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JediTricks
04-08-2010, 11:53 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 May 7th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 82 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=722843#post722843).

Current questions (vote for up to 4):


- 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?
- 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?
- 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 another character whose figure is in dire need of updating: 2-1B, who hasn't seen a new figure design 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 and Luke recovery figures?
- 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. 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. On a similar note, many later uses of the R4-G9 tooling (such as R2-T0 and the recent battle pack R2-D2) seem to be assembled asymmetrically so the center foot rests at too shallow an angle thus incapable of standing flat, perhaps caused by a very slight mismatch or variance cavity to cavity. Could something be redesigned in the foot to ensure the correct angle and range of travel for the center ankle joint?
- 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?
- Seeing as how the McQuarrie concept figures have been re-released in boxed sets to decent reception, has there been any consideration of doing a similar boxed set for the other concept figures out there? The Doug Chiang General Grievous, the Joe Johnston Snowtrooper, the McQuarrie IG-88, and the 2 Episode III concept Anakin and Ki-Adi-Mundi would make a nice 3rd set to the concept figure series, don't you think?
- One of your answers from the April 8th round said that, as we expected, due to the troubles with running changes, there will be no more of those running-change figures. The statement is clear, running changes from wave to wave didn't work out too well during the TLC line, but it leaves open the question of whether simultaneous, planned production variations could be released concurrently within the same wave. The line has done so before, similar to the way the TSC line's Endor Rebel Troopers were released, or some Saga Legends troopers, the Imperial Officer head variants, the Clone Wars Micro Series clones; and the GI Joe line has more recently had success with concurrently-released chase figures as well. While concurrent variants do make specifics a little tougher to get, it provides a lot more flexibility for army-building troops without waiting years to release a variant. So would those sorts of simultaneous-production, same-wave variant figures still be a possibility, or do these go down in flames along with the running change figures?
- The Clone Wars series has given Hasbro the opportunity to release many cool vehicles that both collectors and kids have been asking for. These vehicles are especially great due to the fact that they work for both the animated and realistic figure line. Given the popularity of the series, what additional vehicles would you look to do from seasons 1 and 2? Are there any vehicles from the OT, PT, and EU that you would like to see used in season 3 so they could use that as a springboard to make their toys? (For example, would you like to see the StarViper/Virago show up in the show so you could make a Virago vehicle toy?)
- The idea of the ball-hinge wrist has a lot of potential, but one of the drawbacks of using it on such a small joint is that it intrudes deep into the hand, using up space in the palm. That, in turn, ends up mangling some accessories, especially those clear-banded into their hands in the packaging, warping blaster grips to the point of making them bent and twisted beyond imagination. Was any consideration given to making the weapons fit that hand design, or just doing away with the wrist articulation on the first generation CW Clone mold which is still in use for some of the new Clone Trooper figures? Considering the aesthetic issue, the lack of space, and the greater expense, is this point of articulation pretty much dead after the CW Commander Stone mold takes over the rest of the new clone figures, or are there other animated or realistic figures that could still get this articulation in the future?
- The Clone Wars Y-wing Bomber is one of the coolest ships we've seen from the line. A version with red markings was seen in both the Geonosis story arc and The Zillo Beast episode, and it created a visual punch both times. Given that the $65 deluxe vehicle line is somewhere between struggling and dead, and found often on clearance meaning not nearly enough kids or collectors got to experience this amazing vehicle, is it still possible that we might see a red Y-wing Bomber in the line at some point, perhaps as an exclusive, or at a lower price point to attract new buyers?
- Why is it that modern realistic R2-D2 figures are oversized? Our math says that the modern R2 stands a whole centimeter too tall, which is a scaled visual difference of 7 inches. That's a pretty significant amount of extra height. The Clone Wars R2 is roughly the right height, as is the classic Kenner Artoo, while the build-a-droid astromechs split the difference between the extremes. But the regular modern astromechs are all too tall. Why is this, and will this be addressed on the upcoming R2 redesign?
- At Toy Fair, you revealed a Boba Fett figure for the Vintage Collection. There is some confusion about this figure though. The carded sample shows the Evolutions ESB version, while the in-booth display shows the 2004 vintage-style ROTJ figure. In a recent Q&A answer, Boba was left off of your list of Greatest Hits repacks, which would lead one to believe he has been updated in some way similarly to how the Vader figure is not on the Greatest Hits list because it has been changed a little. Has this TVC Boba Fett indeed been changed, and if so, how? If not, then which version will see release?
- Have you considered taking figures from the Comic Packs and putting them together into Battlepacks with perhaps 1 new figure, and making these sets exclusive to someone more focused on a comic-friendly audience, such as Diamond Distribution or one of the many fine e-tailers out there? This could help spur interest in the line along and satiate EU fans who crave more of their favorite characters. Star Wars comics still have a big audience, SW: Legacy is Dark Horse's 2nd best-selling line (despite the line apparently ending soon). If not Battlepacks, what about more Comic 2 Packs exclusive to those outlets with more focus on reusing the parts created for the line for new characters or at least character updates, since they're not likely to get used in the mainline?
- Hypothetically, if Hasbro were to produce a new Slave I based on its recent outing in The Clone Wars animation, and assuming this hypothetical ship were to meet its intended sales goals, how long after its release would collectors have to wait until they would see one based on the ship's deco from the Original Trilogy era?
- What's with the new smaller-hilt electronic role-play lightsabers Hasbro is now offering? These are in open-box packaging somewhat similar to the blasters, but far more compact, yet they aren't cheaper than other electronic sabers in the line. Are these smaller to better fit hands of younger kids, are they trying to be more accurate to the original props than previous Hasbro sabers? Don't they seem too small for the pricepoint, is there any concern they may cannibalize sales from the existing role-play electronic sabers, and why have open box packaging without a try-me feature?
- Recent Hasbro images show the upcoming Saga Legends Battle Droid 2-pack both using the mold based on the new Battle Droid figures from the Target Geonosis Arena Showdown sets. Is that what we will actually be used to make this Saga Legends 2-pack? If so, will we see any of the issues we raised in a previous Q&A addressed, like a left arm that can hold the blaster similar to the Firefighter Droid from The Clone Wars line, or properly-sized eyes for every droid, or the neck piece facing the right way? Also, will we be seeing any running deco changes on this set, switching from Geonosis red to Naboo tan? Army-building Battle Droids only in red and at a 1:1 ratio with their commanders would be quite limiting, and many previous Saga Legends army builders have enjoyed running changes like this without any problems expressed.
- Why is it that when figures, especially Jedi, have separate soft-plastic "skirts", some figures will have slits designed into the sides so they can enjoy a full range of hip motion for sitting, action poses, or piloting vehicles, while other figures with similar "skirt" elements do not have those slits up the sides? Examples of this immobile skirt design include the TAC ROTS Mace Windu, the very recent EU Jaina Solo, last year's Stass Alie. Those figures would all be better served with either a split plastic skirt, or a more free soft-goods skirt when costing allows it, wouldn't you agree?

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

TheDarthVader
04-08-2010, 11:55 PM
4, 5

Question: How about releasing some star wars figure coupons that we can take to retailers?

El Chuxter
04-09-2010, 12:08 AM
JT, going back to the question I proposed at the end of the last thread, I'm not sure what the last concurrent variant was. I know there were three (maybe more) of the Imperial Officer about five years or so ago. I think the Endor Rebel Trooper might've been concurrent, but I don't recall for sure, and I'm pretty sure the Naboo Trooper was just a running change.

They've done this a few times more recently with the GIJoe line, with things like white-coat Dr Lewis, clear Wraith, and Snake Eyes with black Timber. Though, truth be told, I'd prefer the availability to be a bit higher than those. ;)

JediTricks
04-09-2010, 12:23 AM
Question: How about releasing some star wars figure coupons that we can take to retailers?They did Clone Cash in '09, and last month they had the Hasbro Coupons website Play Saver, though it looks like they are couponed out right now. What did you have in mind, specifically? Maybe there could be a question made out of that, but I would need to understand the drive better to see if it differs enough from what they just did.



JT, going back to the question I proposed at the end of the last thread, I'm not sure what the last concurrent variant was. I know there were three (maybe more) of the Imperial Officer about five years or so ago. I think the Endor Rebel Trooper might've been concurrent, but I don't recall for sure, and I'm pretty sure the Naboo Trooper was just a running change.

They've done this a few times more recently with the GIJoe line, with things like white-coat Dr Lewis, clear Wraith, and Snake Eyes with black Timber. Though, truth be told, I'd prefer the availability to be a bit higher than those. ;)The Imp Officers you're thinking of are from the Saga Legends line back in '07, and they were running changes, not concurrent. Saga Legends enjoyed a lot of running changes in '07 and '08, they scaled back in '09 though.

I think you're right about the Endor Rebel being the last one not in Saga Legends. The Naboo Soldier red & yellow were a year apart. Most of the concurrent variant figures have been derided by fans in the SW line for the reason you gave on the Joe line. The way Hasbro did it with the Endor Rebs is the first half of the wave purchases when to the first version, and the second version was planned for the second half of the wave purchases (technically this is not a running change since it's still within a single wave), but when stores slowed purchases on the second half of the wave, that figure was harder to get.

Are you sure you want to ask a question about that?

El Chuxter
04-09-2010, 12:31 AM
You sure there weren't Imperial Officers with different heads in the OTC line? And, around the same time, there were head variants on the Rebel Fleet Trooper. I'm thinking even further back than 2007, but maybe I'm wrong.

Y'know what? You made me go to that other site. It was 2002 when both were released:
http://www.rebelscum.com/photo.asp?image=/swsaga/sw0255impofficercomp.jpg
http://www.rebelscum.com/sw0254rebeltrooper.asp

I'm pretty certain they were concurrent, but it may just be that the waves were coming out so quickly at that time that they seemed concurrent.

And, yeah, longshot or not, if it gets more variety in head sculpts for guys like this, I'm all for asking it.

JediTricks
04-09-2010, 12:41 AM
Ok, I see what you're getting at. The POTJ line had the first figure, the Saga line a year later had the concurrent 2nd and 3rd figure, and then the Saga Legends line re-released them. I forgot their headsculpts had those origins.

It's a pretty weak precedent, it's very old and they JUST shot down running changes which do exactly this.

Do me a favor, try writing this question taking those figures into account but don't get TOO specific about them, see if we can kinda squeeze around it.

El Chuxter
04-09-2010, 12:51 AM
I'm not sure how un-specific you want me to be, so how's this for a start? (I'm pretty sure the Tartakovsky Clonetroopers were the same case, and slightly more recently.)

"Following up on one of your answers from April 8: You said, when asked about a possible running change for a particular figure, 'Because of the snafus we have had, there will be no more running changes. Period. Sad, but the hammer has come down on these.'

This answer is pretty clear about running changes, where different versions have been released with different waves of figures, but it leaves open the question of whether different variants could be released concurrently. Though this hasn't been the case with mainline Star Wars figures for a few years (most memorably with the Imperial Officers and with the Clonetroopers from the Clone Wars micro-series), the GIJoe line has more recently done something similar with chase figures, and there have been several examples of variants in the Legends line. While concurrent variants do make certain figures a bit tougher to get, the concept provides a lot more flexibility in building armies of human characters whose heads aren't completely obscured by helmets, without requiring the same figure to be released multiple times. Would minor variations be a possibility still, provided they're available at the same time?"

Alpha 315
04-09-2010, 04:33 PM
2, 5, 7, 8.

Darth Metalmute
04-09-2010, 05:03 PM
I'd like to vote for number 3.

I am also curious of these questions.

"The Clone Wars series has given Hasbro the oppertunity to release many important vehicles that both collectors and children have craved for. These vehicles are especially great due to the fact that they work for both the animated and realistic figure line. Given the popularity of the series, what additional vehicles would you look to do from seasons 1 and 2? Is there any vehicles from the OT, PT, and EU that you would like to see in season 3 that the Hasbro staff would love to do in the future? For example, if the Black Sun were to be introduced into the series and with them the StarViper?"

"It might be too preliminary at this stage, but given the press release concerning the new Star Wars animated series, has Lucasfilms approached Hasbro about creating a toy line for the show?"

TheDarthVader
04-09-2010, 07:53 PM
How about mailing in upcs to get coupons on future star wars merchandise purchases? Or how about some printable coupons from the hasbro site. Like maybe $1.00 off any two star wars figures. :) That is all I can come up with for now.

JediTricks
04-10-2010, 04:12 AM
Questions 9 - 11 added.

If you added a question, please keep in mind our policy has changed and your vote has not yet been counted for it.


I'm not sure how un-specific you want me to be, so how's this for a start? (I'm pretty sure the Tartakovsky Clonetroopers were the same case, and slightly more recently.)

"Following up on one of your answers from April 8: You said, when asked about a possible running change for a particular figure, 'Because of the snafus we have had, there will be no more running changes. Period. Sad, but the hammer has come down on these.'

This answer is pretty clear about running changes, where different versions have been released with different waves of figures, but it leaves open the question of whether different variants could be released concurrently. Though this hasn't been the case with mainline Star Wars figures for a few years (most memorably with the Imperial Officers and with the Clonetroopers from the Clone Wars micro-series), the GIJoe line has more recently done something similar with chase figures, and there have been several examples of variants in the Legends line. While concurrent variants do make certain figures a bit tougher to get, the concept provides a lot more flexibility in building armies of human characters whose heads aren't completely obscured by helmets, without requiring the same figure to be released multiple times. Would minor variations be a possibility still, provided they're available at the same time?"I think I see what you're getting at. You do realize the answer will very likely be "no", right? I'll put it up anyway, but as a trial basis, I may not end up using it.

Make sure to vote for it if you want that.


I am also curious of these questions.

"The Clone Wars series has given Hasbro the oppertunity to release many important vehicles that both collectors and children have craved for. These vehicles are especially great due to the fact that they work for both the animated and realistic figure line. Given the popularity of the series, what additional vehicles would you look to do from seasons 1 and 2? Is there any vehicles from the OT, PT, and EU that you would like to see in season 3 that the Hasbro staff would love to do in the future? For example, if the Black Sun were to be introduced into the series and with them the StarViper?"I made a few changes to the wording, but tried to keep it as straightforward as possible. Make sure to vote for it separately so I can count your vote.


"It might be too preliminary at this stage, but given the press release concerning the new Star Wars animated series, has Lucasfilms approached Hasbro about creating a toy line for the show?"Which new series? There's the new kids show, the new sitcom-parody thing, and the new live-action which isn't animated but still is one folks would be asking about. Considering the last time we asked about the live-action, they said they hadn't seen anything, it would likely be too preliminary to ask about the new kids show.



How about mailing in upcs to get coupons on future star wars merchandise purchases? Or how about some printable coupons from the hasbro site. Like maybe $1.00 off any two star wars figures. :) That is all I can come up with for now.Hmm, interesting. I'd like some more folks' opinions on this first, but I'm not saying no. Can you think of a good reason to ask it now, beyond "we want to save money"?

Darth Metalmute
04-10-2010, 10:45 AM
Which new series? There's the new kids show, the new sitcom-parody thing, and the new live-action which isn't animated but still is one folks would be asking about. Considering the last time we asked about the live-action, they said they hadn't seen anything, it would likely be too preliminary to ask about the new kids show. {

I meant the sitcom-parody.
I haven't hear about the new kids show... what's that supposed to be about?

I'll add 10 to my vote.

TheDarthVader
04-10-2010, 01:48 PM
I don't think it is right that you did not add my question. Why is it so difficult? The basic question is: can we somehow be provided coupons for star wars figures or vehicles made by hasbro? I am not talking about clone cash or any other stuff like that. I am talking about a manufacturer's coupon. If you don't want to add it, I will go to another site.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-10-2010, 03:19 PM
I'll go with 7, 9, 10, and 11.

TDV, you're apparently new to the Q&A, given your misunderstanding on how this works. JT asked you for more explanation and more reasoning for the question before adding it, which he often does, so there's no reason to get offended about it. He didn't say "no" outright. Just give him more info on why he should add the question. Clone Cash IS a manufacturer's coupon, which was seemingly a huge undertaking by them.

It's sort of an odd question to ask in the first place, as if we're telling them their stuff is unpurchaseable without the use of coupons.

Anyway, howsabout another new question:
*The Clone Wars Y-wing Bomber is one of the coolest ships we've seen from the line. A version with red markings was seen in both the Geonosis story arc as well as The Zillo Beast episode, and it created a visual punch both times. Given that the $65 deluxe vehicle line is dead and on clearance, meaning not nearly enough kids or collectors got to experience this amazing vehicle, is it still possible that we might see a red Y-wing Bomber in the line at some point, perhaps as an exclusive, or at a lower price point to attract new buyers?

Tycho
04-11-2010, 01:46 AM
NEW Question:

Does Hasbro see another Padme Evolutions 3-pack as being feasible?
There could be the last Queen from TPM (Post-Senate black gown) and there are multiple Padme figures from AOTC and ROTS respectively (like her Senate Dress from the beginning of AOTC and her outfit from the Senate as Palpatine makes his declaration of The First Galactic Empire!)

JediTricks
04-11-2010, 04:22 PM
Question 12 added.



I'm not sure how un-specific you want me to be, so how's this for a start? (I'm pretty sure the Tartakovsky Clonetroopers were the same case, and slightly more recently.)

"Following up on one of your answers from April 8: You said, when asked about a possible running change for a particular figure, 'Because of the snafus we have had, there will be no more running changes. Period. Sad, but the hammer has come down on these.'

This answer is pretty clear about running changes, where different versions have been released with different waves of figures, but it leaves open the question of whether different variants could be released concurrently. Though this hasn't been the case with mainline Star Wars figures for a few years (most memorably with the Imperial Officers and with the Clonetroopers from the Clone Wars micro-series), the GIJoe line has more recently done something similar with chase figures, and there have been several examples of variants in the Legends line. While concurrent variants do make certain figures a bit tougher to get, the concept provides a lot more flexibility in building armies of human characters whose heads aren't completely obscured by helmets, without requiring the same figure to be released multiple times. Would minor variations be a possibility still, provided they're available at the same time?"I think I see what you're getting at. You do realize the answer will very likely be "no", right? I'll put it up anyway, but as a trial basis, I may not end up using it.

Make sure to vote for it if you want that.Oh boy, I knew I got in over my head on this one. While discussing how the Star Wars team answer on this doesn't affect the Marvel team's decisions, talking out my thoughts made me realize that "running change" refers to production, NOT to release. So the question has to be changed.



I meant the sitcom-parody.
I haven't hear about the new kids show... what's that supposed to be about?Ok, well the sitcom-parody was announced only a few days back, so there's probably nothing to see yet, or nothing anyone can admit to. Let's wait until at least Comic-Con or some press release suggesting a release date before asking this.

I don't know what the new kids cartoon is about, just that Lucasfilm is looking to produce one aimed towards younger kids. I think I read that it was prequel-era though.



I don't think it is right that you did not add my question. Why is it so difficult? The basic question is: can we somehow be provided coupons for star wars figures or vehicles made by hasbro? I am not talking about clone cash or any other stuff like that. I am talking about a manufacturer's coupon. If you don't want to add it, I will go to another site.As editor, it's my job to ensure questions that are the best they can be so as to ensure the best possible outcome. Oftentimes, that means I have to ask the author to provide clarification or additional ideas to shore up the question, to give it "teeth". In this case, the odds are poor that Hasbro will respond with anything other than "it's an interesting idea, but no, we tried that last year, and this year we're doing something different with Play Saver," unless they magically are already planning it. If we can't make an argument for the idea's justification beyond "we want to save money", then the answer won't go any deeper either. So I'm trying to get your kernel of an idea to germinate into a more rounded question, one that has a better chance of successful response.

If you feel that's unreasonable, you're always free to use the idea elsewhere, that's your prerogative as a collector, but I hope you understand why our process is what it is and why it requires more participation on the part of the author as well as the editor.



Anyway, howsabout another new question:
*The Clone Wars Y-wing Bomber is one of the coolest ships we've seen from the line. A version with red markings was seen in both the Geonosis story arc as well as The Zillo Beast episode, and it created a visual punch both times. Given that the $65 deluxe vehicle line is dead and on clearance, meaning not nearly enough kids or collectors got to experience this amazing vehicle, is it still possible that we might see a red Y-wing Bomber in the line at some point, perhaps as an exclusive, or at a lower price point to attract new buyers?I will add that.



NEW Question:

Does Hasbro see another Padme Evolutions 3-pack as being feasible?
There could be the last Queen from TPM (Post-Senate black gown) and there are multiple Padme figures from AOTC and ROTS respectively (like her Senate Dress from the beginning of AOTC and her outfit from the Senate as Palpatine makes his declaration of The First Galactic Empire!)Evolutions are dead right now. Their last answer to us said that maybe someday in the future, but "feasible"? The whole concept of Evolutions is unfeasible right now, and Padme figures aren't generally seen as "feasible" either.

Here's that answer, from August 20th, 2009:

SSG: Resculpts and Clone Wars outfits notwithstanding, there are 20 new outfits for Padme Amidala that you could still produce, and nine years left until your license expires. That said, what's your plan for our favorite queen-turned-senator? Relatively lackluster sales of Breha Organa, another regal female character, might point to a lack of interest in new Padme outfits; there's also the fact that many of the costumes are similar to one another in style and color, particularly her many dark blue and purple ROTS robes. However, when released in cautious numbers, Padme can fully sell through and satiate collectors. Do you plan on making all of her outfits over the course of the line? If not, then how many more do you think we can expect to see, and which ones are most likely?
Hasbro: We do not have a specific plan for Padme other than generally planning one version of her a year. In anything other than her adventure gear or Arena outfit, she is not the strongest figure and there are lot sof other "sub-groups" that we would like ot plan on getting to. It's possible that someday we'll get to do another pack like the "Evolutions" pack featuring Padme, but there are currently no plans for anything other than a basic figure.

El Chuxter
04-11-2010, 05:43 PM
Wait... there's two new Star Wars shows in the works, not counting the quasi-mythical live action series?

I dig the re-working of the variants question. :thumbsup:

I'm tempted to riff off your answer to Tycho's proposed Evolutions set by bringing forth the question: "Evolutions sets didn't do well. Did you ever think that this might be because every set had at least one figure, more often two or even three, that was an update to a figure that was decent already, and they usually had at least one figure that was a total turd, and the sets were $25, more than three basic figures would've cost at any point in the line's history?" :D

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-11-2010, 06:02 PM
I think the Evolutions line failed since it was too many pilots and obscure characters nobody ever heard of. I liked those sets, but I preferred the ones with all one character or a tighter, more intersting theme (Sith, Fetts, etc.).

And I'm not sure where everyone is hearing about all these TV shows. All we know about right now is The Clone Wars and the new animated comedy show (and then the live-action show). Anything else is pure speculation.

JediTricks
04-11-2010, 10:21 PM
Wait... there's two new Star Wars shows in the works, not counting the quasi-mythical live action series?Yes, there's a new kids cartoon, there's the parody show of unknown format (cartoon, figures, live action? no idea), and there's the live-action series in pre-production in Australia now.


I'm tempted to riff off your answer to Tycho's proposed Evolutions set by bringing forth the question: "Evolutions sets didn't do well. Did you ever think that this might be because every set had at least one figure, more often two or even three, that was an update to a figure that was decent already, and they usually had at least one figure that was a total turd, and the sets were $25, more than three basic figures would've cost at any point in the line's history?" :DAside from the pilots sets, what has there been?
Anakin to Vader
Clone to Storm Trooper
Sith
Fett
Jedi Legacy
Sith Legacy
TFU Secret Apprentice
Padme
Clone Commandos
and then 5 pilot sets.

Honestly, I don't think the problem is the character selection, I think it's the format itself. Of all those sets, only Fett and TFU were really satisfying all around, and I know there are plenty of folks who would take issue with that claim. The concept was too forced. Even the second Sith set was 2 goofy-looking goobers (Darth Zilchius and Darth Slimer) and topless Maul which is a debatable expression of the character to begin with.



And I'm not sure where everyone is hearing about all these TV shows. All we know about right now is The Clone Wars and the new animated comedy show (and then the live-action show). Anything else is pure speculation.Lucasfilm is hiring in Australia for a showrunner on the live-action series, and an LFL rep has confirmed scripts are being worked on. And Lucas himself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prRCYKcpyWU&feature=related) mentioned a new, not Clone Wars animated series was being worked on, which IESB claims is "Squishies", a Galactic Heroes show (and they were right when they broke rumors on Clone Wars and the Live Action show).

El Chuxter
04-11-2010, 10:37 PM
Honestly, I don't think the problem is the character selection, I think it's the format itself. Of all those sets, only Fett and TFU were really satisfying all around, and I know there are plenty of folks who would take issue with that claim. The concept was too forced. Even the second Sith set was 2 goofy-looking goobers (Darth Zilchius and Darth Slimer) and topless Maul which is a debatable expression of the character to begin with.

That's part of the problem. Even wanting Darth Bane, I'm not willing to get that set, even when TRU marks it down to half price (which seems like once a month). I don't want another topless Maul; not that I'm clamoring for any topless figures, but why the hell don't they make topless Luke or Han? Sure, they're not tattooed, but there'd be more use for them.

The Fett set, I'd argue, was lousy. Had I not gotten the Jango from someone who didn't want a prequel figure, I'd still not have him. Oh, wait, hasn't he been re-released a few times since?

The pilots sets aren't bad as sets, but awful to show "evolution," which is implied by the name. Well, I take that back. That Imperial Pilots set is honestly a pile of steaming crap.

But, yeah, I'm totally not disagreeing with you. Had the idea been used more sparingly, with better choices for concept and figures included, it could still be going strong. Well, maybe not exactly--when the basic figures hit the level of quality of the first Evolutions sets and the VOTC and VTSC figures, the $25 for three figures was for the birds (especially when some of those later sets saw a marked step backwards in quality).

But, really, Shmi/Padme/Leia or Padme/Leia/Jaina would've been a no-brainer. I can't lie and say I wouldn't dig a Jira/Jocasta Nu/Ackmena set, either.

JediTricks
04-11-2010, 10:55 PM
That's part of the problem. Even wanting Darth Bane, I'm not willing to get that set, even when TRU marks it down to half price (which seems like once a month). I don't want another topless Maul; not that I'm clamoring for any topless figures, but why the hell don't they make topless Luke or Han? Sure, they're not tattooed, but there'd be more use for them.Topless Maul appears in a comic, at the time it was heavily feeding interest in Lord Actionfigure there. To me, I have no need for a second, the concept is not to my liking and I have the first one (which I bought on clearance). I don't want Bane or Nihilus though, but even if I wanted 1, I wouldn't buy all 3 to get it. Same with that Qui-Gon figure, I wanted it but I refused to buy Prequel-costume Luke and lil miss "2 figures for no reason" Swan.


The Fett set, I'd argue, was lousy. Had I not gotten the Jango from someone who didn't want a prequel figure, I'd still not have him. Oh, wait, hasn't he been re-released a few times since?Once, with another on the way. I think it's a good set, I like both Boba and Mandalore.


The pilots sets aren't bad as sets, but awful to show "evolution," which is implied by the name. Well, I take that back. That Imperial Pilots set is honestly a pile of steaming crap.There are 2 Imp Pilots sets, and they do cover the evolution as does the first Rebel pilot set I think, but in such a BFD way.


But, yeah, I'm totally not disagreeing with you. Had the idea been used more sparingly, with better choices for concept and figures included, it could still be going strong. Well, maybe not exactly--when the basic figures hit the level of quality of the first Evolutions sets and the VOTC and VTSC figures, the $25 for three figures was for the birds (especially when some of those later sets saw a marked step backwards in quality).It can't be used sparingly, retailers won't make space for it if it's not consistently shipping. And I don't think crap of the truest set, the Anakin to Vader, all 3 of those figures are flawed one way or another.


But, really, Shmi/Padme/Leia or Padme/Leia/Jaina would've been a no-brainer. I can't lie and say I wouldn't dig a Jira/Jocasta Nu/Ackmena set, either.Ah, the "nobody but small portion of die-hard collectors would buy these" series.



JT, the comedy show and the animation show are one and the same (http://www.starwars.com/fans/media/newseries_announcement/index.html). Lucas confirmed Clone Wars and the live-action show way back in 2005 at CIII, so dunno when the IESB report about those was. It's not a parody, though, it's a character-driven sitcom-style show, though they're still developing pretty much everything about it. The Galactic Heroes thing is 100% pure speculation at this point, I assume it just snowballed from rumor reports about the new animated show.It snowballed from news that came a month after the initial report? I think not. Maybe they're one in the same, but maybe not, there's no denial here.

JediTricks
04-12-2010, 07:31 PM
Question 6 modified.

After seeing photos of the R4-G9 mold's assembly process, it helped confirm my suspicions as to the later uses having center foot problems rather than the leg being the source of the problem, so I've added the asymmetrical assembly issue to the question.

Question 13 added.

After our discussion (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=719656#post719656) in the "Core List of Needs" thread, and then seeing the image (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=20459.0) of Kenner R2 next to Hasbro R2, I couldn't let this issue go any longer.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-12-2010, 10:35 PM
I don't know if it's worth it to ask or not, but here goes:

*At Toy Fair, you revealed a Boba Fett figure for the Vintage Collection. Which figure, exactly, will this be? The carded sample shows the Evolutions ESB version, while the in-booth display shows the 2004 vintage ROTJ figure. Furthermore, in your list of Greatest Hits repacks, Boba has been left out, which would lead one to believe he has been updated in some way. Has he indeed been changed, and if so, how? If not, then which version will see release?

It's not a super-burning issue, but I'm just curious. I think it could be good to clarify for collectors, but I won't be crestfallen if it doesn't get added.

JediTricks
04-13-2010, 06:48 PM
I don't know if it's worth it to ask or not, but here goes:

*At Toy Fair, you revealed a Boba Fett figure for the Vintage Collection. Which figure, exactly, will this be? The carded sample shows the Evolutions ESB version, while the in-booth display shows the 2004 vintage ROTJ figure. Furthermore, in your list of Greatest Hits repacks, Boba has been left out, which would lead one to believe he has been updated in some way. Has he indeed been changed, and if so, how? If not, then which version will see release?

It's not a super-burning issue, but I'm just curious. I think it could be good to clarify for collectors, but I won't be crestfallen if it doesn't get added.I wouldn't add it right off the bat the way I am now, but prospect of it being changed somehow makes it potentially newsworthy. So, added.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-13-2010, 09:53 PM
Switch my votes from 10 and 11 to 12 and 14, good sir.

Darth Marco
04-15-2010, 08:20 AM
My votes are for 9,11, and 14. I will reserve one.

Darth Windu
04-19-2010, 12:46 AM
New question:

The Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator needs some love. There was a good Action Fleet version, but since then it was skipped by Hasbro for the Titanium Series; skipped by Atlas/DeAgostini for their miniature diecast line; and then had a horribly warped production of it from the Wizards of the Coast 'Starship Battles' line. Even this horribly warped version though is quite expensive on ebay, so would Hasbro consider finally doing a quality miniature version of this ship which has featured prominently in 'Attack of the Clones' and the 'Clone Wars' CGI series - and to date, the ONLY prominent film/series large vessel not produced (properly) in miniature?

JediTricks
04-19-2010, 04:03 PM
New question:

The Republic Assault Ship/Acclamator needs some love. There was a good Action Fleet version, but since then it was skipped by Hasbro for the Titanium Series; skipped by Atlas/DeAgostini for their miniature diecast line; and then had a horribly warped production of it from the Wizards of the Coast 'Starship Battles' line. Even this horribly warped version though is quite expensive on ebay, so would Hasbro consider finally doing a quality miniature version of this ship which has featured prominently in 'Attack of the Clones' and the 'Clone Wars' CGI series - and to date, the ONLY prominent film/series large vessel not produced (properly) in miniature?
Where would this go? There's no miniatures line right now anywhere in Star Wars collecting, outside of a few small foreign lines.

RENDAR LIVES
04-24-2010, 12:09 AM
9,13, 14

They should really bring back the unleashed line with some articulation to it. I really miss it. Hmmm...would Hasbro consider doing a 6" scale line with articulation and better sculpting than is possible on the 3.75" line? Marvel Legends isn't what I'm going for cause they didn't hide the joints as well as SW does on most figures.

bigbarada
04-24-2010, 12:30 AM
11, 13, and 14 for me.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-01-2010, 02:14 AM
I guess question 12 can be stricken, given this answer from AllSpark (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=68273):


1) While we know that there is no full redeco planned for the 3 3/4" scale Clone Wars Y-Wing, is there any possibility of a deco inversion? Instead of white and yellow, yellow and white? So that fans could have a show-accurate deco for Anakin and Ahsoka's bomber.

QUOTE(Hasbro)
Right now there are no more versions planned on the Y-Wing. It is likely we would do the red deco next, if and when we release another one. We are hopeful that we'll get to a new version in 2011 or 2012.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-01-2010, 11:29 AM
And then another question:
*From the images circulated to online retailers, it appears that the upcoming Saga Legends Battle Droid two-pack will have molds based on the figures from the Target Geonosis Arena Showdown sets. Is this what we will actually see released? If so, will we see any of the issues we raised in a previous Q&A addressed, like a left arm that can hold the blaster similar to the Firefighter Droid from The Clone Wars line or properly-sized eyes for every droid? In the meantime, will we be seeing any running changes on this set, or is that dead after the snafus with running changes lately? Running deco changes would be extremely welcome, as these figures would be great for army-building, but you can only have so many commanders (and some non-Geonosis droids would be great as well).

If you use this and strike 12, then replace my vote for 12 with a vote for this.

vger
05-01-2010, 12:42 PM
Is there any reason that some Jedi figures have slits on the sides of their plastic skirts that allow them to sit down in vehicles while other figures have one-piece skirts that render the hip articulation useless? For example, the latest ROTS Obi-Wan has a cloth skirt with a plastic piece in front that allows him to sit in vehicles, but Stass Allie, Mace Windu and Jaina Solo have one-piece skirts that limit their posing. ROTS Anakin has a soft-goods skirt but the plastic pieces in the back limit him from being able to sit in vehicles as well. If costing was not a major issue, could you use more soft-goods on Jedi skirts to maximize their posing potential?

JediTricks
05-02-2010, 04:51 AM
Question 12 stricken.

If you have voted for it, consider yourself refunded 1 vote.

Questions 15 - 19 added.

#15, 16, 17 were mine, 16 I actually meant to add earlier as I really think it could be asked NOW.


17 I honestly won't be surprised if it doesn't get a lot of votes, but it interests me.


I guess question 12 can be stricken, given this answer from AllSpark (http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=68273):Quite right.



They should really bring back the unleashed line with some articulation to it. I really miss it. Hmmm...would Hasbro consider doing a 6" scale line with articulation and better sculpting than is possible on the 3.75" line? Marvel Legends isn't what I'm going for cause they didn't hide the joints as well as SW does on most figures.We asked this before and they shot it down like a Zero over Midway.



And then another question:
*From the images circulated to online retailers, it appears that the upcoming Saga Legends Battle Droid two-pack will have molds based on the figures from the Target Geonosis Arena Showdown sets. Is this what we will actually see released? If so, will we see any of the issues we raised in a previous Q&A addressed, like a left arm that can hold the blaster similar to the Firefighter Droid from The Clone Wars line or properly-sized eyes for every droid? In the meantime, will we be seeing any running changes on this set, or is that dead after the snafus with running changes lately? Running deco changes would be extremely welcome, as these figures would be great for army-building, but you can only have so many commanders (and some non-Geonosis droids would be great as well).

If you use this and strike 12, then replace my vote for 12 with a vote for this.Ok, will do.



Is there any reason that some Jedi figures have slits on the sides of their plastic skirts that allow them to sit down in vehicles while other figures have one-piece skirts that render the hip articulation useless? For example, the latest ROTS Obi-Wan has a cloth skirt with a plastic piece in front that allows him to sit in vehicles, but Stass Allie, Mace Windu and Jaina Solo have one-piece skirts that limit their posing. ROTS Anakin has a soft-goods skirt but the plastic pieces in the back limit him from being able to sit in vehicles as well. If costing was not a major issue, could you use more soft-goods on Jedi skirts to maximize their posing potential?I will add this with a little rewriting. Please remember to vote for it if you want to see it get asked this round as I am no longer automatically counting votes for questions as they're asked, unless expressly requested to.

vger
05-02-2010, 04:39 PM
15, 17, 19

Neuroleptic
05-02-2010, 07:42 PM
13, 7, and 6 for me.

DarkJedi5
05-03-2010, 04:18 PM
6 Cody and R4
9 Variants
14 Fett
18 Battle Droids

JediTricks
05-03-2010, 04:29 PM
Aah! Voting is hard! I have whittled down my interests to 8, but dang if it's difficult to cull that down by half. I don't think I've ever had a group of questions more difficult to choose from, I want all these answers NOW. I guess I'll have to vote strategically just to get it to 4 votes:

6 belt & droid
11 wrist
13 oversized
16 slave i

(the ones I was going to vote for but didn't: 1, 14, 17, 18)

sebillba
05-03-2010, 05:38 PM
6, 14 and 18 for me so far please.

Darth Marco
05-04-2010, 03:10 PM
My last vote will be for 15.

LTBasker
05-04-2010, 04:56 PM
2. - 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.

7. - 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?

10. - The Clone Wars series has given Hasbro the opportunity to release many cool vehicles that both collectors and kids have been asking for. These vehicles are especially great due to the fact that they work for both the animated and realistic figure line. Given the popularity of the series, what additional vehicles would you look to do from seasons 1 and 2? Are there any vehicles from the OT, PT, and EU that you would like to see used in season 3 so they could use that as a springboard to make their toys? (For example, would you like to see the StarViper/Virago show up in the show so you could make a Virago vehicle toy?)

11. - The idea of the ball-hinge wrist has a lot of potential, but one of the drawbacks of using it on such a small joint is that it intrudes deep into the hand, using up space in the palm. That, in turn, ends up mangling some accessories, especially those clear-banded into their hands in the packaging, warping blaster grips to the point of making them bent and twisted beyond imagination. Was any consideration given to making the weapons fit that hand design, or just doing away with the wrist articulation on the first generation CW Clone mold which is still in use for some of the new Clone Trooper figures? Considering the aesthetic issue, the lack of space, and the greater expense, is this point of articulation pretty much dead after the CW Commander Stone mold takes over the rest of the new clone figures, or are there other animated or realistic figures that could still get this articulation in the future?

JediTricks
05-05-2010, 03:33 PM
A little over 24 hours to go, so if you haven't voted or used all your vote slots yet, now is the time!

Cane_Adiss
05-05-2010, 04:06 PM
I don't think I voted already, but in case I did my final votes are:

3, 9, 10 and 19

Thanks!

JediTricks
05-07-2010, 02:58 AM
Ok, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated.

Here are the questions we're asking this round:


Questions from SirStevesGuide.com:
1) Mace Windu has been represented in action figure form for 12 years now, and a large portion of those figures were released with some unique, non-standard aspect. Mace has been the first "sneak peek" in the modern line and was a mail-away, the first hard-shell "choco" robe, AOTC had a deluxe before basic which had 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?
2) Why is it that modern realistic R2-D2 figures are oversized? Our math says that the modern R2 stands a whole centimeter too tall, which is a scaled visual difference of 7 inches. That's a pretty significant amount of extra height. The Clone Wars R2 is roughly the right height, as is the classic Kenner Artoo, while the build-a-droid astromech body splits the difference between the extremes. But the regular modern astromechs are all too tall. Why is this, and will this be addressed on the upcoming R2 redesign?
Questions from CollectionStation.com:
1) At Toy Fair, you revealed a Boba Fett figure for the Vintage Collection. There is some confusion about this figure though. The carded sample shows the Evolutions ESB version, while the in-booth display shows the 2004 vintage-style ROTJ figure. In a recent Q&A answer, Boba was left off of your list of Greatest Hits repacks, which would lead one to believe he has been updated in some way similarly to how the Vader figure is not on the Greatest Hits list because it has been changed a little. Has this TVC Boba Fett indeed been changed, and if so, how? If not, then which version will see release?
2) 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. 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. On a similar note, many later uses of the R4-G9 tooling (such as R2-T0 and the recent battle pack R2-D2) seem to be assembled asymmetrically so the center foot rests at too shallow an angle thus incapable of standing flat, perhaps caused by a very slight mismatch or variance cavity to cavity. Could something be redesigned in the foot to ensure the correct angle and range of travel for the center ankle joint?

Look for a new round of voting soon.