life.

Gothiczartan
11-19-2009, 11:34 PM
I have a question about possible retooled Lando Calrissian figure Skiff guard disguise (link below) re release and with new legs has ball jointed knees and ankles.

http://www.rebelscum.com/sw0407landoskiff.asp

El Chuxter
11-20-2009, 12:26 AM
Man, gathering this round's Q&As from the other sites has felt like a kick to the stomach. So many canceled items, so much hardship for the line. It is rough on a personal level for me as editor and collector to cope with, this line has been my hobby for nearly half my life.

There's that, but there's also some very good news regarding Teek, better-than-expected news regarding Jaxxon, and practical confirmation of Barriss Offee, Admiral Ackbar, and three other oft-requested ROTJ characters.

JediTricks
11-22-2009, 03:50 PM
Questions 21 - 22 added.


Can we ask them this:

How many of the 30 finalists in the current toyfare poll are already in some stage of production? Without offering any specifics, could you tell us how many may be out next year, or in 2011 alongside the winner?

and so far my votes are: 3, 16, 17, 18, 19 plus mine if you add it.Ok, question added, vote counted.



In the 11/16 Q&A session, Hasbro said that "Unfortunately, the Droid Factory 2-packs have not performed to expectations, and the future sequel that was planned for this has been cancelled. It is possible that some of the selections from this set will find their way into future packs. "
Because the distribution was poor on these sets, some Walmarts not getting any, and others clearancing them out for $5 or less when they were first released, and Walmart not making them available online, is there any way they could become an exclusive to Entertainment Earth, Previews, Toys R Us, or Target?
Also, did Hasbro or Walmart make the decision to not put the Droid Factory 2 figure sets on the Walmart website? That likely hurt their sales.That last sentence is not going to make it, Hasbro doesn't control distribution, so it was clearly WM's doing. I'll add the rest. Question added, vote counted.



I'm working on the wording here, so, if it's usable, feel free to make it more "civil":

"Over the past few years, the Star Wars line has seen price increases across the board. While these are understandable, and increases have affected other toy lines from Hasbro and other manufacturers, have you considered that the decline in sales of some Star Wars toys is not due to a lack of interest, or simply the price increase, but of the perceived value of these toys not equalling the new MSRPs? For instance, the MSRP of comic packs increase from $10 to $13, an increase of almost 1/3, meaning three comic packs now cost what four would have cost a year ago. However, among the recent offerings have been two packs including Luke Skywalker and Deena Shan, a relatively minor character. Another had a new Princess Leia, along with Xizor, who, while a marked improvement over the original(s), was released twice in 1996 and didn't completely sell out for a few years. And others are straight re-releases of sets that cost $10 a year ago. With basic figures, the increase has been a full 50%; regardless of anyone's love for Han Solo (for example), sculpt improvement, desire to have a complete set, or the pack-in droid parts, yet another ANH Han (this time with a Stormtrooper helmet) at a 50% markup is a hard sell for some collectors who've been collecting for years."

It's pretty wordy as-is, and I'm not sure how exactly to get to the point (could you put more value in your figures and character choices that you know aren't geared toward kids?).I feel like we just recently took them to task for pricing, but I can't find the question from the last 5 months. In any event though, they sorta answered it in the previous round for us:

SSG: 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?
Hasbro: We will address your assertions one by one: 1. The retail SRP increased by $1 with the launch of The Legacy Collection. We did research before we made this decision to understand what impact there would be, and it was minimal. However, we'll return to the downturn shortly. 2. It's not a case of shifting to the Clone Wars. Although some of this may have happened, it's a case of the collectors dollars being pulled out of the Star Wars collecting hobby altogether. We have seen this in all collector targeted SKUs such as Evolutions, Comic Packs, Titanium, and exclusives, all of which hit at the same time, last Fall. The degree to which collectors may have shifted to Clone Wars would only further put Legacy in trouble, though. 3. It's possible the casual fan, who picks and chooses their figures and is not compelled to buy every one, feels "incomplete" when they have uncompleted droid parts and they don't respond to the "pressure" to get figures they may not have wanted to complete their droids. We made the droid parts so they are a bonus and can be combined randomly for fun (unlike other buildable figures) so we discount this a little bit. 4. We have tried to minimize both of these, and don't think this is what has stopped people from collecting. The problem lies in your very first point - the economy. Many collectors simply stopped collecting last Fall and have not yet come back (if they will). We are working hard to get them back, and we think that what we have lined up next year will be our best attempt. As long as the economy is looking better, and the folks on the sidelines feel they can join the hobby again, we promise incredible satisfaction with what we have coming up.
I think they make clear in their answers that they don't believe the pricing is the chief issue. Also, reading through the last few years of answers about comic packs, I get the feeling they see the price as a non-issue, that the audience for those is "flat" so they will either follow it to the new price or they will thin out with the overall larger thinning of the main line. Perhaps I'm not following the greater drive of your question though, what's the foundation beyond "it costs more"?


Also, this one came to me while I was working on the first:

Collectors who buy both Star Wars and GIJoe figures can't help but notice a major difference in the pricing on store exclusives. Simply, GIJoe store exclusives (of both the Rise of Cobra line and the 25th Anniversary line before it) are roughly equal to or less than the likely equivalent MSRP of the included items were they not store exclusives (examples being the Wal-Mart environment playsets, $15 for two figures that normally sell for $7.50 each and a mini-playset; the Target mini-vehicles, $10 for a figure and a small vehicle; and the Toys R Us Attack on the Pit, $25 for five figures and a vehicle), while the Star Wars exclusives seem to usually be more costly than the equivalent value of the items (the Target Ultimate BattlePacks being the exception to the rule). Is this affected in any way by Hasbro, or is this decision made solely by the retailers?I would think this speaks for itself actually, that the issue is licensing costs vs. no licensing costs. Also, I'd need to see a better example of SW exclusives sticking it to the customer on price, the only example I can think of is the just-canceled Droid Factory 2-packs; the Target Geonosis Battle 2-packs are $12 a pop for 2 figures which is reasonable (but they don't have a big new buildable character part in them).



Here's one, dunno about it, though:

*Since we just got a new slave Leia and you confirmed a new Jabba for next year, does this increase the chances of a new Salacious Crumb? The previous three were spiffy in their own ways, but none of them can really sit like the monkey-lizard does in the film and, given that Leia is finally able to recline, a similar Crumb would be nice. If a new one is planned, how will he come out - with Jabba, with a different character, or what?Yeah, I don't know about this one, the original is decent enough, and then there's the TAC one that has leg articulation: http://www.rebelscum.com/tac30c3po.asp
And asking for "sitting action" doesn't seem like the most exciting thing in the world.



I got an question about a red suited b wing pilot ten nunb figure we thought we would be getting but we got is nien nunb as b wing pilot gear instead.

in the movie ten was seen in a red suit as b wing pilot and he has on a cap and the head set was not shown or he did not have them on his cap.

will we see a movie accurate ten nunb figure with a use of this figure mold from nien nunb ( http://www.rebelscum.com/TLCBD19Nien.asp ) with a new removable cap and a removable headset?I'm going to say no. I get what you're saying but this is already the 6th Sullistan pilot figure we've gotten, and when Nien Nunb gets re-released as Falcon co-pilot, he'll have the same removable cap.


We've seen figures already been made, the droids of 8D8, EV-9D9, 21B (ESB version) and C-3PO (TPM). Ewoks of Wicket W. Warrick and Logray.

Will we see all the figures resculpted sometime int he future and fully movie accurate with all the ball jointed on certain parts of the body (ball jointed neck, swivel wrists/waist/ankles)?

add the question please.We've asked them about ALL of these already.



Dear Hasbro,

The Titanium Series line is popular among many collectors, particularly here at SSG, and so we all have high hopes that you can find a way to bring these wonderful little vehicles back in the near future.

On that note, if the Titanium Series does return, what are the chances of any brands aside from Star Wars being made? Whilst the Indiana Jones Titanium line seemed to be quite poorly (like the rest of the Indy line), many of the Battlestar Galactica Titaniums were very popular, such as the Battlestar Galactica herself and Battlestar Pegasus.

Stargate, a franchise that has now spawned three TV series' would seem to be an ideal choice, and indeed Hasbro announced years ago that a line of Stargate Titaniums would be made. Why was this line not pursued by Hasbro, and would you consider this line again, taking into account the great popularity of Stargate and the huge variety of vehicle choices that could be made into Titaniums?As much as I love Titaniums, this seems like a cart-before-the-horse question. We haven't even saved SW Titaniums yet, so it seems too presumptuous to ask for other licenses which will cost more money to get only to risk on a line that NEVER performed. And as much as I like the Stargate aspect of the question, it seems a tad close to what we have in question 2 already.



Also, a new question:

Of all the figures that were included in the recent pull-back (Yarna, Breha, Pons etc.) could you tell us just for curiosity's sake which figure(s) were the best sellers of the bunch, and was Yarna hands down the worst? A few of the figures weren't really warmers in all areas (Ak-Rev, Bail, Trinto/Dice) so it would be interesting to see which figure you had to pull the least amount of. Could you perhaps give us a ranking of how the figures performed at retail, best selling to worst?

My bet would be the Trinto/ Dice pack did the best.I wish we had asked them this as part of the "what did you do with the figures" question we just sent in, it would have been easier to incorporate there than anything else. My thinking right now is to wait and see what their answer there is before moving forward with this one, but I will listen to any more you have for this.



There's that, but there's also some very good news regarding Teek, better-than-expected news regarding Jaxxon, and practical confirmation of Barriss Offee, Admiral Ackbar, and three other oft-requested ROTJ characters.I am glad you have hope from these answers, I know you aren't generally thrilled with the answers we normally get. I have a hard time getting excited about any of that stuff though, it's very secondary to me, and it's all possible ether if the line folds first.

Gothiczartan
11-22-2009, 07:46 PM
I know Lando Calrissian ( http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC-Vlando.asp ) figure for a possible retooled with a removable cape as already been answered awhile back. I'm thinking a Lando retooled for a removable cape as battle pack the bespin escape. can you add the question about same lando figure (cape removable) with figures of leia, chewbacca w/net bag and C-3PO and storm troopers?

links of figures for battle pack ideas would be

http://www.rebelscum.com/sagachewie3po.asp

http://www.rebelscum.com/potjleiabespinescp.asp

any SA stormtrooper figure would due

vger
11-23-2009, 06:41 AM
I know Lando Calrissian ( http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC-Vlando.asp ) figure for a possible retooled with a removable cape as already been answered awhile back. I'm thinking a Lando retooled for a removable cape as battle pack the bespin escape. can you add the question about same lando figure (cape removable) with figures of leia, chewbacca w/net bag and C-3PO and storm troopers?

links of figures for battle pack ideas would be

http://www.rebelscum.com/sagachewie3po.asp

http://www.rebelscum.com/potjleiabespinescp.asp

any SA stormtrooper figure would due

A Bespin Battle Pack might be a good way to get out another Bespin Guard variant. So something like retooled Lando (new head, balljointed elbows, removable cape), Bespin guard, Boba with carbonite slab, and stormtrooper?

Bespin Escape Leia is due for an update, and VOTC Chewie is a much better figure than the one you linked to. But the C-3PO accessory that came with Chewie is pretty cool.

Gothiczartan
11-23-2009, 08:37 AM
A Bespin Battle Pack might be a good way to get out another Bespin Guard variant. So something like retooled Lando (new head, balljointed elbows, removable cape), Bespin guard, Boba with carbonite slab, and stormtrooper?

Bespin Escape Leia is due for an update, and VOTC Chewie is a much better figure than the one you linked to. But the C-3PO accessory that came with Chewie is pretty cool.

why lando ne head? he looks just fine, he only needed a retooling for a removable cape, the vintage style figure of him had a cape that don't come off.

Darth Windu
11-23-2009, 08:47 AM
As much as I love Titaniums, this seems like a cart-before-the-horse question. We haven't even saved SW Titaniums yet, so it seems too presumptuous to ask for other licenses which will cost more money to get only to risk on a line that NEVER performed. And as much as I like the Stargate aspect of the question, it seems a tad close to what we have in question 2 already.
I actually hadn't read the questions already in when I posted my question, and yes it is quite similar. Perhaps could we amend the already-existing question to ask about Stargate Titaniums too? I don't think Hasbro ever gave a reason as to why they didn't make them, and since Stargate has three successful TV shows plus a few movies, it would be a much stronger licence than BSG.

vger
11-23-2009, 02:30 PM
why lando ne head? he looks just fine, he only needed a retooling for a removable cape, the vintage style figure of him had a cape that don't come off.

The POTJ Bespin Escape Lando had a much better Lando facesculpt than the VOTC version, and even the 2003 Skiff Guard Lando had a better likeness, so I'd like to see Hasbro try again on Lando. The TAC smuggler Lando had a better facesculpt than VOTC but his eyes are painted so it looks like he's posessed by the devil. Kind of like with the VTAC Han getting a new headsculpt in the Endor Bunker battle pack last year, I think Hasbro can improve the Lando likeness.

RENDAR LIVES
11-27-2009, 12:53 AM
I vote for 5, 13 and 22 so far.

Jt, is it too soon to rub it in about that EU wave being post poned until February as stated in Sonofsokol's post about TFU? J/K.

This really blows especially with the comic packs being discontinued after the Ulic and Exar Kun wave. We may not even see Jareal and Nihl. After picking up Legacy #41 I really had hopes of a future Hondo Karr figure in that awsome black & gold Mando Armor. The future looks bleak. :hurt:

Is it too soon to ask about confirmation on that "likely" Anakin Solo figure to complete the whole set of Solo kids?

Also with vehicle prices being hiked up and the Mandolorians being featured in the Clone Wars series is there a good chance of us getting Slave-1 re-issued or a whole new mold?

vger
11-27-2009, 12:51 PM
The new farmboy Luke in the Resurgence of the Jedi Battle Pack is outstanding! He is perfect except for one thing: he can't sit down! If you re-release him later on down the line, can you mold his lower tunic (skirt) in a softer plastic or make it softgoods so Luke can sit in the BMF and the Landspeeder?

sonofsokol
11-30-2009, 02:57 PM
3,11,18, and 21
Thanks.

Gothiczartan
11-30-2009, 08:42 PM
I have a question about making Polis Massans figures from ROTS. We know the Polis Massan figure has already been made years ago.

http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS0539polismassan.asp

will we see another Polis Massan figure in different outfit (one with a hood on) like this links?

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/6c/Maneeli_Tuun.jpg

and another one is possible (found this one in the star wars chronicles the prequels)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/4148409019_12fe97258a_o.jpg

obi-dad
12-01-2009, 10:20 AM
Hey JT... been absent from here for a while, but I'm guess I'm just not mature enough to not mention the packaging for the new Target TIE Fighter... after arguing a couple of times and sending a picture how Hasbro could make the box smaller by changing how they arrange the parts, for the all-important shelf space. I don't mean this as an "I told you so", but it is nice to know an idea I had a year ago turned out to work. No need for an reply since no matter how I word this, I still feel like an @ss for "just having" to post this. My votes will be coming shortly.

JediTricks
12-01-2009, 03:46 PM
I know Lando Calrissian ( http://www.rebelscum.com/OTC-Vlando.asp ) figure for a possible retooled with a removable cape as already been answered awhile back. I'm thinking a Lando retooled for a removable cape as battle pack the bespin escape. can you add the question about same lando figure (cape removable) with figures of leia, chewbacca w/net bag and C-3PO and storm troopers?

links of figures for battle pack ideas would be

http://www.rebelscum.com/sagachewie3po.asp

http://www.rebelscum.com/potjleiabespinescp.asp

any SA stormtrooper figure would due


A Bespin Battle Pack might be a good way to get out another Bespin Guard variant. So something like retooled Lando (new head, balljointed elbows, removable cape), Bespin guard, Boba with carbonite slab, and stormtrooper?

Bespin Escape Leia is due for an update, and VOTC Chewie is a much better figure than the one you linked to. But the C-3PO accessory that came with Chewie is pretty cool.It's not a bad idea, but these packs only have 4 figures now and are kid-focused. There are a lot of good ideas, but 8 figures are thrown around: Lando, Chewie, Han slab, Leia, Stormtrooper, 3PO, Bespin Guard, Boba. And as a battle pack, it needs more enemies I think, perhaps the Jeremy Bulloch Lt Sheckil character as well. I dunno, there might be a question in there, but it can't just be a suggestion for a toy, we'd need to figure that out.


I actually hadn't read the questions already in when I posted my question, and yes it is quite similar. Perhaps could we amend the already-existing question to ask about Stargate Titaniums too? I don't think Hasbro ever gave a reason as to why they didn't make them, and since Stargate has three successful TV shows plus a few movies, it would be a much stronger licence than BSG.Well, the question already mentions Stargate, but I'll try to get in there.



Jt, is it too soon to rub it in about that EU wave being post poned until February as stated in Sonofsokol's post about TFU? J/K.

This really blows especially with the comic packs being discontinued after the Ulic and Exar Kun wave. We may not even see Jareal and Nihl. After picking up Legacy #41 I really had hopes of a future Hondo Karr figure in that awsome black & gold Mando Armor. The future looks bleak. :hurt:Is it too soon for me to rub it in that your EU wave is getting a 1st quarter release instead of being canned like the Noghri comic pack and all future ones? :p


Is it too soon to ask about confirmation on that "likely" Anakin Solo figure to complete the whole set of Solo kids?Yeah, wait until after Toy Fair.


Also with vehicle prices being hiked up and the Mandolorians being featured in the Clone Wars series is there a good chance of us getting Slave-1 re-issued or a whole new mold?Not until the ship itself actually shows up in some sort of pr materials, trailer, something.



The new farmboy Luke in the Resurgence of the Jedi Battle Pack is outstanding! He is perfect except for one thing: he can't sit down! If you re-release him later on down the line, can you mold his lower tunic (skirt) in a softer plastic or make it softgoods so Luke can sit in the BMF and the Landspeeder?Does anybody else have this problem? I haven't seen it yet, I'd like to get some confirmation on it, but I'll add it once we know it's not an isolated problem. Especially because in the scene in the movie, ALL the characters are sitting.



I have a question about making Polis Massans figures from ROTS. We know the Polis Massan figure has already been made years ago.
http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS0539polismassan.asp
will we see another Polis Massan figure in different outfit (one with a hood on) like this links?
http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/6/6c/Maneeli_Tuun.jpg
and another one is possible (found this one in the star wars chronicles the prequels)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/4148409019_12fe97258a_o.jpg)/2685/4148409019_12fe97258a_o.jpg (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2685/4148409019_12fe97258a_o.jpg)Too specific, and I'm not even sure they're in the movie, and it's not like the first Polis Massan was a hot seller.



Hey JT... been absent from here for a while, but I'm guess I'm just not mature enough to not mention the packaging for the new Target TIE Fighter... after arguing a couple of times and sending a picture how Hasbro could make the box smaller by changing how they arrange the parts, for the all-important shelf space. I don't mean this as an "I told you so", but it is nice to know an idea I had a year ago turned out to work. No need for an reply since no matter how I word this, I still feel like an @ss for "just having" to post this. My votes will be coming shortly.I saw the box for the first time last night, and thought about the same thing, but keep in mind, the new TIE cockpit is considerably smaller than the previous version, I am pretty sure the old one is taller than this box. And keep in mind, your argument was that if they put it in this smaller box, that they could charge $25 for it rather than $40, which this set isn't; and you suggested they put the pod OVER the wings, where here they stacked the wings and put the pod off to the side, making the box about 4.5" longer than the original, so it's not smaller per se, it's just thinner at the expense of being longer.

Droid
12-01-2009, 07:53 PM
Are you aware that the eyes on the new Bespin guard and Willrow Hood are red? Is that a mistake or intentional? If it is a mistake, will it be addressed? If it was intentional, why was that choice made? Are the figures supposed to represent a photograph of the characters where they had red eye?

RENDAR LIVES
12-01-2009, 08:30 PM
Is it too soon for me to rub it in that your EU wave is getting a 1st quarter release instead of being canned like the Noghri comic pack and all future ones? :p


Not until the ship itself actually shows up in some sort of pr materials, trailer, something.



WHAT! There was a Nohgri comic pack planned too? What else got axed that I don't know about?

We shall see how well that 1st quarter release pans out I guess. I wish there was a way we could wager on it since we wont know product or sales numbers. I know, I know! Be thankful for what I do have.

The December 15th issue of Insider is supposed to feature Mandolorians and their upcomming role in the Clone Wars show. I figured it would be worth asking since they have stuff planned a whole year in advance. If nothing else just to see if they feel the demand is there or to plant some ideas in some heads since it would be a good time to do so if any.

Darth Windu
12-01-2009, 09:16 PM
Just no. 2 for me thanks JT.

vger
12-01-2009, 09:28 PM
It's not a bad idea, but these packs only have 4 figures now and are kid-focused. There are a lot of good ideas, but 8 figures are thrown around: Lando, Chewie, Han slab, Leia, Stormtrooper, 3PO, Bespin Guard, Boba. And as a battle pack, it needs more enemies I think, perhaps the Jeremy Bulloch Lt Sheckil character as well. I dunno, there might be a question in there, but it can't just be a suggestion for a toy, we'd need to figure that out.


Would the Han carbonite slab count as a figure or as an accessory/set decoration?

Chewie's been included in lots of battle packs recently, so it might be time to give him a rest.

Retooled/resculpted Lando, new head Bespin Guard, Sheckil and Boba with an ESB paint job, and the Han slab (as an accessory) might meet Hasbro's criteria for a battle pack with each figure being "newish".

^^Or substitute a new Bespin Escape Leia for Sheckil.^^

A previous Q&A said battle packs would be either straight repacks or all-new, if I read it right.

JediTricks
12-01-2009, 10:10 PM
Question 23 added.

BTW, if I hadn't made it plain recently, this round is ending in 2 days and then it's an extended break for the holidays.


Are you aware that the eyes on the new Bespin guard and Willrow Hood are red? Is that a mistake or intentional? If it is a mistake, will it be addressed? If it was intentional, why was that choice made? Are the figures supposed to represent a photograph of the characters where they had red eye?Red-eye would be their pupils, not their irises, so I'll leave that part out.



WHAT! There was a Nohgri comic pack planned too? What else got axed that I don't know about?Dehlia Blue & someone, a few other items that we know about, and a bunch we probably will never know about.


We shall see how well that 1st quarter release pans out I guess. I wish there was a way we could wager on it since we wont know product or sales numbers. I know, I know! Be thankful for what I do have.The funny thing is, no matter what, you'll get something good - either the line will be slow and findable, or it'll be fast and send a positive message to Hasbro about EU.


The December 15th issue of Insider is supposed to feature Mandolorians and their upcomming role in the Clone Wars show. I figured it would be worth asking since they have stuff planned a whole year in advance. If nothing else just to see if they feel the demand is there or to plant some ideas in some heads since it would be a good time to do so if any.Well, we sent them a Slave I question not too long ago, they said entertainment support would be necessary.



Would the Han carbonite slab count as a figure or as an accessory/set decoration?

Chewie's been included in lots of battle packs recently, so it might be time to give him a rest.

Retooled/resculpted Lando, new head Bespin Guard, Sheckil and Boba with an ESB paint job, and the Han slab (as an accessory) might meet Hasbro's criteria for a battle pack with each figure being "newish".

^^Or substitute a new Bespin Escape Leia for Sheckil.^^

A previous Q&A said battle packs would be either straight repacks or all-new, if I read it right.I was counting Han as a figure despite being a slab, it's really up to Hasbro to decide, it's somewhere in between I guess.

If you give Chewie a rest, then 3PO is out too.

That's a lot of "new" in your idea, and it'd be weird to have no Leia or Stormtroopers with a Sheckil. In any case though, we need a question, not just a suggestion.

No packs will be all-new, they said they were going to try to do more new when possible so it doesn't feel like a burn to get the same guys over and over again.

sebillba
12-02-2009, 01:57 AM
13, 16, 19 (especially 19!!) and 22.

Thanks JT!

Droid
12-02-2009, 11:14 AM
Question 23 added.

Red-eye would be their pupils, not their irises, so I'll leave that part out.



Fine by me. I was kidding with that part anyway. Little attempt at humor as we called them out on messing up two figures.

JediTricks
12-02-2009, 03:07 PM
Fine by me. I was kidding with that part anyway. Little attempt at humor as we called them out on messing up two figures.
My concern once I read your question was that they really are doing it on purpose. Then again, when we called them out on the figures looking upwards, they shined us.

Gothiczartan
12-02-2009, 06:00 PM
When i was watching The Empire Strikes where Luke was seen zipping up his orange jumpsuit and takes his pilot gear with him after 2-1B told him to be careful.

I have a question about a new luke skywalker action figure in a orange jumpsuit based of the star wars ESB on the hoth scene and luke would of come with a removable vest that is part of his pilot gear (orange jacket, white vest), chest box, leg straps, helmet, lightsaber and gun

they did figures similar with details like

jango fett from apartment scene with poncho and rest of his gear
clone with helmet and armor vest
han solo (stormtrooper belt) with stormtrooper helmet and armor vest

Devo
12-03-2009, 01:07 AM
The new farmboy Luke in the Resurgence of the Jedi Battle Pack is outstanding! He is perfect except for one thing: he can't sit down! If you re-release him later on down the line, can you mold his lower tunic (skirt) in a softer plastic or make it softgoods so Luke can sit in the BMF and the Landspeeder?

He's not what I'd call perfect. The legs are out of proportion, they're just too small for that body. Any question on this Luke figure should mention that but also request that this headsculpt be reused on future farmboy or ANH x-wing, stormtrooper disguise lukes as it is probably as good as it'll get. No more of the VOTC head please. Thus - new legs, keep head.

Gothiczartan
12-03-2009, 09:47 AM
when i discover this figure that says he's not a on-screen accurate.

will this figure be fixed like he should have a long skirt and a blue saber sometime in the future?

http://www.rebelscum.com/TLCBD43Agen.asp

bigbarada
12-03-2009, 10:31 AM
when i discover this figure that says he's not a on-screen accurate.

will this figure be fixed like he should have a long skirt and a blue saber sometime in the future?

http://www.rebelscum.com/TLCBD43Agen.asp

Please, no more Agen Kolars.

I have a new question:

Do the designers at Hasbro believe that black people are spawned from Satan? Because the demonic red-eyes on the recent Bespin Guard and Willrow Hood figures would suggest this.

:D

El Chuxter
12-03-2009, 11:28 AM
I echo BigB's question, but suggest changing it to simply, "What's with the red eyes on some recent Legacy figures?"

bigbarada
12-03-2009, 11:58 AM
I echo BigB's question, but suggest changing it to simply, "What's with the red eyes on some recent Legacy figures?"

Yeah, wording it the way I did would likely get SSG banned from any future Q&As. :o

Another new question, this time in a serious tone:

HasbroToyShop has already proven to be a great resource for some of the more elusive Legacy figures that sell out quickly at retail. However, it can also be a little frustrating for the Build-A-Droid collectors since you never really know which BAD part you are going to get with your figure. Since there is no way to tell if a figure is going to come with the droid part from it's initial release or the part from it's subsequent rerelease in a future wave. Is there any way to notify online buyers of exactly which droid part the figure will be coming with? Or at least put a note on the site stating that HTS cannot guarantee which BAD part will be included with the figures we are purchasing? At least this way, collectors won't be surprised when they order an entire wave and are stuck with mismatched and incomplete Build-A-Droids.

El Chuxter
12-03-2009, 12:11 PM
I'll second that one. If they can allow you to pick color variants or AFA grades on some figures, no reason the BAD part shouldn't be listed.

Gothiczartan
12-03-2009, 12:16 PM
Please, no more Agen Kolars.

I have a new question:

Do the designers at Hasbro believe that black people are spawned from Satan? Because the demonic red-eyes on the recent Bespin Guard and Willrow Hood figures would suggest this.

:D

ok I'm good with the first Agen figure from the 2005 ROTS line, well he's got a long skirt and not the correct saber blade.

i think the new figure will due for now on as an expanded universe or use it for cosplaying at comic con (I'll explain more later).

JediTricks
12-03-2009, 04:45 PM
Today is the last day to vote!


When i was watching The Empire Strikes where Luke was seen zipping up his orange jumpsuit and takes his pilot gear with him after 2-1B told him to be careful.

I have a question about a new luke skywalker action figure in a orange jumpsuit based of the star wars ESB on the hoth scene and luke would of come with a removable vest that is part of his pilot gear (orange jacket, white vest), chest box, leg straps, helmet, lightsaber and gun

they did figures similar with details like

jango fett from apartment scene with poncho and rest of his gear
clone with helmet and armor vest
han solo (stormtrooper belt) with stormtrooper helmet and armor vestWe JUST got the figure we got, and it's another specific, so not right now.



He's not what I'd call perfect. The legs are out of proportion, they're just too small for that body. Any question on this Luke figure should mention that but also request that this headsculpt be reused on future farmboy or ANH x-wing, stormtrooper disguise lukes as it is probably as good as it'll get. No more of the VOTC head please. Thus - new legs, keep head.Interesting. Does the figure have that sitting problem then?



when i discover this figure that says he's not a on-screen accurate.

will this figure be fixed like he should have a long skirt and a blue saber sometime in the future?

http://www.rebelscum.com/TLCBD43Agen.aspWe already have a long-skirt Agen Kolar from ROTS, and since he's carrying a generic saber in the figure, they make a blue one so you can just do that. And it's just another really specific one.



Please, no more Agen Kolars.

I have a new question:

Do the designers at Hasbro believe that black people are spawned from Satan? Because the demonic red-eyes on the recent Bespin Guard and Willrow Hood figures would suggest this.

:DWe already have this question, minus the Satan part. I'll count that as a vote for #23 though, along with Chux's seconding.



Yeah, wording it the way I did would likely get SSG banned from any future Q&As. :o

Another new question, this time in a serious tone:

HasbroToyShop has already proven to be a great resource for some of the more elusive Legacy figures that sell out quickly at retail. However, it can also be a little frustrating for the Build-A-Droid collectors since you never really know which BAD part you are going to get with your figure. Since there is no way to tell if a figure is going to come with the droid part from it's initial release or the part from it's subsequent rerelease in a future wave. Is there any way to notify online buyers of exactly which droid part the figure will be coming with? Or at least put a note on the site stating that HTS cannot guarantee which BAD part will be included with the figures we are purchasing? At least this way, collectors won't be surprised when they order an entire wave and are stuck with mismatched and incomplete Build-A-Droids.It's an interesting idea, but Build-A-Droid is over in 1 more wave, the EU wave, so it's just too late.



I'll second that one. If they can allow you to pick color variants or AFA grades on some figures, no reason the BAD part shouldn't be listed.Those AFAs are 8 times as expensive, and they don't allow you to pick color variants.

El Chuxter
12-03-2009, 04:50 PM
Those AFAs are 8 times as expensive, and they don't allow you to pick color variants.
They did with the Pit Droids, and I think there was at least one GIJoe color variant they offered (Paris Pursuit Snake Eyes?). Not sure off-hand if there have been more. It shouldn't be too difficult for them in the case of BAD releases, since they have different numbers for re-releases, if I'm not mistaken. (Heck, it shouldn't be hard for simple variants, as they know better than anyone else how many were released and in what ratios.)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-03-2009, 05:10 PM
I'll go with 4, 12, 16, 17, 22, and 23.

JediTricks
12-03-2009, 05:15 PM
I can't say as I remember them doing that with the Pit Droids.


Here are my votes:

1 sideshow
2 ts
9 cw droid legs
16 dewback
17 quantities
21 poll


I just looked over the votes, VERY few votes this round, almost any vote at this point will tip the scales in its favor.

vger
12-03-2009, 07:35 PM
My votes are for 8, 10, 22


When HTS had the Saga Legends Clone Trooper Officers, they were listed individually by color.

Devo
12-03-2009, 09:41 PM
Interesting. Does the figure have that sitting problem then?

Yes he does. The 'skirt' is very stiff even with slits on the sides. Theres pretty much no give.

If I were to ask a question around this figure it'd go like this:

From fan reaction so far the new Farmboy Luke from the Resurgence of the Jedi pack is great but for some problems. Many have noted that the VOTC legs seem too short for this body. Theoretically if they were to be longer they should also be a little thicker to maintain balanced proportions. Others have complained that the 'skirt' prevents the figure from sitting down while a final complaint has been levelled at the elbow joints not being the most attractive because of the hinge*. However there is almost unanimous praise for the new headsculpt and the torso which are beautifully sculpted and painted. Could future farmboy lukes address these problems whilst also maintaining this particular head and this particular torso?*2

*when the arm is bent the anglular hinge becomes visible, its a problem that more commonly affects the shoulders of certain figures probably dating back to VTSC X-wing Luke. For some reason known only to them Hasbro have been using hinges with ugly angles on them that jut out in an unattractive fashion when the arms are posed outwards from the body. See the new Bespin guard, the new cantina Saurin, DSII Luke, scramble on yavin technician etc. Not all figures have this problem so clearly its avoidable.

*2: I was going to add a part about them using the same headsculpt on X-wing Luke and Stormtrooper Luke in future but the new head is probably too big to also fit the helmets. However as long as this headsculpt becomes available outside of this battlepack customs will be possible for those who want to see this head on all ANH lukes.

Devo
12-03-2009, 09:48 PM
10, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23. If my question gets added take my vote for it in the next round since its probably too late for this one.

JediTricks
12-03-2009, 11:09 PM
Ok, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated!

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


From SirStevesGuide.com:
1) In a recent answer, Hasbro stated that there won't be an ANH wave in 2010, the next one being the beginning of 2011. Does that mean there won't be any new Cantina figures released in '10, or is it possible we might see 1 or 2 in a battle pack, a comic pack, an exclusive, or perhaps even another venue? If the answer is "no", is a Cantina figure planned for that early '11 basic figure wave, and if so, who?
2) In the current Fans Choice final 30 ToyFare poll, there are several figures that have been mentioned by Hasbro to be figures they would like to do anyway. Without asking about too many specifics, could you tell us how many are already in some stage of production? How many of those finalists may be released in 2010 or 2011 alongside the winner? Were any finalists in some level of planning or production before the fan site lists came in?
3) Recently, you gave an answer about Malakili and Willrow Hood that they were to be released in the same quantity, "the lowest of the fall releases, 30% lower than the lowest-run figures from 2005 until Spring 2008". We know Hasbro policy is to not talk hard numbers, but could you at least give us percentages on those types of "hardcore collector-interest" figures as they stand against the most popular and thus heaviest run figures in Legacy, as well as Saga Legends, and even Clone Wars? And heck, while we're at it, how much higher than the Malakili floor was Yarna's run? We hardcore collector types are always curious about how much risk the brand takes on our limited-interest figures vs. more mainstream entries, and it'd be helpful to inform us why it's more complex to run the line than some collectors' short-sighted arguments of "just make that guy and everybody will buy it".
From CollectionStation.com:
1) In the November Q&A, Hasbro revealed that the latest Droid Factory 2-packs have not performed to expectations and the future planned sequel wave was canceled, with some sets possibly finding their way into other, future sets. With Wal-mart's spotty distribution on these - some stores getting none while others clearanced them for $5 soon after release - and Wal-mart not making them available online, is there any chance that the sequel wave could switch retailers to become another chain's line, or perhaps a shared online exclusive? And if it's not too bold, it sounds like plans were made, so what was the next Droid Factory wave going to be?
2) Are you aware that the eyes on the new Bespin guard and Willrow Hood are painted red? That has come up before with some unmasked Clone Trooper figures, but these are the first non-clone characters we can remember that have red irises. Is that a mistake or intentional? If it is a mistake, will it be addressed? If it was intentional, why was such an odd choice made?
3) The new dewback looks to be a pretty nifty item, however, its appearance has some fans scratching their heads. The fact that it's packed with a sandtrooper and the appropriate riding gear would lead one to believe that this is supposed to be from A New Hope. Yet its green skin and smaller, more pointed face would seem to indicate The Phantom Menace as its source; and it even looks like it took some inspiration from the vintage version. It's been suggested that this is now LFL's "official" look for the beast, but this set is supposed to represent what's in ANH which this doesn't seem to be. What was the thinking behind designing this piece in such a way, why wasn't a more true-to-ANH look adopted?


Look for a new round of voting soon.