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JediTricks
02-04-2010, 09:15 PM
Please post your VOTE for up to 4 {four} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on February 26th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 79 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=2665); 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=715783#post715783).

Current questions (vote for up to 4):


- In a previous 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 the proverbial 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?
- 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 now have the 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 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?
- 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?
- The Resurgence of the Jedi battle pack has a new ANH Luke Skywalker and already fans are enjoying the new likeness and the torso design, but the other elements have some issues. The VOTC Luke's legs were used here, and they seem too small for this figure, under proportion compared to the upper body. Also, the plastic "skirt" is rather stiff, preventing the figure from sitting down, extra frustrating since this scene he's sitting down most of the time. And the head deco is odd, cast in white plastic and then painted. Might a future ANH Luke figure address these problems while still using the head and torso sculpts?
- As you now know, the recent Commander Cody figure has left the factory with his belt upside-down, an occurrence which has proved far too common over the last 5 years of ROTS phase 2 trooper armor figures. This is a relatively small thing, but common enough that it warrants asking about. So, would it be possible for you to redesign the trooper belt system so that there was some sort of offset notch or directional block which forces assembly on the belts to work only in the proper orientation? That way, the factory workers wouldn't need to see the visual minutiae that defines the belt as right-side-up or not.
- Don't think we haven't noticed that some of your exclusives are playing a color-scheme war. Target, whose company logo is a big red bulls-eye, gets a red-accented TIE Fighter vehicle; Wal-mart, whose logo has been blue lettering for decades, gets a blue Octuptarra Droid vehicle. Wal-mart gets a blue 501st role-play helmet; Target gets a red Clone Trooper helmet with flashlight. Target gets Commander Fox, a red-hued Clone figure; Wal-mart gets the 501st Clone Trooper, a blue-accented figure. Confess! You're creating some of these exclusives with coloring themed to its specific retailer, aren't you? "Payola!" they'll all yell to the heavens as they learn of such treachery. Busted! So, are you guys doing this on purpose, and if so, how did it come up? Do your retail partners know that they're getting specially-tailored exclusives as are their rivals, and what do they think of it?
- 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?
- It's been 6 years since the last Luke Hoth Gear figure. While that was a nifty item for its time, its sculpt and articulation is specific to 1 part of the movie. Any chance of us getting an updated Luke Hoth, perhaps with a swappable likeness to represent before and after the Wampa attack? We know you usually would prefer to do this via a running change, but after the myriad of running-change-figure problems you had recently, it seems like a troubled route to take, especially with such an important character such as this.
- Usually, the only figures whose heads are painted rather than cast in flesh-tone plastic are those with a sculpted helmet, hood or large hair so the plastic matches the majority of the head. Though understandable, those painted faces aren't always that successful, noses are rubbed off by packaging, paint masks miss targets and either over- or under-shoot, and the facial features don't look as crisp. Recently though, this has crept onto regular figures without hoods or the like. Evolutions Jango Fett is supposed to be a premium figure but has this - yes, it's likely a costing issue since it'd be the only flesh-toned part on the figure, but this is supposed to be a definitive version. Col Dyer from the Battle for Endor battle pack has flesh hands yet a painted head. And now Luke Tatooine from the Resurgence of the Jedi pack is the same way, that's an iconic figure with an impressive new sculpt, yet its sullied by the painted head syndrome. Maybe it's fine for kids, but these are collector-themed figures we're talking about, and it's sloppily applied and prone to the problems mentioned above, not to mention it softens the sculpted facial features you guys work hard to produce. So why use painted heads on those sorts of figures? Will there be a focus to lean on this less in the future? Might those Jango and Luke figures get cast instead of painted heads on their next runs?
- Although the Cruisemissile Trooper vehicle has its share of detractors, including those at Hasbro, the concept and design have some fun and interesting toy merits, though not fully realized. Perhaps the original design could be embellished and resized to fit into either the current Deluxe Figure & Vehicle pricepoint or a Battle Pack or other another medium (maybe even a Starfighter pricepoint perhaps). And of course, this time around it could have a removable pilot and cooler features to make it a fun new vehicle with unique Star Wars credibility. Would Hasbro ever consider making an update to this vehicle with design and features befitting the modern line? With the Deluxe Figure & Vehicle line seemingly doing well and taking other weird risks like the Desert Sport Skiff, would you think that the right place for it?
- In a recent Q&A, you revealed Legacy Collection's final wave, the EU wave, has become a TRU exclusive that's probably also going to be available for e-tailers to order a month later. Aside from the new figures from that wave, will the other figures that were going to be carried over in that wave, especially Bespin Guard variant Utris M'toc, also be TRU exclusives?
- With the reveal of the Vintage Collection cardbacks using the classic Kenner styling, there's one oddity which doesn't fit with modern retail. The previous Vintage-style cardbacks came in clamshells that had J-hooks, but this new line has no clamshells and the samples you've shown have no J-hooks, only punch-through hanger holes with plastic reinforcement on the back. Isn't this a risky gamble, making it harder for consumers to get to product and for employees trying to restock? Was this considered, and if so, why was the decision made to stay with the old-style hangers?
- The Dark Trooper, across its 4 figures and 3 phases, always seems to have underwhelming release scenarios. Both phase II releases (the '98 EU wave, and TAC's re-release Saga Legends wave) were headaches to track down; the phase III was spread across expensive exclusive sets so it cost $85 to build, and its repaint was canceled; and now the phase I is stuck in the end-of-the-line wave that has been repurposed to TRU-exclusivity. Clearly, the Dark Trooper has among the worst luck of all Star Wars figures. Has there been any thought to releasing a multi-pack of the 3 Dark Trooper figures together so that collectors finally can army-build the characters they want? Or if that won't fly, maybe you could pack in that new and also hard-to-get Kyle Katarn figure with them and have a Dark Forces theme set?
- Snowspeeder Luke is an amazing figure, but collectors have numerous issues and are wondering if they might be addressed on a future re-release. Issues including the awkward hand poses, the wrong saber hilt (again), no lit lightsaber, no way to plug the saber hilt into the belt, no way to hook the grappling gun onto the belt, the thermal cap on the head that disappears and reappears throughout the character wearing this costume on Hoth and Dagobah, the raised helmet visor in the AT-AT attack, and even Luke not wearing his gloves in the costume on Dagobah. Let me state again, fans love this figure overall, it's just that they love it so much they've taken a hard look and see the issues as they stand. So, will any or all of those issues be addressed on a future re-release of this figure?
- In past answers, you've said you have no foreseeable plans to re-release any of the Build-a-Droid existing droid characters again. However, for various reasons natural to collecting, many collectors found themselves with the problems of having too many of some droid parts, and more often, too few of others. Short production runs are an especially big problem for completing certain droids. The bottom line is that there are a lot of incomplete droids around, and some of the droids are army-buildable including the hard-to-get YVH-1, so even after working to complete 1, some collectors want several more. And the upcoming BG-J38 wave looks like it will be no picnic to complete either what with exclusivity and a very short production run. Aside from the notion of collectors coming back to the line spurring a Droid Factory playset with the possibility of using some of these parts, would you reconsider alternate methods to distributing these parts or whole droids, perhaps offering individual parts on HasbroToyShop, or bagged complete but unassembled droids in simple white box packaging, or perhaps some other method that lets collectors complete their build-a-droids?
- In a recent Q&A, you stated that you weren't going to be bringing back the POTF collector coins for the foreseeable, which meant no reusing the POTF card style. This shoots down hope of seeing vintage updates of the "last 15" POTF figures on their original cards. While we understand the reluctance to revisit coins, if you were planning to update any of the original POTF figures under the "Vintage Collection" line, would you merely put them on their corresponding movie cards? In other words, figures like Yak Face, Barada, General Lando, etc., would be placed on ROTJ cards; while figures like Luke Stormtrooper or an Imperial Gunner could go on 1978-styled Star Wars cards? Or are those "last 15" POTF characters off-limits to The Vintage Collection because of their original cards?
- It's awesome that we're getting an update of Ponda Baba in 2011, but this does bring up two burning questions. Will he be sold under the name "Walrusman" on the card just like in the vintage days, or will that be updated to the modern "Ponda Baba"? Also, since the character is seen in the film with flipper-hands but every modern version of the figure has been sculpted with the more human, furry hands (as shown amputated by Obi-Wan), are we finally going to get a screen-accurate "flipper-hand" version of Ponda Baba? If not, would you consider packing him with interchangeable hands so collectors can choose which version they want to display?

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

JediTricks
02-04-2010, 09:18 PM
I want to apologize at the outset of this round for the format changes we are enacting. Hasbro has changed the program on us, and as such we have to reduce voting from 6 to 4 per user. Hopefully that will still be enough to make a satisfying voting experience.

Droid
02-04-2010, 10:48 PM
New question:

Will only the EU figures from the last Legacy wave be exclusive to Toys R Us? Will the other figures that were to be included in the wave, particularly the Bespin Guard variant, also be Toys R Us exclusives? If only the EU figures will be exclusive to Toys R Us, will the other figures, such as the Bespin Guard, be sold in other stores, or not be released at all? Is the only way to get the BG Build a Droid to buy the Toys R Us EU figures?

Darth Marco
02-05-2010, 08:53 AM
I will vote on 10 and 16. I do have a question about the TOYFARE fan poll:

The top 6 from the fan poll were from the EU and Hasbro done wonders in that field. Now that the EU will be represented as exclusives, knowing that Bastila Shan will be done in the regular line, will the other's if they have a chance to be part of the line, will they be in the regular line or as exclusive, and who has the better chance of being made into an action figure? After the top 6 the rest of the characters are movie base and have a better chance of being made into the line but what about the EU characters who Hasbro have said that some they would rather not make?

Ando
02-05-2010, 11:47 AM
My votes:

#6: Magnetic feet. This would be an awesome feature. Coleco Toys "StarCom" line featured these on their 2" figures so that they could stand on their vehicles which were all feature magnets. Man that was a neat toy line...

#13: Color coded exclusives.

#15: Hoth Luke.

#17: Cruise Missile Trooper.

New question suggestion:

"In the most recent Q+A session, you confirmed to Jedi News UK that the HIGHLY anticipated Galactic Heroes AT-AT will be at retail as early as August 1st of this year. In previous sessions you have told us that this GH AT-AT will hit retail in 2011 at the earliest (if at all).

Is August 1st 2010 for our UK collector brethren only or will this date apply to us (U.S.) as well? If 8.1.2010 is for the UK only, when can US collectors expect to see this beast? Will it still be 2011?"

vger
02-06-2010, 11:00 AM
5, 11, 16.

New question:
Tera Sinube played a major part in the new Clone Wars episode "Lightsaber Lost" and is on his way to becoming a fan favorite. Will he be seeing release in a battle pack, mail-away, or basic figure?

RENDAR LIVES
02-06-2010, 11:54 AM
I vote for...

4- Droid legs
12- Cody belt
15- Hoth Luke
16- Flesh paint

LTBasker
02-06-2010, 09:26 PM
New question:

The Dark Trooper, or rather the various Phases of the Dark Trooper, always seems to have a bismal release. Both releases of the Phase II Dark Trooper ('98 ye olde EU wave and TAC's end-of-the-line release) were headaches for collectors, with insult added to such an injury by the ludicrously expensive Phase III BAF - which didn't even get stocked in some areas. Now, the Phase I is in limbo as it's fate will either end up lost and forgotten, or in a TRU exclusive in what sounds like a multi-pack. Why not cut out the drama once and for all, and take this trio of figures for a HasbroToyShop exclusive Evolutions pack? This not only has the benefit of making them available through an outlet which can be regulated by yourself, but also purchase limitations can be placed upon them to make sure that everybody gets a fair share. Furthermore, seeing as how people have missed out on army building opportunities with these figures either through lack of availably, or ludicrous expense, this sort of army-builders' delight would be similar to the successful Battelfront II battle packs.


It probably needs some of your expertise in tweaking, JT, as it's longer than I intended, and I couldn't think of what to really say since they're generally stubborn about such a thing. I'm expecting a one sentence reply such as "The Phase III is too expensive to produce again, we will look into the Phase I's wave."

sebillba
02-07-2010, 01:34 AM
I would buy a Dark Trooper Evo set, so like the idea of this question, but would we have to specify it should be a HTS exclusive? HTS do not ship internationally, so I wouldn't vote for a question asking for something I want but wouldn't be able to buy!

RENDAR LIVES
02-08-2010, 07:46 PM
Darktroopers never really cranked my w**k. I do think it would be an awsome set though. The cost would have to be higher because that Darktrooper phase 3 looks massive.

Despite my complaints of too many core characters, I wouldn't mind seeing a set of Kenobi (and maybe luke) done like Anakin. I'd love a new Alec Guiness and there is something nice about having a bunch of figures conveniently boxed together. Vader's costume also changed slightly from film to film.

I think a much better question would be how did they cram all those accessories into the original Evolution sets but the new ones come with only 1 or 2 additional accessories wich they wisely conceal. But I think we already know the answer.

DarkJedi5
02-10-2010, 09:42 AM
5 - R2-X2
8 - Red 2
15 - Luke Hoth
17 - Cruisemissile

Cane_Adiss
02-10-2010, 11:57 AM
I vote 3, 16 and 17 so far.

clone157
02-10-2010, 05:11 PM
I vote for the evolutions of a Dark Trooper question, and pose another one.
With the line planned out and about to be shown for the remainder of 2010, it is time to turn to the requests for the 2011 line-up. One set that would be rather inexpensive to produce and definitely sell well would be based on the Republic Commandos series of novels by Karen Traviss. This is a mix of Mandalorians, ARC troopers, Commandos, and Jedi. These have been proven sellers many times over, and they lend themselves well to producing two versions of most of the characters, a great way to recoup the costs of the new head sculpts and two kit-bashed "new" figures. General Bardan Jusik could be done as both Jedi and Mandalorian, Sargents Kal Skirata and Walon Vau in Mandalorian armor and civilian clothes, General Etain Tur-Murkan in Jedi Padawan and Knight (with armor) versions, mild repaints for the Null ARC troopers, and of course, Delta and Omega Squads. We would also like to see some new weapons like the ever present Verpine rifles and one that we have been anticipating; the Sniper version of the DC-17.

Ando
02-10-2010, 05:19 PM
With the line planned out and about to be shown for the remainder of 2010, it is time to turn to the requests for the 2011 line-up. One set that would be rather inexpensive to produce and definitely sell well would be based on the Republic Commandos series of novels by Karen Traviss. This is a mix of Mandalorians, ARC troopers, Commandos, and Jedi. These have been proven sellers many times over, and they lend themselves well to producing two versions of most of the characters, a great way to recoup the costs of the new head sculpts and two kit-bashed "new" figures. General Bardan Jusik could be done as both Jedi and Mandalorian, Sargents Kal Skirata and Walon Vau in Mandalorian armor and civilian clothes, General Etain Tur-Murkan in Jedi Padawan and Knight (with armor) versions, mild repaints for the Null ARC troopers, and of course, Delta and Omega Squads. We would also like to see some new weapons like the ever present Verpine rifles and one that we have been anticipating; the Sniper version of the DC-17.

I will second this question and support it, if it is added.

JediTricks, please delete one of my current votes if you decide to add it.

Gothiczartan
02-11-2010, 08:03 PM
I have a question about the wave 13 figures like Jacen and Jania solo, I have not see them in any retail stores.

will we see them again hitting at most retail stores in our area sometime soon?

bigbarada
02-11-2010, 08:18 PM
I have a question about the wave 13 figures like Jacen and Jania solo, I have not see them in any retail stores.

will we see them again hitting at most retail stores in our area sometime soon?

They've been relegated to TRU exclusives and won't be in stores until May.

Gothiczartan
02-11-2010, 08:28 PM
They've been relegated to TRU exclusives and won't be in stores until May.

so we can still get those figures in that month but in different package?

so what about the build a droid from ROTJ, still be included to every figures?

bigbarada
02-11-2010, 08:29 PM
so we can still get those figures in that month but in different package?

so what about the build a droid from ROTJ, still be included to every figures?

I would guess that they are going to be identical to the Legacy figures, but they're only going to show up at TRU. Probably with an "Only at TRU" sticker on the bubble somewhere.

Gothiczartan
02-11-2010, 10:57 PM
I would guess that they are going to be identical to the Legacy figures, but they're only going to show up at TRU. Probably with an "Only at TRU" sticker on the bubble somewhere.

why TRU?

can't they be at most retail stores so we can get the figures?

i wanted that droid from ROTJ.

bigbarada
02-11-2010, 11:19 PM
why TRU?

can't they be at most retail stores so we can get the figures?

i wanted that droid from ROTJ.

Orders for the last wave were so low that Hasbro only had two options:
1. cancel the wave completely
2. try to sell it as a retailer exclusive.

Basically, retailers have lost all faith in the Legacy line and aren't going to risk losing more money on a bunch of EU figures when they still have a backlog of movie characters that are clogging their toy aisles.

If you really want the droid, then you can find him on Ebay, but you better be ready to pay about $25 for him (which is still cheaper than buying all the figures just for the droid).

Gothiczartan
02-11-2010, 11:22 PM
Orders for the last wave were so low that Hasbro only had two options:
1. cancel the wave completely
2. try to sell it as a retailer exclusive.

Basically, retailers have lost all faith in the Legacy line and aren't going to risk losing more money on a bunch of EU figures when they still have a backlog of movie characters that are clogging their toy aisles.

If you really want the droid, then you can find him on Ebay, but you better be ready to pay about $25 for him (which is still cheaper than buying all the figures just for the droid).

maybe they should repack just the droid.

i wanted all the figures of EU.

bigbarada
02-11-2010, 11:23 PM
maybe they should repack just the droid.

i wanted all the figures of EU.

Well, if you have a TRU in your area then you just have to wait until May. :)

Gothiczartan
02-11-2010, 11:30 PM
Well, if you have a TRU in your area then you just have to wait until May. :)


of course I have TRU in my area and hope they arrived and BTW I just ordered a droid from jabba's palace on ebay.

I still wanted the Skaak Ti, Jacen Solo and Jania Solo. the rest I'll think about getting them. I like the big white spacetrooper figure.

bigbarada
02-11-2010, 11:38 PM
of course I have TRU in my area

You're lucky. :( I wish I had a TRU that was less than an hour from my house.

Not for the EU wave, though, because I don't care about them. :D

Gothiczartan
02-12-2010, 08:19 AM
are they going to stop making the build a droid series for figures?

El Chuxter
02-12-2010, 12:05 PM
They've already said they were. The TRU-exclusive EU wave is the final wave.

RENDAR LIVES
02-12-2010, 07:16 PM
I vote for the evolutions of a Dark Trooper question, and pose another one.
With the line planned out and about to be shown for the remainder of 2010, it is time to turn to the requests for the 2011 line-up. One set that would be rather inexpensive to produce and definitely sell well would be based on the Republic Commandos series of novels by Karen Traviss. This is a mix of Mandalorians, ARC troopers, Commandos, and Jedi. These have been proven sellers many times over, and they lend themselves well to producing two versions of most of the characters, a great way to recoup the costs of the new head sculpts and two kit-bashed "new" figures. General Bardan Jusik could be done as both Jedi and Mandalorian, Sargents Kal Skirata and Walon Vau in Mandalorian armor and civilian clothes, General Etain Tur-Murkan in Jedi Padawan and Knight (with armor) versions, mild repaints for the Null ARC troopers, and of course, Delta and Omega Squads. We would also like to see some new weapons like the ever present Verpine rifles and one that we have been anticipating; the Sniper version of the DC-17.

I love this concept and would support it if it wasn't just a line of nothing but Jango, Boba, and Clone repaints with new heads, wich is essentially what you are asking for. They'd actually have to do different armor sculpts to sell me on this. Otherwise this would be a great idea if they trickled out a few here and there.

I'd like to ammend the cody question. Since we have heard there will be no TPM wave for Vintage and they seem to be proud to promote AOTC for the first time on Vintage cards it makes me wonder about ROTS (we do know they will be mixing refreshed figures into this line). He also lacks the white scribbles on the shoulder and they could paint the antenna right as well as fix the belt. Also since it seems unlikely I will find the new Cody because of poor distribution and messed up schedules this would be a great chance for Hasbro to correct the figure and release it to those of us who missed out as well as answering if there would be a ROTS Vintage style wave. We could kill 3 birds with one stone here.

Also, the snowspeeder Luke is amazing but I do have gripes about it. Like no hole for the saber hilt and the hands. Those hands are awful. They make the arms look too long, he has trouble holding a lightsaber without pointing it at an awkward angle and getting him to hold a gun straight is impossible. Not to mention the Fonzie thumbs that make it difficult to hold his grappling hook gun. Please Hasbro, if you re-release this figure give him different hands! A different head wouldn't be bad iether since when he gets in the snowspeeder he doesn't have the hood and on Dagobah he doesn't wear one iether (of course then he doesn't have golves on iether at that point).

But this got me to thinking about the wrists on the CW clone figures. They swivel and bend. Granted Hasbro has made leaps and bounds since the "Jedi Dual" days but why isn't this articulation on our Jedi and Sith for both lines? Surely this added joint at the wrist would make for more interesting and dynamic poses. How about it Hasbro?

Gothiczartan
02-12-2010, 09:11 PM
They've already said they were. The TRU-exclusive EU wave is the final wave.

your saying that they stop making EU figures and focus on movie figure to be made in the future? I wonder they didn't they put a TRU sticker on every carded figure of EU, I didn't know that was TRU exclusive.

anyway I most like the figures from the movie as long as they are completely movie accurate or about close to on-screen well it depends that do I think of a figure that i have seen.

Gothiczartan
02-12-2010, 09:16 PM
Also, the snowspeeder Luke is amazing but I do have gripes about it. Like no hole for the saber hilt and the hands. Those hands are awful. They make the arms look too long, he has trouble holding a lightsaber without pointing it at an awkward angle and getting him to hold a gun straight is impossible. Not to mention the Fonzie thumbs that make it difficult to hold his grappling hook gun. Please Hasbro, if you re-release this figure give him different hands! A different head wouldn't be bad iether since when he gets in the snowspeeder he doesn't have the hood and on Dagobah he doesn't wear one iether (of course then he doesn't have golves on iether at that point).

How about a luke snowspeeder pilot with just a new head and new hands (gloved ones) as a echo base and dagobah landing scene?

we can have two more luke pilots one with no hood head and new gloved hands (for echo base scene) and one more with new no hood head, flipped up visor helmet and new hands without gloves (for dagobah scene)

bigbarada
02-12-2010, 09:17 PM
your saying that they stop making EU figures and focus on movie figure to be made in the future? I wonder they didn't they put a TRU sticker on every carded figure of EU, I didn't know that was TRU exclusive.

Well, they weren't originally intended to be exclusives, however retailer orders for the last Legacy wave were so poor that Hasbro's only chance to release them was to cancel the entire wave and sell it to TRU as an exclusive.

But, yes, Hasbro has already stated that they will be taking a dramatic step back from the number of EU figures that they make per year and they will be focusing mostly on the films in the non-Clone Wars line.

Gothiczartan
02-12-2010, 10:32 PM
I have another question

about luke skywalker in snowspeeder pilot gear from Wave 12 The Empire Strikes Back, I notice his hands that looks awkward like he couldn't hold his gun correctly and not even his lightsaber. would it be possible that he should get new hands that needed to be normal (gloved ones) to have him hold a weapon properly?

also will we get to see two more luke snowspeeder pilots in the future since the star wars toy will be focus on movie line in the future?

luke with head of upcoming bespin luke and new gloves hands for echo base scene (he was seen getting a huge from chewbacca, luke show getting in a speeder while dack is already on board)
http://img718.yfrog.com/img718/2720/lukepilotechobase.jpg

luke with new head (maybe bespin luke), new hands without gloves for the dagobah landing and a visor flipped up helmet
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/5945/lukepilotdagobahlanding.jpg

El Chuxter
02-13-2010, 05:56 PM
Here's one for consideration:

"Official pictures of the AT-AT have been released, and it looks beautiful. One question, though: it's not clear from the pictures whether the AT-AT can kneel, as various Expanded Universe sources indicate it does to load and unload troops. Though not a deal-breaker, this would be a nice touch. So, can it?"

clone157
02-13-2010, 10:44 PM
I love this concept and would support it if it wasn't just a line of nothing but Jango, Boba, and Clone repaints with new heads, wich is essentially what you are asking for. They'd actually have to do different armor sculpts to sell me on this. Otherwise this would be a great idea if they trickled out a few here and there.


Well, we could ammend it to include the sculpts from the other Mandalorians from the other boxed sets and the TFU one about to hit TRU, but Hasbro usually doesn't do much new tooling for boxed sets like these, and the point is to make it as cheap as possible or we might not see these characters at all. I figured that the tooling budget would be blown on the civilian figures in the sets. It would also be nice to see the Phase 3 armor as shown on the cover of 501st. Just thought I would aim low, and be surprised later.

Ando
02-15-2010, 10:24 AM
New question suggestion:

"In the most recent Q+A session, you confirmed to Jedi News UK that the HIGHLY anticipated Galactic Heroes AT-AT will be at retail as early as August 1st of this year. In previous sessions you have told us that this GH AT-AT will hit retail in 2011 at the earliest (if at all).

Is August 1st 2010 for our UK collector brethren only or will this date apply to us (U.S.) as well? If 8.1.2010 is for the UK only, when can US collectors expect to see this beast? Will it still be 2011?"

I happily withdraw my new question suggestion based on the news from Toy Fare that we will indeed see the GH AT-AT on/around 08.01.2010 here in the states.

Woo hoo!

JediTricks
02-15-2010, 05:01 PM
Questions 18 - 21 added.


New question:

Will only the EU figures from the last Legacy wave be exclusive to Toys R Us? Will the other figures that were to be included in the wave, particularly the Bespin Guard variant, also be Toys R Us exclusives? If only the EU figures will be exclusive to Toys R Us, will the other figures, such as the Bespin Guard, be sold in other stores, or not be released at all? Is the only way to get the BG Build a Droid to buy the Toys R Us EU figures?Ok, well, we know that the wave will be available to e-tailers a month after TRU gets them, so it's not fully exclusive. That is the BG-J38 wave, so that is the only way to get those parts. In terms of other ways to get Utris M'Toc, since other retailers aren't ordering them anyway, technically would make him exclusive to this as well, if he's in the assortment. That's the real question left here. LMK your thoughts on this. I'll add that part of the question and count your vote for it.



I do have a question about the TOYFARE fan poll:

The top 6 from the fan poll were from the EU and Hasbro done wonders in that field. Now that the EU will be represented as exclusives, knowing that Bastila Shan will be done in the regular line, will the other's if they have a chance to be part of the line, will they be in the regular line or as exclusive, and who has the better chance of being made into an action figure? After the top 6 the rest of the characters are movie base and have a better chance of being made into the line but what about the EU characters who Hasbro have said that some they would rather not make?Judging on the recent answers they've given, it's too soon to ask about them. They are holding back news for their partner in the poll, ToyFare Magazine. Also, they are scaling back EU figures so if they aren't in the top, it seems unlikely they'll get done; and some decisions simply haven't been made at all yet, so it'd be very hypothetical.



My votes:

#6: Magnetic feet. This would be an awesome feature. Coleco Toys "StarCom" line featured these on their 2" figures so that they could stand on their vehicles which were all feature magnets. Man that was a neat toy line...Yeah, I loved that line, I still have a few pieces. The transformations of the vehicles was so boss too.



New question:
Tera Sinube played a major part in the new Clone Wars episode "Lightsaber Lost" and is on his way to becoming a fan favorite. Will he be seeing release in a battle pack, mail-away, or basic figure?Right now, with 2 less questions available to us, I'm trying to avoid questions about specifics like this. If you were to ask about other figures from the episode as well, it'd probably be more enticing to add as a question.



New question:

The Dark Trooper, or rather the various Phases of the Dark Trooper, always seems to have a bismal release. Both releases of the Phase II Dark Trooper ('98 ye olde EU wave and TAC's end-of-the-line release) were headaches for collectors, with insult added to such an injury by the ludicrously expensive Phase III BAF - which didn't even get stocked in some areas. Now, the Phase I is in limbo as it's fate will either end up lost and forgotten, or in a TRU exclusive in what sounds like a multi-pack. Why not cut out the drama once and for all, and take this trio of figures for a HasbroToyShop exclusive Evolutions pack? This not only has the benefit of making them available through an outlet which can be regulated by yourself, but also purchase limitations can be placed upon them to make sure that everybody gets a fair share. Furthermore, seeing as how people have missed out on army building opportunities with these figures either through lack of availably, or ludicrous expense, this sort of army-builders' delight would be similar to the successful Battelfront II battle packs.


It probably needs some of your expertise in tweaking, JT, as it's longer than I intended, and I couldn't think of what to really say since they're generally stubborn about such a thing. I'm expecting a one sentence reply such as "The Phase III is too expensive to produce again, we will look into the Phase I's wave."It's good, I think it just needs a little tightening and a little work on accuracy (phase 2 re-release was in Saggy Legends). I didn't use the Battlefront II part because only the Phase 2 would be in there, and it wouldn't even be accurate, the BF Darktrooper looks way different.


I would buy a Dark Trooper Evo set, so like the idea of this question, but would we have to specify it should be a HTS exclusive? HTS do not ship internationally, so I wouldn't vote for a question asking for something I want but wouldn't be able to buy!I'm leaving that out, I don't like to try to make those business decisions for them, it closes off a question too much. No HTS in our question.



Darktroopers never really cranked my w**k. I do think it would be an awsome set though. The cost would have to be higher because that Darktrooper phase 3 looks massive.

Despite my complaints of too many core characters, I wouldn't mind seeing a set of Kenobi (and maybe luke) done like Anakin. I'd love a new Alec Guiness and there is something nice about having a bunch of figures conveniently boxed together. Vader's costume also changed slightly from film to film.

I think a much better question would be how did they cram all those accessories into the original Evolution sets but the new ones come with only 1 or 2 additional accessories wich they wisely conceal. But I think we already know the answer.If the Evo line were continuing, I would totally give them the business about that. But it's not.



I vote for the evolutions of a Dark Trooper question, and pose another one.
With the line planned out and about to be shown for the remainder of 2010, it is time to turn to the requests for the 2011 line-up. One set that would be rather inexpensive to produce and definitely sell well would be based on the Republic Commandos series of novels by Karen Traviss. This is a mix of Mandalorians, ARC troopers, Commandos, and Jedi. These have been proven sellers many times over, and they lend themselves well to producing two versions of most of the characters, a great way to recoup the costs of the new head sculpts and two kit-bashed "new" figures. General Bardan Jusik could be done as both Jedi and Mandalorian, Sargents Kal Skirata and Walon Vau in Mandalorian armor and civilian clothes, General Etain Tur-Murkan in Jedi Padawan and Knight (with armor) versions, mild repaints for the Null ARC troopers, and of course, Delta and Omega Squads. We would also like to see some new weapons like the ever present Verpine rifles and one that we have been anticipating; the Sniper version of the DC-17.They were asked something similar, although less specific, in this very last round:

SnowTroopers.ca: what are the chances of seeing delta squad or omega squad remade with the articulated legs of the new evolution commando? would they ever be released on single card, like scorch?
Hasbro: It is certainly something that we have been thinking about, although we are also aware that fans would like to see us update the torso as well before re-release. We do think demand would be there for these guys, but we haven't found a good opportunity to slot them into the lineup yet. Hopefully one day. It's more likely that we'll do a boxed set again, since the last one proved very popular. With all their other answers about scaling back on EU, including their citing Republic Commando, I don't think we're going to get a better answer than that one. With that in mind, there's no real question in what you're asking, it's just a list of things you'd like to see. I don't see a positive outcome for a wishlist, but if we can craft it into a tighter question, perhaps.


I will second this question and support it, if it is added.

JediTricks, please delete one of my current votes if you decide to add it.Right now, we're working on that question, I'm not sure what to do with it.

In the future, when you want to swap a vote, you have to let me know what vote you want cut.


I'd like to ammend the cody question. Since we have heard there will be no TPM wave for Vintage and they seem to be proud to promote AOTC for the first time on Vintage cards it makes me wonder about ROTS (we do know they will be mixing refreshed figures into this line). He also lacks the white scribbles on the shoulder and they could paint the antenna right as well as fix the belt. Also since it seems unlikely I will find the new Cody because of poor distribution and messed up schedules this would be a great chance for Hasbro to correct the figure and release it to those of us who missed out as well as answering if there would be a ROTS Vintage style wave. We could kill 3 birds with one stone here.There is a TPM wave for Vintage Collection, just not in 2010. ROTS is in 2010 tho'.

The white scribbles are supposed to be weathering, so it's subjective since he has way more than the first figure had.

It's too short notice to get this into the ROTS wave anyway, that was planned a year ago.


Also, the snowspeeder Luke is amazing but I do have gripes about it. Like no hole for the saber hilt and the hands. Those hands are awful. They make the arms look too long, he has trouble holding a lightsaber without pointing it at an awkward angle and getting him to hold a gun straight is impossible. Not to mention the Fonzie thumbs that make it difficult to hold his grappling hook gun. Please Hasbro, if you re-release this figure give him different hands! A different head wouldn't be bad iether since when he gets in the snowspeeder he doesn't have the hood and on Dagobah he doesn't wear one iether (of course then he doesn't have golves on iether at that point).I'll add something, and count your vote.


But this got me to thinking about the wrists on the CW clone figures. They swivel and bend. Granted Hasbro has made leaps and bounds since the "Jedi Dual" days but why isn't this articulation on our Jedi and Sith for both lines? Surely this added joint at the wrist would make for more interesting and dynamic poses. How about it Hasbro?They're scaling back on the clones with the ball-hinge wrists already, adding Captain Stone into their library. It was easier there because all the clones can use the same tooling, while Jedi are all unique. They're expensive and don't add much, they smash in the hand so it looks misshapen and can't hold stuff without mangling it. It doesn't look natural either in terms of sculpting. Can you craft a question around all that?



Here's one for consideration:

"Official pictures of the AT-AT have been released, and it looks beautiful. One question, though: it's not clear from the pictures whether the AT-AT can kneel, as various Expanded Universe sources indicate it does to load and unload troops. Though not a deal-breaker, this would be a nice touch. So, can it?"It has ropes with a pole that troopers can stand on and rappel down, seen in different EU. I don't really want to go this specific for a kneeling pose question at this point, if it does it does, and if it doesn't there's nothing they can do about it now. They addressed how troops debark on the toy, so it's not like they didn't think of it.

Ando
02-15-2010, 05:30 PM
Yeah, I loved that line, I still have a few pieces. The transformations of the vehicles was so boss too.

In the future, when you want to swap a vote, you have to let me know what vote you want cut.

- The GI Joe 2.5" Sigma 6 line vehicles were very similar to the StarCom vehicles with magnets and modularity. It's one of the reasons I bought an fell in love with the DragonHawk and the little vehicles.

- Will do. If you end up adding the question, please use my vote for the Cruise Missile question.

Thanks!

JediTricks
02-17-2010, 11:55 PM
I just did the math, we've had 497 questions answered through Q&A. This round will make 500.

LTBasker
02-18-2010, 12:45 AM
Does that include answers that were "answered" by being totally ignored? ;)

Nice work on the Darktrooper question! Your suggestion to toss in a Kyle Katarn made me think of a Dark Forces battlepack, with a proper jacketed Katarn. That'd be so great... but, alas, it would take a miracle.

2. - 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 the proverbial 11th hour (and didn't hit shelves until the 13th hour), an unusual distinction which fans don't really understand, and could use more behind-the-scenes insight into - why didn't that Basestar tooling get shoehorned into a later wave before the license with Universal ran out? Why release a repaint vehicle that won't satisfy fans as much, rather than an all-new mold which fans have been clamoring for?

7. - 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?

10. - 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?

20. - The Dark Trooper, across its 4 figures and 3 phases, always seems to have underwhelming release scenarios. Both phase II releases (the '98 EU wave, and TAC's re-release Saga Legends wave) were headaches to track down; the phase III was spread across expensive exclusive sets so it cost $85 to build, and its repaint was canceled; and now the phase I is stuck in the end-of-the-line wave that has been repurposed to TRU-exclusivity. Clearly, the Dark Trooper has among the worst luck of all Star Wars figures. Has there been any thought to releasing a multi-pack of the 3 Dark Trooper figures together so that collectors finally can army-build the characters they want? Or if that won't fly, maybe you could pack in that new and also hard-to-get Kyle Katarn figure with them and have a Dark Forces theme set?

Darth Marco
02-18-2010, 10:05 AM
Thank you JT for answering my question. I will add another vote and it will be for 18.

Sad that everything did not come out the way it was suppose to, with the EU wave that I definetly wanted, being change to exclusives for TRU on a schedule date to come out in May.

RENDAR LIVES
02-18-2010, 10:49 AM
Well, we could ammend it to include the sculpts from the other Mandalorians from the other boxed sets and the TFU one about to hit TRU, but Hasbro usually doesn't do much new tooling for boxed sets like these, and the point is to make it as cheap as possible or we might not see these characters at all. I figured that the tooling budget would be blown on the civilian figures in the sets. It would also be nice to see the Phase 3 armor as shown on the cover of 501st. Just thought I would aim low, and be surprised later.

That's my biggest concern looking at it realistically. I love the characters but I already feel cheated about them getting away with so many repaints and retools at full cost. I'm a sucker for anything Mando including the Commandos but I can't justify a whole series like that and plain clothes doesn't sound very exciting except on some select characters. I'd also like figures of the Empire of the Hand from Allegiance but all in all it would just be new heads on existing Stormtroopers and a Bikerscout and I won't pay $8.00 for a head.

RENDAR LIVES
02-18-2010, 10:58 AM
Questions 18 - 21 added.

I'll add something, and count your vote.

They're scaling back on the clones with the ball-hinge wrists already, adding Captain Stone into their library. It was easier there because all the clones can use the same tooling, while Jedi are all unique. They're expensive and don't add much, they smash in the hand so it looks misshapen and can't hold stuff without mangling it. It doesn't look natural either in terms of sculpting. Can you craft a question around all that?



Thanks. I think I already used all 4 votes I had. I'd like to keep my votes for the Hoth Luke and ankle articulation on the droids. The leg problems I have read about have prevented me from picking up any CIS droids other than Magna Guards. So feel free to swap one of the other 2.

I know they are on the clones but they are adding articulation to other characters like Jedi and Mandos. I'm not so big on CW anyways but thought that little bit might help on the movie line for Jedi to hold their sabers two handed a little easier. You do make a good point on this making the figures more fragile. Revoltech has done some amazing things with their joints but but they are prone to popping out. I'm not sure about the best way to pull this off. Marvel Legends had great articulation too but to the point where some figures just looked like crap.

sonofsokol
02-18-2010, 11:53 AM
I'll vote for 4, 6, 13, and 20

JediTricks
02-19-2010, 02:14 AM
Does that include answers that were "answered" by being totally ignored? Well, yes. :p


Nice work on the Darktrooper question! Your suggestion to toss in a Kyle Katarn made me think of a Dark Forces battlepack, with a proper jacketed Katarn. That'd be so great... but, alas, it would take a miracle.Damnit, I wish I had room to put that jacket idea in there, it's a really good point. But the question is fat as it is.



Sad that everything did not come out the way it was suppose to, with the EU wave that I definetly wanted, being change to exclusives for TRU on a schedule date to come out in May.Yeah, that got really messy, very very frustrating. But I look at it this way: Hasbro did work hard to actually get the product out there to us, especially when they're talking about how little interest there is in EU toys right now. At least these EU figures haven't failed on their own, it was the mainline which failed them (whether they'll succeed at TRU, I don't know, but I suspect they will move because of fan interest).



Thanks. I think I already used all 4 votes I had. I'd like to keep my votes for the Hoth Luke and ankle articulation on the droids. The leg problems I have read about have prevented me from picking up any CIS droids other than Magna Guards. So feel free to swap one of the other 2.In the future, you have to figure out which vote to change.

The Commando Droid hasn't wilted for me yet, it has unusual ball-hinged ankle joints but they do the job fine. IG-86 has 'em and also stands, 4-A7 too, though I suppose both of them are not CIS exactly.

El Chuxter
02-21-2010, 06:38 PM
It has ropes with a pole that troopers can stand on and rappel down, seen in different EU. I don't really want to go this specific for a kneeling pose question at this point, if it does it does, and if it doesn't there's nothing they can do about it now. They addressed how troops debark on the toy, so it's not like they didn't think of it.

Very well, brave sir knight. You make me sad. (Though yousa point well seen--whether it is or isn't able to, it's too late to do diddly about it now.)

I know variations on the "Build-A-Droids offered again?" questions have been asked, but would this be unique enough?

"In the past, you've said that you didn't plan to offer any of the Build-A-Droid droids again. However, due to smaller numbers on some ways, repackaged figures with different parts, army builders like the AT-AT Driver being the only figures offered with certain parts, some of the parts have proven very elusive to many. Factor in the possible lack of interest when the droid didn't 'match' the wave (such as packaging Episode IV droids with Prequel or EU waves that wouldn't appeal to strictly Original Trilogy collectors, for instance), and the way that collectors who bought multiples of figures (or 'running change' repacks, or, in the later waves that include concept figures, simply bought the entire wave) have wound up with extra parts to droids that could prove difficult to complete, and there are, well, a lot of incomplete droids around. On top of that, the somewhat difficult-to-find Revenge of the Sith wave features a Build-A-Droid that many collectors would love to build armies of, the YVH-1. Have you considered, or would you consider, perhaps selling the parts through your website so as to facilitate collectors who would like to complete, start, or have multiples of certain droids?"

I didn't want to include the phrase "mark up" or "inflated," but even something like $2.50-$3.50+S&H per part would be preferable to, say, tracking down parts from HTF figures on the secondary market, or building armies of Jeremoch Colton.

El Chuxter
02-21-2010, 09:41 PM
And, less serious, but I totally triple dog dare you to ask this question:

"Any chance we can get a figure of Master Baytes?"

sebillba
02-23-2010, 03:58 PM
Here's my votes for this round: 11, 15, 16, 20. Thanks JT!

bigbarada
02-23-2010, 04:03 PM
And, less serious, but I totally triple dog dare you to ask this question:

"Any chance we can get a figure of Master Baytes?"

How about a rereleased Darth Vader on a vintage card with the name "Master Vader"?

bigbarada
02-23-2010, 05:13 PM
Okay, seriously I have three new ideas for questions:

In your recent Q&A, you stated that you had no intention of bringing back the POTF collector coins as a pack-in. Which simultaneously shot down any hope of seeing vintage carded updates of the "last 15" Power of the Force figures. While we understand your reluctance to revisit collectors coins, if you did plan to update any of the original POTF figures, within the next 2 years, would you consider simply putting them on corresponding movie cards? In other words, figures like Yak Face, Barada, R2-D2 with pop-up saber, General Lando, Imperial Dignitary, etc. could be placed on Return of the Jedi cards. While figures like Luke Stormtrooper and possibly the Imperial Gunner could go on 1978-style Star Wars cards. Since this is more of an expansion of the vintage line than a strict remake, would this be a possibility? Or can we essentially write off any updates of the "last 15" POTF figures during the run of the Vintage Collection?

It's awesome that we're getting an update of Ponda Baba in 2011, but this does bring up two burning questions about what to expect with this figure. Will he be sold as "Walrusman" on the card, just like in the vintage days, or will that be updated to Ponda Baba? Also, since the character is seen in the film with "flipper-hands" but every modern version of the figure has been sculpted with the more human, furry hands (as shown amputated by Obi-Wan), are we finally going to get a screen-accurate "flipper-hand" version of Ponda Baba? If not, would you consider packing him with interchangeable hands so collectors can choose which version they want to display?

Many fans are disappointed by the news that the Ewok 2-packs are coming to any end. We understand that you plan to increase the amount of accessories offered with each Ewok to make them a better value; but have you considered packing each new Ewok figure with a different Wokling (which could just be a repaint of Nippet from the 2008 Leektar and Nippet set)? This would be a great way to continue to give collectors two characters for the price of one.

Annnd a 4th question:

With the recent news that we will see no more Ewok 2-packs, does this mean that the Jawa/Droid 2-packs, which have been so popular over the last three years, are coming to an end as well?

JediTricks
02-23-2010, 09:56 PM
Questions 22 - 24 added.



Very well, brave sir knight. You make me sad. (Though yousa point well seen--whether it is or isn't able to, it's too late to do diddly about it now.)Yeah, it's one of those "what's the achievable goal of the question?" situations. If it's just nice to know now rather than in a few months, I can't really see using it anymore.


I know variations on the "Build-A-Droids offered again?" questions have been asked, but would this be unique enough?

"In the past, you've said that you didn't plan to offer any of the Build-A-Droid droids again. However, due to smaller numbers on some ways, repackaged figures with different parts, army builders like the AT-AT Driver being the only figures offered with certain parts, some of the parts have proven very elusive to many. Factor in the possible lack of interest when the droid didn't 'match' the wave (such as packaging Episode IV droids with Prequel or EU waves that wouldn't appeal to strictly Original Trilogy collectors, for instance), and the way that collectors who bought multiples of figures (or 'running change' repacks, or, in the later waves that include concept figures, simply bought the entire wave) have wound up with extra parts to droids that could prove difficult to complete, and there are, well, a lot of incomplete droids around. On top of that, the somewhat difficult-to-find Revenge of the Sith wave features a Build-A-Droid that many collectors would love to build armies of, the YVH-1. Have you considered, or would you consider, perhaps selling the parts through your website so as to facilitate collectors who would like to complete, start, or have multiples of certain droids?"

I didn't want to include the phrase "mark up" or "inflated," but even something like $2.50-$3.50+S&H per part would be preferable to, say, tracking down parts from HTF figures on the secondary market, or building armies of Jeremoch Colton.Ok, let me see what I can make of the question. I'm not sure there's a reason to mention WHY people have too many of 1 part and too few of another. I pulled it, it's a lot of the question and doesn't really serve a purpose that I can see. I'll make a question with the rest and add it, count your vote for it.



Okay, seriously I have three new ideas for questions:

In your recent Q&A, you stated that you had no intention of bringing back the POTF collector coins as a pack-in. Which simultaneously shot down any hope of seeing vintage carded updates of the "last 15" Power of the Force figures. While we understand your reluctance to revisit collectors coins, if you did plan to update any of the original POTF figures, within the next 2 years, would you consider simply putting them on corresponding movie cards? In other words, figures like Yak Face, Barada, R2-D2 with pop-up saber, General Lando, Imperial Dignitary, etc. could be placed on Return of the Jedi cards. While figures like Luke Stormtrooper and possibly the Imperial Gunner could go on 1978-style Star Wars cards. Since this is more of an expansion of the vintage line than a strict remake, would this be a possibility? Or can we essentially write off any updates of the "last 15" POTF figures during the run of the Vintage Collection?

It's awesome that we're getting an update of Ponda Baba in 2011, but this does bring up two burning questions about what to expect with this figure. Will he be sold as "Walrusman" on the card, just like in the vintage days, or will that be updated to Ponda Baba? Also, since the character is seen in the film with "flipper-hands" but every modern version of the figure has been sculpted with the more human, furry hands (as shown amputated by Obi-Wan), are we finally going to get a screen-accurate "flipper-hand" version of Ponda Baba? If not, would you consider packing him with interchangeable hands so collectors can choose which version they want to display?I'll add these 2, though I feel like they're almost really 1 question.


Many fans are disappointed by the news that the Ewok 2-packs are coming to any end. We understand that you plan to increase the amount of accessories offered with each Ewok to make them a better value; but have you considered packing each new Ewok figure with a different Wokling (which could just be a repaint of Nippet from the 2008 Leektar and Nippet set)? This would be a great way to continue to give collectors two characters for the price of one.I don't think there's any reason to throw this idea into the ring right now. I haven't seen a ton of demand for a herd of woklings.


Annnd a 4th question:

With the recent news that we will see no more Ewok 2-packs, does this mean that the Jawa/Droid 2-packs, which have been so popular over the last three years, are coming to an end as well?The droids are essentially the extra accessories already, I think this one isn't necessary, especially with the Purchase of the Droids scene complete now.

Cane_Adiss
02-24-2010, 10:22 AM
I don't think I already voted this round so here's mine:

18, 19, 23, 24

Thanks!

sebillba
02-24-2010, 11:00 AM
Here's my votes for this round: 11, 15, 16, 20. Thanks JT!

Could I swap my vote for #15 and vote for #24 instead please.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
02-24-2010, 12:45 PM
Let's go with 11, 14, 23, and 24.

JediTricks
02-24-2010, 03:33 PM
I don't think I already voted this round so here's mine:

18, 19, 23, 24

Thanks!
You did vote already, actually: http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=716509#post716509
If you'd like to change any/all of your votes, please LMK which ones you are swapping out. You have roughly a day left in this round.


Could I swap my vote for #15 and vote for #24 instead please.Sure.

JediTricks
02-24-2010, 03:51 PM
Here are my votes, I almost forgot that we only have 4 votes now :(:

11 resurgence luke
13 color exclusives
17 cruise
20 dt

El Chuxter
02-24-2010, 04:01 PM
17, 18, and 20, in addition to the one you already counted (23?)

(That's Cruisemissile, Utris, and Darktroopers, in case I screwed up.)

AmanaMatt
02-25-2010, 09:52 AM
I vote for questions 15, 24

Only two I am interested in hearing.

Love you guys, but the queston 21 on the snowspeeder luke is NITPICKING...and a little hardcore given the incredible quality of this figure. If we 'complain' about this one, NO figure is safe from the wrath of this site!

And feel free to throw tomatoes....not trying to step on anyones toes or upset anyone!

Darth Marco
02-25-2010, 10:09 AM
My last vote will be for #24. Hope Hasbro has more surprises for us in SDCC and CV.

sonofsokol
02-25-2010, 12:18 PM
I'll vote for 4, 6, 13, and 20

I would like to exchange #13 for #24.

JediTricks
02-25-2010, 10:26 PM
Only two I am interested in hearing.

Love you guys, but the queston 21 on the snowspeeder luke is NITPICKING...and a little hardcore given the incredible quality of this figure. If we 'complain' about this one, NO figure is safe from the wrath of this site!

And feel free to throw tomatoes....not trying to step on anyones toes or upset anyone!It is a good figure, but those are fair complaints too. I don't think having that question out there hurts the existing figure.



I would like to exchange #13 for #24.Ack, you just crushed my dreams. So close to getting in, and now so far.

JediTricks
02-25-2010, 10:26 PM
Well, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated!

Here are the questions we're sending this round:


Questions from CollectionStation.com:
1) The Dark Trooper, across its 4 figures and 3 phases, always seems to have underwhelming release scenarios. Both phase II releases (the '98 EU wave, and TAC's re-release Saga Legends wave) were headaches to track down; the phase III was spread across expensive exclusive sets so it cost $85 to build, and its repaint was canceled; and now the phase I is stuck in the end-of-the-line wave that has been repurposed to low-production TRU-exclusivity. Clearly, the Dark Trooper has among the worst luck of all Star Wars figures. Has there been any thought to releasing a multi-pack of the 3 Dark Trooper figures together so that collectors finally can army-build the characters they want? Or if that won't fly, maybe you could pack in that new and also hard-to-get Kyle Katarn figure with them and have a Dark Forces theme set?
2) The Resurgence of the Jedi battle pack has a new ANH Luke Skywalker and already fans are enjoying the new likeness and the torso design, but the other elements have some issues. The VOTC Luke's legs were used here, and they seem too small for this figure, underproportioned compared to the upper body. Also, the plastic "skirt" is rather stiff, preventing the figure from sitting down, extra frustrating since this scene he's sitting down most of the time. And the head deco is odd, cast in white plastic and then painted. Might a future ANH Luke figure address these problems while still using the head and torso sculpts?
Questions from SirStevesGuide.com:
1) It's awesome that we're getting an update of Ponda Baba in 2011, but this does bring up two burning questions. Will he be sold under the name "Walrusman" on the card just like in the vintage days, or will that be updated to the modern "Ponda Baba"? Also, since the character is seen in the film with flipper-hands but every modern version of the figure has been sculpted with the more human, furry hands (as shown amputated by Obi-Wan), are we finally going to get a screen-accurate "flipper-hand" version of Ponda Baba? If not, would you consider packing him with interchangeable hands so collectors can choose which version they want to display?
2) Although the Cruisemissile Trooper vehicle has its share of detractors, including those at Hasbro, the concept and design have some fun and interesting toy merits, though not fully realized. Perhaps the original design could be embellished and resized to fit into either the current Deluxe Figure & Vehicle pricepoint or a Battle Pack or other another medium (maybe even a Starfighter pricepoint perhaps). And of course, this time around it could have a removable pilot and cooler features to make it a fun new vehicle with unique Star Wars credibility. Would Hasbro ever consider making an update to this vehicle with design and features befitting the modern line? With the Deluxe Figure & Vehicle line seemingly doing well and taking other weird risks like the Desert Sport Skiff, would you think that the right place for it?


Look for a new round of voting soon.