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JediTricks
06-04-2010, 12:13 AM
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 June 25th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 84 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=2676). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=727557#post727557).

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, Super Battle Droids, and the first 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, SBD 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- The initial Force Unleashed figures were released well before the actual game, and many of the cooler figures sold quickly and were hard to find by the time the game was released. Of the major characters, the Jumptrooper, Evo Trooper, Vader, and Galen Marek have seen a few re-releases, while Juno Eclipse (sadly) still languishes on store shelves in many areas. One figure that was never re-released though is Rahm Kota, who was one of the first figures to vanish upon the initial release, and has since appeared in other Star Wars media, including a different video game. Given that he is likely to appear in a major role in The Force Unleashed II later this year and the 2 exclusive TFU 5-packs were released in May, are there any chances Kota might be re-released as a Greatest Hits figure, or perhaps even updated with a new, more actor-accurate and 'blinded' head sculpt, as well as a deactivated saber hilt for his shoulder scabbard?
- The Clone Wars line has been a great addition to Star Wars collecting, but with all Hasbro's focus on Clone Trooper figures, there has been a lot of focus on command-level trooper figures (Gree, Cody, Rex, Bly, Stone, Thire) while lower-ranked clones, especially generic white clones, haven't seen pegs in a while. Will we be seeing more standard white grunts on pegs anytime soon to give the numerous commander figures more troops to lead? Running changes on headsculpts for grunts could make for a broader, more exciting collecting and army-building experiences, and you already have a broad library of head designs to choose from (which can be swapped in and out as needed elsewhere since they wouldn't be named-character clones), they could even be offered either as single packs or multi-packs. Will we be seeing the new helmet designs, the new Cmdr Stone armor designs, new headsculpts under the helmets, other weapons and accessories mixed into the grunt-level troopers put out there?
- Now that you've made Galactic Heroes figures of Max Rebo and Droopy McCool, there is a hole in the band. Why did Sy Snootles get left out of the set? Might Hasbro consider rounding out the original trio of palace band members by making a Sy Snootles Galactic Heroes figure? She would go great in a 2 pack with any of Jabba's more prominent minions (Tessek, Ephant Mon, or Ree-Yees for instance) or perhaps Oola or cloak-wearing Luke. Seeing as these more obscure Galactic Heroes figures are fan-driven, if you were to make a Sy figure would it be based on her classic "vintage" appearance?
- Regarding the 2002 Saga Deluxe Speeder Bike, previously you had told us the tooling for it had been misplaced in one of the factories you work with, and since around that time the only Speeder Bike mold released has been the 1983 Kenner version. Yet it's been confirmed in recently-released Hasbro imagery as well as other sources that the new AT-AT comes with that '02 Saga Speeder Bike in Hoth colors, conspicuously around the same time that the bike's '03 Clone Wars remold is getting reused as well as the new deluxe Plo Koon Speeder Bike. Has the '02 Saga Speeder Bike tooling actually been found after years of searching, and if so, what's the story behind that discovery? (We're picturing Derryl swinging through warehouse aisles via whip checking nondescript slab after giant metal slab a la Indiana Jones.) If the tooling really has been found, why has the Hoth Assault battle pack been shown with the old '83 version, why did the recent TRU-exclusive deluxe Speeder Bike set use that '83 mold? And will the newer Speeder Bike finally be used for a screen-accurate ROTJ bike in the near future?
- Since we're all thinking about the topic of Star Wars anniversaries lately, May 1st, 2011 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Timothy Zahn's novel, Heir to the Empire, the first part of the Thrawn trilogy. Whether one loves the Expanded Universe or hates it, a strong argument can be made that this book started a resurgence for interest in Star Wars and was the foundation for the modern Expanded Universe movement, so it deserves some sort of recognition and maybe even some action figure treatment. With that in mind, would you consider doing some sort of commemorative set or just slipping a few HTTE-themed figures into one of The Vintage Collection waves?
- The prequels have introduced a number of new alien species to the Star Wars universe, and Hasbro has been good about making figures of most of them. Aside from pod race pilots which have already been discussed with Hasbro, there are several other visually interesting alien species that Hasbro hasn't yet added to the lineup including Roonan, Sarrish, Zeuolin, Holwuff, Tarnab and Sy Myrthian. While these are admittedly background stuff and mostly represented as senators in the films, as action figures they would add another dimension of unique aliens to the line. Can you tell us if any of these species will find their way into the lineup in the foreseeable future?

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

Darth Metalmute
06-07-2010, 10:20 AM
7, 13, 14, and 15.

bigbarada
06-07-2010, 03:18 PM
13, 14 and 15 for now.

Can we revise question 13 and slip Ephant Mon in there (where it's listing the "more prominent" Jabba's Palace characters)? Like this:


She would go great in a 2 pack with any of Jabba's more prominent minions (Tessek, Ree-Yees or Ephant Mon for instance)

Cane_Adiss
06-07-2010, 05:12 PM
13, 14 and 15 for now.

Can we revise question 13 and slip Ephant Mon in there (where it's listing the "more prominent" Jabba's Palace characters)? Like this:

I doubt an Ephant Mon ( if done correctly) as a GH would be able to fit in the bubble height wise. Hes about the same size as Jabba if he had no tail and is taller. Jabba's GH wouldn't fit in a bubble ( I checked out of curiosity) but a GH Ephant would be awesome and I totally would get one.

Another new question:

The prequels have introduced a number of new alien species, and Hasbro has been great about making figures of most of them. Aside from pod race pilots (which Hasbro has, for the most part, committed to), there are several other unique and visually interesting alien species that Hasbro hasn't yet added to the lineup including Roonan, Sarrish, Zeuolin, Holwuff, Tarnab and Sy Myrthian. While they are primarily represented as senators in the films, these would still make excellent additions to the line and it would be a shame if the line ended without seeing any of these great aliens immortalized in plastic. Can you tell us if any of these species will find their way into the lineup in the coming years? Perhaps in the Vintage collection?

Droid
06-16-2010, 09:17 AM
I'll vote for 13, the Sy Snootles question.

And I propose the following question:

If Hasbro made a throne for Jabba the Hutt, and it hypothetically had plastic pillows on it, would the pillows be designed to be removable?

bigbarada
06-18-2010, 09:12 AM
If Hasbro made a throne for Jabba the Hutt, and it hypothetically had plastic pillows on it, would the pillows be designed to be removable?

If you are talking about the upcoming Jabba w/ Throne set; then yes, based on the video on Sandtroopers.com, the pillows are removable.

Darth Metalmute
06-18-2010, 10:26 AM
New question.

The leaked photos of the Jabba the Hutt playset are amazing. You really out did yourselves on this one. However there is a small concern when it comes to Jabba's railing and that concern is that there doesn't appear to be anyway to attach it. We are worried that when using the rolling feature to reenact the scene the wheels are intended for, that Jabba and the railing will fall off. Are looks deceiving and the railing can actually be attached? Or is Jabba in for a rough ride?

DarkJedi5
06-18-2010, 06:53 PM
8 wrists
15 HTTE

vger
06-20-2010, 07:55 PM
5 , 10 , 11

sonofsokol
06-21-2010, 04:48 PM
I will vote for 11, 12, 13, and 15
thanks

JediTricks
06-21-2010, 05:18 PM
This is the last week of voting in this round. As you can see, there hasn't been much participation over the last 3 weeks, due in part to Hasbro's slowdown of product for the Spring (the August release date is only around a month away now though), so the voting is very light and almost any vote will sway questions into or out of the winners' circle.


Question 16 added.


Can we revise question 13 and slip Ephant Mon in there (where it's listing the "more prominent" Jabba's Palace characters)? Like this:Sure.



I doubt an Ephant Mon ( if done correctly) as a GH would be able to fit in the bubble height wise. Hes about the same size as Jabba if he had no tail and is taller. Jabba's GH wouldn't fit in a bubble ( I checked out of curiosity) but a GH Ephant would be awesome and I totally would get one.That's true, but let Hasbro figure it out. She's a skinny character so they could balance it out or something.


The prequels have introduced a number of new alien species, and Hasbro has been great about making figures of most of them. Aside from pod race pilots (which Hasbro has, for the most part, committed to), there are several other unique and visually interesting alien species that Hasbro hasn't yet added to the lineup including Roonan, Sarrish, Zeuolin, Holwuff, Tarnab and Sy Myrthian. While they are primarily represented as senators in the films, these would still make excellent additions to the line and it would be a shame if the line ended without seeing any of these great aliens immortalized in plastic. Can you tell us if any of these species will find their way into the lineup in the coming years? Perhaps in the Vintage collection? Hmm. There was so much hyperbole in there that I had a hard time really deciding on whether I was going to include this.

Ultimately, I decided to rework it and add it on a trial basis.



New question.

The leaked photos of the Jabba the Hutt playset are amazing. You really out did yourselves on this one. However there is a small concern when it comes to Jabba's railing and that concern is that there doesn't appear to be anyway to attach it. We are worried that when using the rolling feature to reenact the scene the wheels are intended for, that Jabba and the railing will fall off. Are looks deceiving and the railing can actually be attached? Or is Jabba in for a rough ride?Friction is all that will be doing the job. It's not a Hot Wheels car though, I don't think you're actually going to see everything slide right off the dais.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-21-2010, 05:32 PM
Howsabout 1, 10, 14, and 16.

I suggest you change #1 to mention Super Battle Droids instead of General Grievous, as I'm fairly sure the upcoming Grievous (with the Lair of Grievous damage) has articulated knees, though I'm not 100% on that. At any rate, one of my SBDs has a hell of a time standing up for long periods of time.

GH_fan
06-21-2010, 05:38 PM
13 13 13 13 for me PLEASEEEEEEEE

Cane_Adiss
06-22-2010, 12:43 AM
Thanks for adding my question!

My votes for this round: 5, 7, 13, 16

sebillba
06-22-2010, 06:56 AM
Just 13 and 16 for me please JT.

DarkJedi5
06-22-2010, 11:41 AM
Add these to my other two votes please:
2 - magnets
5 - 2-1B

JediTricks
06-22-2010, 04:23 PM
I suggest you change #1 to mention Super Battle Droids instead of General Grievous, as I'm fairly sure the upcoming Grievous (with the Lair of Grievous damage) has articulated knees, though I'm not 100% on that. At any rate, one of my SBDs has a hell of a time standing up for long periods of time.Ok, will do. I'm leaving Grievous on there, but changing it to say "first grievous" since that figure is a HUGE offender in my library.



13 13 13 13 for me PLEASEEEEEEEEI'll count 1 vote, but you can only vote for a question once per round, so your other 3 slots are still open to votes.

JediTricks
06-23-2010, 02:59 PM
I may have to close this thread early Thursday, so today is the last day to definitely get your votes counted.


And speaking of which, here are my 4 votes:
1 droid limbs
8 ball hinge wrists
9 small role play sabers
14 speeder bike

JediTricks
06-23-2010, 11:41 PM
Well, that's it for this round. Due to scheduling issues, we're cutting it a day earlier than usual to ensure we get our questions in on time.

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


Questions from SirStevesGuide.com:
1) Now that you've made Galactic Heroes figures of Max Rebo and Droopy McCool, there is a hole in the band. Why did Sy Snootles get left out of the set? Might Hasbro consider rounding out the original trio of palace band members by making a Sy Snootles Galactic Heroes figure? She would go great in a 2 pack with any of Jabba's more prominent minions (Tessek, Ephant Mon, or Ree-Yees for instance) or perhaps Oola or cloak-wearing Luke. Seeing as these more obscure Galactic Heroes figures are fan-driven, if you were to make a Sy figure would it be based on her classic "vintage" appearance?
2) Regarding the 2002 Saga Deluxe Speeder Bike, previously you had told us the tooling for it had been misplaced in one of the factories you work with, and since around that time the only Speeder Bike mold released has been the 1983 Kenner version. Yet it's been confirmed in recently-released Hasbro imagery as well as other sources that the new AT-AT comes with that '02 Saga Speeder Bike in Hoth colors, conspicuously around the same time that the bike's '03 Clone Wars remold is getting reused as well as the new deluxe Plo Koon Speeder Bike. Has the '02 Saga Speeder Bike tooling actually been found after years of searching, and if so, what's the story behind that discovery? (We're picturing Derryl swinging through warehouse aisles via whip checking nondescript slab after giant metal slab a la Indiana Jones.) If the tooling really has been found, why has the Hoth Assault battle pack been shown with the old '83 version, why did the recent TRU-exclusive deluxe Speeder Bike set use that '83 mold? And will the newer Speeder Bike finally be used for a screen-accurate ROTJ bike in the near future?
Questions from CollectionStation.com:
1) Since we're all thinking about the topic of Star Wars anniversaries lately, May 1st, 2011 will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Timothy Zahn's novel, Heir to the Empire, the first part of the Thrawn trilogy. Whether one loves the Expanded Universe or hates it, a strong argument can be made that this book started a resurgence for interest in Star Wars and was the foundation for the modern Expanded Universe movement, so it deserves some sort of recognition and maybe even some action figure treatment. With that in mind, would you consider doing some sort of commemorative set or just slipping a few HTTE-themed figures into one of The Vintage Collection waves?
2) 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, Super Battle Droids, and the first 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, SBD and 1st 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?

Thanks to everybody who participated! Look for a new round of voting soon.